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Originally published by Ching Yuen. Last updated by Shania Siu.
Truffle is one of the most luxurious delicacies in the world, so popular that it has made its way even into the most common of dishes. We are sure you must have seen truffle mentioned more than once in menus, from truffle cheese and truffle risotto to truffle dumplings and truffle steak! The slight mention of the word is enough to justify sky-high prices, but there is a loophole. Ladies and gentlemen, may we present to you the evergreen truffle fries!
Little Bao’s truffle fries ($98) take on a distinctly Asian twist—as with the rest of celebrated chef May Chow’s innovative menu. This particular dish is one for fungi lovers, since there’s not only truffle mayo, but the fries are tossed with shiitake tempeh, too. To top it off, a generous layer of pickled daikon cuts through the greasiness. Be sure to grab everything in a mouthful for the full experience—chopsticks work best!
Little Bao, Shop H1, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2555 0600
Just like their name, Dazzling Café truly dazzles customers from the second you step through their door and take in their chic and stylish interiors. One look at their menu and you will know that this café guarantees vibrant and appetising presentation for every dish and drink, making it an Instagrammable, must-try spot for those who love to snack with their eyes before feasting with their forks and knives. Opt for their truffle fries ($58) with truffle bits on top, and when you do, don’t forget to take a picture before you grab your first handful.
Bringing something slightly different to the list, Pause It does a creative version of truffle fries that we’ve seen nowhere else—black truffle poutine ($62)! Fries are piled high onto a plate before they pour a layer of thick cheese on top, followed by specks of truffle drizzled on. The fries may not be as crunchy as the rest, but since it’s poutine, it compensates with satisfying stretches of cheese each time you pull a fry away from the pile.
Pause It, 84 Shantung Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 2348 2138
Fries are the loyal companions to burgers, and Burger Joys proves this perfect combo right time and time again. Their black truffle fries ($59) are deep-fried for a light and airy texture, with truffle salt and truffle crumbles crowning each order. One bite of burger and juicy patty and then another bite of truffle fries, oh, and maybe a sip of milkshake or soda to wash that down… oh dear, we’re drooling already!
Burger Joys, Shop E, De Fenwick, 42–50 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2787 1288
It would be quite silly to worry about calories after already deciding to grab a plate of French fries, but what if we told you The Hangout offers a slightly healthier (and also incredibly delicious) take on truffle fries? Instead of using regular white potatoes, The Hangout serves a generous helping of sweet potato truffle fries ($58). Sweet potatoes are not only rich in vitamin A, but they also add a pleasant sweetness and a layer of depth to the taste of the dish, making this dish simple yet absolutely splendid.
The Hangout by Under Vacuum, G/F & 1/F, Man On Building, 15–19 Poplar Street, Prince Edward | (+852) 2468 2705
You would not expect to find this hidden gem of a café tucked away inside an industrial building in Kwun Tong—but that’s what makes it such a pleasant surprise! Happinesssss Café (高興) plays up its old Hong Kong salon concept with wooden counter seats made to look like vintage barbershop workstations and hanging lights of various shapes and sizes. Its truffle fries ($42) are also thick, crispy, and affordable—what’s not to like?
Happinesssss Café (高興), Shop 2, Shing Yip Industrial Building, 19–23 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong | (+852) 2650 0028
It’s no secret that the most debated topic amongst lovers of French fries is how they want their sauce: on the side or drizzled on top. Lucky for you, Moreish & Malt have both variations on offer depending on which branch you visit. For advocates of truffle mayo drizzled on top, get your truffle fries ($78) at the Kwun Tong and Wan Chai locations. If you want your truffle mayo on the side with truffle bits sprinkled on top, grab your serving of truffle fries ($68) at Hung Hom instead. On the odd chance that you do not mind either, try out both kinds!
Interested in noshing on truffle fries with a stunning view? You will want to hit up Glasshouse. While all of their branches serve the signature crispy fries ($58) with a side of truffle mayo, their IFC branch does so while giving you a breath-taking view of Victoria Harbour—now that is something we can settle for with a side of fries. Deep-fried to golden perfection and always served fresh, Glasshouse’s fries are slightly thicker than regular fries to give you more bite and substance. Now that sounds like our kind of afternoon tea!