This post is contributed by Marie, founder of Miles of Happiness (www.milesofhappiness.com). She is expatriate in Hong Kong.
Did you know Hong Kong is actually an amazing destination for food lovers? The city has an incredible offer in terms of restaurants, from Indian to Italian, Argentinian or even Caribbean ! But when you visit a city, you want to keep it local, right ? The list of weird and/or delicious Hong Kong specialities is long, and I have to admit, I’m not adventurous enough to try all of them! For a start, here are 6 dishes to try in Hong Kong… Let’s see who will be more audacious !
To see Hong Kong how you’ve never seen it, check out my 9 reasons not to come to Hong Kong for a stop over (and yes : food is one of the nine!). (http://www.milesofhappiness.com/blog/9-reasons-not-to-come-to-hong-kong-for-a-stop-over)
1. The famous Dim Sum
Let’s begin with a classic : the Dim Sum. If you do have the opportunity to come by, you MUST to try that. It’s a style of Cantonese food prepared as small bite-sized traditionally served in super-cute steamer baskets made of bamboo. It’s very tasty, and there are tens and tens of different Dim Sum –you’ll see, it’s very hard to choose. I highly recommend Din Tai Fung in Tsim Sha Tsui and One Dim Sum in Prince Edward. Lovely !
2. Boiled Coke with Ginger
Are you cold ? I have a great Chinese remede for you : a boiled Coke with lemon and ginger. The elixir is made by gently boiling Coke in a pan, adding crushed ginger, then optionally a couple of lemon slices (for the vitamines !). It should be drunk hot to get the double burning sensation of the heat and the ginger. The good news ? You don’t have to travel to Hong Kong to try it, as you can easily prepare it at home ! Would you dare ?
3. The Egg Waffle
After hours of shopping in the markets, I love to take an egg waffle – break. Hong Kong’s street snack! They are better served hot, and often eaten plain, but they can also be served with fruits or chocolate. Local people here are crazy about it, especially the kids. Definitely a must-try !
4. The Wonton Soup
If you’re not a big fan of the Chinese food want to be sure to treat yourself, go for the wonton. It’s a simple dish : dumplings are made with several shrimp held together by a wrapper and served in a savoury broth, sometimes with chewy egg noodles. You can find them pretty much in every Chinese restaurant, but they all have their own way to cook them. So you can try many!
5. The Egg Tart
Some will tell me it’s not from Hong Kong, but from Macau and… They’ll be right. But still, we have some GREAT egg tart here, and you should definitely grab a bite. As its name says, it’s an outer pastry crust filled with egg custard and baked. It’s not as heavy as it may sound (depends which ones !), and it’s preeetty good. In Central, Tai Cheong Bakery is supposed to make the best in town !
6. The Snake Soup
Yes, a snake soup. What, are you shy ? Well, I have to admit I am too. I still haven’t try and it’s not on my plans. Pay attention in Hong Kong, you can sometimes cross a restaurant with an aquarium with few snakes in the entrance… Well, you know what’s on the menu ! Snake meat, skinned but still raw, thrown into boiling water, turning into an off-white hue… It resembles and tastes like cooked chicken. With dark mushrooms, chicken, chopped ginger and other herbs and spices.
Marie Pottiez is a travel blogger, founder of Miles of Happiness http://www.milesofhappiness.com . Curious of everything, she has an unquenchable thirst for discovery and sharing.
Originally from France, she lived in Belgium, New Zealand and Indonesia, before settling down in Hong Kong in 2014. She spends as much time as possible traveling throughout Asia, discovering new pieces of paradise all year long.