Temple Street is Hong Kong at its most exhilarating. Neon signs, honking cars, crowded streets and the smell of cooked food wafting through the air, all fighting for your attention. People always seem to come up with \u201cbest of\u201d lists, but here at HK Cheapo we know you\u2019re only likely to scratch the surface this famous Jordan district market. So, we humbly provide you with a mixed list of dishes, cuisines and a few restaurants suggestions that you'll want to try in this electric, shape-shifting part of town. Pro tip: Most of the places you should visit are likely on either side of Temple Street or Nanking Street, but don\u2019t let that stop you from exploring all the nooks and crannies of the area. With ground-level space at a premium, it\u2019s also worth looking up and seeing what there might be on the floors above. Chilli crab There are a number of solid choices on Nanking Street, but we know that Temple Street Spicy Crabs that occupies the intersection of Temple Street and Nanking Street is a tried and true favourite. You can certainly get fancier (and some would argue better) chilli crab in the city, but this is a solid choice. Crabs are always market price, so make sure you know how much they are before you order. Other orders from the menu: fried spicy tofu stir-fried morning glory (tong choi) fried clams with black bean and chilli fried spicy fresh cuttlefish sweet and sour pork stir-fried hor fun noodles with beef (gan chao au hor \u2013 \u5e72\u7092\u725b\u6cb3) Indian\/Nepalese While the city\u2019s population is mostly ethnically Chinese, quite a few of its minority residents live in Kowloon, and the Temple Street area has its share of Indian and Nepalese specialty stores and hole-in-the wall restaurants. It\u2019s great for vegetarians who often have a hard time finding restaurants in the city (boy does this place love its seafood and pork). Our suggestions: Manakamana Nepali Restaurant Dishes to try: sweet and hearty aloo dum (potato curry) samosa chaat (crumbled samosas mixed with spices and garnished with coriander leaves and sev\u2014crunchy chickpea noodle pieces made popular with snackers across the Indian subcontinent) fried veggie momos (dumplings) Pinoy (Filipino) This is not for the vegetarians\u2014or anyone worried about how much oil is being used in their food. But if you\u2019re on an Anthony Bourdain\u2013inspired eat-all-the-parts-unknown mission and looking to fill your belly with deep-fried deliciousness and spice\u2014and to wash all that down with a cool beer\u2014our next suggestion is your spot: Foodtrip Bedana's Filipino Restaurant Dishes to try: crispy pata (deep fried pork knuckle) lechon kawali (deep fried pork belly) kare kare (oxtail in thick peanut sauce) lumpiang shanghai (minced pork spring roll) dinuguan (pork cooked in pig\u2019s blood) laeng (taro stalks and leaves cooked in coconut milk) garlic rice Cha chaan teng A cha chaan teng, or Hong Kong\u2013style caf\u00e9, is basically the local equivalent of the greasy-spoon diner. Cheap, cheerful and quick (and often open 24\/7), they aim to appeal to as many people as possible, and the menus are often long and varied. Our suggestions is one the of city\u2019s most popular and prolific cha chaan tengs, Tsui Wah, which has branches all across Hong Kong from the most blue collar neighbourhoods to the most well-heeled central business districts. Tsui Wah Dishes to try: shredded pork and mushroom with crispy egg noodles Malaysian beef brisket curry with rice fish balls and fish cakes with flat rice noodles in fish soup Hainan chicken rice (tender chicken served with oily rice flavoured with chicken stock, basil and lemongrass) Pineapple bun with butter (ironically, there\u2019s no pineapple in this bun\u2014the soft bread has a crunchy, sugary top which kind of looks like it has the texture of a pineapple) Bubble tea Feeling like something sweet? We like this relative new kid on the bubble tea block, Tiger Sugar. Sweet, but not too cloying, as it\u2019s sweetened with black sugar and less-sugary cream. It\u2019s a good pick-me-up if you\u2019re not too hungry, but need a little something after (or while) exploring the markets. The boba are the large bubbles, and the pearls smaller. Takeaway only. Asian desserts Find the places with the long lines outside and you\u2019re set with these dessert shops that boast everything from durian (that stinkiest of fruits) pancakes to sweet green bean soup to mango sago and coconut soup. Street eats What would a Temple Street food guide be without a mention of the area's quick grab-and-go fare? Nanking Street is where you want to head if you\u2019re feeling just a little peckish. See our guide to street food and dim sum for the basics.