12 November 2013

Hong Kong Taxi Rice

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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  1. This reminds me of Singapore Chicken Rice, SCR, a chicken rice franchise that is pretty popular over here at my place. Unlike what's suggested by its name, the company was established in Malaysia, and offers menu items that are typical to Malaysians, instead of special ones from Singapore. ^^

    1. Haha it's funny when the name does not truly represent the true origin of the dish, and it seems to be quite common too ^^;

      But I suppose most people don't really mind it that much as long as the dish is good and is popular.


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