A rich taste of Hong Kong culture

A rich taste of Hong Kong culture

Hong Kong's street food is one of its most distinct qualities, but it's not all just fishballs and siu mai

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Peanut butter waffle: sweet, savoury, and oh so good.
Peanut butter waffle: sweet, savoury, and oh so good.
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1 Spiral Chips

Where to find them: Island Brewery, 16 Tung Wan Road, Cheung Chau.

Spiral chips are the best way to eat potatoes. This is a whole potato, sliced in such a way that it looks like a tornado, and served on a foot-long skewer.

The stall is tiny, with a rack along one side that's bursting with sweet and savoury seasonings. Customers can choose from chocolate dust, seaweed flakes, chicken powder … the list goes on.

Spiral chips are great for sharing - friends can just break off a piece as you walk along. And while these are thicker than typical chips, they still have that satisfying crispiness and crunchiness that the regular variety has.


2 Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken

Where to find it: Shop 13, G/F, Kam Po Court, 2 Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung (more locations can be found online).

Tender chunks of chicken breast are dipped in batter right in front of the customer's eyes. The result is fresh, juicy meat in a crisp coating that is both crunchy and full of flavour.

And the size lives up to the name - a typical piece is bigger than the average customer's hand.

If that seems like too much chicken for one sitting, there are also smaller nuggets available. These come in paper bags which are perfect for enjoying on the go; just make sure you don't burn your tongue in your hurry to gobble them down!


3 Peanut Butter Waffles

Where to find them: G/F, Granville House, 41C-D Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui

The peanut butter waffle is a beloved street snack. These classics are hot, light waffles made from condensed milk, sugar and peanut butter.

The whole treat is popped into a paper bag to make it easy to eat and to save our clothing from the dripping, gooey sauce that makes this cake so delicious. If you still haven't had enough, you can loot the bottom of the bag for run-off melted peanut butter before you dispose of the evidence … er, we mean, the bag.


If you have a sweet tooth, here are seven dessert joints you should try!


 

4 Cheese Fries

Where to find them: G/F, Hung Fai Building, 430 Dundas Street, Mong Kok

Cheddar cheese and French fries is a classic pairing. This somewhat overlooked stall in Mong Kok serves thick, golden fries doused in a melted cheese sauce. The whole combination is served in an overflowing paper bowl.

Smooth, rich cheese perfectly complements the crunchy slices of potato, and the result is an extremely satisfying dose of hearty comfort food.

And this place isn't stingy with their sauce, either; there's quite a bit left over once the fries are finished - perfect for any plate-lickers out there.


5 Egg Tarts

Where to find them: G/F, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, or almost any bakery in Hong Kong

The egg tart is an iconic Hong Kong treat. Its rich, custard filling is sweet and creamy without being overwhelming, and the crust is the perfect packaging for the small delight. There are different varieties, too, including cookie-like short crust or light and crispy puff pastry. Either way, the tarts are so addictive that they'll quickly become a staple in your diet.

Luckily, they are available from hundreds of places across the city for less than HK$15.


6 Mister Softee Soft Ice Cream Cones

Where to find them: Any Mister Softee ice cream truck - you can always find them in Central or beside the Star Ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The classic to end all classics: the Mister Softee soft ice cream cone. Fond memories of this snack nestle in the heart of any Hongkonger - the iconic blue, red and white truck, the familiar tune and the simple four-item menu take us right back to our childhood.

Although drumsticks, ice cream cups, and orange sherbet are all available, the soft ice cream is our favourite. A plain wafer cone and creamy vanilla ice cream prove that good desserts don't need to be fussy or complicated to be a success.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
A rich taste of our culture

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