Foodies Tour of Hong Kong New Territories – Tai Po and Yuen Long

26 October, 2015

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During our recent trip to Hong Kong, we booked a tour with myhktour.com. This is our first time travelling with a baby and we were going to explore the New Territories where some locations were not easily accessible by public transport - thus we booked a private tour with Ronald. Our group comprised 4 adults + 1 6-month old baby and Ronald provided us with a 7-seater car which was very spacious for our group. Ronald was very flexible with the schedule (I planned the itinerary and discussed with him before the trip) and we didn't feel very rushed - we had time to stop to change the baby's diapers and my wife could breastfeed on the go at the back of the car. No pressure for tips and no forced shopping stop - we went wherever we wanted to go.

We had wanted to have lunch at Yat Lok BBQ restaurant at Tai Po but it was closed when we arrived (although we arrived at the timing when it was supposed to open). Ronald quickly suggested a place where locals eat and it was a great experience. I strongly recommend myhktour.com for private tours around Hong Kong. Even if you have no idea where you wanted to go, Ronald can help you plan something out.

Besides sightseeing in the New Territories, we also took the opportunity during our private tour with myhktour.com to do a mini foodie trip of the best places to eat around the New Territories, specifically Tai Po and Yuen Long.

After making our wishes at the Lam Tseun wishing tree, we drove to Tai Po for our lunch at Yat Lok BBQ Restaurant – known for its Roasted Goose dish. It also came with the endorsement of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. This restaurant is highly rated for one of the best roast goose dish in Hong Kong with its crispy skin and tender meat.  However, one of our wishes we made at Lam Tseun wishing tree wasn’t to eat Yat Lok roasted goose so when we arrived at the restaurant at 11am (its supposed opening time), it was still closed.  It was only later then we realised that although the Yat Lok BBQ restaurant is supposed to open at 11am, you may have to wait until 12.30pm for the doors to open. The picture below is what the exterior of the Yat Lok BBQ restaurant at Tai Po looks like when it is opened.  There is another Yat Lok BBQ restaurant branch at Central and is opened by the Tai Po branch owner’s (Chu Kin-wah) brother.

一樂燒臘飯店 Yat Lok Barbeque Restaurant

Block A, Po Wah Building
5 Tai Ming Lane
Tai Po
tel: +852 2656 4732

Yat Lok BBQ Goose Duck New Territories Tai Po

Thankfully, our myhktour.com guide, Ronald was able to make quick suggestions of what else to eat around the Tai Po market area – we decided to eat where the locals eat – at their equivalent of our Singapore’s food court/kopitiam. If you are making your way there, take the lift up from the Tai Po complex – not the escalators of Tai Po Market and Food Centre. You see the entrance below, take the lifts on your right as you enter. The lifts on your left have very long queues because they lead to the Tai Po complex offices and Tai Po library.

tai po market complex food court hong kong

The Tai Po food court is very crowded but there will be some empty tables here and there along the aisles.  I am not sure if tissue paper choping works here. For certain tables, you will see the menu or small signages indicating the stalls these tables “belong to” so while you can still order food from other stalls to eat at the table, you are still require to order food from the “sponsoring” stall if you eat at their table.  So in a sense, they have “choped” the table for you if you are intending to eat food from that stall.

tai po market food court

The food here is very affordable – for the butter thick toast you see in the picture below, it cost HK$10 (less than S$2) – this is usually sold at S$4 to S$5 in Singapore “Hong Kong cafes” and this toast tasted really good!

tai po market food court toast bread butter

The Har gow (shrimp dumplings) you see in the picture below cost HK$10 for 4 (less than S$2 for 4) and the liu sha pao (custard bun) cost HK$9 for 3.  Very affordable lunch so if you are on a budget travelling in Hong Kong, you might want to check out their food court.  Not sure if these food courts are only available in the suburbs like Tai Po.

tai po market dim sum custard bun har kow prawn

Next for tea – after visiting Kat Hing Wai Walled Village, we stopped by Yuen Long – known for its many good food – one of which is the Ho To Tai Noodle Shop 好到底麵家. The Chinese translation of the shop name means “very good noodles” so it has to live up to its reputation – it is also a one star Michelin starred restaurant. This 60-year-old Yuen Long institution is one of the world’s cheapest Michelin restaurants.

Hao Dao Di Noodles Wanton Yuen Long

Ho To Tai is best known for the fresh Cantonese egg noodles and shrimp roe noodles. I personally prefer the dry version of the wanton noodles.  The soup taste just as good too.

Ho To Tai Noodle Shop 好到底麵家

No.67, Fau Tsoi St, Yuen Long; tel +852 2476 2495

Hao Dao Di Noodles Dry Soup Yuen Long

When you are in Yuen Long, you should get Lao Po Biscuit 老婆餅 or Wife Cake – there are 2 biggest Lao Po Biscuit shops in Yuen Long – Wing Wah Cake Shop and Hang Heung Cake Shop 恒香老餅家. We bought both brands to try and my favorite is the 老婆餅 from Hang Heung Cake Shop 恒香老餅家.

Hang Heung Cake Shop 恆香老餅家

Hang Heung Lao Po Biscuit 老婆餅 is the traditional wife biscuit with winter melon paste. The entire pastry is very soft and the filling sweet.  There is a slight “chao da” burnt taste to the soft crust and that makes the 老婆餅 from 恆香老餅家 very unique tasting compared to the rest of Lao Po Biscuit from other shops.

Heng Xiang Lao Po Biscuit Yuen Long

The Lao Po biscuit does not come in individual packaging and rough handling can cause the 老婆餅 to disintegrate, at least the soft crusts. The expiry date of the 老婆餅 is typically 10 days after purchase so if you are planning to buy a lot home, time your purchase of the 老婆餅 to the last day of your trip for maximum freshness.  Each box cost about HK$55

The Yuen Long Hang Heung Cake Shop 恒香老餅家 shop is at 64 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long; tel: +852 2479 2141 but you can find their shops everywhere in Hong Kong e.g.

Causeway Bay, Sogo Department Store, Basement 2

10am-10pm , Causeway bay MTR Exit D3

579 Nathan Road, Shop 1, Mongkok, Kowloon

10am-930pm, Mongkok MTR Exit A1

Tsim Sha Tsui, Sogo Department Store, Basement 2

10am -10pm, East Tsim Sha Tsui Exit J

Heng Xiang Lao Po Biscuit Yuen Long New Territories

Wing Wah Cake Shop 榮華餅家

Just a few steps away from Yuen Long Hang Heung Cake Shop 恒香老餅家 shop, you will find Wing Wah Cake Shop. The taste of Wing Wah Wife Cake is so-so only compared to Hang Heung but what they lack in taste, they make up for it in variety – you will all kinds of “pattern” of wife cake with Wing Wah – mini wife cake, wife cake with different fillings and even husband cakes! They also sell a lot of different types of food in their store e.g. lup cheong, Hong Kong snacks (Wing Wah brand ones).

Wing Wah Lao Po Biscuit Yuen Long

Their wife biscuits are individually packaged so unlike Hang Heung wife cakes, they are better preserved in terms of looks even with rough handling but taste-wise, Hang Heung wins hands-down.

Wing Wah Lao Po Biscuit Yuen Long New Territories

So that’s the quick food trail we did with myhktour during our private tour of the New Territories. Ronald – the boss of myhktour.com was mindful of our needs and had arranged for a comfortable 7-seater to bring our family around (4 adults and a baby).  He charges HK$2500 (about S$460) for a 9-hour private tour (with a 7-seater vehicle) of Hong Kong (toll fees, parking fees, petrol are all included in the HK$2500 rate).  You pay for your own food and entrance tickets to any attractions.  This is a per vehicle rate for up to 7 persons (although you will find the vehicle very cramped if you fit 7 average-sized persons in it) – even if you have just 4 persons like my group, I thought the rate was quite reasonable (at about S$100 per person) to have a vehicle to yourself to check out various sights in Hong Kong.

The overall experience with myhktour.com and Ronald was a great one – there was no shopping stops.  We just drove wherever we want to go and if we want to, we can actually visit a lot more sites in a day but we chose to take it easy.  Thus, if you are travelling with a baby or have elderly in your group and yet want to travel around Hong Kong conveniently at an affordable price, myhktour.com is a good choice. They even do tours to Macau and Shenzhen too.

Ronald has also launched a new website – sohongkong.com that details the best thing to do, see and eat in Hong Kong. I find the site quite useful for trip planning – very detailed reviews and addresses of the places to check out.

sohongkong tour

Like this dedicated Hong Kong food page, you get an overview of what you can eat in Hong Kong with lots of pictures to help you navigate. However, you will need quite a good understanding of Mandarin to read the reviews and gather the necessary info for your trip planning. Even if you understand Mandarin, you will need to understand the traditional Chinese writing script – we are all taught in simplified Chinese so navigating the sohongkong.com site might be challenging for some of us.

But if this language barrier isn’t a barrier for you, then check out sohongkong.com to plan your next trip!

sohongkong foodie

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

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