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Exploring Food Culture Of Hong Kong

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Foodies rejoice!

Hong Kong has a rich food culture to satisfy all types of food cravings from cheap street-food to world cuisine, from a meal at an average restaurant to fine-dine and even Michelin-starred restaurants. Wish it and you have the world on your platter in Hong Kong!

One of the best ways to explore the food culture of Hong Kong is on foot. Walk around the city, its various streets, by lanes and spend time at the local market. By the way, you will also find that many restaurants in Hong Kong stay open until late which is really convenient.

Here are some of the traditional dishes that are definitely worth trying when you visit Hong Kong. You can also get hold of a Hong Kong Travel Guide for tips on the best places to eat.

Cheong Fun or Steamed Rice Rolls

You’ve probably had dim sums in India but tasting authentic dim sums in Hong Kong is an altogether different experience. Cheong Fun is a classic and available at all dim sum parlours. Silky smooth steamed stuffed rice rolls are served in a shallow bowl and soaked in soy sauce, sesame sauce, sweet sauce and chilli sauce for a spicy punch. Sesame seeds sprinkled on top give the dish a nice crunch. Steamed rice rolls are an absolute must-try when you’re on a food tour of Hong Kong.  

Egg Tarts

Egg tarts are a Portuguese-Chinese influence on Hong Kong’s culinary heritage. They are quite popular all over Hong Kong with the locals and are now catching on with visitors as well. Apart from bakeries, you will find egg tarts being served at most cafes and tea restaurants since they are usually had as an afternoon tea-time snack. You should try an egg tart with your next afternoon cuppa when in Hong Kong.      

Clay Pot Rice

Clay Pot Rice is a typical Cantonese dish with a smooth creamy texture. It is a combination of steamed white rice cooked with a variety of meats like chicken, sausage and pork along with some greens like shallots and mixed with a special sauce. This dish is traditionally prepared in a clay pot over a charcoal fire which gives it a delicate smoky flavour. Clay pot rice is a hearty one-dish meal and a must-have in Hong Kong.

Pineapple Bread

Step into any bakery in Hong Kong and you will get the wonderful aroma of freshly baked pineapple bread. This sweet bun-shaped bread does not actually contain any pineapple. It gets its unusual name because the outer crust resembles the skin of a pineapple. The hot-off-the-oven soft and fluffy pineapple bun is served with a stuffing of a thick layer of cold butter for an amazing mouth-watering sensation. A Hong Kong original, you are sure to love it! 

Just like you should not leave Hong Kong without trying these signature dishes, you must not leave for your trip without your passport, Hong Kong Visa and Hong Kong Travel Insurance. Make sure you don’t forget to buy travel insurance because it is a necessary safeguard in case of any loss or mishap during your overseas travel.

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