June 08, 2017

Jess Lee - Far East Holiday Specialist

If you are lucky enough to stumble upon a small stall or cart on the corner of a street in Hong Kong be sure to sample their delicacies, as they are often on the move and difficult to find again.

Here are our street food essentials;

Siu Mai 

Cheung fun - UTL hong kong street food

A very popular and traditional steamed dim sum eaten on a stick with either a pork filling, or even more delicious, fish filling and wrapped in a thin yellow pastry.  It can be dipped in a sweet soy or curry sauce for extra flavour.

Our tip: delicious, cheap and filling and as popular on the streets as it is in the restaurants

Stinky Tofu

Stinky Tofu - UTL hong kong street foodNotorious for its strong and pungent smell. A combination of deep fried fermented tofu, milk, vegetables, fish and meat. Deep fried so it’s crisp on the outside but has a soft creamy centre and served with a chilli sauce.

Our tip:  if you can tolerate the smell stinky tofu is delicious.

Cheung Fun

Cheung fun - UTL hong kong street food

One of the most convenient snacks to eat on the street.  Made from steamed sheets of rice noodles to give a chewy and gooey texture, covered in sweet sauce, peanut sauce or sesame sauce.  

Our tip: for those who like a kick to their food, add a dab of spicy sauce to spice things up.

Curry fish balls

Fish balls - UTL hong kong street food

Served since the 1950’s and one of the most traditional street snacks. Tasty, golden brown in colour, and served in a group of 5 on a bamboo stick and covered in sauce.

Our tip: a mouthwatering experience and very popular.

Squid or Octopus

Squid Octopus - UTL hong kong street food

The squid/octopus is cooked in boiling water and then either deep fried, roasted or steamed and served with a choice of regular or hot chilli sauce.

Our tip:  One to try as this dish is very popular amongst both expats and locals.

Egg Waffles (gai daan tsai)

Egg Waffles - UTL hong kong street food

bite sized oval waffles, soft and chewy on the inside and light and crispy on the outside, can be made with chocolate, sesame or even flavoured with popular green tea.

Our tip:  A heavenly smell and hard to resist, just perfect for an afternoon snack.

Egg tarts  (dan tat)

Egg tarts - UTL hong kong street food

Said to have been introduced to Hong Kong in the 1940s, derived from the Portuguese variety popular in neighbouring Macau, these circles of creamy goodness with a golden crispy pastry and soft silky egg filling.  

Our tip:  Eat them whilst still warm, as they smell and taste delicious like this.

Pineapple Bun (bo lo bao)

Pineapple buns - UTL hong kong street food

These simple looking white buns which bear a resemblance to a pineapple, due to their crispy top layer are melt-in-your-mouth delights that actually do not contain any pineapple.

Our tip: sweet hot and ready to go and are especially good with tea.

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