Have you discovered the Hong Kong street food scene?
My cousin Tammy and I went on a food mission to seek Hong Kong’s street food treasures! Departing Discovery Bay to Hong Kong Island (by ferry) as soon as we arrived to Hong Kong Island our minds immediately became stimulated by the fragrant aromas of ginger and popping sounds of oil in hot woks. I knew I hadn’t died, but was about to be in food heaven!
We ventured into Kowloon neighborhoods that are nestled between the massive sky scrapers. It was interesting to see (unlike Shanghai & Beijing) the foreign business men & tourists snacking on the street with the Hong Kong locals! Great, why not join the crowd?
We blew through the first set of small street front eateries, munching on curry fish balls, noodles, dehydrated chili pork (Bee Cheng Hiang), and cow’s stomach soup. The curry fish balls had the texture of a raw butternut squash that was hot tubing in a opaque curry broth. (See picture above) Hows this for Hong Kong street food ? –Need more? Keep reading!
The Bee Cheng Hiang was semi soft, translucent, cured, charred, and had the consistency of a tough fruit roll up. I ate an entire square. The salt cure made my mouth dry out so felt a glass of boba was in order!
We took off to meet my cousin (Tammy’s husband) for lunch (Part XX of eating frenzy!)… OMG, so full, we went lite, heading to a vegetarian restaurant high up in a sky scraper. We managed to put away six different dishes and enjoyed great conversation. Then the three of us went to walk the local food markets.
First stop, wet market (live seafood), 2nd stop, produce markets, 3rd, pastry shop! The foul smells and abundance of produce transported my mind back to the Asian markets in San Francisco. We nibbled our way through the market, drinking freshly made soy milk, and chomping on egg custard pastries. They are the “hot thing” in HK, apparently. Not the biggest fan, but managed to consume 4 while walking around! Yes it was a 5,000+ calorie day (packed into 4 hours). Call the cardiologist please! I will never know how the Chinese can stay so thin with all that great food at their finger tips!
Tammy LIVES to EAT! Don’t miss the intoxicating Hong Kong street food! Look forward to returning, stay tuned for the next adventure into food! Where, when, with whom…
see the gallery below for more shots from the street.