Hong Kong Food Analysis

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Hong Kong is an international city with well-developed tourism industry. The research conducted by Kivela and Crotts (2006) showed that 21% of the respondents were travelling to Hong Kong for the food. This implies that food is one of the prime attributes for the prosperity of Hong Kong tourism. In this essay, the cuisines that Hong Kong are offering now would be analyzed, followed by the new directions for Hong Kong to make further improvement and ways to promote Hong Kong as a gourmet city. Hong Kong is now offering both local and international cuisines, which fit the economic considerations of different tourists. Besides, the quality of foods available in Hong Kong is high (Hsu &Song, 2013). Hong Kong is now offering local flavours like…show more content…
Mak, Lumbers, Eves and Chang (2012) proposed that factors including availability and convenience would influence tourist food consumption. As mentioned, Hong Kong’s cuisines are of wide varieties, but the choices for vegan are not sufficient due to less prevalence of vegetarianism. The vegetarian population in different countries is growing rapidly, for example, about 10% of the Taiwanese, 10% of the Swedish and 12% of the Italian are vegan. This implies that the demand of vegetarian dishes is increasing. For the vegetarian tourists, they may worry whether safe, edible, and palatable cuisines are available or not (Cohen & Avieli, 2004). Taiwan, one of the vegetarian friendly cities, has over 6000 vegetarian restaurants. In Hong Kong, tourists can try Buddhist fare serving vegetarian dishes at temples, but other choices are limited. In order to be more compatible, Hong Kong should echo the demand of vegetarian dishes by establishing more vegetarian restaurants and creating stylish dishes. Apart from current offerings, Hong Kong can also offer night markets selling local food. There are many famous night markets in Taiwan, Bangkok and Malaysia offering typical snacks that are appealing to tourists. Hong Kong also has many hawkers who sell unique and delicious snacks like fish balls, roasted squid and cook to order…show more content…
In recent years, Japan’s Washoku and Korea’s kimchi had been recorded on the list of Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Hong Kong also has the experience in applying for intangible cultural heritage. To further establish Hong Kong’s image as gourmet city, more exclusive dishes, food production techniques and dinning culture like big bowl feast, egg waffle and shrimp paste production, can apply for intangible cultural heritage subjects. This can awaken global tourists’ interest in Hong Kong and they may want to discover more delicacies of Hong

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