As the holiday season steadily approaches, it’s time to consider where your next vacation is going to take you. For our Muslim friends, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) wanted to dispel any doubts or insecurities and thus released a Muslim Guidebook titled Warna-Warni Destinasi Hong Kong. After all, Hong Kong is listed as the fifth best non-Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) country for Muslim travellers.
“HKTB recognises that there is a need to create a hospitable environment for our Muslim travellers, and providing them with facilities and guidance so that they too can enjoy the delights of Hong Kong without worries,” said Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
Celebrity couple Awal Ashaari and Scha Alyahya’s family vacation with their daughter Lara Alana is proof of that. “It is pretty easy to find Halal-certified restaurants and other Muslim-friendly places to eat in Hong Kong. We even got to try some of the best dim sum and local cuisine,” said Awal.
The Warna-Warni Destinasi Hong Kong travel guidebook covers tourist attractions, shopping destinations, locations of mosques and Halal/Muslim-friendly restaurants. Here are five of the places cited in the book.
1. Kum Wah Cafe
Stop by here for some of the best bo lo bao (pineapple buns) in town. There’s no pineapple inside the bun but its crisp and golden outer layer resembles one, hence the name. For a more flavourful taste, try it with butter.
47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
2. Hang Heung
Looking for Hong Kong’s popular lou po beng (wife cake)? This is the spot. Eat it while you’re there and buy it as a souvenir. If you’re not familiar with this traditional Chinese pastry, it has a flaky skin and contains a sweet winter melon and almond paste.
Inside Sogo, Basement 2, 555 Henessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
3. Cheung Heung Yuen Restaurant
For the cha chan tang experience, head to Cheung Heung Yuen. But the thing you should definitely order here is the egg tart. Fragrant and golden with flaky pastry, put that on your must-do list in Hong Kong.
107 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Western District, Hong Kong
4. Islamic Centre Canteen
By day, it serves dim sum. By night, it offers Halal Cantonese food. With their extensive menu, you might even pop by more than a few times!
5/F Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai
5. Ma’s Restaurant
Craving for some spicy food? It might not be as hot as you’d like but the restaurant is known for their curries—especially the Beef Goulash Pastry and Szechuan Chicken. The place has been running for more than 40 years, serving Hong Kong-style Chinese food that’s Halal-approved by the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong.
Shop A, 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Hong Kong
Grab a copy of the Warna-Warni Destinasi Hong Kong Muslim travel guidebook at the Hong Kong Live in Kuala Lumpur event at Suria KLCC, happening till 12 November 2017. Alternatively, you download an e-version of it here.
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