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Blog: Self-proclaimed foodie

Erica Chung, an undergraduate student in the McCombs School of Business, blogs about her experiences while studying abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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Blog post from McCombs BBA Study Abroad Students Blog.

I am a self-proclaimed foodie. In Austin, I unofficially started a dinner club to try different restaurants in Austin. Why would that change in Asia? Everyone, I share with you all my favorite delicious, mouthwatering, food from Hong Kong (HK) and my trips in Asia. I hope you’re not on an empty stomach, we are going to take a journey into the adventures of my mouth.

Hong Kong:
I’ve read somewhere that Hong Kong is actually the No. 7 place in the world to find good eats. This is so true, there is so much good stuff to find in Hong Kong that I actually gained 5 lbs my first month abroad — eek! Freshman 15 all over again. They have a diverse range of foods and you can get anything from Italian to Korean to Russian. I chose to focus on Cantonese dishes and HK specific foods. Dim Sum is a Cantonese delicacy, street food (pig intestine, stinky tofu), Fried noodles and won ton soup. When the weather is cold, roasted chestnuts and yams pop up all over the streets.

Taiwan is known for their obsession with cuteness and Hello Kitty — Food is made in her honor! The entire shop was everything Hello Kitty that you could imagine. They are also big on night markets which we prowled in the evening in their two largest ones — Shi Lin and Shi Da.

I got to meet up with Nancy (also from UT on exchange in Singapore) when I went to Singapore. We went to 328, which on Food Network was proclaimed the best “Laksa” in all of Singpore. It did not disappoint, but I especially loved the street food on a stick (carrot cake was my favorite) and ice cream wafers.

Snack foods are a common thing along the streets of Asia, so I wouldn’t expect anything less from mainland China. It started getting cold but I surely warmed up with all the delicious, yet spicy snack foods of the Sichuan province. You get to pick what you want and they cook it right in front of you. I still feel the tingle of the spices in my nose.

I was lucky to have met up with a friend in the Philippines that I new from high school. He brought us to a local restaurant and ordered authentic Filipino food for us! Overall, the food was incredibly delicious. I inferred that Filipinos like their food salty! My favorite dish was the panang chicken and leche flan, of course.