Apologies for the wide time gap between this post and my part 2 post. I have been busy and have no mood to blog especially after work. However, in order not to keep anybody waiting for this post on Hong Kong, I shall pull up my socks and finish my last 2 parts within these few days!
This post would be relatively short as it would be about the food I had to fill my large stomach as well as shopping centres or places you should head to in Hong Kong.
Just some random photos I took in Hong Kong
Okay, now lets talk about food!
Cha Chan Teng
Visiting Cha Chan Teng (1950s – 1960s Western/Chinese style coffe shopp) is definitely a must for me as I had bascially grew up in Hong Kong having my favourite french toast whenever I could.
Beside the french toast, some of my favourite would be the hot lemon coke or hot ginger coke, as well as the Macau style pork fillet burger. Yum…
To find the best Cha Chan Teng in Hong Kong, please try not to go to those that are beautifully decorated and completely air conditioned “cafes. Most of the time, they are over-priced. To find the best, you have to go those located along the the streets or alleys. Just a warning, they will not be the most hygenic restaurants. It is best to sterialize your own utensils with their hot water provided. This has been a custom in Hong Kong now eversince the SARS outbreak in 2003.
If you want to have a taste of Cha Chan Teng in Singapore, I recommend Kim Gary Restaurant at Vivo City 2nd level which does not exactly resemble the tradational Cha Chan Teng in Hong Kong, but it is close and their food is commendable.
Dim Sum, Yum Cha
I had yum cha almost every morning with my different relatives until I feel so bloated. My paternal family like to yum cha in the morning around 10am. Because of that, I had such a full brunch that I couldn’t eat much for lunch. (Rhymes aye?) Some families I know like to yum cha even earlier as their breakfast. It really depends on your family customs. My last two pictures are dim sum meant for children and don’t be fooled by their appearances, they taste very bland! If you want tasty dim sum, stick to traditional dishes.
Best places to Yum Cha, recommended by my relatives:
- Ming Court at Langham place Hong Kong Mongkok (Prices are steep though)
- Lei Garden at APM Hong Kong Kwun Tong
Although I have no photos for this restaurant, I highly recommend this restaurant if you are into Shanghai dishes.
Wang Jia Sha
- Shop 23, G/F, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
- Shop 1068-70, 1/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Shop L4-19, 4/F, apm Millennium City 5, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong
- Shop No.101, 1/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo
It is best to make a reservation as the outlet that I went to, Festival Walk, is always crowded. It’s that good!
Again, this is another meal that you might have to try your luck with. There are many such steamboat places in Hong Kong and one of the best bet is along Nathan Road, Mong Kok. There will definitely be some promoters along the street and it was how my aunt decided to have supper at night, 11pm! Now, you know how I gain all those calories from my HK trip!
For steamboat in Hong Kong, it is slightly different from Singapore. What’s the difference? You have a much more variety of food as they sell different kind of animal organs for you to eat as well! The organs range from hearts, intestines, stomaches, even brains. Ears and tongues are available too. Oh did I mention their fried fish skin are delicious?
Restaurants in Hong Kong usually close in the wee morning like 2-3am. Even at 11pm, when I walked into the restuarant, it was jam-packed!
You can’t really go wrong with restaurants in Hong Kong. If there is a decent number of customers in the restaurant, the food should be okay or good.
You can easily find pastires along the streets and roads. However, what I feel is the best patries in Hong Kong would have to be from 2 famous names.
- Kee Wah bakery
- Wing Wah bakery
Finally let’s talk about something beauty related!
Here are a few brands that I cannot miss in Hong Kong.
- Jill Stuart
- Giorgio Armani
- Shiseido (much cheaper there!)
- Shu Uemura
- Anna Sui
Now onto the shopping places that you must not miss, for your beauty buys!
If you have a short itinery for Hong Kong, let’s say 2 days, here are some places that you can visit:
- Mong Kong Langham Place (NARS, Lush, Make Up For Ever stand-alone stores, Seibu departmental stores and more. They have H&M there too!)
- Mong Kong Nathan Road (Lots of Bonjour and Sasa outlets)
- Festival Walk (Giorgio Armani, Shiseido stand-alone stores. You can head there for Wang Jia Sha as stated above!)
- FACES at Ocean Terminal Tsim Sha Tsui (Burberry, Jill Stuart, and more!)
I hope this post is helpful!
My last post for this series would be my haul