Literally translated, Hong Kong means “fragrant harbor,” because the city once was a port where fragrant wood products and incense were traded. After becoming a British Crown Colony in 1842, Hong Kong was briefly occupied by the Japanese (1941 – 1945) and finally returned to China in 1997, a history that has made it one of the most diverse food culture cities in the world. Often described as a gourmet paradise, wonderful food can be found from street vendors to upscale eateries. Where to start? For a local experience, a good bet is at a cha chaan teng, which literally means “tea restaurant.” Known for their affordable menus and quick service, these eateries showcase the fusion of Hong Kong and Western food cultures. And if you’re visiting Hong Kong, you simply can’t miss dim sum and Cantonese BBQ.