Pineapple buns and stinky tofu might sound odd and unpalatable, but they are absolutely delicious. Almost all dishes available on the streets of Hong Kong will first bamboozle you, and then thrill you to bits.
Hong Kong’s street food is not just a nibble or a quick snack. It is an experience. And a unique one at that. These kitchen-turned-restaurants are constantly on the move, and as they often have no name, they are close to impossible to find a second time. Sometimes, two carts meld into one. But if you are lucky enough to stumble upon a small stall or a cart by the corner of a street in Hong Kong, be sure to sample these five delicacies.
The sweet potato and chestnut hawkers hit the streets of Hong Kong in winter. Their carts are peculiar – half-wooden, half-steel. Street food doesn’t get any simpler than this. A sweet potato roasted whole and served hot, along with slow-roasted chestnuts – perhaps the simplest yet most fun snack to munch on.
There are few other things more representative of Hong Kong street food than curry fish balls. They are cheap, tasty and dunked in such flavourful sauce, you will be left wondering if street food can get any better. Golden brown in colour and mouthfuls of absolute lip-smacking goodness, Hong Kong’s fish balls will leave you wanting more.
Stinky tofu is not for someone with a weak stomach, or a strong nose. They are rancid snacks which are more of an acquired taste. But strangely, they are highly recommended by every person in Hong Kong. Stinky tofu, for all its strong odour, tastes like a dish for royalty. It is a combination of deep-fried fermented tofu, milk, fish and meat, served with classic chilli sauce.
Traditionally, this dim sum classic comes with a pork filling. But when it comes to street food, Siu Mai with a fish filling has customers clamouring for more. Pork or fish, Siu Mai have a thin pastry wrapper and are steamed to perfection.
It is very easy to run into a pineapple bun cart anywhere in Hong Kong. It is a classic. Sweet, hot, and ready-to-go, pineapple buns are white buns with a crispy top layer. They look remarkably simple, but there is something about that soft, fluffy inside, steaming as you tear them open to enjoy with tea, that makes them such melt-in-your-mouth delights.
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