If any of you ever wanted to go to HK, avoid the earliest flight. Sure, you have got lots of time to walk about since you will arrived in HK before 12PM, but depending whether you get enough sleep the previous night (like me who did not), you’ll end up in zombie mode.
We arrived in HK Chek Lap Kok International Airport about 1030AM, and the whole immigration process took more than an hour. When we passed immigration, our luggage were already being thrown aside to make way for other passengers. After getting of main job down, we walked around the airport scouting for the best way to the hotel. There’s actually quite a number of ways, the Airport Express is very convenient and cost about HKD220 for a return trip with 3 days unlimited pass on the MTR. Airport Buses are available too at HKD35 and go all the way to Mong Kok. However, we ended up taking the luxury car all the way to a not so luxury hotel and it cost HKD500.
It’s a Mercedes S Class, we were shocked when we saw the car. The journey from the Airport to Mongkok took about an hour. After checking in to our very small room in Harbour Hotel, we quickly make our way to search for lunch. Lunch menu is recommended by KampungBoyCityGal, well in fact a lot of the eating place is from their recommendation.
The most awesome congee I’ve eaten, located in a very secluded place in the form of a Municipal Building. It’s even more difficult to find since the building is currently undergoing renovation.
A quick look at their menu, with the Carp Belly being the most popular item there. Price ranges from HKD25 to HKD35 depending on your selection.
An English menu to accommodate those who can’t read a single of Chinese.
Lai and Kel giving the thumbs up for the place, even before they eat the congee.
A bowl of Fire Bread (Char Kuey in Malaysia) to go with the congee.
After about 10 minutes of waiting, the piping hot and smooth congee arrived. Each of us ordered a bowl and it goes from the famed Congee with Grass Fish, Congee with Sliced Beef, Congee with Meat Balls and Congee with Grass Fish and Sliced Beef.
The congee is silky smooth, and I have not tasted anything as good as this before. The slice of carp belly is fresh and blended in well with the congee. I don’t even have to add in anything (like soy sauce or pepper) to enhance the flavour because it’s really that good!
Minimal garnishing required. Grass Fish and Sliced Beef Congee on the left, Sliced Beef Congee on the right.
Maybe it’s because we’re super hungry that’s why the congee is extra delicious? Maybe but it can’t play a part that much right?
Lai with his “you want a piece of me” look.
A soothing glass of Milk Tea, Hong Kong style.
The very late lunch was a satisfying one with the smooth and creamy congee. We paid HKD150 for the 4 of us and that kick started our eating journey in HK.
Mui Kee Congee Stall
Fa Yuen Street Municipal Services Building
Stall 11 & 12, 4th Floor
Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok
Opening Hours : 630AM – 3PM
Be sure to get there early if you want to try their Carp Belly as it can easily sold out (or being reserved to their frequent customer!).
After our late lunch, we spent our time getting lost in Mong Kok. I’m a mappy person, so I normally plan my route based very much on the map. We did found some shop that I wanted to go and it take us a good 1-2 hours to finally secure our location before each of us have separate dinner plans for the night.
Spent some time walking along Ladies Street (Tung Choi St) looking at some stores and bought nothing.
Lots of things to see, but I thought that our own version of Petaling Street would more or less sell the same stuff.
Fake Pradas, iPad covers, Beats by Dr Dre…you named it, they have it!
We then went our separate ways for dinner (Lai meeting his boss, Jiun & Kellie meeting their boss) as I’ve asked to meet up some university friends to catch up.
We met up at this Steamboat place at One Grand Tower for dinner. The place is already bustling with people by 7PM as my friend said everyone likes to have hot pot this time of the year. The food were really fresh compare and there’s more variety to our local steamboat places.
After dinner, they brought me to a more local dessert place called
Shek Mo Fong for some more authentic dessert compare to the Mango Sai Mai Lou and the likes.
My friends ordered the Hazelnut Soup, Green Bean Soup while I ordered the cold Black Sesame Soup. First time me trying the black sesame soup being served cold, it’s quite refreshing too.
The Black Sesame Noodles with Black Glutinous Rice and Mango was a bit disappointing despite being very good looking. Flour taste from the noodles cover up most of the taste and hence, it’s almost as if we’re eating flour.
They do serve a variety of Shave Ice dessert as well but we didn’t ordered any since I wanted to eat the conventional dessert.
Shek Mo Fong
88 Hak Po Street
It’s never a reunion without a photo. We spent quite a lot of time back in Newcastle cooking dinner together. There’s where me and May learnt about Polo Bun and Milk Tea.
I ended the night taking the MTR to Wanchai to meet up with the rest at some pub. Wanchai definitely look dodgy when I stepped out from the MTR station with lots of bars and clubs and quite a few ‘kei kai’. That concludes my 1st day in HK.