Friday, November 27, 2009

Hong Kong street foods

Another not to be miss in Hong Kong is its street foods. Found in abundance in street corners , it offers an inexpensive yet interesting way to explore Hong Kong.

Cart Noodles 车仔面

Cart noodle is a kind of à la carte noodle which became popular in Hong Kong in the 1950s through independent street vendors operating on roadsides and in public housing estates in low-income districts, using carts. Many street vendors have vanished but the name and style of noodle stays.

The noodles were considered "cheap and nasty". Cost was generally low to appeal to the average citizens. They were also commonly referred to as "filthy noodle" (嗱喳麵) due to its low hygiene in the past. When hygiene standards rose, many street vendors (licensed or otherwise) have vanished.

There are various of ingredients to chose from to customize your noodle. I've picked pigs blood jelly (豬紅 ) , pigs skin (豬皮) and beef brisket to go. Couples with the sweet stock made out of radish (蘿蔔) based , its out of this world !!

Braised beef offals

Another favourite street snacks is the beef spareparts ( ngau chap ). It may be a turn off for others, but it definetely turns me on !

Beef spareparts braising away in the sauce. Offals, lungs , stomach , basically almost all the cows innards are here !!!

Generally you can find this at street side stalls which normally operates out of corner shops. You can find this at almost every street corners in Mongkok area. They also offer numerous types of snacks to go. Braised, fried , BBQ , steamed, you name it, they have it.

Also some super spicy sea snails !!

For HKD15 a bowl..its a good deal.

Egg waffles ( KAI DAN CHAI ) 雞蛋仔

Another not to be missed is this cute little waffles made out of eggs. This small egg balls are egg waffles baked in a waffle pan which resembles a racket. Once cooked its golden brown on the outside and all you need to do it just tear of the chunk and savour !

Seafood, DAI PAI DONG style in Central

While strolling in Central wet market , we came across this popular eatery tucked somewhere in the back streets of Central wet market 中環街市 we came across this dai pai dong offering live seafood . Since its dinner time , we find out seats and never regretted. Located just beside the market , food cant be any fresher here.

Whats better than a hot mutton hotpot during winter ???? Mutton braised for hours in herbs and eaten hotpot style. Surprisingly the mutton doesnt have any gamey taste at all to it.

Salt and pepper mantis prawn.

Stir fried Flower snail

Sweet and soup pork, HK style

and.....deng deng Belachan fried kangkung in HK !! Yes and it taste quite well too !!

Its a great value for money , as the dinner for four of us only cost HKD410 inclusive of beers. Who say dining in HK can be expensive ???

LAN FONG YUEN milk tea

Another not to be missed experience is having the famous Si Mutt Nai Char 丝袜奶茶 . Even I'm not a tea drinker , I truly enjoyed this so much !! The black tea tea is brewed sweetedned with evaporated milk and later filtered thru ,panty hose , yes you read it correctly ladies panty hose !!

Lan Fong Yuen is established around 50 years ago as a "Dai Pai Dong"(street side food stall) in Central, and later turned into a "Tea Cafe", which is a prominent style of Hong Kong restaurants. With their delicious and popular food, the restaurant is crowned as "the most delicious tea cafe" by many people in Hong Kong.

Address: 2 Gage Street , Central, Hong Kong
Tel: (+852) 2544-3895/ 2854-0731
Cuisine: Hong Kong/ Dai Pai Dong/ Tea Cafe
Transportation: MTR*: Sheung Wan (Exit E2)
Opening Hour: 08:00-20:00 (Mon-Sat)

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