July 21, 2010
If you love food, you’ll almost definitely love Hong Kong. Dim Sum, Hot Pot, Sichuan, Cantonese and other regional Chinese cuisines are ubiquitous but Indian, Japanese, Southeast Asian and Western dishes of the very highest quality can also be found in abundance.
Whatever your budget, you can feast like an emperor in the former British colony, starting with a diverse and delicious range of street food – think fried fish balls, grilled tofu, battered vegetables – moving through the ranks of noodle cafés and small family establishments right up to the many creative and upmarket hotel restaurants.
Chantal Martineau, fanatical gastronome and food and drink blogger for the Village Voice, recently spent time in Hong Kong and Macau and in the second part of this post she writes about where to find everything from a simple, hearty bowl of noodles to the extremes of dining innovation in the form of… sausage ice-cream. But it all comes back to Dim Sum in the end…
“Considering I grew up in a foodie town (Montreal) and now live in another (New York), I get Hong Kong. You can find a great meal on nearly every corner – in some cases, right on the street. There used to be a lot more of that, but many outdoor food stalls and markets – called dai pai dongs – were moved inside. So, an amazing meal can be had in what most Westerners would recognize as a food court. Not that these places are anything like the fast food-filled food courts of shopping malls or airports in the West. Instead, Hong Kong’s food courts are collections of independent chefs and restaurateurs, and are often dining destinations for the locals.
With all the fun and unusual foods to try in Hong Kong, the most exciting for me is dim sum. What amazes me is how some dishes can be so rich and fatty (the coveted barbecued pork bun) and others so simple and light (the delicate soup dumpling, with the hot liquid inside.) Whenever I taste something particularly delicious, I always want more but of course, the tradition is to move on to the next dish. And the next.”
Virgin Atlantic operate daily flights to Hong Kong from London Heathrow and the islands are an amazing destination in their own right as well as being the ideal stopover en route to Australia. Virgin Holidays will be able to arrange all your accommodation needs, or put together a personal itinerary for an unforgettable Asian holiday.
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