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Hong Kong Cuisine

By Viator, August 2015

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With hundreds of skyscrapers, a dozen or more languages being spoken by people from all over the globe and some 11,000 restaurants serving just about everything you could dream up, Hong Kong overwhelms the senses. It’s a place to let yourself get lost in the flow of the city, and wherever you happen to find yourself come mealtime, you’re bound to find something tasty to eat. Here are ten foods not to be missed during your travels.

Egg Tarts - Hong Kong has the British tea culture to thank for egg tarts, as the little round pastries are often served as an afternoon snack. The rich custard filling tends to be heavier on the eggs and lighter on the cream than its British relative.

Hong Kong French Toast - Go to any Western-style restaurant in Hong Kong and you’ll probably see French toast on the menu. This version is made by slathering peanut butter or jam between two slices of bread, battering and deep frying it, and topping it with ample butter and syrup.

Dim Sum - Hong Kong’s quintessential meal, dim sum typically consists of more than 100 different dishes, usually steamed, served in snack sized portions. Go with a group of four so you can try a greater variety, but don’t miss the barbecued pork buns and the steamed shrimp dumplings.

Snake Soup -  Throughout China and the world, the Cantonese people are known for their adventurous eating habits, and if you want to taste something new but not too strange, try snake soup. Served mainly in the winter as a way to beat the chill in the air, the soup has a mild flavor with shredded snake meat mixed in. Some diners report that it actually does taste like chicken.

Milk Tea - Obviously you drink milk tea as opposed to eating it, but it’s still a must during any Hong Kong stopover. Consisting of black tea, milk and sugar, Hong Kong-style milk tea can be consumed hot or cold.

Indian Food - Hong Kong has been attracting immigrants from throughout Asia and the world since the nineteenth century, and while you can find restaurants serving nearly any Asian cuisine, you’re sure to see a lot of Indian restaurants. Start your search along Nathan Road’s Golden Mile in Kowloon and let the aromas of curry powder, turmeric, ginger and garlic draw you in.

Chinese Barbecue - Perhaps Hong Kong’s most visible food, Chinese barbecued meats are heavily seasoned and roasted on spits before being hung in restaurant windows for the world to see. Try the pork and roast goose.

Hot Pot - When eating hot pot, a popular dish throughout China, you dump a myriad of vegetables, meats, tofu preparations and noodles into a big vat of boiling soup in the center of the table. It sounds like a winter dish but is enjoyed year round.

Seafood - With much of Hong Kong located on an island, it’s no surprise to find seafood on the list of must-try foods. Chefs prepare stir-fried fish, drunken shrimp and baked crab from freshly caught, live critters often displayed in tanks just outside the restaurant.

Enjoy authentic Hong Kong cuisine with a food tour or cooking class.

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