The humble sandwich can be so much more than two slices of bread and some suspicious meat. Long gone are the days of sad packed lunches, Hong Kong’s dining scene has (as ever) upped the ante when it comes to this midday staple, taking influences from all over the globe. Want to try the best sandwiches in Hong Kong? From top-quality and authentic bánh mì, to Japanese wagyu katsu sandos, hangover-busting breakfast sarnies and NYC-style bagels, here are our favourite sandwiches in the city – and where to find them.
Perfect for a grab-and-go lunch option, Knead’s freshly made (and tailor made-made!) sandwiches and salads always hit the spot. Sandwiches start from just $40 dollars and can be customised with pretty much anything you like, with a range of breads, meats, salads, spreads and veggie and vegan options to make your own perfect sarnie. There’s a forever changing selection of set sandwiches to choose from, along with endless make-your-own options for both eat in, takeaway and catering orders, but a failsafe favourite is the Spicy Tuna Melt. The tuna salad is made with homemade mayonnaise and finely chopped capers, gherkins and red onion, which is then generously spread on freshly baked Ciabatta bread and topped with sliced Jalapeños and gouda cheese imported from the Netherlands. Before the whole thing is topped off with a bit of peppery rocket, the sandwich is gently toasted in the sandwich press, helping the cheese to gently melt over the tuna. The perfect indulgent lunchtime treat.
What to order: Spicy Tuna Melt ($78)
Knead, G/F, 28 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.kneadhk.com
Open since 2017 next to big sister restaurant Le Garcon Saigon, Le Petit Saigon goes a long way to serve the best Banh Mi you can find in Hong Kong. Head Chef Bao La manages to combine all of the essential elements found in the classic Vietnamese offering – including rolled pork belly, head cheese, Vietnamese cold cuts, pork floss, mayo, chicken liver pâté, pickles, spring onion, cucumber, coriander, chilli and soya sauce – all wrapped up in the perfect (custom baked) crispy, yet chewy baguette. If you want an authentic taste, you have to go for the classic Bánh Mì Thit, but for those that don’t eat pork, LPS also offers up a chicken version, along with a flavour-packed tofu version that still ticks all the boxes.
What to order: The classic Bánh Mì Thit, though veggies won’t be disappointed with the tofu Bánh Mì Chay (both $88)
Le Petit Saigon, 16 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.lepetitsaigon.com.hk
Also found in Wan Chai, Bread & Beast is known for taking sandwiches seriously. Set up by a group of sandwich fanatics, the restaurant crafts creative, artisanal and original sandwiches using local flavours. With all offerings here featuring what they call the “Sandwich-Trinity” – i.e. wholesome bread, zesty pickles, and a succulent piece of meat – you know that what you’re getting is going to be more than satisfying. Though you can’t go wrong with the signature Ngau Lam ‘Wich (with 18-hour slow cooked beef brisket), we love the Kentucky San. Complete with crispy fried chicken, curry kewpie mayo, shredded cabbage, pickled ginger and nori flakes, it brings a little spice, crunch, sweetness and juicy fried chicken to the table to create the perfect bite.
What to order: Kentucky San ($78)
Bread & Beast, 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.breadandbeasthk.com
Opening its doors in April 2019, Silencio is a relative newcomer to the Hong Kong dining scene, but has won a place in our hearts already. The contemporary Japanese izakaya recreates the vibrant ambience of Japan’s much-loved drinking den, with an upscale twist, and serves a menu of refined renditions of traditional dishes. The kitchen is helmed by Sean Mell, previously the Executive Chef of NOBU Hong Kong, and although you can’t go wrong with the array of inventive sushi and sashimi on offer, we’re going back for the Sando. The price may run high at $350, but featuring wagyu katsu tenderloin with kewpie mayo and katsu sauce on milk bread, we can’t get enough of this indulgent treat.
What to order: Sando ($350)
Silencio, 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.silencio.hk
With its tag line reading “slow cooked with love”, you know that whatever you order at Morty’s is going to be good. An NYC-style deli, Morty’s serves classic and specialty deli sandwiches, made with premium cuts of meat that have been smoked in-house. The menu features everything from 72-hour sous-vide short rib sandwich, smoked blue cheese burger, poutine, pork ribs and more, but our pick of the bunch is the Classic Reuben. Served on house rye bread, the sandwich is then heaped with a more than generous helping of slow smoked pastrami, Swiss cheese, thousand island dressing and sauerkraut. From baking its own bread, smoking its own meat and even making its own pickles, the commitment, care and love that is put into every last dish is apparent in every bite of this melt-in-your-mouth sandwich.
What to order: Classic Reuben ($130)
Sassy Tip: If you really love this Reuben, put your stomach to the test with Morty’s Monday night Reuben Challenge. Available at Morty’s Wan Chai only, the 1kg Reuben Challenge consists of 750g of slow-smoked pastrami, served with Swiss cheese, thousand island dressing and sauerkraut on four pieces of house rye. Did we mention you’ve got fries and pickles to eat, too? Finish the challenge in 30-minutes or less and you’ll get the sarnie for free (normally priced at $588), and your picture on the wall of fame! See how we got on here.
Morty’s, Shop 2-14, LG/F, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, www.mortys.hk
Morty’s, Shop 8-10, Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.mortys.hk
Introducing authentic New York bagels to Hong Kong, Schragels is sure to see off any cravings. The tiny shop can be found tucked away on Sheung Wan’s Po Yan Street and is ideal for a takeaway breakfast, brunch or lunch. Made in accordance with a passed down family recipe, all bagels are baked fresh in house every day, after proofing for over 24 hours – giving the sought-after chew that a good bagel needs. Schragels bagels are used and sold at city favourites such as Morty’s, Elephant Grounds and Feather & Bone, and can also be bought plain by the dozen (accompanied by schmear, of course), but for a grab and go lunch, we recommend the made-to-order sandwiches. Our favourite has got to be the Loxy Lady, made with the classic combo of scallion schmear (cream cheese), smoked salmon, capers and red onion – there’s no scrimping on fillings here, resulting in the closest thing you can get to the real deal in the 852.
What to order: Loxy Lady ($90)
Schragels, Shop 1, G/F 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.schragels.com
The signature may be the Okonomiyaki Chicken Sandwich (featuring fried boneless thigh, dashi mayo, cabbage and BBQ sauce between two Hawaiian buns), at newly opened The Chicken Bar, but we’re heading here for the New Orleans Hot Chicken Sandwich. Differing to many fried chicken offerings in Hong Kong, this spicy sarnie is straight out of Southern America. The basic sliced white bread may put off some, but those in the know understand that this is the real deal, with the soft bread stuffed full of fried chicken, pickled cucumbers and hot sauce. Those that like it hot can opt for the spicy, but mild is also available for those that are after a less tongue-tingling flavour bomb. Crisp fried chicken, pillowy soft bread, pickles and hot sauce? Check, check, check!
What to order: New Orleans Hot Chicken Sandwich ($85)
The Chicken Bar, Shop 3, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.thechickenbar.com
If you’re looking for a taste of Italian-American comfort food, youneed to make a beeline for chicken shop, Little Birdie. We love the Sheung Wan restaurant’s selection of cage and hormone-free chicken dishes, but if you’re looking for a satisfying sandwich, you can’t go wrong with The O.G. It features crispy chicken, mozzarella, parmesan and basil stuffed into a baguette roll (not forgetting the side order of “Grandma sauce” on the side for dipping), the sandwich is Little Birdie’s homage to the classic chicken parm and it won’t disappoint.
What to order: The O.G. ($80)
Little Birdie, 15-17 New Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.littlebirdy.com.hk
Another bagel offering that we can’t get enough of can be found at R&R bagels. Perfect for curbing lunch time cravings and stamping out any lingering hangovers, the Bacon Jam BLT is filled with R&R’s bacon jam, smoky bacon, torched cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, ground pepper, kewpie mayo and cream cheese. An elevated take on the classic BLT, the homemade bacon jam takes this humble offering to he next level and gaurantees satisfaction.
What to order: Bacon Jam BLT ($85)
Sassy Tip: Look out for R&R’s Christmas special, which is normally available in limited editions during December! Expect plenty of turkey, cranberry sauce and the all important stuffing piled in between a perfectly toasted bagel.
R&R Bagels, 28 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong, www.randrbagels.com