Want to try the best sandwiches in Hong Kong? We know exactly where to find them.
The humble sandwich can be so much more than two slices of bread, limp lettuce 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 authentic bánh mì to Japanese wagyu katsu sandos, hangover-busting breakfast sarnies and New York-style bagels, here are our favourite sandwiches in the city and where to find them.
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Where To Find The Best Sandwiches In Hong Kong
Banh Mi Kitchen
Tucked away on Li Yuen Street East is this hole-in-the-wall bánh mì joint that assembles authentic Vietnamese sandwiches fresh. With its bread baked in-house and fillings prepped daily, you won’t find any stale sandwiches here. We love the Cold Cut Classic filled with three types of cold cuts imported from Vietnam and also recommend the less conventional Charred Char Siu featuring 24-hour marinated Danish pork. A vegetarian option made with tofu is available too!
Katsumoto serves up a range of expertly cut Japanese-style sandos on Sai Ying Pun’s High Street. The order of the day here is the signature Wagyu beef sandwich, made with Hokkaido milk bread and premium Wagyu beef. You can sample more delicious sandos at Katsumoto’s sister restaurant Ninjito (formerly named Katsumoto Sando Bar) — we’d recommend going for the exclusive Miso Black Cod.
Sassy Tip: Head to Katsumoto on Sandos Tuesday Night for buy-one-get-one sandos from 6pm (including the Wagyu, Impossible, Classic Pork Loin, Tsukune and Omipork sandos).
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Perfect for a grab-and-go lunch option, Knead’s freshly made sandwiches and salads always hit the spot. Sandwiches start from just $47 and can be customised with pretty much anything you like, with a range of bread, 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.
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Le Petit Saigon
Open since 2017 next to its big sister restaurant Le Garçon Saigon, Le Petit Saigon serves some of the best bánh mì 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, pork terrine, Vietnamese cold cuts, pork floss, mayo, chicken liver pâté, pickles, spring onion, cucumber, coriander, chilli and soya sauce — all wrapped up in the perfect crispy, yet chewy baguette. If you want something authentic, go for a classic Bánh Mì Thit. And for those that don’t eat pork, LPS offers up a chicken version as well as a flavour-packed tofu version that both still tick all the boxes.
Sassy Tip: Look out for the restaurant’s Bánh Mì du Monde series which features a new limited-time bánh mì each month, created by different Black Sheep chefs and inspired by their own heritage and culinary backgrounds.
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A sandwich of sorts, the humble Chinese bao gets a modern makeover at May Chow’s Little Bao. One is simply not enough when you’re faced with choices like the Pork Belly Bao (slow-braised pork, sesame mayo, hoisin ketchup, shiso leek salad), Fried Chicken Bao (chiangkiang black vinegar glaze, Szechuan peppercorn mayo, coleslaw) and Sloppy Chan Bao (braised shitake tempeh, truffle mayo, sweet pickled daikon, fried shallot). Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the ice cream bao — we’re partial to the salted bao drizzled with sticky caramel sauce.
Little Bao (Causeway Bay), Shop H1, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
K-Town newcomer Mendel’s Deli was opened this year by the team behind Shady Acres, taking the form of an old-school Jewish deli, inspired by those found in New York. This all-day cafe offers breakfast and Everything Bagels courtesy of Schmuck You Bagel Co., alongside classic sandwiches served with a full sour pickle (we wouldn’t have our Reuben any other way!).
Mendel’s Deli, 66 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, mendelsdeli.com
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With its tagline reading “slow cooked with love”, you know that whatever you order at Morty’s is going to be good. A true New York-style deli, Morty’s serves classic and speciality deli sandwiches made with premium cuts of meat smoked in-house. The menu features everything from 72-hour sous-vide short rib sandwiches, smoked blue cheese burgers, poutine, pork ribs and more, but our pick of the bunch is the Classic Reuben. 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.
Sassy Tip: If you really love this Reuben, put your stomach to the test with Morty’s Monday night Reuben Challenge. Available from 4pm 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!
Morty’s, Shop 2-14, LG/F, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, 3665 0900
One bagel offer we can’t get enough of are the ones found at R&R bagels. Perfect for curbing lunchtime 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 beloved combo to the next level and guarantees satisfaction.
Made according to a passed-down family recipe, all bagels at Schragels are baked fresh in-house every day, after proofing for over 24 hours — giving the sought-after chew that a good bagel needs. The eatery’s 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 is 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.
Schragels, 37 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Sun Heung Yuen
No Hong Kong sandwich roundup is complete without mentioning our local favourite Sun Heung Yuen. Made with fresh beef, this long-standing cha chaan teng serves, arguably, the best egg corned beef sandwiches in town, and for just $22! Opt for the ma la version if you like it hot and wash it down with a cup of the shop’s famous milk tea.
Sun Heung Yuen, G/F, 38 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
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Editor’s Note: “Where To Find The Best Sandwiches In Hong Kong” was originally published in August 2019 by Annie Simpson, and was most recently updated in August 2022 by Nicole Moraleda.