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Hong Kong - Antony Bourdain's "The Layover"


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Hong Kong - Antony Bourdain's "The Layover"

huiray | | Dec 29, 2011 09:48 PM

Anthony Bourdain does a new USAmerican TV series called "The Layover" where he spends a limited amount of time in various cities around the world, styled as a layover between flights, typically on the order of 1 1/2 to 2 days. I saw earlier tonight the episode where he spent 48 hours in Hong Kong.

What a curious and disappointing episode food-wise, to me anyway.

After arriving in HK and declaring that a prime attraction of HK was the immense food scene to be found in the place, he proceeds to gallivant around essentially as on a travel program - which, admittedly it is - yet largely ignoring excellent restaurants or the glories of Chinese cuisine except for snippets here and there and with attention paid to colonial/American-influenced stuff like elbow macaroni and spam in tomato sauce he and his "guides" ate and discussed at length at Sing Heung Yuen in the Central district. I grabbed a notepad and kept track of places he visited with or without "friends". In sequence (some were mentioned in passing only):
Joy Hing (Wanchai) - BBQ meats & etc
Kin's Kitchen (Harbour area)
Hotel - Mandarin Oriental
Sing Heung Yuen (Central) - mentioned above
Mido Cafe (Yau Ma Tei)
Simpson Sin Tailor (Kowloon) - for his Sharkskin cloth gangster suit
Hui Lau Shan (Kowloon) - fruit juices, desserts, etc
Chan Chi Kee (Kowloon) - knife store - where he spent some time looking at the BIG knives but finally bought a peking duck knife
Tim Ho Wan (Kowloon) - dim sum [finally!!! some real food]
Mak An Kee (Central) - noodles [mentioned]
Aberdeen Fish Market
New Discovery (Central) - Bar [mentioned, I think]
Star Ferry to Kowloon
Fuk Loi Koi [sic] (Prince Edward, Kowloon) - squid, seafood; they dwelt on the squid there...? [I suspect they misspelt the name of the place][should be Fok Loi Kui?]
Tsui Wah (Central) - noodles, etc [mentioned only]
Racks Bar (Central) - drinks, pool tables, Tony getting wasted, shooting pool, throwing ping pong balls into plastic cups of beer, playing darts... :::rolleyes::: (from me)
Ozone Bar (Kowloon) - high end cocktails, that sort of thing [mentioned]
Trip to Lamma Island
Lancombe Seafood (Lamma Island) - brief shots of just some dishes sown: S&P shrimp, scallps, clams... the concentration was on "discussions" of why these yong folks TB was hanging out with, including a few American expats, were there in HK, blah blah...
Tung Po Seafood (North Point) [mentioned]
...and off he goes, napping on the way.

Not a single high-end or fancy Chinese meal was had by him nor even seen in any brief glimpse.

Note that all the names as written on the left were as given on the screen shown during the episode...


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