5 things to eat in Hong Kong

by By Belinda Wan and Jackie Loh (bwan@sph.com.sg,jackiel@sph.com.sg)
published on 30 June 2016

For many, food is a great pull factor for travel and may even take top priority on the travel itinerary.

While Singapore offers a wide range of international cuisine, it is always exciting to discover the differences in food cultures when you travel.

Here are five foods to try the next time you head for Hong Kong.

1. Roasted goose

Well-known in Hong Kong, this is one dish to put high on your food list. The plump, juicy, tender meat and crisp skin of the roasted goose will excite your taste buds. Compared to duck meat, it has a stronger flavour and juicier bite due to a higher fat content.

This dish is usually served with sweet plum sauce and soya sauce gravy.

2. Wonton mee

Why eat wonton mee in Hong Kong when you can get it in Singapore? The noodles in Hong Kong are springier for one. Master chef Huang Ching Biao of Jin Shan Lou in Marina Bay Sands explains: “The way we handle flour in Singapore is different. Hong Kong’s seasonal changes can affect the alkaline levels of the flour which plays a part in the final texture of the noodles”.

He also said that in Hong Kong, some wonton noodle sellers choose the traditional method of making wonton skins by hand.

“The quality of handmade wonton skins are different from the commercial factory-produced ones used here,” said Mr Huang.

3. Dim sum

Popular and evergreen items include shrimp dumplings, pork dumplings, pineapple buns, salted egg yolk custard buns, barbecued pork buns, ma lai gou (steamed cake), chee cheong fun (steamed rice rolls with fillings), lotus leaf rice, egg tarts, and more.

“Dim sum has been around in Hong Kong for hundreds of years, and the tradition has been passed down for generations until now,” said Mr Huang. Hong Kong, with its proximity to farms in China, means chefs have access to a supply of fresh meat and produce.

4. Egg waffles

Crisp, fluffy, eggy and fragrant, egg waffles, or gai daan tsai in Cantonese, are well loved by young and old in Hong Kong.

Expect to queue at popular outlets like Hung Kee Top Quality Egg Waffles and Lee Kueng Kee North Point Egg Waffles.

Comprising a golden-brown piece of waffle with small, egg-shaped balls attached to one another, egg waffles are baked in a special iron skillet. 

5. Chinese desserts

Hong Kongers love their desserts, and often visit a dessert shop after dinner or for supper.

Some popular choices include sesame, almond and walnut pastes, mango, tofu, egg and milk puddings, grass jelly, as well as the well-loved mango sago dessert. 

The hours between 9pm to midnight are often the busiest at any dessert joint, where locals catch up with their family and friends after a busy day.

The hours between 9pm to midnight are usually the peak periods at dessert shops.