Family Time in Hong Kong

Long overdue post – This was in draft for a really long time and I finally got the pictures ready.  Here is a little recap of my mini family vacation in Hong Kong with Meeps, Mom, Sis and Father in Law.  Also met up with T and her man there as well.  We did so much in the short 5 days and I will try to keep it brief with lots of highlights.

We stayed at the hotel right in HK airport on our first night since we arrived so late – so right after checking out the next morning, we ate at one of the restaurants at the airport.  Nothing too mindblowing but it was a good start to our food-filled trip.  Checked in to our hotel – Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers in Kowloon.

I loved everything about the hotel – the location was right by the water so the view was great.  We were able to walk every where and take the MTR (mono rail) when we needed to get to other neighbourhoods.  One of the evenings, Meeps and I walked along the Avenue of Stars and all along the water front, listening to young aspiring singers.

And I must say, the service at the hotel was excellent – every morning the concierge was a huge help in giving us tips and directions and even calling the ferry terminal to check on Macau ferry tickets.

Neways, here is our vacation in a nutshell – we did so much and ate so much that it would be impossible to write them all up but here are some of my favourite moments :

First meal of the first day was one of the best! We randomly walked into a noodle shop (Wan Kwai Square Noodle) near Temple Street and it was so good! We meant for this meal to be a snack but ended up with way too much food but it was definitely well worth it.  I don’t even remember where this place was and the menu was in Chinese.  Luckily mom reads Chinese~

That evening, we roamed the streets and ate at a little cafe that had a note indicating no photography with very angry servers who yelled at everyone and anyone.  The food portions were massive and relatively cheap, so I guess most locals don’t mind the abuse?

We started the next morning with a day tour of Hong Kong – with the following stops Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village (on the creepy looking sampan with lanterns decades old), Jewelry factory in Aberdeen (which was lame, coz it was just a random stop where you are pressured into buying jewelry), Repulse Bay and Stanley Market.  We ended up in Stanley Market and decided to spend the rest of the day there and took the bus back ourselves. Along the water were restaurants and we picked the one with a huge array of western dishes.  The lady owner was super chatting and talked to us about where she has traveled in SEAsia and etc.

During one of the evenings in HK, we met up with V – who took us to this exclusive restaurant called Imperial City that serves Cantonese food.  The restaurant is open for members only (and their guests).  Definitely not a casual walk in restaurant but the service and food was definitely top notch.  We had this interesting beef and foie gras stir fry that caught Meeps attention.  I fell in love with all their roasts (Roast suckling pig & roast goose) and the steam fish.

We were off to Macau on our third day and then back to Hong Kong.  The weather improved drastically during our last two days in HK.  The amazing concierge at the Sheraton mapped a mini tour to do on our own.  We started at our hotel, off to Central and then onto the longest escalator, which winds through the most densely populated areas of Central Hong Kong.  At some point we were on the Ferry and bus (I can’t remember the areas very well).

We were able to see a lot of the older parts of Hong Kong that had so much character.  There were lots of little stairs and a lot of cute cafes, restaurants amidst old run down apartment buildings and shopping complexes.  And of course, there were random massive fancy malls. In one of the mall, we found Lauduree!!

Oh and we hopped onto the bus and head over to Wan Chai, did some shopping and found a stall that served snake soup that we just HAD to try.  I would not recommend it – it was definitely an acquired taste.

Our last day in Hong Kong, we found Din Tai Fung!  Meeps isn’t a huge fan but I love the Pork Chop rice and side dishes there.  No Din Tai Fung is complete without their kitchen showcasing how the dumplings are made.. The one thing that cracked everyone up was the instruction pamphlet of how to eat a Xiao Long Bao, which Meeps made sure EVERYONE listened while he instructed.

And we walked all along Nathan Road and some of the other main streets and stumbled onto some supposedly famous store selling egg puffs – Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles.

We even found a place that served Nitrogen ice cream, which I was excited for mom to try and she loved it!

I am going to end the post with the most baffling thing we witnessed.  On our first couple days, we kept noticing this massive line that went for a couple blocks.  Mom and I approached the first few ladies in the line and asked them what they were in line for (since they were not lined up in front of a store front but just an entrance to a stripmall) and they told us teddy bear cookies.  I thought they must be some sort of crazy to line up for cookies, as she told me people got in line a few hours before the store opens and they get numbers. Those must be some amazing cookies.

It hit me a couple days later that these must be cookies V always brought back for us (it came in a teddy bear container and she mentioned they are famous).  I just had to ask her when I saw her and we were right!    The crazier thing was, on our last day we saw small stores in this dingy mall just selling mark up boxes of the cookies.  It was darn good cookies but this is pure insanity.

But there you have it!  I can’t wait for the next vacation recap~

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