23 May 2010

Hong Kong Street Food Tour ~ Day 3 – Stanley, Causeway Bay & Woosung Street Temporary Cooked Food Hawker Bazaar


So much food, only so much room in the tum. We wonder if there is some kind of reverse gastric band surgery to increase stomach capacity.





Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

We take a trip to Stanley, a popular seaside spot on the tip of Hong Kong Island. On the way we stumble upon the amazing spectacle that is the maid's day off. Thousands and thousands and thousands of Filipino maids take Sunday off, but they live at work, often in a cupboard, and have nowhere to go. So they gather in any spare public space.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

They gather in groups, bring lunch, drink copious amounts of Coca Cola, play cards and chat with their mates. They sit on mats of cardboard, some engineer walls out of cardboard boxes to give them a little privacy. I've never seen anything quite like it. There were also lots of Indonesian maids who seemed to hang around some fantastic looking Indonesian restaurants, so much food, so little time.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

The bus trip to Stanley is spectacular.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Stanley itself isn't that exciting. It is packed with tourists and the Sunday lunch crowd. All the restaurants are a bit too western for our liking, though they did look good. We wander around in search of something that meets our exceedingly low standards. We figure that in every tourist spot there is somewhere for the local workers to eat.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Then we hit paydirt.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

The chef hasn't eaten since 1962 but he cooks a mean feast.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

There is barely any English spoken so it's order-by-pointing. There's a bunch of precooked dishes.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

The service is five star.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

What a dude.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

And what food. Fish with tofu with black beans.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Yeah baby.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

This is sort of a pork mince rissole, with googy egg yolk on top.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

It won't win any beauty contests but it tastes great, it is a rissole afterall.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

A chance to indulge in my secret passion for sweet and sour pork.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Stanley sure is purdy.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Meanwhile, back at the ranch. Causeway Bay in Hong Kong Island is buzzing on a Sunday afternoon.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

It would be a fine time for swine if we weren't so full from lunchfast.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

We stop for coffee at a Hong Kong coffee shop. These places are always so cheery.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Kitchen-guy taking a breather.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Apparently the fish balls were famous here, but once again just too full to indulge.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Mango madness.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Aji Ichiban Japanese lolly store.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Japanese lollies. There seemed to be a lot of Japanese influence in Hongkers.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

We find a fish market on the way to the ferry back to Kowloon.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Somebody's dinner looks good.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Now that's high density living. That's our future folks.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Back in Kowloon. We love just wandering around local neighbourhoods, though we often get lost. We later find ourselves stuck on a major road overpass, attempting to get directions from some guy standing behind a bush watching the traffic, until we figured he was masturbating. He wasn't much help. A nice old Chinese gent saves us from the wanker and points us in the direction of our hotel.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Dinner time. We fled Newtown to escape Thai restaurants, they follow you wherever you go...

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

We stop for a feed but this place just doesn't have the right vibe, I always trust Miss Chicken's food instincts, almost always.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

We go back to the Woosung Street Temporary Cooked Food Hawker Bazaar. This is more our scene.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Does this look great or am I wearing beer goggles?

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Dinner awaits.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

BBQ goose.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

A bit fattier than duck but food porn nontheless. I must confess I did prefer the BBQ bird in Singapore.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Sweet plum sauce for the bird.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

Stir fried bean curd and veggies. Tofu is a many splendored thing. Insanely good mushrooms.

Hong Kong Street Food Tour Day 2

This is where our dinner came from. Dodginess is next to godliness.

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