I went to Hong Kong in August and happened to meet up with my favorite girls. I love Hong Kong! It was mad shopping and mad eating. Mostly mad, non-stop eating for me. But the other 2 girls absolutely filled their luggage to the brim with lots of goodies from Shen Zhen.
On the first day I arrived in Hong Kong, it was straight to the girl’s hotel. They were talking about this famous and awesome Dim Sum place right behind where they were staying. And guess what, it’s actually awarded with ONE MICHELIN STAR. The cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, Tim Ho Wan. Where else can you enjoy Michelin standard cuisine at less than 20 HKD per dish? Only in Hong Kong! Of course I was exceptionally excited about lunch that day.
However, when we got there, we were greeted by a crowd gathered outside a tiny hole-in-the-wall-style cafeteria. And guarding the entrance was the typical fiery Cantonese spouting auntie. The branch we visited was the one at Sham Shui Po, which is the second branch of Tim Ho Wan. The original one is at Mong Kok, and the third and newest branch is at Central. There was a queue system, and each group that arrived were given a queue number and a menu and then were ungraciously shooed away from the entrance to wait for their numbers to be called. It is a TINY TINY place, possibly seats up to 30 people if everyone were to squeeze.
But what an experience! To deal with the rude aunties serving baskets and baskets of delectable treats. Watching the other patrons devour their dim sum dishes and you having your own tower of dim sum baskets to conquer. The crispy pork buns are absolutely amazeballs. So yums. I could have eaten the whole basket of it if not for the other tasty dim sum treats. We ordered as much as we could eat and the bill that came was totally negligible.
A word of caution: Be prepared for the wait, squeezing at the same table with other hungry souls, and the ubiquitous rude cantonese aunties.
Me, Jorin and Suet returned to the hotel to transport their luggage back to my hotel where they will be bunking in for the night. And boy oh boy was that an adventure. Imagine three girls. 2 HUMONGOUS and bursting-at-the-seams luggage, 2 large carry-on bags and our own handbags. Navigating through the narrow streets in Mong Kok during the post-lunch rush hour. Rain. A disgruntled luggage wheel that gave way and literally flew out from under the pressure of it all. I had the unfortunate honour of catching the wheel, and actually got burned by it because of the friction it had endured. All that and running after a bus. Not a pretty sight. We practically collapsed when we finally arrived at our hotel, which was near the airport.
After that, was a day of sightseeing, insisted by yours truly. It’s a cabin crew thing. We just have to do something touristy.
The stars on the ground were not as interesting as the view across the waters. Photo taken with my favorite landscape photo iPhone app.
Photos really don’t do it justice. The actual view is just oh-my-goodness-so-awesomely-breathtaking.
We walked from the Star Ferry pier to the Exchange Square Terminal in Central and took bus 15. This took about 30 minutes and costs 9.80 HKD. One-way trm tickets costs 28 HKD and don’t forget the horrendous queues. We took the bus up to the peak because frankly speaking, I am sick of the trams. Always the same, always too crowded. The bus was maybe a slightly longer journey, but no queue! And it was such a roller coaster ride. Going up really steep roads at breakneck speeds on the double deck bus. Be sure to grab the front row seats on the top deck! How they managed to cluster all these sky scrapers on such a steep mountain still amazes me.
After a long day, we decided to take a taxi down the peak and hunt for a good dinner place. As usual, Jorin was the one with all the handy tips and we found Tsim Chai Kee 沾仔记. It’s one of the famous wonton noodle restaurants in Hong Kong. The noodles came with 3 types of toppings. You can choose 1, 2, or all 3. Being the glutton that I am, I chose all three toppings: shrimp wonton, fish balls, and beef slices. The shrimp wonton was so good! Huge and filled with shrimpy goodness. Perfect match with the springy Mee Kia. The beef slices tasted of too much meat tenderizer, and the fish balls were just strange! It didn’t look or taste like normal fish balls. They were greyish, huge ugly balls of minced fish meat and some other strange ingredients. Not a fan of those.
We were so tired by then but I still insisted that we walked along the longest outdoor escalator in the world, the Central-Mid-Levels escalators. It is kind of amazing, 800 metres long and 135 metres high, like a giant shortcut escalator to get from the Mid-levels to Central where the offices and sky scrapers are. If you stand on the wrong side of the escalator, you’re going to be tsked at for sure. Time is money to these Hong Kongers, even though it is way past rush hour.
PHEW. I can’t believe we did all these in a day!
Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street
Sham Shui Po
Tsim Chai Kee Wanton Noodles
98, Wellington St