Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hong Kong 2010 - Street Food

Unless you stay in Hong Kong for a few months or live there, there is no way you can sample all the street food on offer. The variety is simply endless. For my last post on Hong Kong 2010, I'm going to share with you some of the many photos I took during the trip.

One good place to start is the Temple Street area in Kowloon. Besides the hundreds of restaurants and "dai pai tongs" here, there are also many hole-in-the-wall eateries, takeout shops and roadside stalls selling all kinds of street food to tickle anyone's fancy. Look for the stalls with a line of people waiting, and it's bound to be good.

This shop sells fishballs and dim sum. There was quite a good crowd, so the food must be not too bad.

Beef tripes are a popular local snack.

Stinky tofu. I had to stand quite far to take the pic. Look at that fierce cooking oil !

Curried fishballs are another local favourite. They serve it in a cup.

All kinds of meat skewers are very popular here. So are grilled seafood.

A curry house.

Porridge. Always popular in Hong Kong.

Snakes ? Anyone ?

If its after 2.00 a.m. and you can't find a place to fill your rumbling tummy, head for the 7/11. There is one at every corner. They have some delectable frozen Asian goodies which you can just microwave and savour in minutes. Some are not too bad !

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hong Kong 2010 - Disneyland Parade

The HK Disneyland Parade starts at 6.00 p.m. everyday, and is one of the highlights of the visit. About half an hour before the parade, the Mouseketeers would start putting barricades on the main streets. That is when you should stake out the best location to enjoy the parade. The whole street fills up really fast, and if you are stuck at the back especially with kids - you wouldn’t enjoy the parade very much.

All the Disney Cartoon characters are represented. It really was an explosion of colours and movement, a dream come true for all of the kids there.

Here comes Mickey - and he is gigantic !

Love the costumes.

Here comes the floats.

Almost finished ! Mickey, Minnie and friends come to say goodbye.

After the parade there was a fireworks at 9.00 p.m. We waited for it, but unfortunately the sky had already fogged up and the fireworks were all lost in the fog. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hong Kong 2010 - It's A Small World

It's A Small World is the latest attraction at HK Disneyland. It's an indoor attraction housed in a building designed to look like a toy house. We almost missed it if not for the sharp eyes of our daughter, as the building is a bit out of the way.

Once inside the building, you get into small boats which take you through the attraction which consists of cute little dolls from all over the World. It is a bit boring for the adults, but should be quite interesting for the young ones. At least the displays are colourful.

More of the same.

While It's A Small World is a visual treat, I'm surprised they couldn't make it more fun. A little bit of interactivity would have done wonders. This is not really up to the usual Disney standards.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hong Kong 2010 - Lunch at Hung Fah Lau Cafe

When in Hong Kong, don't overlook the many small eateries which dot the streets expecially in Kowloon and Tsim Sha Tsui. You will be surprised to find that some of them serve really good food at reasonable prices. We passed this small hole-in-the-wall cafe many times on our way to the MRT, and on our last day decided to go there for lunch.

The cafe is called Hang Fah Lau - it seemed to be part of a chain. The place is tiny, but as usual in Hong Kong they had a comprehensive menu. Many of the menu items were pasted on the wall.

We ordered a few dishes to go with rice. The steamed rice stuffed with bits of vegetable was really good. You get carbo and fibre at the same time.

Stewed Pork Ribs in Bean Sauce. Fall-0ff-the-bone tender and full of umami goodness.

Pork Chop - nicely done with a tasty sauce.

Fried noodles - this was done with instant noodles and not very good.

The cafe also served a large selection of Tong Shui (Chinese Soupy Deserts), so we ordered two to try. Lotus Seeds with Barley - very nice.

Tau Foo Fah - steamed silky tofu - very smooth.

The next time you are in Hong Kong, give some of these small places a try and you may be pleasantly surprised.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hong Kong 2010 - Dim Sum at Tao Heung 88 Restaurant

Tao Heung 88 Restaurant is just round the corner from Nathan Hotel on Nathan Road. It is part of the Tao Heung Restaurant Group which operates many restaurants around Hong Kong. We heard that the dim sum here is not bad, and it turned out to be better then Maxim's at half the price.

The restaurant decor is modern, and has an open kitchen where you can see the dim sums being prepared. Unlike many Hong Kong restaurants which can be very crowded, this place is quite spacious and there weren't too many people. You order the dim sum on the order chits and wait for them to be served.

The famous Polo Bun with char siew filling.

Sio Loong Pao - these were quite good with a pork filling oozing with sweet pork juice.

Har Kaos (Prawn Dumplings) - quite ordinary. The skin was a bit too thick.

Deepfried Fishballs. More for the kids.

Prawn and Corn Fritters - very nice.

Panfried Radish Cakes. Better then average.

Shallot Pancake with Dried Shrimps. There were really lovely.

Cheong Fun with Minced Pork filling. Very nice.

Dim sum at Tao Heung was very enjoyable and not too pricey. Definitely recommended.