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Day 7 Hongkong: Rubber Duck@Victoria Harbour, Sham Shui Po, Lan Kwai Fong,

It’s Sunday night and I’m sipping on my leftover apple cider (Strongbow sweet) from dinner and watching a rerun of You’ve Got Mail showing on tv.After so many years, I still love that movie and the combination Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in romantic comedies (remember Sleepless in Seattle? So good!).

At dinner tonight, yet another sister commented ‘Your blog is dead’. Seems like I don’t blog unless someone gives me a bit of pressure nowadays (= T _____ T=). Ok, back to my long ago Hongkong holiday posts. It feels so long ago that my posts are probably all inaccurate now and I’m getting the days and places all mixed up, so bear with me.
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I remember on the first morning when we returned from Guangzhou, we headed to Lai Chi Kok for the fashion wholesale markets. Many years ago this was my shopping heaven and I remember coming to the Hong Kong Industrial Centre with my mother and my mum bought many lovely suits. This time, the wholesale market was lackluster and there was nothing to buy. I guess I’ve been spoilt by the likes of Bangkok’s Pratunam shopping centre.

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Since we were travelling along the Tsuen Wan Line, we stopped by the Sham Shui Po district made famous by many TVB dramas. The famous Apliu Street known for its electronic devices.

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We wandered around, looking at the stalls selling batteries, second hand electronic gadgets.

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Stopping at a side street cafe in Sham Shui Po to have a bowl of noodles. This was R’s noodles with pork intestines. Lots of veggies. I remember he quite enjoyed these noodles.

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I spied some boys at the next table thins having this yin yang fried rice which came with two gravies for those that can’t make up their minds, a sweet and sour tomato gravy and a creamy egg white gravy. It was actually pretty tasty.

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Stopped by Kam Wah bakery again to have another polo bun (why didn’t I have more of these?!) and also tried their egg tarts which were very good.

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In the afternoon we went to the Harbor City Shopping Mall at Tsim Tsa Tsui in search of a certain yellow rubber duck. But it wasn’t so easy and we couldn’t find the duck anywhere.

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But we did find a Hongkong celebrity Ella Koon who was promoting FANCL in the mall. She was actually very pretty, just like tv :).

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Little rubber ducks in sight. But still not the big one we were looking for.

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Found! There was a huge rubber duck craze in Hongkong caused by this 54 feet rubber duck which just happened to be in the city while we were there (I’m told the ducky is docked in Taiwan now). It was quite funny how loved this duck was and how there were rubber ducks souvenirs sold everywhere, but I have to confess, the duck was pretty cute.

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It started getting very hot and we wandered around the Avenue of Stars under umbrellas.

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Statue of Bruce Lee, more Malaysians know it now (at least R does) because of the political figure ‘Superman’ who was involved in establishing this structure and is a big Bruce Lee fan.

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Victoria Harbour waterfront panorama.

_DSC3039 (Medium)Stopped one of the many Tsui Wah restaurants for a drink and feed before we wilted from the heat. I don’t remember much about my fishball noodles but I think they were average.

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One of our nicer dinners at the two michelin stared Good Hope Noodles 好旺角麵家 located on Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mongkok, conveniently located near our hotel. We were very hopeful after reading the raving reviews on their noodles.

_DSC2963 (Medium)My braised beef brisket noodles were very nice and the noodles were great and springy in texture.

_DSC2964 (Medium)R’s mixed innards noodles with soup. We decided that the noodles were even better in soup.

_DSC1166 (Medium)Late night clubbing at the nightlife district of Lan Kwai Fong located in Central. Haha, R and I were trying to be trendy and dressed up for the occasion.

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It wasn’t too late, close to midnight but the the streets were already buzzing with beautiful and slightly drunk people,

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We ‘cool cats’ only had a cocktail each, visited a couple of pubs and called it a night. But it was a really fun night that I will always remember fondly. Watch out for the next post because that’s when my parents arrive!

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Day 3: Guangzhou, 江南大道 Wedding dress shopping & 上下九步行街 Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street

We were excited on the third day because it meant that our Guangzhou leg of the trip was starting! We woke up early because we wanted to catch the early trains from Hongkong to Guangzhou to make it to Guangzhou by noon.

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Breakfast at another congee stall near Soy Street Mongkok. I wasn’t very hungry so ordered a plate of zha leong, which is fried youtiaw wrapped in cheong fun and soaked in a sweetish soy sauce.

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Richard had a big bowl of ‘zhu hong jook’ as in pork blood cube congee. He preferred the first congee stall we had the day earlier but said the bloodcubes were good.

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Don’t forget if you’re travelling from Hongkong to China, you need to apply for a visa in advance. There are various methods of getting to Guangzhou from Hongkong, but one of the easiest ways is via train. All you have to do is get to the Hung Hum station in Kowloon where you’re able to buy your train tickets (HKD$190) to the Guangzhou East station. 12 trains run daily and the train journey takes a comfortable two hours. The train itself is very spacious and clean so we had a relaxing journey.

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Once we walked out of the train station we were greeted by Gerry, Gerry’s mum and his friend CK ! It was all very exciting and cheerful, Gerry’s mum was delighted that we were finally going to visit their hometown and was chattering to us non-stop. Straightaway Gerry brought us to fill our tummies and introduced us to his hospitable and friendly god mother who started ordering a vast  array of dishes.

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This was one of the first dishes being red roasted pigeons, a specialty in Guangzhou and Hongkong.

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And then the dishes went on and on from a variety of dimsum to roast goose, a beautifully steamed fish and pearl chicken.

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But we were really in Guangzhou for a mission: to buy a wedding dress. They had purposely picked a restaurant along the famous Guangzhou Wedding Street being Jiangnan Da Dao so we could go wedding dress hunting straight away. The aunties left us to shop and the young ones started trekking along the never ending shops of wedding everything. There weren’t just wedding dress shops, there were shops specialising in tailored suits for men, shoe shops, wedding accessory shops selling everything and anything you would need for a chinese wedding.

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Big sparkly gown or traditional red and gown kua? Choices, choices.

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Just in this building along there were three or four stories of wedding stores. Along both sides of this busy street were bridal boutiques and tailors not to mention street vendors selling wedding stickers, red umbrellas, lucky packets with your family name …..

Did we manage to get a wedding dress? Yes! I also bought a cheongsam and Richard ordered a suit as well, so in all, a very successful shopping outing. Poor Gerry and CK couldn’t have been enjoying themselves trooping in and out of the stores in the muggy heat but they never complained and were great companions.

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It was late afternoon by the time we were done shopping, time to check in our hotel which was conveniently located on the busy Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. We were pretty tired by then so didn’t explore the street much.

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After checking in, CK brought us to this popular dessert house 南信 Nanxin located on the pedestrian street. We knew straight away that it was going to be a good foodie place because it was teaming with locals.

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Richard and Gerry in Guangzhou, June 2013.

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My first 双皮奶 Double Skin Milk and apparently Nanxin’s双皮奶 happens to be one of the best in Guangzhou too :). This mixture of milk, egg white and sugar was fantastically smooth, creamy and rich. I was very impressed.

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Gerry’s favourite chinese dessert is the black sesame paste 芝麻糊 which when you look at it, looks like a uurgh black mess. But Nanxin’s black sesame paste wowed us with its fragrance and richness. It was really lovely and possibly the best jimawu we’ve ever had.

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They have other things besides dessert! This was their Sampan Congee which was slightly burnt but still pretty tasty nevertheless.

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Their cheongfuns which come in huge portions. Again, I was surprised at how different the texture of cheongfun was in Guangzhou, chewier and stickier and smooth.

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CK introduced me to another signature dessert of Nanxin, this mixture of mango, red bean and herbal jelly dessert. It was nice but I was still partial towards the double skin milk.

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Another nice dessert, this one had crunchy bits of water chestnuts in it and tasted a bit like a light horlicks or ovaltine. Very refreshing and great texture. And with that, our wonderful first day in Guangzhou ended with a sweet note. Already this Guangzhou leg was promising to be an exciting foodie experience and memorable trip.

Nanxin Shuang Pi Nai 南信双皮奶
47号 Dishifu Road, Liwan
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

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Wanted to end this blog post with this picture that we snapped along the Guangzhou busy roads, can you guess what this building is? It’s a kindergarten! I think Tristan and Kaka would have liked going to a kindergarten that resembles a Hogwarts castle. More Guangzhou posts next time.

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.

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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.
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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.


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