Michelin star resturant on a backpackers budget

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Jun 18, 2011

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Woke up this morning and much to both of our amazment we could see blue sky for the first time since we've been here and yes that meant it was also the hottest its been.  So after some serious travel blogging, about 4 days worth, this morning in Kowloon Library we headed into town for an early lunch.  As most of you already know since I was raving on about it before I left, the worlds cheapest Michelin star resturant is just around the corner from where we are staying. It is a tiny dim sum place that only seats around 24 people and you have to take a ticket and wait on average 2-3hours for a table. We arrived at lunchtime and were told that there was a 2 hour wait, given a paper menu to tick our choices on and left to fend for ourselves with the other 30 or so people waiting. We ended up talking to this nice guy from Australia called Mark who was in Hong Kong for a few days. After about half an hour the lady on the door (feeling a bit sorry for us as we looked quite confused and very hungry) led us and Mark in to our table. We sat on a long bench and handed over our menus. The restaurant was tiny and packed to the rafters with awards and certificates all over the walls. Our food turned up in no time and we tucked in, it was brilliant. We had veg and peanut dumplings, noodles, stir-fry, bqq pork buns, prawn dumplings and char sui rice. The queue outside was getting longer by the minute and once Mark finished eating his dishes the waitresses literally took his chopsticks and glass out of his hands even though he wanted to stay a bit longer and share some of our rice. But he didnt stand a chance and was swiftly kicked out and someone else was brought in from outside.
After our meal we headed over to the Museum of History and spent the rest of the afternoon there, it was really interesting... and had great air conditioning!
In the evening we went over the harbour again and at the last minute we decided to ride the tram to the peak again so we could see the views at night. On the way over to the tram station we had a very strange experience when we walked out of the underground station and were confronted by thousands of women sitting on the ground eating their teas, chatting and playing cards. There were women everywhere and not a man in sight! The noise was absolutley deafening, the streets had even been shut down and there were women sitting on the ground as far as you could see. I think it's fair to say we were a bit confused! We've since found out that it happens every Sunday night when the Filipina maids finish work and have a giant picnic with their friends. What a brilliant idea!!
I think going back up the peak at night was the best decision we have made so far. The view of the city all lit up was unbelievable! You'll have to see the photos to believe it but it was just incredible. It was a very surreal moment and a fantastic way to spend our last night in Hong Kong!! 
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