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HK report

medgirl | Jan 8, 2010 06:20 AM

My HK eating plans were not fulfilled to the extent that I hoped, because of various reasons. We arrived in HK all having just recovered from really bad colds and generally still feeling unwell. The weather in HK was grey, cloudy and drizzly in early December. We also found walking around a bit difficult with a toddler in a stroller. Unlike London, where all the pedestrian crossings are at street level, HK seems to have lots of underground crossings and bridge type high above the street crossings needing lots of stairs to be negotiated.

The culinary highlight was Fu SIng. We were sort of left in a corner for almost 20 minutes with a pot of hot water (no tea leaves in it!). Once a waiter came to our table, I showed him a printout in Chinese characters of the stuff I wanted and asked for steamed rice (to accompany the char siu). We got everything except the steamed rice! I liked the way they brought the things at intervals, rather than all at once. Everything was excellent. Har gau and siu mai were the best I've had anywhere. The char siu was heavenly. I think it would rank as my favourite thing to eat ever. We also loved the fried rice (sang chow lor mai fun). FInished off with a plate of polo char siu bao. Somehow, the bread encasing the chair siu seemed almost too sweet. I guess I am too used to the bland steamed char siu bao. My 2 year old loved everything and was getting really excited every time the kitchen lady brought another dish to the table.
A family friend took us for a light dinner at Festival Walk Mall in Kowloon Tong. We had XLB and turnip cakes at one place (can't remember the name) and then char siu cheong fun and milk tea and another place (King's Palace Congee and Noodle Bar?). It was OK.
We went to Victoria City in Harbour City but our toddler got scared of this big model of a crab they had out in the front (to promote the hairy crab season, I think) and started crying very loudly, so we got embarrassed and left.
Another highlight: wonton noodle soup at Tasty's in IFC Mall. By far the best wonton noodle soup I have ever had. I'm sad that there seems to be nothing comparable in London.
All in all, I wish I was feeling better so I had more of an appetite. And without the stroller, it would be easier to get around. We got taxis a couple of times but the driver couldn't understand where we wanted to go until we went back to the hotel concierge and asked for it to be written down in Chinese. Maybe next time I will be more organised!
Thanks so much to all the lovely Chowhounds who frequent the China board and gave me great advice. I'll look forward to visiting HK again.

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