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Eating My Way Through Hong Kong: 8 Must-Try Dishes

During my trip to Hong Kong earlier in August, the agenda was set right from the start, and it was to stuff my face with dim sum. At least that’s what I kept announcing to all my friends and colleagues back in India. So when the time came, my husband and I did live up to it and surprising garnered a big appetite too. Hong Kong, for me, was like Christmas Day, where there were innumerable foods to indulge in and be happily stuffed. While swanky Michelin-starred restaurants and upscale bars were tempting, and we did go to a few, we soon realised that the quaint local eateries were in fact the best way to get a glimpse of the rich cultural diversity of the region that everyone talks about. 

Being a former British colony, the English influences are still evident – be it the love for lavish afternoon tea sessions or the English breads and muffins available in numerous bakeries that dot nook and cranny of the region. Due to its proximity to Macau, which was a Portuguese colony back in the days, you get to sample Portuguese delicacies too. And then there’s Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Japanese and even Indian. What’s more commonly available though is Cantonese dishes.

So there’s a throwback to what we ate at Hong Kong:

1. Egg Tarts

Before we even got to dim sum, we treated ourselves to hot and crispy egg tarts. Standing by the streat, we felt like little kids as we held the tart case that contained the wobbly sweet custard in a crisp and delicate filo base. It melted in our mouth in all of five seconds, leaving behind that craving for more. Through the course of our trip we came across different variations of egg tarts – with filo base, shortcrust pastry, cake base or different textures of custard. The Macanese egg tart was undoubtedly our favourite, which came with a caramelised topping.

Where: Maria’s Bakery, Central; Catherine Bakery in Sheung Wan; and Margaret’s Cafe e Nata in Macau.

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Egg tarts at Margaret’s Cafe

2. Pineapple Bun

No, it contains no pineapple although it is a sweet bun. It’s named so because its sugar crusted top layer resembles a pineapple. One of my most memorable breakfast dishes was this burger made with pineapple bun and fish fillet.

Where: Congteakafe, Sheung Wan

3. Dim Sum

From pork char siu bao and shrimp jiaozi to steamed beancurd skin with beef and rice rolls, Hong Kong is a dim sum heaven. In most tea houses, you will notice a trolley full of dim sum doing the rounds from where customers can pick (Lin Heung Tea House). Among numerous dim sum places, one of our most memorable meals was in Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan. This little eatery is packed all throughout but it’s definitely worth the wait because it provides top quality dim sum for very affordable prices.

Where: Tim Ho Wan, Luk Yu Tea House and Restaurant

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Dim sum spread at Tim Ho Wan

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Jiaozi and baozi at Din Tai Fung

4. Pork chop

Pork lovers are surely in for a treat in Hong Kong. Pork chops are a favourite treat and you must try the pork chop bun. A juicy piece of pork chop stuffed in a fresh bun along with some veggies and mayo, what’s not to love? This turned out to be my favourite fix for anytime craving, and the best part is that it’s available readily. Then of course you can have crumb coated pork chops and pork chops with noodles. 

Pork Chop Bun


Pork chop bun at Congteakafe

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(L) Crispy pork chop with noodles at Yum Cha, (R) Pork Chop at Din Tai Fung

5. Eggettes/ Egg Waffles

Love waffles? You need to try the hot and crisp egg waffles or eggettes that come in different flavours too. Walk around the streets, as we did, and munch on this breakfast specialty.

6. Beef Noodle Soup

When in Hong Kong, a must-try is beef brisket in noodle soup. Some make the broth light while other makes it like a curry.

Where: Kam Kee Cafe

Noodles

7. Seafood and Seafood

A little away from central Hong Kong is a locality called Sai Kung, where you will come across a seafood street that offers delicious crabs, lobsters, shrimps and the likes while you laze around in one of their many sea facing eateries. It is a must-visit on a Sunday afternoon as the area comes alive with flea markets and musical events. We had a meal at the Michelin-starred Loaf On, where we tried steamed abalone and seafood rice. But I would recommend Sing Kee Seafood Restaurant, another Michelin-starred restaurant, which serves better food and comes with a great view.

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Steamed abalone and seafood rice at Loaf On

8. Cartoon dim sum

You may find them too cute to eat, but cartoon dim sum surely adds all the more to the whole Hong Kong food experience. One of the most popular places is Yum Cha that not just offers an interesting menu, but also a vibrant ambience and heady cocktails.

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So go on and indulge while in Hong Kong!

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3 Comments

    • Hello! It’s so good to connect with you. It’s called a egg waffle because the shape resembles eggs and also for its eggy batter. The bubbles are actually hollow. It’s a Hong Kong speciality, and the most popular street food there.

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