Must-try snacks in Hong Kong

Snake soup. Peking duck pancakes. Egg waffles. Pineapple buns. Eel claypot rice. These are just some of the weird yet incredibly tasty food that Hong Kong offers. When I travelled to Hong Kong to become an ESL teacher, I was a bit reluctant to try these unusual eats but when I actually did, I just couldn’t stop munching on them.

With a name like Snake soup, you wouldn’t think twice about letting it go to waste. Little did I know that it actually had health benefits. Traditionalists believe that it wards off colds and other maladies. The main ingredients of this dish are two kinds of snake meat while the broth is made out of mushrooms, seafood and lemon/chrysanthemum leaves. Another popular dish in Hong Kong is Gai Daan Jai, also known as an egg waffle or eggette. This egg custard waffle is cooked in specially shaped waffle irons over an open flame. The egg batter eventually turns into a bumpy waffle and you’re good to go for an ideal afternoon snack. You can actually buy these on the street. If you see meat on a stick, I’m pretty sure that there’s an eggette nearby.

Have you ever eaten duck? It’s pretty good, but I bet you’ve never tried eating Peking duck pancakes. Peking duck is a delicacy, but these huge wraps imported from the street stalls of Beijing are affordable treats. These pancakes come stuffed with duck, hoisin sauce and cucumber. Also another great snack from the streets of Hong Kong is meat on a stick. Yes, you read that right. It’s every possible meat that you could ever imagine, on a stick. I haven’t even mentioned fish congee, chicken feet, red bean pudding and blooming flower teas, but I would rather not go into detail on those dishes since they take forever to explain.

Living in a city full of life, lights and great food is amazing. I feel like I can never get tired of living here, which is why I absolutely do not regret my decision of moving to Hong Kong and teaching English to kindergartners. Not to mention that the children that I have been teaching are great and really enthusiastic about learning the language. Just yesterday I had my first English thank you note from one of my six-year-old students. I have never been happier than I am here in Hong Kong.

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