[dropcap]E[/dropcap]gg waffles, egg tarts and fried chestnut kiosks in popular markets, roadside stalls selling roasted and fried meats, shops selling curried and fried fish balls, top notch dim sum eateries and roast meat shops, Hong Kong (HK) is actually a food-lover’s paradise. If you are open to experimenting, there is no dearth of good options this place has to offer. One of the reasons for HK’s immense popularity as a tourist destination, despite being a business hub, has to be the amazing variety of food options on offer. From cheap Michelin star restaurants to street food staples, there is something for everyone.
Most popular fashion streets in HK invariably have an adjoining food street. Most malls, such as Hysan Place, Langham Place, Harbour City or Times Square, have buzzing food courts that are any food-lover’s delight. The real fun, though, is being able to taste the street food in HK. That’s where you get to binge on curry fish balls, steamed dumplings, pineapple buns and stinky tofu. Grilled squid tentacles and cheung fun or rice noodle rolls are a staple across the city with many shops selling them.
Hong Kong Staple
The roast goose has emerged as the dish synonymous with HK. There is no escaping it as street stalls and fine dining restaurants showcase it as their speciality. This is like HK’s butter chicken with almost every menu having some or other version of the roast goose. You can either go for a street food- style preparation, opt for the traditional recipe, have it roasted on charcoal or go for an exquisite preparation at one of the fine dining restaurants. It is a treat not to be missed.
- Claypot meals, congee or rice porridge served with veggies or meat of your choice, wonton noodles and fresh seafood preparations are some of the dishes you will not be able to resist.
- The popular 60s dessert star Baked Alaska has made a strong comeback onto the menus in Hong Kong. It uses a cake base, scoops of vanilla ice cream and fruit salad, which is covered in Italian meringue and flambéed with brandy to create a golden-brown colour.
- Mango pudding and egg waffle are two of the most popular street desserts in Hong Kong served in local road-side bakeries.
The Dim Sum star
Make it a point to eat at Tim Ho Wan, the Michelin star dim sum restaurant in HK. If you think that a Michelin Star restaurant has to be all fancy, this will dispel that myth.
It is probably the cheapest Michelin star outlet that has no fancy frills to put diners in awe, apart from its chopstick-licking amazing food. It is affable and warm with basic furniture and a roadside café vibe. The dim sums and roasted pork rolls it serves, though, have made the restaurant a star of the region and it is among the most popular exports from the region, with 50 outlets across the globe.
(Story by Nausheen Tareen)