3 Essential Dishes to Try in Hong Kong

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Freddie Gora, Asian Food Tourist |

China’s history and culture began over 4,000 years ago, which includes many ruling dynasties and innovative medicine that has held its relevance today. China also has breathtaking landscapes, architecture, and cuisine. Chinese food has maintained its influence from ancient times to present day continuing to be the most popular fare among the world’s population. 

Even though countries have their own versions of this exotic food, take the opportunity when it presents itself and experience this exquisite cuisine firsthand. Explore everything China has to offer and delve into authentic Chinese food to discover the origins of this exceptional cuisine.

Dim Sum

A culinary delight to experience in Hong Kong is dim sum prepared either by steaming, baking, or frying. Order pork or shrimp dumplings with rice rolls, BBQ pork buns, and egg tarts. It is customary to enjoy dim sum while drinking hot tea, so it is always served in tea houses. 

When participating in the ancient Chinese tradition of drinking tea called yum cha, it’s part of the practice to eat dim sum with it. Dim sum and hot tea are available at the Lin Heung Teahouse and the Sam Hui Yat restaurant in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

Curry Fish Balls

Curry fish balls are the most popular and the most representative of all the street foods in Hong Kong. This iconic street cuisine is not only flavorful, but it’s also convenient and easy to eat while strolling the streets exploring or on shopping excursions. 

This inexpensive delicacy is available at street food stalls, on food carts, and fast food restaurants, so they are accessible anywhere. Fish balls are deep-fried in hot oil and covered or dipped in a spicy curry sauce and served on a wood skewer. Curry fish balls are the perfect snack accompanied by a cold coconut juice.

Egg Tart

The egg tart came from Portuguese colonists and through the influence of the British custard tart, it evolved into Hong Kong’s egg tart. The egg custard of the tart is a smooth, bright yellow poured into a buttery, flaky crust and is a favorite of the Chinese. The egg tart is available at all bakeries and dim sum restaurants, but the Tai Cheong Bakery is acclaimed for making this renowned pastry for over 50 years and is Hong Kong’s former British Governor Chris Patten’s favorite food. It is best to eat the tarts when they are hot and right out of the oven.

China is rich with history and culture, and a significant thing that has come from those two aspects is Chinese cuisine. China bestows on its visitors the privilege and countless opportunities to experience many dishes that have set China apart from other countries’ foods and their emulations of China’s cuisines.  

While visiting Hong Kong, try the essential dishes that have distinguished China because they are available at teahouses, restaurants, bakeries, or food stalls on Hong Kong’s streets. There is no shortage of places where Chinese food is available, to discover the most favored food among the world’s population.

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