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)
This trip occurred because the promotion for Krisflyer miles 15% discount was ending, and we wanted to use up our miles 😛 It was also our longest trip together ever, for we started our planning with great ambition to cover lots of places, before practicality set in, and we decided that we needed a relaxing trip instead, and decided to focus on Kyushu instead 🙂
Generally, traveling in Japan can be quite a hassle-free experience if you do your homework beforehand 🙂 Because of their strict compliance to punctuality, all transport options depart and arrive on the dot and it becomes quite seamless to plan connections from one place to another.
And with websites such as hyperdia.com, you can get the train schedules for any day and can plan ahead with a few backup plans thrown in 🙂 Bus schedules are also easily obtainable from the operators’ websites or a simple Google.
There are quite a few transport passes available in Kyushu, and depending on your itinerary (and planning), they could prove to be money savers 🙂
The coffees that we tried in Fukuoka were in general good!
And we seemed to get this feeling that cafes in Fukuoka are generally having very nice ambience and environment (check out the panorama shot in the banner picture) that’s conducive for sipping coffee and watching the world go by…
I think by this point we were pretty much too full to try any cafe food 😛