12 November 2013
Hong Kong Taxi Rice
Hong Kong cuisine restaurants in Japan have a dish called Taxi Rice (タクシー飯). Sounds and looks genuine in a way, but it's never known in Hong Kong. What is this exactly?
According to online descriptions, the so-called Taxi Rice is named after Hong Kong's taxi drivers, who want a quick fried rice dish to be prepared and be eaten quickly so they can get back on with their work.
It seems to be fried rice with nian gao, shrimp, vegetables all mixed together with heavy use of thick sauce.
Just like Yang Chow fried rice does not originate in Yangzhou, or that Singapore-style noodles (星洲炒米) does not come from Singapore, together with a few other dishes whose name do not match their actual place of origin.
The dish does seem to be faitly popular in Japan, and it makes appearance in several chain restaurants. Prices are tagged between 700 to 900 Yen. It may be interesting to try it and see how foreigners think of Hong Kong dishes as a Hongkonger myself. :P
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