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6 Lunches for under $60 in Central and Sheung Wan

5.29.2014


Central, as you may have guessed from its name, is one of Hong Kong's epicentres in terms of shops, offices and eateries. Having my offices in Central is both a blessing and a curse, as there are far too many nice shops and restaurants to patronise during my lunch break! It can be a pretty expensive place to be in the long term though, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite cheap eats around Central and nearby Sheung Wan for the days when you're on a budget but still crave an hour away from your desk. I am, of course, open to any other recommendations...


Noodlemi
G/F, 2 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan / 2253 1113 / noodle-mi.com

A small Vietnamese restaurant that serves the tastiest MSG-free pho in the area. I go at least once a week for the Grilled Pork Neck Pho ($58, top left), but their Turmeric Whitefish, Scallion and Dill ($60) and Grilled Five Spice Pork Scallion and Crispy Shallot ($58) are also firm favourites.

K-Roll
Shop 6A, G/F, Sen Fat Building, 6 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan / 2234 5505 / www.k-roll.com.hk

K-Roll is a stone's throw away from Noodlemi and a quicker option if you don't have time to sit down, slurp noodles and savour fried fish. The short menu consists of Korean lunch staples, including Korrito Rolls that are similar to sushi rolls ($58, I recommend Tonkatsu, top right), their signature K-Roll ($48, I'd go for the marinated beef Bugolgi), and Dukbokki rice cakes ($48). 

Kenko Syokuhin Ramen (健康食品拉麵)
Shops B-D, G/F, Welley Building, 97 Wellington Street, Central / 2328 6227 / OpenRice Webpage

The Chinese translation of this Japanese ramen joint literally means "healthy noodles", and is a new favourite sit-down of mine. They mainly serve delicious ramen (middle left), but the Pan-Fried Dumplings with Rice and Soup is a great value lunch set coming in at $58. On Fridays though, I tend to splurge and go for the Beauty Set or Pure Set ($80 each), which are ramen in flavoursome veggie-based broths that also come with a side salad and Yakult! 

Dim Sum Square
27 Hillier Street (entrance on Jervois Street), Sheung Wan / 2851 8088 / OpenRice Webpage 

The best value dim sum I've found in the area is Dim Sum Square. $60 buys you more than anywhere else on this page: BBQ Pork Buns ($14, middle right); Siu Mai Dumplings ($16); Chicken and Preserved Sausage Rice ($18); and Fried Turnip Cake ($12). As the food is excellent value and of a decent quality, there tends to be queues around the block, so my advice is to go before 12.30 or after 1.30 to miss the lunch crowds.

Mak's Noodles (麥奀雲吞麵世家)
77 Wellington Street, Central / 2854 3810 / OpenRice Webpage

Mak's Noodle is a long-time Hong Kong establishment, and serves one of the best and most authentic wontons in town. If it's your first visit, be sure to try their signature Wonton Noodles ($33, bottom left). Not feeling noodles but still crave dumplings and broth? Go for the Wonton Shuigau double dumpling bonanza ($36) instead. 

Mana! Fast Slow Food
92 Wellington Street, Central / 2851 1611 / mana.hk

If I'm feeling a bit sluggish or need a bit of a health kick, Mana! is my go-to for a quick pick me up. I tend to grab half an organic wholemeal flatbread, like the MANA! Joy ($45+$12, with zaatar, avocado, garlicnaise, tomato and mint with added halloumi), and hang out at the communal table outside for a little while to wind down before heading to work. They also serve a refreshing Lemonade ($40) that's made with lemon, coconut nectar, stevia and a kick of cayenne pepper.

If you work around Causeway Bay, check out Sassy Hong Kong for their 6 Lunches for under $60!

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