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Feb 27, 2008 06:18 PM

Americans: What do crave when you've been living in Hong Kong for a long time?

A good buddy of mine has been living in HK for the past several years and is coming to visit me in NYC. I've promised to make him a homemade meal. What are the kinds of American (including South / Central American) meals you crave and have a hard time getting abroad?

Good mac & cheese? Cider glazed pork chops?

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  1. i'd probably ask him .... americans from different areas crave different things....

    for me? Mexican food ... guacamole .... beef hot dogs (BEEF not chicken....)
    brownies .... choc chip cookies ....
    mexican food
    mexican food
    more mexican food.
    potato salad.

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    1. re: Hot Chocolate

      Thanks for the suggestions, Hot Chocolate. I'm thinking of going Mexican (or at least S. American), as well.

      (btw, I can't ask b/c it's supposed to be a surprise!)

    2. italian. really, really good italian. i love hk. go there every year to tune up my taste buds. we're off to rome in a few days. one of our houseguests is a hk denizen. deb and i will be buying produce daily on the campo de' fiori. it's all good.

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      1. re: steve h.

        HK has some of the best Italian restaurants in the world.

        1. re: PeterL

          howdy peterl,
          this is an oft-repeated myth. simply not true.

          1. re: PeterL

            They're not Italian-American, though. There is simply no good Ital-Am food in HK.

            Milk products are not practical to carry, but they're what is hard to get in good quality in HK.

        2. Same here as Hot Chocolate. Whenever I go to the US, it is Mexican, Mexican, Mexican. HK has very good selection of food but Mexican is the most lacking. The other food I miss is Philly cheesesteak but you can only get a good one in Philly.

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          1. re: HKTraveler

            yeah philly cheesesteak. i went to school and philly, and IMHO the best one in the world is jim's on south street. they chop up their beef with onions. and they use provolone cheese instead of cheese whiz. not nearly as sloppy, and better flavor.


          2. Thanks for all the suggestions, so far! Just curious: Where are you from in the US?

            1. I lived in the Philippines for years. One could get decent Japanese, Chinese, and Italian there. Agree--Mexican! Followed by Middle-Eastern, Armenian, Basque, Thai, French...

              Mexican beats any- everything in South America.