Hong Kong’s history with street food dates back to when it was just a fishing village, long before it was a financial center. By the early 1900s, quick and affordable meals served from small stalls lined the streets. It thrived through the decades, despite licenses and government regulations in the mid-20th century.
Today, there are more laws than ever governing what, where, and how street vendors can operate in Hong Kong. It’s still one of the best cities in the world to gorge on streetside meals, but things have changed — including what is served. There are popular modern dishes, then there are the ones that are falling to the wayside.
These are the seven classic Hong Kong street foods that are often overlooked, and in some cases, disappearing.