Meeting business clients in a foreign city is challenging enough. But there's a whole new level of stress before you head home, as you look for suitable souvenirs for colleagues and loved ones. Instead of scanning the tourist shops, try looking for some tasty treats to bring back. Nothing is as crowd-pleasing or pragmatic. To save you time, we've found edible souvenirs that are both delicious and distinguished in 11 popular business destinations. Just be sure to check your country's guidance about importing fruit, vegetable or animal-based foods.
Hong Kong: Crispy egg rolls
A box of Duck Shing Ho (64 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong; +852 2570 5529) crispy egg rolls -- imagine cookies flattened into paper-thin sheets and rolled up into a layered tube -- could be the hardest-to-get souvenir in Hong Kong. The 70-year-old store sells egg rolls so popular that queues snake out of the door and people often settle for a bag of leftover crumbs (for HK$10/$1.3) when they're sold out. Those in the know get there well before the 9 a.m. opening. A slightly easier alternative are the egg rolls from To Kwa Wan Wun Kee (38 Mok Cheong Street, Ma Tau Wai, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong). The small family business is the only bakery that still grills egg rolls over an open fire. It produces about 30 boxes of egg rolls each day. Ztore, an online grocery that stocks many independent local food and beverage brands, also sells crispy egg rolls from Wun Kee and a few other local bakeries.
Dubai: Camel-milk chocolate
Lauded for its supposed immune system-boosting ability, camel milk has been a prized ingredient in Dubai for a wide range of products from camel-milk skin-care products to camel-milk coffee. Business travelers can easily pick up a box of camel-milk chocolate when visiting the city from the airport. Or head to The Majlis Dubai (The Souk, Dubai Mall, Dubai; +971 56 287 1522), the city's first camel-milk café. It's a great place to buy some confectioneries while you sip on the actual milk.
Berlin: Ampelmann gummi candy
This fruity confectionery may not be the showiest souvenir, but it combines two famous icons -- gummi candy and Ampelmann, the hat-wearing East German pedestrian traffic signal from the days when Berlin was divided in two. Outlasting the city's communist regime, Ampelmann remains a mascot of Berlin. You can find Ampelmann-shaped gummi candy in souvenir shops as well as Ampelmann Berlin Souvenir Shop (Hackesche Höfe, Hof 5, Berlin; +49 30 44726438), which is dedicated to the traffic light figure.
Tokyo: Tokyo Banana
Japan has mastered the art of inventing must-buy regional souvenirs. A pack of matcha Kit Kats or Shiroi Koibito sand cookies (originally from Hokkaido, Japan) will certainly be loved. But for one of the city's most iconic souvenir sweets, get Tokyo Banana. Tokyo Banana is a light and fluffy banana-shaped sponge cake with a banana custard cream filling. Different flavors are printed with different patterns on the sponge cake. The banana caramel custard cream flavor features a giraffe pattern. Tokyo Sky Tree (1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045) sells a limited edition of leopard print cake with chocolate banana cream filling. Most souvenir stores in the city stock Tokyo Banana.
Like its patisserie sister macaron, the éclair -- a tube of choux pastry filled and topped with different flavored jam and cream -- is a staple of Paris. In a land full of macaron shops, it may be worth the extra trouble to travel home with a box of Parisian éclairs instead. L'Eclair de Genie and Fauchon are two of the most popular brands.
New York: Tate's Cookies
If there is a model example of chocolate-chip cookies in the world, it might be those from Tate's Bake Shop. Voted the best cookie in the United States multiple times, Tate's chocolate-chip cookies strike a perfect balance of flavor and crunchiness. There are also gluten-free options. If you can't make it to Southampton, there are stockists throughout the U.S. and Canada. Tate's Bake Shop, 43 North Sea Road, Southampton, New York 11968; +1 631-283-9830.
Bangkok: Dried durians
Regarded as the king of fruit, durian is a prized gourmet item, especially in Asia. Locals love its spikey appearance, custardy texture and pungent smell. Inexperienced eaters, on the other hand, may find durian intimidating. Less offensive than the fresh fruit but still fantastically pungent, dried durians can be a less risky alternative.
Singapore: Pork jerky
Meatier, chewier and more comforting than any chips, jerky is a reliable crowd-pleaser for coworkers (as long as they aren't vegetarians). The addictive snack is made of sliced meat flavored with sweet and savory seasonings -- including fish sauce, sugar -- roasted over charcoal and flipped constantly to maintain the perfect flavor and juiciness. Lim Chee Guan (203 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059429) stocks preservative-free jerky made from a wide range of meat -- from chicken to fish to prawns. For their signature jerky, try the pork slices.
London: Tea and chocolate matches
A gift hamper from Fortnum & Mason is a solid if unsurprising choice from London. But We Built This City (56B Carnaby Street, London W1F 9QF) is a well-curated London souvenir store stocking everything from London-inspired designs by young UK designers and artists to century-old brands. Visitors can go for a box of retro-packaged Earl Grey dark chocolate matches from Mr. Stanley's -- a English confectionery brand dating back to 1843 -- and pair it with tea bags in a caddy featuring London scenes painted by Paul Thurlby, an award-winning London illustrator.
It's no secret that the Netherlands boasts an amazing selection of cheese. Amsterdam Cheese Museum (Prinsengracht 112, 1015 EA Amsterdam; +31 20 3316605) is a small shop with a wide range of cheeses just a stone's throw away from the Anne Frank House. There are also free cheese-tasting sessions and a small exhibition in the shop. Gouda and Edam are classics. Old Amsterdam cheese and truffle cheese are another two to be savored.
Taipei: Fresh fruit
Pineapple cakes may be one of the most popular Taipei souvenirs. But the actual pineapples may be even better. Taiwan is known for cultivating high-quality fruits -- from guava to mangoes to wax apples. Tainung No. 17, commonly known as the Golden Diamond Pineapple, is the most popular breed developed in Taiwan. It's thin-skinned, sweet and juicy. Fruit is often sold in boxes at most of the night markets, making it easy to transport. Binjiang Market (256 Datong Street, Datong District, Taipei) and Feicuilu Fresh Fruit Market (140 Chengde Road Section 4, Shilin District, Taipei) are two popular destinations for a fruity shopping spree.
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