Snapshots from Hong Kong: A Tour of Mongkok Wet Market

From February 9 to 17, I visited Hong Kong on a trip sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Here's a look at something I ate during my trip. Make sure to check out my other Snapshots from Hong Kong.

[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

If you're looking for piles of fresh fruits and vegetables, rows of pork ribs hanging from hooks, or fish heads so fresh they're still twitching, head to one of Hong Kong's neighborhood wet markets. With my guide Michael Poon, I got a quick look around one of Mongkok's wet markets on Nelson Street—not the largest or most famous in Hong Kong, but a good example of a typical wet market. Check out a map of other wet markets from this Hong Kong University study of wet markets.


Nelson Street is lined with shops selling meat—fresh and frozen meat (mostly beef, pork, chicken, and duck), roasted meat, and live seafood—along with noodles, tofu, and fish cakes. Beyond the storefronts are stands selling fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts, mushrooms, and more.

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Mongkok Wet Market

Nelson Street, west of Langham Place (map) Open about 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day except the first few days of Chinese New Year