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Food – What to try
Hong Kong offers a stunning arrays of delicacy from street food to Michelin Star Rated Restaurants, visitors are spoilt for choices available.
Hong Kong cuisine is mainly influenced by Cantonese cuisine, British Cuisine, other Western Cuisines, non-Cantonese Chinese cuisine (especially Teochew, and Hakka, Hokkien and the Jiangsu & Zhejiang), Japan, and Southeast Asia, due to Hong Kong’s past as a British colony and long history of being an international port of commerce. From the roadside stalls to the most upscale restaurants, Hong Kong provides an unlimited variety of food in every class. Complex combinations and international gourmet expertise have given Hong Kong the reputable labels of “Gourmet Paradise” and “World’s Fair of Food”.
There might be culture differences in Hong Kong that you should know to avoid paying more, getting bad experiences, or landing you in an awkward situation.
- Sharing a table in Hong Kong is norm & expected in most places apart from restaurants. Crowded places expect you to eat and leave as fast as you can.
- There are lots of hidden cost especially in Chinese Restaurants, everything given to you incur cost, politely reject if you do not want it or find out how much they will cost. (Eg, sauces for hotpot can cost RM10 or USD3 per person, tidbits RM6 or USD1.50)
- People in Hong Kong can be very rude & might even scold their customers though friendliness & politeness is quite subjective. We noticed some improvements compared to our last trip.
- Eating Etiquette – most East Asian cuisines, with the exception of fusion and Thai, are consumed exclusively with chopsticks. The more Western style cuisines favour cutlery. Some meals are more suited for the use of hands. One notable trend in restaurants is the limited number of napkins provided during a meal. Most mid to low-tier restaurants operate under the assumption that customers bring their own napkins or tissue packs when dining.
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