Hong Kong 5
Another trip to a "World Class City"
Helen has Family in Hong Kong so I have visited a number
before. (If you are looking for a "I have a few days in Hong
Kong, what should I do - you should probably start with the entry from Hong Kong at New Years
pregnant, we didn't do much walking
outside of what we "needed" to for shopping purposes. That said,
there is always something worth seeing in Hong Kong so in no particular
order, here goes...
Dim Sum is quite possibly the most "Hong Kong"
thing to do in Hong
Kong. I'm not a big fan of pulling out a camera and documenting a
meal, especially if it's a family event in a nice restaurant so I
haven't taken photos of Dim Sum before. Things have changed
though - food blogging is now common (OpenRice.com has thousands of
postings in Hong
Kong) so taking out a camera is no longer so weird. To make
things even better, there is a highly fashionable (as in local's don't
often go) Dim Sum place in the neighborhood - Tim Ho Wan (添好運).
This restaurant rocketed to fame (and huge line ups) when it was
awarded a Michelin star. If you arrive just after it opens (at
10am) you will be waiting 2 hours plus before getting in.
What got them their "notable" (star) was the baked "Char Siu Bao" -
叉燒包. These take about 45 minutes to make so you want to order as
soon as you sit down. Most of the items are classic Dim Sum items
- some with twists.
Worth a three plus hour wait? Maybe.
Worth getting a ticket
early and checking back? Yeah.
Fruit and Vegetable Markets
Fruit and Vegetable markets can be found
everywhere in the older parts of Hong Kong. The markets reflect
the neighborhoods so watching to see what is for sale will tell you a
little bit about where you are walking. I frequent two markets -
the tiny markets nearest Helen's Grandparents and a larger markets on
Canton Road (West of Nathan Road, south of Argyle). For the first
time, I noticed that the selection (and more obvious - quantity) of
product varies with day of the week - Friday night produce stands are
overflowing, but on a Tuesday morning you can expect sparse
pickings. Being Asia, there is a great selection of fruit year
round. Being a world city, you find seasonal treats from both
hemispheres - Japanese Strawberries (further North) were common, as
were Southern Hemisphere blue berries. Durian could be found,
but it was pretty rare.
Meat markets are more challenging.
Freshness is job one so
inventory control gets quite a bit of effort. While you can
easily buy an orange at 10pm, there is no way you will find a meat
stall still open.
Of course it is freshest if the animal is
when you pick it. It used to be that you could bring live
chickens home to slaughter yourself, but avian flu being what it is,
home slaughter is no longer an option. You pick a bird (and a lot
more than chicken is available - there is a ring necked pheasant in one
cage) and it is slaughtered, cleaned and dressed for you when you come
back after some period of time. Almost like Safeway!
Buildings In Scaffolding
I live in Vancouver and we had a leaky condo
from time to time you see buildings wrapped in plastic and having their
exterior replaced. In Hong Kong you see buildings scaffolded when
they get a paint job, exterior repairs or updates. Unlike Canada,
the scaffolding is bamboo tied together, even up to 50 story
Life In Hong Kong
Apparently Vancouver was once famous for
it's neon lights the city government changed a few bylaws (specifically
that you had to take them down to service them) and the neon quickly
disappeared. Hong Kong on the other hand has embraced it's neon
traditional (at least in Kowloon) - many huge signs are up to date and
amazing. Taking good photos of them isn't very easy.
I visit the bird market pretty much every time I visit
Hong Kong. The first time I was faciniated by birds in
. The second time I was facinated by the people that own the
. This time I saw more birds outside of cages.
The best time to visit the bird market is definitly on
the weekend. More people are out and you are more likely to catch
the interaction of owners, birds and people new to bird ownership.
Helen and I are also big fans of street
. By far the most common (and often unlicensed) mobile
vendor in Hong Kong are the roast chestnut/yam carts. These have
burners on them to roast chestnuts and a bag of hot chestnuts costs
only a few dollars. These carts are all over the city and worth
A new one for us this trip was candy vendor
(licensed). The snack is basically cane sugar pulled into a
honeycomb shape, packed with coconut and wrapped in a flour
wrapper. Apparently this treat goes back hundred of years - it
was certainly popular with the kids!
Hong Kong is filled with random moments - sometimes it's getting your
glasses from a shop the size of a phone booth, other times it's seeing
beets as bonzai. Hong Kong is an amazing, dynamic city that
always has something new to discover.
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