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Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB – Day 4 of 6

Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB – Day 4 of 6

My fourth day in Hong Kong was also the last day I will be spending with the ten bloggers. Most of them will be headed back to Singapore, with the exception of Sze Ping who had also extended his trip for another two days like me, on our own expenses.

My colleagues, Siew Kian and Ming Choy extended their stay too while Vivien from the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) accompanied the other nine bloggers back to Singapore later part of noon.

In the morning, we set off for congee at Law Fu Kee Congee and Noodle Specialist (羅富記粥麵專家). This humble looking establishment is listed in on the very helpful HKTB’s “Local Delicacies” booklet guide. Don’t play play okay, the Michelin Hong Kong Macau guide gave it two stars for its culinary excellence in congee.

You can read the review on Law Fu Kee via Catherine (Camemberu)’s blog entry.

Personally, the bowl of pork liver and sliced fish congee I had that morning was the best tasting congee I had in my life. Now that I am looking at the pictures again, I am salivating, just thinking of the bowl of congee.

We had breakfast at this restaurant

We had breakfast at this restaurant

Inside the packed restaurant

Inside the packed restaurant

Enjoying breakfast

Enjoying breakfast

The Aussie buddies

The Aussie buddies

Elaine, Siew Kian and Gin, breakfast kakis

Elaine, Siew Kian and Gin, breakfast kakis

Me, Lawrence and Ming Choy, still fresh in the morning

Me, Lawrence and Ming Choy, still fresh in the morning

Catherine's bowl of lean pork and century egg congee

Catherine’s bowl of lean pork and century egg congee

My delicious pork liver and sliced fish congee - I want to eat this again!

My delicious pork liver and sliced fish congee – I want to eat this again!

Vegetable to share

Vegetable to share

Fish balls with fermented bean sauce

Fish balls with fermented bean sauce

Pipping hot fried dough fritters (you tiao)

Pipping hot fried dough fritters (you tiao)

After a very satisfying breakfast, we met up with Leon Suen, a professional photographer who took us through a heritage walk in the Central/SoHo area.

Jerome wrote two very insightful and descriptive blog entries on our heritage walk – one on the Sheung Wan (上环) area where the  recent award-winning Hong Kong movie, Echoes of the Rainbow (岁月神偷) was shot on Wing Lee Street (永利街); the other on the neverending Central Mid-Level Escalators (中環至半山自動扶梯). Do check out his two blog posts, HERE and HERE respectively.

The weather was sweltering hot and we were all perspiring from head to toe as we trek up and down the steep slopes, thankfully with the aid of many long escalators. The feel of entering into a time warp to a location where time stood still in the 60s/70s made it all worthwhile though.

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I managed to watch Echoes of the Rainbow, highly recommended by Vivien from HKTB, on the return flight to Singapore via Cathay Airlines. It was a heart-warming movie to watch.  The movie, steeped in nostalgia and feel-good elements; captured the struggles of the working class in Hong Kong in the 1960s. Do catch it. 🙂

Hanging around Hong Kong Central

Hanging around Hong Kong Central

Mural art

Mural art

Female construction worker

Female construction worker

Colourful sights as we travel up the neverending escalators

Colourful sights as we travel up the never ending escalators

Saw a familiar poster

Saw a familiar poster

100 percent Australian

100 percent Australian

One long escalator after another

One long escalator after another

Interesting giant billboard ad

Interesting giant billboard ad

Wines and spirits shop

Wines and spirits shop

Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant

Taking a break

Taking a break

Trekking our way to a hidden mosque, with Leon as our guide

Trekking our way to a hidden mosque, with Leon as our guide

The curiously tranquail Jamia Mosque, tucked in the middle of the tall buildings and busy streets

The curiously tranquail Jamia Mosque, tucked in the middle of the tall buildings and busy streets

The entrance gateway to the mosque

The entrance gateway to the mosque

More pictures of the mosque

More pictures of the mosque

Mosque interior

Mosque interior

No sleeping in the mosque

No sleeping in the mosque

Chatting with the two friendly mosque care takers

Chatting with the two friendly mosque care takers

Surrounded by skyscrapers, the mosque still looks magnificent

Surrounded by skyscrapers, the mosque still looks magnificent

Another picture, taken in pin-hole mode

Another picture, taken in pin-hole mode

Taps for devotees to cleanse themselves before entering the mosque

Taps for devotees to cleanse themselves before entering the mosque

Sandals outside the mosque

Sandals outside the mosque

Geck Geck at the mosque

Geck Geck at the mosque

The guy on the extreme left in spectacles is our heritage guide, Leon Suen

The guy on the extreme left in spectacles is our heritage guide, Leon Suen

Wing Lee Street

Wing Lee Street

A very old printing house

A very old printing house

Photo and video are not allowed in the printing house actually...

Photo and video are not allowed in the printing house actually…

Ancient publishing house that still uses the block printing press

Ancient publishing house that still uses the block printing press

The old shop owner showing us some of his block prints

The old shop owner showing us some of his block prints

Retro grilles

Retro grilles

There's an old man at work, behind the grilles

There’s an old man at work, behind the grilles

A playground constructed as part of the set of the movie, Echoes of the Rainbow

A playground constructed as part of the set of the movie, Echoes of the Rainbow

The interior of the playground

The interior of the playground

Me in the playground

Me in the playground

Peter pretending to be a colonial landowner

Peter pretending to be a colonial landowner

Building interior

Building interior

Real people are living in these old houses

Real people are living in these old houses

Old metal mail boxes

Old metal mail boxes

This school has an interesting labyrinth like layout

This school has an interesting labyrinth like layout

Peter is very tired

Peter is very tired

Rednaxela Terrace - somehow, I am drawn to this name

Rednaxela Terrace – somehow, I am drawn to this name

Flights after flights of stairs

Flights after flights of stairs

Me with Violet and Peter

Me with Violet and Peter

Workers resting

Workers resting

Look at the ancient signboard!

Look at the ancient signboard!

No. 10, Wing Lee Street

No. 10, Wing Lee Street

Run down building

Run down building

More old buildings

More old buildings

Private Road - don't play play

Private Road – don’t play play

My colleague, Ming Choy at work

My colleague, Ming Choy at work

Look at how steep the road is

Look at how steep the road is

Large slow down sign on the steep road

Large slow down sign on the steep road

New against old buildings; Trees grow on some of these buildings

New against old buildings; Trees grow on some of these buildings

Contrasting new and old buildings

Contrasting new and old buildings

Former French Mission Building (Court of Final Appeal)

Former French Mission Building (Court of Final Appeal)

Chinese Young Men's Christian Association of Hong Kong (Chinese Y.M.C.A)

Chinese Young Men’s Christian Association of Hong Kong (Chinese Y.M.C.A)

Hollywood Road

Hollywood Road

Tall skyscrapers along Hollywood road

Tall skyscrapers along Hollywood road

The famous temple at the opposite side of the road

The famous temple at the opposite side of the road

Spotted a restaurant touting Singapore's Katong Laksa

Spotted a restaurant touting Singapore’s Katong Laksa

By noon, we gathered at Hong Kong celebrity chef, Margaret Xu’s private kitchen (at 18 Ship Street, tel: +852 2866 0868), Yin Yang (鸳鸯) for lunch. To dine there, you need to make a reservation at least a day in advance. Deliberately kept small to ensure the highest food quality, there are only three tables in the retro refurbished shop house in Wan Chai (湾仔).

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Margaret has a interesting life story to tell – she used to run an ad agency before becoming a self-taught cook. She is a champion of healthy, organic food and the cuisines served in her private kitchen are mostly her own creations or are made with ingredients cultivated at her own organic farm in Yuen Long (元朗).

You can read more about Margaret Xu; her private kitchen and the cuisines served, via Catherine’s detailed blog entry.

In summary, all our us enjoyed the meticulously crafted food as well as the nostalgic ambient at Yin Yang very much.

It was also the last lunch together for all of us as most of our entourage will be returning to Singapore after that. Hence everyone was in a particularly chatty mood (a few bottles of beers helped too), reminiscing on the Hong Kong trip thus far which was coming to an end.

After lunch, Margaret Xu did a LIVE demonstration of making a piquant  condiment, made from vegetables and green chillies. I still have my bottle in my fridge and it goes well with a lot of stuff, ranging from chicken to fried wantons. You can get the recipe for this via Catherine’s blog entry.

Restaurant entrance

Restaurant entrance

Paper replica of the exterior of the restaurant building and the menu board

Paper replica of the exterior of the restaurant building and the menu board

All seated for lunch

All seated for lunch

Retro curtains and window fittings, kept the way it was

Retro curtains and window fittings, kept the way it was

Margaret Xu's Yin Yang photo book

Margaret Xu’s Yin Yang photo book

The ten bloggers - sad that this will be their last lunch together in Hong Kong

The ten bloggers – sad that this will be their last lunch together in Hong Kong

But everyone were happy with their new found friendships

But everyone were happy with their new found friendships

To keep to the retro theme, water was served via a tin flash and soft drinks came in glass bottles

To keep to the retro theme, water was served via a tin flash and soft drinks came in glass bottles

Yin Yang's signature Yellow Chicken

Yin Yang’s signature Yellow Chicken

Cutting and tearing up the chicken

Cutting and tearing up the chicken

The chicken after it's sliced up

The chicken after it’s sliced up

Close-up of the golden yellow meat

Close-up of the golden yellow meat

The home-made sauce to go with the yellow chicken

The home-made sauce to go with the yellow chicken

Roast pork served with home-made lychee sauce

Roast pork served with home-made lychee sauce

Roast Pork

Cut up roast pork

Look at the marvelous texture

Look at the marvelous texture

Clams served with chilli and vegetable

Clams served with chilli and vegetable

Smoking hot soup

Smoking hot soup

The veggies in the soup are grown in Margaret Xu's own farm

The veggies in the soup are grown in Margaret Xu’s own organic farm

More organic farm grown veggies

More organic farm grown veggies

Curry crab with lady fingers

Curry crab with lady fingers

Delicious looking isn't it?

Delicious looking isn’t it?

Rice served with organic greens in an earthen pot

Rice served with organic greens in an earthen pot

Banana ice cream dessert

Banana ice cream dessert

Another picture of the dessert

Another picture of the dessert

Fun poses after lunch

Fun poses after lunch

Funny pose 2

Funny pose 2

Funny pose 3

Funny pose 3

A nice calligraphy piece in the restaurant

A nice calligraphy piece in the restaurant

The many culinary awards Margaret has won

The many culinary awards Margaret has won

Me and Vivien with celebrity chef, Margaret Xu

Me and Vivien with celebrity chef, Margaret Xu

Margaret Xu's cool kitchen - set up like a studio already

Margaret Xu’s cool kitchen – set up like a studio already

Pots, pans and other unique wares

Pots, pans and other unique wares

Filming Margaret Xu

Filming Margaret Xu

Margaret Xu doing a self introduction

Margaret Xu doing a self introduction

Chopping up the greens

Chopping up the greens

Margaret Xu's cooking demonstration

Margaret Xu’s cooking demonstration

Captivated audience

Captivated audience

Darren helping out with chopping; on the right is the terra cotta oven which Margaret Xu built herself

Darren helping out with chopping; on the right is the terra cotta oven which Margaret Xu built herself

Mixing the green chilli with veggies

Mixing the green chilli with veggies

Margaret Xu cooking up a storm

Margaret Xu cooking up a storm

Lush green vegetables

Lush green vegetables

Margaret grinding up the mixture

Margaret grinding up the mixture

Sampling time!

Sampling time!

Unanimous thumbs ups!

Unanimous thumbs ups!

Margaret Xu and the six bloggers who sat through the cooking demonstration

Margaret Xu and the six bloggers who sat through the cooking demonstration

Green Dream for everyone! :)

Green Dream for everyone! 🙂

Including me!

Including me!

Margaret Xu's Green Dream sauce

Margaret Xu’s Green Dream sauce

The bloggers enjoying their Green Dream

The bloggers enjoying their Green Dream

Ah...........

Ah………..

Pete really love the Green Dream sauce and was eating it like ice cream

Pete really love the Green Dream sauce and was eating it like ice cream

We each get to take home a bottle of the freshly made Green Dream sauce from this wonderful restaurant

We each get to take home a bottle of the freshly made Green Dream sauce from this wonderful restaurant

I parted way with the bloggers from Yin Yang as they made their way back to Singapore. For them, their Hong Kong summer trip ends at Yin Yang on a high note. For me, there’s two more days to look forward to. 🙂

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First thing I did from then was to check out of Mira Hotel and make my way to a budget hotel, Mingle on the Wing, located at Sheung Wan (上环).

The hotel was very small with barely room to walk about after putting in my luggage and Rachel’s luggage. It did take a while for me to get accustomed to the size, after the luxurious stay at Mira.

Nonetheless, it is less than 5 minutes walking distance from the Sheung Wan train station; centrally located to many shopping areas and attractions; provides free DVDs to watch as well as a DVD player; provides a mobile phone connected to the hotel number; and most importantly, has free Internet access. A pretty good deal. 🙂

After checking in, Rachel and I decided to make our way to Gough Street to try out the famous Kau Kee beef brisket noodles 九記牛腩 (21 Gough Street, tel: +852 2850-5967) which we missed on our second day in Hong Kong as we dined at Gingko House at the same location instead.

You can read the review on Kau Kee via Catherine’s blog entry. According to Catherine, the humble looking eatery counts even HK Chief Executive Donald Tsang, actors Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Nick Cheung and Takeshi Kaneshiro as its regulars.

As we arrived there relatively late, there wasn’t much of a queue and we got our orders pretty quick. I had a curry beef brisket noodle while Rachel ordered a clear soup vermicelli version. I am a big fan of beef noodle and love every sip of the curry and the tangy beef brisket.

We had a good time shopping and checking out the streets while navigating to Gough Street and also hanging out at the various botique stores located on Gough Street before dinner.

Rachel was delighted to find Hong Kong designer, Carrie Chau (Wun Ying)‘s shop, Wun Ying Collection on Gough Street. We bought quite a few pieces of her stuff.

We got lost a bit while looking for Gough Street

We got lost a bit while looking for Gough Street

Rachel's favourite pen brand

Rachel’s favourite pen brand

Back at Gough Street for dinner

Back at Gough Street for dinner

Along Gough Street

Along Gough Street

Interesting street mural art

Interesting street mural art

Shop selling designer's kids toys

Shop selling designer’s kids toys

Petit Bazaar which sells children's stuff as above

Petit Bazaar which sells children’s stuff as above

Vintage store

Vintage store

Hong Kong designer, Wuu Ying's shop - Rachel love her stuff, we bought quite a bit here

Hong Kong designer, Wun Ying’s shop – Rachel love her stuff, we bought quite a bit here

One of Wuu Ying's original artwork in the shop

One of Wun Ying’s original artwork in the shop

We bought a kaleidoscope lens for Eunice, Rachel's sister, from Wuu Ying

We bought a kaleidoscope lens for Eunice, Rachel’s sister, from Wuu Ying

This shop sells stuff made from recycled material

This shop sells stuff made from recycled material

Outside Homeless

Outside Homeless

Inside Homeless

Inside Homeless

Another designers shop like Homeless

Another designers shop like Homeless

The famous Nan Kee springroll noodle joint at Gough Street - we had dinner here

The famous Kau Kee noodle joint at Gough Street – we had dinner here

Inside Nan Kee

Inside Nan Kee

The menu

The menu

What we ordered for dinner

What we ordered for dinner

Plus our drinks

Plus our drinks

My curry noodle

Tucking in for dinner

Tucking in for dinner

After Gough Street, Rachel and I decided to head back to the Temple Street (庙街) area which we went to the previous night to continue exploring the huge area.

We returned back to our hotel after that, ending our fourth night in Hong Kong. Stay tuned to my next update as Rachel and I head up The Peak. 🙂

Da Pai Dang (大排檔) or street food vendors in Hong Kong

Da Pai Dang (大排檔) or street food vendors in Hong Kong

Spotted an old dressmaking shop

Spotted an old dressmaking shop

Old woman feeding strays

Old woman feeding strays

Fruits stall

Fruits stall

Some shops were closing as we stroll past

Some shops were closing as we stroll past

Pushcart selling flowers

Pushcart selling flowers

Herbal tea shop

Herbal tea shop

Scary dolls

Scary dolls

Porn shop

Porn shop

Trinkets and ornaments

Trinkets and ornaments

More trinkets

More trinkets

Vintage stuff

Vintage stuff

Rows of people competing to read your fortune

Rows of people competing to read your fortune

Custom made hand phone accessories

Custom made hand phone accessories

Rows upon rows of roadside stalls

Rows upon rows of roadside stalls

Toy collectibles

Toy collectibles

Imitation paintings

Imitation paintings

Wall light projectors on sale

Wall light projectors on sale

Spotted a pair of pet kittens

Spotted a pair of pet kittens

Rachel, happily lost in the Temple Street area

Rachel, happily lost in the Temple Street area

Workers were changing the subway posters when we headed back to our hotel

Workers were changing the subway posters when we headed back to our hotel

Admiralty station

Admiralty station

Posters of "The Little Prince"

Posters of “The Little Prince”

A visibly tired Rachel at Sheung Wan Station on our way back

A visibly tired Rachel at Sheung Wan Station on our way back

Read my previous Hong Kong trip blog entries:

Day 3: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2010; Hong Kong Old Restaurant; Tsim Sha Tsui and Temple Street shopping

Day 2: Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market and Goldfish Market; Gingko House at Gough Street; make-over with Celia Wong; and on board the Bounty

Day 1: Dragon Boat Carnival Opening, Robatayaki at Busy Suzie

Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB – A Prelude

Flying Off to Hong Kong in a Few Hours

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2 Comments

  1. John

    Hi Alvin,
    That street name that you were “drawn to”, Rednaxela Terrace. Try looking at the first part of the name — Rednaxela — again, only backwards !

    Enjoy reading your blog, all the way from San Francisco

    Reply
  2. alvinology

    Thanks John! That was really insightful! 🙂

    Reply

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