Breakfast in Hong Kong
We visited Hong Kong recently, and I was ready to fill up on breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with any "snacks" in between. At home, we consume very little for breakfast, but we made a point to eat at traditional and unique places for our first meal each day while in this bustling city. And the places our uncle brought us to took my palate to wonderland, all for under $10USD (HK$70) per person.
Kam Wah Cafe was hands down one of my favorite breakfasts of all time and it's because of one item: the pineapple bun with butter.
In appearance, these look like your traditional pineapple buns that you can buy in any Chinese pastry shop, but when you cut into this freshly baked, warm, fluffy bun with a crisp exterior, you'll see a nice slab of butter. You'll never go back to a plain pineapple bun after taking a bite of this!
If for whatever reason you don't want a buttery, rich pastry, they have delicious bowls of beef noodle soup that comes with a fried egg and hot dog. The noodles themselves are basically Cup Noodles, but who doesn't enjoy starting the morning with a big bowl of instant noodles?
If you are looking for a more traditional Chinese breakfast, Sea View Congee Shop is the ideal place to start your morning with a steaming bowl of congee. The best part is that they have a huge selection of different congees, including whitefish or pig's blood congee. I had never had fish in my congee before, so I went with a bowl of that with century egg (a salty preserved egg), which blew my mind! Now I'll always be on the lookout for fish congee in the US.
They also serve one of the staples of Chinese breakfasts: youtiao and hot soymilk. Youtiao are basically fluffy deep fried dough, and you dip it into hot, slightly sweetened soymilk. I would be satisfied if I could have this every single morning!
We saw everyone else ordering these rice wrapped BBQ pork, but I would suggest skipping them. They are a bit flavorless on their own, and the soy sauce-based dip that comes with it is overly salty.
But you should end with the fried sesame balls. =)
When we arrived in Hong Kong, a number of friends suggested that we go to Australia Dairy Company. On our final morning, we had time to make the stop before heading to the airport. We ordered the sweet milk pudding as was suggested by all of our friends, and this is hands down the item to order. It comes in a rice bowl, and it is at a consistency between liquid milk and a custard. It was sweet and a bit savory as well, making it a must have breakfast item or dessert.
We saw everyone sitting at the restaurant with this bowl of macaroni soup topped with sliced ham, so we had to order it. It's a really strange soup that tastes as if someone had odd ingredients left over and threw them into a broth...
The other item you have to order is the bread with scrambled eggs. I love love LOVE the fluffy bread that is lightly grilled, and it's perfect for spreading the rich scrambled eggs on. Every bite is heavenly! If you are not a fan of scrambled eggs, you can order fried eggs instead, but I would highly suggest trying the scrambled eggs.
- If you go earlier in the morning, around 8 am, there is basically no wait at any of these places. Just find a table and sit down (don't expect to be seated by a server).
- There is paid street parking outside.
- If you need to take a taxi to one of these places, make sure you look up the Chinese addresses of these places on openrice.com so you can show it to the driver.