World's Most Delicious Street Food
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Risk Factor: medium
The Scene: Hong Kong’s classic dai pai dongs, or outdoor food stalls, are a dying breed: only 27 remain after regulators clamped down in the 1980’s. The tradition lives on at food centers, markets, noodle joints, and barbecue shops. While strict hygiene rules are enforced, food poisoning does occur, particularly in the sultry summer months.
Where to Go: Jardine’s Crescent market, in Causeway Bay, and Yiu Tung Street, in Kowloon, which has the highest concentration of dai pai dongs.
What to Order: Wonton noodles; roast goose; barbecued pork; gai dan jai (egg-shaped waffles); beef-brisket noodles.
What to Avoid: Steer clear of shellfish dishes if you want to play it safe.
Guide: Jason Wordie leads market tours in Kowloon’s Sham Shui Po neighborhood.