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Taste the culinary treasures of the Greater Bay Area

Chinese dishes

Embark on a gastronomic journey by delving deeper into the culinary culture of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, where each city has its own distinctive cuisines. Read on for our recommendations of specialties and delectable souvenirs that are loved by locals.

Hong Kong

egg tart, Hong Kong style French toast and milk tea

Recommended speciality: Hong Kong-style French toast with a cup of milk tea

Who doesn’t love tea and toast? Crunchy, golden and sweet, this dish is quintessentially Hong Kong with its perfect blend of Chinese and Western elements. Hong Kong-style French toast takes a peanut butter sandwich, carefully coats it with egg before frying, and tops it off with a slab of butter and a drizzle of condensed milk — it’s as delicious as it is indulgent. Wash it down with a cup of Hong Kong-style milk tea. The popular beverage was influenced by British culture but is made with evaporated milk and sugar. Stop by any local cha chaan teng cafe and treat yourself. Lots of sets are available and you can opt for more simple flavours to suit your taste.

Shrimp paste

Souvenir: shrimp paste

The salty umami flavour of shrimp paste is the ideal way to enjoy an authentic taste of Hong Kong long after you return home. Families in some of Hong Kong’s fishing villages have been making shrimp paste for generations, meaning you can explore the great outdoors and pick up a jar or three at the same time.

Macao

Portuguese egg tarts

Recommended specialty: Portuguese egg tarts

Portuguese egg tarts in Macao are a delicious blend of silky custard nested in a flaky, crispy tart that is delicious but not oversweet. The slightly burnt puff pastry is the quintessential element, which wafts a delightful caramel scent, promising to give you a lasting impression.

grilled jerky

Souvenir: grilled jerky

Aromatic, charcoal grilled pork and beef jerky can be found on almost every street in Macao. Freshly roasted, there is a gratifying selection of different jerky flavours, such as honey, black pepper and mala (spicy and numbing). Take them home and reheat in an oven to elevate the experience!

Shenzhen

Shajing fresh oysters

Recommended specialty: Shajing fresh oysters

Shajing is renowned for being the home of oysters in Shenzhen. Back in the Song dynasty (1127–1279), people started to breed oysters, and the history of oyster farming has spanned a thousand years. Oysters in Shajing have snow white, succulent flesh with no impurities. Crispy fried, steamed with garlic or stir-fried with ginger and green onion, Shajing oysters taste fresh and delicious.

Dried oysters

Souvenirs: dried oysters and oyster sauce

Shajing sun-dried oysters are briny and full-flavoured, and semi-dried golden oysters are known for their sweet and refreshing taste. Sticking to the authentic recipe, oyster sauce made with oyster juice is the best condiment in the kitchen.

Zhuhai

Doumen double-shell crabs

Recommended specialty: Doumen double-shell crabs

Found in brackish water, double-shell crabs have chunky flesh and plentiful fat, which is suitable to be steamed or baked. As one of the four delicacies in Zhuhai, double-shell crabs are usually fattier than other types of crabs. Breeding double-shell crabs is not possible, and catching double-shell crabs is difficult due to their natural habitat. So, it’s not surprising to discover that double-shell crabs are a widely treasured indulgence.

sweet flaky egg rolls

Souvenir: sweet flaky egg rolls

Sweet flaky egg rolls in Zhuhai are made in the traditional way, by hand. Giving off the delectable egg scent, the egg rolls are crispy and crumbly. Apart from the original, you may also choose from an assortment of flavours like coconut milk, green onion, sesame and meat floss. You will definitely find one that pleases your taste buds!

Zhongshan

Shiqi baby pigeons

Recommended specialty: Shiqi baby pigeons

Refined culinary skills are often manifested in Zhongshan dishes. Amidst the great diversity of ingredients, Shiqi baby pigeons are the most celebrated specialty. Premium baby pigeons of 21 to 28 days old are hand-picked by veteran chefs. After undergoing processes of deep-frying or a combination of baking and roasting, baby pigeons are crisp and tender, giving you a rich and scrumptious culinary experience.

Shenwan pineapples

Souvenir: Shenwan pineapples

Shenwan pineapples are a specialty in Zhongshan due to their sweetness and lack of fibrousness. Shenwan pineapples can be dried or canned, both of which taste fresh and sweet, which make alluring treats for yourself and perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Guangzhou

Baiyun pig trotters

Recommended specialty: Baiyun pig trotters

Baiyun pig trotters are a famous traditional delicacy in Guangzhou. To make pig trotters, there is a particular cooking process. The key step requires trotters to be plunged into a bowl of ice water to enhance the crispiness of their skin. Served cold and mixed with a sweet vinegar sauce, it transforms into an unparalleled, mouth-watering appetiser that can be paired with beer or wine.

Pheonix cookies

Souvenir: Phoenix cookies

Phoenix cookies are one of the four most popular pastries in Guangdong. Made with pork, sugar, white sesame, melon seeds and olive seeds, the ingredients form a soft and fragrant filling. Together with the savoury and sweet taste, the nostalgic flavour takes you back in time.

Foshan

Crispy milk curd

Recommended specialty: fried milk

Not only is Shunde a place with exquisite gourmet food near Foshan in Guangdong Province, it has also been appointed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a Creative City of Gastronomy. Fried milk is an awesome local dish in Shunde. Velvety milk rectangles are deep-fried to golden brown perfection, juxtaposing crispiness and softness, making it a sweet delight with contrasting textures.

Daliang bengsha

Souvenir: Daliang bengsha (butterfly-shaped cookies)

Bengsha (butterfly-shaped cookies) is a traditional snack in Daliang, Shunde, which is made with flour, sugar, salt, fermented red bean curd and other ingredients. It is deep-fried to create a crunchy texture with a palatable aroma, and the motif of a golden butterfly makes it even more unique.

Huizhou

Braised pork with preserved vegetables

Recommended specialty: braised pork with preserved vegetables

Braised pork with preserved vegetables is representative of authentic Huizhou dishes due to its significant amount of oil and rich savoury flavour. Succulent but not greasy, the mellow pork blends with the refreshing preserved vegetables harmoniously, and what you need to complete the meal is just a bowl of rice.

Preserved vegetables

Souvenir: preserved vegetables

Huizhou is referred to as the ‘Hometown of Mei Cai’ (a kind of preserved vegetable) in China. Preserved vegetables produced by locals are golden in colour, with a pleasant fragrance and crunchy texture, and they are the most sought-after souvenir in Huizhou.

Dongguan

Houjie preserved sausages

Recommended specialty: Houjie preserved sausages

Guangdong people love preserved meat and Houjie preserved sausages are of superb quality. The sausages are petite in size and have an even distribution of fat and meat. As they are cured with fenjiu (a distilled spirit originated from Shanxi), the fragrances of meat and spirit fuse together after steaming. Nobody can possibly resist the temptation.

maltose pomelo peel

Souvenir: maltose pomelo peel

What makes maltose pomelo peel a specialty in Dongguan is the elaborate preparation procedures involved. After selecting high-quality pomelo peel, the peel must be sun-dried and soaked for a prolonged period of time to remove their bitterness. Then they are sliced into thin pieces and candied with maltose. No wonder the pomelo scent is so prominent with each bite, you will surely find it sweet and enticing.

Jiangmen

Enping rice flour noodles

Recommended specialty: Enping rice flour noodles

Rice flour noodles are the staple food of the people of Jiangmen. The rice fragrance is rich and the texture is smooth and chewy. Locals like to pair rice flour noodles with herbal pork bone broth or lotus root with pork bone broth, encapsulating the authentic culinary style of creating a ‘natural, delicate, intense and fresh’ flavour.

Xinhui Tangerine peel

Souvenirs: Xinhui tangerine peel and tangerine pu’er tea

Tangerine peel is a common food ingredient used among Guangdong people, which is good for your spleen and can regulate the flow of energy inside your body. It can be used to cook with meat, poultry and fish, and it is also a soothing ingredient in soup. In recent years, the much-celebrated tangerine pu’er tea is a wondrous concoction of Xinhui tangerine peel and Yunnan pu’er tea.

Zhaoqing

Tofu pudding

Recommended specialty: tofu pudding

Tofu pudding in Zhaoqing is made with spring water from Dinghu Mountain, creating a particularly soft and tender texture. When complemented with brown sugar, ginger juice or osmanthus syrup, the sweetness and silkiness of the dessert are further enhanced.

steamed sticky rice dumplings

Souvenir: steamed sticky rice dumplings

The large, steamed sticky rice dumplings in Zhaoqing contain lavish ingredients, including glutinous rice, mung beans, pork belly, salted egg yolks, chestnuts, dried mushrooms and dried scallops. Wrapped like a parcel in winter leaves, which can be found in abundance in Zhaoqing, their natural scent brings out the freshness of the ingredients.

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