Hong Kong – Food Empire
Hong Kong deserves this title for sure. Ever since I got here, I have tried so many different kinds of food either traditional or fusion, and it is definitely something that makes this internship experience even more fascinating.
Some of the traditional foods include Dim Sum, fishballs, hot pot, roast goose, chicken feet, and more, in which each of them is cooked in different ways and flavors. Based on what I have observed, the major staple dishes are rice and noodles served with cooked seafoods, meats, or broths. What is typically served here is slightly different in America, but it is similar to Korean dishes that I usually eat at home with my family.
The typical meals are comprised of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and they are all served on the similar structure as in America in terms of time, but many times people would order big dishes and share on a round dining table in Hong Kong. One of the most common types of restaurants that people go for affordable and various menus is called “Cha chaan teng”, especially for breakfast and afternoon tea. I really like the Hong Kong-style french toast with milk-tea for breakfast, and many people usually go out for meals as they are busy from work.
Food is not celebrated, but many people enjoy Dim Sum brunch, and it is often served as a welcome or celebrating meal for group gathering events. I also had Dim Sum brunch for a welcome lunch when I first started to work, and I actually felt little closer and connected to the team by sharing food together just as its meaning in Chinese ‘touch the heart’.