Chinese Cuisine

The Chinese City of Hong Kong is a bustling one, offering up culinary delights to all tastes and budgets. While there, my favourites began with the popular street food and ended with certain dishes boasting the most expensive ingredients, and included quite a bit of everything in between. The dishes that really stood out for me were noodle-based, and I was amazed by the variety of noodles and ingredients. Watching the traditional methods of preparing the noodles, I had to admire the art. Noodles are served hot and cold in salads and soups, and in a multitude of meat and vegetable dishes. All over China, produce is sold in the so-called “Wet Markets” (the name comes from the stall holders washing down produce to make fruits sparkle).
Freshness being of utmost importance, the hustle and bustle of the market gets the adrenalin flowing, with everyone racing for the best produce. These Wet Markets china2are also excellent places to take a freshly prepared meal at a bargain price. Another favourite type of eatery making a come back is the Tea House, famous for the variety of teas served and for Dim-Sum delights and etiquette. Dim-Sum are small, extremely fresh snack size portions of food that are usually served from a roving trolley. Labour intesive and made to be eaten with tea, these small culinary masterpieces can be taken as a snack, or turned into a full meal.

Here are just a few of my favourites:

Street food

Spring Onion Pancake
Steamed Rice Noodle Roll with Pork Filling
Fresh Wonton Soup
Spicy, Crispy Pork Char Siu

Wet Market

Sichuan-style Braised Prawns
Cantonese Steamed Whole Fish
Scallops with Black Bean Sauce
Crabmeat Fu Rong

Home Style

Cantonese Corn Soup
Whole Fish with Yellow Bean Sauce
Fried Rice with Prawns
Crispy Shredded Beef
Mongolian Hot Pot
Lemon Chicken; Ginger Pudding
Fried Battered Bananas

Wealthy Tastes

Peking Duck with Chinese Pancakes, Spring Onion and Hoisin sauce
Mongolian Lamb
Mu Shu Pork
Chili Crab
Abalone, Snow peas & Oyster Mushrooms
Spicy Broccoli & Beef in Oyster Sauce