Today’s Culture with Travel post is by Roxana Oliver
If you’re a passionate globetrotter who wants to peek into every corner of the world, we can say that we definitely understand your aspirations! The truth is that a large number of people are attracted to Asian culture and cuisine, and if you’re one of them, you’re at the right place! Here are five fantastic reasons for you to visit Hong Kong (aka the food capital), so check them out and embark on your new adventure as soon as possible!
Visit Hong Kong for the duck
Even though Peking duck is probably the first dish that comes to your mind when someone mentions Chinese cuisine, the truth is that it’s actually a dish typical of the north of China. On the other hand, there is an authentic Cantonese roasted duck which is more characteristic of the south of China, which is exactly what you should look for when in Hong Kong. Prior to roasting the duck, it needs to be properly air dried first – which is a process that takes at least four hours. It will contribute to a tasty, crackling-crisp skin, whereas the marinade poured into the cavity and sewn in will result in the juiciest meat you’ve ever tried. That’s exactly why you mustn’t skip roasted duck while visiting HK!
Visit it for dim sum
If Chinese cuisine is known for anything, it’s definitely dim sum. In case you aren’t familiar with the term, dim sum dishes are prepared as small, bite-size portions of steamed buns served in a small steamer basket. A lot of traditional Chinese restaurants serve dim sum together with tea, and these actually form a full tea brunch adored by both the locals and the tourists. From Michelin restaurants to affordable ones that serve the most delicious street food – everyone offers dim sum! You should also know that the most popular methods of preparing this dish include steaming and frying, and that there are usually three to four pieces in one serving.
Visit it for chicken noodle soup
Another fantastic dish you mustn’t skip when in Hong Kong is chicken noodle soup, as a lot of people would agree that nothing says comfort better than a bowl of enticing chicken soup. A combination of rich chicken broth, rye and egg noodles, grilled leg meat, mixed vegetables, and garlic ancho paste is exactly what you need after a long and busy day. It will awaken all your senses and make you feel at home, which is exactly what matters most, right?
Visit it for burgers and beer
On the other hand, if you don’t like stepping outside your comfort zone and trying new things, you should know that you surely won’t get disappointed in Hong Kong! Apart from the traditional Chinese cuisine that offers tempting roasted duck, exquisite dim sum, and yummy chicken noodle soup, there are also outstanding burgers and craft beer you simply have to try. A rich combo of avocado, lettuce, tomato, and onion, matched with heavenly cheddar and luscious beef patty is everything you should ask for, as this burger is probably the best possible pick that will remind you of your favorite one back at home. You won’t go wrong with this Californian restaurant in Hong Kong. They have an amazing choice of American-style food. Don’t forget to ask for amazing craft beer, and you’ll get a chance to see what heaven tastes like!
Visit it for shrimp dumplings
If you’ve ever googled Chinese cuisine, you’ve probably noticed that dumplings are an extremely important part of any traditional Chinese meal. These can be found across all regional styles of Chinese cuisine, which is the case with Hong Kong, too. Basically, these are made by spreading a square dough wrapper (which is made from egg, flour, water, and salt) on the palm of your hand, and placing a small amount of filling in the center. The dumpling is then sealed into a desired shape by compressing the wrapper’s edges together with the fingers. Of course, shrimp filling is the most common one, together with ground pork one, so don’t skip shrimp dumplings if you ever find yourself in Hong Kong!
As you can see, Hong Kong is perceived as the food capital for a good reason – the outstanding variety of tasty meals is here to prove that claim! You certainly won’t regret if you decide to visit HK in the near future, and all you have to do is to bear our tips in mind if you want to experience Chinese cuisine at its best!
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing and follow her on Twitter.