So after 10 weeks, my internship attachment has finally ended! It was really a fulfilling experience and all, but I figured that I really need to spend more time with my family and friends before I fly off for exchange! So anyways, with courtesy of my dad’s free tickets to Hong Kong, me and my sis went on a short trip to Hong Kong. This is actually the first trip that we went on our own, so it was really like a sister bonding trip kind of thing.
Some disclaimers first, the food recommended on this list is really good, but more towards the convenience because my sister is really cute but lazy. Super lazy so we didn’t really travel to far ulu places for good hunts! So this list would be a good list for people who really want good food at their convenience! As usual, before I start on the list, here’s some pictures along with some tips about this trip!
I met my SMU friend, Weijie, who was doing his internship in Hong Kong at Temple Street for supper. We ate at this famous clay pot chicken rice place, which was really good! But it didn’t make it into the list because it tasted like Singapore’s version so nothing much to shout out for! But if you’re going to Temple Street (which I highly recommend, read my previous post), go and try all the street food there after having your dinner at this place!
So me and my sis wanted to go to the Hong Kong Wetland Reserve, which seems like a really beautiful place! It is pretty far off, so we had to take the train then the mrt. And when we finally got there.. YOU NEED A PASSPORT TO ENTER. It was pretty shitty so perhaps you guys would want to check this place out! The pictures above were taken otw to the ulu wetland reserve 🙂
We also went up to see the big buddha via the cable car! The view was amazing as you can see from the photos! Both me and my sis went here on our previous visit to Hong Kong, but that was during winter time and it was hazy so we really could not see much. But during summer, the skies were really beautiful, a must-see during summer! 🙂
Also located at lantau island, we went to visit the Tai O Fishing Village! We had to endure the stupid 45 mins bus journey which was super jerky with all the sharp turns the bus had to take. It made my motion sickness act up, and I felt super shitty. And in the end.. Tai O was so not worth it. There’s really nothing much there. We had a tickets to go on the boat to venture out and see dolphins but I was too sick I didn’t go for it. Mehhh. So unless you can take jerky bus rides, don’t bother going for this place!
This is the last photo I have to share, and what a gorgeous photo this is huh! Yes, this is probably the best tip of this post! So we met up with our cousin who has been working in Hong Kong for 2 years now. And yes she contributed to most of the items on the Top 5 eats List! Anyways, she brought us to the Ozone Bar located at the Ritz Calton Hotel, and the view the what you see above: STUNNING. This is the highest bar in the world, it was so so beautiful. So make a trip there, the view is definitely worth it!!
Alright! Time for the Top 5 eats in Hong Kong 2014! Just a reminder again, this list encompasses good eats with convenience only! So if you wouldn’t mind traveling for good food, check out my 2013 list here: Top 5 eats in Hong Kong 2013
#5 Tsui Wah Restaurant
So this is a famous cha chan teng in HK, with various outlets and my cousin said that Singaporeans love this place! They have breakfast and lunch menus so we ate here on 2 occasions, at different outlets! So here’s what I feel are worthy eats:
This was what we had for breakfast and everything was good! But I particularly love their pork cutlet: crispy on the outside, juicy and slightly fatty meat on the inside. Yums! It was everything you could ask for in a pork cutlet, so good!
This was what we had for lunch! Their homemade fish ball and fish cake soup was really good, the fish balls and cakes were flavorful and went so well with their chili. The soup was light but tasty, you could drink the whole bowl!
Lastly, their milk tea was really smooth and silky. I don’t add sugar to my tea but it was still flavorful enough! Anyways, the restaurant recommended other items as well, such as the chicken wings you see in this pic. But really meh, nothing much in my opinion. Check out the next item on this list for my favorite chicken wings!
We went to the 2 outlets below, but the long list of their outlets: see here
The gigantic souffle was really big and that impressed me! But I didn’t like the dish, it was foamy and soft, but I could only tasted eggs and yeah it just wasn’t good for me. “Every thing also not nice.. then you intro this for what?” Well, the only dish that made me recommend this place is..
THE SWISS BAKED CHICKEN WINGS! I loved it so much! This item was also recommended in Tsui Wah (see above), but after trying both, Tai Ping Koon’s won hands down! The sauce was addictive: a tad sweet, a tad salty- it was really harmony! The chicken was really tender too. Really a good dish, albeit expensive! So I suggest you come to this place for their chicken wings only, you won’t regret it! I ate 6 pieces despite being so full, yums!
# 3 DimDimSum Dim Sum Specialty Stall
This dim sum place is a common name, serving top quality tim sum at affordable prices! Each dish is about SGD$4 with bigger portions as compared to S’pore! They’ve won various awards and features from Newsweek, Time etc. So we ordered and tried so many dishes but here’s the few that I feel you should order!
Crispy shrimp rice rolls: These were my top choice!
The rice rolls covered crispy flakes of you tiao like thing, as well as fresh succulent prawns! Dip it with the soy based sauce behind, it was really flavorful and of the best texture! Yums!
This is another dish I would like to make a shout out for: Pan-Fried Stuffed Eggplants with Teriyaki sauce
The egg plant was juicy yet not too oily, and they were stuffed with fish paste bringing another flavor to the eggplants! Drenched with that teriyaki sauce, it was really tantalizing!
So apart from the two dishes above, the rest of the dishes I would recommend are really good, but I’m not going to do any shout outs, because they are pretty much the standard you find in a top dim sum restaurant in Singapore!
Deep Fried Wonton with Sweet and Sour sauce
Pork Dumplings with Crab Roe
So here’s an image of the menu so you can see their prices and the variety that they serve:
This is the outlet that I go to:
G/F, Man Wah Building, 23 Man Ying Street, Jordan
But for a list of all their outlets, click here
# 2 Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop
Really nice hong kong atmosphere, not that touristy as compared to Mak’s Noodle & Tsim Chai Kee (reviewed in my previous post). Oh and if you’re wondering where this is located, its right beside the famous Australian Diary Co (also reviewed in the previous post), so you could very much kill 2 birds with 1 stone hehe.
My sis ordered the Shrimp Dumpling Noodle Soup and the noodles was thin yet chewy. Hand-made using just flour and eggs, the noodles are indeed very springy and the soup was just oh-s0-flavourful. Together with the noodles, that’s a level of standard you can’t get in S’pore.
I ordered dry noodles, that’s Prawn Roe Noodles. So basically that power like thing you see is actually the prawn roes that are dried and marinated with seasoning! It tasted really good! I’m a fan of prawn roes so it totes hit the spot for me!
G/F, 51 Parkes Street, Jordan
# 1 Sift Patisserie
I met my good friend’s bestie, Ning, coincidentally at Temple Street and she intro-ed me some food places! But sadly, I only managed to go for this. I went to central alone before my flight to purchase these cupcakes! I decided that I shall bring it back to Singapore to savor it together with Jon. Hence.. really really ugly cupcakes because someone toppled them! Anyhow, its more about the taste right!
But my favorite has got to be the salted caramel one. Let’s start with the texture of the cake, which applies for all cupcakes. It was super moist and light, so so soft, you can say that this is one of the best cupcakes I’ve eaten! And their frostings were not too sweet, but so so flavorful!
Now lets shove the limelight to their Salted Caramel Chocolate cupcake. It was a piece of heaven! I loved the delicate balance of sweet and salty, it was perfect for my palette. So so good, a definite must try! 🙂
Last tip, if you want, stay at Eaton Hotel. It costs about $150SGD per night, and its located in Jordan, a really centralized place! Most of the food on this list surrounds the hotel! A really good place: the service is good and its very clean 🙂
And this marks the end of my list for Hong Kong 2014! Since I’ve ended internship, I’m super super free so I’ll probably be blogging more often, you can expect a new post every week! I hope I won’t be lazy haha. Ok then! Stay hungry ❤