Saturday, 19 July 2008

The best of HK...

...some of them, in my (and my friends') humble opinion(s) :)

Actually, it is because I have a few things from HK I would like to share still, and I decided to lump them all under one post.

Street Food

Frankly I didn't have enough street food (so many more I would have loved to try...but I wasn't feeling very well for that whole month there...plus, too much to eat, too little time) but here are a (very) few...including the HK must-try ---> smelly tofu!!


this is the one on 'goldfish street' in Mongkok...literally...lined with shop after shop selling fishes (plenty of goldfish)...and you will be able to smell this stall from far away :)


a closer look...before adding the sauces


Despite smelling quite bad from far away (like a rubbish dump)...the smell got less bad nearer (maybe it is just me)...and after coating the tofu with different sauces (don't know what they were...probably chilli & sweet sauce), I thought it tasted quite GOOD...haha. A layer of crispy skin, soft on the inside that melts in the mouth. Definitely wouldn't mind having it again! Haven't tried it anywhere else...so it could be the stall that is good...which is the famous one, apparently.

Another famous street food stall we visited was the one somewhere between Jordan and Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). This one is famous for 雞蛋仔 ('gai dan zai' in cantonese)...which is something I would describe as something sweet made with flour cooked into oval-ish shapes - crispy on the outside and pancake like on the inside.


a lot of newspaper clippings with famous HK stars!! must be good...haha...it IS a well-known stall, really


the 'gai dan zai'...really good actually!


the same stall also sells other types of street food...and we did have the curry fishballs as well (another typical HK street food...always being mentioned in TVB dramas :)) which were the BEST ones I had in HK...the texture was just right...yum!


And something I always enjoy on a cold winter night (or day for that matter)...warm roasted sweet potatoes!! Sooo good :)


the colours are so pretty as well!


both were sweet and lovely...but I prefer the purple ones


Egg tarts

Another HK trademark food. I am personally not a fan of egg tarts but for people who like them...HK is an egg tart heaven. After talking to the locals, these are 2 places recommended for the best egg tarts.


somewhere in Mongkok...we had a hard time finding it...it is under some pedestrian bridge (I think) but there are a lot of bridges in that area


the egg tarts ;) they do look really good! (I just don't like biscuity things much)


The other place, best portuguese egg tarts...at KFC!! Surprised? I was.


recommended by our classmates


Milk tea

Can you believe it? There is a 'best milk tea' place!! (I do miss the milk tea in HK...used to have one with every meal...) Anyway, this place holds the record for selling most glasses of milk tea in a day or something like that. We went there after class hoping to try their egg tarts and 'po lo pau' (pineapple bun...which is a type of bun with a crusty top with criss-crosses hence resembling a pineapple...no pineapple involved in its production) but we were too late!! Apparently they run out of those early afternoon. So, we sat there and savour the milk tea. Didn't think it was too special...but good nevertheless.


famous milk tea


This place is somewhere in Wanchai...I am sorry that I don't remember its name :(

Noodles

One of the staples in HK. I love all kinds of dumpling soups...but of all the places I tried, my favourite has to be 樂園 (Lok Yuen). They have a few branches but the one that I've been to 3 times was the new one in Mongkok, opposite Argyle Center on Argyle Street. Why? Just because it is new, with a modern and trendy interior (rather than hawker style) and the food tastes as good. Price...perhaps just a couple of HK$ more...totally ok with me.


my favourite - fish dumpling noodles...even the skin of the dumpling is made from fish...very nice!! where are can I find this?? *sob*


Also, I love to have noodle soup with some deep-fried fish skin. I don't have a photo but they are really good just on their own, or after a quick soak in your soup :)

Lok Yeun is apparently famous for their 'exploding beef balls', which are beef balls with hot soup in the middle once you bite into it. They are good but fish dumplings are still the way to go for me! :)

HK cafe

Ahh...Australian Dairy Co. Many locals love this place. If you are not familiar with the asian culture at all, be prepared for some serious culture shock. This place is SO popular that if you go at lunch time, there will be a long queue...but not to worry because one will not have to wait long.

One of the many (they have SO many workers for a shop of that size) waiters will get you at the door to ascertain the number of people he will need to seat. With seconds, one will be ushered into the cramped and crowded shop where you will be expected to stand in any small space you can find, hovering over people who are still eating.

The idea is to stare as much as possible so people will get uncomfortable and eat faster so they will be able to leave as soon as possible and you will get your seat...I'm kidding actually...but who knows.


their popular tea set...good value for money at HK$26(ish) everything you can see in the photo...including a hot milk tea/coffee


another thing people go there for...too sweet for me to finish on my own...but oh-so-smooth


The staff...though not the most polite bunch, were certainly entertaining!! :)

And this brings me to the end of my 'best of' post!!

33 comments:

JENCOOKS said...

Great write-up on HKG street foods; I too enjoyed the smelly tofu as much as you do and never think that it stinks at all. The purple sweet potato is so unique that I must try it next time there cos on the cover, it looks similar until you uncovered it...

wannagotohongkong said...

one thing i really wanna try is the smelly tofu..

IronEaters said...

Hi jencooks!

Thank you :) yup...definitely would go for the smelly tofu again! and I do like the purple sweet potato...it was good coz that particular stall (along Nathan Rd, I think...the road that takes you from jordan to TST) has the 2 different colours on display and we just asked for the colours we wanted :) I miss HK!!

and mian (that's you right?)...definitely must try!! must try everything! I should have tried the snake as well when I was in HK...

MM

eyer said...

how do u know

tigerfish said...

Australian Diary Co. - it was an experience for us when we were there the first time! They worked so fast! Turnover is so fast! :O

Hmmm....don't like stinky tofu :( ...a lot here in Taiwan!

IronEaters said...

hi eyer...ya, I know it is you :) private joke

hi tigerfish...yes!! that is precisely it...turnover is really fast!

スタービーチ said...

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出会い said...

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スタービーチ said...

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モテる度チェッカー said...

日頃モテモテでリア充のあなたもそうでないヒキニートの貴方も、モテる度チェッカーで貴方の隠れたモテ度を診断、ついでにモテル為のアドバイスも教えてくれるから、人生が今を起点に変わります

オナニー said...

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スタービーチ said...

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スタービーチ said...

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人生の値段チェッカー said...

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モバゲー said...

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玉の輿度チェッカー said...

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セフレ said...

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スタービーチ said...

最近スタービーチが女の子のコミュニティーサイトで話題中みたい!!夏休み目前ってのもあり登録比率に女性の数が半端ね~、やっぱり夏に一人は辛すぎや~とか思ってたら、暇な娘多すぎ・彼女簡単に出来ちゃった

スタービーチ said...

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モテる度チェッカー said...

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グリー said...

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gree said...

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セフレ said...

セフレを探しているならここ!割りきった体の関係を探している女性と出会いのチャンス!セックス目的なので会ってすぐにヤれちゃいます

モバゲー said...

モバゲー専門の出会い掲示板が誕生!出会いを求めている方にはオススメのサイトです。幸せな時間を過ごしたい方、淋しい思いをしたくない方はぜひご覧ください