Hong Kong is an international city with a very diverse population. Therefore, this city that is famous for its views of skyscrapers not only has famous tourist attractions to visit, but also has a variety of culinary that is a must to try.
This time, Migrant Post summarizes some of the cheap snacks available in the streets of Hong Kong city that you shouldn’t miss if you’re in this city.
Somay or in Cantonese called Siumaii is food made from flour and meat dough wrapped in small sized dumpling skins, which are cooked by steaming. Siumaii is ﬁrst, because it has a long history. Siumaii is thought to have existed since the time between the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Until now, there have been many variations in the presentation, from a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, fish and vegetables. Siumaii, which is sold in roadside shops, is usually a mixed version of meat and fish. You can buy it in a bowl container or choose skewered like satay, then eat it with soy sauce or spicy oil according to your taste
2. Fish balls
These ﬁsh balls are almost like Siumaii, made from fish ﬂour and meat as well. But the fish balls are not wrapped in dumpling skin and only fried in hot oil, then boiled in a delicious and spicy curry sauce before sewing. Usually there are also shops that allow you to stab fish balls directly from the cauldron, so don’t hesitate to ask the seller.
This sweet snack is made from a simple mixture of eggs, flour, sugar and milk fried in a waffle iron (wafﬂe mold). The texture and taste are like pancakes. It’s called a waffle, because it’s shaped like a wafer biscuit.
For ways to enjoy Waffles, you can add fruit, ice cream, or chocolate sauce. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or milk powder. or can also be topped with a little thick milk, Nutella, peanut butter or fruit jam.
4. Cow offal
Hong Kong residents also have special foods that some people may feel disgusted eating. Beef innards: lungs, liver, tripe, intestine, which has a unique taste, usually the method of processing is mixed with paprika or radish that is boiled until soft in a soy-based marinade and the addition of various spices.
5. Cheong Fen
Cheong Fen is a long, bowel-like roll made of rice ﬂour. In the presentation Cheong Fen will be cut into the size of a little ﬁnger. Then add the sweet sauce, sesame, peanut sauce, and soy sauce to taste. Eating it while it’s still hot in the winter is the right moment.
6. Small Eggs
This snack in Cantonese is often called Gai Daan Zai / Kaitan Cai or Eggettes in English is very popular. The mixture is made from flour, pudding powder, eggs, and milk which is then put into a small round wafﬂe iron and mortar for one or two minutes. The texture of this snack is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.
As these snacks become more and more popular, their salespeople must find innovations to compete with other sellers. Until there was a variety of Gai Daan Zai ﬂavors, from coconut, taro, curry, chocolate, even green tea and vegetables.
7. Chou Dou Fu (Smelly Tofu)
Apart from the pungent smell like a foul odor. Smelly Tofu is one of the most delicious snacks that you can find on the streets of Hong Kong. The stinky tofu odor is created from a long fermentation process. The processing method is only fried and usually served with chili sauce. The outer layer is crisp and golden brown, but the inside is very soft. Lf you can stand the smell, this snack is very tasty and would be nice if you could try it.
B. Squid Grilled Tentacles
This food does sound strange, tentacles are very rarely eaten separately from the squid‘s body. But in Hong Kong this food is very popular. The tentacles were roasted until they had a supple texture. And what makes this snack so unique, in its presentation can be smeared with teriyaki sauce, honey, barbecue or spicy oil.
9. Three Treasures (Three Treasure)
As the name suggests, this snack is a variety of fried foods. You can choose for yourself the three types of fried food that you want to buy to get a cheaper price. The most popular “Three Treasure” is green peppers, eggplants and sliced red sausages. Fried tofu ﬁlled with ﬁsh meat and ﬁnely ground fish skin is also usually a choice.
10. Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes sold in these wagons can usually be found near the MTR exit or intersections and crowded places. Besides Sweet Potatoes, usually sellers also sell chestnuts, chicken eggs, quail eggs fried in charcoal and sand. This traditional snack is a popular snack that usually appears more often in winter. At present there are only a few traders left in Hong Kong. These foods will be easily recognized, because they emit different scents and clouds of smoke that are visible from a distance.
Besides being easy to ﬁnd; 10 snacks above the price is very affordable. So, if you are in Hong Kong; make sure you don’t visit to enjoy it. But you need to remember, these food vendor shops often do not provide a place to sit. So that requires you to eat while standing or can also enjoy the food by walking.