Hong Kong is among the world’s nice meals cities. But it’s additionally one of many world’s nice tech-equipped cities – on common, every Hongkonger owns two and a half cell phones. The principal confluence of those two realities? Instagram, naturally. Little marvel – town is packed stuffed with scrumptious, photogenic delights. So seize your telephone and bear in mind the one immutable Hong Kong rule: the digital camera all the time, all the time eats first.
The Night Wolf, Oddies Foodies
Oddies’s twist on a traditional avenue snack.
The humble egg puff, or eggette, is a traditional Hong Kong avenue snack: waffle batter poured into oval moulds, flipped midway by way of cooking to create a crispy shell surrounding a comfortable inside. They’re phenomenal as is, and completely value making an attempt of their pure state: however Oddies has taken this time-honoured snack and solid one thing new and Insta-ready. The Night Wolf (HK$63/£6) combines chocolate chip egg puffs with soft-serve gelato, darkish chocolate, caramelised banana ice-cream and fervour fruit panna cotta. The dessert is tart, creamy, crisp, comfortable, heat and chilly all of sudden – and unquestionably Instagrammable. If that doesn’t seize you, there are all the time new flavours in growth, reminiscent of cookies and cream egg puffs, or apricot and cream gelato combined with coconut macaroons and candied cashews. As a bonus, the store sits on Gough Street in Central: one of many metropolis’s most photogenic lanes.
Hot custard buns, Yum Cha
The flowing custard, or lava custard, bun is a dim sum favorite in Hong Kong: a comfortable bun full of a wealthy, salted duck egg custard that oozes out as you chunk in, inevitably scalding the tongue. But Yum Cha has a really fashionable tackle this traditional dish (HK$49/£four.70 for 3). You’re not usually meant to play together with your meals, however at Yum Cha they’ve added lovable googly eyes to every bun, and also you’re inspired to take a chopstick, poke a gap the place the mouth could be – and squeeze, in order that the custard oozes out of the gob of your little bun pal. It’s extra lovable that it sounds. Yum Cha has a number of extra photogenic choices, together with barbecued pork buns made to appear like little piggies (HK$49/£four.70 for 3).
Charcoal custard buns, Social Place
Charcoal-infused dough, brushed with a gold stripe.
Insta-ready buns go up a degree at Social Place, the place magnificence triumphs over novelty. Witness its steamed charcoal custard buns (HK$49/£four.70 for 3), made with a jet-black charcoal-infused dough and brushed with a surprising stripe of gold. The filling is simply as golden, if you happen to can convey your self to tear open these artworks. Equally scrumptious are the truffle shiitake buns (HK$49/£four.70 for 3), which aren’t simply wealthy in truffle aromas and mushroom meatiness: their artfully cracked tops look precisely like shiitake mushrooms.
Bubble tea, Flamingo Boom
Flamingo Boom: mix-and-match Insta hits. Photograph: Flamingo Boom
This iced milk tea, with its chewy tapioca balls – also referred to as boba pearls – has been an immediate Instagram hit. But social media is fickle and shortly tires of the same-old, same-old bubble tea photographs. Enter Flamingo Boom, which tempts the fatigued photographer with a mix-and-match vary of floral teas to which you’ll add all the pieces from contemporary fruit to boba pearls, or a salted milk topping for a contact of distinction. Go for the Taiwanese oolong tea with rose and boba pearls (HK$36/£three.50), or a disconcertingly inexperienced matcha latte bubble tea (HK$39/£three.80). And for the ultimate contact? Flamingo Boom was constructed from the bottom up for Instagram, and its lovable little flamingo cupholder floaties assure you’ll be in double-tap triple figures.
Hot pot, The Drunken Pot
Hot pot – through which diners dip meat, veg and fishballs into effervescent bowls of soup stock – is inherently Instagrammable. But no pot in Hong Kong is kind of as suited to social media because the eponymous hotpot at The Drunken Pot (HK$328/£32). This incorporates 5 completely different soup bases, together with a tomato lobster soup, beef brisket broth, and a numbingly spicy Sichuan soup, all in a single sizzling pot. In addition, your dunking substances have been designed to be equally photogenic: from the cuttlefish balls in seven colors to the multi-hued soup dumplings, and the fish balls formed (moderately troublingly) to appear like penguins. Thankfully, the style backs up the novelty worth – particularly with regards to the sliced Angus beef chuck (from HK$188/£18), which comes draped by itself rack above a field of ice.