So you think that you’re a bonified Hongkonger because you’ve had an egg tart from Lyndhurst Terrace and your favorite dimsum isn’t har gao. Or, maybe you’ve serve congee to the kiddies, shared a Typhoon Shelter chili crab with friends and often miss dumplings when you’re away from Asia. Test your taste buds with these 10 Hong Kong family-friendly street eats the next time you’re hungry for a treat.
For most Hongkongers, the day starts with a big breakfast combo: a hot soup macaroni with ham, a milk tea or coffee (or combo of both, called a yin yang) and an egg sandwich on white toast. Join the queue snaking around the corner at Australia Dairy Company in Jordan for an egg sandwich, that’s massive and delicious. Add pan-fried spam...if you want the ultimate Hong Kong egg sandwich experience.
Australia Dairy Company, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2730 1356
Tsim Chai Kee, 98 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2850 6471
This sweet and sticky red bean bowl pudding is made of glutinous rice flour and steamed into a bowl where it gets its form. It’s simple and comes in two colors depending on whether it’s been made with white or brown sugar. Like all desserts, these little gems aren’t too sweet, but does curb a sweet tooth. Support one of the oldest running bowl pudding vendors in town—the sweet old couple that sell puddings from a cart parked at the corner of Lan Kwai Fong and Wellington.
The corner of Lan Kwai Fong and Wellington, Central, Hong Kong
Thin and flaky layers of pastry coat a dense interior that is made of sweetened winter melon paste. There are many stories about this popular pastry, but the one that stands out tells of a loving wife that sold herself into slavery to make back a debt owed by her in-laws, and her husband created this delicious biscuit in honour of her. Whether this legend is true or not, the most famous biscuits can be found in Yuen Long.
Hang Heung Cake Shop, G/F, 64-66 Yuen Long Main Road, Yuen Long, New Teritorries, Hong Kong
Though the pineapple bun has not a single trace of pineapple in it, the checkered, crumbly top crust and the sunshine yellow colour of the bun has led to its name. When they’re freshly out of the oven and toasty, these lovely treats make for a delish teatime break. And, for those who don’t count calories try a “boh loh yau”, a warm pineapple bun sandwiching a ice cold slab of butter.
Kam Wah, 47 Bute Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2392 6830
Hong Kong’s version of French toast is a belt-busting thing of beauty. A thick slice of bread is dipped in egg and deep fried. The better cha chaan tengs and dai pai dongs will beat the egg till fluffy before frying, topped with a slab of butter and doused in sweet syrup. Down an alleyway behind a fruit stand in Stanley Market lies a dai pai dong (open air stall) with one of the most famous French toast in Hong Kong. Find it and be rewarded with golden french toast with kaya (sweetened coconut paste) and butter.
Open air stall at 2 Stanley Market, Stanley, Hong Kong
You don’t have to go further than two steps in the city to find a bubbling cart full of curry fish balls. What makes these the most widely popular skewered street snack is that they’re really quite tasty. Salty, spicy and burn-your-tongue hot, it’s a perfect on-the-go treat to tie you over till meal time. There’s not really one stall that stands above the rest, but the ones along Argyle Street in Mongkok are definitely where it’s at come weekends.
Along Argyle Street in Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Sweet red beans topped with a tower of shaved ice and doused in a sweet watery condensed milk makes for refreshing dessert drink, especially on a hot summer’s day. For an authentic red bean ice, venture out to Guong Shing Ice Cafe in Sheung Shui, where little has changed since it opened over 50 years ago. Here you’ll find classic red bean ice, and also pineapple and lychee versions, too.
Guong Shing Ice Cafe, 10, San Shing Avenue, Sheung Shui, New Teritorries, Hong Kong
Enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or as a quick snack, rice noodle rolls can be found at street corners, for dimsum and in congee shops. Glutinous rice water is spread over a cloth stretched over a boiling hot steamer, and then rolled into thin rice sheets while still hot then topped with toasted sesame and a medley of sauces (soy sauce, hoisin and peanut) - delicious! Tong Kee makes it fresh from scratch everyday and offers a choice of meat fillings, as well as plain.
Tong Kee, Shop C, G/F, Man King Building, 26 Man Wui Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Made from a sugary egg and flour batter poured onto a cast iron pan with “egg-like” holes, the secret is in the ingredients, timing, and just the right amount of batter. A truly good egg waffle cake should be crispy with just a bit of nibble on the inside. Also try the golden-hued waffle sandwiches (“gaap beng”) with gooey peanut butter mixed with condensed milk and sprinkled with sugar—it’s simply divine! Head to Mammy Cake for a variety of egg waffle flavors including their famous chocolate chip or to the mini shop on Caine Road next to Universal Trade Centre.
Mammy Cake, Shop 2A, G/F, Whampoa Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong