Hong Kong’s street food scene is famous around the world. Whether you’re in Causeway Bay or Mong Kok, Tsuen Wan or Sham Shui Po, you’re bound to find some delicious streetside snacks, be it curry fishballs on a stick or fluffy eggettes in various flavours. Best of all, these tasty tidbits are usually wallet-friendly and can easily fill up your belly for just a few bucks. While our city also boasts some of the world’s best restaurants,Michelin-starred dining and other delicious eats, no Hong Kong experience is complete without sampling some – or all – of these street food favourites.
1. Curry fishballs
Curry fishballs are probably Hong Kong’s most iconic street snack – nearly every savoury street stall sells these. Though they’re mostly made from flour these days and contain almost no fish meat, this has had little effect on the snack’s popularity. Springy in texture, the bite-sized spheres bob about in a strong curry sauce before they’re skewered on a bamboo stick or ladled into a takeaway bowl for on-the-pavement enjoyment.
2. Siu mai
Immediately recognisable by its bright yellow wrapper, this ubiquitous streetside snack differs from its pork-filled counterpart served in dim sum parlours in that it’s made with flour kneaded with a bit of fish meat (although most stalls forego the latter ingredient completely nowadays to cut costs). These are then steamed and doused in soy sauce. Those who crave a kick of heat can also pile on the chilli sauce. Like fishballs, you’ll find steamed siu mai at most savoury snack stalls.
3. Stinky tofu
Despite its pungent odour, stinky tofu is one of the most delicious snacks you can find on our streets. The bean curd gets its distinct funk from a lengthy process of fermentation, usually in a brine of milk, vegetables or even meat. It’s then deep-fried and usually served with chilli sauce. The outer layer is crisp and golden and gives way to a soft and creamy centre. If you can get past the smell, this stinky snack is sure to please.
4. Cheung fun
Loved for its smooth texture and distinct al dente chew, cheung fun is made by rolling steamed rice noodle sheets into bundles, then chopping them into two-bite pieces. Unlike the type served at dim sum restaurants, the streetside variety usually comes without fillings. It’s relatively bland on its own, which is why it’s eaten with a healthy dousing of sauces (sweet, peanut, chilli and soy) and sesame seeds.
5. Soy-braised cuttlefish or octopus
Bright orange and with tentacles and suction cups still intact, these might not be the most visually appealing of Hong Kong’s street foods, but they sure are delicious. The cuttlefish and octopus are usually boiled quickly until just tender and then dipped in a soy-based marinade for flavour. Eat them on a bamboo stick with a lick of mustard, as is de rigueur at the much-loved Fei Jie street stall in Mong Kok.
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6. Roasted sweet potato and chestnuts
8. Deep-fried pig intestine
9. Imitation shark’s fin
10. Cow offal