If you love chaos, you don’t mind getting sweaty and being surrounded by lots of people then you’ll love Hong Kong.
I’ve just arrived back to a cold Wellington winter, but I don’t mind so much after an eight day jaunt in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. It’s there that I ate my way through delicious Chinese desserts with fruit that I didn’t recognize. I had the most sumptuous soft shell crab with spicy noodles that I’ve ever eaten; I couldn’t quite get my head around a Japanese Teryaki chicken dish that came with a side of hot chips, and I savoured every morsel of a vegetable and truffle dumpling – yes, truffle – that melted in my mouth like no other dumpling ever has!
Actually, dumplings at Michelin star Tin Ho Wan were pretty amazing, too.
It’s so popular that people are prepared to wait for up to half an hour (or more), just to be seated. I wondered what all the fuss was about, so I headed along to the restaurant at the bottom of IFC Mall. The menu wasn’t the most extensive that I’ve ever seen and consisted of the usual staples like rice flour roles and shrimp dumplings, but the wrappings and ingredients were so fresh that, yes, I couldn’t fault it. My phone died the night I ate there so the only proof that I have are my fond memories and the delight on my taste buds…
It was my third time in Hong Kong and I still love walking along the backstreets and soaking up the sights and sounds in the sweltering heat with temperatures that hit around 33 degrees.
I bargained (badly) at the night market and later found a much cheaper market where no bargaining is allowed — Fai Yuen Market near the fish markets and pet stores — where you pay much less, but for better quality.
And of course, I shopped until my arms were about to drop off and my feet were close to blistered in the comfort of air conditioned malls where luxury brands sit comfortably alongside high street stores. It’s one of the best shopping destinations where anything you could possibly want (and stuff you never knew you wanted before) is right at your doorstep.
Shops and restaurants in Hong Kong close around 11pm and everyone comes out at night, including wide-eyed small children accompanied by parents and grandparents, of course. I didn’t buy an I <3 Hong Kong T-shirt, but I love being immersed in Chinese culture and the fascinating intersection of East meets West. Right now I also miss the crazy buzz!
There is a lot to do and see in Hong Kong and I also visited some art galleries. More on that to come in a later post…
Photos Sly on the Wall