Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Temple Street at night

Temple Street was even more lively after 8pm with more and more people flocking the market (locals and tourists alike) for a walk, sightseeing and to hunt for good bargains.
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Roadside stalls are a common sight on the streets
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Curry fish balls or snack stalls
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Desserts @ Temple Street

Dessert is part of the Hongkies' lifestyle; in fact, you can see shops or stalls selling desserts and people enjoying a bowl of Tong Sui(literally translated as sweet soup) throughout the day.
Therefore, it is not hard to find a dessert shop especially in busy place like Temple Street.
In fact, the shop itself is named as Dessert Shop (Tong Sui Pou)
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This is the conventional type of shop we often see in dramas.
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I believe they do sell steamed buns or even hot puddings in these steamers.

The menu really offers and extensive selection; anything you can think of, they definitely have it.
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Mung bean dessert was the same as what we can find here locally; but I do find this rather sweet!
(Hongkies definitely have sweet tooth or teeth!)
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Red bean soup with black pearls; technically small sago and there was a mixture of coconut milk in the soup as well.
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After dessert, it was again back to the busy and lively streets.
It is definitely filling and sweeeeet after the desserts:)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Aberdeen Seafood Restaurant - Temple Street

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At Temple Street, there are a whole lot of choices for food and it seems to be an enjoyable thing for the locals to sit by the roadside eating fried clams or seafood with cans of beer.
Sounds familiar?
One of the restaurants at the corner which offer this luxury of enjoying the seafood in Temple street is the Aberdeen Seafood Restaurant.

The restaurant was the typical roadside stalls you can think of or rather, the kopitiam kind of shop.
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Well, imagine when I asked for herbal drinks and I was brought this?
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The canned herbal drink; Wong Lou Kat
( I was expecting home-cooked herbal drinks....bummer)

The menu offered a huge variety of seafood cooked in different styles
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Boiled freshwater prawns was one of the style which can preserve the freshness and sweet taste of the prawns after cooking.
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Costing HKD40 (MYR20), the prawns really tasted sweet and was tasty!
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It was also served with soy sauce.
Somehow I noticed Hongkies do love to serve or take their food with added flavors.
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Clams or Lala fried with fermented soy sauce (HKD28 ~ MYR14)
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The clams were cooked in this way which was really delicious
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Steamed marble goby (Soon Hock)!!
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Seriously, this fish only cost about HKD60 (MYR30) in HK compared to MYR80-100 in Malaysia!

Really sweet and deluxcious!
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And now I know why the Hongkies seem to enjoy having their late night suppers at these hawker or roadside stalls; eating all the fried clams and seafood!:D

Temple Street

Being an Asian country, Hong Kong is also well known for their street markets offering cheap bargains.
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In fact, Hong Kong boasts of several names such as Temple Street, Ap Liu, Women's Street and also shopping districts like Mongkok, Central, etc.
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They are all located pretty close to each other; which makes it pretty convenient to go from one place to another (provided you have the time:)
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The public transportation system in Hong Kong definitely makes all the streets and tourist attractions/hotspots easily accessible.
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The view really reminds me of all the Hong Kong TV series
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At the entrance to Temple Street
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It is just like Petaling Street; with a long stretch of stalls lining up from one end of the street to the other end.
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You can find almost anything over here; from bags to clothes, shoes, souvenirs, utensils, etc
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Avenue of Stars (Tsim Tsa Tsui)

A walk down the much acclaimed Avenue of Stars in Tsim Tsa Tsui will be perfect for a nice view of the skyscrapers in Hong Kong and of course, the sea.
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The weather was really wonderful despite it being in the afternoon; and dismissing the possibility of rain shower, I really enjoyed the cool and relaxing sea breeze.
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A typical scene of Hong Kong
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Ferries can be spotted every now and then; ferrying passengers from one side of the island to the other
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Avenue of Stars is named so due to the famous handprints left by the Hong Kong celebrities along the way and also the construction of statues.
One such statue is of the late and legendary Bruce Lee
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The handprints of the artistes
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Eric Tsang
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Jet Li
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A mimic filming set
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This is definitely one place that should be included in the itinerary should you make any trip to Hong Kong.
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I definitely enjoyed the view here...and of course, did I mention the nice breeze? :)