StreetGrub Tour of Asia: First Stop – Hong Kong.
Hong Kong, China – Part of a StreetGrub tour of Asia, we’re currently eating our way through the island, sampling some of the most delicious (and strange) eats straight from the streets. First stop is a typical breakfast type food called “Ma Lai Go” aka Malaysian Cake. It’s a simple yellow sponge cake made moist and fluffy by being cooked via steam rather than convection. Lightly sweet, it tastes eggy but has the texture of angel food cake. It’s enormous, so split one with a friend or two to save room for lunch.
I surveyed the locals and found that a favorite Hong Kong staple is an appetizer on the verge of extinction called “Stinky Tofu”. A plethora of street carts and stands once sold this delicacy, but the smells coming from the streets were so putrid that people everywhere began complaining. Locals typically hang their freshly laundered clothes out from their windows and balconies, and legend has it that a boy who lived above one of these stands got tormented by his peers because of his foul-smelling clothes so the family ended up moving. Others quickly followed suit, so most of these stands are now gone.
I arrived to one of the more famous ones on “Goldfish Street” and was received by a waft of the most horrid, eyeball-burning smells I’d ever experienced. It was as if someone dipped a garbage truck into a humongous fryer. The tofu itself was awesome in the texture department – crisp, crunchy shell, soft insides and incredibly light. My order was doused in a thick red sauce that was savory and sweet, with a hint of delicious bean flavor – but it did nothing to save it from tasting exactly like it smelled. Check out this clip to see how I fared.
I stopped after two bites and just could not go on. We’re flying to Japan next and word on the street is that Osaka is world-renowned as being “Food Stall Heaven.” Stay tuned!