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FOOD DIARY - Must Eat Treats

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Visitors to Hong Kong, be they first timers or regulars, often seek out the city’s most famous dishes. With more than 30,000 restaurants, the list is always going to be hotly-contested, but some have clearly stood the test of time.

Top of most people’s lists has to be dim sum, the Cantonese classic of dumplings, buns and other bite-sized treats traditionally consumed in the morning accompanied by endless pots of tea, or ‘yum cha’. This is one Hong Kong tradition that you will not want to miss, now offered increasingly on restaurant menus around the clock.

 

Street food also has a long and storied history in the city. The remaining ‘dai pai dongs’ serve no frills but excellent plates at remarkable prices to hungry office workers and visitors alike, while no visit would be complete without trying fish balls on skewers dipped in curry sauce or lighter than air crispy waffles served from humble street side stalls.

 

Egg tarts are worth an entry all of their own, even if their home was originally Macau. These Portuguese egg custard tarts in buttery, flaky pastry have legions of fans, nowhere more so than at Tai Cheong on the city’s Lyndhurst Terrace. Presidents, governors and celebrities alike have stopped by –  while it’s notoriously difficult to only have one!

 

A final classic that has to be on any list is siu mei, or Cantonese roast meats normally cooked over open fires. The city throngs with small restaurants showing off their duck, geese, slabs of sweet cha siu pork and more in window displays designed to lure you in. One venue, Kam’s Roast Goose in Wan Chai, even has a Michelin star – not bad when you consider lunch can cost under US$5! 

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