How on earth...? 7D6N in Hong Kong

Saturday, 24 April 2010

We are finally back in the UK after a suuuuuuuuuuper long break thanks to the Icelandic volcano! We had way too much fun and food our waistlines are complaining..umm..maybe only the wild boar's. His pants size went from 34 to 38! I was in shocked when he told me that. Anyway, back to our monotonous routines. This is our last post on our Hong Kong trip, which is a summary of what we did and ate everyday. I always find these itineraries very useful when it comes to planning a trip. Hope this comes in handy for you too!

WB: If you're looking for a guide on the some of the best and mouth-wateringly-delicous food to eat around Hong Kong, look no further, for here is our summary of it (and some random sights, but I was more interested in eating than looking most of the time). Ignore our recommendations at your peril!

Depart: Mon, 22 Mar, 09:15
Arrive: Mon, 22 Mar, 12:55

Day 1

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) – Airport Express to Central – Cab to Hotel (City Garden Hotel North Point) – Tea at a random cafe nearby (on Electric Rd.) - Walk towards Causeway Bay (Polo bun on the way) – Dessert @ Hui Lau Shan (mango pudding), Causeway Bay (opposite Sogo)– Snack @ Yee Shun (steamed milk), Causeway Bay – Times Square – MTR to hotel, rest – Cab to IFC – Dinner @ Under Bridge Spicy Crab, Causeway Bay – Walk ard Causeway Bay randomly (try roadside snacks i.e. egg waffles) – MTR to hotel, rest

Hong Kong

Notes:
  • Airport express to Central (about 25 mins), HKD250 for 4 people.
  • Get an Octopus card. It is a rechargeable stored value smart card that can be used to pay MTR and bus fares, can also be used at retailers who accept Octopus, such as convenience stores or restaurants. You can return and obtain the remaining balance and deposit at the end of your trip. Adult: Refundable deposit $50 + Stored Value $100 = Price HK$150

Day 2

Breakfast @ Congee Wonderland near hotel, North point – Train to Shenzhen – Back to HK after lunch – Tea @ Kam Wah (Polo bun, Mexican bun), Mongkok – Walk ard Mongkok – MTR to hotel, rest – Dinner @ Yung Kee (century egg, roast goose), Central – Lan Kwai Fong – Snack @ Mrs Fields cookies, Central MTR St. – MTR to Tsim Tsa Tsui for Avenue of Stars – MTR to hotel, rest

lan kwai fong, hong kong

Ave of stars, hong kong
Avenue of stars

Note:
  • Try to get to the Avenue of Stars in time for the Symphony of lights, which takes place at 8 p.m. every night. Guinness World Records has named this the world's largest permanent light and sound show. We were there too late =(

How to get to Shenzhen:
  • Take MTR to Mongkok, Exit B3, use overhead bridge and walk to Mongkok East Rail station (about 10 mins walk), take train to Luo Hu (last stop, can use Octopus card), apply for single-entry visa (valid for 5 days of stay) at the immigration office, cross border.
http://www.hkstreet.com/story0101j.htm
  • Shenzhen visa only valid for certain nationalities, do check before you travel!
http://gohongkong.about.com/od/shenzhenvisaexplained/a/Shenzhen_visa_passport.htm

Day 3

Relative came to pick us up from hotel – The Peak – Gelato @ The Peak Tower - Tea @ Starbucks (Green tea frappucino) – Lunch @ Tim Ho Wan(dimsum), Mongkok – Stanley – Walk ard Stanley market, the main st. – Drinks @ a random pub at Stanley main st. – Visit relative’s flat – Dinner @ Pak Lok (Teo Chew cuisine) – Dessert @ Honeymoon desserts, Times Sq., Central- Hotel, rest

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Snacks @ The Peak, Hong Kong

stanley, hong kong
Stanley

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Promenade in Stanley

Stanley, Hong Kong
Stanley main street waterfront

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Notes:
  • We drove to Stanley market via Repulse bay, Stanley bay rd ,Tai Tam rd, the view was spectacular.

Day 4

Breakfast @ Sang Kee (porridge), Sheung Wan – Ferry to Macau (Turbojet) – Cab to St Paul Ruins – Walk ard (Portugese egg tart near ruins) – Snack @ Koi Kei – Snack @ Tea Plus (pork chop bun) – Senado Square – Lunch @ Seng Cheong (crab porridge), Taipa (by cab from Senado Square) – Walk ard – Snack @ Tai Lei (pork chop bun) – Walk to the Venetian – Cab from Venetian to Taipa ferry terminal - Ferry from Taipa back to Hong Kong (Cotaijet) – Dinner @ Mak’s Noodles, Central (Cab from ferry terminal) – Dessert @ Hang Fa Lau – MTR to hotel, rest

hong kong

Macau
Macau

The Venetian, Macau
The Venetian, Macau

How to get to Macau:
MTR to Sheung Wan, walk to Shun Tak Centre, buy ferry ticket from counter (Turbojet HKD134 one way, per person), long queue at immigration, down escalator, get your seat number from the counter right next to the boarding gate (this was the tricky bit, the boarding gate part was so chaotic and no notice whatsoever. Initially we were just queueing at the boarding gate. I was curious when I saw people crowding at the counter, so I went to check. Turns out you have to get a sticker for you seat number.), queue up at the boarding gate, board ferry, 1 hr ride to Macau from Hong Kong.

Turbojet, Macau

hk-macau ferry terminal

Our last stop was the Venetian, so we took a ferry from Taipa ferry terminal back to Hong Kong instead of going back to Macau ferry terminal. You can get to the ferry terminal by free shuttle service from the Venetian or take a cab. MOP142 one way, per person by CotaiJet. Less crowded as compared to Macau ferry terminal. Comfier ferry seats.

Cotaijet, Macau

Day 5

Breakfast @ Wing Hap Sheng (claypot rice, sandwiches), Sheung Wan – Shop ard Sheung Wan for dried goods – Snack @ random stall, Sheung Wan (curry fish balls) – MTR to hotel, check-out – MTR to Wan Chai to meet another relative – Lunch @ Fook Lam Moon (dimsum), Wan Chai– Snack @ Tai Cheong – Visit relative’s flat – Cab to hotel, collect baggage, cab to yet another relative’s flat – Cab to IFC – MTR to Tung Chung st (Ngong Ping 360 to giant Buddha - closed, Citygate outlet) – Snack @ Aji Ichiban in Citygate outlet (fish skin) - MTR to Central – Snack @ To Yuen (fish skin) – Dinner @ Kau Kee Beef Noodles – Souvenirs from Yung Kee – Dessert @ Yuen Kee (traditional chinese desserts), Western District (by tram) – Cab back to flat, rest

Dried abalone, hong kong

hong kong night view
The beautiful night view from relative's flat

Day 6

Honolulu egg tarts for breakfast (takeaway) – Brunch @ Maxim’s Palace,. Central – Private boat to Cheung Chau Lamma Island – Dinner @ Tai Yuen (Seafood) – Back to Hong Kong Island – Dessert @ Lotus Garden, Happy Valley - Sakurashima egg tarts (takeaway)

hong kong islands

Cheung Chau
Cheung Chau

Lamma island
Lamma island

Day 7

Breakfast @ On Lee (Beef noodles), Shau Kei Wan – Walk ard Shau Kei Wan market – Back to flat, rest – HKIA – Takeaway @ Maxim’s Deluxe - Lunch @ Wong Chi Kee (noodles) – Depart HK

market, hong kong
Dead fishes @ Shau Kei Wan market, the hearts were still beating!
WB: Seeing it live is actually really amazing. It's one of those things that I'll probably remember forever (or until my next night out for drinks).

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Depart: Sun, 28 Mar, 14:45
Arrive: Sun, 28 Mar, 18:25

Top 3 places we aim to hit again if/when we go back to HK?
  • Under Bridge Spicy Crab for the oh-my-god-it's-spicy-and-my-mouth-is-burning-but-I-can't-stop-eating-this-because-it's-so-frigging-good Typhoon Shelter crab. And this time we'll take a jar to take away the leftover garnish!
  • Mak's Noodles for their wonton noodles
  • Kau Kee for their beef brisket noodles
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Food in Macau, Cheung Chau & Lamma Island

Monday, 19 April 2010

澳門 Macau

Macau was a Portuguese colony and in 1999, it became one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. It is the world's most densely populated place to live in and is well known as Asia's largest destination for gambling. The food in Macau consists of a blend of Chinese and Portugese cuisines, so you'll see lots of restaurants serving food like Galinha à portuguesa (Portuguese chicken), Galinha à africana (African chicken), Bacalhau. Other popular food include Portuguese egg tarts (pastéis de natas), pork chop buns and steamed milk (Yee Shun Milk Company originated from Macau).

Hong Kong to Macau ferry
Ferry from Shun Tak Centre (above Sheung Wan MTR station) located at Hong Kong Island to Macau.

Portugese egg tart
Had our first Portugese egg tart from this stall at the foot St Paul Ruins. It was so good I had to buy more from Koi Kei.

Pastelaria Koi Kei

Portugese egg tart – very good, not too sweet, had caramel glaze on top. Pastry crunchier than normal puff pastry while custard denser than usual. Kept two pieces extra to see how it is after ten hours and still felt fresh crunchy pastry. Completely different from versions found in Malaysian supermarkets. Best thing we ate in Macau.

Portugese egg tart Koi Kei

Bought back loads of other stuff for presents such as almond cookies, peanut candies. Stores are everywhere in Macau and they also have an outlet in Hong Kong. We bought our stuff in the one near St Paul Ruins and it also seemed the biggest. The store also gave out loads of free taste-tests which kept me and dad happy while the ladies shopped.

koi kei , Macau

钜记饼家 Pastelaria Koi Kei
Official website
List of shops

Seng Cheong

Located in Taipa, which is an island south of Macau. It is the location of Macau's International Airport and is accessible via three bridges.

Seng Cheong, Taipa, Macau 01

水蟹粥 Crab porridge – signature dish. Very sweet natural taste but crab quite small, lots of roe floating in porridge. Small bowl fed 4 easily.

Seng Cheong, Taipa, Macau 02

Seng Cheong, Taipa, Macau 03

金沙大蝦 Salted egg yolk cheese prawns – strong tasting sauce masked natural prawn flavour, cheese taste not very obvious (in a good way). HKD60 per prawn. Okay only, had better.

酥炸鯪魚球 Fish ball
– good bounce tasty lots of fish flavour.

Seng Cheong, Taipa, Macau 04

Total cost HKD460.

誠昌飯店 Seng Cheong
澳門氹仔官也街28-30號 28 - 30 Rua Do Cunha, Taipa
About 15 mins by cab from Senado Square

Cafe Tai Lei

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豬扒包 Pork chop bun – better than the one filmed in Korean F4 series. Tasty pork, bit fatty, generous portions. Weirdly got bone, quite big too. Group of HK people we shared table with for lunch (Seng Cheong) also came here for the bun (we got lost and stumbled upon this place and only bought a bun because there were so many happy looking people eating). Quite good but still prefer the one at Yee Shun.

Tai Lei, Taipa, Macau 01

大利來記咖啡室 Cafe Tai Lei
澳門氹仔巴波沙總督街18號地下 18 Rua Governador Tamagnini Banbosa R/C, Taipa

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Pork chop bun at a store near St Paul Ruins. Tried this because there was a crowd and later found out that it was the store featured in the Korean drama "Boys over Flowers". Looks better than it tastes.

長洲 Cheung Chau


Island day tour 02

We landed on this island to walk around as it’s a famous tourist spot and is commonly seen on the HK television shows. Although it's named 'long island', it is a small dumbbell-shaped island that has no cars except for small motorised trucks termed "Village vehicles" such as mini-fire engines, ambulances and police cars. People go around on foot or bicycles. Cheung Chau is a very picturesque island offering sandy beaches, traditional Chinese culture and fresh seafood. Anyway what we didn’t expect was an island full of tourists on a Saturday as well as tons of hawkers selling amazing looking food, many of which evoked childhood memories of my parents and their cousins.

Cheung Chau 05

碗仔糕 rice pudding with red beans - it actually wasn’t very sweet and relied on the red beans for flavour. Eat this and you won't be able to sample other stuff. Not a huge fan.

Cheung Chau 03

糖葱餅 Traditional candy and coconut wrap - Candy wafers with shredded coconut wrapped in a lightly salted popiah skin (a soft, thin paper-like crepe). A must-try.

Cheung Chau 04

Grilled squid – pure awesomeness. Was happily chewing on the sliced up bits.

Cheung Chau 01

More curry fish balls and potato crisps on a stick.

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PS she's just a random girl holding a stick of potato crisps. A little boy in our group munched down 3/4 of the stick before I could get a picture.

雞屎藤 Gai si tang – literally “chicken shit vine”, it’s actually glutinous rice balls made from a plant named gai si tang, Paederia scandens . Texture like mochi, tasted as boring as the name was weird.

Cheung Chau 02

Many restaurants along the beach front selling fresh seafood from the glass cases in front.

cheung chau seafood
Mantis prawn, lobster.

Also many shops near the ferry pier selling all sorts of underwater creatures in a dried form to be used in traditional Chinese herbal broths.

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Starfish, seahorse

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Dried seahorse

南丫島 Lamma Island

Row full of seafood restaurants upon landing at the ferry site. We arrvied just in time for dinner, and no time for exploring.

Lamma island

Lamma island fresh seafood
Fresh abalones and a "peeing" geoduck.

Mantis prawns with garlic – very fresh and sweet, a bit tricky to open up but well worth the effort. Lots of roe.

Tai Yuen, Lamma island 02

Fried calamari – soft not chewy.

Grilled squid with wasabi and soya sauce dip – something new, bit chewier than the calamari but still tasty. A must-try.

Tai Yuen, Lamma island 03

Steamed fresh abalone with soya sauce – fresh, don't have the normal strong taste, softer texture and not chewy.

Tai Yuen, Lamma island 01

Steamed scallops with fried garlic and vermicelli noodles – quite sweet and not overcooked but not much different to ones had in Royal China although probably fresher here.

Steamed fish (green garoupa) – not overcooked and the flesh is sweet, firm and succulent.

Tai Yuen, Lamma island 04

Total cost HKD2000 for 13 people (all dishes above including a plate of sweet and sour pork and fried rice). Not a bad price considering the amount of seafood, all fresh and picked from the tanks in front of the restaurant. Rainbow Seafood restaurant is the popular restaurant in Sok Kwu Wan; however my aunt prefers Tai Yuen to Rainbow.

泰苑海鮮魚翅酒家 Tai Yuen Shark's Fin Restaurant
南丫島索罟灣第一街15號地下 15 First Street, Sok Kwu Wan (Tel: 2982 8386)
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