THE FISHBALL ANTHEM
With fishballs having conquered the city’s culinary, economic, cultural and political identity, there’s only one way to go: We need a new anthem, a new symbol of our fishball city. Fishballs Forever! May the sun never set on this curry-sauced empire!
Fishballs, fishballs, ever glorious
Sign of Hong Kong’s will and might! Dipped in curry, served with noodles Sold by hawkers in the twilight!
Please don’t take our fishballs from us Or we’ll hit the streets tonight…
Yu daan man sui! Fishballs Forever!
A Fishball Mountain
How much do Hong Kong people love fishballs? In a 2002 study by fishball maker Four Seas Fishballs Company, Hongkongers were estimated to consume 55 tons of fishballs daily—that’s around 3.75 million individual balls. Taking population growth into account, in 2016 we’re eating approximately 4 million fishballs per day— over 1.4 BILLION per year. If that isn’t love, we don’t know what is.