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Best of Hong Kong's Street Food

Eat like the locals: cheap, fast and yummy!

Hong Kong is undoubtedly a paradise for foodies, well deserving its “Culinary Capital of Asia” moniker. With over 11,000 restaurants in the city, the diversity and quality of cuisines on offer is simply astounding. Amidst all the choices, Hong Kong’s own local food proudly holds its own against culinary all-comers – with Hong Kong street food providing the more colourful and adventurous eating experience. Whether it’s a snack, dessert, or even a quick meal, the city is full of hole-in-the wall places offering the most delicious items. Here are our top ten picks for Hong Kong’s finest street food.
 
Before we start this culinary journey, some clarifications on the nomenclature. Strictly speaking, street food as served in street stalls or push carts outdoors has become a vanishing breed ever since the Hong Kong Government relocated many of these “Dai Pai Dong” outlets to “cooked food centres”, located in the city’s many wet markets. In their place, many shops have popped up in alleyways with tiny shop spaces, and utilizing whatever street space they can get away with. But thankfully, the food tastes as great as ever, and the hygiene is generally good. So get on your walking shoes and go on a gastronomical treasure hunt.
 
Fei Jie
Chiu Chow marinated meats, Octopuses & Intestines
 
This famous shop in Mongkok is always packed – expect a queue. The intestine is crunchy and easy to bite. The octopus is refreshingly tender. Mustard or Cantonese chili sauce goes well with the food.
 
Shop 4A, 55 Dundas Street, Mong Kok
 
Lei Keung Kee
Griddled egg waffles
 
 
This outlet in North Point sells various types of egg waffles – all piping hot, toasty on the outside and oh so tender and slightly moist inside. A real local favourite, it’s the ultimate impulse eat. 
 
492 King's Road, North Point
 
Sing Heung Yuen
 
One of the few remaining genuine dai pai dongs, this place is famous for its Tomato Beef Soup Noodles as a quick meal. The “Silk stocking milk tea” is also not to be missed as is its “Toasted buns with condensed milk”. Also expect a long wait sometimes – but you can sit down and eat at its shared tables. 
 
2 Mei Lun Street, Central
 
Car Noodle’s Family
 
You’ll need a bit of coordination to enjoy this shop’s famous cart noodles since you’ll have to stand and eat a bowl of noodles at the same time – and with chopsticks no less. Cart noodles sprang from the days when hawkers pushed a cart offering different types of noodles and 20-odd choices of condiments from meats to vegetables, on different soup base flavours – it’s Hong Kong’s version of a la carte – be sure to decide your selection before you reach the front of the queue to order to avoid annoyed looks from the proprietor.
 
Shop A, 1 Anton Street, Wan Chai
 
Chuen Cheong Foods
Stinky tofu
 
It is getting harder and harder to find this treat – deep fried pungent tofu. Don’t be put off by the stinky smell of the tofu. Eat it right away, out of the paper bag, while it’s hot. Once you bite into it – you’ll be addicted: soft tofu with a toasted skin. You can add either chili paste or a sweet plum sauce. Connoisseurs of tofu can simply follow the stinky smell, which will often travel a block or two, like a pilgrim in search of a shrine.
 
Shop D, 150 Wanchai Road, Wan Chai
 
Hop Yik Tai
 
For visitors wanting to experience authentic Hong Kong culture, Sham Shui Po is a popular place to visit not only for the famed Ap Liu Street flea market and computer stores, but also for its local eats. Hop Yik Tia fits the bill perfectly, its “rice roll” ('cheung fun') attracts customers from near and far. Rice roll is a Cantonese specialty that comes either with filling such as shrimp, beef or cha siu, or without. It’s long been a staple of a dim sum meal. Hop Yik Tai’s rice roll is well known for its smoothness and the special secret sauce that you pour over it. 
 

G/F, 121 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po

Kai Kai

Hong Kongers have a craving for dessert just as much as everywhere else, but perhaps less towards cake or heavy doughy offerings in favour of lighter but equally delicious ones. Kai Kai offers some of the more popular local favourites including sweet rice dumplings, sweet potato soup and black sesame seed paste.
 
G/F, 29 Ning Po St, Jordan
 
Kung Wo Tofu
 
Tofu, made of soybeans, is one of the most versatile Chinese foods, as it comes in a variety of forms and can be used in numerous ways, including dessert. This wellknown shop is all about tofu. The shop uses old fashioned handgrinders to grind the soybeans, which gives the tofu an extra smooth texture. The sweet tofu curd is a must; you may also want to try the stuffed tofu with minced meat.
 
G/F, 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po
 
Block 18 Doggie’s Noodle
 
Doggies’ noodles comes from Shun Tak, a city near Guangzhou in mainland China. The noodles are made of glutinous rice and are short and stubby, like a dog’s tail, and hence the name. There is a wide selection of condiments to add to the soup-based noodles.
 
G/F, 27A Ning Po Street, Jordan
 
Super bowl King Traditional Snack
 
This shop’s signature dish, “Bu Zai Go”, a glutinous rice pudding baked in a bowl, is a highly popular dessert which was once widely sold in carts. The pudding or cake is mixed with brown sugar with red beans added in. It’s sweet, but not overly, and the smooth and slightly sticky texture is a real treat.
 
Man Wa Lane, Sheung Wan
 
 

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