Hong Kong has a reputation worldwide for having one of the best street food traditions. So, cancel your restaurant reservations and put on your trainers as we count down the 5 best street food in Hong Kong!
Waffles, waffles and more waffles
Hong Kong´s fame comes from it´s egg waffles. No, really. These were recently voted one of the best in a survey of worldwide street food. It may sound humble but there is a lot you can do with some batter and a waffle press. Typically, these are paired with ice cream, fruits, syrups and really anything sweet. However, if you miss a taste of America, you can always put bacon and syrup on your waffle. These can be found all over Hong Kong but some of the best are at Mammy Pancake and Master Low Key. They are cheap, filling and even seem like a little taste of home.
Whilst we are on the subject of sweet, Hong Kong egg tarts are another reason to sate your sweet tooth. These look similar to the egg custards you can find in Portugal and other European cities, but they have their own Hong Kong spin. Eggy, sugary and not dissimilar to a creme Catalan, they positively melt in your mouth. The trick is to stop at just one. Or two. Or three. These can be found in bakeries all over the city and you will often see street vendors selling them in bags or individually. We assure you that no hunting around will be required.
Curry Fish Balls
They say that good things come in small packages and this has never been truer in the case of fish balls. These are made of minced fish meat, deep fried and covered in a mild curry sauce. This is a typical Hong Kong street food that the locals enjoy on the regular. It also is one of the longest-serving types of street food, having been around for decades. They are usually served on a skewer, which should hold around 5 or 6. Take care as they can be boiling hot but once you try one, you will soon understand why adults and children alike go crazy for this snack. The best ones are said to be at Welcome Food Court or Tung Tat Food Shop (which also has some of the cheapest).
Deceiving, as they do not contain any pineapple whatsoever. So why the name? The pattern on the soft, white bun stuffed with butter resembles a pineapple. It may sound unhealthy or even unappetising, but these buns are the ultimate in street food comfort eating. They have also been around for years and are usually drunk with tea or coffee at breakfast time. Despite their rather strange appearance or the rather strange combination, you will soon see that there is a reason why this is one of Hong Kong´s most beloved snacks. You can find them at Kam Wah (mind the queues) which reportedly has the best in the city.
No, this is not a joke although it may be for the more adventurous among us. This street food has been slowly gaining in popularity and it is surprisingly cheap and filling. Typically served on a skewer and fried, the outer part is crispy but inside the meat is tender and delicious. They are paired with a variety of sauces and are strangely addictive. The taste is not dissimilar to bacon or pancetta and you can hardly tell you are eating innards. The best ones are found at Ying Heong Yuen and Mong Kok Area, both of which have a variety of all the street food options listed here.
Have fun trying out some new cuisine whilst in Hong Kong! Have you tried any of the above? What are your favorite types of street food in Asia? Comment below and share your experiences!