There are plenty of restaurants worth visiting in the neighborhood around the University of Hong Kong (HKU). With so many students and residents nearby, local restaurants are keen on offering promotions to attract more customers. As many of them target students in the area, it is not surprising that meals in the neighborhood are so affordable. Read on for an inside scoop on some of the best restaurants near HKU. If you are a student, you might even enjoy some additional discounts on top of their already budget-friendly meals.
Kam Cheung Pork Noodles
HKU regulars love visiting Kam Cheung Pork Noodle, which is just minutes away on Water Street and especially convenient for those who have a break in between their lectures. We recommend stopping in for the Shanghainese noodles served with Kam Cheung’s signature deep fried pork chop.
This crispy pork chop comes in a generous portion for just HK$42. Or, make it a lunch set with a cup of soy milk for about HK$50. If you’re not feeling the pork chop, the wonton, dumplings, beef or tofu are also good to go with the noodles. One thing is for sure – you will leave with a full belly.
Address: 316C, Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Bingaz Street Food
Bingaz Street Food is one of the best restaurants near HKU specializing in Asian street food. Meat lovers will rejoice, as Bingaz provides a variety of meat skewers grilled right in front of you. However, vegetarians are welcome, too – they have grilled vegetables and pasta that are just as tasty and fresh as anything else on the menu.
Soup noodles or fried rice with two choices of skewers come in at just HK$68 from their set lunch menu. Bingaz’s grilled lamb chops are a local favorite, prepared to order right before your eyes. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop in for some skewers at Bingaz Street Food after a long day of school or work.
Address: 64 Third Street, G/F Bingaz, Sai Ying Pun
BakeOut Homemade Koppepan
By the name, you may have guessed – BakeOut does have something to do with bread. Although, you may not have heard of Koppepans before. This Japanese sandwich is shaped like a French baguette, but with a softer texture. BakeOut Homemade Koppepan isn’t as close to HKU as others, but it’s near Sai Ying Pun MTR station. So, it’s perfect for grabbing a bite before you hop on the train.
BakeOut offers 12 types of sandwiches ranging from the American style hot dog to deep fried chicken to a potato salad sandwich. But if you can’t decide which sandwich to order, the Beef Rendang Curry is a favorite among regulars. This fusion of Indonesian and Japanese flavors is a delightful surprise that you won’t get anywhere else. Complete your meal with a side of fries or Japanese hash browns. Or, if you feel like eating healthy, opt for a side of sweet corn instead.
Address: 216 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
We dare you to have a meal at Dare! This Western and Japanese fusion cuisine is popular among HKU students and is only a 4-minute walk from HKU MTR station Exit B1. Want some insider tips on what to order? You can’t go wrong with ox tongue rice. This is usually the first dish people mention whenever they talk about Dare.
Worried that it will be pricey based on your Japanese barbecue experience? Don’t be. Dare’s ox tongue rice only costs HK$58 and comes with a serving of rice and vegetables. The spaghetti carbonara, black truffle and mushroom risotto and portobello mushroom burger are all popular menu items as well. Students also get a free hot drink with a student ID.
Address: Shop 1, G/F, 5 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun
Viet Chiu Vietnamese Restaurant
Viet Chiu Vietnamese Restaurant easily makes our list as one of the best restaurants near HKU because of its affordability and quality. Founded by Vietnamese locals, Viet Chiu provides a wide range of authentic dishes. There are 15 types of cold rice vermicelli on the menu, including spring roll, beef with lemon grass and deep fried shrimp cake – the list goes on.
Plus, you can choose from 18 afternoon tea sets ranging from just HK$20 to HK$46, whether you feel like having Vietnamese baguette or satay sticks. If you order noodles or rice, the owners might just surprise you with a free hot drink as well! Close to HKU MTR station, Viet Chiu is a great little spot that is super convenient for a quick bite.
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