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05/30/2013 12:22 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2013

Chinese Foods to Try in Hong Kong

I'll say it: Chinese food scares me. Chinese food, with its heavy sauces, mystery meats, and difficult-to-pronounce names makes me uneasy. I lived in Hong Kong for two years and shied away from it -- I'm just a grilled cheese and scrambled egg kinda girl. However, on my most recent trip to HK I sampled some Chinese cuisine that is making me think I should change my mind.

I'm not quite brave enough to try the scads of restaurants and stands located in the maze of Hong Kong's alleys, so decided that a fine dining experience at The Above & Beyond restaurant was probably my best bet for a foray into Cantonese cuisine. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, on the 28th floor of the Hotel Icon, the setting is non-threatening enough for a squeamish and picky eater like myself to feel comfortable.

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A picture diary of what I had:

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I began with dim sum, which is always a great choice when you don't want to commit to just one thing.

Crispy Taro Cakes with Whole Abalone 

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Steamed Truffle Dumplings with Mixed Fungus

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Crispy Shrimps Rice Flour Roll

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Next up, the main dishes.

Hot and Sour Soup with Scallops

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Barbecued Suckling Pig and Honey-glazed Barbecued Kagoshima Pork

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Crispy-fried Sweet and Sour Pork with Red Wine Vinegar

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Dessert topped off an already decadent meal.

Citron Honey-coated Crispy Egg Twists

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Wolfberry and White Sesame Ice Cream

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Hungry yet? I was stuffed after such a feast. With the exception of the crispy egg twists, I liked everything, which shocked me since I'm not good with trying new foods, especially if they're foreign.

Are you a fan of Chinese food? Are you a picky eater when you travel?

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