23 Hong Kong Street Food You Should Try

Hong Kong has one of the best foods in the world, from the roadside to the world-class restaurant their food diversity is remarkable hence you find most people like to dine out and because of the foods, it has a lot of tourists.

The street food is exquisite, from their diversity to their site to their fragrance and the taste and textures are simply one that you can die for.

The everyday foods you must find in Hong Kong include egg tarts, waffles, fish balls, and stinky tofu.

Some people tend to overlook the street foods in hong kong, not knowing that they have the richest and classic food varieties of all time.

Hong Kong Street Food

When next you visit Hong Kong, don’t go to the restaurants alone but also get the foods from the streets while enjoying the naturally air-conditioned breeze

Below I have gathered some of the street food you may want to taste once you are in honking and with them,

I have recipes you can use to make the  food from your home; hence you don’t have to live the food experience in honking but also carry it with you

1. Hong Kong egg eats for mothers day

Hong Kong egg eats for mothers day

This is a  classic hong kong food that tastes best moments after ts served to you by the vendor.

It is crispy on the outside, and the inside is tender and fluffy. Also known as daan jai or gai daan Jai, which is a Chinese word meaning little eggs.

Currently, the recipe is changing, with it having more than one flavor as opposed to the traditional one.

This street food was mainly made outside and not at home because it is cheap and delicious; however, with modernization, many people are now making it in the comfort of their homes.

If you would like  to have some street honking food brought to the luxury of your home, here is  the link  for the recipe 

2. Honking egg cakes

Honking egg cakes

Hong kong eggs are a  street food that you will almost find everywhere.

They have a  perfect texture that is crunchy on the outside, and towards the center, it is soft.

A childhood favorite cake vendor inspires this recipe, and the blogger wanted to reminisce about what she used to eat back in the day.

This recipe has now been made to perfection, and in fact, she uses other readily available ingredients in the stores and more modernized equipment for making the dish. You could check this link for more information.

3. Sesame prawn toast

  Sesame prawn toast

Prawn toast is also a dim sum variety and popular food in Hong Kong streets. You can make this recipe at home, targeting parties or celebrations where they can be served as finger foods.

It is a piece of bread at the base cut into a triangle topped with prawn paste and water chestnuts coated with white sesame seeds.

You shallow fry them, and it is ready to serve. You can also make t days before the actual serving and store it properly the refrigerator on the day you have to use it, again simply shallow fry to warm it. Check this link for more information.

4. Hong kong curry fish

Hong kong curry fish

Hong Kong curry fish balls are undoubtedly one of the foodstuffs you will notice while walking on the streets of Hong Kong.

Usually, it is not only one type of fish but a  variety of them; they are always pinned on sticks and submerged in metals steam-heated trays with yellow and red delicious curry sauce.

In this recipe, the sauce is relatively thicker than the type you will get from the streets.

And the sauce can also be used over some white rice or plain noodles.

You can omit the flour or roux- making for a thinner soup.

Here is a link to the recipe I recommend. I hope you will enjoy making this modernized version.

5. Nostalgic hong kong style fish Siu Mai

Nostalgic hong kong style fish Siu Mai

These delicious bite-sized balls are one of the famous street foods in hong kong.

It is usually fish fillets or boneless fish wrapped in wanton yellow skin and cooked in a steamer. It sold along with curry fish balls and sweet soy sauce, sesame sauce, and chili oil.

You find these little treats in the streets, eat them for the first time, and you will definitely want to go back for more.

The good thing is that you can make these goodies in the comfort of your home.

You only have to follow  this link and make it happen

6. Stinky tofu

Stinky tofu

Hong Kong is a city with streets that smell differently depending on what is being cooked, so you might find yourself inhaling pollution in between inhaling.

One such smell that may be an eye-opener for you is the stinky tofu. For a  first-timer, you might find the  smell overwhelming or simply awful  as it is not any ordinary food smells

The stinky tofu is thought to be a version of the blue cheese of china. The tofu is left to ferment, after which it is deep fried and immersed in a sauce.

You can easily let your nose guide you to where the stinky tofu is. Interestingly the stinkier the tofu, the better it tastes.

7. Mango pamelo sago dessert

Mango pamelo sago dessert

Mango pamelo constitutes, pureed mango preferably honey mangoes, evaporated milk, and coconut milk.

Sago is a common ingredient for the southeast Asian dessert, thus explaining the invention done in Hong Kong but for a Singapore restaurant, hence the influence of sago.

The recipe also has traditional pulps of pamelo, which is tangy and finalizes on the dessert.

If you don’t get the desired tanginess, then try using grapefruit instead.

However, some people will mix grapes and pamelo to get the desired tanginess.

You can freeze the dessert, so you consume it whenever it is convenient.

Here is a recommendation for the mango pamelo desert.

If you like it, do not hesitate to click on this link for the recipe.

8. Bo LO Bao (pineapple burns)

Bo LO Bao pineapple burns

It is a typical invention by the Hong Kong bakers, and it is primarily prevalent in bakeries, just like the bagels and muffins that are popular in the US.

Interestingly the dessert does not contain pineapple for its ingredients; however, it derives its name from the physical appearance that resembles that of a pineapple.

This honking style burn is softer and sweeter and has toppings and fillings that make it unique from the rest, like those from the west.

The fillings include bbq pork filling and Sausage and coconut flavor.

The upper part is crunchy sweet, and buttery and makes the best part of the whole burn. You can take a look at the recipe using this link if you find it fascinating

9. Hong Kong Egg Waffles (Gai Daan Jai)

Hong Kong Egg Waffles Gai Daan Jai

This little treats are supposed to be taken for breakfast; however, back in the days I used to pass by the food vendors in  Hong Kong after school, so I could buy and eat egg waffles on my way home .

This treat come in golden color and a honeycomb shape they have rich flavors almost cake-like.

It has a crispy outer and a soft inner you will enjoy it with every bite.

It is one of the popular honking foods that has been there for as long as I can remember.

The waffles have also evolved with time, with the currents come in different flavors like chocolate, sesame, and strawberries.

But if you are interested in the original Hong Kong style recipe.

Here is a link to the recipe with the ingredients and any further information you need.

10. Grilled Pineapple & Tofu Skewers

Grilled Pineapple Tofu Skewers

Grilled pineapple and tofu skewers can be found in almost all the vendors. They are usually stacked on sticks.

Usually, the sticks are meat-based; however, this one is not it is vegan.

The skewers made through grilling produce some rich sweetness and taste way more complex than the actual appearance.

But, you only need two ingredients and some spices, and you are done.

In this case, the vegans you are not left out as this is your treat.

You can find the recipe and more information not it if you click on this link.

11. Hong Kong style French toast

Hong Kong style French toast

This Hong Kong-style French toast uses soft milk bread covered with egg and batter and has a  generous amount of butter sandwiched between perfectly fried to crispy golden served with butter and condensed milk syrup.

It resembles French toast, but in Chinese cooking, simplicity is a virtue that does not apply to their culinary art.

Suppose you have allergic reactions to peanut butter use Nutella or jam.

You can as well deep-fry the toast for an extra mouth-watering taste.

So you know, even CNN accredited hong kong French toast to be one of the best in the world.

So why not try to make those mornings with this delicious delicacy by following this link and get started with the recipe.

12. Hong kong style Mango pancake

Hong kong style Mango pancake

Mango pancakes are a typical food in many bakeries and dessert shops in Hong Kong. It contains three parts: the whipped cream and chunks of fresh mango wrapped in a moist and elastic crepe, forming a pillow shape.

These pancakes come in different forms, and they all depend on the country. Like Australia, they are spring-rolled in shape.

This mango pancake is a dessert to die for. Anyway, you don’t have to die before taking time to make these crepes. You don’t have to go browsing the whole internet for this recipe.

Everything has been made easier. You just need to click on this link, and you are off to a good start

13.Honking egg tarts

Honking egg tarts

These are usually small circular tarts of a flaky pastry filled with a lightly sweetened and smooth egg custard.

In Cantonese, these goodies are called dan tart. this tarts get their inspiration from Britain, whose custard is extra glassy and smooth with a delicate, flaky pastry.

You only need five ingredients from your pantry to make this meal. Some say when they make the recipe using the old-style during baking.

The whole thing bakes apart because of failure in the ratio of butter to the flour content.

You don’t have to worry anymore because there is a new and improved version.

You only have to follow this link. To know how to make your egg tart best

14. Lo Mai Gai

Lo Mai Gai

It is a type of dim sum restaurant food. Though it traces its origin from Cantonese, it is equally popular in Hong kong.

Lo Mai Gai is glutinous rice that Is sometimes mixed with chicken and pork or Chinese Sausage, salted egg yolk, and shitake mushroom.

This food is easy to make as it is steamed together in a lotus leaf, which transfers its fragrance to the rice, making it yummy.

Lo Mai Gai is quite simple to make with an outstanding taste. You only need quality ingredients to make this recipe from home.

The recipes are different on the internet, all of which produce a perfect Lo Mai Gai.

Here is one that I selected and thought it perfect for you if you stopped by.

Follow this link for a flavourful mouth-watering experience.

15. Char siu Chinese BBQ pork

Char siu Chinese BBQ pork

It is a commonly used Chinese cuisine from the Cantonese province, a roasted style boneless pork that is tender, savory, and succulent.

Char siu is possibly the most popular roasted meat found on the streets, sidewalks to the shops, and, inevitably, fine dining.

The secret to a perfect char siu is long marinating. This allows for the flavors to sink in the pork deeply.

The coloring adds a jewelry color to the already glossy top. Traditionally the red bean curd would be used to bring the red color; however, nowadays, the red food color is used instead because it’s challenging to get hold of the red bean curd.

Here is a link you should try when you want to make this dish from home.

It has detailed information and recipe you require

16. Chinese fried pigeon

Chinese fried pigeon

Fried pigeon or Chinese fried squab is a special dish found in many Hong Kong roast meat shops.

They also have a few pigeons in-display awaiting your orders. You can also find squabs which are young pigeons that are domesticated.

The fried pigeon can be made during the Chinese new year celebration, and you as well serve it with shrimp chips or Chinese spiced packets to serve to your family for dinner, and you will forever be their number one chef.

If you follow this link, you can learn how to cook the best-fried pigeon using a more advanced recipe .

17. Hong Kong curry beef brisket

Hong Kong curry beef brisket

This is a popular dish in the streets and cafes of Hong Kong. Consequently, there are a  million ways of making curry beef briskets.

Although everyone has their own recommended ways of liking it, you can also just bring another twist by simply having an additional Spice to the recipe, and viola, you recreated the honking style version.

The beef brisket passes through two different forms of cooking. The first is simmering it in bay leaves, anise, and chu hou sauce until tender, then you cook the curry paste and add the brisket beef.

This recipe is not the classic Hong Kong-style but a recreation of it using the  Malaysian style.

If it interests you, you can click on this link.

18. Chinese Clay pot rice

Chinese Clay pot rice

As the name suggests, rice is cooked in a clay pot with various other added ingredients like Chinese Sausage, mushrooms, chicken, or pork, whether the rice is responsible for absorbing all the flavors and juice.

Every Asian have their version of a clay pot and their recipes, however, cooking rice in a clay pot is much richer aromatic, and the texture is unique to the clay pots alone.

While choosing a clay pot for rice, it is essential to choose one that has food-safe glazing on them.

If you still have doubts about whether or not to use clay pot, you should know that its healthy to cook in clay pot because of the porosity in these pots and the steam and moisture circulate well.

Here is a link to the clay pot rice recipe you might want  to try

19. Stir-fried Gai Lan with pork

Stir fried Gai Lan with pork

Gai Lan is also comes in varied names like, Chinese kale or Chinese broccoli in English because it tastes broccoli precisely, but the difference comes in its appearance as it has much larger leaves and is also slightly bitter.

Gai lan is commonly used in making stir-fry foods like stir-fried Gai lan and paired with noodles, pork, or beef.

Rest assured, you will get stir-fried gai lan in Hong Kong or even in households. They are a typical dish with most Asians.

You can serve it with thinly sliced meat or shrimp for the seafood, or you can omit the meat part and just eat the stir-fry, Gai Lan.

Follow the link for more information about the recipe.

20. Tofu pudding

Tofu pudding

People have different ideation concerning tofu. For example, some think the moment you mention tofu, it is tasteless vegetarian food, but in China, the food is openly welcomed and is equally diverse.

For example, an everyday tofu dessert in china is this tofu pudding and can be topped with different sweet toppings. In Cantonese alone, they top it up with syrup and ginger.

In Hongkong, you will find this dessert served in dim sum restaurants you have the option of making your tofu into a highly delicious pudding with the diverse ideas from the eight provinces in China.

Are you still having doubts about it? Here is a guide to the many different ideas of tofu pudding and a recipe for the same.

21. Medicinal tea egg dessert

Medicinal tea egg dessert

This is an authentic classic Chinese dessert in Hong Kong. this is something you should endeavor to give a try.

The street vendors sell this tea egg in an electric rice cooker. Some serve it as a side dish.

You will easily like this tea egg because of its simplicity and nutrition and can also be prepared days before the actual serving.

While preparing the egg, you can either hard boil like the Chinese do or soft boil it as the Japanese do.

Whichever way you decide, the dessert will still turn out perfect.

Although some people may be thrown off with the thought of an egg in a bowl of dessert, don’t be, if anything, the thought of nutritional benefits should make you have it immediately well, and it’s fun always to try new things. Find link.

22. Hong Kong Roast chicken

Hong Kong Roast chicken

Cooked with the techniques of Hong Kong cuisine, it is one of the most delicious chicken recipes.

The chicken is always crispy and chewy, with the meat mainly being juicy and moist.

From the appearance, you might think it is passed through oil, but the Hong Kong way of cooking chicken does not involve the transfer of fats because of the ingredients and the cooking process.

You don’t have to worry if you will ever get to Hong Kong to have this tasty chicken roast.

You can do it in the comfort of your home as long as you get the right guide for the ingredients and the recipe and follow the instructions properly.

So use this link for your delectable dish with no regrets.

23. Ginger milk curd

Ginger milk curd

This is a typical classic  Cantonese dessert that is also found in the streets of Hong Kong.

It is a kind of dessert that you don’t want to miss, especially during the winter seasons, as it comes in handy to warm you up.

It is simple to make with only three ingredients that make the dessert. The ginger milk, in essence, resembles tofu, only that it is pretty light.

It has various names, as some call it ginger juice milk curd or ginger milk pudding. The names should not confuse you as it is the same thing.

You need to use the oldest ginger, not a new one, milk and sugar for this recipe.

The recipe s very simple to make and sounds delicious.

You  can get more information about the ginger milk curd by simply following this link.


Hong Kong street foods are one that you should endeavor to taste whenever you visit the place and even take one or two recipe tips home with you.

They are authentic traditional foods that have been recreated to have better taste and flavor.

With the simplicity of the eateries, it’s worth more spending your money in a budgeted way and having a lasting experience with food.

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