Pork & Century Egg Congee & Fried Dough Sticks

Pork & Century Egg Congee & Fried Dough Sticks is an everyday traditional Chinese breakfast food. Fried Dough Sticks, also known as Youtiao, are one of the most versatile and widely-consumed Chinese food. Aside from pork and century egg congee, youtiao are normally served with hot soy milk. With a long history behind the dish, this is a must-have breakfast for all foreigners who want to experience Chinese culture.

Every restaurant in Hong Kong serves this dish during breakfast hours in the morning. Apart from traditional Chinese restaurant, in Hong Kong, there are more and more restaurants specifying congee and Chinese noodles such as Super Super Congee and Noodles, Congee One and Kwong Yee. While it is a common dish for all of us, the ingredients of the dish including salt, rice, oil and century egg, nevertheless have gone through multiple processes in the food network. In the following, secret story of each ingredient will be unlocked from production, distribution to consumption.

Global Map

Even it is a traditional Chinese style breakfast, the ingredients nevertheless come from every corner of the world. Rice mainly comes from USA, China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Australia. Century eggs mainly come from Hubei and JiangXi in China. Moreover, salt mainly comes from USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Spain, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. In addition, oil mainly comes from Italy, India, Qingdao and Shandong in China, Malaysia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Greece and Spain.

Ingredients

Oil

Fried food is crispy and appealing. To prepare fried food, cooking oil is needed to cook the food as a media with a temperature reaches at least 160°C. With the principle of tracing the origin of cooking oil for deep frying, studies is kicked off. The studies can be...

Century eggs

Century egg, or pidan, is a traditional Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserved duck eggs. It is made with a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime and rice hulls for several weeks to several months. The century egg has over five centuries of history which can be...

Salt

Throughout the thousands of years of human’s history, salt has been playing an irreplaceable role especially in terms of food preservation. Even nowadays, we still hugely depend on salt in cooking, processing food and preserving food. Hong Kong used to produce salt in...

Rice

Rice is deeply embedded in Chinese food culture. It is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world's human population, especially in Asia. Hong Kong yearly consumption of rice was 322,800 tonnes which rice-imports act as the main source of rice...