Warning – do not read if hungry!
It’s got to be at least, oh, a couple of weeks since I wrote an “isn’t Hong Kong awesome” post, so we’re about due for another one. I have to try and keep up with T who’s proving to be a worthy challenger.
I was determined not to spend the entire week long holiday on my sofa, so decided to head down to HK for part of the holiday. It’s my third and final trip this year, but it never gets old. One of my friends was baffled by my choice of destination. “Why not Thailand?” he asked. Well, let me tell you why. Firstly, the food. Hong Kong has it all and every time I go I have a pretty long list of things I have to have because you simply can’t get them in Shanghai. The list includes:
1. Penne aragosta (lobster pasta) at Grappa’s at Pacific Place. They’re super generous with the lobster meat and it comes in a lovely rich creamy tomato sauce.
2. Cheap wonton, fish balls and / or cuttlefish ball rice noodles in soup. You can get them in Shanghai but they just don’t compare. The delicious bowl will cost you around 24 HK dollars which is less than two pounds.
3. Doner kebabs from Ebeneezer’s in Wanchai – Again, you cannot find an authentic kebab shop in Shanghai. Greasy, poor quality meat that just tastes amazing. If you can manage it, get a lamb and a chicken kebab and eat the both with the crinkle cut fries and garlic mayo. We had this 3 nights running on top of a full dinner.
4. Full English breakfast – you can get close in Shanghai but the sausages NEVER make the grade.
5. Dim sum just about anywhere, but this time at Maxim’s Palace at City Hall. Okay, I have to be honest, we can get pretty close to HK standards for dim sum in HK, but this place does it the old fashioned way with the food pushed around on trolleys and you just grab what you want as it passes by. Beats giving an order to a waitress and then having to wait for the food to come. Get there by 11am or expect to wait hours for a table.
6. Afternoon tea at The Peninsula – scones with clotted cream, finger sandwiches and at about 200 HK dollars, it’s half the price and twice as good as The Peninsula in Shanghai.
7. Freshly made sandwiches from PRET – shrimp and crayfish, cheese and pickle, or pretty much any of their other sandwiches.
Not on my list but something I enjoyed this time round was New York Fries (at The Peak) which I haven’t had since my trip to America last autumn:
And I also tried a HUGE chili crab which was amazing:
Oh and not food but drink related, look what they have in HK that I’ve never seen in Shanghai – glass bottle Coke Zero:
I could actually go on but I think you get the idea. On some of the shorter trips, I find myself trying to make myself hungry so I can fit everything in before I have to go back to Shanghai. Luckily I was there for 4 days so I managed to get cover most things on the list.