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China is a country where its food highly reflects the geographical and regional differences. With its vast geographical landscapes, religions, and ethnicities, the food and style of cooking can be divided very much so regionally. You can simply imagine two main regionally styles of Chinese cuisine—northern and southern
Towards the north, the food is mainly hearty, salty, starchy, with wheat as the main staple due to the harsher climate. Whereas, towards the south, rice is the main stable, and the food you will find is more light and sweet, with more vegetables in their diet. However, this is just an oversimplification of Chinese cuisine and there are many more factors to take into consideration, such as ethnicity and religion.
In Hong Kong, the main style of cooking focuses less on the spice and more on the freshness and the natural flavours of the ingredients. There are plenty of places all over the city to have amazing Cantonese cuisine, but have you ever considered northern Chinese food? Although northern Chinese food is not common here in Hong Kong, here are five places you can find northern Chinese cuisine.
Islam Food is a restaurant that is located in the centre of Kowloon City, and from the name of the restaurant you probably already guessed right on what they offer-Chinese Islamic food! The restaurant has been running since the 1950s and offers a wide range of deliciously prepared halal Chinese food. Although this restaurant makes a variety of different foods from all over China, their most well-known dish is their beef pockets, which they make fresh daily, Northern-style dumplings, scallion pancakes, and their beef briskets. People from all walks of life come here making it a very popular place around the Kowloon City area.
Another well known northern dish is the infamous Lanzhou beef noodles. The dish is from the city of Lanzhou in Gansu province, and it consists of a clear soup, with chilli oil, slices of beef, and highlighted with chewy hand-pulled noodles. You can find this mouthwatering dish at Yaqut’s Lanzhou Hand-pulled Beef Noodles, which is conveniently located in Sheung Wan. Besides the beef noodles, they also serve up some delicious side dishes such as their black fungus with onion or seasoned cucumbers that will remind people of the delicacies of Northern China.
Yaqut’s Lanzhou Hand-pulled Beef Noodles, Shop 10A, 1/F, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9157 2777
Situated on Mecury Street in Tin Hau, Tian Shan Xiao Guan (天山小館) is an eatery that specialises in Xinjing and northern Chinese cuisine. Xinjiang food has a lot of emphasis on lamb, starch, and various spices—this is due to its ethnic Uyghur population, which highly influences its food. Tian Shan Xiao Guan offers a diverse menu filled with Northern favourites such as big-plate chicken, homestyle dumplings, spicy cumin lamb skewers, and much more!
Tian Shan Xiao Guan (天山小館), Shop A, G/F, 12 Mercury Street, Tin Hau | (+852) 2805 6130
Dumplings are an integral part of Chinese culture as a whole, but the wrapping itself in parts of Northern China is much thicker with the filling tend to be meatier. Wang Fu is a small restaurant that specialises in Northern staples, such as dumplings and other tasty dishes. Wang Fu is conveniently located in Central, making it the perfect place for a quick bite, or snack when around the area. Make sure to try their pork and chive dumplings as they are a classic Northern favourite.
Situated just next door to Wang Fu is Northern Dumpling Yuan, a simple restaurant that offers many delicious noodle dishes but is most well known for its simplistic and handmade dumplings. Like Wang Fu, this is another place to grab something quick when hungry. Whether you are going for the lamb and green onion, beef and celery, and pork and chive dumplings, they are all fantastic and priced affordably.
Northern Dumpling Yuan, 69 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 2525 9018