Friday, February 6, 2009

Street food musings

Street food, glorious street food! :b

Earlier this week, sbk posted an entry on her blog with a photo that got my mouth watering. Thus I was reminded of the power of pictures! Then this morning, a comment by Glenn on the comments thread of that same blog entry got me realizing that it has been a while since I last put up some food photos over on this blog. So here's remedying the situation this evening with another photo filled with what Hong Kong is really good at: fried street food; this one taking from an overhead pedestrian bridge in Wan Chai (hence the inclusion of the stall's colorful striped awning in the picture)! :)

On the subject of street food: I have to say that I can't believe that Hong Kong as well as Penang is not on a World Hum Eight Best Cities for Street Food list. Or, for that matter, Philadelphia (whose hoagies, cheese steaks, soft pretzels and hot dogs come with a choice of sausages, including Italian sausage and Polish kielbasas)! And this from someone who's lived in one of those cities (though "city" is rather generous to describe Zanzibar Stone Town!) as well as visited -- and eaten -- in two others (Berlin and Istanbul)!!


Glenn, kenixfan said...

I see fish balls there. What else is in that cart? Looks good!

YTSL said...

Hi Glenn --

It's actually a small stall rather than cart and what's being sold from it includes rice rolls (with bits of preserved meat and veg in them), different kinds of fried vegetables (usually the deal is that you can choose 4 of them -- and also fried fishballs and tofu -- for HK$5 or HK$6), sausages, and chicken wings and thigh-drumstick affairs. :)

sbk said...


Cool picture with the awning. Do you eat at this stall and if so what do you have/like? Is the red sauce hot?

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

I used to patronize this stall quite a bit as it was close to where I worked in Wan Chai. What's in the photo actually is just a small section of it -- from it, used to go for those fried vegetable/tofu/fish ball combos, something called "cheong fan" (rice sheets that would get drowned with sweet, sesame and other sauces and be topped by "siu mai"), the sausages (dipped with honey before being grilled, so very sweet!) and also their freshly made fruit juices.

Willow said...

I got nothing against street food. Tasty. Economical. Convenient. I remember sitting down to a bowl of hot congee, next to a hot wok, during a very hot June mid-morning in HK.

YTSL said...

Hi Willow --

Goodness! Hot congee next to a hot wok on a hot day!!! Have to confess that on hot days in Hong Kong, I tend to go less for congee than for, say, the fruit salad treats at Hui Lau Shan! ;b