I spent two months in Hong Kong and, if you eat at local rather than expat places, eating out is cheap. So I ate out a lot. I only went twice to food centres, to visit specific stalls. The centres were packed with people at lunchtime and it looked like they’d be great places to grab a cheap, tasty meal. But Chinese speaking or reading is virtually essential.
Shop 17, 2/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building
We went here for the traditional cold HK milk tea in a Schwepps glass bottle and the Hong Kong style french toast. We found the stall because of the photos and articles pinned up, showing the milk tea, and we ordered by pointing at them. Hong Kong style french toast is interesting, unlike European french toast, it seems not to have any milk. Not something I’d eat or drink every day, but worth trying.
1 Queen Street food centre (1st floor), Sheung Wan
This stall specializes in Chiu Chow style fried "pastries"and is easy to find as the pastries are set out on a large table in front. You choose the pastries you want and they fry them for you. The guy working there knew enough english to differentiate meat, veg, and sweet pastries. After that we took pot luck. The pastries are quite oily, so it was quite a heavy lunch. They do other chiu chow food as well, and many people had a plate of pastries followed by some main dishes, but the menu is entirely in Chinese.