There are numerous streets’ snacks in Hong Kong, and these snacks are really popular among young adults. Every summer when I back to HK, I will definitely buy those snacks. Apparently, these snacks are cheap but super delicious. If you have a chance to visit HK, I highly recommended.
1) Ball Waffle (gai-daan-jai; gai-daan = egg)
The ingredients of ball waffle are egg, sugar, flour, and light evaporated milk. Then this mixture will put into a waffle iron, which looks like a racket. Afterward the ball waffle will turn golden-yellow. It actually tastes like cake, but is less softened.Ball waffle start from 1960, a store’s employer did not want to waste the extra eggs. So he tried to put in flour and butter, and created this ball waffle.
It calls “ball” waffle (gai-daan-jai) is because the waffle iron has a lot of holes. “Gai-daan” in Cantonese means egg. So every ball is looked like an egg, that’s why it calls gai-daan jai.
In recent years, a lot of store created different flavours, such as chocolate, strawberry, etc. However, remember to eat it when it is warm. Those ball waffles that put on the shelf probably turned cold and is not that delicious.
2) Hong Kong-style Waffle (“Grid Cake”)
The ingredient of this HK-style waffle is just like the western one, but we do not serve with butter and syrups. These waffles usually make and sold by street hawkers and eat it warm on the street. They are similar to a traditional waffle but a little bit larger, round in shape and divided into 4 quarters. Butter, peanut butter, sugar, and evaporated milk are spread on one side of the cooked waffle and then it is folded into a semi circle to eat. In recent years, many store created different flavours too, such as chocolate, honey melon flavour. However, I still thought that the traditional one is the best.
Unfortunately, it is not real shark’s fin, they are only cellophane noodles. The reason that using cellophane noodles instead of real shark’s fin is because people are pretty poor in the past, they do not have money to eat real fish fin. Therefore, a poor cook created this shark’s fin soup by using cellophane noodles, adding Chinese dried mushroom, auricularia auricular-judae, and slides of pork. Most of the people will serve with white pepper, chinkiang vinegar, and/or sesame seed oil as seasoning. Some would like to add slides of dace, and/or lettuce in the soup. Shark’s fin soup is one of my favourites. I like to add both 3 seasoning. Sometimes I do not like to add chinkiang vinegar because I think it’s a bit sour, but I will definitely add sesame seed oil and white pepper. These 2 seasoning will make the soup much more delicious.
4) Red bean brown sugar rice-cake/ Red bean sugar rice-cake (Put-chai-ko)
I remember I first tried this rice-cake is when I was 4 or 5. When I was a kid, I love it very much. Right now it is kind of too sweet for me, but if you rarely have it, it is a good dessert.
The traditional rice-cakes are made with brown sugar and adding red bean in it, thus they are in brown color. For the healthy condition, some people use granulated sugar which are in white color, as a result the rice-cakes are less sweeten and healthier. However, I like the one made by brown sugar. Although it is sweeter, I think it is better than the white sugar rice-cake. Hot red bean sugar rice-cake is soft and delicious, but a cold red bean sugar rice-cake is good too. The cold one is less sweeten, but somehow you can’t taste the original flavour as the hot one.
1) Ball Waffle & Grid Cake
— Cooked food market Block 8, Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate, Kowloon
— No 63, Ma Tau Wai Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon— Tung Lo Wan Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
2) Shark’s fin soup
— No 382, G/F, Lock Hart Road, Chuang’s Enterprises Building, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
— No 261, G/F, Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
— Tsuen Fung Centre, Tsuen Wan, N.T
3) Red bean sugar rice-cake
— No 19, G/F, Ngan Hon Street, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon
To be honest, you are able to buy all these snacks on the streets in HK commonly. If you are going to Mongkok, you can find these kind of stores everywhere. These recommended stores are stores that are more popular in HK.