Mia in Hong Kong — Snacks!
Once I get to a new place, the first thing is to search and try the local food.
Hong Kong is not only one of the most important financial centers of China, but also famous for its food. People in Hong Kong always combine their breakfast and lunch to one meal at around 11 am, which is called morning tea. The most popular food for morning tea is Dim Sum. It is a kind of dish that is contained in the small bowls, plates, or bamboo steamers. The most special characteristic is that there are not so many pieces in one order (usually 3 or 4 pieces), so people can try many different types of dishes in one meal. People will not often cook this at home but go to the restaurant for Dim Sum, because it costs a long time to prepare only 3 or 4 pieces of each kind of food. In most of the restaurants, the servers will come to us with a cart, so we can pick the food directly from the cart instead of ordering from the menu.
I am a Dim Sum lover, so the first task in Hong Kong is to search for the famous Dim Sum restaurant. The restaurant my Korean roommate and I went on the first Saturday was called Paramount Joy Cuisine in Tsim Sha Tsui. One of the most popular dishes was steamed shrimp & pork dumpling. It tasted like a meatball surrounded by a soft noodle paper outside. The pork was succulent and just melted in the mouth. Another one I enjoyed was egg tart. The flavor was so good, because they are not so sweet but just enough. Many bakery stores in the United States also have egg tart, but they are smaller than the tarts here. I was surprised why the tarts were so expensive until I saw them. If I’m not that hungry, two tarts are enough for lunch.
Below is the list of the other dishes that I will order in the Dim Sum restaurants:
Steamed spare ribs with black bean
Steamed Ox tripe with black garlic
Steamed chicken feet with black bean
Steamed fluid egg yolk buns
Steamed rice rolls with barbecued pork
I think people can say they have been to Hong Kong only when they tried Dim Sum.