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Hong Kong's best international fast food

Christopher DeWolf CNNGo.com 01/24/2011 01:18
Hong Kong's best international fast food - Hong Kong - dining - Fast Food

If anything unites the world’s population, it’s the shared love for a good greasy snack. McDonald’s might have globalized the hamburger, but it doesn’t have a monopoly on all fast food. Most countries have been cranking out their own heart attack specials for years. Here’s how you can eat your way through the world’s best fast food ... without leaving Hong Kong.


Where it’s from: Quebec.
What it is: Fries covered in gravy and cheese curds.

Poutine was invented in the late 1950s in the Canadian province of Quebec. (“Une poutine” means “a mess” in French.) It quickly became a fast food staple prized for its ability to soak up late-night alcohol.

Great poutine is all about freshness and balance. It is usually served in a shallow dish, the fries are crisp, the gravy is flavorful but not overwhelming, and the cheese curds will melt enough to become stringy while maintaining their naturally firm, squeaky texture.

Where you can get it: Plenty of Hong Kong burger joints have poutine on their menu, but -- horror of all horrors -- they use grated mozzarella instead of cheese curds. With only three ingredients, replacing one with a low-grade substitute is unthinkable.

Luckily, Canadian fast food chain New York Fries serves authentic poutine (HK$35) at its three Hong Kong locations, complete with real cheese curds and excellent, crispy fries.

Tsim Sha Tsui: Shop 2602, 2/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road.
Mongkok: Shop F1, 4/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street.
The Peak: Shop 1B, G/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road.

Pizza by the slice

Where it’s from: New York.
What it is: Wide, thin and foldable slice of pizza.

Italy gave us pizza, but New York took the concept and transformed it into portable street food. New York-style pizza has its origins in the wave of Italian immigration that took place just over 100 years ago. The first pizzeria opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905.

True New York pizza has a thin, hand-tossed crust topped with savory tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. It is usually served with a minimal amount of toppings -- pepperoni, mushrooms and anchovies are popular -- and a selection of condiments like garlic sauce and dried chili flakes.

Where you can get it: Paisano’s is the undisputed king of New York-style slices, with locations in Central and Sai Kung and rave reviews all around (HK$25). Longtime favorite Milano’s also sells pizza by the slice from its Lan Kwai Fong shop (HK$30). Quarry Bay’s New York Pizza Delivery, meanwhile, serves good New York-style pizza but no takeaway slices -- at least, not yet.

Paisano’s Central: 9 Lyndhurst Terrace. Tel:+852 2544 4445.
Paisano’s Sai Kung: 27 Chan Man Street. Tel: +852 2791 4445.
Milano’s: 7 Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Tel: +852 2537 6884.
New York Pizza Delivery: 15 Finnie Street, Quarry Bay. Tel: +852 2668 6973.

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