“買東西吃東西” 

I guess that’s the first impression people have of Hong Kong! But… where does one start when one hasn’t been to HK in the last few years? I was lucky enough to be going on a trip with the two biggest foodies from Nuffnang I know – Yina & MissTamChiak!

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Hong Kong in October

I’ve always travelled to HK via Cathay Pacific Airways for the past few trips – they’re reliable, comfortable, and service is good – it’s always wise to camp around for promotions on their site! My friends managed to get return flights for less than $350 each person.

October wasn’t really a school holiday month for Singapore yet, which meant it was a good time to visit Hong Kong, especially weather wise – it was a comfortable 28 degrees the whole time I was there. Less humid than Singapore for sure, and more luggage space for your shopping haul!

Exchange rate, Internet, & other random things

Right now, it’s about 5.5 HKD to 1 Sing $ Dollar. A typical meal at Kam Wah ranges from $5 HKD for an egg tart to $44 HKD for a bowl of porkchop instant noodles – that’s around $8 SGD.

Taxis are decently priced – from Mong Kok to the Airport, it’ll cost an approximate of $250 – $280 HKD (around $45 bucks).

You can get a local sim card for approximately $25 (if I’m not wrong!), but I preferred having my SG line contactable for various reasons, so I opted for a mobile wifi device.

I’m always wearing boots or covered shoes when I’m in HK, because it can be quite wet at certain areas. A lot of people I know like to wear hats to protect themselves from water dripping off the air-conditioning units hahaha.

In HK Airport, wearing my Uniqlo x Disney hoodie, shorts & nike flyknits! Perfect flight weather apparel if you ask me!

In HK Airport, wearing my Uniqlo x Disney hoodie, shorts & nike flyknits! Perfect flight weather apparel if you ask me!

 

So now that the basics are covered, let’s move on to the most important subject – FOOD!

{ Star Cafe 星座冰室 }

Add: Shop No. 36, Champagne Court, 16-20 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀金巴利道16-20號香檳大廈地庫36號舖
Tel: +852 2724 4408
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 08:00 – 21:30

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This was our first stop after landing – and I couldn’t be more grateful because this first meal of the day was extremely delicious! Star Cafe is famed for their tomato broth items – so much that practically half the menu contained a tomato-something.

Noodles in Tomato Broth with Egg

Noodles in Tomato Broth with Egg

Star Cafe isn’t easy to find as it’s hidden from street view, and a place mostly visited by locals.

If you see this sign, you're on the right path!

If you see this sign, you’re on the right path! Just go down the stairwell beneath the sign…

We also had their pork chop at the recommendation of the owner, who claims that he's a personal friend of Andy Lau!

We also had pork chop at the recommendation of the owner, who claims that he’s a personal friend of Andy Lau!

We later checked in to our accommodation – the luxurious Marco Polo hotel!

Quite possibly the most spacious hotel room I've ever stayed in in Hong Kong!

Quite possibly the most spacious hotel room I’ve ever stayed at in Hong Kong!

I've come to realize that many hotels now offer the usage of a handy phone which you can tap into for WIFI (tethering) on the go, or make local calls with! Marco Polo Hotel has free wifi access too which was a nice plus!

I’ve come to realize that many hotels now offer the usage of a handy phone which you can tap into for WIFI (tethering) on the go, or make local calls with! Marco Polo Hotel has free wifi access too which is a nice perk!

The real reason as to why we were staying there - for their annual German Bierfest!!! The Bierfest spans over 3 weeks and has been held at Marco Polo Hotel since its inception in 1992!

The real reason as to why we were staying there – for their annual German Bierfest, held within the same compound! The merrymaking spans over 3 weeks, and has been held at Marco Polo Hotel since its inception in 1992!

It's actually across the Marco Polo Hotel's carpark, but still within the same compound - and on the walk to that, you're able to catch a breathtaking view of the harbour, which the hotel is situated right next to (you can get a good view of it if you get a hotel room facing the right corner)! It's really pretty at night! (Pic credit to Yina)

It’s actually across the Marco Polo Hotel’s carpark, but still within the same compound – and on the walk to that, you’re able to catch a breathtaking view of the harbour, which the hotel is situated right next to (you can get a good view of it if you get a hotel room facing the right corner)! It’s really pretty at night! (Pic credit to Yina)

{ German Bierfest }

Takes place every year during October (check website for more info) 
Harbour Deck 6, Level 6, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel
Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

The merrymaking begins in the evening and doesn't end till nearly midnight! The hotel was abuzz with German Bierfest goers.

The merrymaking begins in the evening and doesn’t end till nearly midnight! The hotel was abuzz with German Bierfest goers.

Admission starts from HKD150 and comes with a glass of beer free. We redeemd our food with coupons!

Admission starts from HKD150 and came with a free glass of beer. We redeemed some food to go with the beer with coupons!

German food to go along with German beer, of course! Ribs, corn, bratwurst, apple strudel, ice cream and other pastries to satiate your hunger!

German food to go along with German beer, of course! Ribs, corn, bratwurst, apple strudel, ice cream and other pastries to satiate your hunger!

There were chairs and tables for you to sit and enjoy, but towards the end of the merriment everyone was just crowding around the stage and hopping everywhere - it was pretty fun really if you're in the right mood!

There were chairs and tables for you to sit and enjoy, but towards the end of the merriment everyone was just crowding around the stage and hopping everywhere! Happy hour’s from 6-7 pm.

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I know that this isn't exactly a food place I can pinpoint some one to visit as it only happens every October, but you can definitely consider dropping by if you happen to be traveling here in October next year, or any year! It was such a fun night with the live band dishing out hit after hit that I wished it lasted longer!

I know that this isn’t exactly a food place I can pinpoint someone to visit as it only happens every October, but you can definitely consider dropping by if you happen to be traveling here in October next year, or any year! It was such a fun night with the live band “The Notenhobler” hosting and playing for the event, which has been the official band since the inception of the event, wearing original Oberkrainer clothes, and dishing out hit after hit and even obliging to encore requests from the clearly happy public who couldn’t get enough of them!

{ Kau Kee Beef Brisket 九記牛腩 }

Add: 21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
中環歌賦街21號地舖
Tel: +852 2850 5967
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 12.30pm – 10.30pm.

Kau Kee has a history of over 60 years - it was first opened in the 1950's, and has been passed down a generation.

Kau Kee has a history of over 60 years – it first opened in the 1950’s, and has been passed down a generation.

Business was brisk, and so were the service! The food magically appeared on our table practically within SECONDS of us ordering. I might have been exaggerating a little but it was definitely less than 2 minutes, tops.

Business was brisk, and so was the service! The food magically appeared on our table practically within SECONDS of us ordering. I might have been exaggerating a little but it was definitely less than 2 minutes, tops.

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The 2 most popular choices - Beef Brisket Noodles In Broth & Beef Tendon Noodles In Curry! Yina liked it so much she went back a second time!

The 2 most popular choices – Beef Brisket Noodles In Broth & Beef Tendon Noodles In Curry! Yina liked it so much she went back a second time!

I don’t take beef, but I sat down for the soup/noodles without meat, and it was delicious! Expect a queue – it was about 15 minutes before we got some seats. Prices range from $40+ HKD for a bowl of noodles with soup.

{ Roast Goose King 燒鵝大王 }

Add: 119 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po
深水埗福榮街119號
Tel: +852 2725 9118
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm, Daily

Roast Goose King in Sham Shui Po

Roast Goose King in Sham Shui Po

The inside of Roast Goose King. It's more well spaced out than many restaurants, which I appreciate after squeezing here and there!

The inside of Roast Goose King. It’s more well spaced out than many restaurants, which I appreciate after squeezing here and there!

Menu!

Menu!

They were extremely nice, and let us take a look at what happens behind!

They were extremely nice, allowing us to take a look at what happens in the kitchen!

Worth ordering: Roast Goose Rice 烧鹅饭, Char Siew Rice 叉烧饭! I like how tender the charsiew was. Can skip the 烧肉。

Worth ordering: Roast Goose Rice 烧鹅饭, Char Siew Rice 叉烧饭! I like how tender the charsiew was. Can skip the 烧肉。

There was no queue when we swung by, but a short one when we left and the shop is almost always full during the time we were there. Service was pretty good, and I did not have a chance to try Yat Lok, but I’ll prefer this place over Yung Kee anytime.

There was a noodle store with a queue just next to Roast Goose King. If I wasn't so full and we weren't rushing for time, I would have gone in for a bowl!

There was a noodle store with a queue just next to Roast Goose King. If I wasn’t so full and we weren’t rushing for time, I would have gone in for a bowl!

{ Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong 公和荳品廠 }

Add: 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
深水埗北河街118號地下
Tel: +852 2386 6871
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm, Daily

Just right around the corner from Roast Goose King, you can find Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong, which specializes in all things soy bean! It was also recently listed in the Michelin Guide 2016 under the street food category!

公和荳品廠 in Sham Shui Po

公和荳品廠 in Sham Shui Po

You can find plenty of soy based products for sale, from drinks to 豆干!

You can find plenty of soy based products for sale, from drinks to 豆干!

What we got! I seriously have no idea what these were because my understanding of cantonese is zero. But I know that they tasted really really good and light - it's perfect as breakfast snack!

What we got! I seriously have no idea what these were because my understanding of cantonese is zero. But I know that they tasted really really good and light – it’s perfect as breakfast snack!

The star of the stall for me was this - 豆花 Beancurd, served plain, which you can top off with orange sugar! IT'S SO GOOD I'M CRAVING FOR IT NOW AS I'M TYPING THIS!

The star of the stall for me was this – 豆花 Beancurd, served plain, which you can top off with orange sugar! IT’S SO GOOD I’M CRAVING FOR IT NOW AS I’M TYPING THIS!

{ Kam Wah 金華冰廳 }

Add: 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward
太子弼街47號地下
Tel: +852 2392 6830
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 12mn Daily

Kam Wah is most famously known for their 菠萝包 (Bolo Bao aka Pineapple Baos)!

Kam Wah is most famously known for their 菠萝包 (Bolo Bao aka Pineapple Baos)!

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There wasn't a queue when we went, but the place was pretty crowded! Service here was really one of the better ones, with happy smiling aunties. It made my day a lot better.

There wasn’t a queue when we went, but the place was pretty crowded! Service here was really one of the better ones, with happy smiling aunties. It made my day a lot better.

Prices!

Prices!

Charsiew Bolo Bao!

Charsiew Bolo Bao!

Yina loved the egg tarts. I'm very much a Portuguese egg tart person : p so I went for the noodles instead. IT'S SO GOOD! Or I could be just really hungry.

Yina loved the egg tarts. I’m very much a Portuguese egg tart person : p so I went for the noodles instead. IT’S SO GOOD! Or I could be just really hungry.

AND THIS. I missed this loads! Sorry I couldn't wait and took a bite off it before we realized that we've forgotten about the honey.

AND THIS. I missed this loads! Sorry I couldn’t wait and took a bite off it before we realized that we’ve forgotten about the honey.

{ Dimsum Icon 点心代表 }
aka Gudetama ぐでたま Themed Dimsum

Add: Shop L308, 3F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀彌敦道100號The ONE 3樓L308號舖
Tel: +852 2885 1345
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm Daily

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Visiting a Gudetama themed restaurant was top on my list once I saw articles about it. HOW TO RESIST 蛋黄哥?Hahaha!

The tie up between Dimsum Icon and Gudetama looks to be a really good one, with long queues if you come any later than 11.30am (they open at 11am) you can expect to wait 30mins or more for a seat. You can be seated before your entire party arrives, but they do restrict diners to dine within a certain time frame though (1 hour 15 minutes) so be prepared!

Love the logo so much! In case you haven't noticed, it's *dot* *heart* that Gudetama is holding. That literally translate to 点心!

Love the logo so much! In case you haven’t noticed, it’s *dot* *heart* that Gudetama is holding. That literally translates to 点心!

Order ALL THE GUDETAMA DIMSUM! And yes that's what we did. Be forewarned that it's not exactly cheap though - it's approximately 50HKD ($8.90 SGD) for a tray of prawn dumplings!

Order ALL THE GUDETAMA DIMSUM! And yes that’s what we did. Be forewarned that it’s not exactly cheap though – it’s approximately 50HKD ($8.90 SGD) for a tray of prawn dumplings!

It was a bit of a wait for the food, then more wait as we snapped pictures of the regurgitating Gudetama hahaha. Much to our surprise, the dimsum was actually pretty good! The faces are actually printed on edible ricepaper then stuck on to the pastries.

It was a bit of a wait for the food, then more wait as we snapped pictures of the regurgitating Gudetama hahaha.
Much to our surprise, the dimsum was actually pretty good! The faces are actually printed on edible ricepaper then stuck on to the pastries.

One more... XD

One more… XD

They even have a small selection of Dim Sum Icon x Gudetama merchandise here! Hoodies are approximately 100+ SGD though. Gulp.

They even have a small selection of Dim Sum Icon x Gudetama merchandise here! Hoodies are approximately 100+ SGD though. Gulp.

OM NOM NOM!

OM NOM NOM!

{ Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival }

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, 22nd - 25th October 2015

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, 22nd – 25th October 2015

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A proper photo with Maureen and Yina before we started getting imbibed…

It really pays to be in Hong Kong at the right time! Other than the German Bierfest at Marco Polo Hotel, there was also the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, held by CCB (China Construction Bank) Asia.

The event was held at Central Harbourfront's Event Space (Near Central piers 9 & 10), which spans over 36,000 sqm and overlooks the beautiful harbour, and even had a ferris wheel - I instantly regretted my choice of heels for the night, but thankfully they were low heels!

The event was held at Central Harbourfront’s Event Space (Near Central piers 9 & 10), which spans over 36,000 sqm and overlooks the beautiful harbour, and even had a ferris wheel – the Hong Kong Observation Wheel – I instantly regretted my choice of heels for the night, but thankfully they were low heels!

With over 300 food & wine booths, you'd definitely be spoilt for choice here! And not just that - there was a stage set up for performances to keep you entertained, as well as a privately ticketed area for you to enjoy your wine and food in a quieter and plusher, green area.

With over 100 food & 200+ wine booths, you’d definitely be spoilt for choice here! And not just that – there was a stage set up for performances to keep you entertained, as well as a privately ticketed area (Garden Party) for you to enjoy your wine and food in a quieter and plusher, green area.

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The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival was more than massive, but neatly categorized into 10 different thematic zones for food & drinks, featuring winning dishes from 2015’s Best of the Best Culinary Awards & signature dishes from HK’s renowned hotels & restaurants.

FIVE THEMATIC WINE ZONES:

Riedel Grand Tasting Pavilion (premium wines, rare and fine wines collection)
Cheering Zone (champagne, party wines, cocktails and sparkling wine)
Country Pavilions (fine wine and delicacies from Bordeaux, Europe, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain & the US)
Discovery Zone (new products, new wine producers & chateaux, whisky, craft beer)
Wine Experts Zone (professional wine selection and services)

FIVE THEMATIC FOOD ZONES:

Star Avenue (Renowned restaurants were invited to exhibit at the Festival)
Dessert Discovery (with dessert like chocolate and pastry)
Festival Treats (street food, burgers and fries, cheese and ham)
Gourmet Trails (Modern Contemporary Western Cuisine, Hotel Delicious, Best of the Best Culinary Awards Winners)
Spicy and Tasty (Fine meat, taste of herbs and spice from exotic countries)

Admission is merely $30 HKD, which will be waived with the purchase of a wine pass - there are many wine pass tiers, and the most basic starts from $100 HKD which entitles you to a wine glass (comes with a holder to hang around your neck), plus 5 classic wine tokens in your pass (it's stored value, sort of like an ez-link card) with the option to purchase extra credit at top up stations for more drinks! For food - you can either use vouchers from a provided booklet, or pay cash should it be insufficient!

Admission was a mere $30 HKD, which was waived with the purchase of a wine pass – there were many wine pass tiers, and the most basic starts from $100 HKD which entitles you to a wine glass (comes with a holder to hang around your neck), plus 5 classic wine tokens in your pass (it’s stored value, sort of like an ez-link card) with the option to purchase extra credit at top up stations for more drinks!
For food – you can either use vouchers from a provided booklet, or pay cash should it be insufficient!

These were yum! Clams cooked in Tom Yum ~

These were yum! Clams cooked in Tom Yum ~

Cheese and Ham!

Cheese and Ham!

Most of the night, I was doing this actually. (Redeeming my drinks from vendors)

Most of the night, I was doing this actually. (Redeeming my drinks from vendors)

... and this. (Drinking)

… and this. (Drinking)

Yina had the Juicy Pear Cider

Yina had the Juicy Pear Cider

Speaking of Beer Room, it was one of my favorite exhibits! It's new to the Wine & Dine festivals, featuring craft beers with unique flavors and I really liked what I had - Honeydew Yuzu!

Speaking of Beer Room, it was one of my favorite exhibits! It’s new to the Wine & Dine Festival, featuring craft beers with unique flavors and I really liked what I had – Honeydew Yuzu!

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This was also where I fell in love with Choya Green Tea! I had to get a second filling before we went to a quieter area overlooking Victoria Habour to wrap filming up!

This was also where I fell in love with Choya Green Tea! I had to get a second filling before moving to a quieter area overlooking Victoria Habour to wrap filming up!

Can you tell how massive this event is?! Even my wide angle lens couldnt capture everything in one shot!

Can you tell how massive this event is?! Even my wide angle lens couldn’t capture everything in one shot!

Guess who was a happy camper? XD I wish I had discovered this fair earlier - it's not just an eating/drinking place, but it's so much fun as a girl's night out or an evening with friends if we are in Hong Kong!

Guess who was a happy camper? XD
I wish I had discovered this fair earlier – it’s not just an eating/drinking place, but it’s so much fun as a girl’s night out or an evening with friends if we are in Hong Kong!

The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival actually extends beyond this – in fact, it’s a whole month of wining and dining, starting from mid October to end November – and this festival is just to kick start the month’s worth of Wine & Dine festivities around various locations in Hong Kong, spanning from events, to offers, and workshops / tasting sessions!

OOTD for the night - Rosebullet dress, Zara booties & YSL handbag! Love the cityscape behind me. Thank you Yina for taking this!!!

OOTD for the night – Rosebullet dress, Zara booties & YSL handbag! Love the cityscape behind me. Thank you Yina for taking this!!!

Check out the video below to see our experience at the Hong Kong Wine & Dine video!

Another video of our food adventure in Hong Kong is coming soon – stay tuned!

I know it can be a little too much to absorb in a blog post, so I’ve actually created a little map to share on Google with you guys – this details the places I’ve been to (or want to visit) in HK, as well as my preferred choices of hotels!

List includes:

the old school but so pretty (in mint!) looking Tai Cheong Bakery, which has super nice egg tarts according to my friends! We also bought tidbits back for our family from here!

The old school but so pretty (in mint!) looking Tai Cheong Bakery, which has super nice egg tarts according to my friends! We also bought tidbits back for our family from here!

Yung Kee - go here to tapao Century eggs, only dine here if you are feeling rich (because the bill came up to almost $200 for 5 of us)

Yung Kee – go here to tapao Century eggs, only dine here if you are feeling rich (because the bill came up to almost $200 for 5 of us)

Click here to access Evonnz’s EAT. PLAY. SHOP Google Map in HK! 

Stay tuned for the 2nd chapter coming up soon, on what to do and where to shop in HK!

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