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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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    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 August 20, 2018

                    35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                    35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                    Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

                    But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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                    The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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                    While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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                    While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

                    If You’re Staying In

                    1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
                    2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
                    3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
                    4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
                      • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
                      • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
                      • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
                      • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
                        • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
                        • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
                        • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                          • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                          If You Want to Get Away

                          1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                          2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                          3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                            • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                            • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                            • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                            • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                            • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                            • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                              • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                              • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                              New & Exciting Experiences

                              1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                              2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                                experience.
                                • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                                • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                                • Experience white water rafting.
                                • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                                • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                                  • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                                  • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                                    • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                                    • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                                    • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                                    Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                                    Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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