Friday, April 1, 2016

X'mas in Macau and Hong Kong - Day 4 & 5

Part 2 - Hong Kong (Day 4 & 5) END

1. Tim Ho Wan (添好運)

You can't leave Hong Kong without trying their local dimsum and it's so true! We went to Tim Ho Wan and it's authentic enough for us.

Familiar background with the typical red taxi, as seen in many of Hong Kong's drama 

Reached there about 9.15am and there is already a very long queue. We were seated after 30 minutes waiting and 5 minutes for our food to be served. Wow! That was fast!

The "四大天王" Hong Kong version is similar to ours. Just that they got more varieties on their menu if compared to the one I had in Singapore and ofcause it tastes so much better.

Tim Ho Wan 添好運
Address: Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall), Central
Nearest MTR station: Tung Chung Line, Exit A1
Opening hours: 9am-9pm daily

2. City sightseeing @ Central / Wan Chai / Causeway Bay

Without certain plan in mind, we just anyhow walk, board and alight like a Hong Kongers. A day to explore and experience Hong Kong in a different way with tram, bus and mini bus. We enjoyed getting lost in the city, hand in hand and finding our way to the next destination. A day as a traveler and not a tourist.

The highlight of the place we explore:
• Abercrombie & Fitch, Pedder Building, Central
• World Wide Plaza, Central (Similar to Singapore’s Lucky Plaza.. haha)
• Toy Street / Tai Yuen Steet Market, Wan Chai
• Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay
• Times Square, Causeway Bay
• Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay
• Honey Crème, Causeway Bay

Abercrombie & Fitch, Pedder Building, Central

World Wide Plaza, Central (Somewhere similar to Singapore’s Lucky Plaza..)

Strolling around the streets

Toy Street / Tai Yuen Steet Market, Wan Chai

Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay

Times Square, Causeway Bay

Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay

Honey Crème, Causeway Bay (Popcorns / Baileys) 
It taste so much better here too!

3. Sai Kung for Seafood

Actually today's plan is to visit Ocean Park but the boyfie randomly requested for some seafood during the trip. (See!!! You are more important than Ocean Park. Hehe…) 
There are 3 popular areas for seafood in Hong Kong – Sai Kung, Lamma Island and Lei Yue Man. We decided to go to Sai Kung partly is to see the seafood floating market as well.

Once we reached Sai Kung area, it was so relaxing and a little slow paced compared to the bustling city. Seafoods or dry products was sold on the little boats along the harbour. People were leaning on the railings, shout to negotiate and lastly goods and money being exchanged. I just love seeing the whole process.

There are a few seafood restaurants in the areas and we tried Chuen Kee Seafood because of its positive reviews. Most of the restaurants displayed live seafoods in front that allows customer to choose direct from the tanks. We afraid that the bill might turn out to be extremely costly if we opt for fresh seafood from the tanks, so we didn’t and instead we got a two person set meal for HKD438. We were given 4 choices out of the list of dishes and we chose to upgrade the fish from Pomfret to Grouper with an additional HKD68.

The two person set meal consists of 4 main dishes + free gege + free dessert.

Steam Prawns / Cheese Lobster Yee Mee 

Deep Fried Abalone / Steamed Grouper

Vege / Red bean soup

Overall, the meal was pretty satisfying but not a wow from me.

i. Take MRT to Choi Hong MTR station, exit C2.
ii. Look for minibus station outside
iii. Take minibus 1A to Sai Kung minibus station. (From the first stop to the last stop about 25 minutes journey)

4. Ladies street / Fa Yuen Street @ Mongkok

Before going back to the shopping, we did some last minute shopping in Ladies Street, Mongkok.

花園街 (Fa Yuen Street/ Sneakers Street)
Address: Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
Directions: Mongkok MTR, Exit D3/D2, Walk along Argyle Street
Opening Hours: 11am – 10.30pm daily

Tried the famous and highly recommended cold noodles, but too bad both of us can't accept the taste. Weird huh??

百味食品 Cold Noodles
Address: Level 1 of Argyle Centre Direction: Mongkok Station, exit D1
Must try: With special sauce

Day 4 – Last day 

Random dimsum from the road side stall.

Again, we cannot leave Hong Kong without its well known pastries - Egg Tart and Polo Bun. According to online reviews, this cafe is very famous for their freshly baked Egg Tart and Polo Bun.

酥皮蛋撻 Egg Tart (HKD4) / 鲜油菠蘿包 Butter Polo Bun (HKD8) / 
冻港式鸳鸯 HK Style Yuanyang (HKD17)
金華咖啡 Coffee (HKD15) / 港式土司 French Toast (HKD15)

金華冰廳 Kam Wah Cafe
Address: 47, Bute Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong kong.
Direction: Prince Edward MTR, Exit B2
Opening hours: 6.30am - 12am

Went there for some shopping but most of the stall was close. Suggested to go there after noon time.

旺角中心 Argyle Centre
Address: No.688 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Directions: Mongkok MTR, Exit D2
Opening hours: 11am ~ 11pm (8pm)

Langham Place Mall
Address: 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon.
Direction: Mongkok MTR, Exit C3 (basement of the mall)
Opening hours: 11am ~ 11pm

Randomly found this when strolling around the streets. Boyfie can't resist it goodness and went to dabao one packet back to the hotel despite we are rushing to the airport after that. 

Address: 塘尾道22號長輝大廈地下, 九龍.

深圳街 Shamchun Street Wet Market

Pass by this wet market along the way back to the hotel room. This will mark the end of our 5 days 4 nights Hong Kong and Macau trip.


Macau and Hong Kong Trip 2014
Day 1 - Macau
Day 2 - Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Day 3 - Hong Kong (Lantau Island & the Peak)
Day 4 & 5 - Hong Kong (City sightseeing & Sai Kung)


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