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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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                    Last Updated on October 18, 2018

                    The Ultimate Workout Routine for Men (Tailored for Different Fitness Level)

                    The Ultimate Workout Routine for Men (Tailored for Different Fitness Level)

                    Now is as good a time as any to focus on getting your body into the best shape possible.

                    Whether you want to build muscle or completely transform your body, if you follow the right workout routine for men, you will get exactly what you need. (No! It’s never too late to start bodybuilding, here’s the proof.)

                    Finding the right workout routine, however, is tough. You see, in order to progress, you need to find a workout that appeals to you and is feasible based on your abilities.

                    In this article I’m going to list 3 workout plans for men to build muscle. Each workout routine is tailored for individuals of different abilities: a beginner routine, an intermediate routine and an advanced routine.

                    What’s so special about this workout routine for men?

                    There are plenty of workout routines out there for men, so what is it about these routines that are so special? Well, they are tailormade to each unique individual, rather than covering a broad demographic.

                    Basically, each routine is engineered towards an individual’s ability levels and fitness levels in the gym.

                    It wouldn’t be much use having a very fit and healthy bodybuilder, with many years of training under his belt, following a workout routine for men that is aimed at complete beginners. He will already know what he is doing and will find the routine far too easy. On the flipside, if he is looking for a new and challenging workout routine, he can follow the advanced program and will enjoy great results.

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                    With that in mind, here are the three routines to try the next time you’re in the gym depending on your unique level of fitness:

                    Beginner full body workout routine

                    To start with, we’ll be taking a look at a beginner workout routine.

                    This workout isn’t too difficult; though, for those new to health and fitness, it will certainly prove challenging.

                      Day 1: Chest, Back, Shoulders, Legs, Biceps, Triceps

                      Day 2: Legs, Triceps, Biceps, Chest, Back, Shoulder

                      Day 3: Shoulders, Back, Chest, Legs, Triceps, Biceps

                      Intermediate workout for men

                      This next workout is ideal for those of you who are advanced enough to challenge yourselves in the gym without going crazy.

                      This workout routine will help you burn a steady amount of fat without burning yourself out in the process. It is a typical 5 day split that will yield impressive muscle gains.

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                        Day 1: Chest, Shoulders and Triceps

                        Chest

                        Triceps

                        Shoulders

                        Day 2: Back and Biceps

                        Back

                        Biceps

                        Day 3: Legs

                        Quads, Glutes and Hamstrings

                        Calves

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                        Day 4:  Shoulders, chest, and Triceps

                        Chest

                        Triceps

                        Shoulders

                        Note:

                        Every second week superset bench press and dumbbell flys.
                        Crossovers: Ultra slow rep timing with 2 second pause and squeeze at the top of the movement.

                        Day 5: Back and Bis

                        Back

                        Biceps

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                        Advanced Workout Routine For Men

                        Now it’s time for us to take a look at the more advanced workout routine. This routine will really separate the men from the boys.

                        It is high intensity, includes a lot of heavy lifting, and you should aim for minimal rest between sets.

                        Here you will be training for 6 days per week, with just one day of recovery. It may sound brutal, but if you stick with it you will soon be reaping the rewards of an incredible physique.

                          Day 1: Chest & Back

                          • Barbell Bench Press – work up to a 5 rep max for the day
                            • Set 1 at 50% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Set 2 at 60% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Set 3 at 70% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Set 4 at 80% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Set 5 at 90% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Set 6 at 100% – 1 set of 5 reps
                          • Incline Dumbbell Press – 3 sets of 6-8 reps
                          • Dips – 3 sets of 6-10 reps
                          • Pullups – 3 sets of 5-8 reps
                          • Pendlay Rows – 3 sets of 6-10 reps
                          • Pulldowns – 3 sets of 6-10 reps

                          Day 2: Legs

                          • Squats: work up to a 5 rep max for the day
                            • Set 1 at 50% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Set 2 at 60% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Set 3 at 70% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Set 4 at 80% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Set 5 at 90% – 1 set of 5 reps
                            • Set 6 at 100% – 1 set of 5 reps
                          • Leg Press – 3 sets of 6-10 reps
                          • Stiff-Legged Deadlift – 5 sets of 5 reps
                          • Hamstring Curls – 3 sets of 6-8 reps
                          • Calf-Raise – 5 sets of 10 reps

                          Day 3: Shoulders & Arms

                          Day 4: Rest

                          It’s your rest day. Rest your muscle to prepare for the next round of training.

                          Day 5: Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps

                          Day 6: Back & Biceps

                          Day 7: Legs

                          Final Thoughts

                          So, there you have it, above I have outlined three of the best workout routines for men that you could ever wish for.

                          Each workout is tough in its own way, but if you stick with it, push through the pain and squeeze out those extra reps at the end, your body will thank you. Plus, you will look better than ever before.

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