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My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.

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The Taste of Hong Kong

Since I was in Hong Kong for 2 weeks I felt like I really immersed myself to become a true Hong Konger through eating and drinking.  It was also a bit of a culture shock and it was pretty difficult to blend in. :)  Here are some pics of some of the more interesting foods with some of the most delicious little snacks.
Hong Kong is pretty famous for the Dim Sum.  Now I am generally not a picky eater but when it comes to Chinese (Cantonese) food I am really picky.  I think it something to do with the fact that my parents still to this day get Chinese food every Friday night and they order exactly the same order.  If memory serves it's a number 7 with fried shrimp and a half an order of egg foo young.  I have come to the point in my life where I can do PF Changs but it took a long time. :) Dim Sum means small plates- so basically you order a bunch of little plates and share sorta like tapas.
My favorite dish was this one in the picture above and don't let that bird nest fool you.  It was filled with this light and fluffy warm coconut cake.  I also asked for sugar for my tea and they told me you aren't supposed to put sugar in tea.
 My husband did try chicken feet- and he loved it.
Hello my name is Erika and I am addicted to coffee. AWWW see that cute heart in the middle? Out of all of the different countries we visited Hong Kong had the best coffee shops and the best coffee.  DELICIOUS.. creamy... dreamy.. perfect.
Lots of open air markets. See those hairy strawberries? I tried to get a closer picture but I am not sure why a lot of people didn't let me take pictures.  I would take a picture and people would come running out and say no pictures!.
It was really neat seeing all the fish markets everywhere.  This is as fresh as you can get.
See those eggs on the right? It is the famous 100 year old egg- click here for the wiki pictures- I don't want to gross you out with the green yolk.  So you know how people salt meat in order to preserve meats before they had fridges?  This is what the Chinese did to preserve the eggs and the lady wouldn't let me buy one.  I heard that some of Chinese delicacies they won't let westerners buy because we won't like it and maybe not appreciate it.  Well I got shooed to get away from her booth.  I did take the picture before she could tell me to go away. :)
 (japanese BBQ.. mmmmm)
We saw a lot of American chains.. Starbucks, McDonalds (of course), BK, and Subways.  Every restaurant was really specific on the type of food you were being served, which in most American restaurants there will always be a cheeseburger/french type thing on the menu. The food was pretty delicious except I didn't care for the SE Asian Cantonese Cuisine because it tasted it a little bland, but there is so much diversity in Hong Kong.  I completely honed my chopstick skills. Happy Eating :)

15 comments

blue eyed night owl said...

That all looks delicious! Thanks for sharing all those lovely pictures with us.
I don't get the big deal about pictures either, it's not like you can copy his hairy strawberries and sell them to his customers or something, so weird!

Anyway this is making me hungry, better go and eat some lunch:P

Red Hill General Store said...

Looks like a fascinating trip, and that's just the cuisine. Don't know that I could be as brave as your husband and try the chicken feet though...

blue moss said...

That all looks so great.....
What a great trip.....thanks so much for sharing it and letting us live it thru you....
Would love to go there some day :)
Michelle

Brissa said...

what a fun trip! i love all your pictures and stories with them. the idea of hairy strawberries kind of creeps me out though.

Noodles and Waffles said...

This post makes me hungry.

Mandy Crandell said...

Wow. I could never do what you did. I am such a picky eater.

stace said...

Whoa, those eggs are too weird. So gross!!! Sounds like you had the right attitude about vendors pushing you away.... it's silly.... but I guess that's just how they do things there. Sounds like it was a great trip. Can't wait to read your afterthoughts about the trip. Welcome back!

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

It looks like you had a great foodie adventure there. Your husband's really daring- though I love dim sum, I have yet to try chicken feet. I've eaten with people who order them but I just can't do it...feet is feet.

Felicity said...

That's so funny (discriminatory?) that you weren't allowed to buy an egg. Thanks for sharing your pics!

Marcie said...

Wow, this is such an interesting post. I feel like I was there with you. So glad you had fun!

Marcie

Dave said...

What a fun post! Thanks again for sharing your adventures...so cool to see everything!!!

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

I think I could have tried all of that but the chicken feet. Cool that your hubby liked them though. LOL!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Drools...luv Dim Sum!
Haven't been to HK for ages, but one of my favorite shop was Joyce Boutique...inspiring visual delights!
If you have time, do check it out~

greetings*

Kristin said...

ha ha ha - next time you guys are up, there is a really good/authentic place where tim can get a whole plate of chicken feet if he is missing them. we have a friend who gets very excited because in china he can only get 2 chicken feet but here you get lots. glad you are home, can't wait to hear more!! were the strawberries lychees?

Jenn @ Live Love Life Now! said...

Ooh can you do a post about honing your chopstick skills? I can do okay with the big stuff but I'm not too nimble with the rest of it...help! :)

I love all the photos!! It's so fascinating that the natives wouldn't let you buy certain foods because you were a tourist. I appreciate their sense of culture and tradition though...and don't think I would have wanted to have gotten closer to that 100 year old egg anyways :)

P.S. I do still have my prom dress and it's somewhat normal for being from 1997! But not cool enough to wear anytime soon :)

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