Just back from a 4D/3N trip and I already feel broke despite not buying loads. Hehe.. This pic really says it all.
It’s been years since I last stepped into Hong Kong. While I love it for the shopping and the food, but there are things that I don’t particularly like about the city. It’s noisy, jam-packed with people who do not have an idea of personal space and the feeling I usually get out of the holiday is that I need another holiday. The decision to pick Hong Kong as a destination for a short getaway with the cousin was because it was one of the first trips we had ever done as young adults with limited finances and we thought it would be nice to revisit the city again (now that we are much older). The idea of a kid-free vacation also sounded extremely enticing and I think that Hong Kong is one of those places where bringing young children can be somewhat logistically challenging. I believe if Bubba is slightly older, this will be a place I will definitely like to bring her.
We took the almost first flight out of Singapore (7.30am+) and landed in Hong Kong just before noon. As we were traveling during the school holiday season (considered to be peak period for travel), we settled on a reasonably-priced accommodation for our hotel. The reviews on Nathan Hotel on Booking.com as well as Trip Advisor were rather balanced, and the pricing quoted seemed fair, so I decided to book us a room there. It didn’t disappoint for it looked fairly new and the room was clean plus wide. It was about a 5-7 minute walk from Jordan MTR Station. After securing an early check-in and a quick shower, we headed out to Tsui Wah (a 2 minute walk from our hotel) for some Yuen Yang (coffee and milk tea combo) and some condensed milk buns.
Now, lemme document my food journey with what we ate in Hong Kong despite the short time there. Well, because, there’s only so much you can do in Hong Kong with a fellow girl-friend (in my case, my cousin), and eating plus shopping have got to be the things to do!
After a spot of shopping at Causeway Bay (didn’t buy much), we ended up at Yum Cha @ Central for dinner. The restaurant was a recommendation by Libby as yours truly here didn’t get round to planning our food itinerary for the trip. Was simply too tired to do anything after work and caring for the toddler. So Thank You Libby! 🙂
It’s good to know that Dim Sum can be enjoyed throughout the day over at Yum Cha as they serve authentic Chinese food coupled with vibrant modern presentations. They champion traditional Chinese recipes and flavours, but present them in a pleasing and contemporary way that both locals and travelers can appreciate.
Indeed! The presentation for some of the dishes were really quite eye-catching with flavours that were also memorable. Take for instance this pretty baked pineapple tart in the form of little birds presented in a cage. This is best eaten warm for the tart was crumbly soft and the pineapple filling still warm.
Of course, the winner of the evening that had our sides almost splitting was these steamed custard ‘alien’ buns. We had a blast just ‘pinching’ the buns to see the silky custard liquid flow out of the buns.
We went on a late night supper food trail after Disneyland on Sunday night. The cousin insisted on checking out a bigger Tsui Wah, so we went to a slightly bigger one at Tsim Sha Tsui where we filled our bellies with curry brisket rice and braised chicken wings. Washed our sinful supper down with some ice-cold lemon tea which was really refreshing. Was hoping to walk off dinner for a bit and just a street down from Tsui Wah, the cousin spotted this small restaurant that served our fave Oyster and Minced Pork Porridge. Even though we were kinda stuffed, we knew this was pretty difficult to find back home, so we decided to stuff our faces further with more food!
On our third day in Hong Kong, we reserved it specially for sussing out of food stalls over at Central. The cousin said that she will not leave Hong Kong without heading for her fave curry beef brisket hor fun at Kau Kee. To be honest, I didn’t even know what to expect until I googled and found out that Kau Kee 九記牛腩 is actually a famous restaurant on Gough Street in Central, Hong Kong.
Be prepared to queue if you are planning to sink your teeth into tender beef tendon best eaten with curry. This was really delicious and just looking at the picture is making my mouth water. Even though the queues are long, it does move quite fast as seats are rather limited and the place is quite tight so people tend to eat quickly and then leave after paying.
With all the rage about Tai Cheong egg tarts in Singapore where the queues are horrendously long just for the egg tarts, I was just glad that there was nothing of this sort over at the Central brunch. In fact, there was no queue at all! We simply walked in to order our egg tarts (had to have one each) plus a Century Egg Puff Pastry (Pei Dan Shou) to share. The egg tart served and eaten warm was soooo good. The egg custard was silky smooth and the pastry was buttery and crumbly. The super under-rated Century Egg Puff Pastry is now my fave. The taste is really quite special for I don’t recall eating anything like this. In the middle of the sweet pastry tart was actually half a century egg nestled in it. When I bit into the pastry, the exterior flaky crust crumbled and in my mouth, there was something sweet and then the taste of the century egg all mashed into one. Okay, I’m probably not describing it rightly here and the taste may not be for the faint-hearted but if you are at least a century egg eater, this pastry, you’ve gotta at least give it a try!
And on the last day just before we left Hong Kong, we discovered that our hotel was actually within walking distance of Australian Diary Company. So we brave the rain and walked out for some traditional breakfast – Hong Kong styled – before heading to the airport.
Australia Dairy Company is a traditional Hong Kong restaurant, cha chaan teng, in Jordan, Hong Kong, specialising in steamed milk pudding, scrambled eggs, toast and custard dishes. I wanted to try out the steamed milk pudding but the cousin wasn’t too keen so in the end, we went for the breakfast set menu which comprised of macaroni with shredded ham, scrambled eggs and butter toast. The scrambled eggs were actually pretty good, creamy and buttery when eaten with the toast. Of course, the atmosphere was also quite special. Think of it as grumpy servers who were rush you for your order the moment that you are seated and practically chase you out of their doors once they see that you are almost done. It was quite an experience!
Portions run huge here so if you have a raging appetite, order one set each. Else, would encourage you to share the set meal and save your tummy for this corn beef sandwich. I think it’s a rare find as one would hardly see corn beef stuff on the menu.
And that concludes our little getaway to Hong Kong with my cousin, our third time to Hong Kong together I think and it’s actually kinda special because we went up together when I was in my 20s then! I hope to share this little upcycling project that we did in Hong Kong plus an all-girls trip to Disneyland without the kid. I know… call me crazy Disney Junkie!
Next up, Tokyo in just a couple of days with the Little Bow Family! CANNOT WAIT!!!