Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Hong Kong Food

Let's just say we indulged in quite a lot of food whilst in Hong Kong - well, we were on holiday afterall. Not so many photos of the food we ate, but lots of photos nonetheless. Above is a photo of fish hanging off roadworks barriers - yes, the fish hang from anywhere and everywhere. Here's another example...

A pole sticking out from behind an advertising hoarding, with two fish hanging from it. Just the two. Also, this poster is advertising dragon boat racing and my sister realised that this is a photo of the dragon boat race that she and her husband took part in last year!

Here's a photo of a shop that actually sells the fish that hang up on any horizontal pole available. The fish are bagged up (cellophane at the top, paper at the bottom covering the fish head and scary stary eyes!) and hung again from horizontal poles in the shop. In all of these shops that we saw (some sold dried foods including shark fins and birds nests) we saw lots of shop assistants sat around waiting, looking bored and absolutely no customers. Not sure what was going on?

We were walking between the markets (Goldfish, Bird and Flower) when we saw this lady with her cart. She was roasting chestnuts etc, they smelt delicious.

We really enjoyed our buffet lunch at the Jumbo Top Deck floating restaurant. Lots of luxury boats and yachts to gawp at on our little boat journey over to the restaurant, whilst gazing at the tall buildings surrounding the harbour.

Whilst visiting Cheung Chau Island (which was a bizarre experience due to the sheer amount of peope there) we saw this suckling roast pig being biked off to the dinner table - a corrugated cardboard jacket and singed tail were the order of the day. We only realised when we got to Cheung Chau that this is the destination of all the locals on a National holiday... and it was a National holiday that particular day. I think the sheer amount of people added to the overall enjoyment and wonderment of the day.

A local lady in Cheung Chau with her chickens! They look like the classic rubber chicken in this photo but they are actually real. And I want her hat.

There is a Cheung Chau bun festival in April/May which we just missed, but they were getting ready for it - these are the buns which are placed on tall bamboo scaffolding towers/structures - the buns at the top are the luckiest. The locals climb the towers to try to grab the top most bun.

One of our final meals in Hong Kong was at a Thai restaurant, on the edge of a beach and overlooking Ocean Park, a theme park and zoo which we had visited that day. We could see the lights and hear the screams from the rides across the bay whilst sipping on a margarita and tucking into red or green thai curry and lots of other delicious dishes. E is not a big fan of spicy food so we ordered her some shrimp and pineapple rice with cashew nuts - this is what turned up on the dinner table! It did taste surprisingly good too.

And as is always the case after having a few days break from cooking day in day out, I have got creative in the kitchen again and have tried cooking three new meals since we got back. I really dislike cooking everyday but have added some new recipes to the usual meals that we have - no bad thing.

Will be back soon with some crochet news, if I manage to load the photos successfully - has taken me four days to get these ones on here - is it just me or do other people have trouble loading photos - my computer seems to time out after a couple of minutes???  xxx

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