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I took over 800 photos, so please bear with me as I sort some for posting.
I'll start with "On Airport Lounges and flying". I flew EVA airlines, which is based in TW. The EVA lounge in Taiwan is large with a buffet station, very comfortable for layovers. I went to the "lesser" lounge to the left side of the entrance (the one on the right is for fliers with better card and they serve beef noodles). By buffet, I mean unlimited food and booze if you're into drinking. The alcohol is part of the self-served buffet (pour yourself):
In comparison, EVA shares a lounge with Virgin Atlantic in Hong Kong Airport, and the lounge is smaller and served mediocre food to order. Shrimp wonton noodles and cold sandwiches:
So if youâ€™re going to pay $$$ to enjoy lounge services, donâ€™t bother with EVA one in HK airport. On flying, first class seats are nice, reclines all the way with good leg room. However the airplane food is still equally bad. In economy you get bad microwaved dinners. In first class you get what is supposed to be sizzling udon with beef, but looks like something nuked from the microwave. Well, no surprise, being on the plane and all. Many of you from the US think you must discard food and drink before you board the plane, in Asia itâ€™s perfectly fine to bring MOS burger in a bag through security on to the plane. Even a cold rice burger tastes better than airplane food. Also, you can get the same leg room if you sit in economy by the emergency exit â€“ just ask for it. Youâ€™d save a lot of $$. Flying first class is like buying a brand new car. You should probably do it once or twice just for the happy experience, but itâ€™s not really worth the money (or mileage upgrade).
On dining out (part 1)
Geographically, Hong Kong has many hills and mountains, so the bulk of its population is crammed into just 25% of the territory. People live in shoebox sized flats and many lack adequate kitchen facilities, thus dining out is the norm.
One popular breakfast item is Nissinâ€™s â€œ出前一丁â€ instant noodle, served at breakfast tea cafÃ©â€™s (茶餐订). The restaurants sometimes replace the soup with their own superior soup stock, and add fried egg (sunny side up), veggies, grilled SPAM, or other ingredients to the noodle. I did not order this so hereâ€™s a pic from the internet:
At the breakfast cafÃ© where I had breakfast, the instant noodle with slice of grilled spam or fried egg sells for $23 HKD, or roughly $3 USD:
I prefer porridge with Chinese fried bread stick (youtiao) for breakfast:
Another popular Cantonese dish is clay pot rice. The first time that my Cantonese coworker introduced me to this dish, I saw him pour what appeared to be soy sauce over the rice and I asked â€œwhy are you eating rice like Caucasians?â€ Itâ€™s an old joke that whenever white people eat rice they pour soy sauce over it. In Los Angeles we do not have a good restaurant that serves this dish, itâ€™s usually too dry and the sausages are sliced into smaller pieces, versus in Hong Kong the rice is better and they give you whole sausages:
The last pic above is fried oysters. Here are a few pics from the area:
Being in HK I had to at least try some Dim Sum. Unfortunately I may have went to the wrong place, the Dim Sum was â€œmehâ€:
The locals like sesame paste dessert (like what Phoenix serves in LA):
Where are you going in China? Local fare varies from region to region. I don't live in China but a few members here do. You should probably ask them.
That question is tooooo broad. It strongly depends upon the region you will be in. Unless you go to a chain food place.
The food in China is mostly terrible. Take a cast iron stomach. My stomach is so much better now I'm in Thailand.
Nice HK photos by the way. I love the fact they have free wifi in their airport!
Dining out in HK, part 2
Horror of horrors... have your relatives say "oh you're from California let us take you somewhere familiar..." and you find yourself in front of a Bubba Gump restaurant. >_> It's kind of like my ex in TW taking me out to eat and ordering kungpao chicken because "oh you're like ABC so let me order something that you can eat..."
"I want Cantonese food"
Nope, too common in HK, must go to Hakka restaurant. X_X
Hmm. Plate has built-in chopstix holder. Completely unnecessary (other than maybe cruise ships).
...now for some BBQ goose
Found this posted in front, Help Wanted ad. Kitchen staff $10,000 HKD/month, Kitchen part-time helper $50 HKD/hour, Dishwasher (full-time) $9,600 HKD/month. For reference, $9,600 HKD = $1,237.70 USD.
Breakfast at porridge restaurant:
Fish balls (street food)
OH GOT-DAMN. I'm so, so hungry now. I miss SEA!!!! Thanks, Momopi!!
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Haha, they took you to the Bubba Gump restaurant at the Peak? Hey it could have been worse. They could have taken you to one of the Ruby Tuesday restaurants here in HK. Or the Pizza Huts in Hong Kong. Just so you know, they have different pizzas in Hong Kong to cater to the local crowd. They believe that if they just add hoisin sauce to the pizza, that will make it great.
I see that you went to Yung Kee in Central. A good place for roast goose or roast duck. That's what they're famous for.
If you're in HK for a little while, you should take a trip over to Macau. It's only a 1 hour jetfoil ride over and you'll feel like you're in a subsection of Las Vegas. The Venetian there is bigger than the one in Vegas. And the food there is really good, with many Michelin rated restaurants to choose from. And then there are the copious amounts of beautiful Asian women.
Random street scenes in HK
KFC Hong Kong breakfast menu
HK MRT (subway) station
Ice Cream van
Hmmm. I wonder if prescription is require to buy these
Yoshinoya's breakfast menu (see poster to right) - hamburger steak, egg fried with ham, bowl of noodles
A rare sight: empty MRT train (station @ end of line)
HK's MRT system with octopus card is very similar to Taipei's MRT. Considering that HK had theirs first, I think TW probably went to HK and studied their MRT system.
Great pics. Post more!
You're not going to slip across the border where everything is 1/3 the price in HK? GZ is just a short 2.5 hour trip. (actually it's 30min plus 1hr 10 min, but you need time for the border crossing and connection.
HK is quite different from TW though. Not as nice IMO and a lot more expensive. However, it is a lot more exciting and cosmopolitan. Taipei is boring by comparison.
Nice photos, it looks much the same as when I was there.
Gz is generally more expensive than HK - most mainlanders do border runs to stock up on food and stuff. And electronics and imported stuff is cheaper in HK.
Sure you can buy cheap stuff in Gz, like tainted food and kettles with handles that get so hot you can barely hold them!!!
The Octopus card is great, I used it to get buses and maybe even ferries. If you're there for a while Cheung Chau island is worth a visit.
I've heard it's expensive to get the metro all the way up to Lo Wu border crossing though.
I went to HK with my thai gf back in '07 and I remember how annoying it was to find a place to use the toilet. It's not like in Thailand where you can easily duck into one of many shopping centers or malls and find nice pristine bathrooms. In HK it was brutal in the evening trying to go through a maze of streets to find a place to poop.
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