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Hong Kong Food


Hong Kong is a gourmets' paradiseHong Kong is a gourmets' paradise. You can find cuisines around all the world here. The eating habit of Hong Kong people is mainly Chinese with much Western influence, for example, they love Western food such as bread, beef or pork steak, fried potato and pasta and drinks such as English style milk tea, coffee, coke, beer and brandy or whisky and so on. You can see some locals have their meal in fast-food restaurants of "cha chaan teng" (literally "tea restaurant", a kind of Chinese style cafe) with a cup of milk tea or coffee whatever the dishes are Chinese or Western or mixed. But as most Chinese do, rice, vegetable and pork as well as seafood are the favourite foodstuffs for their meal while bread, butter, ham or sausages and hamburger are mainly for their breakfasts or served as snacks.

Something like northern China, noodles are so common in Hong Kong, especially the Cantonese style wonton noodles, which are widely available in many Chinese restaurants. Wonton is a kind of small dumplings that shrimp and pork with vegetable wrapped in thin flour starch skin, and cooked in soup with noodles. A bowl of wonton noodles has four to six pieces of wonton, the noodles are slightly tougher than the conventional Chinese noodles. The taste of the soup, however, is too strong so it's no need to be consumed.

Hong Kong is a gourmets' paradiseDim sum
(literally "touch the heart") is another mouth-watering speciality in Hong Kong. Like most cities and towns in Guangdong Province, many Chinese restaurants start serving as early as five in the morning. It is a tradition for senior citizens to gather to eat dim sum after morning exercises, often reading the morning papers. For many Hong Kongers, yum cha (enjoying tea) is treated as a weekend family day. With this tradition, restaurants typically only serve dim sum until the afternoon; other kinds of Cantonese cuisine are served in the evening. Nowadays, various dim sum items are sold as takeaway for students and office workers on the go.

Dim sum is actually a kind of Chinese snacks comprised of shrimp dumpling, wo tip (pot-sticker), siu maai (small steamed dumplings with pork inside a thin flour wrapper), baked or steamed buns filled with different meats or vegetables (such as cha siu bau etc.), rice noodle rolls, chicken feet, steamed beef balls, Chinese spare rib, lotus leaf rice (glutinous rice wrapped in a lotus leaf in which contains egg yolk, dried scallop, water chestnut and pork or chicken meat; the lotus leaf is not eaten but the fragrance of it infused the ingredient during the steaming), rice congee (which is served with some savoury items), cheun gyun (spring rolls), bean curd skin roll and turnip cake etc., with many sweet dishes such as egg tart, jin duei (a chewy dough filled with red bean paste, rolled in sesame seeds and deep fried), sweet creamed buns and Malay steamed sponge cake and so on. Dim sum is often eaten with Chinese Pu'er tea.

Apart from the Chinese restaurants, there are lots of high quality pubs and restaurants serving Western, Japanese, Korean and Indian cuisines with excellent service in the downtown. The SOHO (South of Hollywood Road) area and nearby Lan Kwai Fong in Central, Hong Kong Island where many bars and Western style restaurants concentrated, that Hong Kong expatriate community likes to social there. If you are a seafood lover, the ever-famous Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen is a must-go place. There are also restaurants catering to vegetarians and people of different religious beliefs.

On your budget, apart from the famous cha chaan teng, there are lots of goodies that you can find easily and cheap, such as big fast-food restaurant chains like Cafe de Coral and Fairwood, their logos can be seen throughout the city. The prices of the dishes there are ranging from 20 to 48 Hong Kong Dollars (about $US 2.6 to 6.2), mainly Chinese style cuisine with delicious steak dishes, sandwiches, Western snacks and regular spaghetti recipes are often served. Hong Kong is a gourmets' paradiseThe menu that hanging on the wall besides the cashier is in English and Chinese. These fast-food restaurants have a takeaway service also, so if you don't want to have your meal in a crowded place, just ask the cashier "da bau" in Cantonese, which means "takeaway", and enjoy your dinner in your hotel room! Moreover, the McDonald's Hamburgers are all over the town, the taste of Big Mac is so excellent; Pizza Hut is also popular.

Foodstuff can easily be available in convenient stores and supermarkets. Breads, butter, beverages, beefsteaks, hams, potatoes and fresh fruits as well as daily commodities are always there and the prices are very reasonable. The bakeries in Hong Kong are very good, the breads and cakes they made are of top quality.



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