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By Karen Chiang | September 23rd, 2019

With new dining trends and restaurants coming and going every day, we often forget about the mainstays in Hong Kong, who have stood the test of time and continue to serve well-loved traditional dishes that we can’t live without. Check out some of the city’s oldest restaurants and support them to keep them around!

Tai Ping Koon

Tai Ping Koon’s Causeway Bay branch. Photo: Tai Ping Koon/Facebook

Established in 1860, Tai Ping Koon Restaurant was first founded in Guangzhou before launching its first branch in Hong Kong in 1938. It is also the eatery responsible for the well-loved Swiss sauce chicken wings (said to be a mispronounced “sweet” sauce) that we are so familiar with today. Must-eats apart from the wings include grilled pigeons, baked stuffed crab shells, and the ginormous baked soufflé.

Several locations including 60 Stanley Street, Central, 2889-2780.

Fook Lam Moon

Fook Lam Moon’s Wanchai location. Photo: Fook Lam Moon/Facebook

What started as a private catering business for the rich back in 1948 has now grown into one of Hong Kong’s most well-known and respected Cantonese restaurants. The Wan Chai location first opened in 1972, and has served countless locals, tourists and celebrities alike with dim sum and classic banquet dishes including whole roasted pig and abalone, without significant changes to the menu.

35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, 2866-0663.

Mido Cafe

Mido Cafe’s look has not changed since the ’50s. Photo: Simon Shek/Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to local cafes, Mido is definitely one of the most famous, having been featured in numerous Hong Kong cult movies such as Chungking Express. Its retro decor instantly transports you back to the 50s, when the cafe first opened in this two-story location. It still serves Hong Kong classics like French toast, pineapple buns and iced milk tea.

63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, 2384-6402.

Luk Yu Tea House

Luk Yu Teahouse in Central. Photo: Luk Yu Teahouse/Facebook

Sitting pretty in Central, Luk Yu Teahouse is famous for its dim sum and Cantonese fine dining and was popular with the upperclass back in the day. Now, it stands as a time capsule with East-meets-West decor inspired by the Art Deco era, still serving dishes like pork liver dumplings and shrimp and rice dumplings that are hard to find elsewhere.

24 Stanley Street, Central, 2523-5464.

Jimmy’s Kitchen

The famous Baked Alaska from Jimmy’s Kitchen. Photo: Jimmy’s Kitchen/Facebook

Standing proud in Central since 1928, Jimmy’s Kitchen spearheaded Hong Kong’s own spin on western cuisine, serving a mix of local and international favourites from Chinese fried rice to Sunday’s Roast for the rich and famous. Still serving most of the same signature dishes today, it continues to be a staple in the business circles and attracts visitors with its hospitality and atmosphere.

G/F, South China Building, 1-3 Wyndham Street, Central, 2526-5293.

Mak’s Noodle

Mak’s Noodle is best known for its fragrant egg noodles. Photo: Mak’s Noodle Hong Kong/Facebook

What’s Hong Kong without wonton noodles? Mak’s Noodle is one of the most famous branches for this dish, with a history that dates all the way back to 1920. From Guangzhou to Hong Kong, it first began as a dai pai dong before blossoming into storefronts all over the city.

Various locations including 77 Wellington Street, Central, 2854-3810.

Australia Dairy Company

The constant queue outside the Australia Dairy Company. Photo: Australia Dairy Company/Hong Kong

Last but definitely not least, the Australia Dairy Company, founded in the 70s, is a not-to-be-missed. Known for its somewhat unfriendly but lightening speed service, as well as its silky smooth scrambled eggs, it is an iconic local experience that keeps people coming back time and time again.

47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, 2730-1356.