hi guys! Today I'm taking you on a foodtour through Hong Kong! At first I thought it might be a bit strange to dedicate an entire blogpost to food alone, then I remembered all those blogs that are entirely dedicated to food so I guess this should be fine at least. Anyways, why not? According to the internet, many people nowadays are very into healthy, conscious eating, but most people I know are more or less obsessed with food, and by this I mean eating as much as possible of it - me and some of my friends like to do binge eating by means of recreation, a very delicious one indeed.
Anyways, I do believe that anything one could possibly undertake would be only half as successful if there's no food involved. This is also true for this trip. While going around the city, we liked to try different types of food we've never heard of before, or things we don't have in our own country. The result is that I am able to write an entire article on the food part of our trip.
Two of my favorite things I had in Hong Kong are on top of this blogpost: first, an icee, blueberry flavored, almost identical to the ones I used to drink a lot when I lived in the USA for my high school year abroad. It is quite like a slushy, only a bit different structurally, and I hadn't had the blueberry flavored one for sooo long! So I was pretty excited to find these at some of the 7Elevens in Hong Kong. Besides icees, I found some other snacks at the 711s that I used to have in the US a lot - gold fish, Nature Valley crunchy granola bar (Oats 'n honey flavor), Chez mix... - so I mistakenly thought that 711 sells American snacks in general, but when I was in Thailand last summer, none of the 711s there had any of those snacks!! Disappointing much... Now I recently discovered a store in Amsterdam where they sell a lot of these American snacks, but prices are really fainting high. So close yet so far away... Bummer!!
In the second picture there's a pure watermelon drink that we found at Cheung Chau island, somewhere at a greengrocery. The lady just chopped off the top of the watermelon, put in a handblender and mixed it up so you could drink it. It tastes so good and it looks cute, too! Pretty easy to try at home.
We found these filled rolls (much like a bapao roll) in some small Chinese shop at the ferries - I don't know the exact name because it was just like the menus on there entirely in Chinese, so we ordered just by pointing at the pictures, and these actually tasted pretty good (and they were hella cheap!).
The twirled piece of bread with raisins is one of the things we ate each morning, when we went to one of the bakeries to get ourselves some breakfast. All the bread rolls were a lot different from what we're used too - a lot sweeter, mainly - but then again it was a lot better than noodles 24/7.
You've probably heard from bubble tea before, and I actually had it before at the 8tea5 store in Arnhem. I liked the one I had there a lot, so I happily went to order my bubble tea at a Hong Kong subway station.....turned out I picked a really, really gross one!!! The ones two of my friends had were okay/good, but we couldn't get over mine it waS SO FREAKING GROSS!! The little jelly things in there (are those bubbles that make the tea a bubble tea?!) tasted strange as well, not half as good as the ones they put in my bubble tea at 8tea5! We thought bubble tea was originally from China, but now Wikipedia tells me it's a Taiwanese thing, so I guess I should go to Taiwan to have the real deal because this bubble tea I had in Hong Kong really sucked!! Lol
I had this corncob and sausage on a stick at a stall somewhere near the Big Buddha, both were really good although the sausage looks gross in the picture but I swear when you would smell that sausage in real life you'd have bought it too!!
I liked to eat some tropical fruits in Hong Kong and the mango was delicious, but I would not eat dragon fruit again....it tasted like tasteless kiwi....oh and never put a dragon fruit in your yoghurt because it will spoil your yoghurt like it did mine!! Turned out all those tropical fruits I'd never heard of before in the store looked better than they tasted, but at least I tried!
In last picture you see fish balls they sold everywhere; I had a bite and it tasted alright although it was pretty spicy, so if you're going to try this and pass out don't blame me because I didn't exactly recommend it!!
Another snack that was quite delicious actually, were these mini egg puffs that they make out of sweetened egg batter by grilling it. Sometimes the puffs are filled with some kind of flavor, and I tasted the pandan flavored one - and I liked it! I also liked seeing how it was made, so I put those photos down here.
At the beginning of our trip, we were very motivated to try out all these new Chinese dishes. So on the first night, we happily sat down in one of those tiny restaurants on bright blue plastic chairs, where we ordered some random dishes in broken English, which we all shared together like the real locals do. We tried to keep the noodles stuck between our chopsticks, and were cheering whenever they reached our mouths without falling off. We vaguely asked each other what kind of meat we were eating, concluded it must be some kind of beef, shrugged and kept eating, praising the cashews, and sipping from our large bottles of beer.
Our first experience with the Hong Kong kitchen was great. The restaurant, called Wong Kee, was located right around the corner of our hostel, and we were very enthusiastic about the food we had eaten. We were the only foreigners there, and it was pretty cool to sit among the locals. The restaurant was simply decorated: some typical Chinese red lanterns hung on the roof, Christmas-like decoration was attached to it, some posters with Chinese signs hung on the wall, looking much like an ABC in a first grade classroom. But we shouldn't judge a restaurant based on its decorations here in Hong Kong: here in The Netherlands a restaurant like this would often be an accurate indication of what the food will be like, but for the people in Hong Kong, it is quite normal that a restaurant looks like this - the food is good anyways.
The second time we tried to eat at a local restaurant, we sat down at this place near Temple Street Market, and it was actually a huge tent we were sitting in. Plucked ducks hung on the wall. I didn't like the food at this place, so we were soon cured of the idea that the food in Hong Kong is always great.
Another restaurant near Temple Street Market: an Indian place that I do not know the name of, but the juice (I think it was mango) was delicious, and so was the naan bread and the meat. We actually sat down there because we needed some fuel in the midst of our souvenir shopping, and this was the first place where we agreed to sit down at. And it was better than expected.
One day we went to a Korean barbecue restaurant, as recommended by one of our fellow travelers, and we liked this restaurant because you got to grill your own food. In the middle of the table there was a hot plate where you could grill your orders, and of course you had to share whatever was ordered (so collectivistic). Fun fact: as we weren't skilled enough to tore off the meat with our teeth while holding it between two chopsticks, the waitress gave us a pair of scissors to chop the meat in smaller parts!
In Sai Kung there is this burger place called "Burger Deli" and they have delicious American burgers that we liked a lot! Especially after a few days of non stop eating Asian food and noodles, these burgers were well needed. Sometimes (okay, regularly) we went to McDonalds because it was like the only food around that we were familiar with and that we wanted when we felt sick of noodles, but these not-McDonalds burgers were very refreshing.
So after all the Chinese food, you may imagine how happy I was when we went to this lunch place called 18 Grams that looked exactly like a Western food place, something we had not seen in a while, and where they sold fried eggs and bacon and toast, something I had been craving all week long... I know I'm like 50% Asian but I'm just not that much into Asian food (is what I discovered on this trip). Like, I can have it once in a while, but after a couple of days I am terribly longing for Western dishes - 18 Grams was the exact place I wanted to be right then.
Hong Kong must have several, but we went to this one cat cafe called Mr. & Mrs. Cat Cafe, because it was at walking distance from our hostel. I know some may think now that in China some people think differently, but here cats are friends, not food. I only then realized that a cat cafe is literally the greatest thing on earth!! Okay, the cats may have been not so cuddly as I had hoped for, it still was amazing to just watch them and pad them once in a while. When we got there, we had to take off our shoes and put on these soft flip flops and you could sit on the ground if you liked and sometimes a cat would sit next to you, others would just nap, eat or walk across the glass bridge over the top of our heads. I'm really a cat person (like a 100%, there's no room for dogs left) so I can't wait to visit the cat cafes in The Netherlands as well!
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