If there's one thing Hong Kong residents like better than shopping, it's eating. Hong Kong's own cuisine is heavily influenced by Cantonese, with elements of regional Hakka cooking and other Chinese and Western styles added to the mix. The best place to start your exploration of Hong Kong cuisine is dim sum (also known as yum cha), whether for breakfast or lunch. Often selected tableside from carts, sometimes ordered from a menu card, dim sum features small portions of steamed or fried delicacies cooked and served in small bamboo steamers or presented on individual plates. Dim sum dishes include flaky turnip pastries, steamed shrimp dumplings (har gau), steamed BBQ pork buns (cha siu bao), pork dumplings (siu mai) and sweet coconut cakes or egg tarts—just to name a few.
For some of the best, try the Lin Heung Tea House in Central (be ready for a slight wait and be prepared to share a table), the Royal Garden Hotel in Kowloon or Maxim's Palace near the Star Ferry Terminal in Central. Tea (cha) is another key element—try po lay (a red tea) or a slightly stronger sau may (green tea). For popular coffee milks and milk teas try Lee Theatre Plaza, Times Square and Jardine's Crescent in Causeway Bay. Bubble teas and fruit juices are also popular, providing welcome refreshment on steamy days—try one of popular chain Hui Lau Shan's locations. Hong Kong also has great "fast" food and street food. Snack on crispy wonton noodles with beef, and sweet and sour meat in the street-front restaurants along Temple Street in Tsim Sha Tsui or try Mak's Noodles in Central or Happy Garden Noodle and Congee Kitchen in Tsim Sha Tsui.
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