Many of you have been concerned about whether it’s possible to find halal local food in Hong Kong, and some are even considering bringing instant noodles for their trip. But wait, there’s really no need for that! You’d be happy to know that Hong Kong is actually filled with yummy halal food (including authentic local food!). The best part is that many of them are located near its major attractions?
Put all those worries aside - there’s no need to explore Hong Kong on an empty stomach!
Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline is best witnessed at Victoria Harbour? After grabbing dinner at the yummy eateries nearby, we recommend heading to the harbour to witness the gorgeous Symphony of Lights – a light and musical multimedia show that is recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular light shows! And for those who want to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Hong Kong, be sure to take the Observation Wheel.
1. Hung’s Chinese Restaurant
Tucked in a corner of Chungking Mansion building, this restaurant might blend in with the other halal restaurants in the building. But it’s the only one here serving authentic Chinese cuisine! The restaurant is small but cosy and comfortable☺️
For those who love chicken, you’d be excited to know that this restaurant is known for its yummy crispy roasted chicken. We initially thought the chicken would be too dry but we were surprised at how succulent the meat was. The crispiness of the skin gave the tender meat a really good balance of texture!
We recommend trying some of their other dishes too, especially the black pepper beef and fried rice! The beef was a tad spicy but the meat was easy to bite into. And the fried rice was so yummy that it could actually be eaten on its own?
11am to 11pm daily
Chungking Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station - exit D1. A 4-minute walk to Chungking Mansion
2. Happy Cow
This dessert kiosk serves vegan and Halal-certified milkshakes and ice cream. The best part is that it’s conveniently located right next to the Observation Wheel! Choose from their wide variety of flavours – from Ying Yang Sesame (a signature local flavour) to Pina Colada (alcohol-free!).
We tried the raspberry flavour just because we wanted that tinge of sourness? The ice cream might taste a tad different from the usual ice cream you’re used to (trust us, this is a lot healthier), but give it a try and you’ll find yourself thoroughly enjoying this new burst of flavour!
Enjoy your ice cream on the lawn in front of the shop, as you take in the gorgeous view of Hong Kong around you. It’s really the perfect way to relax and unwind?
11.00am to 9pm daily
Booth 3, Man Kwong Street, Hong Kong Observation Wheel
Hong Kong exit A2, Central exit A
BONUS: Chrisly Cafe (Bakery)
A trip to Hong Kong would not be complete without savouring some of their local snacks! And Chrisly Cafe is just the place for you? The café is co-owned by a Muslim and although the entire café is not halal, their bakery is separate from the main kitchen and they went to great lengths to ensure that all ingredients used in the bakery is halal.
We especially loved their pineapple bun (bo lo bao) and egg tart! The bun was baked to perfection with a golden brown top crust yet the bread was still soft and fluffy. Their egg tart’s crust was crispy and flaky - signature of Hong Kong egg tarts. Our first bite into the snack sent us straight to cloud nine with its silky smooth egg filling?
Note: We sat in the café as the owners made special arrangements for the team. Do note that the café itself is not halal (only the bakery is halal-certified) so if you decide to eat in the cafe, do dine at your own discretion.
The café is tucked at the far end of level 3/F in Shun Tak Centre. You’ll pass by Starbucks and the Macau ferry counters. Continue walking straight till you see the café!
7am to 7pm daily
Shop 3018, 3/F, Shun Tak Centre, 168-200 Connaught Road Central
Take Bus 54 or 91 from Shun Tak Centre to Star Ferry Pier (Victoria Harbour)
BONUS: Islam Food
You might decide to skip Islam Food thinking that it’s quite inaccessible to get to but it’s definitely worth the trip! In fact, the restaurant is so popular that it opened another outlet nearby.
Having tried the veal goulash in Ma’s Restaurant, we’re convinced that the veal goulash at Islam Food is the best in town! It was served steaming hot and the stew in the patty oozed out when we cut into the goulash. We were absolutely taken away by how crispy the goulash was on the outside and how juicy it was on the inside. The meat was so tender that it melted in our mouths?
The goulash might be the star of this restaurant but their other dishes are really yummy as well! Be sure to try their beef dumpling soup, curry mutton and scallion pancake. The soup was tasty and we enjoyed how chewy the dumplings were! It was our first time trying scallion pancakes and while it does look a bit like roti prata, it’s packed with much more flavour and filling.
Only Halal-certified ingredients and meat used
Opening Hours (Main branch):
11.00am to 11.00pm
G/F, No. 1 Lung Kong Rd, Kowloon City, Kowloon – Next to Chow Sang Sang Securities
Opening Hours (New Outlet):
11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m
G/F, No. 33-35 Tak Ku Ling Rd, Kowloon City, Kowloon
Lok Fu MTR Station – Exit B. 17 min walk to Islam Food.
Hong Kong’s major shopping district does not only consist of many popular international brands such as Zara and Chanel but also many halal food places, perfect for keeping your tummies full while you shop ?
3. Wai Kee
A short 7-minute walk from Causeway Bay Station lies a renowned halal roast duck stall in Hong Kong. It might be the only stall where you can find halal roast duck, but it’s known as one of the best in Hong Kong! In fact, even the locals flock here to have a taste of the yummy duck rice!
And you’ll understand why once you sink your teeth into the tender duck meat. The meat is well marinated and when coupled with the golden brown, crispy duck skin – the taste is simply indescribable? At only HKD30 per plate, this is totally worth it!
But don’t just come here for the duck rice! If you’re coming with friends or family, be sure to order a variety of dishes as they are really good as well. Our personal favourites were the springy, tasty wanton noodles and juicy wanton (remember to eat it while it’s hot!), and their signature mutton curry rice. The soy sauce chicken rice was yummy too as the sauce was light yet flavourful.
There’s free WiFi at this hawker centre!
10am to 6pm (only take-away orders after 5.30pm)
Shop 5, Bowrington Road Cooked Food Centre, 1/F, Bowrington Road Market, 21 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai
MTR Causeway Bay Station, exit A – Times Square. A short 7 min walk to Bowrington Road Market. The food centre is located on the 2nd floor of the Bowrington Road Indoor Market building. Enter via the escalator on the Bowrington Road side of the building.
4. Islamic Centre Canteen
Known as the best halal dim sum place ever
, Islamic Centre Canteen is a convenient 10-minute walk from Causeway Bay MTR Station. It’s quite easy to find this canteen as it’s located in a mosque. Take the lift up to the 5th
floor and you’ll be greeted by the vibrant atmosphere of the restaurant!
Choose from their range of steamed and/or fried dim sum! Our top picks for the steamed dim sum would be the steamed siu mai
with chicken which was soft and succulent, as well as har kow
(steamed shrimp dumplings). They were definitely not stingy with the fillings as the dumplings were packed to the brim and the skin wasn’t too thick!
For the fried dim sum, we particularly recommend the deep fried shrimp won ton. The won ton was fried to such perfection that one can hear the crisp of the skin from the other side of the table ?
P.S. If you’re coming here only for the dim sum, remember to do so before 3pm as the dim sum menu is not available after!
If you’re in Causeway Bay close to dinner time, try Islamic Centre Canteen’s dinner menu! For a place that’s known for their dim sum, we were pleasantly surprised at how good their Cantonese menu was. The tofu with salt, garlic and chilli was particularly flavourful – balancing the right amount of saltiness and spiciness? The fried rice was a tad bland so we recommend having it with other dishes ☺️
Halal-certified and Muslim-owned
10am to 3pm (dim sum), 6pm to 9pm (only Cantonese dishes)
5th floor, Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
MTR Causeway Bay – Exit A. A 10 min walk to Islamic Centre Canteen
5. Aladdin Mess
For those looking for authentic Indian food, Aladdin Mess would be the place to go. It’s located right next to Times Square and is a cosy spot amidst the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay. Be sure to try the garlic naan with their brisket masala - the soft and tasty naan goes really well with the spiciness of the Masala!
Credit: shershersheren on Instagram
If you prefer seafood dishes instead, try their Clams Masala and Fish Korma. Their south Indian spin on the seafood dishes are definitely worth a try? The food here is really flavourful but for those who cannot take too much spice, opt for the milder dishes instead.
Credit: foodieunited on InstagramHalal status:
11.45 to 3pm, 6pm to 10.45pm daily
2/F, 60 Russell Street, Causeway Bay
This is a haven for those looking for a mix of international brands, budget shopping and souvenirs! Bargain your way through at Ladies Market or feast your eyes (and pockets?) on the wide array of limited edition sneakers at Sneakers Market. There’s no doubt you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time here, so be sure to fill your tummy while you’re at it!
6. Ma’s Restaurant
Specializing in Xinjiang cuisine, Ma’s Restaurant is only a 5-minute walk from Prince Edward MTR Station! We bet you can tell how flavourful the food here is just by looking at these pictures but trust us when we say that it tastes even better than it looks ? Try their sweet and sour fish and for that burst of spiciness, the chilli beef. And don’t you leave this place without trying their veal goulash! The stuffed beef pocket is one of their signature dishes but we personally felt Islam Food’s goulash was more savoury and tender. Bite (slowly!) into the crispy exterior of the goulash and feel the yummy stew inside spurting in your mouth – heavenly ?
If you’re a fan of salted egg yolk, their salted egg yolk prawns are bound to impress you! The prawns are fried and coated with the sauce, giving it the crispy and tasty exterior.
End your meal with some traditional Chinese dessert! It’s not easy to find halal traditional desserts but this eatery does not compromise on quality? We tried the tang yuen (glutinous rice balls) black sesame, which was served steaming hot in a smooth sesame paste. Definitely a must try when you’re there!
P.S. Order their lunch set menus if you visit the restaurant between 11.30am to 5.30pm!
11.30am to 11pm daily
21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Hong Kong
MTR Prince Edward – Exit E. A short 5 min walk to Ma’s Restaurant
Hong Kong Disneyland
This renowned place needs no introduction! It’s known as the happiest place on Earth and is every Disney fan’s dream come true – and we’re not just talking about the rides and characters here. There’s such a wide variety of halal food options at Hong Kong Disneyland that you’ll be completely spoilt for choice?
We recommend heading to the eateries early or have dinner outside the park as the eateries were closed when we visited at 7pm.
7. Explorer’s Club
This restaurant is made up of many stalls offering different cuisines from Korean, Japanese, to Southeast Asian cuisine ? You can choose to sit in the air-conditioned area (though it’s a tad dark inside) or the al-fresco area here. And there’s an area at the entrance to park your prams so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of bringing your pram into the restaurant!
We were so excited with the huge variety that we ordered something from the different cuisines! Our personal favourites were the Baked Salmon Combo (Flavours of Japan) and the BBQ beef short ribs (Korean Treasures). The taste of the food was so yummy and authentic that we almost felt as though we were being transported to Japan and Korea? If you’re thinking of ordering a side dish for your meal, the takoyaki would be perfect!
There’s a prayer room with wudhu facilities right beside this restaurant! But do bring your own prayer garments as they are not provided.
8. Main Street Market
For your mid-day snack, head to the halal-certified Main Street Market kiosk and indulge in Disney-themed food! It’s quite easy to find this kiosk as it’s near the entrance of Disneyland on Main Street.
We tried their egglet with ice cream, and Mickey waffles which came with Maple syrup and Chocolate dips - served hot and fluffy! The size of the waffles was pretty big, making it perfect for sharing. If you prefer something more filling, try their jumbo hotdog. Sit on the steps at the side of the road or the benches as you enjoy the food while taking in the vibrant Disneyland atmosphere?
9. Tahitian Terrace
We were planning to try the Halal food at Tahitian Terrace during our trip but the place was closed? It’s been closed for a while now so do check Disneyland’s social media pages for any updates on the status of their restaurant!
This might be Hong Kong’s oldest theme park but its age is only testament to how awesome this theme park is! There’s so much to do and see that you’ll have to spend at least a full day here? And we know just what you need for all that energy running around – food!
10. Panda Food To Go
Located at the Waterfront, this is a take-away kiosk offering a wide variety of food! Choose from their yummy meals or if you prefer something lighter, there are small bites such as paus and hotdog buns. As it’s a take-away kiosk, you’ll be able to have your meal at the cafeteria next door (not Halal-certified).
We personally opted for something more filling – Hainan Chicken Rice and Beef Ball Steamed Rice, as this was our lunch. The portion of the rice and dishes was huge and definitely filled us up for the day☺️ We thought the chicken was a tad bland but it was really yummy when paired with the soy dip! For a healthier option, choose their salad bowl.
After going through the whole list, are you as blown away as we are to discover so many halal food options in Hong Kong? We’re sure you are! But seeing these pictures and just hearing about them is barely enough to fill your tummy. You’d have to try them for yourself, and it starts with heading to Hong Kong ?
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