WALK THIS WAY: WONTONS OF HONG KONG DEVOUR DIM SUM, ONE TASTY MORSEL AND ONE STEP AT A TIME, ON A SELF-GUIDED TEAHOUSE TRAIL THROUGH THE STREETS OF HONG KONG
apan has sashimi, Vietnam has phở and Thailand has tom yum soup. Likewise, Hong Kong will have you craving yum cha for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and bring fresh meaning to the phrase ‘good things come in small packages’. Forget the tourist traps and, instead, head to the neighbourhood nooks to truly discover the heartbeat of the city through its wontons. Tastebuds ready… start your tour with the fragrant chilli pork dumplings at Yum Cha (yumchahk. com), which is located in Nan Fung Place overlooking Des Voeux Road, right in the heart of the bustling business district. Dispelling the myth that all dumplings are greasy, the in-house tastemakers here combine perfect cuts of pork shoulder with prawns to create a harmonised balance of meat and lard inside each and every parcel. The restaurant’s aromatic fusion sauce of rice vinegar, sugar, chilli, garlic, ginger and a surprising dash of ketchup give the classic ‘goldﬁsh tail’-shaped bundles a lively zing that dances on the palate. Historically, the mark of a good dumpling is in the thickness of the dough, with the goal being a thin, translucent skin revealing the steamed inner ﬁlling. Crossing the tram lines on Des Voeux Road and pacing a few steps east will land you at the entrance to Wing Kut Street alleyway. It’s now time to put on your history-buﬀ hat as you enter Mak’s Noodle restaurant (look for the windows covered in magazine clippings on the left side of this backstreet), a famous wonton noodle soup family legacy dating back to the 1960s. It’s frequented by locals who are craving its authentic handmade dough kneaded with
The September 2016 edition of Jetstar Asia's in-flight magazine.