Top 8 Street Foods That Are Worth a Try When in Hong Kong
Definitely worth blowing your diet over.
by Seph Montajes | June 16, 2016
Hong Kong is one of the places with the best street foods in the world. If you’re planning a visit, make sure to go to at least one of these food spots: Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Wan Chai, Central, Kowloon and Causeway Bay. Why? Because these are where you can find the best dai dai pongs (food stalls that are scattered all over Hong Kong’s neighborhoods) and street food hawkers.
Got a sudden craving for siu mai but you’re low on cash? No problem. A skewer of siu mai can easily be found on the streets of Hong Kong – plus it’s really affordable! You can choose from many different varieties like fish, pork, shrimp, chicken, sharkskin or beef. It also depends whether you’d want to add chili oil or curry sauce.
Cheung Fun (Rice Rolls)
This dish is very Asian. It’s made out of simple ingredients including rice flour, salt, and water. Rice rolls are steamed, and a special sauce is added to define the taste. Sesame seeds can also be applied and locals are really hooked to this. Cheung Funs are chewy and easy to eat – perfect for those who are only up for a quick snack.
Mak’s Wan Ton Mee (Prawn dumpling noodles)
What’s a trip to Hong Kong without trying at least one establishment’s noodles? Mak’s noodles are authentic and always cooked fresh. Customers are never disappointed of the taste and they often compare other establishments’ noodles to that of Mak’s. This specific bowl, the Wan Ton Mee, is generously filled with prawns and meat.
This snack is sure to attract someone who has a sweet tooth. Eggettes, also known as egg waffles, resemble the shape of a honeycomb. They are described to be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This snack comes in different flavors such as original, chocolate, taro, coconut, etc.
Hau Yau Yu (Grilled Squid Tentacles)
Seafood skewers are a popular go-to food in Hong Kong. You may find different kinds such as siomai, octopus, crabs, fish, tofu, and of course, squid! Squid skewers are sweet-smelling, like that of a barbecue’s aroma. Its taste may vary depending on how it’s grilled.
Curry Fish Balls
Another popular skewer, curry fish balls, are usually a local’s favorite. These are made from real fish, are affordable, and are full of flavors. The street food was invented during the 50’s and has been welcomed and loved ever since. Curry fish balls are bigger than your average fish ball so expect to have a full stomach after a couple of skewers. This street food is especially ideal for those who are fond of fish and spicy food.
Bo Lo Bao (Pineapple Buns)
Fun fact: this pastry doesn’t contain any pineapple. It doesn’t even taste like pineapples. So why was it given the name? Simply because of the crispy top that has a resemblance to the exterior of the fruit. This is considered a pastry classic in Hong Kong, usually enjoyed during breakfast or as a teatime snack.
Organs in a Pot
This one is definitely not for the weak-hearted. If you are game to consume a bowl full of entrails, innards, offal, and other animal body parts, then this street food is for you and your adventurous taste buds! The good news is you wouldn’t know what you’re actually eating so it’s okay to go “YOLO” and savor whatever that is in your bowl. It’s mixed with peppers, radish, and tons of sauce.
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