Hong Kong shares its cuisine with the Chinese province of Guangdong, of which it was a part until the British took over in 1841.
The food of Guangdong (formerly known as Canton) is globally famous, thanks to the millions of émigrés who left the region in the 19th and 20th centuries — spreading their fantastic cuisine around the world. The cuisine is incredibly varied, ranging from stir fries and steamed fish to shark’s fin soup and just about everything in between.
Yum cha (translation: drink tea) is the practice of sitting down at a big table with a group of family or friends at breakfast and lunch and eating dim sum — small, separate items (such as dumplings, pork buns, fried vegetables, pork ribs) of tasty goodness, usually served in a bamboo basket. Yum cha is a Cantonese tradition so there’s no better place to sample it than Hong Kong.
These are the palce to go for a plate of delicious rice or noodles. It’s cooked fresh and will invariably be packed full of flavour.