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Where to find the best congee in Hong Kong

There’s no denying the magical comfort of a hot bowl of freshly made congee. Here are some of the best in Hong Kong.

The main component of a bowl of congee is rice, but make no mistake, that doesn’t mean it’s a lunch and dinner-only dish. Congee in Hong Kong is also a beloved breakfast food, a hearty afternoon snack on a cold winter’s day or, as some on this list will show, a suitable appetizer to prelude a meal. greedy. A humble serving simmered slowly, then generously flavored with a handful of ingredients – shredded chicken, century-old egg, chunks of squid – the warm, soupy delicacy, along with the satisfying chew of gently cooked grains, often brings back nostalgic memories of a meal made home (or on a sick day!).

It’s fair to say that in a list compiled to name the “best,” Mom’s Perfect Recipe will always be rated highest. But hopefully your list of the accommodating “best congees” has room for a few more, say those names of our MMMs Award winners (special thanks to our exclusive sponsor foodpanda). They won’t be as comforting as your family’s tried-and-true recipe, but they will evoke – as centuries-old recipes often do – that same feeling of comfort that only the best congee in Hong Kong can provide.

Where to find the best congee in Hong Kong

Ser Wong Fun

MMMs Awards Eaters Choice Winner

Currently run by the fourth generation of the Ser Wong Fun family, this practically historic restaurant is famous for its hot, double-boiled soups, snake dishes, classic Cantonese dishes and, of course, congee.

Ser Wong Fun, various locations including G/F, 30 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2543 1032

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Greater China Club

MMM Award Winner

Opened in 2015, the Greater China Club is led by Chef Chan Wai-Teng, one of the most accomplished chefs of Chinese cuisine in Hong Kong. From dim sum to epicurean chef menus to upscale hotpots, you’ll have your pick of the venue’s various venues.

Greater China Club, Unit A, 10/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2743 8055

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Hansik Goo

MMM Award Winner

Bold, diverse and innovative, Hansik Goo presents a modern take on Korean cuisine, offering authentic flavors with just a little something extra that will keep you coming back season after season. They do a fancy edit of authentic Korean-style congee (or Juk, “죽”) that opens the meal, warming bellies as you progress through the menu.

Hansik Goo, 1/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2798 8768

Pak Loh Chiu Chow (百樂潮州)

MMM Award Winner

Since its first opening in 1967, Pak Loh Chiu Chow has expanded to several branches across Asia while maintaining its ever-high standard of serving humble, traditional and award-winning dishes. Signatures include their goose platter, chilled crab and – our favorite – Chiu Chow style baby oyster and ground pork congee.

Pak Loh Chiu Chow, various locations including Shop 1002, 10/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2577 1163

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Megan’s kitchen

MMM Award Winner

Conveniently located in the heart of Wan Chai, Megan’s Kitchen is famous for its homemade hot soup bases. Lesser known but equally delicious are their congee options; think a decadent lobster base, or chicken and clams, or even the classic sliced ​​garoupa congee. Mmm!

Megan’s Kitchen, 5/F, Lucky Centre, 165-171 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2866 8305

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President

MMM Award Winner

Asia’s number one restaurant needs no introduction. Dynamic, ingredient-driven and skilfully executed by the kitchen team, the Chairman offers rotating daily specials as well as signature dishes using local produce.

The President, 18 Kau U Fong, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2555 2202

More congee favorites we love:

  • Sang Kee Congee Shop (生記粥品專家): Sang Kee has been around since the 70s and this congee shop is best known for its fish belly congee, previously named by CNN as the top 40 must-try dishes in Hong Kong.
  • tang of china: You wouldn’t expect the availability of congee in the glamorous dining halls of China Tang. But, they are there, they exist! In a different variety of brands including chicken, abalone and conpoy.
  • Mui Kee Congee (妹記生滾粥品): No fancy interiors here! Mui Kee’s humble location at the food hub of Mong Kok has been passed down for over three generations. The longtime congee stall has won fans oto see with his signature leave, made with raw rice grains pressed into a mash of century-old eggs and prepared in a handmade copper pot.
  • Trusty Congee King (靠得住粥麵小館): As the very first congee restaurant recognized by the Michelin Bib Gourmand – a list dedicated to value-for-money establishments – Trusty Congee King is somewhere you can, well, trust. Good prices met with equally good congee, come and taste the signature fish broth base made with various types of dace.
  • Ho Hung Kee Congee & Noodle (何洪記粥麵專家): All you need to know is that Ho Hung Kee’s smooth and creamy bowls of congee are on the menu of one of the first congee restaurants to be recognized with a Michelin star in Hong Kong.
  • Good Hope Noodles (好旺角粥麵專家): A name mentioned alongside other big names in Hong Kong like Mak’s Noodles and Tsim Chai Kee, Good Hope Noodle doesn’t just serve a good bowl of wonton noodlesbut their congee is nnot too shabby either.
  • Sun Kee Chicken Congee (新記雞粥): What you’ll probably come to – and wait in line for – at Sun Kee is the chicken congee. Carefully braised with tender pieces of chicken that will end up in your warm bowlyouhe congee here is a testament to the restaurant’s long-standing reputation as one of the best in Yuen Long.

The list above was compiled by Nathan Erickson, Sandra Kwong, Joey Wong, and Lorria Sahmet.

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