But when I came to Hong Kong I learned to LOVE Chinese Food. I will never go back to over salted General Tsao's chicken again! In case you want to take a food tour of HK, I demand you try and eat all of these to have the full experience.
1. Dim SumThe quintessential HK food. Dim Sum is a must have and specific to HK and other Canton Regions. When you see a dim sum resteraunt in NY or any other large city they tend to be run by people from HK. Dim Sum is the act of steaming little pieces of food in the basket or frying little dumplings together to share at the table.
The sharing act of dim sum is very important to the ceremony of eating it and drinking tea together as a unit. "Yum Cha" the word for going to have dim sum means to drink tea. Tea is meant to warm the soul. "Dim Sum" means point of the heart, which means the act is supposed to warm your heart while you dine. Dim Sum is a breakfast and lunch time food. You will not be able to find it after 3pm. After that most restaurants switch to buffets of other canton cuisine.
My personal favorites include the shrimp dumplings, the char sui bao (Steamed BBQ pork buns) and the Ham Sui Gau (Fried pork/veggie dumplings.) You can also have rice and veggies served with your dim sum. I love the chinese long beans with salted fish!
|Dim Sum cart! Do you want some chicken feet?|
2. Char siu PorkCrispy Fried Pork is my FAVORITE thing here! Typically made out of pork belly or neck it is cooked until it is nice and crispy on the outside and yummy on the inside! When you come to HK you MUST have this! As a bonus, it's not that expensive to get here!
|Yummy! Yummy! Can I have some?|
3. Wife CakeWife Cakes are also called sweet heart cakes. There is a legend that goes along with the cake.
|Yummy flaky wife cakes!|
Suddenly, a mysterious disease spread. The husband's father became very sick. The couple spent all of their money in order to treat the man's father, but he was still sick. The wife sold herself as a slave in exchange for money to buy medicine for her father-in-law.
Once the husband learned about what his wife did, he made a cake filled with sweetened wintermelon. He dedicated this pastry to his wife, whom he'll never forget and sold it. His cake became so popular that he was able to earn enough money to buy his wife back.
The cakes are very popular in HK, but be careful when you buy them if you have nut allergies as some bakers put almonds in the crust.
4. EggetteThis is the thing the EGGO waffle was based on! (true fact...) You can find waffle carts all over HK. Get the ones with round waffle balls as they are unique to the area. Try to get a fresh one as the warm ones are superior to the cold ones that have been sitting around for a while. A eggette will cost you between 5-10 HK depending on the area you are in.
5. CongeeCongee is similar to grits or cream of wheat except it is made with rice instead of wheat or pureed corn. Most people will flavor their congee while they heat it. Most common flavors are pork, fish and veggie. I do not like the fish congee AT ALL! Congee is typically served for breakfast much like it's western cousins. I like grits but I have to be in the mood for congee to enjoy it.
|This is chicken and veggie congee!|