One of the reasons why Hong Kong can be vastly different and still remain interesting is its unique cultural makeup, with east-meets-west influence with amazing food choices, and the culinary scene just get more and more exciting.
1. Dim Sum
A delicious meal, an interesting food culture and a city’s favourite pastime all in one!
2. Wanton and Beef Brisket Noodles
Most of the noodles are springy thin, with the soup bases cooked with powdered dried shrimp, flounder and pork bones that makes such a punch.
3. Roast Meats
Char Siu is definitely my favourite, shiny glazed, beautifully charred, and sweet tender pieces that complete a bowl of fragrant rice or noodles. You can get them at high end Chinese restaurants, or Tai Hing, Maxim and Café de Coral chain stores found at most parts in the city.
4. Hong Kong Cafes, Cha Chaan Teng
Hong Kong’s Cafes, better known as Cha Chaan Teng, are a class of their own not found in other parts of the world. Many sell almost everything under the roof, from toast, instant noodles, barbecued meat, congee, curry, steak to desserts. Order the sets if you are lost. Due to their colonial influence; food generally has an east-meets-west twist.
5. Hong Kong Milk Tea
Hong Kong Milk Tea is said to be made of a combination of tea leaves. Sometimes they are called “Stocking Milk Tea” because the filter bag reputed to make the tea smoother, gradually develops an intense brown colour which looks like a pantyhose.
Most congees in Hong Kong are painstakingly cooked for many hours, resulting in a thick, creamy, smooth bowl that warms the tummy and the heart. The favours of the congee come from pork bones, and you can top it with ingredients such as meat slices, pork ball, fish belly or fresh prawns. Know not what ingredients to get, a ‘boat’ or ‘sampan’ congee will contain the vastest assortments.
7. Egg Tarts
Smooth bright yellow egg custard, seated inside crumbly fragrant buttery crust.
There are several off-the-town Cantonese style seafood places available such as Lei Yue Mun, Sai Kung, Lamma Island for very fresh items. For something more touristy and iconic, head to the Aberdeen area for Jumbo, one of the world’s largest floating restaurants.
9. Hong Kong Desserts
Won’t be surprised if some shops can offer 50-100 different types of hot and cold ones. Some places to go to: Mango Sago by Hui Lau Shan (said to be introduced by them), Milk Pudding from Yee Shun Milk Company, and yes, Auntie Sweet’s Durian Tofu. Seriously.
10. Chinese Barbecue
Tuck into some deliciously seasoned roast meats.