Foods you Need to Try in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is currently passing through some difficult times socially and politically, which makes many travelers wonder if it is safe to visit it right now. The simple answer to the question is yes, but just take some care and attention. This should not deter you from visiting the ‘safer’ places which is Hong Kong’s selling point, its wide range of delicious foods available.
Anyway, Hong Kong is an interesting destination worth a visit. For the foodies out there, Hong Kong is a food true paradise. It has some of the best restaurants in the world, amazingly delicious and cheap street food, and special traditional dishes. Some refer to Hong Kong as the “Food Fair of the World” for a variety of choices when it comes to eating out. If you’re planning a visit to Hong Kong, here’s a shortlist of some of the foods you need to try in Hong Kong.
A Dim Sum meal traditionally served in bamboo steamers, is a very traditional food experience that you should have in Hong Kong. It consists of small plates to be shared, which is particularly handy when you want to try a bit of everything. Generally, a meal includes some pork-filled dumplings (siu mai) and prawn-filled ones (har gow) as well as some barbecued pork fluffy buns.
Dan Taa – the traditional Egg tarts
The brightly yellow colored pastries are very popular sweet in Hong Kong. Some might find them a bit heavy since they are made of creamy custard encrusted by a golden butter cookie crust. You can easily find them at traditional Hong Kong Style Cafes and local bakeries.
Roast Pork is a typical dish influenced by the Cantonese culture in HK. It is usually the belly of the pig, which gets roasted until crispy outside while still soft inside. As it is a popular and traditional food, roast pork can be easily found in any roast meat shop around the city.
Zhu Cheung Fun – Rice Rolls
These steamed rice rolls are a popular street snack with a nice aroma of steamed rice. You can dip them in soy, sesame or sweet sauce as well as some chili sauce for a kick of spiciness!
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This plate of thin and delicious egg noodles comes with dumplings typically filled with shrimps or pork and is soaked in a delicious soup topped with chives is a delicious and cheap meal to have in HK. There are numerous places offering wonton noodles, just find one and enjoy!
Beef brisket is a staple in Hong Kong cuisine: a pot with tender beef brisket, soaked in delicious broth and noodles and a delicious combination of Chinese herbs and spices. The brisket can be served with a variety of noodles and not necessarily in a soup. Whatever the way you want them, you really should not miss them in HK, they are yummy!
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Traveling to Hong Kong is impressive per se, and the food culture is particularly special. The unique combination of local Cantonese tradition and Western-influenced dishes make HK food a real paradise for your taste buds. Make sure you try as much food as you can when in HK, it will be a worthy experience, for sure! Planning to take a trip to Hong Kong now? Check out flights from Singapore to Hong Kong today.