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Chairman Restaurant

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Hong Kong: Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch

Bing sutt—the local equivalent of East-meets-West diners—were recently close to extinction, but luckily they are back in vogue with a vengeance. Witness the adoring crowds at Capital Café (breakfast for two $12), here for the homey black-and-white-tiled space and two-inch-thick toast topped with silky, plush scrambled eggs (corned beef hash optional). Locals also love the café’s macaroni-and-ham soup for breakfast, but don’t feel obliged to follow suit. Toast is no excuse to skip congee, another Hong Kong morning staple. At Tam Keung’s Congee (snacks for two $11), former organic farmer Tam Keung puts a locavore spin on rice porridge. The fish are raised in his pond and the soy sauce is house-made. Despite all the glitzy international openings in Hong Kong, nostalgia is the flavor du jour. Witness the 1940’s ambience, retro chandeliers, and gray-haired servers at the new but oh-so-old-world Chairman Restaurant (lunch for two $60). Flower crab steeped in aged Chinese wine and funky minced pork–and–salted fish patties are just some of the standouts on the seasonal Cantonese menu. —Anya von Bremzen

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