In addition to our amazing meal at the Temple Street Night Market, we had several other delicious and/or memorable meals while in Hong Kong. Food in Hong Kong is primarily Cantonese-style Chinese cuisine, with a lot of Western influences. Here were some of our most memorable meals:
Fried Dumplings & Sweet and Hot Soup
These were filled with chives and then deep fried, and they were served with a steaming bowl of sweet and hot soup and ice tea. Delicious!
Bubble Tea & Waffles
One of my favorite things about Hong Kong (and Taiwan, and Singapore…) is the prevalence of bubble tea stands. Bubble tea is usually a milk-based tea that has chewy balls of tapioca at the bottom. People seem to love it or hate it—but I love it! There were a few bubble tea shops near my university, and when I lived in that area I drank them frequently. I hadn’t had one in a few years though, so it was a pleasant rediscovery!
This particular bubble tea place also served waffles—the waffle mix was poured into these weird irons with a bubble-like impression, so once they were finished you could pull off one small circle at a time to eat.
Hong Kong is well-known for noodle dishes, so one day we tried a few at a traditional Chinese noodle restaurant. The first photo was called “Meat Noodles,” which may be a bad translation, but essentially, it was a fat noodle-like cake topped with some shredded beef and beef gravy. The noodles were fairly tasteless, but the sauce was good.
The second photo is egg noodles with shrimp wantons and the third photo is of something similar, although instead of wantons it had beef chunks.
Sichuan Chinese Food
This meal was more memorable than delicious. The dish on the right was shredded cabbage drenched in butter, which was understandably delicious (anything with butter is delicious, right?!). The dish on the left was shredded potato, green onions, and chili peppers. When we started eating it, we realized our mouths were going numb. Now we’ve become fairly accustomed to spicy food (Korean food is very spicy), but this was a whole new kind of spice…it didn’t TASTE spicy, but then, all of a sudden, you can’t feel your tongue. We couldn’t finish it.
Peking Duck Pizza
A friend of ours that has been to Hong Kong a few times had recommended a pizza place called “Pizza Express” that served an amazing Peking duck pizza (Peking duck is a Chinese specialty). We were so bummed that we never made it there, but then, serendipitously, as we wandered the airport on our last day in Hong Kong looking for a place to eat, we found a Pizza Express! We promptly went in and ordered the Peking Duck Pizza, and we were not disappointed! The other location is in Mid Levels—if you find yourself in the vicinity of either branch, check it out!
So there you have it, the highlights of our culinary tour of Hong Kong. If you’ve been to Hong Kong, what’s your favorite thing to eat there?