My sister just left Hong Kong yesterday and I miss her already T-T
I’m glad I had someone to suffer in the cold with for the week. Haha.
This week was insane in terms of weather (Don’t make fun of me. I’m from LA.) It went down to 48 degrees F and I wanted to DIIIEEEEE I felt bad for my sister because the one week she was here, the weather was absolutely terrible! Apparently, this is the coldest its been in a decade. What’s happening to Mother Earth? She’s just falling apart!
I’m glad I still got chocolate for Valentine’s Day! :) Somebody loves me. <3
These cookies are very special. They made their way across the Pacific Ocean just for me~
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME I HAD KOREAN KIM-BAB??? I love it. So delicious. Being in Hong Kong really makes me miss sticky short-grain rice. I’m not a big fan of the long grain jasmine rice here….
Nothing was open except for Cafe de Coral. What on earth was this? Sizzling chicken plate? Weird. My sister was still jetlagged and I dragged her all around HK island all day, so instead of watching the parade, we came back and KTFO.
I love me some chicken feet and black bean sauce on rice. Ho Ho Congee&Noodle at Tai Po Market is pretty cheap and good! I liked the huge lo mai ggai. Can’t get enough of it.
We spent the day at Che Kung Temple and Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree. Oh dear. It was freezing. I think it’s because we were in teh New Territories or something instead of HK Island, but it was significantly colder. I bundled up the most I could, and I still thought I was going to freeze to death.
There were so many people at Lam Tsuen. Everyone was writing their wishes on papers tied to tangerines and throwing them in the wishing tree. Superstition has it that if the citrus catches in the branches, your wish for the new year will come true! We were too cold to put in the effort of throwing the tangerines, but I made a wish anyway. ;)
When I first passed by Saffron Bakery at Stanley Market, I thought “Pffft.. EuroAsian bakery tourist trap.” Oh man, I am so glad Lynn made me go in for coffee. We had cheesecake (okay the cheesecake was just okay) but the coffee!
Their house coffee was the best I’ve had since arriving on the island. Coffee here definitely needs some work. HK people know how to make their tea but the coffee I’ve had has all been lacking. But the house coffee really was good at Saffron Bakery. I got a chai tea latte which was nice, also.
You can’t tell from the photos, but the weather at Stanley was miserable.
My friend Sandy took us to a restaurant in Jordan that served very local food. I got the pork knuckle over noodles. I really like spiced pork knuckle in Korean cuisine; it’s full of collagen and gelatin and very good for your skin and nails. It’s prepared very differently in Hong Kong, but I love trying things like this because I know it’s not something you can find back home.
The day we went up to the Peak, the weather was so misty and cloudy, we didn’t do anything except have some delicious Thai food and then ride the bus back down. The curry was very good, and the Tom Yum Goong was spicy and perfect for a rainy day. We couldn’t see any of the beautiful Hong Kong view though. Not a SINGLE LIGHT. What a waste :(
We also spent a day in Macau, eating egg tarts and Portuguese fusion food. This time, we also got egg tarts from Lord Stow’s Bakery. Very nice. They were sweeter and a tad less eggier than the ones from Margaret’s Cafe e Nata.
For lunch, we went to Fat Siu Lau which has been open since 1903 in Macau. The ambience of the restaurant was excellent compared to the prices. And we got to try some foods that are traditional and famous to Macanese cuisine…
Pigeon! Oh my. Rats of sky. Yup. I have tried pigeon. The recipe for this dish has been around for about 100 years at Fat Siu Lau. It wasn’t too bad once you got over the fact that you were eating pigeon; the meat was very similar to duck.
I was bummed I didn’t get to try African Chicken the last time I was in Macau because it’s the most well-known dish to Macanese cuisine, so I had to have it this time. It was like a chicken cutlet in garlic and coconut sauce. Pretty good with the Portuguese fried rice.
My sister fell in love with Hong Kong street food while she was here. Especially the fish siu mai.
During my sister’s last day, the weather finally got a bit better so we took advantage of it and went to see the Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. Took the crystal cabin all the way there which was very cool. Made my knees weak a little bit.
We bought the biggest ass cotton candy I have ever seen. It was as big as my torso. No, seriously, look at this thing. It’s ginormous! Love…. Had dinner at Fo Tan as our last meal before I dropped her off at Hong Kong International. Bought some shortcakes at Kee Wah Bakery and sent them along with my love back home to LA.
Miss my sister forreal <3 <3 <3 Wish she could stay here with me forever.
Chinese New Year break is over, and now, I have to go back to school. UGH. I have so much homework to finish and a presentation for China Business tomorrow. Depressing.