Other than main dishes, Hong Kong is also known for many light bites that can be found in their cha chan tengs, bakery houses or yum-cha restaurants. Suitable for people who wants to try out a variety yet not getting too full, or some who just wants a morning or afternoon tea-snack.
Egg Tarts 蛋挞
An English pastry with a Cantonese twist. Replace the butter and shortening with some lard and the filling from custard to egg, the traditional custard tarts have a ‘new’ form.
When these egg tarts are served warm, the crumbly crust and the soft sweet filling is a pure delight with every bite. While there are many different flavours from white, green tea, honey, mocha, coffee to bird nest’s, my favourite is still the original kind.
Tai Cheong continue to draws in the crowd at Hong Kong (they closed and opened again), while I don’t mind those served at King Bakery found at Pottinger Street at Central.
Pineapple Bun 菠萝包
Don’t be mistaken. There’s no pineapple in this bun! It is named so because the toased top resembles the surface of a pineapple. The top is made like a sugar cookie, while the bottom is a chewy soft dough.
One of the best way of eating this is slapping with a dollop of butter inside, served hot! With milk tea! Some of the variants come with custard, red bean, or roasted pork in the centre.
Though note it can be high in saturated fats and cholesterol and has been declared as one of the top 10 most harmful snack foods in Hong Kong.
Dim Sum 点心
Literally, it means ‘from the heart’ and it has certainly captured my heart and is a must for breakfast every time I visit Hong Kong.
I normally go for the usual Siew Mai and Har Gau, and it’s the simpler things that tests the skills of the chef. Most of the Har Gau I tried in Hong Kong is just filled with shrimp, with no minced pork or minced prawn. Every piece is a delicate one with three fresh shrimps wrapped in the inside.
It’s also the ambiance of aunties pushing around metal trolleys, shouting out their treasures in the bamboo basket. You will find Hong Kong citizens young and old chit chatting, enjoying their papers (or horse betting books), Chinese tea or hobbies (eg knitting) while indulging in their morning chow. Very noisy but atmospheric!