Whether thin and crispy, thrice fried or covered in gooey, delicious cheese, there’s nothing we love more than a good helping of fries. Burgers may not be complete without a side of them, but the humble potato can also be the perfect stand-alone dish — but only when done right. To us that means decadent toppings and unique combinations you won’t soon forget, not to mention fries made from unexpected ingredients. These are our top 10 picks for the best gourmet fries in Hong Kong.
Truffle fries at VEA
We find it hard to fault anything from local mixologist Antonio Lai – but the truffle fries (HK$68) at VEA just might steal the show from the drinks. Topped with Parmesan cheese and paired with truffle mayo, these are the perfect compliment to a few cocktails. As with many of executive chef Vicky Cheng’s creations, the fries here are a visual masterpiece and a made-for-Instagram delight.
VEA, 29/F-30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2711 8639, www.vea.hk
Lennon fries at Bread & Beast
How do you know a dish is worthy of your taste buds? When a one-off creation finds its way to a permanent spot on the menu. This is exactly the case for Bread & Beast’s Lennon fries (HK$38), originally created for the Sumo Sushi Sake event in 2015 as a complement to the Yoko Ono slider. These fries are paired with okonomiyaki sauce and topped with bonito flakes, nori, Kewpie mayo and a beautiful soft-boiled egg. The dish was so popular it sold out four times during the 2015 event, so it’s no surprise that it’s become a permanent offering.
Bread & Beast, G/F, 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2237 1868, www.breadandbeasthk.com
Mapo tofu fries at Bao Bei
At Bao Bei, french fries get a kick from a generous topping of mapo tofu – minced pork and tofu tossed with chili sauce and spring onions. Spicy and satisfying, the mapo tofu fries (HK$88) pair perfectly with the Bao Bei’s delicious Hong Kong-inspired cocktails.
Bao Bei, Basement, Carfield Commercial Building, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2801 7779, www.baobeihk.com
Carnita fries at Jinjuu
We love Korean-fusion restaurant Jinjuu for their weekend brunch and fried chicken, but when we order à la carte, we find ourselves continuously going back to their carnita fries (HK$105). The fries are slathered with cheddar cheese and served with Chipotle-braised short rib and topped with fresh kimchi and all the works. Yep, it’s a party in your mouth.
Jinjuu, UG, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3755 4868, www.jinjuu.com
Polenta chips at Jamie’s Italian
Jamie Oliver is best known for his healthy home-cooking recipes, but the menu at Jamie’s Italian features a few guilty pleasures. One of our favourites is the polenta chips (HK$52) tossed in Parmesan and rosemary. Typically served as a side dish to the lamb lollipops, these fries are also available on their own. We love the contrast of the light and fluffy interior and the crisp skin.
Jamie’s Italian, 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, +852 3958 2222, www.jamieoliver.com
Spam fries at Bitters and Sweets
Cocktail bar Bitter and Sweets gives the humble fry a local twist. Replacing the classic potato with luncheon meat, their Spam fries (HK$90) are crispy and perfectly paired with a tangy Sriracha mayo.
Bitters and Sweets, 1/F, Somptueux Central, 52-54 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2788 0103, www.facebook.com/bittersandsweetshk
Zucchini fries at Posto Pubblico
A healthier alternative to typical fries is the zucchini fries (HK$58) at Posto Pubblico. Not only are they lower in carbs, but we also love the ‘nduja (spicy pork suasage) aioli dip. Crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle, these zucchini fries remind us of a healthier version of onion rings.
Posto Pubblico, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2577 1760, www.postopubblico.com
Truffle fries at Little Bao
We’ll be the first to admit we have a penchant for truffle fries, so much so that there are two on the list. The truffle fries (HK$98) at Little Bao, like the rest of May Chow’s delicious menu, feature an Asian twist. A must-try for mushroom lovers, these fries are tossed with shiitake tempeh, pickled daikon and truffle mayo.
Little Bao, 66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2194 0202, www.little-bao.com
Tiger fries at Tiger Curry
If you’re a fan of curry, melted cheese and crispy thin chips, you’ll love the Tiger fries (HK$52) at Tiger Curry. The dipping sauce gets a hint of sweetness from the Japanese curry, while the cheese creates a texture that coats the fries nicely.
Tiger Curry, 13 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2511 1051, http://buzzconcepts.com (website currently under construction)
CIHK fries at The Big Bite
No one knows poutine better than the Canadians, and at Canadian-owned The Big Bite the dish is rightfully celebrated. The newest addition to the menu pays tribute to Canadians in Hong Kong (CIHK); the CIHK fries (HK$48) are simply a classic poutine (fries, gravy and cheese) topped with back bacon and a sunny-side-up egg.
The Big Bite, Shop 4B, G/F Kar Fu Building, 196-202 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 6979 9690, www.facebook.com/TheBigBiteHK