Hong Kong Day 4: One star, Two star

It’s a gray and rainy morning in HK. At 5 am, we are awakened by an alarm that sounds a lot like an old school bell; someone has apparently tried (and failed dramatically) to make toast in their hotel room down the hall. With smoke hazing the entire hallway, but no apparent danger, everyone heads back in for the rest of the morning.

About mid morning, we head out optimistically to HK island in search of more deliciousness. Though we’ve been told that the city will be packed on a weekend, we hope the rain keeps some people indoors. Continue reading

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Hong Kong Day 3: Back to HK Island

In our first Michelin star-free day in HK, we return to Hong Kong Island for the second part of our Big Bus tour. With street buns in hand, we take the ferry (where we see the USA rugby team boarding their ferry for the Hong Kong Seven rugby tournament this weekend!)  and hop on the bus tour for Stanley Market. The ride takes us out of the main city part of Hong Kong on the northern edge of the island to the southern side (below, screen shot of Google Maps). At the top you can see Tsim Sha Tsui, where we are staying on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, connected to mainland China. The main city part of Hong Kong on Hong Kong Island runs along the northern edge of Victoria Harbor, with mountains through the center of the island. Stanley Market is at the southern end of the island. Continue reading

Hong Kong Day 2: All around Hong Kong Island

It’s not every day that you can say this: “Today for breakfast we had a Michelin-starred 10 course meal…for $25 USD” Yep. 🙂 Dim sum breakfast at Tim Ho Wan was AMAZING. There are three branches in HK, and we pick the one at Central since it is in the area of our tour plans for the day. We walk down to the ferry terminal around 9 am, and take a Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong Island. Enter breakfast. If you’re ever in HK, you have to eat here. The BBQ pork buns are unbelievable, and definitely the best pork buns I’ve ever had. It’s like one of those amazing Korean bread buns wrapped itself around the most delicious char sui pork, and then magically became even more perfect (right upper). Our other 9 dishes included (left lower from left to right, top to bottom): poached lettuce (tastes exactly like it sounds), steamed pork dumplings with shrimp, steamed spare ribs with black bean sauce, deep fried dumplings with pork, glutinous rice dumpling, steamed egg cake (like a faintly chocolate tasting sponge cake), pan-fried turnip cake, tonic medlar and petal cake (right lower), and steamed dumplings chiu chow style. Continue reading

Welcome to Hong Kong!

It takes 1.5 hours to get to the Seoul airport from our hotel, but it was very easy – the airport bus has a special bus stop sign and it is only 2 blocks from our hotel. The fancier bus has seats that recline to about 20 degrees; it is almost like being in first class.

We flew Korean Air (yay SkyTeam!) and it was delightful. Our flight attendant was very attentive, always smiling brightly, and seemed genuinely concerned when we ordered the bibimbap for the in-flight meal. The bibimbap incidentally was amazing. It was light and fresh and very flavorful (left). Korean Air is going in the top 2 best airline meals ever, along with Kenyan Airways. Just a short 3.5 hour flight later, during which we flew right over Taipei (hello Taipei!), we arrive in Hong Kong. Continue reading