When the weather changes, our palates change as well and begin to crave warmer and heavier tastes. Here are the local dishes that we are going to indulge in to keep us warm this winter.
You know it’s winter when local restaurants start to offer the seasonal braised lamb brisket pot. Seasoned with chuhau sauce, the pot is rich and heavy, filled with pieces of satisfying lamb briskets, bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms and silky bean curds. Enjoy with fermented bean curd sauce and you’ve got a perfect winter meal.
Where to get: Kwan Kee Claypot Rice, G/F, Shop 1, 263 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Sai Wan
The classic Hong Kong food for parties at home and group hangs, hotpot can accommodate everyone’s needs, from the meat lovers and healthy eaters to spicy addicts. Just split the pot with a divider by half, and you can have everything!
Where to get: Suppa, 2/F, Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
Get a bag of charcoal, a pack of barbecue forks, some meat or seafood, chicken wings, aluminium foil to wrap some enoki mushrooms and sweet potatoes, marshmallows, honey. Head to the countryside or the beach, grab a spot at a government barbecue pit, and cook up a storm!
Where to get: Barbecue sites, LCSD website.
Not that you can’t have congee in the warmer months, it’s just that congee tastes extra comforting on a cold winter day! Choose any toppings you want, pair with some deep fried doughstick, and it just fills you up with a warm fuzzy feeling.
Where to get: Sang Kee Congee Shop, G/F, 7-9 Burd Street, Sheung Wan
Fried rice is too basic — winter is the season for fried sticky rice! Savory, heavy, chewy, fried sticky rice has always been a winter staple, complete with preserved meat and sausages.
Where to get: Keung Kee, 406 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
Yunnan-style sour & spicy noodles are becoming a Hong Kong essential dish, and the best season to have it is none other than winter. Expect a bright red and rich soup base, chewy rice noodles, and tons of toppings such as tofu, cuttlefish-balls, and pork belly.
Where to get: Lok Lum Small Pot Noodles, G/F, 11 Pan Hoi Street, Quarry Bay
An ultimate homey dish, dumplings with soup is cozy and warming — a perfect comfort food to keep you warm. For a deceptively simple dish, the dumplings pack a lot of warmth. We’ll never tire of dumplings as a quick and easy meal after a long day of work.
Where to get: Fung Shun Dumpling Shop, 17A, Yu Chau Street, Prince Edward