As part of the "Taste of Asia" Food, Culture and Tourism Themed Day during the Chengdu Panda Asian Food Festival (CPAFF), the "Taste of Hong Kong KONG Authentic Food" Hong Kong Day took place at the Rose Restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong, Chengdu, on the afternoon of May 19.
Authentic Hong Kong-style snacks, such as milk tea, egg waffle, pineapple bun with butter and curry fish balls, were popular with Chengdu citizens.
Mr. Chen Ziping, who has been making milk tea in Hong Kong for nearly 30 years and won the International Kam Cha (Hong Kong Milk Tea) Competition 2016, came to Chengdu for the first time to make the authentic Hong Kong-style milk tea for people in the city. It's said that a cup of Kam Cha made by Mr. Chen costs up to 88 Hong Kong dollars.
During his stay here in Chengdu, he took a moment to drink a cup of Chengdu tea and experienced the local tea culture in a traditional tea house.
In Mr. Chen's view, the Hong Kong milk tea features rich and diversified flavors, while the Chengdu tea is fresh with a delightful sweet after-taste. Both are tasty and popular with their own unique flavors, just like the distinctive cultures of their own.
Food plays an important role in promoting cultural exchanges between different places.
"This event does not only offer the people a satisfaction of their taste buds, but an impressive experience of cultural exchange. Without any exaggeration, when you have a bite of the local food of a city, you'll have an immediate understanding of its culture," said Mr. Jiang Bin, Director of Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the Chengdu Municipal People's Government, when sharing his opinion about food culture and cultural exchange.