Hong Kong's best cheap eat

Hong Kong's best cheap eat

When you want it right cheap and right now, these picks will cure your cravings

Recommended: Australia Dairy Company's scrambled eggs

best cheap eat in hong kongAustralia Dairy Company's scrambled eggs served with spaghetti and ham -- breakfast of Hong Kong's champion foodies.

WOM Guide co-founder Fergus Fung surprised us by announcing he visits Australia Dairy Company for Hong Kong's most unexpected best cheap eat -- perfect scrambled eggs.

The cafe specializes in Western breakfast foods that have been Hong Kong-ified. Simple slices of white bread and scrambled eggs are done with such expertise that foodies crave them for breakfast, as well as lunch, dinner and late-night munchies.

The eggs are often paired with a plate of spaghetti topped with ham, and a cup of yuan yang -- milk tea mixed with coffee. 

At HK$13, Australia Dairy Company's scrambled eggs are no secret. Crowds descend on the cafe during meal times, so expect a wait.

Open daily, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Australia Dairy Company, 47-49 Parkes St., Jordan, tel. +852 2730 1356

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Recommended: Kai Kai's "cart noodles"

best cheap eat in hong kongKai Kai does cart noodles like it's the 1970s.

Food critic Michael Lam says Kai Kai's "cart noodles" (around HK$20) remind him of the flavors of his childhood in housing estates in the 1970s, when noodles heaped with a mishmash of ingredients were sold from mobile carts. 

"Everything here is authentic and traditional," raves Lam. 

"This family business has been around for more than 60 years and its food is still considered unique from other cart noodle joints," he says. "They serve quirky things like fresh pigs' intestines -- not the frozen ones -- as well as pomelo skin and deep-fried mashed taro."

Open Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 佳佳粉面店 "Kai Kai Noodle Shop," 14 Fuk Tsun St., Mongkok, tel. +852 2787 9569

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Recommended: Lok Heung Yuen's mix pie

best cheap eat in hong kongThe cheapest meal you can have in Hong Kong: HK$7 meat and egg pie.

Lok Heung Yuen is a celebrated "snake pit" for office workers in Central. That's Cantonese slang for a hangout where people slack off from work. 

These slackers know their cheap eats -- Lok Heung Yuen makes one-of-a-kind baked pies, all for under HK$10. 

The best is the "mix pie" (HK$7), a hefty filling of pork and boiled egg encased in a sweet cookie-like pastry. It's sugary and meaty at once, perfect with a cup of hot milk tea.

The compact bite can sit easily in a child's palm, but it's heavy enough to sit in your stomach for hours. Or at least until your next well-deserved "short" break from the office.

Open daily, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Lok Heung Yuen Coffee Shop, G/F 15C Wellington St., Central, tel. +852 2523 6391

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Winner: Hon Kee's beef offal  

best cheap eat in hong kongHon Kee digs deep within a cow and comes up with gourmet gold.

None on our expert panel could mount a serious argument against WOM Guide co-founder Samanta Pong's recommendation of Hon Kee's "beng sa laam" brisket and noodles (HK$39) as Hong Kong's tastiest cheap gourmet fix. 

Hong Kongers vye for Hon Kee's specialty, an ideal cut of brisket near the diaphragm, prizing it for its incomparable flavor and rarity.

New diners may have to chat up the Hon Kee staff to get on their good side to secure the best cuts of beng sa laam -- the underrated delicacy runs out quickly each day, snapped up by knowing foodies. 

Open daily, 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. 漢記牛雜粉面茶餐廳 Hon Kee Beef Offal Noodles, 470 Lockhart Rd., Causeway Bay (opposite New York Cinema), tel. +852 2838 2678

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