Cart noodles used to be a cheap snack sold on the street in the 1950s. They have moved into restaurants today, allowing the diner to choose the toppings, noodle type, and soup base.
Imitation shark fin soup doesn't contain the real thing of course, but just a richly-flavoured soup with other more middle class ingredients. Despite the name, it is actually a street food dish popular in the 1950s and 60s for the lower classes who could not afford the real thing.
An alternative to soup noodles is the dried form, with sprinkled dried shrimp roe on top.
Beef brisket goes well in a noodle soup form or with rice, such as at this famous restaurant in Tin Hau where long queues outside are typical.
Wontons noodle soup is a local favourite. You can choose from yellow noodles, rice noodles, vermicelli, or more. Wontons originated in Guangzhou during the Qing Dynasty and came to Hong Kong in the 50s.
Fish balls are also a good add-on to a noodle soup.
Fried rice is a common dish for everyone, but add some fancy ingredients and it turns upscale very quickly. This one was made with sea urchin alongside the more typical items.
When hiking, a simple noodle with a can of processed meat along with a cold drink are a great relief after a sweaty workout.
Dim sum is a popular brunch option in Cantonese cuisine. Meaning "a light touch on the heart", each dish is small and delicious. However, this tradition is under threat as hand-made foods are replaced with cheaper, factory-made frozen replacements. Younger chefs do not aspire to join the dim sum ranks due to long working hours and an early start to prepare for the breakfast crowd.
The below toast drenched with condensed milk is probably not the best choice if you are on a diet.
With mango-supply countries nearby in Thailand and the Philippines, mango sago is fairly easy to find in a Chinese dessert shop.
Fusion items include crepe or pancake-like bits but with essentially Asian ingredients, such as durian filling.
Local-style fast food can be found at the more informal cha chan teng restaurants, where rice, noodle, and sandwich dishes are available. The older restaurants post their daily specials on the walls.
During cooler months, locals consume snake soup to keep the body warm.
Sometimes, our busy lives along with the hot and humid climate require some natural cleansing. Herbal tea shops offer various mixes to deal with your ailments.
There is no shortage of Japanese food in town, with plenty of fancy ramen options now across the city. This Michelin recommended restaurant from Japan has opened up shop at K11 Musea.
Donuts are expensive and more upscale in this part of the world. At this particular chain, prices are over the roof, although their branches in southeast Asia offer the same at far more affordable levels.