Our time in Hong Kong was mostly spent on finding good food places and eating at those food places. We relied on a lot of reviews from prior research before embarking on our trip, and from the guide books and brochures we picked up at the airport and from our hotel reception. However, we also made sure we walked around, not only to burn those calories gained from all the good food, but also to do what tourists normally do, and see the sights in HK.
One of our walks brought us to a fish market, where we saw the freshest seafood being sold. It was about 3pm when we got to the fish market, yet it was still very busy, and the seafood was still being brought out.
The seafood was so fresh that most of them were still alive! Indeed, we saw prawns jumping out of their boxes and fishes struggling to breathe. Unfortunately, none of those poor things would ever get another day to live, and will probably end up in someone’s belly by the end of the day.
Indeed, some of those prawns did end up in our bellies that very night. We had dinner at a Da Pai Dang (like the cze char stalls we have in Singapore, where you order from a huge range of mouth watering dishes and it’s all cooked for you to order).
This was in one of the small streets at a night market near our hotel, and though the standard of hygiene was definitely questionable, the food was excellent. We had sweet and sour pork ribs, a favourite of A’s, which were very yummy, but had more bone than meat. Our crispy fried prawns were fantastic, and definitely very fresh. I could imagine the prawns still struggling as they were thrown into the wok.
Our oyster omelette was definitely better than the Taiwanese version, but not better than the Singaporean version we are used to. However, it was still a very tasty dish, with lovely crispy bits. Inspired by the fresh seafood we saw on display, we ordered another seafood dish: sautéed clams. These were very delicious and the spicy bean sauce they were cooked in was very good.
While walking around in the night markets we came across a stall selling smelly beancurd. We just came from Taiwan, where the smelly beancurd was truly smelly and strong. A remembered the smelly beancurd in HK to be much more pleasant and mild, and so we ordered a portion. She was right.
The smelly beancurd in HK is definitely still smelly, but not as pungent as the Taiwan version, and it’s fried wonderfully and served dry. You have a choice of sauces to add, but you do it to your discretion. We chose to put some chilli sauce over our beancurd, and it was fantastic. We both agreed that the smelly beancurd in HK was far better than the Taiwan version. That same stall sells tonnes of fried snacks as well, but we were far too stuffed from all the eating that day so we didn’t try any of them.
The street markets in HK are great fun. It also helps that A is quite fluent in Cantonese, so she managed to snag lots of bargains among the countless stalls available. She was very good at getting the owners to slash their prices for us. It was quite interesting watching her bargain with the owners.