A quintessential part of any visit to Hong Kong is to sample the eclectic array of dishes on offer. Here are some foodie highlights well worth trying.

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Char Siew

Hong Kong-style BBQ pork or “Char Siew” is a perennial favourite and is ideal to eat with rice. Hot and crispy on the outside, succulent on the inside, it’s marinated with just the right combination of sweet and salty. The West Villa Restaurant, around a 15-minute walk from Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong, is one of the places you can try this dish.

Dim Sum

Dim sum features steamed, deep-fried, baked or pan-fried treats such as dumplings and is definitely worth trying when dining in Hong Kong. Generally served in a bamboo container, dim sum varieties include steamed shrimp dumplings and barbecued pork buns. Check out Fung Shing Restaurant when looking to sample this dish.

Curry Fish Balls

A popular street food, curry fish balls not only make for yummy snacks but are relatively cheap too. Golden in colour, these fish balls are deep-fried before being boiled in a curry sauce that has a spicy “kick” to it. You will find plenty of street stalls selling curry fish balls for you to munch on.

Pineapple Bun

Locally known as “Bo Lo Bao”, the pineapple bun in Hong Kong has nothing to do with pineapples! This sweet puffy bun has a golden texture and a pineapple-like criss-cross pattern on the top (hence the name). Best eaten with butter in the middle, pineapple buns can be enjoyed at places like Kam Fung Café.