It’s about time I documented what I did for a huge chunk of the holidays, which was, of course, going overseas -to a place I’ve been a billion times but I still LOVE- Hong Kong 🙂 I know I’d never get around to writing about everything during my trip so here’s a few of my more memorable meals, mostly for my future reference 🙂
One of our first meals out in Hong Kong was at Egawa Sushi, which we found after walking around the whole shopping centre just to find something to eat. It had an extensive illustrated menu but we stayed with the afternoon menu which was ridiculously cheap (by Australian standards anyway) and the food did not dissappoint either. We ordered a sashimi rice which was a deliciously colourful array of small sashimi cubes on a very big mound of rice, lightly flavoured with soy sauce and vinegar.
Pork Bone Ramen $34 (~$4AUD) with salmon nigiri and mochi
I ordered the pork bone ramen, thinking that the pork bone referred the broth – so I was surprised to find actually pieces of pork bones within the ramen! The soft bones tasted like hard tendons were really yummy along with tender and flavoursome pork meat.
Who could go to Hong Kong without having Yum Cha? With breakfast/morning specials (here, $11.8 HKD per dish), yum cha is extremely afforable. At the bright hours 10 in the morning (I’m not usually awake at this time if I’m at home…), the restaurant is fairly quiet, mostly with small groups of old grannies and grandpas. The system of choosing food by ticking from a piece of paper makes sure that everything arrives very hot and cooked to order. Unfortunately, it makes ordering a lot more difficult for people who can’t read chinese- thank goodness I have my mum 🙂
These corn and fish cakes arrive steaming hot. The golden brown fish cakes are essentially fritters of fish paste, dotted with kernels of corn. Both flavoursome and crispy, we have no problem gulping them down within seconds.
The layers on this are clearly countable and nowhere near a thousand but this is an addictive treat, with layers of steamed bun and yellow custard.
My uncle recommended this local thai restaurant to us which was popular with the locals due to the authentic and affordable food. We didn’t find the food that great but it did however turn out to be one of my most unforgettable meals, thanks very much to this fish.
This is basically a big fish stuffed with herbs, marinated with lots of salt and grilled until pretty much half burnt. The fish itself was tender but tasted quite ordinary- the crispy skin looks very appetisting but is covered in a layer of salt and is probably not meant to be eaten.
Vermicelli $24HKD (~ $3AUD) with hot drink
This small comfy restaurant is the perfect place for us to rest our sore feet after hours of shopping amongst the busy streets of Mong Kok. The vermicelli is fairly generous for its price and very flavoursome. Unforunately, the vermicelii is a little on the stiff side, leaving us wishing they’d cooked the whole dish a little longer. (We later ordered this again at another branch and it was much better)
Baked Coocnut Chicken Curry $25 HKD (~$3AUD) with drink
The coconut curry is a lot better, with its addictively delicious coconutty sauce and tender chicken pieces. We particularly like the edges, where the sauces has dried up and gone crunchy (if a little burnt).
We stumbled across a Shanghainese restaurant whilst shopping at Diamond Hill. Not wanting to eat any thai, japanese or vietnamese (as we were buffeting at night) we chose something we didn’t eat often. The meal itself was memorable, both because of the fact that we rarely eat shanghainese food in Hong Kong and because it was delicious.
The xiao long baos (from memory which came with my la mein meal) were easily the best xiao long baos I’ve ever had with a thin wrapping and insides filled with water which didn’t burst too easily. We almost ordered anoter steamer of them!
Noodles $40HKD(~ $5 AUD) with drink
I’ve always liked red ant restaurant, not for its food but more for it’s very pretty interior design which makes me feel that I’m eating at a much more expensive restaurant. We stopped here for afternoon tea after shopping and shared 2 meals between the three of us as we were going to dinner shortly after. The portions were pretty big for afternoon tea and weren’t dissappointing either!
We had lunch at metropark hotel which was rather cheap for a hotel but also slightly dissappointing as I’d always imagined hotels looking much prettier and have a better selection of food. Still, it was a far cry from the usual RSL buffets in Australia and I had a great time!
The dessert selection was the highlight for me- I think I tried 90% of all the desserts. The cheesecake was delicious and it wasn’t only me who thought so- they dissappeared so quickly that my mum missed out 🙁 The chestnut tarts were also really good- they had a deliciously flaky tart shell with a sweet creamy chestnut cream filling 🙂
So, I’m not too good with long posts, so I’ll stop there for now…there’ll be more up soon!