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Snack Time: The Best Hong Kong Street Food and Where to Find It

By Jenny Leung 15 March 2018
Home to some of the world's most unique, delicious, and strange-smelling foods, Hong Kong's street food culture is one that's loved by many the world over. From boiling stewed organs, to freshly made egg waffles, there something to satisfy every kind of foodie. So whether you're trying to eat within a budget, on the run and don't have time to sit down for lunch, or just feeling peckish, check out our pick of the best street bites and where to find them. Happy snacking!

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Curry Fish Balls

Slightly crunchy on the outside, with a bouncy texture in the middle, curry fish balls are without a doubt one of the most traditional and iconic street foods in Hong Kong. While it's questionable how much fish actually goes into these delicious golden balls, you're guaranteed to find them just about everywhere around town. For a real authentic flavour, head down to Hung Hom and give Lam Kei Snacks (林記小食) a try. Not only is each fish ball fried to perfection, they're also infused with flavourful ingredients like oyster sauce and star anise — traditional ingredients that are rarely used for the curry broth these days. Being popular among the locals too, there's always a huge line of hungry snackers waiting for their fix of heavenly curry-soaked fish balls everyday. Cost: $7 per skewer of six fish balls (bargain!) Lam Kee Snacks (林記小食), 21 Station Lane, Hung Hom, (1.30pm - 10pm)

Stinky Tofu

No, it's not the smell of garbage, or the stench of an uncleaned bathroom, it's just your average little fermented friend — stinky tofu. Fermented in a brine mixture of milk, fish, and meat for up to several months before being deep fried and served with a sweet or chilli sauce, this smelly piece of gold is crispy on the outside, but soft and creamy on the inside. Not convinced? Check out the stinky tofu at Delicious Food (美味食店), where its pungent smell became so overpowering that their neighbours had to file a complaint about it to the Food Department! Rest assured, we're not just setting you up for a smelly trap, because its taste is really quite unique, and surprisingly sweet too. Definitely a must-try, go on ... Cost: $10 Delicious Food (美味食店), Shop 10, G/F, 30-32 Nullah Road, Prince Edward, (10.30am - 9.30pm)

Egg Waffles (Gai Dan Jai)

What are these weird looking waffles you say? Magical eggy delights that's what they are! With its Chinese name directly translating to "mini eggs", these little treasures are made by pouring a pancake or egg batter into a hexagon-shaped waffle iron to make beautiful, sweet-smelling bobbly waffles. When cooked to perfection, they should ideally be golden brown and crispy on the outside, while remaining light and fluffy on the inside. There are of course variations to this traditional snack that you can find all over the city, and some places may offer different flavours like chocolate, mocha, or cheese, while others add fruits, cookies, or even ice cream to serve alongside. The true king of all egg waffles, however, has to be Master Low-key Food Shop (低調高手大街小食)Serving only the most traditional style of egg waffles with their very own secret recipe, this small and simple stall is loved by many locals and even celebrities — so be prepared to wait in line. Cost: $17 Master Low-key Food Shop (低調高手大街小食), Shop B3, G/F, 76A Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan, (12pm - 10pm)

Siu Mai

Unique to Hong Kong's street food culture, Siu Mai or Siomai (dim sum dumplings) is an extremely popular snack. Unlike traditional dim sum where the Siu Mai is usually made with pork, the ones you find on the street are usually made from a fish and flour paste, mixed with a small portion of pork to bump up the flavour. For a real tasty treat, check out Lui Jai Kee (呂仔記) in Shau Kei Wan. Their Siu Mai are made with fresh pike conger eels, giving them a solid bouncy texture and maximum flavour with every bite, which definitely makes up for their expensive price tag. Oh, and don't forget to top off your fishy dim sum with their special homemade soy sauce and chili oil! Cost: $28 per portion of eight Siu Mai Lui Jai Kee (呂仔記), Shop A, 121 Shau Kei Wan East Main Street, Shau Kei Wan, (2pm - 12am)

Egg Tart (Daan Tat)

Found in most bakeries around Hong Kong, egg tarts are delicious little pastry treats that are loved by many. There are a few criteria for the perfect egg tart, for example ones made with shortbread pastry should have a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth crust, while those made with puff pastry should be light and airy with defined layers at the crust. Either way, the centre custard filling should be smooth and creamy, with just the right balance of sweetness and egg, and at Hoover Cake Shop (豪華餅店) you can find just that. Baking small batches of delicious egg tarts around the clock, customers can be sure that their egg tarts are always fresh and hot out of the oven, no matter what time of day. Having been in business for more than 40 years, these folks are most certainly not your typical bakery. Cost: $7  Hoover Cake Shop (豪華餅店), 136 Nga Tsin Wai Road, Kowloon City, (7am - 10pm)

Cheung Fun

Another one of Hong Kong's famously popular street food is without doubt Cheung Fun. Made from thin sheets of rice noodles that are steamed and rolled together, this snack is usually served with a choice of three to four sauces: soy, sesame, sweet, or chili. The combination of sweet and savoury flavours balances out perfectly over the silky smooth texture of Cheung Fun, making this the ideal solution to a grumbling stomach. For a guaranteed mouth-watering experience, head down to Hop Yik Tai (合益泰小食) in Sham Shui Po where they make their own rice noodle mixture by hand. With an impressive record of selling over 5,000 rolls of Cheung Fun a day, it's no wonder that these guys have been listed in The Michelin Hong Kong Street Food Guide for three years in a row since 2016! Cost: $8 (small) / $12 (medium) / $16 (large) Hop Yik Tai (合益泰小食), G/F, 121 Lam Street, Sham Shui Po, (6.30am - 8.30pm)

Offal Skewers

If you've been in Hong Kong long enough, then you've probably seen your fair share of steamed chicken feet and beef stomach noodles. If you're a newbie to Hong Kong, however, we appreciate that eating offal is a hard idea to get past, but really it's not so bad. You can usually spot them next to the fish balls and Siu Mai, either stewing in a big bubbly pot or in skewered piles, put on display for hungry snackers to choose from. Whether you're up for nibbling on some pig ears, or chowing down on some fried intestines, Fei Jie (肥姐小食店) is the place to be. Not only do they have a huge variety of organ meats on offer, all pre-infused with their secret homemade sauce, but their portions are also much larger in comparison to other local snack shops. This place opens from 2pm until everything has been sold, so be sure to get yourself down there early. Cost: $7 - $12 per skewer / $26 for three skewer combo Fei Jie (肥姐小食店), Shop 4A, 55 Dundas Street, Mong Kok, (2pm until all items sold out)
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Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.

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