The area around Sai Wan, Kennedy Town, and Pok Fu Lam is a mix of old and new cultures. It is where you can find both traditional flavours of Hong Kong and creative impacts of the new generation. There are many price-friendly restaurants around the HKU campus. Here is a guided food map for those looking for affordable restaurants around the area.
1.Sun Hing Restaurant
This is a traditional and nostalgic night tea store with 30 years of history in the Western District. It still uses the traditional dim sum cart and shouts to promote freshly baked dim sum. Every time people visit, they feel a strong sense of “old Hong Kong”.
Whether you’re in a hurry to submit a paper, busy with meeting members from your society, just got off classes and feeling hungry at 3:00 a.m. or 4:00 a.m, Sun Hing Restaurant is here to help. All you need to do is walk a short distance, take an order and enjoy their oozing hot, sweet custard bun. You will feel recharged and eventually soothe your tiredness of the day.
If you do not like sweet custard buns, there are other dim sum options available at prices as low as HKD$19.
Address : Shop C, G/F, 8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, Western District
2.Sweet Dreamer Dessert
Sweet Dreamer Dessert is a popular dessert store in Kennedy Town. It is a place that people cannot afford to miss due to the wide variety of delicious desserts. Let’s take a visit and eat something sweet to distract yourself from all kinds of anxiety.
Desserts in this store are very delicate and insatiable, making them the perfect fit for university students to give it a shot. For example, the pistachio cheese lava cake is baked with a crispy outer layer.
When you cut the ice cream, you can see the pistachio sauce flowing inside. The flavour of the ice cream is very rich while the cheese ice cream gives a sour tang, which can neutralize the sweetness of the dessert.
In addition, the price is inexpensive and suitable for students, about HK$50 per person.
Address : G/F, 5 Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Western District
3.Wish You Well Congee Restaurant
Wish You Well Congee Restaurant is a short walk away from HKU. With its opening hours from 6am to 11pm, their congee options deliver you a sense of warmth from home. Perfect for breakfast, snacks or anything in between, this is a must-visit spot for students who are looking for a bowl of traditional Chinese comfort food.
A hot bowl of congee and a fried dough is a filling meal that will only cost you around HKD$50.
Address: Shop A, G/F, 32 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Western District
4.Cheung Heung Tea Restaurant
Cheung Heung Tea Restaurant is one of the oldest traditional tea houses still surviving in Kennedy Town nowadays.
The restaurant is known for their egg tarts, pineapple buns and french toasts. This restaurant gives you a taste of the old Hong Kong.
The place is famous for its “50-year unchanging decoration”. Both the interior and exterior of Cheung Heung are unmissable photo-opportunities for Instagram.
Address: 107 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Western District
5.Bijas Vegetarian Restaurant
Recently, vegetarianism has become a huge trend. Of course, young generations need to jump on the bandwagon. A common misconception is that vegetarian food tends to be bland, but the food at Bijas Vegetarian Restaurant will surprise you and make you realise that “vegetarian” food is so delicious.
In the restaurant, you can choose your favourite food and pay by weight. There are also other sets, such as the afternoon tea one, for consumers to choose from.
There is a wide variety of food to choose from, from green vegetables, tofu, vegetarian meatballs, spring rolls and even a variety of dessert options.
The vegetarian meat tastes as good as real meat, and the food is hot even though it is a buffet-style restaurant.
Address : G/F Run Run Shaw Tower, Central Podium, Centennial Campus, University of Hong Kong, Shek Tong Tsui, Pok Fu Lam