HK: The breakfast, lunch & dinner of champions

Trip Start Feb 06, 2011
Trip End Sep 15, 2011

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Huang Hostel in Lai Chi Kok
What I did
Ate food

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Hong Kong is one of those places that I love visiting but I would probably never actually live there.  The city is less than 1/2 the size of Luxembourg but with over 7.5 million people, it is one of the most densely populated places in the world.  I distinctly remember hating Hong Kong the first time I visited the city when I was 7 years old.  I thought there were way too many people, the city was filthy, and the weather was intolerably hot.  Things haven't changed too much in the 20 years since except that the city is a lot cleaner (mostly due to the SARS outbreak), customer service has improved especially in the retail sector, and there's even more people living in Hong Kong. 

I decided to incorporate a stopover in HK for three reasons: 

 (1)  It's a logical rest stop between Cairns, Australia (7 hour flight) and Istanbul, Turkey (12 hour flight)
 (2) My paternal grandma is 99 years old this year and since I live overseas, I don't get to see her nearly as much as her other 13 grandchildren or 10 great grandchildren.  Also, I get a good kick out of watching her take out her fake teeth, showing them to me in all its gummy glory, and proceeding to complain that she can't eat properly with these teeth.  
 (3) The FOOD!  Hong Kong could potentially be the last stop where I can enjoy excellent Asian food during my trip.  Places like Turkey, Croatia, Poland and Hungary don't look very promising for Chinese cuisine.  

I won't go into the gory details of what I did each day during my stay in Hong Kong but it pretty much involved eating, visiting my grandma, eating, a bit of shopping, eating, and eating some more.  It was heavenly!  I exclusively ate Asian food except for one breakfast at McDonald's because it was just so darn cheap ($3 CDN for a Egg McMuffin, hashbrowns, and a freshly brewed caffe latte).  During certain times of the day, you can get an Extra Value meal including a burger, drinks and fries for literally $2.50 CDN.  Now THAT's a deal.

I ate everything from the best cold HK style milk tea @ Tai Hing (they put the cup on a bed of ice so that the milk tea doesn't water down) to dim sum with the grandma @ 7:30am (I've never had dim sum THAT early before) to dun daan @ the infamous Australia Dairy Milk Company where they serve the food within 45 seconds of you ordering and then expect you to leave within 10 minutes so that they can serve the next hungry customer.  How do they encourage this?  They ask people who are waiting for a table to stand right behind you while you eat and hover so that you leave sooner.  This place is popular with the locals even though the service is so terrible because the food is just so darn good.   

My favourite part of the trip was probably the abundance of home cooked meals I got to enjoy with my relatives.  My aunt cooked seafood (freshly steamed fish and prawns) twice and my dad's sister in law cooked 3 times complete with all you can drink Chinese soup and some amazing homemade dishes.  I was definitely spoiled!  

On a sidenote, thanks to my rather recent joining of Facebook, I was able to reconnect with one of my elementary school friends from Grade 6.  It was pretty neat to have lunch with her in HK even though I hadn't seen her in 15 years.  Sometimes, FB is useful beyond creepbooking :)

 Off to Seoul, Korea for a 4 hour layover before heading to Istanbul, Turkey.  I can't wait!
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Caroline on

Claud, here comes your HK blog...yeah! The part where you talked about your cute grandma "taking out the teeth part" is funnie :) You should have a photo to go with it as well.

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