Snack attack – Asian style

It is a bit of an understatement to say that the snacks over here are ‘different’. You get all kind of ‘exotic’ products and flavors that you would never find over in the west because it just wouldn’t do well on the market.

For example, take a look at these, on sale at my local supermarket down the road…

The ever popular seaweed flavour
Dried fish strands — very fishy! And kind of chewy
Black sesame cookies — sesame is in a lot of baked goods
BORSCH potato chips? Where they get that idea from?
Mmm! Bite sized whole crabs! Yummy!
Soy beans….. healthy?

And last but not least, the quintessential Hong Kong snack and a major ingredient in many different types of meals here, from bread to dumplings to pastries — PORK FLOSS. What is pork floss, you may be asking? No, it’s not meat flavored dental floss for your teeth. It is a dried pork product that has been stewed, teased apart, and then dried until it becomes light and fluffy. It is kind of like beef jerky, except soft. They make pork floss into all kinds of snacks, like the one below, or put it on top of all kinds of freshly cooked food. You can read more about pork floss here.

Pork floss rolls

So what do you think? Which one of these would you want to try (or avoid)?

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Carla says:

    Okay the borsch baffles me but I can get over the bite sized crabs… You must have worked som VERY intense shifts to be supplying the market like that Yam… Bravo! 😀


  2. Katie says:

    Those crab things look tasty. Aren’t they kind of hard to eat?

  3. Eileen says:

    I think I might loose weight there. Do they have chocolate? If so, that’d be my pick of snacks.

  4. the_travelling_trini says:

    Oh yes, you can get everything in HK… these are just the ‘local’ snacks! Or, at least from this part of Asia. Thankfully all the foreign brands are available from all over the world. Huge expat population here.

  5. Meghan says:

    I’ve had those exact pork stick thingies. My work has a tradition that you bring back some sort of food for the office if you’ve gone away. Someone brought those back from Thailand. I tried one. It was gross! And I’m pretty open to most things 🙂

  6. guts80 says:

    I love all these snacks. Actually most of them aren’t native to HK but are sourced from japan/thailand/south east asia in general (both production and brand)

  7. DEO says:

    Strange ))) Borshch – Ukrainian traditional soup, but Chips ))) so strange!! 🙂

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