Kids pick the best of Hong Kong street food

Kids pick the best of Hong Kong street food

Mini egg puffs, milk tea and more in perhaps the most democratic food guide in Hong Kong yet
hong kong street food
Simple delights: Made with flour, eggs and sugar, the mini egg puff is arugably Hong Kong's favorite comfort food.

It’s not easy making a food list in Hong Kong, as the dazed and confused Michelin critics and the community organizers of the WOM guide will tell you. But the city’s primary school kiddies made a brave attempt recently, with a street food poll that may be the most democratic yet.

In a Hong Kong Tourism Board-sponsored poll that interviewed some 13,700 primary school kids, the delicately crunchy mini egg puffs came up top as the “street food that most represents Hong Kong culture.”

Runner up was the Hong Kong-style milk tea, and the acrid guilinggao, or “Turtle Essence Jelly,” was the surprise third.

Here’s a look at the winners and our favorite places to sample them.

1. Mini egg puffs (31,413 votes)

Best eaten straight off the stove, mini egg puffs are delicately crunchy on the outside, and soft and sweet on the inside.

Check out: North Point Mini Egg Puffs, 492 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong,tel +852 2590 9726

2. Hong Kong-style milk tea (21,434 votes)

hong kong street food

Robust in flavor and smooth in texture, milk tea here is a far cry from the weak British stuff.

Check out: Lan Fong Yuen, No. 2, Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel +852 2544 3895

3. Guilinggao (13,732 votes)

hong kong street food

This black herbal jelly is made of powdered turtle shell and China roots, and is thought to combat cancer and improve complexion. Herbal shops usually serve it with syrup to offset its sharp bitterness.

Check out: Kung Wo Tong, G/F, 87 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, tel +852 2576 1001

4. Wonton Noodles (13,732 votes)

hong kong street food

Wontons, or dumplings stuffed with fresh shrimp and minced pork, are Hong Kong’s perennial lunchtime favorite.

Check out: Tsim Chai Kee, Shop B, G/F Jade Center, 98 Wellington Street, Central, tel +852 2850 6471

5. Fishballs (11,047 votes)

hong kong street food

Considering how locals can’t get enough of curried fish balls, we’re surprised this didn’t come in first.

Check out: Jin Mei Wonton Noodle, 174B Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, tel + 852 2390 7497


Other articles you might want to read: 5 questions for Hong Kong restaurant expert, Word of Mouth guide's Fergus Fung, Holy dim sum! Michelin Guide 2010 goes cheap and cheerful?, Hong Kong restaurant guide showdown: The Michelin v WOM. Whose side are you on?