Hong Kong 2013 – 7 Days & 21 ShotsNovember 20, 2013 | 4,557 views
#1 – A-Ma Temple @ Macau – A little prayer goes a long way sometimes.
Hello there hungry ones. Been a week since I last updated this space. I embarked on a 7 days glutton adventure to Hong Kong and Macau; a timely escapade from the manic pace of work. Plus, the cool weather (an average of 18 min – 24 max degrees Celcius) in Hong Kong made all the walking so much more bearable, as compared to the previous trips in 2008 and 2011.
As a start to the Hong Kong 2013 story, let this teaser post with 21 shots ignite your passion to travel and eat. You ready for the ride?
#2 – Breads, breads and more Breads all day. Clockwise from top left : Scrambled eggs with black truffles from Capital Cafe, Hot Cross Bun from Hong Lin Restaurant, “Nai Yau Zhu Zhai Bao” from Tsui Wah and the best Po Lo Bun from Kam Wah Cafe.
#3 – A small bowl of highly-acclaimed Wanton Noodles from Mak’s Noodles; one that has garnered so much accolades and attention, even Anthony Bourdain endorsed this humble bowl of noodle soup with dumplings.
#4 – Cheese platter from Caprice @ Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong – My first 3 Michelin Star experience; dining with a fantastic harbour view
#5 – Australian Wagyu Burger from BLT Burger, with Waffle Fries and fabulous milk shake @ Harbour City
#6 – Camwhore galore; a joyful camaraderie in the air at Central on a beautiful Sunday morning – focusing on pleas to rescue and adopt stray dogs
#7 – Four Seasons Claypot Rice @ Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei – After a failed Sheung Wan’s Kwan Kee claypot rice hunt (it was closed on a Sunday)
#8 – Last of the Graham Street “Dai Pai Dong” – A heart-wrenching chapter on the inevitable demolition of the street’s wet market and food stalls
#9 – Hong Kong Museum of History @ Tsim Sha Tsui – If you can spare HKD10 (about RM4.20/USD1.40), then 2 hours at this place will reveal so much more about Hong Kong than you could ever expect
#10 – Pricey indulgence – Macarons from Laduree @ Harbour City; definitely a cut above the rest
#11 – Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery @ Diamond Hill – Just when you have almost given up hope on fresh air and tranquility in the city on steroids
#12 – The Community Chest of Hong Kong donation drive – Remember the times when you watched TVB dramas depicting kids asking the characters to buy ‘mini flags’?
#13 – Another hole-in-the-wall establishment serving delectable dim sum at very reasonable price (remember Tim Ho Wan; the 1 Michelin star wonder?); One Dim Sum has a strong following of their own too. 45 minutes wait for a seat.
#14 – A sure fire pleaser of a way to start the day; crispy yau char kwai (you tiao/Chinese crullers) with warm soya bean milk @ Seaview Food Shop/Hoi Keng
#15 – Sun Kee Noodles @ Champagne Court, Tsim Sha Tsui – Not for the unadventurous, the cheese noodles with pork cheek here draws crowd from the lowly peasants (like yours truly) to celebrities (as pasted on their seasoned walls)
#16 – Tai Ping Koon – A stalwart of a half century’s old brand, TPK specializes in roasted pigeon, Swiss chicken wings and giant souffle.
#17 – Teakha @ Sheung Wan – Standing around like vultures waiting for a seat, crouched on the back alley and spending quality time with loved ones, the HK folks really do enjoy their tea time on weekends.
#18 – Street Food from in and around Mong Kok – Egg waffles, curry fish balls, stinky beancurd and crispy battered calamari
#19 – Avenue of COMIC Stars @ Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui – More than a dozen of comic heroes statues on display, you won’t want to miss this
#20 – Yuen Long – A town famous for Hang Heung Wife Cakes (Lou Por Peng) and Tai Wing Wah Restaurant (Hugo Leong/Tou Tou – famous chef-cum-TV personality’s venture), this was surprisingly not that far from Kowloon.
#21 – Merry Christmas way in advance; Harbour City displays various Disney characters for photography opportunities near to Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui
*As this was a purely eat-and-shop escapade, the only excursion out of Hong Kong was Macau for a night. Initial plans of visiting Lamma Island and Cheung Chau went awry, no thanks to the extensive list of must-eats and intention to restore balance to my inner peace.
*More Hong Kong chapters to follow in the coming weeks; which may well lead us to the new year, depending on my speed of writing and work commitment.
*Meanwhile, enjoy the >30 food reviews in the Hong Kong & Macau 2011 chapters