#3 Hong Kong Food (part2)
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Okay, so this is a continuation from the previous HK food post. Damn, looking through all the pictures of food is so torturous. I can feel my stomach juices churning and it's making me want to go bad to HK again really badly :( But sighs, am still studying so I've no income to finance all my travel dreams and plans. Am also sort of, kind of planning to visit Japan during summer break next year, but that's KIV for now. Gosh, Japan's going to be damn freaking expensive. I may have to re-think this trip. Anyway, back to the Hong Kong delights :)
I just had a mini food-orgasm. This is the famous Yung Kee Restaurant that is renowned for it's roasted goose meat. I don't know why I kept referring to it as duck meat in mandarin when I was there. It tastes a wee bit like duck, but without the rusty, iron, blood taste. OMG, I can remember just closing my eyes and soaking in the moment as I put that piece of drum meat into my mouth and felt it melt on my tongue.
We also gave their century eggs a try because word on the street is that it's one of their more popular dishes. The century egg is very interesting. I've never seen one with such a clear egg white and such a runny yolk. I'm guessing it may be due to a different form of preserving the egg? Not too sure. Either way, it was nice and light on the palette, unlike some other century eggs I've had, and the slivers of pink pickled ginger went nicely with this side dish.
The real gem that we happened to chance upon was the char siew rice. OMG, it was out-of-this-world good! You have to visit the restaurant between 1400H-1700H on any given day. They'll have a tea time special that allows you to order either a plate or a bowl of char siew rice. Normally, you'll have to order the char siew and rice separately, which costs a whole lot more. Now I understand why people who've been to HK complain about SG's char siew. I don't think I've ever been this happy from eating char siew, ha-ha.
Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop, supposedly a 2 Michelin star place, serves the tiniest portion of noodles I had on the trip. It's pricey for a place that looks nothing like a restaurant. We tried out their speciality - plain noodles with oyster sauce and what looks like shrimp powder but is actually shrimp eggs. The dish with just noodles alone costs more than the wanton mee, so I'm guessing those must be some pretty expensive shrimp eggs. It's good; very unique tasting. I expected it to taste like the powdered dried shrimp we have back here in SG, but the eggs are less salty and pack a nice umami taste. Umami, something I learnt on the trip, is apparently the fifth flavor (after sweet, salty, sour and bitter) discovered by the Japanese. It's the kind of sweetness you get from seafood, like prawns and crabs and lobster. The wantons are really good too. Reminded me of CP wanton, which are amazing, despite how commercialised they are, lol.
勝香園, best street side food I had on the trip. I know it looks very unimpressive - macaroni in tomato soup with hot dog, pork chop and a boiled egg - but don't be fooled by it's appearance. This simple fare is very appetising. It's also very popular, there was actually a queue, for street food! It's very hearty and value for money and is something I would totally eat every day because it is THAT good.
Last place that I'll be covering for the food portion of my Hong Kong trip. Hui Lau Shan or 許留山, it's like KOI or Gong Cha in SG. But what's special and different about this place is that instead of different variations of milk tea or green/red/oolong tea, their drinks differ with mango juices :D I mean, who doesn't like mango right? Literally drank this every day I was there, EVERY DAY. It's roughly the same price as a bubble tea in SG. What I really like is that you can actually taste the fruit chunks, so it's not like it's made from some sort of flavouring/colouring crap. I guess you can fool yourself into thinking that at least this is healthier than drinking bubble tea every day? LOL.
Yup, that just about wraps up the food portion of HK :) We actually ate a whole lot more than what I've included in my entries. However, those that I've not included are either bad or merely only above average and hence not really worth mentioning. HK is indeed a food paradise. As much as I prefer the shopping and people in Taiwan, I must admit that in terms of food, HK wins. There's just more character to the food in HK as compared to fried chicken cutlets, 滷肉飯 or 炸酱面. Will definitely travel back there one day to eat all these again.
written at 03:45