HELLOOOOOoooooOOOoooo! From Hong Kong :D!
The flight from Paris to Hong Kong was shorter than the way there, only 10.5 hours. I’m not sure if it was because I couldn’t sleep from excitement the night before or just generally tired, but I was zonked out throughout the entire flight. It felt shorter than it really was haha… 😛
My very kind and loving uncle and cousin came to pick me up. They also broke news to me that we have 2 other housemates! Cold blooded housemates
After oo-doling at them for a good 2 hours, my cousin and I decided to find some dinner and dessert 😀
Oh! How I craved this whilst I was in Paris. The days leading up to leaving for Paris from Hong Kong on my first lay over we weren’t able to eat this, because it opens at 3pm – 11pm so super happy to find this place
On the first day out and about in Hong Kong, we went to buy yummy bugs! No actually they were super gross ><” meal worms and baby crickets.
Never in my LIFE have I been shopping for bugs so it was an experience haha 😛 (I won’t show you photos, it creeps me out every time)
But before we bought critters we went to eat. 😀
For four years I’ve been thinking of going back to this place, I went with my sister 4 years ago, but didn’t know if I enjoyed it or not haha… but they were always on my mind when I thought about Hong Kong. And when I arrived in Hong Kong 6 weeks ago it was the first place I wanted to know if they were still opened for business. AND THEY WERE! 😀
Then look for this sign, it’s a store
Super delighted to know that this bowl of (I got mild) lightly sour and spicy sweet potato noodles was still available for me to enjoy. Choice of thick or thin noodles and with or without soup (we didn’t get without soup, but I think without soup would be fairly nice too!)
I think it’s the texture of the chewiness of the noodles teamed with the flavours of sweet and sour and spicy all at the same makes it so addictive! Give it a go if you’re in town 😀
On this particular day I was also craving these butter cookies with chocolate tops, which kinda shaped my love for butter as a child 😛 You can really only find these at very traditional Chinese bread stores.
Not every store sells them anymore because they aren’t really that popular these days due to supermarket convenience and price is cheaper (so it’s kind of a buy if you see product). On this particular day after buying food for the pets, my aunt, cousin and I came across a shop that sold them (today was a lucky day for me 😛 )
Day 2 of lay over in Hong Kong, my aunt took me to a store mama Choy actually took her to awhile ago 😛 How awesome is that !?!
It predominately sells tofu products, BUT it does sell some dim sums which we both had as well 😀
Here are the instructions on how to get here.
You jump on any MTR line and make your way to Sham Shui Po and get off at Exit B1
When you exit there will be a 7/11 shop right on the left corner, walk towards it and turn left down the footpath on the 7/11 side. The shop runs along a market street, so there’s the main market column that runs down the middle and then the two sides where foot paths exist. Walk on the 7/11 shop.
It’s about 4 shops from the 7/11 shop. This is its name, but you’ll probably see the tofu before you look up to view the shop name. It’s very cramped the narrow footpath. 😀
In the afternoon I went to explore a ship called Logos Hope.
It’s a travelling boat book store. It’s HUGE!
It only comes around once every two years to each of their chosen cities, usually major cities. I saw on their map that they go to Canberra. All the staff on board are volunteers, and if you choose to volunteer it’s a TWO YEAR COMMITMENT!
Anyway, back to the bookstore, it was pretty interesting haha because I didn’t realise that it was so popular I waited in line for about 50 minuets to get onto this boat. It’s pretty weird, when you walk around it’s okay feels like a normal book store, BUT when you stand still to open a book, you can really feel the boat pew pew pew’ing around on the water. Interesting experience.
Around the port there were also a lot of summer activities and exhibits seeing as it’s summer holidays here in Hong Kong. There was a Where’s Wally? exhibit, which was free and you just take photos around the scupltures. It was so hot, so I didn’t around and found myself some snacks 😛
I went to where I was supposed to meet a friend of my mum’s who watched me grow up and I see her every time I’m in Hong Kong. I found myself quite famished so I hunted outside for food. I had to wait like 1.5 hours before dinner would be served so… 😛
I haven’t seen taro ice cream in Melbourne much, and it is a childhood ice cream so I went hunting in the nearest circle K and 7/11 shops. But both seemed not to carry Peters taro ice creams in the individual packaging. So I asked the sales lady at circle K, and SHE TOLD ME PETERS NO LONGER MAKES THAT ICE CREAM 😦
But she did recommend this mochi taro ice cream, which I reluctantly agreed to buy. And boy was I glad I bought it… I loved it haha… yummmy.. Childhood memories of going to the park with my grandma whilst she was baby sitting us in the afternoon and being allowed to pick one ice cream to have for afternoon tea 😀
After I devoured that ice cream, a florescent lit store sign caught my eye
Hong Kong EGG WAFFLES!!!!! I couldn’t resist. SO I ordered one batch.
Super yummy!!! Every egg waffle seller in Hong Kong has it’s own special area or texture. Not so much because of the ingredients but the technique in how it’s cooked on the waffle pan. This particular shop had a crispy outside and a chewy batter inside, which fills half the “egg” ball. When you bite into the ball and turn it towards yourself you’ll see what I mean.
Amazing fact! Which shows I’m so outdated from Hong Kong after not being here for 4 years. The bags which the egg waffles comes in has upgraded 😛
They used to come in paper bags with no holes, so when you got to the bottom of the waffles, they’d be soggy. BUT SOGGY NO MORE! 😀 These new bags have holes on both sides so that the steam from the freshly cooked waffles can be released leaving you with crispy moist waffles all the way through from beginning to the end of consumption. 😀 😀
On Day 3, my cousin and I consumed SO MUCH FOOD. We pretty much food coma and ate our way through the day
First we had late lunch with a childhood friend of mine which we both knew from church in Melbourne who decided to find job prospects in Hong Kong.
We sat here catching up on a few years worth of life in a few short hours, because we just hadn’t seen each other for so long. There will be more catching up to do because both my cousin and friend will be returning to Australia for brief visits soon 😀 (so excited, company on my break from work).
For afternoon tea we went to 3 places (haha… it was about 3pm when we finished lunch, so kind of literally after lunch we ate again 😛 ).
First in our area was a place called MooMiCi
They have like a pillow looking mochi (sweet rice cake) wrapped around a square piece of mango. FRESH MANGO!
The mochi was SO FLUFFY and not too thin nor too thick, chewy to bite off but melt in your mouth. I was surprised it was a whole piece of fresh mango, other times I’ve had this it’s always been a mix of diced mangoes and desiccated coconut. Worth a try if you’re in the area 😀
Our next destination, was a I place we attempted to go to in my first layover from Hong Kong to Paris 6 weeks ago. But we got lost and then when we found it 😦 it was closed for the few days I was in Hong Kong
It’s called Low Key Top Quality Main Stream Snacks – Open daily, 2 p.m.-9.30 p.m. 低調高手大街小食, shop B3, 76A off Shau Kei Wan Main Street
It is not opened every day, each month they take an extra few days off. So please go onto Facebook to find out updates. My cousin checked for us before we went so we would not have fail whale 😀
These waffels were again different in texture because of the different cooking technique. These were lighter and less chewy, more crispy with a chewy bite at the end. I was quite stuffed in the tummy at this point, so these light egg waffles were great!
Before heading grandma’s for the night for dinner, my cousin and I needed a pick me up. So we decided to head off to a cute and interesting cafe called Allegretto Cafe
To access this cafe, you need to enter the shopping mall, go up two escalator flights and turn right and go outside and find building 3. it’s just before you enter building 3.
It’s in a nice secluded area, quiet and nice away from PEOPLE! Hong Kong can get quite busy at times and people over load 😛
With our full tummies we headed off to grandma’s for dinner 😛
I’ve only been back in Hong Kong literally 3 and half days and I’ve gained about 2.5kg that I lost in Paris. 😛 BUUT I’m loving it 😀
Tomorrow is my final day in Hong Kong which will be spent with family on both sides dad’s side for brunch/lunch and mum’s side for afternoon tea/dinner.
I seriously can’t believe I’m getting on a plane Friday morning and by the night I’ll be back in Melbourne. Time has seriously flown
See you all soon!
Love Hilda xx