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9 Food Items You Should Try at Least Once at Hong Kong Tea Restaurants

9 Food Items You Should Try at Least Once at Hong Kong Tea Restaurants

Most people in Hong Kong tend to lead fast paced lives, running daily work and family routines around the clock. Hong Kong tea restaurants cater well to people with busy lifestyle. Known for fast service and cost efficient, yet tasty items, Hong Kong tea restaurants, or pronounced as cha chaang teng are typical, popular restaurants in Hong Kong that people like to visit for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, or just whenever there is a break from working! These restaurants are good spots to get a quick meal alone or with family and friends.

Hong Kong tea restaurants have special historical roots in the Hong Kong culture. In the 1950s, western cuisine was available and was starting to appeal to the middle class in Hong Kong. Sensing the interest in Western cuisine and noting the middle class’s familiarity with traditional cuisine, locals set up tea restaurants during that time to combine both western and Cantonese cuisine. The menu offered is often broad, offering variety of special drink and food items at relatively inexpensive prices to attract the middle class.

Below are 9 items one would most likely have ordered at least once at a Hong Kong tea restaurant. Try them out if you have not yet!

1. HK Style Milk Tea

Served hot or cold with ice (preferably), it’s the drink that keeps people going back to Hong Kong tea restaurants! The strong, bold tea flavor intermixes with condensed or evaporated milk and sugar syrup, giving a slightly bitter and sweet flavor as one gulps down the drink.

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milk tea

    2.HK Style French Toast

    The HK style of fresh toast is not very sweet. The outside texture is more crispy than the usual french toast that western cuisine offers. Another difference is the sandwich form rather than rectangular form that most would see at breakfast restaurants like Denny’s or Ihop

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    french toast

      3. HK Style Coffee Milk Tea 

      Pronounced as Yinyeung in Cantonese, it’s another popular drink for tea restaurant visitors. Like HK style milk tea, it can be served hot or cold. For those wanting to try something different, the coffee milk tea mixes coffee and the HK Style milk tea together to give a strong boost of energy and flavor. It’s not for everyone but its worth trying!

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      coffee milk tea

        4. Coconut tarts

        The top of the tarts is rather more crunchy like the feel of cookies, while the bottom parts retained a more softer feel similar to a muffin, but also filled with coconut bits texture.

        coconut tart

          5. Sandwiches

          Sandwiches are common at Hong Kong tea restaurants. Fast and easy to make at the restaurant, it is an effective option busy office workers on the go or stuck at their offices to finish up work assignments. A variety of sandwiches are offered, but sandwiches with eggs and ham tend to be most popular. The crust is often not on the sandwich breads.

          egg sandwich

            6. Lemon Tea

            HK Style lemon tea has a unique taste as I find the lemon and tea base do not overpower each other but rather one can taste both fairly like a natural balance.To get more lemon flavor, some would use the spoon and straw to poke the lemon slices to get more juicy pulp to mix it with the tea. It’s not quite as sweet although you can add sugar or syrup to make it sweeter.

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            lemon tea

              7.Pineapple Buns

              One of the staples at the cafes, pronounced as Po Lor Bau, resembles nothing like a pineapple in looks, taste, or feel. The top of the buns are the sweet flavorings,having slight crevices on the top, while the bottom portion is soft. Every time I eat one, I want to slowly chew to taste the sweet topping.

              pineapple-bun

                8. Noodles or Spaghetti

                These are choices at the restaurant that offer a savory, hot, and full sized dish that can settle any hunger rages one might have! Like sandwiches, a variety of noodle and spaghetti dish options are available to choose from including meat options like fish ball, chicken, pork, and beef and noodle options like flat-noodle, egg noodle, and spaghetti noodle. The most basic on the menu may just have egg, ham, and ramen noodles!

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                noodles

                  9. Egg Tarts

                  The middle consists of oven-baked egg yolks surrounded by a buttery, thin crust. Taking a bite of a warm egg tart is oh-so-delicious as the crust kind of melts in your mouth along with the sweet taste of the egg yolk in the middle.

                  egg tart

                    Although Hong Kong tea restaurants are mostly popular in Hong Kong and parts of Asia, some can also be found in Chinatowns around the world. If you happen to find yourself in front of one, go inside, experience the culture, and try some of the above specialties!

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                    Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                    Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                    There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                    More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                    Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                    You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                    During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                    Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                    Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                    The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                    This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                    Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                    The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                    This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                    This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                    Conclusion

                    While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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