I know I haven’t been gone that long, but I’ve missed Hong Kong. Don’t get me wrong– I love Shanghai, but I was all too happy to return and eat at some of my favorite restaurants. This was my first time going to Hong Kong’s famous seafood district at Lei Yue Mun. While I had been to seafood districts before, I think Lei Yue Mun is the biggest one in Hong Kong.
I would definitely recommend you go with a local/someone who speaks Cantonese. It was a little overwhelming getting heckled by multiple fishmongers and my Mandarin probably would have been useless. Luckily, my family friends handled all of the ordering. Each fish stall has relationships with certain restaurants. Since we already had a reservation at Sea King Garden, we went specifically to the designated stall (I can’t remember the name now).
There is a cornucopia of choices and you actually order and pay at the fish stall. By the time you get to the restaurant, everything is already taken care of. This was literally the best seafood meal I’ve ever had. Everything was so incredibly fresh and the seafood was slightly sweet with an umami flavor. I had never experienced it before.
We had SO much food, including steamed scallops with rice noodles, garlic and soy sauce; black bean razor clams; ginger and green onion crab, lobster and lobster noodles in a cheese sauce; and deep-fried fish with bitter melon.
Going to Lei Yue Mun is definitely a unique Hong Kong experience and it is worth the $100+ HKD cab ride. You’ll be rewarded with some of the best seafood you’ll ever eat in your life. Just bring a savvy local! There are so many fish stalls that I’m assuming some restaurants are better than others. I really recommend making reservations and going to Sea King Garden.