A Hong Kong food court is in almost every mall. Some of them are arranged in a way that only one cuisine in each kiosk. In other words, no competition.
To anybody, this is really a win-win. Foodie could just step into one place to pick out whatever they want while they are in a hurry. For tourists, you can spend very little money to enjoy the greatest food adventure. Being the customer and foodie of many Hong Kong food courts, I can't complain about it.
This kind of set up is specially popular in some big malls, but not those flooded with luxury stores, such as Cityplaza Hong Kong. A lot of stripe malls started to follow this practice in the last 5 years.
When I worked in Hong Kong, the food court was always like a great escape in the middle of a work day. I had lunch in many of them literally every day.
Back then, even though the setup was very different from nowadays. It was always wonderful to explore something new. I didn't mean the kiosks changed all the time, but the menus of the kiosks.
Explore Hong Kong Food Court
What could you find in Hong Kong food court? Throughout my observation, you can definitely find the following:
1) Hong Kong street food (coming soon - link to Hong Kong Street Food page) - yep, you can eat the street food in a very nice environment. I got to say that some of them have very good quality.
It could be a very wide range of food separated into different kiosks, such as noodle bowls, stir-fry, roasted meat with rice and so forth.
This kiosk only sells dessert. Are you drooling yet?
2) Japanese food - it exists pretty much in every food court. Most of them serve Japanese hot dishes, such as rice and noodle bowls instead of sushi.
You most probably tried Teriyaki. Have you ever tried Tepanyaki?
3) Thai food - this is very commonly found in many food court other than the Japanese food. It usually serves noodle bowls and stir-fried which I love the most because most of them are hot and spicy.
4) Indonesian food - this cuisine is very rare in the food court environment. It is more popular in restaurant instead. But you know what? We found it in one of our food court adventures. We even had the chance to appreciated the chef brewing the tea. It was quite a show.
See the guy brewing the tea? Hey! Nothing is better than having a reasonably priced meal with yummy food and this kind of entertainment, right?
Here is some Indonesian food from one of our food court adventures. The left one is the green tea sponge cake. The right one is called the "Choco Dino". Very chocolaty....
This is the toast spread with Indonesian coconut jam, called "Kaya". You can easily find this spread in Hong Kong supermarket.
5) Western franchised restaurant - it was pretty common in the old set up of the food court. You may still see some of them, such as KFC, Oliver's sandwich and Delifrance. The menu is the same as in their restaurant setup. The kiosk is definitely smaller than the restaurant size though.
6) Taiwanese food (coming soon - link to Hong Kong Taiwanese Food page) - Hong Kong people like Taiwanese culture and food.
People even love to spend their weekend in Taiwan for a short escape for the week. Don't be surprised to see a kiosk serving Taiwanese milk tea with black pearl tapioca and thick toasts, like the Texas style.
The one on the left sells Hainanese Chicken Rice. The one on the right sells Taiwanese noodle bowls.
What I talked about is just a fraction of what you can find in a Hong Kong food court. Many of them have different setups, combination of the cuisines and pricing. Most of them charge very reasonably.
If you want to have some food adventures, but not spending too much, Hong Kong food court is definitely the way to go. It is very easy to find one in one of your shopping trip in a mall.
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