Located on tiny Elgin Street, with its eclectic mix of street food, fruit stands and trendy bars, Ho Lee Fook is a lively little restaurant that draws a fun crowd of care-fress city types. The bustling open kitchen is in full view on the street level, taunting the hungry passerbys with the tantalising aromas wafting from its stoves. An entire wall of golden, waving Fortune Cats stand in greeting. It’s unlike any restaurant I have ever walked into.
Ho Lee Fook serves inventive pan-Asian fusion dishes. Hokkaido scallops rubs shoulders with Yunnan-style Waygu steak tartar and Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan.
One of the standout dishes was the prawn toast topped with crispy cabbage and fish flakes that danced in the light. The DIY pork Sang Choi Bao was also divine. It was fiery (thanks, chilli bean paste) but the fresh herbs and crunchy lettuce helped to keep things cool.
The Shanghai noodles in the New Zealand Cloudy Bay clams dish was delicious, and the noodles were lovely and al dente. I was so sorry that the dish came near to the end of my dinner and I was too stuffed by then to eat more of it.
Cocktails were served in sealed, quirky plastic cups. This is just like how drinks and wet desserts are sold in Asian street markets. Be warned, they are strong! And make sure you save space for desserts. I loved the cooling lightness of the pear sorbet.
Ho Lee Fook’s name is not a phonetic pun. It means “good fortune for your mouth”, which might explain the funky Maneki-neko wall.
Be like a local and ride the escalators. Get off at Staunton Street and walk to Ho Lee Fook from there, checking out some of Soho on the way. You can also get off the escalators at Hollywood Road but it’s not as nice a walk as Staunton.
The Travel Nova’s Verdict
Scrumptious, experimental Asian cooking at a reasonable price in Hong Kong’s trendy SoHo. What’s not to love?