Thursday, August 18, 2011

Seafood indulgence at Lamma Island

When it comes to seafood, Lamma Island, Lei Yue Mun and Sai Kung are arguably some of the most popular places to eat it. Since Lamma Island is featured in numerous TVB dramas, it is a natural first choice for me.

To get to the island, take a ferry from Central Piers. The piers are nearer to Hong Kong MTR station. If you alight at Central MTR station, walk through to Hong Kong station, then through the ifc mall.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kam Fung Restaurant - For that (almost) national bun

Hong Kongers seem to have a national obsession with po lo bao (pineapple bun). Since bread and pastry do not exactly excite me, I have not been compelled to try it, until this April.

Kam Fung Restaurant in Wan Zhai on Hong Kong Island is one of several popular cha chan tengs to try this snack, so here we were.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tung Po - Dai pai dong goodness

Like we have hawker centres in Singapore, there are also cooked food centres in Hong Kong. A friend introduced me to this particular one, located within walking distance of North Point MTR station and also accessible by tram.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Iconic tram ride and bustling Causeway Bay

Despite having been to Hong Kong several times over the last ten years or so, I never got down to trying one of the city's earliest forms of transport - the electric tram - until this year. Affectionately called "ding ding", the tram is more than a century old, and is an economical mode of transport from the west to the east of Hong Kong Island, and back.

Picture from Discover Hong Kong.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Peak - Views from above

Every visitor to Hong Kong should definitely go to The Peak at least once. There are various ways to get there, but for the first-time visitor, The Peak Tram is a good choice. Be prepared for the crowds though.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tai Cheong Bakery - The best egg tarts?

Tai Cheong Bakery was just an ordinary, popular bakery until Chris Patten, Hong Kong's former governor, set foot into the 50-year-old shop and declared their egg tarts the best in the world.

Since then, the queue has never really stopped.


Lan Fong Yuen - Where milk tea began

If there is one drink that best represents Hong Kong, it's surely the popular Hong Kong style "silk stocking" milk tea (丝袜奶茶).

And somewhere in a small, busy alley in Central, one dai pai dong (大排档) lays claim to being the "inventor" of this milk tea.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Wanton noodles - Mak's Noodles vs Tsim Chai Kee

I love a bowl of good wanton noodles when in Hong Kong. And one of the best places to sample this dish is Mak's Noodles on Wellington Street in Central.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lin Heung Tea House - Fighting the dim sum war

I'm the sort of traveller who will do as much research as possible before a trip - searching forums, asking questions, reading reviews. Usually, that helps a lot to ensure a smooth, enjoyable holiday and things seldom go wrong. But there's always a first for everything.

Lin Heung Tea House, established in 1928, is one restaurant that seems to be mentioned in every other guide book. People rave about how it is traditional and authentic, and how it offers a true blue dim sum experience from decades past.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Yung Kee Restaurant - Home of the roast goose

Over at the Hong Kong Island side, Wellington Street in Central is one street that's lined with great dining choices. One of them is Yung Kee Restaurant, a multi-storeyed restaurant complete with flashy exterior. Reservations are recommended.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

G.O.D. - To live better!

Whenever I'm in Hong Kong, I make it a point to visit the shop called G.O.D. Pronounced letter by letter, it sounds like the Cantonese slang for "to live better" (住好啲). Quite aptly, the shop sells lifestyle and household products, with a focus on modernising traditional Oriental items. I love the idea!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Serenade Chinese Restaurant - Dining with a view

For a proper meal of Cantonese cuisine or dim sum that's beyond mass appeal outfits like Tim Ho Wan or Tao Heung, I enjoy going to the Serenade Chinese Restaurant by the Maxim's Group. This middle-range restaurant offers great food at reasonable prices, and even an inspiring view of Victoria Harbour, if you're fast enough with your reservation to snag a table by the window.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Victoria Harbour - Avenue of Stars and A Symphony of Lights

Victoria Harbour and its accompanying city skyline is undoubtedly one of the most well-loved attractions of Hong Kong. And my favourite place to admire its charms is by the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront promenade.

Monday, August 1, 2011

"The Fortune Buddies" movie promotion in Singapore

Here's a distraction that's not about visiting Hong Kong, but I reckon still related to the city. ;)

I chance upon a meet-and-greet session with the three funny men from TVB - Johnson Lee, Wong Cho Lam and Louis Yuen - who were here to promote their movie. It's a spin-off from their popular variety show, Fun With Liza And Gods.