Hong Kong people are no strangers to Taiwanese cuisine, which has over the years earned its name perhaps thanks to a single dish – minced pork rice. Yet among the numerous Taiwanese restaurants in town, truly impressive food can be hard to find, and trying out new restaurants can be hit and miss.
Tucked away on South Wall Road in Kowloon City, Apple Jie Jie opened a year ago and is a welcome addition to the district’s wide array of affordable options. While Hong Kong’s dining scene is constantly evolving and restaurants come and go, this hidden gem deserves to have staying power. Its menu is a reminder of what timeless, authentic Taiwanese cuisine should taste like, with simple yet well-crafted dishes that will impress even the most picky connoisseur.
Apple Kao was born in Bangka in Taipei, an area renowned for its endless offerings of street food. What she missed dearly after moving to Hong Kong with her husband eight years ago was the taste of her family’s cooking – the unique Taiwanese flavours that reminded her of childhood. None of the local eateries she visited in Hong Kong had quite managed to perfect the slightly sweet northern Taiwan style, so she decided to open her own place. Kao handpicks ingredients for the restaurant at local markets every day, ensuring she delivers the freshest Taiwanese comfort food to all of her customers.
Apple Jie Jie
G/F, 44 South Wall Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
(842) 2956 3286