Eating and Drinking, Hong Kong
another famous of the cuisines here are Chinese Vegetarian Cuisine is associated with Chinese Buddhist Cuisine of which the Pious Chinese Buddhists eat and you could find many Chinese Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurants located at the Major Buddhist Complexes in Hong Kong, like in the Po Lin Monastery, where it is based on the Dharmic concept of ahimsa (non-violence) and absolutely no meat or fish products are used and even root vegetables (such as potatoes, carrots or onion and garlic) are not to be used as this results in the death of the plant. Lots of rice based products plus noodles and other grains may often be served as well. Vegetables of all sorts are generally either stir-fried or cooked in broth with seasonings and may be eaten with various sauces. Eggs and dairy are sometimes permitted and may show up on occasion in moderate amounts and high protein substitute of meat like soybean are used extensively as alternative to meat protein,
Fondest memory: you should try chinese buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
Cantonese Cuisine is the most famous of the 8 Major Cuisines (and 17 minor cuisines) of China and is the most widespread of Chinese Cuisine Around the World so that Most in The Americas and Europe think that Cantonese Cuisine is Chinese Cuisine as many of the famous Chinese Chefs that migrated around the world came from the southern Regions of Canton (Guangzhou). It is best to taste Authentic Cantonese Cuisine in it's Heartland of Hong Kong where besides pork, beef and chicken, Cantonese cuisine incorporates almost all edible meats, including offal, chicken feet, duck's tongue, snakes, and snails. However, lamb and goat are rarely eaten, unlike in the cuisines of northern or western China (Beijing, Sichuan). Cantonese Cuisine is knowned best for steaming and stir frying and deep fried meals plus various spices that are used in modest amounts to avoid overwhelming the flavours of the primary ingredients
Fondest memory: you should try authentic cantonese cuisine of any budget in the foodie haven of Hong Kong!
Tai Chong Bakery, famous for its egg tarts, which are a favourite of Chris Patten (the last governor of Hong Kong), is located at 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, easily accessible from Central. There is a branch on 5/F., New Century Place, Mongkok East Station and another one is in Kwun Tong.
The sugared "egg ball", somewhat like a donut but is more buttery and fluffy, is also delicious.
If you can read Chinese, go to www.taichongbakery.com for details.
Favorite thing: Your sitting in your seat, seatbelt fastened, patting yourself on the back for not spending any extra money on food when a meal will be served in flight, the Captain is announcing the flight will only take 10 hours today due to a fast moving jet stream, your getting excited, and then you notice it, it's rock hard, what do you do? Play with it until it gets soft? NO! Put it under your main course tray before opening your meal, the main course tray is hot enough that after just 2 minutes the frozen rock hard butter tab will be soft enough to spread on the roll that is included with the meal.
Being a Virtual Tourist member means, among other things, that i like a little variety in my life which lead to this idea; upon checking in at the Hollywood Hotel I asked if it would be possible to have breakfast at different locations during our stay, to my surprise the answer was Yes, that's no problem.
Our first breakfast was at the Plaza Inn inside Disneyland Park, Next up was the Enchanted Gardens at the Disneyland Hotel, and on the last day of our visit we had breakfast at our hotel.
Visit the supermarkets in Hong Kong like Park and shop or Wellcome, as they come of their stores have imported food goodies from the UK or US. Plus most of the supermarkets are open until 11pm!
As supermarkets are in competition with each other there are always discounts or special offers every week. The bigger the store the bigger selections they have.
I was attracted by its name. "Che Zai" means small car in cantonese. Min means noodles.
I have tasted it during my trip into Lantau Island, visit Big Buddha. Though the stalls are right in front of the Big Buddha, they are charging standard prices. A bowl of Che Zai Min costs us HKD 15, a homemade Tau Fu Fa or black sesame costs HKD 8 only. Unlike some tourist spots in Malaysia, a fresh coconut water could cost you RM 10 (normal price is about RM 3.50) !
So, you can take some refreshments here before climbing the staircases to "meet" Big Buddha.
Fondest memory: Che Zai Min = Noodles* + Side Dishes**
*Noodles like Hor-Fun, Mi-Fun etc.
**Side dishes like chicken feet, fish balls, fish cakes, fried eggs, wan-ton, vegetables etc.
Favorite thing: All water direct from government mains in Hong Kong satisfies the United Nations World Health Organisation standards, but it is not advisable to drink water directly from the tap! Bottled water is widely avaiblable in hotels and supermarkets.
Favorite thing: I enjoyed the sights and sounds of all of these streets. There is so much hustle and bustle! Quite often when I was hungry I would find a place that had lots of locals eating. I would figure that would be the best place because of all the people there.
The real Cantonese food that you cannot find in the West.
Fondest memory: Dining in restaurant is one of the popular things the locals often do. During lunch time on Sundays, all the big restaurants are packed with families!
I can llok back on this now and smile, but when i was passing through Hong Kong on my way to Pakistan my dear travelling companion (yes, that's YOU Ray) told me that 100% absoluterly the water was fine to drink.
Well, I can tell you I was definitely not a happy roommate the next morning as my stomach was gurgling something shocking and my counternance matched my health. After an "interesting" glass of water that tasted like it had been brought up out of a pond I was suffering something shocking!
I quizzed one of Ray's relatives the next day about the water situation and sure enough (by the look of horror on her face at my tale) the water was DEFINITELY NOT DRINKABLE).
Some will laugh at my foolhardiness at even trying to drink without first checking, and it is one lesson that i have definitely learnt and learnt well!!
Shing ba ku Caffe'
(Ok, so thats my really awful Pin Yin for Starbucks Coffee!)
I met an Australian mate here who was very very interesting....we talked the entire afternoon about life....exchanging stories, etc...:)
Ironically he was moving to Thailand....I've lost contact with him, but maybe I'll see him when I head back? :)
one thing i remember about the food is this super duper yummy fried rice. i could eat just that... without any ulam to go with it. yummyyy....
Fondest memory: fondest memory was walking along kowloon area at night - even around 10 am, the street is still bustling with people, foreigners - shoppers... even if there were a lot of people, u wouldn't feel so scared...
but shopping sometimes gets so tiring...
Fondest memory: Hong Kong tea! I usually take my tea and coffee black but HK style is loaded with condensed milk and sugar... sooooo good. Each morning at the home I was staying in, the Filipino maids had a thermos of this stuff prepared sitting at the table... a great start to the day! I have been trying to emulate this back in Canada and it just doesn't work. You have to be in HK to get the real stuff. (or have a great Filipino nanny to make the stuff for you...)
Since I used to live in Hong Kong, I love everything, especially, shopping and eating. A lot of cheap eats, but most of the are pretty hard-core Chinese food (extremely yummy) unlike fake Chinese food like American-Chinese food.
Fondest memory: The night scene from the peak, is free, is amazing!