Best Food at Shau Kei Wan Main Street East

Best Food at Shau Kei Wan Main Street East

Shau Kei Wan was inhabited by fishermen as early as Ming dynasty. Though historically a fishing village and a harbour of refuge, the area gradually transformed into an industrial district in the 1920s as its population continued to grow. In the 1960s, large-scale housing projects and reclamation took place in Shau Kei Wan, creating and giving shape to its current landscape.

In recent years, this aging district is being given a face lift as old properties are acquired by developers for redevelopment. Let’s take a stroll together and see what makes this neighborhood so unique and attractive.

Shau Kei Wan is the kind of special ‘secret’ place that you can’t believe still exists in Hong Kong. Here you’ll find a half dozen old Chinese temples, banners fluttering in the breeze–along with a main street chockablock with great Hong Kong street food restaurants and stalls.

Tucked away at the far eastern end of Hong Kong island, Shau Kei Wan existed as a fishing village long before there was a Hong Kong. Due to its distance from the center of the city, Shau Kei Wan remained a working class area with lower rents than other areas of Hong Kong. It’s remained a thriving center for street food and great old-fashioned Hong Kong snack and coffee shop culture. Thankfully, it has not made the tourist map yet, and this is where Hong Kong people flock on the weekends to enjoy the comfort foods they remember from 20 and 30 years ago.

Shau Kei Wan’s amazing outdoor wet market takes up an entire outdoor city block, and is absolutely our favorite market in Hong Kong. In between eating stops, we will take advantage of the variety and spaciousness of this local treasure to introduce you to the key ingredients and guiding philosophy behind our Hong Kong Cantonese cuisine.

You’ll be making few stops for Hong Kong local foods and snacks typically eaten in the afternoon. The menu should not missed out some of the following: fish ball or beef brisket noodles, buns and egg tarts, iced or hot milk tea or “coffee-tea”, Hong Kong style “little chicken egg” waffles (gai daan jai), street-side old school dim sum and herbal medicinal tea.

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