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Hong Kong Cuisine

Hong Kong is truly a gourmet's delight with a world of exquisite, mouth-watering international dining options. You can have the luxury of dining in Michelin star restaurants or eating in local tea houses called "Cha Chaan Teng". All-time favourites are congee, noodles and rice dishes. There's also Chinese BBQ, dim sum and hotpot.

Hong Kong Must Taste:

Dim Sum

One of the great culinary traditions in Hong Kong is eating dim sum. These are the tiny (steamed and deep fried) snacks that come around to your table on a trolley or are brought to you in bamboo containers with a lid.

Dim Sum

Dim Sum

Dim sum is particularly popular in large Chinese restaurants and is usually consumed with lots of tea and often with a main dish like fried rice, noodles or vegetables. Dim sum which literally means "touching your heart", is served for lunch and breakfast in most local teahouses as well as restaurants.

Dim sum includes a variety of steamed or fried or baked dumplings, buns and pastries, containing vegetables, seafood and meat. It may take you several visits to determine your favourites. If you've never tried dim sum before, you'll soon discover you're in for a fantastic eating experience. If you're a past master in the art of using chopsticks and you can tell "Har Gau" from "Siu Mai", you're still guaranteed an exquisite dining experience because Hong Kong chefs will whip you up a feast the likes of which you can only imagine.

Must try dim sum dishes include: Har Gau (shrimp dumplings), Siu Mai (meat dumpling), Pai Gwat (steamed spareribs), Ngau Yuk Mai (steamed beef ball) Cha Siu Bau (steamed barbecued pork bun) and Chun Guen (fried spring roll).

Sea Food

If there is one food you must sample in Hong Kong, it's the seafood. Huge tanks of live fish and bubbling containers of prawns, crabs, scallops, clams, oysters and other seafood vie for attention. Preparing fresh, live seafood is a culinary art in Hong Kong, where skilled Cantonese chefs will have you salivating over the distinctive flavours and textures of their fishy dishes.

Sea Food

Sea Food

There are four prime seafood locations for waterfront dining - Sai Kung, Lei Yue Mun, and the islands of Lamma and Cheung Chau. So don't miss the great opportunity to join the lively atmosphere of alfresco dining Hong Kong style, and savour a gourmet meal, this is sure to be one of the high points of your visit.

Local Favourites:

Ho To Tai Noodle

Hong Kong people love to eat, and are known to go to great lengths to enjoy their favourite dishes! The Ho To Tai Noodle Shop has customers who go out of their way just to savour its shrimp roe loe min (noodle) Opened in 1948, the restaurant also supplies dumplings (wonton) filled with pork, shrimp and bamboo shoots. Wonton noodles are a local delicacy in Hong Kong and you can find many other noodles shops around town serving this popular favourite

Ho To Tai Noodle

Ho To Tai Noodle

Victory Beef Ball

The humble beef ball has a loyal following amongst Hong Kong food lovers. Some shops still make them by hand and they are a popular staple in dai pai dongs. At Victory Beef Ball, the owner, Mr. Liu, learned to make beef balls at age 15, and 20 year on, his outlets sell 200-300 kilos of handmade beef balls every day!

 Victory Beef Ball

Victory Beef Ball

Kai Kee Dessert

Kai Kee Dessert

Kai Kee Dessert

In order to beat the heat in Hong Kong, locals rely on a host of thirst quenching concoctions. One of the most popular is the unusually named 'B Chai Grass Jelly'! It's a colorful mélange of jelly mixed with different fruits and can be shared between three or four people. Kai Kee Dessert in Yuen Long serves this local favourite with more than 10 kinds of fruit! Similar kinds of desserts can also be found in downtown dessert shops.

Recommended China Tours with Hong Kong

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