Discover authentic Cantonese cuisine at these Hong Kong private kitchens
26 Nov 2019
Hong Kong has long had a love for private kitchens, especially for their seasonal and often luxurious menus served in an intimate setting. While they used to be in actual homes, modern private kitchens are now more loosely defined as reservations-only restaurants, often requiring deposits and located upstairs in unassuming buildings. Serving custom menus for group bookings, private kitchens in Hong Kong are a fantastic way to experience high-quality and authentic dishes without the crowds and queues.
Here’s our pick of the best Cantonese private kitchens in Hong Kong.
George Private Kitchen
Opened in 2014, George Private Kitchen was founded by George Ip, a disciple of Chinese cuisine authors Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong. On its seasonal menu, you’ll find a variety of traditional Cantonese dishes ranging from poultry to seafood, all made with fresh ingredients and no MSG. If you’re lucky, you’ll even encounter historic dishes like 鱉蒸羊 (mutton soup steamed Chinese softshell turtle) from the Song dynasty.
George Private Kitchen, 9/F, Charmhill Centre, 50 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 9094 2362; https://www.facebook.com/georgeprivatekitchen
If private kitchens were defined by their use of luxurious ingredients and labour-intensive techniques on familiar dishes, then Flower Drum definitely checks all of the boxes. The 36-seat restaurant in Wan Chai presents a menu of Cantonese favourites elevated with top-notch ingredients. Signatures include the Miyazaki Barbecued Pork (in which the pork is fed with organic corn, natto and probiotics), and the Homemade Shrimp Roe Noodle with South African abalone and Japanese mushroom in fish maw sauce.
Flower Drum, Shop B, 2/F, Linway Court, 69-71 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, +852 2267 0288; https://www.flowerdrum.com.hk/en/
Yin Yang Coastal
If you didn’t think seaside dining was a thing for Cantonese restaurants, think again. Located on Ting Kau Beach in Tsuen Wan, Yin Yang Coastal is truly a hidden gem, and a romantic one at that. All you have to do when you make a booking is to choose between the yellow earth chicken or suckling pig, as well as the number of courses you want – the rest will be decided by celebrity chef Margaret Xu Yuan and her team based on season and availability of ingredients. Only using local and organic produce, Yin Yang Coastal is a rare farm-to-table Chinese dining experience.
Yin Yang Coastal, Ting Kau Beach (near the Royal View Hotel), House 117, Ting Kau Village, Tsuen Wan, +852 2866 0868; http://www.yinyang.hk/
Tasting Court Chinese Cuisine
A favourite of local celebrities and socialites, Tasting Court is known for its recreation of ancient Chinese recipes and its use of local and fresh ingredients. Insisting on using less oil and seasoning, dishes here allow the ingredients to shine. Think prime rib sun-dried in Sheung Shui, chicken and organic spring onions straight from the local farm, and flower crabs handpicked from local fishermen – all paired with homemade sauces to show off a true taste of Hong Kong.
Tasting Court Chinese Cuisine, Shop D, M/F, Bonny View House, 63-65 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, +852 2493 1133; https://www.facebook.com/Tastingcourthk/
Tak Lung Restaurant
Tak Lung has been part of Hong Kong’s dining scene since 1963, evolving from a two-decades-old dai pai dong into a proper brick-and-mortar restaurant in San Po Kong, and now, a private kitchen and catering business. Book ahead for whole roasted pigs and elaborate poon choi to take home, or enjoy a menu of classic Cantonese dishes like sweet and sour pork and baked chicken liver with pork rolls.
Tak Lung Restaurant, G/F, 33C Hong Keung Street, San Po Kong, +852 2320 7020; https://www.facebook.com/tak.lung.hk
Amen’s Private Kitchen
In the heart of Tai Po is a private kitchen off the beaten track that gets its vegetables straight from a backyard farm. Literally located in the cosy home of chef Amen, you’ll be welcomed with homestyle Cantonese food like minced pork with chopped bean sprouts, and baked fish intestines with egg, and, if you’re lucky, a glass of vintage whisky from the chef’s own collection.
Amen’s Private Kitchen, 9 Tai Om Village, Lam Kan Road, Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, +852 9836 4741; https://www.facebook.com/amenprivatekitchen/
Fresh seafood, dishes with proper wok-breath, and a place made for big groups – as far as authentic private kitchens go, Imperial has got it all. Hidden within an industrial building in Kwun Tong, the menu of affordable Cantonese food without pretence makes Imperial worth taking the time to find. Take your pick from customisable set meals, and make sure you don’t miss the white pepper fried abalone and typhoon shelter crab.
Imperial, Flat F, 12/F, King Win Factory Building, 65-67 King Yip Street, Kwun Tong, +852 3575 9567; https://www.facebook.com/IMPERIAL1997