Snapshots from Hong Kong

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 14comments No tags Permalink 0

Alley street at night, near the Sheung Wan stop, Hong Kong

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is having a great week. We are on our last (three) legs of our family vacation. Driving to Mount Jiuhua early tomorrow morning, then flying to Beijing in the evening. And then Mongolia for the weekend…where lamb is certainly on our dining agenda.

You tiao wrapped in dried shrimp cheung funn. At the Kowloon Tong location of King’s Palace Congee & Noodle Bar.

Our first stop after landing from NYC last week was Hong Kong. Two days there, then a few days split between Shen Zhen and Bin Zhou (in the Shangdong province). From Bin Zhou we flew to Hefei where we are currently visiting friends. I was worried we were trying to visit too many places but the short flight/driving distances to get to and from various cities were but a few hours at most. This particular trip is a mix of family holiday and business for my parents – we’ve been lucky to reap the benefits of both types of vacation.

Just wanted to share a few of my favourite snapshots from Hong Kong:

View from The Peak just before dark. We chose to go up on a cooler (aka cloudy) day to avoid the sun and heat. Stayed at The Peak until night when you could see all the city lights. Just beautiful. That’s Hong Kong closest to you and Kowloon across the water.

Black sesame cake rolls made with charcoal from Roll Bakery in Kowloon…more on these later. They also do flavors like Okinawan brown sugar and mango pudding.

At Yung Kee, preserved duck eggs and ginger. My grandma loves this dish so much that she makes her own version back in Hawai’i. It’s a “must eat” on her every visit to Hong Kong. But keep in mind a visit to Yung Kee is not complete without…

…a whole roasted goose. It’s their signature dish and while the $70USD price tag seems rather steep, it’s worth every penny.

8am, catching the ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong. A short ten-minute ride that docks at Central…which means only a five-minute walk to…

…a killer bowl of wonton mein at Tsim Chai Kee. I like the combo bowl that includes both prawn wontons and the giant fishballs.

Look at those noodles!

Wellington Road right outside Tsim Chai Kee. Tsim Chai Kee’s fresh egg noodles can’t be beat, but King’s Palace Congee & Noodle Bar…

…has better broth. Along with a price tag that is more than double Tsim Chai Kee’s.

Eating “wet” pork jerky on the street, midnight snack. Yes, please!

Followed by warm bolo baos for breakfast just a few hours later.

Will have more to share soon…just need to download all the photos off the camera ^_^

  • Cassaendra
    June 14, 2011

    Hi Kathy, What beautiful and delicious pictures! I adore noodles! *drool* What did the broth in both places shown taste like? I love how clear the broth looked at King's Palace!What makes the green ring around the duck eggs?

  • angela
    June 14, 2011

    This makes me really really miss Hong Kong! This is the first year I haven't gone in over 5! Glad to see your enjoying many good eats! YUM!cy

  • anonymous
    June 14, 2011

    Is that Wonton Mein a serving for ONE???Sounds like a great time!Alan

  • anonymous
    June 14, 2011

    Mmmm… your photos make me HUNGRY! Everything looks SO GOOD… makes me want to go back to China :)

  • anonymous
    June 14, 2011

    Can't wait to go in August! If you were there longer you could have went to Sai Kung for fresh seafood and also their Honeymoon Dessert famous for their durian and mango pancakes including their sweet soup! Ohmygod just the thought is making me drool, they even have a paisano which i famous for their 24inche pizza! So good! August needs to come now! >_<

  • K and S
    June 14, 2011

    that won ton is huge! beautiful photos, looks like you're have a great time!

  • anonymous
    June 14, 2011

    You make me miss my hometown so much. :*(Hey, where's the egg custard? :)

  • anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    Yum Yum – our problem with these delights is getting out kids to enjoy them. Sadly they are quite that adventurous when it comes to eating. At least dad is happy to try anything once..

  • anonymous
    June 15, 2011

    Awesome pics Kathy, thanks for sharing! They remind me of my time there hopping from street vendor to street vendor. :)

  • reid
    June 15, 2011

    Kathy,Love the photos! It looks like you are having a great time in Hong Kong. It's been so long since I have been there and I am dying to go back. I love pork jerky! In Singapore it is called bak kwa and is served grilled. Wonderful between two slices of bread with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  • David
    June 16, 2011

    Hello,I'm going to Asia in a few weeks and am visiting HK. Would you recommend staying on HK island or Kowloon foodwise. Also, what's your favorite Dim sum place there?thank you Kathy!

  • geelove
    June 17, 2011

    just FYI – the you tius wrapped in cheung fun are called jah leung.

  • anonymous
    June 20, 2011

    You brought me back, lady. You brought me back.Especially that duck. Right off my flight into Hong Kong, my family and I took a cab straight to Yung Kee. Forget the jet lag and dozen suitcases, we had duck on the mind!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    June 22, 2011

    Hi Cassandra! The duck eggs are aged which likely explain the ring (though I am not entirely positive…will check and get back to you on that :)Hi Angela! Wow! This is only my second trip…the last one was over six years ago, so it really felt like the first!Hi Alan! Heheh the angle of my photo makes it look bigger than it actually, but the wontons are definitely huge. Such a good deal for $3!Thanks Stephanie!! There will be much more to come…^_^Hi Kar-Yan! Oh man, I wish I knew of these places beforehand!! Didn't do much research on where to eat before we came, so I feel like we didn't maximize eating time…still had a great trip nonetheless ^_^Hi Kat! It was so big!! You get 3 pieces to an order, a really good deal for $3!Hi Kim! Am trying to get the name of the place but can't seem to get the address – it was in Kowloon, we walked past it one afternoon and just went in for a small meal. Thanks ML! I couldn't decided whether I enjoyed the restaurants or street vendors more there…equal love to both 6-6Super thanks Reid! Hope all is well with you :) Never thought to have the pork jerky between two slices of bread…will have to keep that in mind for a future visit!Hi David! Email me at [email protected] and I'll be glad to send you some places and addresses :)Thanks for the tip Geelove – will make sure to note that for the future! :)Hi Christine! ahah, cab straight from airport to Yung Kee, love it!! ^_^

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