Fried Chestnuts

Hong Kong Travel Guides / October 13, 2016
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This famous side street snack is downright simple, basic and great-tasting. These nuts are probably the healthiest, too. Best of all, you can enjoy them anytime of the year in Hong Kong.

You would see a lot of hawkers peddling their carts of chestnuts in the city. Their enticing aroma reminds you of Christmas and winter, the perfect time to reward yourselves with this treat.

They’re best eaten when they have just been scooped out from their hot cauldrons. Pair it with a cup of hot chocolate and an instant whiff of nostalgia awaits you.

At HK$25.44 ($3.28) per kilogram, it is advised that you buy a bulk of these nuts since it would be difficult to stop oneself from munching on them.

Here are the best places to get fried chestnuts in Hong Kong.

  • FROM HAWKERS PEDDLING FRIED CHESTNUTS
    For freshly-cooked fried chestnuts
    What to order: Fried chestnuts
    Price range: HK$25.45 to $36 ($3.28 to $4.64)
    When: Morning until evening, daily
    Where: Almost every street market in Hong Kong
  • TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET
    For a multitude of street food choices
    What to order: Fried chestnuts, Fish balls, Egg waffles, Dumplings
    Price range: HK$10 to HK$35 ($1.29 to $4.51)
    When: 14:00 until the wee hours, daily
    Where: Between Jordan Road and Kansu Road, Hong Kong
  • CHESTNUT CARTS ALONG SHANTUNG STREET
    For a serving of cheap and no-frills, exceptional fried chestnuts
    What to order: Fried chestnuts
    Price range: Below HK$40 ($5.11)
    When: Morning until evening, daily
    Where: Shantung Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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