[Hong Kong] Around Central MTR

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The torrential rain marred our day which was intended for a walking tour of Sheung Wan. We wound up at Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓) on Wellington Street, partly because of the rain and partly because it is on our recommended food-list. I can’t really comment on the food because we only had the glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaves and the lotus paste bun with egg yolk, but this is a highly recommended dining place patronised by many locals themselves, so go try it.

[Hong Kong] Jordan MTR: Australia Dairy Company

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We took the train up to Jordan MTR just for the Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司). It was near the Temple Street Market, which was only beginning to show signs of life when we walked past it an hour or so before noon.

Most coffee shops, or cha chan tengs, in Hong Kong are usually packed to the brim. It is no different in this one, an eatery famed for its breakfast set comprising macaroni and ham in soup, eggs and toast, and a beverage.

We were told, by a local at our table, that this breakfast place is very popular with the locals and is always crowded. So we felt rather lucky to be ushered in after a 5-minute wait. We had our eggs done the scrambled ways, and it turned out to be delightfully creamy and buttery. I can’t say I have the same fancy for the macaroni though.

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[Hong Kong] Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀)

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One of the highlights in Tsim Sha Tsui is the Avenue of Stars, a strip along the coast that is dedicated to the Hong Kong film industry. There are statues of various Hong Kong stars and filming equipment lining this path. On the ground, names of actors and actresses are cast on brass plates, not unlike the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, LA.

A storm is brewing above Bruce.

Next to one of the exits of TST MTR, you can find Tsui Wah (翠華餐廳), a cha chan teng chain popular for its condensed milk bun among other things. Let’s just say that the tea cup and saucer set aroused more interest in me than the food.

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The better food place in the area is Five Generations (五代同糖), a dessert shop about 2 minutes walk from our hotel. It is apparently famous among the locals and we waited about 20 minutes for a seat. I took a few quick snaps with the phone because the shop was way too small and crammed to be fiddling with my A1 carefreely.

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Yoghurt pudding

[Hong Kong] Yau Ma Tei MTR: Tim Ho Wan

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In HK, we found the Michelin star dim-sum eatery, Tim Ho Wan (添好運), on Kwong Wa Street (Mongkok). We were in the queue for no less than 45 mins, and the inside was filled mostly with foreigners. The rice noddle roll with prawns was not bad (dough was thin and moist; prawns were fresh), but otherwise, I think the food was comparable to the other dim sum places we have patronised.

[Hong Kong] around Sham Shui Po 深水埗

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Here’s where we ended up in after starting our day at Cheung Sha Wan. The Ap Liu Street flea market has a really good selection of handphone covers and the 2 of us must have bought at least 10 in total.

Just outside one of the exits of Sham Shui Po MTR is a bakery (at 深水埗福華街 Sham Shui Po Fuk Wah Street) with awesome egg tarts, as claimed by my travel companion. I don’t fancy egg tarts much, so I can’t really comment, but she said they were the best things she ate on this trip so I reckon these tarts must be pretty good.