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Suggest food/snacks to bring from HK to Canada?

Hi everyone, I've got some HK relatives coming to Canada (Toronto specifically) in August. They have asked if they can bring anything over from Hong Kong. I must be very uncreative, because I can't think of anything they could bring.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Things that I can't get in Toronto, tasty snacks, yummy treats, and the like? Or non-edibles - cooking implements or dishware, for example.

They will probably bring the more usual things like dried mushrooms, etc. already, so I don't need to consider stuff like that.

Note that I won't be seeing them right away when they get to Canada - it will be around 5 days before we actually meet up - so anything perishable would have to wait until I make my own trip to HK, hopefully someday soon...

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