Hong Kong has long relished its reputation as a city for gourmands and, after a tumultuous period of social unrest followed by the stranglehold that one of the world’s toughest pandemic policies had on its normally vibrant dining scene, it’s determined to claw back some of that former glory.
The past few years have not been kind to the city’s hospitality industry, with the border closed to international visitors, and restrictions placed on operating hours and diners allowed per table. But one thing Hong Kong is, above all, is resilient — it’s what we dub the ‘Lion Rock spirit’, a term referring to one of the city’s most majestic peaks, immortalised in the 1970s as testament to the grit of its working class people.
Even at its lowest points, the city chugged on and while many restaurants did not survive, we experienced a strange bumper crop of some of the strongest new openings in recent memory — intuitive, innovative food that pays homage to Cantonese traditions as well as wildly original reimaginings of the same.
Right now, despite all the challenges that have rocked the city, I know that Hong Kong is still one of the most exciting places to eat — and, as always, there is always so much to savour. Enter the debut Resy Hit List for Hong Kong, with our pick of the summer’s best spots to savour.
Charmaine Mok is the Deputy Culture Editor at South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s leading English newspaper, and the desk’s food and wine specialist. She has been working in food media since 2007 with titles such as BBC Food, Time Out London and Tatler Dining Hong Kong, and most memorably drank 50 coffees over three days in the name of research. She’s devoted to telling unexpected stories of the dining scene in Asia and those who shape it, and is always in the mood for noodles and/or a cheeky beverage. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.