Frying an egg on the Teppanyaki hot plate at Matsubishi, Convention Plaza.
I bet it was seeming like you were never going to hear from me again, eh? Well you don’t get off that easily! As I write this I’m sitting in my grandmother’s apartment, looking out over Causeway Bay, I’ve just come back from a delicious Indonesian lunch with the wonderful Rita, SC and their 4-month-old baby Lil’ Marcus (who is totally adorable – I nearly took him home with me!) and though I’m feeling a little sleepy (Hong Kong will do that to you), I’ve been having an awesome week.
So what exactly have I been doing for the six days I’ve been in Hong Kong? Duh: eating, and oh how I’ve been eating. The thing about Hong Kong is that the choice of food is so eclectic: it’s not all about eating in the big name restaurants, or only eating Chinese food. There is so much choice because there are so many people, and everybody has a different background. Don’t limit yourself by eating only the HK Michelin starred food, or only the places that are “amazing” but barely anybody goes there: in other words, don’t be a food snob. Eat up! Eat up good! Sometimes the most amazing meals can be found tucked away in the nastiest, most ghetto neighbourhoods, where even as you eat your snake soup (more on that later) you’re convinced the triad are going to pop out from behind one of the cages of live snakes and kill you. Probably with a snake. Maybe with throwing stars. Or is that too ninja?
Instead of giving you a blow-by-blow account of every single thing, I’m just going to give you a foodie photo round-up. Having said that, I’m saving some stuff because have I mentioned I’m the newest food writer for London-based magazine The Arbuturian? Oh yeah. There are more people being subjected to my writing, photographs & ramblings about food. Follow along with my Food Odyssey at the magazine’s site, where tidbits from my best (and possibly worst) food experiences will be published. You can read the first installment here. The second is now live here.
So. Without further ado. I present to you: FOOD. All photos can be found in a larger format on my Flickr.
(This place is excellent. Every time we’re in Hong Kong we go here for Teppanyaki. Highly recommended. Around HK$300/person).
Cooking Teppanyaki style beef rolls, filled with crispy garlic and spring onion.
3/F Convention Plaza
(This place was okay for food, fairly standard stuff, but the service is pretty good. Around HK$300/person).
Pot stickers & spring rolls, filled with turnip.
From the top left, clockwise: har-gao (steamed prawn dumplings), siu-mai (steamed mixed pork & prawn dumplings), char-siu bao (barbecued pork buns), sui jing gao (steamed crystal dumplings with prawns & vegetables).
Cheung fun (rice noodles) filled with yau char kwai (fried dough biscuit) & cheung fun with preserved vegetables.
Wu gok (crispy fried taro dumpling).
Preserved duck & preserved Chinese sausage.
Pick your own dinner: both of the fish and the crab are actually enormous. The fish on the right was bigger than my arm span and its head bigger than mine! The crab’s head was about the size of my head!
Chinese Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant
2/F Caroline Centre
2-38 Yun Ping Road
(This place was very good; recommended. Apparently they have a Michelin star! Around HK$250/person).
A how-to guide to Xiao Long Bao (Shaghainese soup dumplings) & essential condiments.
Duck’s tongues & drunken chicken.
Shaghainese prawns & pork and crab roe xiao long bao.
Spicy wonton dumplings.
My boy Kevin, the high-roller (that’s a HK$50 note; about the equivalent of £5!).
Din Tai Fung
G/F 68 Yee Woo Street
(I really liked it here: excellent mussels and service! Want to go back & try some more of their menu. Around HK$200/person).
The Frites menu, passionfruit Belgian beer & an array of coasters (so cool).
Frites House Classic Moules (with chopped tomato, garlic & herbs in a white wine cream sauce) and frites with mayonnaise.
Fried gouda balls with pickles.
Frites Belgium On Tap
Shop 1&2 1/F Queen’s Palace
74 Queen’s Road
(This was pretty tasty, there are apparently better places to get Indonesian food, but I was with the girl-in-the-know who ordered all the right stuff! Around HK$150/person).
Satay & fried potato and beef cakes.
Beef brisket & fried noodles with prawns and vegetables.
“Famous” fried chicken wings & a selection of traditional Indonesian iced drinks/desserts.
Lil’ Marcus, the best-dressed baby in town!
10 Nanking Street
Random Things Wot I’ve Seen
My Goong-Goong & Po-Po’s (maternal grandparents) ashes are housed in this cemetary, but it’s absolutely huge. Really quite the sight to behold. These photos do not do the scale of it justice.
White Water For Men: now available for all hair types… the Japanese come up with some crazy beverages (found at Sogo mall, Causeway Bay).
That’s all for now. I’m going to Macau tomorrow with a couple of friends to pick up a work visa for one of them. Macau is not only the big gambling city (it’s like a mini-Vegas), but also a huge foodie town. I’m only going for the day but I plan on taking a plethora of photographs (and stuffing myself silly). I’ll post again before I leave Hong Kong on the 20th (only 5 days left!) so until then, peace and love.