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Cuisine and Culture: China

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Many types of foods eaten today in Hong Kong were also eaten in the past, though as has been noted earlier, there has been the introduction of foods from other cultures due to interaction with them as Hong Kong grew from a fishing village to a great city it is today. Rice and rice related dishes and corn have existed and are common in Chinese and, thus, Hong Kong dishes from the earliest of times. Meat products like pork, beef, poultry, and other birds were available but had a prohibitive cost that made the average family unable to afford them.

Vegetables like ‘ yau choy’ and ‘ bok choy’ were also available in the past as are also commonly eaten today and so was dim sum, which is one of the commonest dishes today (DeWolf et al, 2010). The introduction of western cuisine into the culture, for instance, sausages, eggs, and eating methods has only occurred due to the introduction of other cultural practices due to the changing trends of the city. Western-style food has been found to be popular with the younger generation of the people of Hong Kong and restaurants and food joints that prepare delicious western cuisine will be found all over Hong Kong.

Branches of McDonald’ s and Burger King are found in many corners of Hong Kong, and they are just as competitive as those that serve Chinese cuisine (Tourism in Asia, 2012). Office workers are the most common customers of these latter restaurants and food joints, whose limited time for eating is conveniently served by eating the snacks available in them. Hawkers are a common feature in many large and even small cities, and Hong Kong is no exception, with food hawking a common feature along the streets and in designated food markets.

The most popular dishes peddled by hawkers are beef noodles, wantan noddles, and fish balls and soybean curd (DeWolf et al, 2010). Hawking is done both by licensed and unlicensed hawkers in Hong Kong and has been a cause of friction by the government and the hawkers. This is because if unchecked, food could turn into a serious health hazard since many hawkers are the poor and unemployed who cannotably meet the stringent hygienic needs required by health authorities.

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  • Pages: 8 (2000 words)
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  • Subject: Culture
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