Category Archives: Street food

Hong Kong

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Eating Our Way Through Hong Kong with Kim Hulse, AAG Senior Account Manager

Street-side eateries at the Temple Street Night Market

After wandering around for hours at this must-see market, allow yourself to get shown to a table at one of these tiny, outdoor restaurants. We grubbed on some delicious flat noodles and bok choy (Chinese cabbage) in oyster sauce.  We washed it down with Tsing Tsao beers all for under $7 US.  The group of guys next to us had the chili crabs and they looked phenomenal as well.  I knew we should have went for the crab!

scarfing noodles at night market

Scarfing noodles at night market.

Freshest Seafood at Tung Po

This place was the REAL Hong Kong.  A huge, super loud, packed room filled with plastic tables and chairs, water tanks galore with endless amounts of live creatures, and bowls of beer on every table.  That’s right, bowls, not glasses.  It was so great to see tons of locals gathered around gigantic tables playing dice or drinking games and laughing up a storm. Since this was one of June and Alex’s favorite places in the world for seafood, we let them order.  Soon our table was filled with black bean and chili clams, garlic shrimp and crab, eggplant casserole, and the best chicken that we have ever had, complete with crispy skin.  And we never eat the skin….but oh lord, was it good!

garlic crab, eggplant Casserole, and Bean chilli clams

Garlic crab, eggplant casserole, and bean chilli clams

crispy chicken with garlic

Crispy chicken with garlic...the skin was the best!

curry crab

Curry crab.

Shanghainese in Central

Again, thanks to our lovely host Doug, we were taken to another dining gem,  a great place in the Soho district of Central on Hong Kong Island.  We went to meet up with another one of Doug’s friends from high school, Kathy and nestled into our quaint little booth and started off with glass noodles and sliced pork.  We then had some steamy spring rolls and pork dumplings with liquified pork fat.  You have to bite off the top of the dumpling, let it cool, and then suck out the fat and then toss the dumpling in your mouth.  It sounds gross, but it was heaven.  I promise.  We then cried our eyes out as we inhaled a fantastic tofu dish in red sauce.  So painful, but so worth it.

pork fat dumplings

Pork fat dumplings.

So as you can see, Hong Kong totally lived up to our expectations.  We are so glad we stopped of here and were taken such good care of.  Thanks again June, Doug and Joseph!!

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South Africa

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Volunteer South Africa with Chris Onuorah

In the Philippi, a township in Cape Town, there are many street vendors in which you can buy braai (meat cooked over an open flame).  Generally speaking, many South Africans I met love meat in their diet (I met vegetarians too).  On this particular day when I was passing through Philippi we stopped at one of the vendors to purchase braai meat.  In this case a whole chicken was split in half and laid on the grill.  I was there with Sandiso, a tertiary student.  When we bought the chicken, it was split between three people: me, Sandiso, and our friend Sisipho.

Chris with chicken on the grill

Chris gathered round braai meat with his friends.

braai also a social event which is casual and laid-back, where family and friends converge on a picnic spot or someone’s home (normally the garden or verandah) with their own meat, salad, or side dish in hand. The men gather round the braai or braaistand (the grill) outdoors and cook the food, while women prepare the salad, dessert, and vegetables in the kitchen.

Philippie Township, Chicken on grill

Philippie Township braai, which we call a barbeque.

The braai is the popular way of grilling food that dates back from the trekking days, when all fresh foods were cooked over wood. Today most suburban houses have a braai area and they now use briquettes or charcoal instead of wood due to the convenience.