Hong Kong is considered one of the great food destinations of Asia, famed for its cheap and affordable meals cooked from the heart. Here are just some of the foods you must try when you’re in Hong Kong:
They’re only small and they’re incredibly cheap, but wontons are a great street food to try when you’re in Hong Kong. There are a number of different variations to choose from and most popular are those served in a soup with beef brisket and noodles. Wontons are usually filled with pork and cabbage, sometimes prawn and sometimes vegetables. The best wontons I tried were in a noodle soup from a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant where English was patchy at best. Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone and try something traditional!
Hong Kong locals certainly have a sweet tooth and there’s nothing sweeter than the famous egg waffle. I’ve tried egg waffles in Japan but they did originate in Hong Kong. Filled with ice cream and sprinkled with toppings of your choice, the egg waffle is as delicious as it is decadent.
Dumplings and dim sum
Much like wontons, dumplings and dim sum are enjoyed as a street food, in soups or as an entre at a restaurant. Whether you prefer them steamed or fried, dumplings and dim sum come in a number of flavour combinations. The best fried dumplings I had in Hong Kong were on a stick, just opposite the Giant Buddha.
Hong Kong breakfast
A plate of scrambled eggs, sliced ham and a side of thick-cut toast is enjoyed along with a bowl of beef noodle soup. It doesn’t sound like a typical breakfast but you’ll find HK locals tucking in to the popular food at cafes in the morning. Of course, you can also try fried chicken and spaghetti which also feature on the menus of cafes.
If you’ve travelled to Asia before you’ll know that they really love their drinks. In Hong Kong, their drink of choice is a hot or cold milk tea. Think Black tea with condensed milk. It’s too sweet for my taste and I prefer my tea without the milk. But an iced cold milk tea on a hot and steamy day is quite satisfying. You will also find locals lining up for milk bubble tea.
What’s your favourite meal in Hong Kong? Let me know in the comments below!