A September 2003 trip
to Hong Kong by ShannonBrooke
Quote: It was the time of the mid-autumn lantern festival. Hot and sticky in Hong Kong, we did our best to see the major sites.
I really enjoyed a morning spent on Victoria Peak. The views were gorgeous and the breeze up there gave some relief to the 100 Farenheit heat and 100% humidity.
Next, we took a doubledecker bus to Stanley on the other side of the island. The Stanley Market was as much fun as my book described it to be. We got some pretty good deals here.
I am only writing this so that other travellers can be prepared. Sometimes I find that preparing oneself for a bad experience makes it a more positive experience because it is better than you expected.
I quickly ascertained two qualities about Hong Kong. The service is quick, efficient, and cold. The prices are high. My first experience with sticker shock came when we looked at the sake menu. We had just been in Thailand with the wonderful exchange rate of 42 Baht/1 Dollar. At first, 640HKD seemed reasonable. Then we realized this bottle of sake was more around US$60.
We ordered a mixture of sashimi and rolls. Their maki selection was very standard, and we ordered the Philadelphia roll. In my opinion, and I have eaten sushi all over the world, the sushi cuts were sub-par, especially considering our proximity to the ocean. The flavors of the maki were indelicate, the wads of cream cheese overwhelming the slight amount of salmon. I could summarize it this way: New York prices, Iowa sushi.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 26, 2004
21 D'Aguilar St., Lan Kwai Fong
We ordered two smoothies, their milky frostiness so welcome in the 100 degree heat, and two orders of Shanghai dan-dan noodles w/ dumplings. The waitress warned us it would be spicy, but our tastebuds having been burned off in Thailand, it seemed quite mild to us. The noodles were incredibly flavorful, and I wish we could have come back here for every meal.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2004
You could tell this was an A+ establishment. We were seated in the corner and Alli ordered tons of food -- fried rice, roast goose, shrimp rolls, and some greens. I guess she wanted to try everything. I was still sick since Bangkok and could hardly eat it all.
While Alli was in the bathroom, the waiter brought us two thousand-year-old eggs. In reality, they are not that old, but they certainly look that way. The preserved eggs are black and purple and look quite gelatinous. As I did not want to offend the restaurant and because I assumed this must be some delicacy, I made myself try it. I put the whole egg in my mouth at once just in case I didn't like it. It tasted like . . . egg. Just egg. Nothing special -- maybe a little squishier than a hard-boiled egg -- but not at all like something that had been preserved for many years.
The roast goose was tasty, but extremely fatty. I was disturbed in all these countries how fowl was often served still attached to the bone and gristle. Somehow with chopsticks you are expected to separate the meat from the bone. Not my cup of tea. Accordingly, I sat and drank many cups of tea while Alli feasted. We still had tons of food leftover, rather embarrassingly. My dining companion enjoyed every bit of the meal, but I didn't have the appetite to eat it myself.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 27, 2004
32-40 Wellington Street
We passed one man making chops. He could make chops with your name or with your Chinese zodiac sign. It seemed like a good gift for that person who has everything. I found the best deals in a silk shop. Alli picked up a green Cheongsam, because she can fit into anything. I purchased three silk robes for $10 each. Other items of note were jade and bone carvings, Chinese porcelain, and souvenirs. In one large souvenir shop, we found very inexpensive silk sheets. Unfortunately, they do not exactly fit a standard size queen.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2004
South Side Hong Kong
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