Our #1 destination in the world for Seafood. Well at least until we visit Japan?
As foodies, Our memories of Sai Kung, a former fishing village, from a previous visit, were pretty vivid and we have to return for more.
Chinese name: 西貢市
The Sai Kung area of Hong Kong is located approximately 45 min. away from Tsim Sha Tsui. This area is known for its vast selection of seafood. The area is famous for having a multitude of seafood. Local fisherman return with their catch of the day and sell straight off their boats. It was featured on Travel Channel’s Bizarre Eats in 2011. Many restaurants in Sai Kung have extensive tanks full of a wide variety of live seafood, far more than you will encounter almost anywhere else. Be sure to check out our Seoul Korea Noryangjin seafood market meal.
Geo-duck clams, razor clams, abalone
Only a couple tanks of sea creatures in the various restaurants, are fished from the local area. Most items are from Southern Asia from countries extending to the Philippines and Thailand, even Canada. You pay by the weight and are also charged a cooking fee. Know the cost before ordering!
Along the main waterfront promenade, you’ll find many vendors selling their wares, most of which are located on boats in the water. People select items, then the vendor uses a long pole to transfer the item to the customer. The customer then places the money in the net, and the transaction is finished.
There are many restaurants located along the promenade, many of which are very tourist oriented with barkers trying to draw people in. We have found seafood om Sai Kung Seafood restaurants to be top-notch. The selection is unparalleled even at Hong Kong’s top restaurants. Many Hong Kong restaurants would require you to order special seafood items in advance, allowing them to possibly source them from the local merchants.
We have eaten at Chuen Kee Seafood, a major restaurant with 2 locations on the promenade. The seafood is excellent, but the interior pretty hectic.
In 2011, we dined at one Michelin star rated restaurant Loaf On and found very high quality seafood, along with a much nicer interior.
In addition to dining and staring at the ship based merchants, taking a boat ride is another fun way to explore the Sai Kung area. There are many small outfits offering water rides of the area, including excursions to nearby islands.
There is also a water shuttle to the Kau Sai Chau golf course.
We took the water ferry (uses solar powered!) because it seems to be a safer way to see the area. The golf course and the trip out to it are extremely scenic and the round-trip ride is not very costly. (HK $60) You can even rent a club and a bucket of balls!
Hiking is also huge in Sai Kung Country Park. There are many hiking trails in the Sai Kung area for those that love the outdoors.
To get to Sai Kung, Take the MTR to Choi Hung (Kwun Tong line), exit through at Exit C2, walk a couple feet forward, and take bus 92 or 96R at the bus stop (arrives every 5 minutes), and get off at the end of the line after a 25 minute bus ride.