Top 10 Must Eat Foods in Hong Kong
It’s not difficult to see why Hong Kong is a food-lover’s paradise: local food is incredibly affordable and accessible, and dining at a cha chaan teng (a simple HK-style restaurant) or dai pai dong (an outdoor food stall) offers an authentic experience. Whether you’re visiting Hong Kong for a few days or have lived there for years, here are the top 10 foods everyone needs to try.
- Char Siu
Pop into any cha chaan teng and you’ll find char siu on the menu. Served on its own, with rice, or in a soup, this barbecued pork is sticky, slightly sweet, and oh-so tender.
- Wonton Soup
Whether you’re looking for a snack or a full meal, wonton soup is a great go-to. These fresh dumplings are filled with ground pork, shrimp and green onion, served in a clear soup with bouncy noodles.
- Hong Kong-Style French Toast
This artery-clogging breakfast consists of two thick pieces of toast with peanut butter spread on the inside. The toast is battered, deep fried and served with a stick of butter and topped with as much syrup as you’d like.
- Hong Kong Milk Tea
What better way to wash down that french toast than with a creamy glass of hot or cold milk tea? You can find milk tea at every turn, but head to a local cha chaan teng for the tastiest, most authentic version of this around.
- Dim Sum
Typically eaten for breakfast, dim sum consists of a range of dumplings served in bamboo baskets. For a truly local experience, head to one that serves its dim sum from a cart instead of a menu – just be quick, as the crowd favorites get snapped up fast. Some of our favourites include Siu Mai (open-topped dumplings filled with ground pork and shrimp), Lo Mai Kai (chicken and mushroom steamed in glutinous rice), and the very essential Char Siu Bao (steamed BBQ pork bun)!
- Curry Fish Balls
A popular kind of street food, you’ll likely see locals hungrily eating these fish balls drenched in a curry sauce out of styrofoam bowls on the sidewalks. These chewy, fragrant, bite-sized delights are the perfect snack in between meals and will only cost you around HK$10.
- Egg Tarts
These little pieces of custard-filled heaven are found in most local bakeries. We prefer the ones with a flakey filo-pastry crust that melt in your mouth, though if you prefer, you can definitely find ones with a denser pie crust.
- Claypot Rice
What better way to cure the winter blues than with a piping hot pot meal filled with rice, various meat, and vegetables. You’ll know you’ve found a great bowl of claypot rice when the rice at the bottom of the pot is fragrant and perfectly crispy.
- Eggettes & Waffles
Nestled in with the food stalls that serve fish balls is where you’ll find made-to-order eggettes and waffles. While the eggettes are tasty, we prefer the waffles which are topped with your choice of butter, peanut butter, sugar, and condensed milk.
- Pineapple Bun
Don’t be fooled by the name: these pineapple buns ironically have nothing to do with pineapples. The name comes from their crispy and crumbly pineapple-like top. Though you can find these sweet buns in most local bakeries, order one at a cha chaan teng where you’ll be served a warm, fresh bun with a slab of butter in between.
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