I’m in Sydney! It’s 10am and I’m looking out over a gloriously sunny view of the city. The Sydney Opera House is just to the right with tiny little ants making their slow way up the Sydney Harbour Bridge (I don’t think I’ll be doing the Sydney Harbour Bridge walk, but if you don’t have a problem with heights you should! Pretty pricey, though) and beyond that are a mass of buildings, their chrome and glass glinting in the morning sun.
Am I making you jealous? Because if I were you I’d totally be jealous.
The last few days of Hong Kong were hectic, I finally had my Snake Soup (article coming in The Arbuturian soon), my grandmother taught me some more dishes (which I’ll be making and writing up when I get back to London), I went to a cookery school for an evening class, had some of the best seafood I think I’ve ever had, and ate some of the more ‘famous’ Hong Kong treats. I also went to some awesome Asian Karaoke on my last night with my boy Kevin, which was hilarious. Highlights included our imitations of Liam Gallagher (“…with a champagne supernovaaaaa in the sky-ay…”) and me “rapping” Jay-Z’s part and Kevin singing Alicia Keys’ for our rendition of ‘Empire State Of Mind’. No video evidence (but that’s probably a good thing).
Let’s see what I was eating, then… (all photos in bigger and better format on my Flickr…)
Wing Lok Yuen Restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong are famous for their HK hotdogs, which consist of a chicken frank, crunchy bun and mayonnaise mixed with relish. They sell 1,300 every day! (Was actually pretty tasty, too!)
This ‘dan tat’ (egg tart) at Honolulu Coffee Shop in Wan Chai is apparently famous. They sell hundreds a day and they’re delicious – warm from the ovens, flaky pastry and a beautifully sweet creamy filling.
When my boy Kevin told me that he was taking me to Lan Fong Yuen in Central for lunch and that their “famous” dish was instant noodles with chicken, I was incredibly dubious. But it was actually surprisingly delicious. Chewy noodles, succulent chicken and that delicious scallion ginger sauce. They also do a mean milk tea.
My grandmother took me to a very special seafood place on the outskirts of Hong Kong, called Lei Yu Mun – the surrounding town is basically a fishing town, so you choose your fresh fish and how you’d like it cooked, then it’s cooked in the kitchens and presented to you. Seriously fresh, seriously delicious.
L-R, top-bottom: scallops, fresh & steamed with ginger, chilli & scallions; razor clams, fresh & stir-fried with black bean sauce & veg; double-shelled crab, fresh & “hot-oil fried”; steamed fish with soy sauce and scallions.
I was privileged enough to be allowed into the kitchen to watch the chefs working: a real treat. They wok-fry over what appears to be a giant cauldron of fire, the sound roars in your ears and they move quickly with seemingly heatproof hands. Incredible.
My grandmother Maria and her friend Michael, my HK tour guide!
Wandering around Lei Yu Mun.
So that was Hong Kong! What about Sydney then? Well, this is what I’ve seen:
Sacred Ibis! Everywhere. Literally.
Seagulls by Circular Quay.
Everywhere you go the street performers are the same.
My Aunt May‘s Roasted Tomato Creme Brulee – totally delicious. You’ll have to wait for her cookbook for the recipe!
Froyo at WowCow – so refreshing, super friendly staff. And an upside down cow on the ceiling to boot!
Hanging out with an old friend in Sydney.
Snapping photos on Bondi Beach.
Delicious brunch at Le Petit Creme in Darlinghurst – highly recommended!
The Gap, aka. Suicide Point. Stunning views.
A beautiful old lighthouse in Sydney. I want to live here.
The biggest, sweetest cherries ever: Tazmanian cherries.
That’s all for now! If you made it this far, well done! I’ll update again soon. In the meantime, you can read my new article, including my Grandmother’s signature Smoked Chicken recipe, over at The Arbuturian! Peace and love.