Hong Kong egg snack, first bite at a time

It’s hard to know why it’s taken me such a long time to sample the Hong Kong snack. Essentially it’s an egg based cake mix that’s cooked on a waffle type griddle. Best eaten pipping hot, the snacks have cake like qualities to them, while the edges have a more crunchy texture to them. I’ve sampled both chocolate and plain flavours, the plain variety being my favourite so far.

Uncle Jim’s HK Egg waffle

As far as food landscape goes, this compares to other street food found in other Eastern countries such as Korea. Where Fish bread, or 봉어빵 in Korean, also follows the recipe of eggs, flour, sugar and cast-iron baking to produce a product that has cake-like qualities but with a local twist. The Hong Kong snacks reign supreme in my opinion. There is more to eat of it afterall.

That’s interesting

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The paper people

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Enter the Dragon

Dragons heads, HK.jpgThe Dragon dance in my mind, has long since been associated with China and being Chinese for me at least. The Dragon, represents good fortune and prosperity. Traditionally the dance is performed around Chinese New Year. But since coming to Guangzhou, Dragon dances have become commonplace.

Dragon dance in the street.jpgPeople, the local Guangzhou-ites want good luck for everything. If a new store opens (just down the road from my apartment as it happens) then a dragon dance maybe performed. I’m sure there are different interpretations on the dragon dance. But, the one the one that I’ve seen is where the dragon is ‘tamed’ by a dragon gladiator. Armed with a fan (and headgear too), the gladiator dances with the dragon. To what end, I’m not sure but the dances can be done be danced by a dance troupe, especially trained in this art. And art, it is. I recently visited a Dragon’s head exhibit in Hong Kong and some of the stories of how long it takes to make a dragon’s head is just staggering. 1 year in some cases.Yellow dragon.jpg

Too far, too sweet

Too far, too sweet.jpgA trip revealed some interesting differences between Hong Kong and Guangzhou. For one, the range of confectioneries available for those inclined was almost expansive. I say this because after a while one wants a variety. Even though this too, was a 7-11, it had a different offering of snacks. Cadbury’s for one. In particular, Cadbury’s chocolate bars. All I could find was Nut and raisin, and as to other bars, Picnic was another one that I liked. Looking at the photograph that I took, I can just feel my teeth getting cavities just by looking at it too intently.

I’m not bothered

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Won ton soup, going via Courteney place

Wonton soup, going via Courtney place.jpgHong Kong during the Lunar festival has a very different. Less people for one means that there’s more space, and with less people there’s less work being done. Therefore less pollution.

HK won ton.jpgBut the one problem for an out of towner was where to eat? Everything was closed. However, there was one restaurant spotted by my wife that was open. It was a Won-ton soup restaurant, and the line outside of the door lent the restaurant a hint of promise. It was a very tidy, though traditional restaurant. High density seating, but a clean floor. Modern, but an old restaurant would have a greasy floor. Greasy spoon anyone? We ended up ordering won-ton soup, with a side order of deep-fried won ton with sweet and sour sauce, done Hong Kong style of course. Actually, not unfamiliar to me since I used to eat this sort of stuff as a kid. Familiar but, with a twist. I cite the best won-ton soup I’ve ever had was in Wellington, New Zealand. In Courteney place. It used to be full of Chinese restaurants, the fact that Turner’s auctioneers was just around the corner perhaps had something to do with this. Won ton soup with char siu pork and bak-choi. Served in a much bigger bowl, the current serving of won ton soup was good, and for now would have to do.