The streets of Hong Kong are dotted with a busy mix of roadside food stalls and night markets that serve up a unique fusion of bite-sized goodness.
From the spicy and tangy to devilishly sweet, any Hong Kong culinary experience must entail a sampling of the city’s delectable street food.
The options are plentiful and often bizarre, but above all else register as delicious and memorable.
Here are our top 10 Hong Kong street foods for expats to savor.
- Curry Fish Balls
Deep-fried fish balls lathered in a sumptuous curry sauce make for pure street food joy.
There’s good reason that curry fish balls have been a central part of Hong Kong street cuisine since the 1950s.
While the percentage of actual fish content is often low, the first bite will quickly eradicate any lingering anxiety about their make-up.
Served on wooden skewers, curry fish balls are the perfect on-the-go snack to enjoy while traversing busy streets.
- Stinky Tofu
As the name suggests, stinky tofu packs a punch to the nostrils.
But the good news is that this Hong Kong street food staple tastes a lot better than it smells.
The result of a fermentation process that incorporates fish, meat, milk and vegetables, this version rises above the blandness of regular tofu.
The taste can be further elevated with a side serving of sweet or chili sauce and pickled vegetables.
Never mind the confronting odor; clamp down your nose, open your mouth and indulge in this delicious street food fare.
- Black Sesame Roll
If your sweet tooth comes calling, black sesame rolls can quickly appease it.
Nicknamed ‘film rolls’ thanks to their resemblance to the film used in old cameras, these refrigerated desserts are perfect for consumption on a warm summer day.
Black sesame paste is used to form a thin, sweet layer, which is rolled up, cooled and handed out like hot cakes by vendors across the city.
If accompanied by kids, this is a street food they will enjoy.
- Three Stuffed Treasures
Another skewered offering, three stuffed treasures are among the finest street treats available in Hong Kong.
The exact make-up of the three ingredients varies according to individual tastes, with bell pepper, eggplant, tofu, mushrooms, bitter gourd and sausage among the options to choose from.
Once selected, each component is stuffed with a salty, savory fish paste, deep fried and placed on a stick.
The end result is a lightly crisp vegetable or meat piece that contains a subtle fish flavor.
Just like the streets of Hong Kong, three stuffed treasures are vibrant, unique and thoroughly enjoyable.
- Noodles in a Bag
Walking down a sidewalk and gnawing on customized noodles that are served in a bag – if that isn’t the epitome of a Hong Kong street food experience, we don’t know what is.
Noodles in a bag may be the new kids on the block in Hong Kong, but this is another on-the-go snack that has wasted little time in becoming a street food favorite.
The concept is simple as it is delicious – select your favorite toppings and see them tossed with a special sauce in a pre-packaged bag of noodles.
The toppings can be anything and everything; marinated octopus, fried chili squid, bean sprouts, fish balls, spinach, corn – you name it, the street vendors will have it.
- Roasted Sweet Potato and Chestnuts
Much to the delight of street food connoisseurs, when winter nears the roasted sweet potato and chestnut vendors appear.
Simplicity reigns supreme as sweet potato and chestnuts are roasted and served hot without any additions.
The mouth-watering flavor is preceded by a beautiful fragrance, which alone draws crowds aplenty to the street corner stalls.
This option is also a healthy detour from the abundance of deep fried offerings that pepper the Hong Kong streets.
Wholesome, delicious and warming on a cold winter night, sweet potato and chestnuts tick all the right boxes.
- Cheung fun
Nothing says street food quite like using wooden sticks to spear warm deliciousness out of a Styrofoam cup.
Welcome to the simple pleasure of cheung fun, a rolled rice noodle mixture that is combined with sauce and garnish.
The flavor of the rice noodles themselves is nothing to write home about, but once you douse them in sweet sauce, splash on some sesame oil and adorn with sesame seeds you’ll see what all the fuss is about.
This one’s a vegan favorite that is ideal for eating on the fly.
- Tong chung bang
Once ready to revisit the sweeter offerings on Hong Kong’s streets, head to the tong chung bang stands.
This melt-in-your-mouth treat is a sugar wafer layered with fresh coconut and sesame, and wrapped tightly into a thin crepe.
Prepared to order, it’s as delicious as it sounds.
If on the hunt for tong chung bang look out for purveyors carrying around a metal box with a transparent front; inside lies the sweet delight.
- Lettuce and Carp Fish Soup
When scouring Hong Kong’s street eats, don’t forget about the soup.
You’ll quickly encounter the commonly known shark fin variety, and probably yawn.
What you may not be aware of, though, is that this street staple has a street sibling: lettuce and carp fish soup.
Slices of carp fish paste are combined with shredded lettuce in this hidden gem, with the addition of sesame oil and ground pepper providing a flavor boost.
It’s a simple, yet delicious alternative.
- Pig Intestines
No Hong Kong culinary adventure is complete without a sampling of the bizarre.
And pig intestines immediately come to mind when you are feeling different, and brave.
Just like many Hong Kong street food counterparts, pig intestines are deep fried, skewered and served with a side of sauce.
Rubbery in appearance yet soft and moist in texture, they are a hearty bite of randomness.
If not impressed, just dunk into the sauce and hope for the best.
Whether a fan of the taste or not, one thing is for sure: you won’t forget it.