The 10 Best Restaurants For Filipino Food In Hong Kong
Hong Kong is home to a diverse range of cuisines, from Japanese, to Korean, Italian, Thai and so much more but among these, Filipino food continues to be underrated. But thanks to the vibrant Filipino community in the city, we're blessed with a number of places where you get try Filipino food in the city. Some offer traditional dishes, while others add their own modern twists, but no matter which you choose, you'll surely fall in love with the cuisine packed with a lot of love.
As a homegrown Filipino in Hong Kong, I'm giving you my personal recommendations on where the best places are in the city to get a taste of Filipino food, whether you're looking for classic favourites, fusion dishes or homemade meals, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
See also: 7 Best Places To Buy Mochi In Hong Kong
1/10 Foodtrip Bedana's Filipino Restaurant
Foodtrip Bedana's Filipino Restaurant is a favourite among the Filipino community in Hong Kong—and for the right reasons. This family-owned restaurant offers a warm atmosphere to its diners, whether they're regulars or coming for the first time.
But of course, their food offerings are the highlight. You'll be spoiled for choice with the range here, but favourites include sisig (chopped pork and liver but fish or chicken can be used too, combined with calamansi, onions and chili pepper), kare-kare (oxtail stew in thick peanut sauce) and the liempo (barbecued pork belly marinated in calamansi soy sauce).
If you're really hungry, the full-on boodle fight is another experience. This eating style has roots in the military, where different dishes are served with rice on banana leaves. Do it the family way—dig in with your hands for the ultimate experience.
Foodtrip Bedana's Filipino Restaurant, G/F, 113 Woosung Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2542 3088
2/10 Junels Restobar
Junels Restobar is one of the longest-standing Filipino restaurants in Hong Kong. The place also moonlights as a karaoke bar, which in part reflects the love most Filipinos have for singing. They serve an array of dishes but some of the favourites include lechon kawali (deep fried pork belly), the classic adobo (chicken or pork stew marinated in soy sauce and spices) as well as dinuguan (pork simmered in sauce from pig's blood). Their sisig is served on a sizzling plate for extra goodness.
Junels is a cornerstone of Hong Kong's Filipino community and domestic workers and since it's inception in 2009, has welcomed generations of families to celebrate their birthdays, socialise and just eat some good Filipino food.
Junels Restobar, B/F, Shop 1G, 7 On Ning Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 5182 8725,j junelsrestobar.business.site
See also: The Best Cafes And Coffee Shops In Sai Ying Pun
Cinta-J is the place to be if you want to try a range of Southeast Asian dishes including Malaysian, Thai, Indonesian and of course, Filipino. Located in Wan Chai, this restaurant also offers live band performances together with a wide range of dishes to choose from.
Some of the recommended ones include their breakfast sets (but you can eat them anytime), tosilog and tapsilog. The former is a combination of tocino (cured meat), fried rice and egg while the latter also has fried rice and egg but is served with tapa (cured beef). The name comes from the first syllable of each of the main ingredients. Their lechon kawali with gravy sauce is also a must try—it just melts in your mouth.
Cinta-J, Shop G-4, Malaysia Building, 69 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2529 6622, facebook.com/Cinta.J.HK
See also: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Wan Chai
4/10 Holy Gaw
A relative newcomer to the Filipino dining scene in Hong Kong, Holy Gaw prides in its contemporary take on Filipino cuisine. Helmed by chef Gaw, the restaurant offers diners Filipino-inspired fusion food that still keeps much of what makes traditional Filipino dishes great.
The standouts here are the Salpicao, made up of juicy slices of tenderloin mixed with garlic and calamansi, the carbonara and the very innovative ube ice-cream sandwich. For the drinks, their calamansi mojito and calamansi soda are blockbusters. The serving isn't so heavy making Holy Gaw a great starter if you're just getting to know Filipino food and is suitable for those with an international palette.
Holy Gaw, Shop 4, G/F, 15 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, +852 2782 3988, facebook.com/HolyGaw
See also: 9 Of The Best Vegan Ice Cream Shops In Hong Kong
What is a list of the best Filipino food without mentioning Jollibee? This fast-food sensation is such an important part of the Filipino dining scene whether it's in the Philippines or overseas. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) clamour to eat this as it's a reminder of home. Serving mouthwatering comfort food well-loved by the Filipino palate, Jollibee's famous chicken joy is surely a must-try where you can expect finger-licking, juicy chicken.
Their Jolly Spaghetti might make you raise your eyebrows because of its sweetness but the well-loved dish is perfect for kids who love the taste of the sweet Filipino banana ketchup. Don't forget the yum burger to complete the meal. For dessert, we highly recommend the mango pie. Sadly, Jollibee's dancing mascot isn't here In Hong Kong to entertain its diners but it's a huge hit in the Philippines especially during children's parties.
Jollibee, various locations, facebook.com/JollibeeHKofficial
While Amore serves a mix of Asian food together with its western food offerings, it's still Pinoy at heart. The rellenong bangus (stuffed milkfish) is totally worth a try, so is the simple yet filling, tortang talong (eggplant omelette). We suggest trading the rice for pancit bihon (noodles cooked with soy sauce with chopped vegetables and meat) instead.
With friendly staff and bottomless drinks to boot, be sure to add Amore to your list. Take note that Amore is closed on Mondays so plan your visit accordingly.
Amore, 8 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2877 8282, amorehk.com
7/10 The Port
The Port might be hidden inside a building but given its location near Lan Kwai Fong, this restaurant is a hit among the Filipino crowd after (or before) a night of fun. They have a great selection of dishes though the bicol express (pork in coconut milk and chili peppers) and tokwa't baboy (deep fried tofu and pork) packs a punch after a drink.
If you want to visit during the day, their set lunches are a fantastic deal. You can choose from lechon kawali, beef kaldereta (stew in tomato sauce and liver spread), tapsilog and longsilog (Filipino local sausage or chorizo, egg and fried rice).
The Port, 3/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38–44 D'Agular Street, Lan Wai Fong, Central, +852 9409 5259
8/10 Mama's Kitchen
The latest addition to the Filipino food scene in Hong Kong is Mama's Kitchen, which just opened in February 2021. The beauty and brains behind the restaurant is Mel Balik who wanted to share her homemade recipes with Hong Kong families and Filipinos who miss their mother's cooking back home.
Balik champions the idea that food is a great way to share one's family values, tradition, sense of community and support, especially during this pandemic. With travel on hold, Mama's Kitchen is bringing Filipino food over to us. In addition to their normal selection, they also offer vegetarian options. The chicken adobo bun is a spin on the classic adobo and the spring roll is a Filipino party favourite. No matter what dish you choose, each is guaranteed to be cooked with love.
Mama's Kitchen, basement, 13 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, +852 5299 8119, mamaskitchenhk.com
9/10 The FAT Kusina
If you're looking to support independent businesses that equally serve amazing Filipino food, look no further than The FAT Kusina (kusina means kitchen in Filipino while FAT stands for fresh and tasty). Their products are homemade and served with love and evoke a nostalgic feeling from home-cooked meals especially of families sharing it together.
Their offerings are divided into ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat packs. We recommend the skinless longganisa, a staple in any Filipino breakfast as well as the chicken inasal for the ready-to-cook packs. On the other hand, the kare-kare, bicol express and kalereta are all worth a try.
To order, send a message through their Instagram page
See also: Elliot Faber Toasts To Love To Support Hong Kong's F&B Community
10/10 Momsh Kitchenette
Momsh Kitchenette is another independent Filipino business offering deliciously home-cooked Filipino dish or lutong bahay. Chicken inasal is the mainstay and blockbuster here but the lechon kawali and innovative laing con lechon (sherred taro leaves with cripsy pork) are equally delicious. If you want something with more spice, have a go at the bicol express.
To order, send a message through their Instagram page
See also: The Best Instagram Bakeries And Cake Shops In Hong Kong