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Temple Street provided us a real authentic taste of Hong Kong food and nightlife. This area is full of Chinese enjoying food, drink, shopping, and company. We decided to join them on all counts...
We stopped at one of the dozens of small restaurants on the corner of Temple Street and a side road. I enjoyed a huge bottle of Tsing Tau Beer for HK$ 16, while my friend DW settled for a can at HK$12. I had never before tried congee, so I ordered the beef brisket variety for HK$20. Congee was a fairly tasteless mash of rice porridge with stringy meat in a hot stone bowl (no wonder it was only US$2.50!). To add flavor, there is a bottle of hot sauce on the table. Use liberally to cover the bland taste of congee!
The restaurant, like most others on Temple Street also had a nice variety of seafood on display in the street to entice passers-by.
The atmosphere here was great. It was full of locals eating--and maybe enjoying--congee. We also had a nice view of the busy street with vendors, shoppers, and tourists in constant ebb and flow.
Temple Street: Dont Be fooled By Appearances
Towards the top end of the market appears to be a miniature shanty town. Some of the walls are made of wooden sections and parts of the roof seem to be canvas. Sit down on one of the small tables outside and the chances are a small man in a vest will run up to you while opening a bottle of Chinese beer which he will place in front of you and drop a tatty menu on the table.
After trying to read the label on the bottle because if you are a tourist you will never have heard of it ( but for HK$ 10 for a big bottle it is a bargain and very agreeable ) you can choose from a number of freshly prepared local dishes from around 20HK$ each. If you like you can watch the food being prepared and once you enter the shanty you will see any number of locals along with expats who know something good when they find it.
You can sit down and soak up the atmosphere or if you like they will happily pack it in a takeaway box and throw in some wooden chopsticks so you can enjoy it later. My favourite eating experience in Hong Kong
Favorite Dish: Mixed seafood with mixed vegetables. Whatever you choose it will be fresh, even alive until they take it out of the tank and weigh it.
Great food in a great local atmosphere, as informal as it is possible to be
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Temple Street Food Stalls
The Shanghai Street/ Temple Street area has an endless amount of open-air restaurants or food stalls where you can get anything from oysters, prawns, clams, lobsters, fish balls, noodles to other bowls of things that are unidentifiable and sometimes moving.
Temple Street night markets: Don't miss the Satay Sticks
Look for the little vendors with their rolling bbq carts and get a few sticks of satay. Dip in the bowl of peanut sauce and enjoy. It's delish!
Favorite Dish: My fav are the pork satay sticks. They usually have chicken and beef/mutton as well but the pork is usually more tender.
And for only $1.25US per stick, it's a steal!
At Temple Street Night Market: Excellent Fresh Juice
This is the Juice Lady. I love coming here every time we're in Hong Kong and have freshly squeezed orange, watermelon, and cantelope juice. So Delish!
It's about $1.25US for a glass and you watch her pulverize it just for you.
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Temple Street night markets, side restaurants: Lots of Chinese, but heaps of International also!
After 6pm there are many local restaurants open that are located right along side the Temple Street night markets in Jordon. (look at at MTR map)
They are VERY basic, plastic chairs, toilet roll for napkins, etc... but the food is sizzling fresh and the seafood is straight from the buckets live out the front.
A lot of them will have English menu's and beer is very cheap. (U.S $1.50 per BIG bottle)
Favorite Dish: We always have prawn dishes, the prawns are sweet and fresh. We have "Prawns and cashews"
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