Colton's Asia Experience

Sham Sui Po

By Colton Powell

While eating dim sum on our last morning in Hong Kong we were seated with another fellow Vancouverite who now lived in city. First he showed us how "going for dim sum" actually works, so we stopped embarrassing ourselves and learned how to order. After a great morning meal bombarding him with questions about the area and the local customs, we agreed to meet later that night for dinner in Sam Sui Po on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, close to where he lived.

We came out of the subway in the early evening to meet Vince, now our volunteer tour guide, and found ourselves in a new area of the city. There were no other tourists to seemingly be found, and the streets were filled with people everywhere. Vince arrived and told us that he knew of good place to grab some dinner before we headed down to the markets, so we followed him through the busy streets past vendors, hanging ducks and Chinese Medicine shops selling exotic remedies, eventually making it to a small alley.

Vince explained that a lot of street food in Hong Kong had become illegal due to health concerns, but this alley was one of the only remaining places in this part of the city. This was a comforting thought before we ate.

Hong Kong Street Food
From left to right: Colton, Vince, Bryan enjoying street food in Sham Sui Po
 
We found a table on the side of the alley next to what I'm pretty sure was a garbage truck, and sat in the same plastic chairs that my grandparents also owned. Vince ordered a variety of dishes as we took in the surrounding street. The small alley had only three other restaurants, which were all very busy, and we took this as a good sign. Like dim sum, we washed our dishes with the hot water brought to the table, and disposed of the now dirty water right onto the street.

The food arrived and it was delicious.

We had chicken, pork, oysters, fresh fish and more-the table was filled with food. We gorged ourselves while Vince explained about his time growing up in Vancouver and about his new job in Hong Kong. As we ate, a few cats wandered by every once in a while, presumably to see if they wanted what we were having. We ate until we could barely move from our chairs, and fed some of the leftovers to one of the local felines.

Hong Kong Street Food
Few of the dishes we had: Clams, Chinese broccoli and chicken
 
Vince told us we should still have room for dessert, which I didn't think was possible, until we arrived at a vendor selling a popular local street food called "bubble waffles"-basically waffle batter made with large air pockets that make them delicious, and all for about 50 cents. After one of the best meals of our trip so far we thanked Vince for the tour and headed home to prepare for our next leg of the trip to China!
 
Bubble Waffles Hong Kong
Bubble Waffles. One of Hong Kong's most delicious street food deserts
 
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