Question by D@ Hye K: what do people in hong kong eat ?
Answer by BLUE ORCHID
Anything & everything! HK is a food lover’s paradise!
The cuisine in Hong Kong can best be described as a Chinese, specifically Cantonese, style cuisine with extensive influences from Western cuisine, due to Hong Kong’s long history of being a melting pot of eastern and western cultures. An alternative view towards Hong Kong cuisine puts it as a branch of Cantonese cuisine that has diverged from its origin in Guangzhou. From the roadside stalls to the most upscale restaurants, Hong Kong provides an unlimited variety in every class. Complex combinations and international gourmet expertise have given Hong Kong the reputable label of “Gourmet’s Paradise”.
In a city where the common greeting is “Sik tzo fan may?” (“Have you eaten?”), it’s obvious that food is viewed as more than just sustenance. Eating out is a communal affair in Hong Kong; apartments are too small to entertain guests, so friends and family gather in restaurants to talk over elaborate meals of several courses. And with more than 6,000 restaurants in the city, there’s always a new eatery to discover.
Cuisine is also an art form, and few places take food as seriously as Hong Kong. Chefs painstakingly create a balance of flavors and textures in their dishes, combining sweet with sour, sharp with bland, hot with cool, and crunchy with smooth. Naturally, seafood is popular in this island city, and restaurant patrons demand the freshest fish possible. This often means choosing their dinner not from a menu, but from the restaurant’s fish tank. The fish is usually steamed whole, topped with ginger and onions, and savored in its entirety.
The dish to end all dishes in Hong Kong is not fish, but Peking Duck. Ordering this dish in a restaurant is a culinary odyssey in three courses. First, the chef roasts the duck over a charcoal fire and bastes it with dark syrup. The chef then creates a big demonstration of bringing the duck to the table and carving it up in front of the patrons. The first course is the skin, which the chef deftly cuts from the bird with a razor-sharp knife. Next, the tender meat is covered in a sweet sauce and presented in a crepe-like wrap. A delicious duck soup with cabbage and mushrooms is the third and final course in this decadent meal.
Going to Hong Kong without trying dim sum should be a punishable offense. Served at around brunch time, dim sum is an adventure in eating that is purely Chinese. As soon as you sit down, a pot of tea is promptly placed on your table. Soon you notice servers walking around with trolleys stacked high with bamboo canisters full of steaming hot food. Simply point at what you want as the carts pass by and it will be delivered to your table. Typical dim sum dishes include spare ribs in black pepper sauce, steamed barbeque pork buns, deep-fried spring rolls, and steamed shrimp dumplings. Be sure to save room for desserts like mango pudding and hot egg tarts.
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