I was craving for congee and so on our last morning at Hong Kong Island, we made a trip to 生記粥品專家 Sang Kee Congee Shop. They also have a noodles shop along the main road, and the congee place is actually located in the little alley nearby.
It was a tiny place, but apparently very popular with foreigners, for they do provide English menu when required. We opted for 魚腩豬心粥 Fish Belly and Pig Heart Congee (HKD$52) and 牛肉粉腸粥 Beef and Pig Intestines Congee (HKD$48). However, because it was outside lunch hours, we got a discount 😀 (There is also discount for takeaways.)
The congee here was so delicious, and we wondered how it managed to retain its heat till the last drop. The ingredients were very fresh and they were quite generous with the ingredients. Nothing beats a lovely bowl of piping hot congee for breakfast on a cold morning 🙂
We came by the area to purchase my favourite 大排档 Dai Pai Dong 2-in-1 milk tea, so it seemed rather fitting that we should have dinner at the nearby dai pai dong 盛記 Sing Kee. There were many customers having seafood here, but we did not dare to try. Instead, we had:
- 時菜豬什 Assorted Pig Offal & Seasonal Vegetables (HK$48): The choi sum was not bad, and the pig offals were quite tender.
- 嘟嘟雞煲 Sizzling Chicken in Pot (HK$59): Oooh, this was quite addictive and the chicken pieces were quite tender.
- 干炒牛河 Stir-fry Beef Hor Fun (HK$50): Unfortunately, this was missing a little wok hei, and a tad too salty and oily. The beef slices were quite tender though.
- Location: 中環士丹利街82號舖 82 Stanley Street, Central (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Hong Kong Station 港島綫香港站 (Take Exit C and walk 6 mins)
- Hrs: 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon-Sat, alt Sun)
After our hearty lunch, we strolled to 銅鑼灣 Causeway Bay, and found 義順牛奶公司 Yee Shun Milk Company… Perfect timing for a break 🙂
It was mandatory to order an item each, so we ended up with:
- 馳名雙皮燉奶 Double-layer Steamed Milk (HKD$32): It was such a hot day today, so we opted for the cold version. Smooth, rich and not overly sweet, it was a lovely dessert on a hot day!
- 雞蛋三文治 Egg Sandwich (HKD$20): This was pretty normal, with the egg not too dry, and strangely, there was a slight hint of peanut butter sauce…
民聲冰室 Min Sheng Eatery is a 14-seater shop that is very popular, despite the very short menu (8 items for lunch when we were there).
We ordered the 咸旦蒸肉餅 Steamed Minced Pork (HK$42) and 叉燒炒蛋 Char Siew Omelette (HK$42). Both items came with a super generous mountain of white rice, which was absolutely necessary, because the food was quite salty.
The tender minced pork mountain had a good mix of meat and fats, and the whole salted egg yolk went very well with it. We were quite impressed that it was steamed so well. The omelette was runny and delicious too.
Note: There is a minimum expenditure per pax of HK$40 for lunch, and HK$80 for dinner.
Near our hotel was the old-school 海安咖啡室 Hoi On Cafe which we noticed when we were on Ding Ding.
Established since 60 years ago, the name of the cafe was meant as well-wishes to the sailors, as the cafe was located near the pier. Nowadays, this place seem to be quite popular with tourists.
The staff understood Mandarin well enough, and were extremely patient and kind, e.g. there was a group who wanted to change tables after their orders had arrived, and the staff helped them to shift the food without complaints; they gave us water when they saw that we were about to take our medications with coffee / tea, which was much appreciated!
We had read about the Discovery Bay Christmas Market, and decided that it was worth our time to travel to Discovery Bay.
With the Discovery Bay Christmas Market on-going, plus the free ferry ride back to Central offer, we figured that we gotta make reservations for dining at D’Deck in Discovery Bay.
Among all the restaurants, Koh Tomyums appeared to be highly recommended. Our hotel helped us made the reservations 😀
Having being side-tracked with snacks and some Pokémon-catching, we ended up reaching Discovery Bay rather late, but managed to browse through most of the shops at the Christmas Market. There was not enough time before sunset to do any of the hiking trails, so we decided to go to the restaurant earlier.
After our morning hike, we were starving!
After some Googling, with our wobbly legs, we wobbled over to the nearby 興記雲吞麵 Xing Ji Noodle Shop.
A small eatery, the DIY menu and prices were pretty straightforward. We could choose up to 2 items, and there were 4 kinds of noodles for selection.
We quickly got ourselves a 招牌雲吞幼麵 Signature Wanton Thin Noodles (HK$17) and a 牛腩鯪魚球河粉 Beef Brisket and Dace Fish Balls Hor Fan (HK$22) to share.
The noodles was really springy, and the wantons were huge and fresh. The hor fan (rice noodles) was smooth and easy to slurp. The huge dace fish balls and beef briskets were delicious too. Unfortunately, the soup was a tad too salty for us, and we had to go in search of water after our otherwise rather delicious meal.
There were not many breakfast options near our hotel on a Sunday morning, so we decided to try the chain restaurant 翠華 Tsui Wah at Central before taking the bus at Exchange Square for our hike on Wilson Trail.
There were plenty of seats available, and we decided to share a 冰鎮菠蘿油配奶茶 Pineapple Bun with Iced Butter served with Milk Tea (HK$28), and a set with 沙爹牛肉即食麵 , 嫩滑炒蛋，牛油豬仔 配咖啡 Satay Beef Instant Noodles in Soup, Scrambled Eggs and Buttered Crispy Bun with Coffee (HK$36).
Taste-wise, you cannot really go wrong with instant noodles in Hong Kong 😀 The beef was also quite tender.
They forgot our pineapple bun, and we had to chase a couple of times. Served warm, it was not bad at all.
- Location: 中環威靈頓街15-19號地下至2樓 G-2/F, 15-19 Wellington Street, Central (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Central Station 港島綫中環站 (Take Exit D2 and walk 4 mins)
- Website: www.tsuiwah.com
- Hrs: 24hr
We were checking out our Instagram feed when something caught our eye, and we found that it was near where we were! Without further ado, we went to check it out!
LoYe Dim Sum is a modern fusion restaurant that gives a twist to old-school dim sum delights to transform them into Chinese fusion delicacies!
We were initially seated at a smaller table for 2, but once a bigger table was available, we were given the option to shift 🙂
We decided to go with a few interesting dim sum items, since we were still rather full from the entire day of eating…
We had wanted to try the polo bun with butter and milk tea here, but alas, by 6pm, the polo buns were already sold out. Since the minimum order was a drink per person, we decided on:
- 原裝凍奶茶 Iced Milk Tea (HK$20): This was served cold without ice, and it was smooth and strong and not overly sweet. Since there were no ice cubes, the tea remained flavourful throughout. A really lovely cup of milk tea!
- 熱檸啡 Hot Black Coffee with Lemon (HKD$20): Hubby did not add any sugar to his drink, so it was a very interesting blend that was aromatic, bitter and sour.
Being near to closing time, it was relatively quiet and we had a relaxing time chilling in the little bench seats with our drinks, in this little quaint place.
- Location: 灣仔春園街41號春園大廈地下 G/F, Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Wan Chai Station 港島綫灣仔站 (Take Exit B2 and walk 4 mins)
- Hrs: 6am – 7pm