Everyone knows what it’s like to miss home. I miss the atmosphere of a city that never sleeps, the fluorescent lights, the hustle and bustle of the people but most importantly the food! Hong Kong, what have you done to me? I feel like there’s a gaping hole in my heart and in my stomach. I’ve already intricately planned out what I’m going to stuff my face with (in one sitting) the second I’m back . Don’t get me wrong, Vienna doesn’t disappoint in terms of asian cuisine but there are some things that just can’t be duplicated which makes them all the more special.
Somebody please get me some authentic dim sum! I’ve searched high and low to no avail. There is simply no place in Vienna that’s really hit the mark! I need a table decked out with Har gau (steamed shrimp dumplings) , Xiao long bao ( Soup dumplings ), Cha siu bao ( baked barbeque pork buns) and Cheong fan (rice noodle rolls) all for the price of one McDonalds meal here in Europe!
This dish is best when eaten at a super local restauraunt where they don’t understand a word of english ( plus the experience is hilarious). This sweet but salty barbecued pork served with a plate of hot steaming rice and a side of my favourite chinese sauce which is mainly comprised of scallions, ginger and an outrageous amount of salt is heaven on your tongue.
I use to be a huge fan of this dish but after being repeatedly served a sad and more soggy version of it over here in Austria, I have kind of given up.
Egg noodles served in a broth with leafy vegetables and shrimp dumplings. For about 2-3 Euros, you can get a lovely bowl of this stuff at pretty much any chinese restauraunt and it tastes amazing! It’s so simple but with a tad of chilli sauce, you can’t help but want a second serving.
No one can pull off a classic fried rice like the Chinese . I don’t know why but there is nothing like it. I’ve heard it tastes so good because they reuse their oil or that the rice is already a day or two old before it’s combined with the other ingredients but honestly I couldn’t care less. It tastes phenomenal and that’s what matters. Look at how colourful it is. The little shrimpies are calling my name!
and last but not least :
This drink is a blast from the past in regards to my high school days. This was THE drink. Not the fancy chocolate vanilla soy mocha frappuccino nonsense kids are drinking now a days – Ain’t nobody got time (or money) for that! In all seriousness, I do love my Starbucks once in a while but I’d trade a year of not drinking it for a box of this sweet stuff. If anyone of my Hong Kong friends are reading this, feel free to send some my way 😉
I’m going to end this post right here because I’m taking my extensive slobbering as a sign that I should stop. I’m all up drowning in the stuff. I Know what I’ll be dreaming of tonight though!
– A Pearl of the Orient
Disclaimer: All photos courtesy of Google.