Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Nov 2011 in Hong Kong: Dessert heaven!

I would have blogged about the fantastic desserts I had in Hong Kong on my recent trip last. However, in response to a friend's request, I have moved it up in the queue. So, here goes:
Hong Kong is well known for the "Cha Chan Teng" (Tea Cafes) and Yee Shun Milk Company, a chain store, is also well known for its hot and cold desserts! This branch was on Lockhart Road.
Its menu.
This was totally sinful but so heavenly! The ultimate oxymoron! Coconut milk, grass jelly and red beans.
Singaporeans would know Honeymoon Desserts (Moon Kei) which made its appearance in Singapore not too long ago. This branch was in Ngong Ping village.

Mango, sago and pomelo. Slurp. Classic Moon Kei.
I told myself I must have the herbal jelly in Hong Kong. This branch of Hoi Tin Tong was in either MongKok or YauMaTei. I cannot quite remember.

Its menu. I ordered the standard herbal jelly cold which was HK$50 a bowl.

It was like no other herbal jelly I have ever had in Singapore! The real stuff!
This shop is famous for its egg tarts. This was in MongKok.
I love egg tarts. In my younger days when students were unable to pay the asking fee for my tuition services, I would ask them to pay me with egg tarts. When I tell you these egg tarts are the best, you can take my word for it.
So, how much for these delectable egg tarts? Only HK$5 each. Yes!
I miss Hong Kong already!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Nov 2011 in Hong Kong: The Giant Buddha in Ngong Ping.

I recently went away for a short holiday in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong? Why Hong Kong? Some friends were incredulous as I go there almost yearly.

Well, the last time I went to Hong Kong for a holiday must have been in my undergraduate days with my sister. Since then, I have been to Hong Kong regularly but it has always been on business. The feeling is quite different.

The Giant Buddha sitting serenely on top of Ngong Ping plateau.

On this trip, I went to see the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island. Really awesome. I won't say I am a Buddhist but I have inclinations towards Buddhism and after years in the working world, it was truly humbling to look inwards as I looked upon the face of the Giant Buddha. I have to become a better person.

Lots of vistors and not everyone could climb to the top without taking a break or two.

The more than 200 steps which I climbed were worth every step but it did take a bit of huffing and puffing. I am not in the best of shape.

I made it. Nope, I did not use the zoom mode of my camera.
So, you want to visit the Giant Buddha too? How do we get there?

There are a few ways to get to the Giant Buddha and I chose to take the Ngong Ping Cable Car after getting off at the Tung Chung MTR Station.

I was there pretty early but I had to queue to get a ticket.
I could have paid more to take a ride in a glass bottomed cable car but I decided that a regular one would be exciting enough for me. I took this shot while still in the queue. Look at the floor!
The inside of my regular cable car which had eight passengers including myself.
Wow! 17 persons? Could it really take that many people?
It was a longish ride. It was also windy and chilly. Cable cars were swaying a bit. Quite an experience.
I really like this shot which I took from my cable car as we approached Ngong Ping village.
This is on the back of a souvenir pouch I bought from one of the shops. Most profound.

I will be posting more about my trip to Hong Kong. So, look out for them.