Unfortunately, due to strange agricultural laws in the United States, this sweet little white fruit isn’t available here!
Yup, that’s right, if you want to try this delectable little white awesomeness, you need to travel all the way to Asia!
Bummer on that part. But there’s really nothing like the tangy sweetness of a mangosteen. It’s very light, very juicy, and very awesome. Even the white flesh of the fruit is deceiving! You think it’ll be tasteless, kind of like the dragonfruit that really doesn’t have that much sugar, but no. The mangosteen just goes WHAM! with its power of fructose.
The rind, however, is not. It may look pretty with its purply pigments, but it’s bitter like an old lady.
Regardless, mangosteen is awesome.
I love rice noodles. Flat rice noodles. I don’t know about you, but they’re effing amazing. There’s just something about the mealy texture and the slippery-slidey strip of noodley magic.
The pork was really good. In China, this kind of pork is called cha sao. It’s basically Chinese barbecue meat, but it’s also amazing. There was a nice smoky flavor and the sweet sauce of the cha sao was really nice.
If you ever see this in a restaurant, get it. You really can’t go wrong with rice noodles and cha sao.
Oh my jeez.
This is the coolest way to eat fried chicken.
Basically, it’s a chicken wing
on steroids, blanketed in some delicious Asian-y sauce, and fried to perfection.
The biggest thing about this giant chicken-arm-on-a-stick is its sheer size. Who even knew a chicken could grow that big?
Of course, it’s spicy. Whodathunkit.
But regardless, this chicken wing was amazing. Not better than fried chicken, because fried chicken is just too good. But it’s definitely better than any rotisserie chicken that you’ll ever have.
This is the Kentucky Fried Chicken version of a tradition you tiao.
It’s actually not that bad, but you can tell that it’s a) from a fried food place, and b) not very Chinese.
It’s basically dough that’s been deep fried and then coated in sugar. The coated-in-sugar part is not Chinese at all. In fact, the dough itself isn’t Chinese. Heck, this imposter you tiao is not Chinese.
It actually kinda tastes like a lighter version of a funnel cake with granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar. Regardless, it got boring after a few bites and I practically had to shove it down my throat for politeness.
I’m probably not giving a very unbiased view only because I’m not really into stuff like this. It’s just not that intriguing. It doesn’t even taste like a you tiao!
Oh well. My half brother likes it. :P
It tastes like a no-sugar version of kiwi.
But it looks freaking awesome. First of all, it comes in a magenta and green skin. What other fruit comes in a magenta and green skin? That’s right, no other fruit.
Secondly, it’s white. What other fruit is white? That’s right, no other fruit.
Lastly, you can peel it like a banana and just eat it.
What other fruit is as cool as the dragonfruit? That’s right, no other fruit.
This wrap is the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted.
I love Peking duck; enveloping crispy duck in a blanket of wrap with cucumber and Hoisin sauce is the biggest tease to my senses!
But fried chicken? There’s something ephemeral about fried chicken. Mainly because you see it in a bucket one minute and down someone’s throat another. Fried chicken is just so good. The crunch, the juices that leak out, the taste… oh goodness I am hungry already.
Hoisin sauce and cucumber: the best combination of savory and crisp. Combined, they are a deadly, delicious duo that will twist its tasty little tendons around your tongue and steal you for a sensational, saucy ride.
Combine it all in a wrap? Thank goodness I don’t live in China, I’d have heart disease by now.
We had breakfast at a local restaurant. It was really delicious, and the bill totaled to about $5 USD!!
We ordered two bowls of congee. This congee was with preserved eggs and lean meat. It was nice and mealy, the way congee should be! Plus, the texture of the eggs and the meat is really nice together when paired with the congee.
My personal favorite, sticky rice (luo mi) wrapped in leaves. I absolutely love this, the rice is so perfectly cooked while the taste is kind of saucy. Really. Just go to your nearest Chinatown and buy this. They’re called ‘zhongzi’.
When I heard ‘milk tea’, I got really excited. I love milk tea so much, and after spending a summer in Chinatown drinking it, I couldn’t wait to try real milk tea. Let me tell you now, Hong Kong-style milk tea in Hong Kong is NOTHING like its Chinatown-in-America counterpart. Real Hong-Kong style milk tea is very strong, and after adding about 20 heaping spoonfuls of sugar, it just didn’t taste right. What you drink in NYC is the very sissy version of real milk tea.
These are called you tiao. Translated literally, it’s ‘oil stick’. Basically, they’re deep-fried sticks of
deliciousness dough. They’re crunchy on the outside, bread-like on the inside. They have a wonderful oily flavor, and are usually served as long sticks. But these were cut up, which is okay as well. These little beauties are the Chinese equivalent of churros in Spain. You can dip them in your congee, and they taste like happiness. *_*
These are xia chang fen, or noodles with shrimp on the inside. These kind of noodles are my favorite; they’re called he fen and are flat rice noodles. They’re a little mealy, but a good kind of mealy. These noodles are sitting in a pool of soy sauce, which is the perfect accompaniment to he fen. The shrimp are a bit random, but add good texture and taste to the overall dish.
That’s it for breakfast. But seriously. Go to your nearest dim sum place and just order stuff. It’s bound to be good.
That’s right, I went to McDonald’s for lunch. xD
I had Chicken McNuggets (my favorite thing to get at McDonald’s). They’re pretty much the same as they were in America.
But I do want to point out that the fries at McDonald’s in Hong Kong are twenty times better. In America, they’re fat. In Hong Kong, however, they’re skinny. Fact: Skinny fries taste better.
Lastly, I bought a watermelon juice for $7 HKD, roughly $1 or so. It was pretty good, nothing special though. Just watermelon juice. It wasn’t very sweet, but hey, it’s watermelon juice.
That concludes Hong Kongian food! I hit China later today, so prepare for more goodies (: