1. Cha Siu Baau
These steamed buns filled with sweet and savory cha siu pork is like barbecued heaven. This is a dim sum staple.
2. Yu Dan
Usually made of cod or haddock and served on skewers at night markets, these are best described in English as fish balls. Dip it in Hong Kong’s trademark spicy curry sauce for ultimate deliciousness.
3. Siu Yuk
Crispy, roasted delicious squares of pork, made with alternating layers of fat and moist meat.
4. Cheong Fun
These long rice noodles are usually filled with shrimp, but sometimes beef, and usually served at dim sum.
5. Snake Soup
This Hong Kong delicacy is not only scrumptious and perfect for cool weather, it’s also known for its several health benefits.
6. Fish Congee
The ultimate comfort food, rice porridge can be made with fish, pork, preserved egg, and more. It’s pretty much the Chinese version of chicken noodle soup.
7. Tong Jyun
These dessert dumplings are usually filled with piping hot sesame paste — perfect for when you’re simultaneously craving something sweet and warm.
8. Yuk Song Bao
Pork floss buns, which are infinitely more delicious than the name sounds, make delicious breakfast foods.
9. Ngau Lam Tong
Beef brisket stew is simmered in spices and flavorings for hours until the brisket is melt-in-your-mouth good.
10. Put Chai Ko
These sweet red bean puddings are usually served in little bowls or aluminum cups, or skewered on two bamboo sticks for on-the-go enjoyment.
11. Roasted GooseSiu Gno
Roasted goose is banquet favorite and usually served with a tart plum dipping sauce.
12. Poon Choi
Poon choi is a many-tiered dish that is usually eaten in layers. It’s essentially a giant bowl filled with goodies ranging from seafood and meats to veggies.
13. Hong Kong French Toast
Think of the best French toast you’ve ever had. Now multiply that by a billion. Hong Kong French toast is basically a peanut-butter sandwich fried and drizzled with golden maltose syrup and butter. If you aren’t drooling just from reading that, you have no soul.
14. Zha Liang
Similar to the cheong fun, zha liang also uses long rice noodles. Rather than meats, it’s wrapped around a friend Chinese donut called youtiao.
15. Jin Deui
These sesame balls are usually filled with a sweet red or black bean paste and can be found in bakeries or at dim sum.
16. Boh Loh Baau
These pastries are usually eaten as a snack or a breakfast food, and are often referred to as “pineapple buns” because of their gridded patterns.
17. Laap Cheung
These sausages are smoked, sweetened, and seasoned before they are sliced up and devoured. They’re often served up in fried rice or on their own. Sausages the world over could learn a thing or two from.
18. Gai Daan Jai
The ultimate street food, the smell of these delicious egg waffle nuggets cooking on the griddle lures in pedestrians by the crowd.
19. Feng Zhao
Chicken feet! Not only are these extremely resourceful — why is the rest of the world wasting a perfectly edible chicken body part? — they’re also delicious. Since feng zhao is mostly skin and tendon, it has a distinct texture, making it a dim sum favorite.
20. Egg Tarts
The Hong Kong derivation of the egg tart is every HK kid’s favorite dim sum dessert — the filling is a sweet, yellow custard.