Day 1 and 2 : Mongkok, Hongkong

Our Hongkong trip is over and it’s back to the daily grind (T____T). But let’s relieve the good ol’ holiday here.

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The view from our hotel room, classic Hongkong with it’s tall narrow buildings. A big part of our first day was taken up by going to the bridal store located in Kowloon Tong (choosing dresses) where we were to take our wedding photos the next day.

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Our first meal in Hongkong amazingly enough wasn’t congee, curry fishballs or even char siew bao. It was Yoshinoya’s beef bowl.

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My beef bowl came with a runny onsen egg, nothing extraordinary but a  satisfying first meal in Hongkong.

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Fruit stalls on Fa Yuen Street. Lychee and longan were in season, I had too many lychees during this trip and am now paying for them :(.

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Famous Ladies Market which was conveniently located near our hotel. We visited the market many many times during our trip.

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I still love Ladies Market. I dislike bargaining with the stall owners, but there are lots of nice things to buy here :).

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Kam Yu Gai, Goldfish street.

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Kam Wah cafe which is famous for it’s polo buns was bustling with business with a line queuing up to buy their buns and eggtarts.

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Buns fresh and hot from the oven.

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When my sister Jan first tried Kam Wah’s polo yao, she msged us raving about the bun and said that it was the best polo yao ever and she was right! This warm polo yao had a lovely soft interior yet slighly cripsy exterior, and the indulgent slice of butter which melted as we were eating the bun gave the sweet bun just the right amount of salty buttery flavour. It was so good!
金華冰廳 Kam Wah Polo Bun
G/F, 47 Bute Street (Prince Edward)

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Mongkok’s busy streets at night.

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It was hot and humid and the streets were packed with people.

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R’s first taste of smelly tofu (chou doufu). ‘How was it’ I asked him? ‘Like tofu’ was his answer hahaha. So lame.

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We had a rest from all the walking and stopped by Hui Lau Shan, Hongkong’s popular dessert chain store for some dessert. You know that American saying ‘there’s a Mcdonald’s on every corner’, well in Hongkong, there’s a Hui Lau Shan in every corner!

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R’s dessert was the mango pudding with mango juice with glutinous rice balls and extra mango.

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My dessert was the yong ji gum lo, pomelo mango sago dessert. R wasn’t impressed with his first Hui Lao Shan dessert, we both felt that Hui Lao Shan is overrated and overpriced.  Our desserts weren’t cold enough and bordering on lukewarm (not great if you’re actually looking for a refreshing dessert) and while the mango was sweet, the pomelo segments in my dessert had a bitter aftertaste. We had much better desserts elsewhere in Guang Zhou and from Honeymoon dessert later in the holiday.

楊枝甘yong ji gum lo (pomelo mango sago)

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Our takeaway dinner of tender char siew and roast goose rice takeway. It was really yummy.

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Curry fishballs! My favourite snack in Hongkong, surprisingly R found them tasty too.

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Day 2 in Hongkong. We were determined to have congee for breakfast so chose this comfortable little congee shop near our hotel.

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I had Teng Chai Jook (Sampan congee) which was pretty good with crunchy squid bits, nuts and thin fish slices. R had the Pei Dan Sou Yuk Jook (century egg and lean pork congee) which he enjoyed.

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Cheong fun goes best with congee. The cheong fun in Hongkong is different from Perth ones which are slippery and silky, Hongkong cheong fun is stickier and chewy, I think I prefer Hongkong’s texture.

Then we were off to Kowloon Tong for a half day of wedding photo taking. It was actually pretty fun and we had a nice makeup artiste and photographers who made the whole experience fun and not too painful.

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The end of our wedding photo taking. Our bouquet didn’t go to waste because we brought it over to Guangzhou for Gerry’s (girl)friend.

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Nightime shopping at Langham place. Going down the escalators while admiring the beautiful interior of Langham Place.

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Colorful stairs at Langham.

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Right opposite Langham Place is the Mongkok Cooked Food Market which has a hidden food court with many food stalls and was our designated dinner location for the night.
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My dinner was from Stall 2, 澳門翠苑茶餐廳 Tsui Yuen and included a beef brisket curry bread bowl (the bowl is made out of bread) which came with a side serve of minestrone soup. It was pretty good, I enjoyed breaking off bits of bread from the ‘bowl’ and dipping it in the minestrone which went well with the curry laden bread and was lovely.
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R’s dinner was a Sei Bou Fan (Four treasures rice) from a barbequed meat stall which came with chinese sausage, char siew, chicken, salted duck’s egg and vegetables. It was very tasty.
2/F, Cooked Food Market, Mong Kok Complex, 557 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok

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Late night street food snack of siew mai (made out of fish paste, quite different from our usual meaty versions) with curry fishballs hidden underneath.

End of Day 2. Day 3 we travel to Guangzhou where we meet up with Gerry and his family 🙂 :). also the most memorable part of our holiday.


7 Responses to “Day 1 and 2 : Mongkok, Hongkong”

  1. 1 sakuratrees June 15, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Aiyoh, all ur food pics made me so hungry!! The roast goose and char siew fan looks so yummy!! My tummy is growling!! I hope Hc doesn’t crave duck rice after reading ur blog. Haha

  2. 3 Wendy June 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Me too, I wasnt hungry untill seeing your pics. Hong Kong is still a good place to visit. 🙂 Wait for your more blogs.

  3. 5 Jas June 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I have been waiting so long for your update! I have been bed bound for the last two days and am glad to see something refreshing. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Hong Kong

  4. 6 slappedbygunk June 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Oh I love that bor lor yao! I also love yeung ji gum lo!

    Was the curry in a bun nice? I read abt that but we didn’t feel like it so didn’t go.

    Dear Langham, it’s like our hk home. Too bad it’s so expensive.

    • 7 daitaoha June 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      The curry in the bun was nice. But it’s difficult to order curry when you’re in HK and it’s so hot, and so many other things to eat! I loved that bor lor yao, it was so good, have you tried their egg tarts? Very nice too. Sigh. I should have eaten more when I was there.

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