THE FISH­BALL AN­THEM

HK Magazine - - COVER STORY -

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.

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