Hong Kong is a kaleidoscope of all things great. Food, fashion, entertainment, culture, commerce, architecture — you name it, Hong Kong has it. Crowned as Land of Dim Sum, Hong Kong is home to the world’s best Chinese food, a couple of which are also found in Singapore — except Hong Kong does it better. Follow KKday as we take you through the classic Hong Kong food you need to get your hands on while you’re on holiday.
|Beef Brisket Noodles in Hong Kong (jay.tong)|
Springy noodles, a hearty broth, tender beef slices — a good bowl of Beef Brisket noodles is every foodie’s requisite when travelling in Hong Kong. This lip-smacking dish is perfect for any weather, but especially satisfying as Hong Kong approaches the chilly season in December.
2. Dim Sum
|Dim Sum in Hong Kong (Lim Ashley)|
Where have you been if you haven’t had Dim Sum in Hong Kong? Served in small steamer baskets, the Cantonese cuisine offers a diversity of dishes such as shrimp dumplings (har gao), steamed pork buns (cha siu bao), pork dumplings (siew mai), rice noodle rolls (chee cheong fun), pan-fried radish cake (law bok gow) and more.
|Steam Pork Buns in Hong Kong (Geoff Peters)|
Needless to say, Dim Sum is a definite must-try food in Hong Kong.
3. Egg Tarts
|Egg tarts in Hong Kong (Iris)|
Have we all forgotten the good ol’ days of egg tarts with all that cheese tarts craze in Singapore nowadays? Egg tarts are iconic in Hong Kong; the outer crust is crisp and buttery whilst the egg custard is soft and melts in your mouth.
|Crispy crust and soft custard (zmtomako)|
There are several shops in Hong Kong that specialises in egg tarts, each vying to be the best one in the city, so make sure to get your hands on at least one egg tart in Hong Kong.
4. Hong Kong Milk Tea
|Hong Kong Milk Tea (Roland Tanglao)|
All bubble tea lovers, Hong Kong milk tea should be on your wishlist when you’re travelling to Hong Kong. Made from black tea and condensed milk, Hong Kong milk tea is an essential for all Hong Kongers, with a whopping amount of 9 million glasses of milk tea sold in Hong Kong per year.
|Milk tea in Hong Kong (tszchungwing)|
It’s not an understatement to say that you should start off your Hong Kong food holiday with Hong Kong milk tea.
5. Pineapple Bun
A popular, sweet bun snack in Hong Kong, the pineapple bun (Bo Lo Bun) is to die for. Despite its name, pineapple bun contains no pineapple on the inside. Instead, its name was derived from its golden crusty top, which resembles a pineapple.
|The Pineapple bun in Hong Kong (Dennis Wong)|
The slice of butter in the middle of the bun? It’s there to make the pineapple bun every foodie’s dream come true.
6. Curry Fishballs
|Curry Fishballs in Hong Kong (Elsie Hui)|
Curry fishballs are just what it is — fishballs served in curry. Don’t underestimate the popularity of Hong Kong’s curry fishball despite its simplicity. Considered one of the most well-loved street snacks of Hong Kong, the curry fishballs are easily available along the streets of Hong Kong, providing spicy food lover quite a kick.
|Eggettes/Egg Waffles in Hong Kong (rick)|
Also known as egg waffles, eggettes are half-hollowed and chewy to the bite. Yet another popular street snack of Hong Kong, eggettes come with a variety of fillings.
|Chocolate eggettes in Hong Kong (lawtonjm)|
From chocolate to cheese flavours, you may take your pick but we recommend going for the original to taste the full sweetness of the egg. Did we mention that it’s strangely addictive to pluck off the eggettes one by one?
8. Hong Kong-Style Macaroni
|Macaroni in Hong Kong (huiping ho)|
Westerners have their mac and cheese and Asians have our macaroni in soup. A breakfast staple for every Hong Konger, Hong Kong-style macaroni is typically served with ham and eggs. If you’re looking for a quick and satisfying meal in Hong Kong, this simple macaroni dish is your go-to.
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