Crispy Buns With Condensed Milk
This sweet, buttery snack is a must-try for visitors to Hong Kong. It consists of two halves of a bread bun, toasted on one side and drizzled with condensed milk. It sounds simple but the result is delicious enough to make you faint.
Hong Kong Milk Tea
You can’t make a list of Hong Kong cafes without mentioning the milk tea. Hongkongers consume more than 900 million cups of milk tea a year. Made from black tea and evaporated or condensed milk, a perfect cup of Hong Kong-style milk tea should be smooth and rich, bringing out the roasted flavor of the tea leaves. This drink can be served hot or iced.
These braised chicken wings marinated in a sticky, sweet soy sauce taste heavenly. Nobody knows why they are called ‘Swiss wings’ but one urban legend has it that a Westerner who came across the dish asked the waiter what it was called and misheard the answer ‘sweet wings’ as ‘Swiss wings’, thus a classic dish was born.
Hong Kong-Style French Toast
This buttery, chewy concoction consists of deep-fried sliced bread dipped in butter and is often topped with more butter, syrup or condensed milk. Hong Kong-style French toast is a popular option amongst locals for both breakfast and afternoon tea.
Baked Tomato Pork Chop Rice
This classic dish is a great comfort food for Hongkongers. It consists of fried pork chops over rice and veggies, coated with a thick layer of tomato sauce and melted cheese. A great baked tomato pork chop rice dish is best tucked into fresh out of the oven.
Red Bean Ice
Hongkongers have been sipping this refreshing dessert drink since their childhood. It consists of azuki beans, syrup, evaporated milk and crushed ice, sometimes topped with vanilla ice cream. The best part? Scooping up the azuki beans with a spoon once you’re finished with the drink.
Spam Egg Noodles
This essential diner food consists of three things: sliced luncheon meat, fried egg and firm, chewy instant noodles (also known as ‘doll noodles’ in Cantonese). Vegetables are sometimes added but they’re not necessary. Full of MSG flavorings, this dish is not considered healthy by a long stretch but it is dependably tasty!
As with the Swiss wings, this dish is a Hong Kong invention so you’ll have a hard time finding it in Singapore. Consisting of stir-fried vermicelli with curry powder, onion, chili peppers and pieces of sliced ham and shrimp, these noodles are intensely flavored and usually moderately spicy.