Talking Points: what’s the worst dish in your school canteen?

Talking Points: what’s the worst dish in your school canteen?

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Edward Wong Kwan-ho, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

The worst dish at my school canteen is the chocolate cake. It tastes like expired cheese, and it’s as hard as a brick. It didn’t feel like any chocolate I’ve ever tried before. If you want to try this weird cake, come visit my school.

Miffy Chan, 15, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

The worst dish I ever tried at my school canteen was the grapefruit cold noodle. It was so terrible, I regretted it the minute I opened the cover. The grapefruit juice was brown, and its sour taste mixed with the salty taste of the noodles to form a indescribable taste in my mouth. Well, not indescribable: I felt I was chewing a bunch of vomit. I love all kinds of noodles but this was awful. Now I know never to try any new things at the canteen without first asking others’ opinion.


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Ady Lam, 11, Island School

Probably the ramen. It breaks my heart to say this, for I love ramen when properly prepared, but it just tastes horrible. No comment. And the pork cutlet that goes with it? Soggy and mushy. My two favourite foods, ruined.

Hoffman Tse, 15, Salesian English School

Fish balls are the worst dish in my school canteen. It’s not made of fish but flour. These “fish” are all different sizes and packed in plastic bags that are filled with the curry sauce. If the fish balls stay in the bag for a long time, they slowly melt and become a disgusting “sticky white object”.

Howard Yip, 15, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

The worst “food” I ever had at my school canteen was a giant fish ball. It looked like a normal fish ball, but after two bites, I knew something was wrong. The texture of it was like a plastic sponge made, and the taste was even worse: it was bitter and sour, like the hair of a homeless man who has lived in a garbage heap for 100 years. My mouth was filled with despair and frustration, and I was in shock at how bad this was. The chef should try it!


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Phoebe Chow, 13, St Francis’ Canossian College

I think the worst dish at my school canteen is the Japanese-style lunch box. It is so bad because the rice is cold and hard, the meat rolls are insanely sticky and I can’t pick them out of my teeth because I don’t have a toothpick at school! Also, the seaweed salad is not tasty.

Joe Ho, 15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

The worst dish at my school is the Japanese-style jelly fish rice. It is nauseating. You can taste sour, sweet and some drain flavours in this “ sauce”. Also, the fish is a problem. You can feel a stench after you eat a fish.

Sunny Shum, 15, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

The worst dish at my school is the curry fish ball. First, it is green instead of the usual yellow. The shape is weird, too. It always has an abnormal bite marks and dents on it, which stops me from eating it. Plus, it tastes terrible. The fish ball never soaks up the curry sauce and it is hard and dry - and it still costs me HK$8!


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Leung Ka-yu, 15, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

The worst one is the cream of mushroom soup. When I saw the ad for it in the tuck shop, I figured it was just a normal mushroom soup. But when I received it, I was surprised to see that it was black and smelled like rotten eggs! I still tasted it anyway, but it felt more like I was drinking a cup of melted plastic with some rubber mushrooms. I ended up throwing away that expensive soup – it cost me HK$12 – and swore that I would never try another soup from the tuck shop again.

Pamela Lee, 13, St Francis’ Canossian College

The worst dish I have ever tasted was the Rice with Sole Fillet in Spinach Sauce. They added too much water to cook the rice, so it was too soft, yet the sole fillet was a bit dry. And I couldn’t taste any of the spinach.

Ken Hui, 16, CCC Chuen Yuen College

The worst food in my school’s canteen is probably the dried instant noodles with chicken nuggets, as it is quite dry and oily. The noodles are served with slices of fried garlic, and the nuggets have already been cooked a long time, so some of them are super tough. So don’t eat much to avoid having acne and do check your breath after having the dish!

Saman Kayani, 17, (TSW) Heung To Middle School

Well, for me the worst dish in our school is probably pork. It’s not that I think it’s a bad dish, but I’m a Muslim so I’m not allowed to eat any type of pork. It might be yummy, but I’ve never ever tasted it.

Candy Poon,15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

The noodles are terrible. They are super undercooked, and always served with some cancer-causing food such as sausage, or Spam. In addition, the soup that comes with it is super salty – you need to drink a bottle of water afterward. Luckily, I am a Form Four student now, so I can go out for lunch!

Wynne Lau, 13, St Francis’ Canossian College

The worst dish at my school is spaghetti. It is such a big serving that not a single student can finish it, and it is bad. It is hard, and if you don’t add sauce, it sticks together and is very hard to eat.


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Chris Lo Chun-hei, 17, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

The worst dish in my school “canteen” is basically everything it sells. You can pretty much only find junk food options, such as instant noodles and fried chicken. And it’s not just greasy, it is heavily salted. Don’t even mention “healthier options”. The worst part is, it’s the same price as most restaurants.

Yiu Pak Hei, 11, St Francis of Assisi’s English Primary School

The hamburger. Forget about the nutritional quality, the burger is always cold and not very fresh. They make it early in the morning, and the bun is always soggy from so much water vapour in the lunch box. It looks gross and it tastes like mouldy bread.

Arzoo, 15, Tak Nga Secondary School

The worst dish in our school canteen is the Indomie noodles. I usually love noodles, but these are always prepared before the bell rings, so by the time we buy them, they are cold and taste really odd. Other food does not get affected like this, but the Indomie noodles get thick and tasteless when they are cooled.

Jamie Tse Ying-chun, 15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

The worst dish at my school canteen is the tomato sauce with beef and rice. It is the worst dish I’ve ever tried, because you can’t taste any real tomato sauce, it just tastes like red-coloured water. And the vegetables beside the rice look good and colourful, but are as dry as a desert.

Jenny Ho, 14, St Francis’ Canossian College

The worst dish at my school canteen is the tomato and pork chop spaghetti. The spaghetti is tough and it’s always so cold that the whole dish has lost its flavour. Not only that, the vegetables provided with every dish are tasteless and bitter.

Parco Wong ,15, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

The worst dish in my school is siu mai. It is a disaster. It smells fishy and tastes fishy, even after I add tonnes of soy sauce and chilli oil on it. I know I am not a celebrity chef like Gordon Ramsey, but even I can tell our school’s siu mai is abominable.

Prudence Mak, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

The worst dish I ever ate in the school canteen was the grilled chicken. Not only was the grilled chicken bland, but it was nearly raw. When I cut it in half, there was even blood coming out and it was so stinky that I wanted to throw up. And the side dishes, carrots and corns, were also not done. Crispy carrots and corn? The texture and taste is really weird!

Wong Ki-cheung, 15, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

The worst food at my school canteen is siu mai. It tastes strange compared to siu mai you’d buy from hawkers, so I need to add chilli sauce to cover its flavour.

Ruby Pang, 13, St Francis Canossian College

The worst dish in my school canteen is the spaghetti with chicken patty. The sauce is thick and tasteless, the chicken patty is just brown, and the spaghetti tastes like banana.

Lo Man-to, 10, St Francis of Assisi’s English Primary School

The worst dish at my school canteen is definitely the steamed minced pork with mushrooms because the mushrooms stink and they are usually overcooked and super chewy. Worse still, the minced pork has no flavour. The whole thing makes me lose my appetite.

Simon Chan Cheuk-yin, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

The hotdog. First, the sausage is cold and smells. Second, there were no vegetables or tomatoes inside. Third, the ketchup was very sour. I had to drink so much water after eating it! I‘ll never buy it again.

Jasmine Lo, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

The worst dish in our school is fried noodles. It looks terrible and tastes disgusting, it’s just extremely spicy and oily. ... Although it does only costs HK$15.

Wong Lok-tao, 15, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

The worst dish at my school canteen is probably stir-fried noodles. As they are usually prepared before recess and lunchtime, they are extremely dry and they stick together in one glob. It tastes like plastic.

Tiffany Lim, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

What is the worst dish my school serves? The siu mai. It’s just bland and dry no matter how many condiments I add. I wish I could give some advice of how they could improve the situation, but I completely suck at cooking. I even fail at making cup noodles.

Catherine Chan, 13, St Francis’ Canossian College

The worst dish at my school canteen is chicken with some disgusting sauce. The chicken is frozen and it tastes very bad, and the sauce is something like salted caramel sauce. It is awful. And it comes with hardly any vegetables – sometimes none at all!

Gabriel Hui Yan-lung, 11, St Francis of Assisi English Primary School

Steamed eggs is the worst dish in my school canteen. It doesn’t have much taste, and it cools down very fast, which makes it even worse. However, I understand that steamed food is actually healthy for us even if it’s not as tasty as fried chicken or other junk food.

Chung Pak-lun, 10, St Francis of Assisi’s English Primary School

I think that pasta is the worst dish in my school canteen because it is dry and bland and the sauce doesn’t taste like the pasta I have in big restaurants. In the school canteen, the pasta cools down too fast.

Michael Kwok Pui-hin, 15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

The dish that has two chicken wings, some vegetables and rice is really terrible. It seems normal, but the chicken wings are undercooked, and there is always blood coming out when you bite into them.

The vegetables that come with it are dark green and have a strange smell. I’m afraid that my face will turn green if I eat them. Last but not least, the rice might as well be congee. you don’t even have to chew it because it is so soft.

Jacqueline Wong Cheuk-lam, 15 ,Methodist College

Fried chicken legs! They’re so oily and contain more fat and breading than actual meat. The worst part is that they are really dark, which implies that the oil hasn’t been changed for a long time!

Tiffany Ho, 13, St Francis’ Canossian College

The worst dish is Abalone Mushroom and Chicken Rice. It looked like abalone but later I found out that it was mushrooms! They looked smooth but actually they were so tough, and the chicken had no flavour.

Eunice Yung Po-yiu, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

The worst dish at my school canteen is the noodle, because it is always cold instead of hot. It also tastes very strange.

Bernice Lam, 13, St Francis’ Canossian College

The worst dish at school for me is the eggplant minced pork rice. I really hate eggplant, and the minced pork is so tasteless, I feel like I am chewing grass. Gross! Generally speaking the dish looks old and the vegetables are not very fresh and even smell bad.


Our topics always get a lot of responses. Check out what other students had to say and join the conversation at yp.scmp.com. In our next Talking Points, we’ll discuss: what is the best way to deal with stress? We are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry), to yp@scmp.com by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.


Edited by Sam Gusway


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What’s the worst dish in your school’s canteen?

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