I think Hong Kong hot pot or fo wuh is definitely something I’d think about on a dreary winter day. Very shabu shabu like. And I LOVE shabu shabu ^^
The place our local friend took us to was right across the street from MTR Sha Tin Wai station. Right when you look at it, it definitely screams local. It was in an outdoor rickety tent and seemed very hole-in-the-wall and we seemed to be the only foreigners there which usually is a good sign for food quality. I’d probably never come somewhere like this if I wasn’t with someone from Hong Kong because it’s not one of those places that you’d really see in a guidebook for tourists which I loved about it. Even back home, hole-in-the-wall places have the best flavor.
You always find the best places for food when you go by recommendation of someone who lives in the area not when you look out of a book. Those bastards are probably paid to put those restaurants in there…. They’re never fully satisfying. Except for the dessert places. I’ve noticed that those tend to be all right.
I would kill to have a salad… Crisp fresh romaine… Maybe some nice spinach leaves with big juicy cherry tomatoes, olives, cucumber slices, with a nice light balsamic vinaigrette or some good house dressing.
It’s been ages since I’ve had fresh vegetables…. Vegetables that haven’t been pan-fried and soaked in oil……. Le sigh.
There were some amazing little fish balls that were filled with CHEESE. Oh man, we were fighting over those. So delicious. They would taste amazing in dduk-bokki.
The place for hot pot is within walking distance of New Town Plaza so we just headed on over for some dessert. It was my second time at Honeymoon Dessert, but my first time at the one in Sha Tin. The first time was in Central and I got some kind of mango tofu pudding which was delicious.
So, remember how I said that people here eat soup for dessert?
Well, they have a ton of those cold soups here at Honeymoon. It’s a very famous dessert chain, and their mango soups are all pretty delicious. Six of us split four desserts and it didn’t come out to very much… I think each one is about HK$26 which is about $3-4 U.S. so I’d say pretty damn cheap.
This was definitely the winner overall. I think the ice cream gave it an edge over all the other desserts. The grass jelly was chewy and very refreshing also.
This one I didn’t particularly like because the taste of sesame was a little too strong and came off a tad bitter. But the soft tofu was pretty good, but I preferred in in the mango soup instead of the sesame. I think we were anticipating the rich, smooth, buttery flavor of black sesame that Koreans usually pair with desserts.
What is sago anyways? I know its those little jelly balls but I’m not sure exactly what it is…. This was just okay at any rate.
These sweet glutinous rice balls were delicious. I think the East Asian countries all have similarities in their foods because they all influenced one another at some point. They all have some kind of sweet glutinous rice cake type of dessert. I love it. Dduk. Mochi. And this one here. Yum yum. It had a nice sesame peanuty filling and it was very nice with the ginger soup.
I need to break this habit of having dessert after every meal. Once you start, if you don’t have dessert once, you feel like you’re going to die. I realized that I’ve fallen into a pattern of having dessert or something cold and icy like boba after every meal, and if I don’t have it, my meal doesn’t feel complete. This is not a good habit to have…..