21 May 2010
Hong Kong Street Food Tour ~ Day 2 – Mong Kok & Temple Street Markets
A day at the Romance Highclass Hotel...
Our first day in Hong Kong in the Romance Highclass Hotel, it's a classy joint with very reasonable hourly rates, though getting out of bed to pay every hour is a pain. Actually we stayed at the four star Eaton Hotel which is highly recommended but not so good for our backpacker street cred.
We wander Mong Kok in search of food. Miss Chicken stops for snackage at Bee Cheng Hiang.
Flat pieces of cured, sweet, shiny bbq pork, yum. Also available in chili flavour, lovey heart shapes and chicken medallions. Apparently this stuff originated in Singapore. Folks were buying this stuff by the boxload. "Wah, you only want four pieces?' the shop lady asked us in shock. You can also get this stuff in Chinatown in Sydney at Singapore Famous BBQ Pork.
Fruit & veggie market amidst apartment blocks and high rises, Mong Kok. Wikipedia says that the Guinness Book of Records says that Mong Kok has the highest population density in the world.
Further snackage, this little punter looks very happy.
Gizzards on a stick.
I read somewhere that these are pork intestines. Who knows, who cares, they taste great.
The offal party continues, the tripe-on-a-stick is delicious, Miss Chicken is raving about the stuff all day.
Ah, grilled squid on a stick, the little knobby bits pop in the mouth like Rice Bubbles. Finally a chance to use the words 'squid' and 'Rice Bubbles' in one sentence.
These lunch-on-a-stick joints were everywhere, very popular.
Also everywhere are tea shops, milk tea appears to be a staple.
Tea shops also serve tea eggs.
Tea eggs are boiled like regular googies. Then the shell is cracked but not removed and the egg is simmered again in spiced liquid, traditionally black tea leaves with soy sauce and spices.
Sweet smokey spicey delicious googiness.
We stop for a bev at one of the zillion Hong Kong style coffee shops. These usually have a little bakery or roast place out the front so they also get takeway business, clever use of limited space. These cafes serve Chinese food and wonderfully weird Chinese versions of western food. Cheap and cheerful.
It's lunchtime and packed but this is Hong Kong, a table can always be found.
An iced milk tea with coffee, a double caffeine hit. We weren't fans of the coffee in Hongkers but it's better than nothing eh?
We only stop for coffee but the waitress talks us into a swiss roll. These are very popular in Chinese bakeries in Hong Kong and also in Sydney I have noticed. Bring it on.
The owner also insists we have a pineapple bun, 'very famous in Hong Kong'. It's a white bread bun with a sweet crispy coating which reminds me of meringue, which reminds me of Barry Manilow, as Lola the showgirl from the Copocobana would would merengue and do the cha-cha at the Copocabana. The bun comes with optional pork chop which is a little cured, a little bacon-esque. The pork chop tastes great but the whole ensemble has that Chinese bakery sweet\savoury thing that happening that is yet to grow on me, I should have tried the bun just with butter.
Obligatory Chinese bicycle shot. I should have made it black and white to be even more wanky.
More great snackage but we are too full to indulge dangnabbit.
The stuffed capscicum and eggplant looks divine. There was a stall in the wonderful Eating World food court in Sydney that did similar stuffed eggplant and capsicum many years ago, it was about $1.80 a piece and a fine treat for a gent who was unemployed at the time. The stall disappeared years ago, I still miss it.
Mr Oof Oof politely informs us that there is a fine roast pork establishment just around the corner, "turn left at the fire hydrant".
There are roast shops galore in Hong Kong. My favourite food. Heaven.
Not so drool.
We grab some crispy skin roast pork. Divine swine for only about $2.50. Tender, lardy, crispy crackling. Food porn.
Char sui, bbq pork, the only Chinese words I know.
I take a photo of this dumpling place and I get yelled at by a lady....
...who wants to pose for the shot. This egg cake looked delicious and stodgey, we saw some locals washing it down with soy milk, yum. Alas there was no room in my belly... We tried to find this nice cake lady's shop the next day to try egg cake but we got lost... Sorry nice cake lady!
Hungry punters at a hawker centre in Mong Kok. There's a few of these 'cooked food markets' around. The premises appear government owned, we get the impression these food courts were opened to accommodate hawkers who were kicked off the streets for health reasons. It's getting harder and harder to find food on the streets these days.
A gorgeous old fruit market with the skyscrapers looming in the background, sadly there are very few old buildings left.
Random noodle shop in Mong Kok.
It's a slow night for Spicy Mama.
Temple Street markets, the only place we could find to chow down outdoors. It was packed with locals and a hit with tourists too.
Seafood porn outside a Temple Street restaurant.
Mud crabs acting nonchalont.
We choose a place outside the main Temple Street hullabaloo, only the classy joints for us.
Tsingtao Beer. It tastes so much nicer in this part of the world, it must be fresher.
Razor clams with black bean. Oh my god.
Congee with frog.
Fried frog. Yes, we have a frog obsession. Divine. Eating outside is one of the finest parts of travelling.