Slideshow: Snapshots from Hong Kong: My 10 Favorite Bites

Roast Goose Leg from Yat Lok
Roast Goose Leg from Yat Lok

This isn't just my favorite bite from my trip; it's my favorite of the year. Something about that thick layer of crisp, meltingly fatty skin coated in a sweet and salty glaze did funny things to my brain, an effect I call "valium rainbows."

Yat Lok review »

Yat Lok: G/F, 28 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong (map); 2524 3882; OpenRice listing
Original location: G/F, Block A, Po Wah Building, 5 Tai Ming Lane, Tai Po (map); 2656 4732

Char Siu from Yat Lok
Char Siu from Yat Lok

Another gold star for Yat Lok. Their supremely tender, moist roast pork is the best char siu I've ever had. The accompanying ginger scallion sauce makes it even better.

Yat Lok review »

Yat Lok: G/F, 28 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong (map); 2524 3882; OpenRice listing
Original location: G/F, Block A, Po Wah Building, 5 Tai Ming Lane, Tai Po (map); 2656 4732

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3" Fried Eggs With Hokkaido 3.6 Milk Sandwich from Hokkaido Dairy Farm Milk Restaurant

Hokkaido Dairy Milk Farm Restaurant makes the egg sandwich of my dreams. They take the standard cha chaan teng staple of an egg sandwich on white bread and hulk it up with a fat pile of fluffy, folded omelette hugged between two slices of thick white toast.

Hokkaido Dairy Farm Milk Restaurant review »

Hokkaido Dairy Farm Milk Restaurant: Multiple locations listed at OpenRice

Salted Egg Yolk-coated Long Beans and Minced Pork from Ngau Kee
Salted Egg Yolk-coated Long Beans and Minced Pork from Ngau Kee

Salted, cured egg yolk is the magic fairy dust that makes everything taste better. That's what I learned after eating this dish of stir fried long beans and chunks of minced pork coated in salty yolk flecks.

Sadly, this restaurant also closed last year. If anyone can recommend another restaurant that serves this dish, do tell.

Ngau Kee review »

Triple-Sauced Rice Noodle Rolls
Triple-Sauced Rice Noodle Rolls

I want more of this in my life: soft and springy, tightly coiled rice noodle rolls doused in soy sauce, sesame sauce, and hoisin sauce, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. I first tried this common snack at a popular food stand in Sai Kung.

Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup from Mak's Noodle
Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup from Mak's Noodle

Mak's Noodle is one of Hong Kong's most famous restaurants for wonton noodle soup—hell, they have their own Wikipedia page. Whether it still deserves the fame seems to be up for debate. From the reviews I read, people complain that for being more expensive than other wonton noodle joints, it's not necessarily better, and the portion sizes are smaller than average. As someone who is a total wonton noodle soup n00b, I thought it was great (I'd say more if I had taken any notes). Another plus: it was open when I visited during Chinese New Year, a time when many restaurants are (deservedly) closed, although they do add a 10 percent service fee during the holiday.

Mak's Noodle: Multiple locations listed at OpenRice

Deep Fried Lotus Root and Fish Cake Patties from Tim Ho Wan
Deep Fried Lotus Root and Fish Cake Patties from Tim Ho Wan

This is listed on the menu as "deep fried lotus dumpling stuffed with fish meat," which, while not inaccurate, wouldn't make me expect what it actually is: fried patties of fish cake studded with bits of mushroom, pork, and crisp lotus root and chestnut. They may not look like much, but they tasted surprisingly light, crisp, and clean in a way deep fried foods rarely achieve.

Tim Ho Wan review »

Tim Ho Wan: Multiple locations listed at OpenRice

Fried Fish Skin from Sun King Kee Noodle
Fried Fish Skin from Sun King Kee Noodle

Deep fry cornstarch-coated fish skin and you get these gnarled, thick, robustly crunchy fish skin chips. This Teochew-style dish is like the seafood version of pork rinds, and that's a beautiful thing. Dip in the accompanying bowl of broth, pop in mouth, repeat.

The main reason to visit Sun King Kee Noodle is for their famous handmade fish cakes and chili oil, but don't leave out the fried fish skins.

Sun King Kee Noodle: 7 Gage St, Central, Hong Kong‎ (map); 852 2541 6647; OpenRice listing