Hong Kong Food

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hong Kong (and the rest of Asia) was the first time we encountered food that we were afraid to eat. All the food we saw in Europe looked incredible and tasted familiar. In Hong Kong, we started to see things on the menu that were completely unknown or just unappetizing to us. Regardless, we found plenty of delicious food (since we tended to stick to things we recognized). You can't go wrong with a plate of rice and stir fry. 

We were told by some of our followers that we must try dim sum in Hong Kong. On our last day, we walked around for an hour looking for a quick place to try some dim sum, and of course right when you need something you can't find it. We ended up having dim sum at the airport before taking off for Thailand. Dim sum is a small Chinese dish that is often served in a small steamer basket and is especially popular in Hong Kong. The one we tried was similar to dumplings-- a round dough ball stuffed with various meats and fillings. It has a distinct texture and feels gooey when you bite into it... the kind of gooey that sticks to the roof of your mouth when you bite it. Ours was really tasty!

Here's a little collection of some of our eats in Hong Kong.

- Julia

"Milk tea" (black tea with evaporated milk) originated in Hong Kong. (isn't this the cutest cup?)
Yellow curry.
I adore Asian candy and sweets packaging. It's usually bursting with color and cuteness.
Authentic bubble tea and incredible strawberry/dragon fruit fresh-squeezed juice.
Frozen yogurt/smoothie combo. And a popular street food called "eggettes" which were incredibly yummy and only $1!
"Eggettes" come in original and chocolate flavors and are not only yummy, but fun to eat. 
Edamame as an appetizer with sushi.
Ramen noodles with beef, temaki (sushi in a cone), and miso soup.
Sushi! Mmmmm...
Don't remember what this is! 
Sweet and sour chicken.
Beef, peppers, and onions on wide noodles.
Dim sum-- a popular Chinese small dish. We had steamed barbecue pork buns which were served in a small steamer basket.


  1. I love dim sum and you went to the best place on earth to try it out. All this food looks delicious and I say this because Asian food of any sort (minus insect form indonesia) is one of my top 5 favorite food to eat.

  2. Dim sum is actually a category of Chinese food. (You can think of it as Chinese small plates.) The picture you actually have is steamed barbecue pork bun. Dim sum can be vegetable dishes, dumplings, fried foods, chicken feet, spare ribs...etc. It's commonly eaten at brunch.

  3. Meg- I editted the post with your helpful tidbits. I thought all dim sum was in the buns, but I guess not. Thanks!

  4. Ooo it all looks very appetizing! The eggettes are so cool, I've never seen anything like them!

    p.s. LOVING your Asia posts so far!

  5. I really stayed away from the local food while I was in Hong Kong...some of that street food is pretty scary! I had some amazing German food while I was there though and we went to a super cool Austrailian pub... its amazing how many cultures are present in HK!

    Love your food photos, wishing I would have been more adventurous now. :)

  6. btw.. as always, I love your pictures!

  7. i loved hong kong. great city..

  8. the food looks incredible! my husband really digs that dim sum. he'll have it wherever he can get his paws on it.

  9. oh man, asian food can be so scary! i never saw the eggetts when i was there. what did they taste like? what were they made of? i'm glad you guys were adventurous with food!

  10. Aw, I wish you two got to try more dim sum! You should go in Seattle! If not in Seattle, then Vancouver should have some good dim sum restaurants.

    There are milk tea shops that sell eggettes in the states!

    Also, I think that dish you don't remember is a baked rice dish. It looks like it could be tomato sauce and cheese.

    Excited to read all your other Asia posts!

  11. Wow, that food looks delicious! I always wanted to try dim sum!

  12. It looks like you found some great dishes! When I visited South Korea, my mom and I picked out what food we wanted from the pictures on the wall... we only ate at places that had pictures :o)

  13. Bubble tea is originally from Taiwan. I got addicted to that stuff when I was in Taipei. xD

  14. Mmmm....Dim Sum is so good!!! My fiance loves chicken feet but my favorite is the steamed buns. :)

  15. Mmm...I love Dim Sum! My fiance loves chicken feet but my favorite are steamed buns like you had. :)

  16. Great Blog! Today was my first visit and I can't wait to show my wife. Your photos are amazing. We will be reading you!

  17. yumm..looks good. i love asian food


  18. Michael and Jana- We are careful about street food too. Local food is safer to try in a restaurant. For the most part, I thought Hong Kong was very clean and modern.. we weren't worried about food at all. It was in Thailand that I was afraid to eat anything off the streets.

    peteandkimmybird- The eggettes were similar to belgian waffles in taste and texture.

    Jen- Milk tea and eggettes in the States?! I love that traveling helps you realize how much different food is out there, and chances are you can find it at home too, you just didn't know it existed before. I will be on the lookout. And we'll have to try some dim sum at home too.

    linnea paulina- Haha we did the same thing often times. Pictures help so much! Or we peered at people's food next to us so we knew what to order.