Eat Like a Local Hong Kong

Eat like a local in Hong Kong with our guide to its local specialities and traditional restaurants…

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Chinese specialities you should try on your visit to Hong Kong:

Abalone – meat of a sea snail, served fresh or dried

Beggar’s chicken – a whole chicken coated with clay and roasted in its own juices

Bird’s nest – swallows’ nests served as a soup or dessert

Congee – rice soup, either plain or with vegetables or meat

Double sautéed pork – pork, cooked twice

Fish balls – fish and shrimp meat rolled into balls and served in broth

Garoupa – grouper (fish such as sea bass)

Hainan chicken – chicken in a ginger marinade, served on rice

Hairy crab – a delicatessen in autumn and winter, served boiled

Hot pot – meat, fish and vegetable fondue

Lo hon vegetables – various vegetables (Buddhist meal during fasting periods)

Peking duck – marinated duck with a crispy skin, roasted in the oven

Wonton – a noodle-dough dumpling stuffed with shrimp meat, served in broth

Yangchow fried rice – fried rice with chicken, egg, peas, shrimp and mushrooms

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Restaurants serving traditional Chinese cuisine:

Crystal Jade 翡翠拉麵小籠包

Enjoy traditional Shanghai cooking with a view of the harbour at this beautiful restaurant. There are delicious dumplings and plentiful servings of noodles. If there is a wait for table then you are given a number and you can browse the nearby shops whilst you wait. Shop 3328, Gateway Arcade Harbour City 海港城港威商場 | Tel. 26 22 26 99 | Budget

Kung Tak Lam 功德林

Vegetarian Shanghai cuisine in a modern environment with a view of the harbour. The organic ingredients come from the restaurant’s own garden. It is an ideal place for dim sums at lunchtime. 1 Peking Rd. 北京道, 7th floor | Tel. 23 12 78 00 | Budget

Shanghai Garden 紫玉蘭

 A traditional Chinese restaurant serving Shanghai cuisine classics. ‘Drunken Chicken’ (in rice-wine sauce) and sautéed shrimps are specialities of the house. Hutchinson House | 10 Harcourt Rd. 夏愨道 | Tel. 25 24 81 81 | Moderate

Peking Garden 北京樓

Peking Duck is this restaurant’s speciality but it also offers Beggar’s Chicken and dishes from other regions of China. Be sure to see The Noodle Show which takes place at about 8pm every evening and includes spaghetti stretching by hand! Alexandra House | Chater Rd. 遮打道 (MTR exit H) | Tel. 25 26 64 56 | Moderate

Chuen Kee 全記海鮮菜館 

A restaurant serving fish and seafood fresh from the pool. It caters well to foreign guests and has a good variety of cooled white wine. Diners have the option of sitting outside with a pleasant view of the boats in the harbour. Sai Kung | 53 Hoi Pong St. 海傍街 | Harbour Promenade, south end beyond the ceremonial gate | Tel. 27 91 11 95 | Bus 92 from MTR Diamond Hill | Moderate–Expensive

Hunan Garden 洞庭樓 

Hunan cuisine is usually very spicy but this restaurant shows mercy and notes just how hot the individual dishes really are on the menu. The prices are reasonable and live Classical Chinese music is played throughout the evening. Forum | Exchange Square 交易廣場富臨閣 | Tel. 28 68 28 80 | Moderate


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Top 10 Beaches: “See and be Seen”

Let yourself be inspired by this selection of especially beautiful beaches – and have fun planning the holiday of a lifetime! Marco Polo’s Top 10 Beaches to “See and be Seen”…

Cape Town

1. France, Saint-Tropez, Plage de Pampelonne

Whoever wants to catch a glimpse of famous faces in one of the many beach clubs is perfectly positioned on the Plage de Pampelonne on the French Riviera. Keep a look-out too for wooden Riva motor boats – there are bound to be some stars aboard these.

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2. South Africa, Cape Town, Camps Bay

In beautiful Camps Bay swimming is not really a top priority as the temperature of the Atlantic is only around 16°C. Instead, just enjoy people watching and being seen.

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3. USA, Miami, South Beach

Skin-tight dresses, ankle-breaking high heels, white sand, colourful buildings. Miami’s South Beach is just one big catwalk. Enjoy people watching with the pretty backdrop of the Art Deco District.

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4. Italy, Capri, Faraglioni

When the red sun sinks into the sea off Capri then you can be pretty certain that a famous name is on the island somewhere. The beautiful Gulf of Naples only has small beaches but many luxurious beach clubs, such as the one opposite the Faraglioni.

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5. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana

Miniscule bikinis, long legs and well-toned bodies. Cultivating body culture on the white sands of the Copacabana is just as legendary as the girls from Ipanema Beach next door. Valuables however are best left at home.

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6. Spain, Tenerife, Playa de las Teresitas

There’s always something to see here. You can’t really be sure what is more beautiful about the Playa de las Teresitas – the palms on the powdery-white sandy beach or the beauties in bikinis flaunting their all. Decide for yourself!

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7. USA, Venice, Muscle Beach

It’s non-stop training on Venice Beach. Those who don’t join in have a camera in their hands. Their toned subjects are happy to show off: sit-ups, crunches, press-ups… Relaxation for (sporty) holiday-makers can be found in the fantastic B&B Venice Beach House.

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8. France, Deauville

Rita Hayworth, Tom Hanks, Ed Harris… The list of names on the pretty beach huts in Deauville is just as long as the row of little huts itself. Star or no star, anyone can promenade up and down ‘les Planches’, the beach boardwalk, whether a famous celebrity or not. Well, you can always pretend.

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9. China, Hong Kong, Repulse Bay Beach

The sand looks carefully raked, the little trees prettily lined up and the atmosphere is that of a relaxed resort. In Repulse Bay, right in the middle of this trendy residential area, the chances of seeing a film star are high – Jackie Chan, for example. He lives here. Is that him over there? In the evening take a TurboJET high-speed ferry to Macau, Asia’s Las Vegas with a Portuguese flair.

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10. Italy, Portofino, Paraggi

“One can quite suddenly come upon a hidden bay… a little village…” Guy de Maupassant was struck by the magical charm of what has since become the most famous ‘fishing village’ in the world back in 1889. A playground for the rich, powerful and beautiful. La dolce vita on little Paraggi Beach.

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Content taken from the Marco Polo World Map with 100 Dream Beaches.

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