A Jetstar promo got us packing for a short trip to Hong Kong 🙂
The 10am flight meant that we could have some proper rest before going to the airport for a hearty breakfast. Since it was yet another chillax trip, we actually re-visited some of our favourite places.
And thanks (but no thanks) to typhoon, we actually had to stay in the hotel on the 2nd last day and had afternoon tea in the hotel, and spam ancient Hong Kong movies in bed! First time we encountered typhoon no 8 in Hong Kong!
We had initially planned to take the boat ride to the outlying islands, but alas, the waters were rather choppy today, and we would rather not risk it. Hence, we settled for a fun people-watching exercise, as we observed how the locals buy seafood 😀 It was rather fascinating!
We also took a stroll in the area, and could not resist trying 蘿蔔絲茶粿 Radish Rice Pudding / Tea Cake (HKD14) from 許姑娘家鄉茶粿 Mrs. Hui Traditional Chinese Rice Pudding. Hubby enjoyed it, but I did not quite like such texture 😛
While there were quite a few seafood lunch options here, we did not feel like trying them, but decided to opt to go back to Kowloon for 一點心 One Dim Sum 😀
- Location: G/F, 21 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong 香港西貢市場街21號地下 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Kwun Tong Line Choi Hung Station 觀塘綫彩虹站 (Take bus 1 or 1A to Sai Kung from here)
- Website: Facebook
- Hrs: 10am – 6pm (only on weekends)
We wanted a simple breakfast before heading out for our half day trip to 西貢 Sai Kung, hence we settled for a 茶餐廳 cha can teng near our hotel.
We got ourselves Breakfast Sets B 牛油方包香腸煎蛋+沙嗲牛肉麵 (HKD28) and Breakfast Set D 營養麥皮牛油方包+雞蛋, 餐肉 (HKD29), which could be customised, e.g. butter toast or bun, noodles options, and side dishes options.
For this price, it was really quite a spread, and in particular, we enjoyed the satay beef noodles!
- Location: 17 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong 香港九龍油麻地窩打老道17號地下 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Tsuen Wan Line Yau Ma Tei Station 荃灣綫油麻地站 (Take Exit B1 and walk 1 min)
GaBee Iced Fruity Tea
We needed a drink after all the travelling, and this cafe seemed rather inviting 🙂
Both the GaBee Iced Fruity Tea (HKD58) and Shakerato Caffe (HKD38) were great thirst-quenchers, and it was a pretty nice place to chill and relax, while we thought about our next food destination 😛
Note: There was an additional 10% service charge.
- Location: Shop B227, B2/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong 香港九龍尖沙咀河內道18號K11購物藝術館B2樓27號舖 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Tsuen Wan Line Tsim Sha Tsui Station 荃灣綫尖沙咀站 (Take Exit D2 and walk 2 mins)
- Website: OpenRice
- Hrs: 11am – 10:30pm
This was our most adventurous meal of the trip, for we travelled entirely by bus (big and small) to reach this place 😛
There were quite a few restaurants selling roast goose, but we had our minds set on this place 深井裕記.
So many choices, but not enough stomach space, so we had to settled:
- Regular lower (i.e. drumstick portion, HK$165)
- Poached Goose Giblets (HK$90)
- Poached Chinese Cabbage and Jinhua Ham with Chicken Broth Soup in Casserole (HK$88)
Gotta say that the the long trip down was worth it! The goose meat was tender and the skin crispy, and the Chinese cabbage was really sweet!
- Location: 9 Sham Hong Road, Sham Tseng, New Territories, Hong Kong 香港新界深井深康路九號 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Tsuen Wan Line Tsuen Wan Station 荃灣綫荃灣站 (Take Green Bus 96 or 96M)
- Website: yuekee.com.hk (Facebook)
- Hrs: 11am – 11pm
We had initially wanted to have porridge at 生記粥麵 San Kee Porridge which has a branch just opposite our hotel, but the place was closed today 😦 So, we headed to the 茶餐廳 cha chan teng beside it instead.
We had the 早餐A Breakfast Set A (HK$28) and the 营养早餐 Nutritious Breakfast (multiple options, HK$29), and were pleasantly surprised by the food. Our first time trying out a relatively unknown cha chan teng (usually we go to our favourite haunts, or those rather popular with tourists type) and the food was not bad at all!
- Location: Tung Yu Building, 6-8A Tung Fong St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong 香港九龍旺角東方街8號地下A舖 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Kwun Tong Line/Tsuen Wan Line Yau Ma Tei Station 觀塘綫/荃灣綫油麻地站 (Take Exit A2 and walk 2 mins)
- Website: OpenRice
- Hrs: 7:30am – 10:30pm (Mon-Sat)
We chanced upon this cafe beside the Broadway Cinematheque (a small four-houses cinema block which features numbers of film festivals and shows many unconventional art films) in Yau Ma Tei after visiting Temple Market, and we really liked the concept of the cafe + bookstore 😀
We were still very full from dinner (think pig’s blood, fishballs, polo bun, and claypot rice 🙂 ), so we opted for a Pomegranate and Apple Juice (HK$32) and a Iced Cafe Latte (HK$42). The juice was sour and refreshing, while the latte was bitter and smooth.
We liked the ambience of the place, which is a cafe within a bookstore. We took turns to just walk among the shelves of books to browse the books. It was a chillax way to end our first night in Hong Kong 🙂
- Location: Shop H2, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St., Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong 香港九龍油麻地眾坊街3號駿發花園H2地舖（油麻地bc百老匯電影中心側） (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Kwun Tong Line/Tsuen Wan Line Yau Ma Tei Station 觀塘綫/荃灣綫油麻地站 (Take Exit C and walk 4 mins)
- Website: www.kubrick.com.hk (Facebook)
- Hrs: 11:30am – 10pm (Bookstore), 11:30am – 9:30pm (Cafe), 2pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH) (disc store)
We had initially planned to visit Hong Kong in May for the Cheung Chau Bao Festival, but unfortunately, we had to cancel the trip at the last minute. 😦
Nonetheless, we found time (and excuse) to visit Hong Kong in December 😀
In order to eat more, we had to burn more calories, so this was a trip which we walked a lot in between destinations (Hong Kong Island is filled with steps and slopes, our poor knees!).
We also took tram and ferry rides quite often during this trip, which can be a cheaper alternative than the MTR sometimes.
Our 6 days itinerary were as followed:
We had wanted to visit Tai O 大澳 for the longest time, but somehow we never made it in our past trips. This time, we made a special effort to visit!
After dropping our bags at the Regal Airport Hotel, we took its complimentary bus shuttle to 東薈城 Tung Chung Citygate, made our way past the queue for 昂坪纜車 Ngong Ping Cable Car (which will be closed for approximately 5 months from Jan 2017), before finding the other bus terminal for 新大嶼山巴士 New Lantao Bus (Tung Chung -> Tai-O, Tai-O -> Tung Chung).
The bus frequency was roughly every 15 minutes, and the queue for Bus No. 11 was rather long at noon time. Note that depending on the type of bus, not all had standing space. Hubby was the last who got up the bus but there were no longer any seats available, and he had to explain to the next bus driver that he had already tapped his Octopus card in the previous bus. Thankfully, he did not have to pay twice. We dozed off almost immediately and 55 minutes later, we reached the Tai O terminus!
After an awesome congee breakfast, we were walking along Jervois Street back to our hotel to check-out, and sighted Barista Jam!
So obviously we must try the coffee here. But besides coffee, Barista Jam’s menu also includes breakfast, pastries, pastas, salads, and sandwiches, and serves them in a cozy, chic place with friendly baristas.
I tried a Skinny Latte (HK$36) and it was pretty good! A pity our stomach capacity was limited or we would try out some of the pastries! 🙂
- Location: Shop D, G/F, 126-128 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan 上環蘇杭街126-128號地下D舖 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Sheung Wan Station 港島綫上環站 (Take Exit A2 and walk 5 mins)
- Website: www.facebook.com/baristajamhk
- Hrs: 8am – 6pm (Tue-Fri), 10am – 6pm (Mon, Sat), 11am – 6pm (Sun)