HONG KONG: CHINESE FOOD AND DRINK
Chinese food and drink in Hong Kong is a culinary paradise with some of the best Chinese food in the world. There are cafes and restaurants to suit every budget and cuisines from around the world including Cantonese, European, Indian, Thai and other popular Asian cuisines.
The dominant cuisine on Hong Kong is Cantonese cuisine as many immigrants settled in Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland and the Guangzhou province.
Popular dishes include pork, chicken and seafood dishes often served with white rice, stir fried vegetables and a soup. Most Chinese meals are accompanied by Chinese tea but other drinks are also gaining in popularity including a wide variety of wines and beers.
Dim Sum & Yum Cha
One of the major delights of Hong Kong cuisine is the traditional Dim Sum (`from the heart`) and Yum Cha (`drink tea`).
Dim Sum was traditionally a snack served at breakfast with tea but is now also eaten at lunch or brunch. Dim Sum steamed dumplings originated when Chinese housewives would cook these dumplings for their husbands for breakfast. Today, there area a wide variety of Dim Sum available including Har Gau (steamed shrimp dumplings), Siu Mai (popular pork dumplings), Cha Siu Bau (barbecued pork buns) and Chun Gun (spring roll).
It is possible to eat quite cheaply in Hong Kong at one of the numerous Chinese cafes but difficulties lie in communicating if you do not speak the Chinese language and many of the menus are also in Chinese without an English translation. At various mid and upper market restaurants and cafes, language should not be a problem.