Curry Fish Balls

Hong Kong Travel Guides / October 13, 2016
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Curry fish balls best represent Hong Kong’s street food – they’re very flavorsome, can be easily consumed while leisurely walking HK’s streets, can practically be found everywhere in the city, AND are very cheap.

A skewer of 5-6 balls usually costs around HK$5 – 7 ($0.64-$0.90). HK locals have been enjoying this street snack for so many decades already. Unlike other food fads, the curry fish balls are here and are meant to stay.

These golden balls of fish are deep-fried in hot oil and then boiled in a delicious and spicy curry sauce, so expect a mild kick once you pop a ball in your mouth. There is also a cheap thrill one gets from skewering the fish balls from the cauldron yourself, so don’t hesitate to ask the vendor.

Accompany this delightful snack with a cold and refreshing cup of coconut juice and the pair will just perfectly hit the spot.

Here are the best places to get those classic curry fish balls.

  • KAI KEI SNACKS
    For satisfying your cravings of different street food
    What to order: Curry fish balls, Stinky tofu, Beef offals, Fried Octopus Tentacles
    Price range: HK$8 - $30 ($1.03 to $3.87)
    When: 12:00 - 00:00 daily
    Where: 41 Dundas Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
  • WELCOME FOOD COURT
    For big golden fish balls that have real fish in them
    What to order: Curry fish balls, Pepper salt fish balls, Satay fish balls, Mango iced drink
    Price range: HK$15 - $40 ($1.92 to $5.11)
    When: Morning until evening, daily
    Where: 150 San Hing Back Street, Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong
  • TUNG TAT FOOD SHOP
    For a lot of street food choices at very affordable prices
    What to order: Curry fish balls, Rice balls, Fish soup, Dumplings
    Price range: HK$15 - $25 ($1.92 to $3.20)
    When: 07:00 - 21:00 daily
    Where: Ground floor, 172 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
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