Today we were hanging out within 高雄Kaohsiung, and we wanted to head out to 旗津 Cijin Island. The 10-minute ferry ride was more like drifting across the waters 😛
Once we got off the ferry, we rented a 4-seater electric bicycle (NT600 for 2 hours) to get around the island. A map was provided and all we had to do was to follow the trail and stop whenever we felt like it.
Though it was a really hot day, we could still feel the pleasant sea breeze. We took our time to stop and enjoy the scenery 🙂
Initially, it was Ms K who did the “driving”, and then halfway through, I got my chance to try, and there was no turning back, LOL! I thought it was so fun! With Ms K guiding me along, it was an easy ride. I even managed to “drive” through a particularly crowded street while trying to find our way back to the bicycle rental shop. Another cheap thrill for a non-driver 😛 Hubby might have almost fainted sitting at the back though 😛
Once we arrived at 東港 Donggang from 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island, we went to explore the 東港華橋市場 Donggang Seafood Market. While we had read online that the Donggang Seafood Market was closed on Fridays, at least half the stalls were opened when we were there, including some stalls selling raw chicken and fish.
There were plenty of stalls selling sashimi and seafood, so we picked one that appeared to slice their fish only upon orders. The sashimi was fresh, and we particularly enjoyed the toro and swordfish. The normal tuna was not bad too. We have had better salmon before, and would recommend that instead of ordering the generic Moriawase Mixed Platter (we paid NT500 for our platter), just pick the fish marked as signature, or the seasonal specials.
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)
First started in 1905, 광장시장 Gwangjang Market 廣藏市場 is one of the oldest, and largest traditional markets in South Korea.
Our first visit to the market was close to 9pm, and the food street bustling with lots of action!
There were many food stalls with customers crowding at the benches surrounding the stall to eat, and everything looked so delicious!
We made a round trying to decide what to eat, and eventually returned back on another night to finish whatever that we wanted to try 🙂
I have been wanting to check out this restaurant, after reading about it in the guidebook, and it was just around the corner of our hotel!
According to the guidebook, the owner of 해동해물탕 Haedong Haemultang 海東海鮮鍋 goes to 자갈치시장 Jagalchi Market 札嘎其市場 every morning to select the freshest seafood for the day, and the prices here are very reasonable.
So after a tiring day at walking around Busan, we decided that a hot steaming seafood pot for dinner it shall be!
The menu came with Chinese, English and Japanese translation, so I guess this must be a popular place with tourists too.
When we decided to visit Ms I in Sydney and began our research, Sydney Fish Market (SFM) popped up on Google Maps and I made a note that we must come and visit because we are so fond of fish markets with its fresh seafood (or markets in general, really… Haha)!
After more research, we realized that this is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and the 3rd largest fish market in the world in terms of variety. It is also a popular place with over 2.7 million visitors coming here annually.
But the most exciting part for us is SFM also includes many seafood eateries within its premises and one can buy fresh seafood to cook at home, or order them and have them cooked on the spot in various styles!
After we fed the pelicans and toured the Chocolate Factory on Phillip Island, it’s time to find lunch!
A quick search on Google brought us to The Cape Kitchen and we gotta say, the ocean view from the restaurant was awesome!!
This is also a popular place for weddings and celebrations apparently because it offers breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean and coastline with a menu that is focussed on what is in-season as well as introducing unique Australian flavours.
We were all hanging around at the dining area of the minsu and the Taiwanese couple shared that they had a lovely Teppanyaki dinner nearby, which they had made reservations 2 months in advance!
The minsu owner added that this was a very popular place, and that 周董 was known to book the entire place for parties (there’s a photo of him at the restaurant) 😮
Since we were checking out the next day and had no prior plans for lunch, she offered to help us make reservations for lunch.
A quick phone call later, and there were still seats available for the 13:10 and 14:10 timings, and so we picked the earlier slot. Thank you 小蘭!
We left 東京 Tokyo on 東海道新幹線 Tokaido Shinkansen and headed to 京都 Kyoto!
After dropping our luggage at the Capsule Hotel, we went back to JR Kyoto Station for lunch before making our way to 東福寺 Tofukuji. FourSquare suggested はしたて Hashitate, and we managed to find the place after some help from the information counter.
The queue was rather short, but we only got a table about 30 minutes later. By then, we had more or less decided on what we wanted, a Seasonal Set (¥1650+8% tax) with a groupa and spinach don, vegetable soba, appetizers and pickles, and a Special Set (¥2250+) with a groupa, egg and vegetable noodle soup, preserved tuna don, appetizers and pickles.
The food was presented in a lovely manner and we could not wait to attack the food! Despite the almost completely blocked nose, I felt immediate bliss from the first bite… I love Kyoto! 😀
- Location: Higashi-Shiokoji, Shiokoji-Sagaru, Karasuma St, Shimogyou-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu 600-8175, Japan 〒600-8175 京都府京都市下京区 烏丸通塩小路下ル東塩小路町
- Nearest Station: JR Kyoto Station JR京都駅
- Direction: 3rd floor of Suvaco JR Kyoto Isetan スバコ ジェイアール京都伊勢丹3F
- Website: www.wakuden.jp/tenpo-hashitate
- Hrs: 11am – 10pm
Located about 10-minute walk away from Marriott Vacation Club Resort and Spa, we read about its relatively good food in Tripadvisor and decided to go explore!
From the main entrance of the resort, we made a right turn and pretty much just followed the road and then a right turn at the junction and just continued to walk and walk. The sun was setting as we strolled, aand it was all dark by the time we arrived at the rows of stalls. We did not really check out the rest of the stalls, but made our way somewhere just past the middle to Thiwsoen.
We were given seats at a little hut, and a basin of water and insect repellent arrived at our table, how thoughtful! Without the insect repellent, we would have been covered with bites.
Food prices were comparable to Kin Dee, and we decided to sample a few dishes:
- Shrimp Cake (200B): Soft and slightly fluffy, the fried shrimp cakes were not dense like the crab cakes that we had at Kin Dee. The batter had plenty of shrimp bits and was yummy!
- Fried Morning Glory (100B): Quite standard stir fry Kang Kong with bean paste, that was abit too salty.
- Hor Mok Steamed Seafood with Curry Paste in Coconut (280B): A form of Thai curry fish custard, this was the winner of the night. It was super fragrant, and the shrimps, crab claws and squids were very fresh and sweet. Scrapping off the coconut flesh and eating with the slightly sweet and spicy curry was a bonus!
Overall, it was quite a lovely meal, minus the mosquitoes, and the cute little boy running all over taking orders and serving food gave this little family-run eatery a even more welcoming feel, and we left the place happily, with our phone flashlights on, as we made our way back along the now almost-dark roads.
- Location: Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket, Thailand
- Hrs: Dinner hours