I’m actually not one who would immediately think of Chinese food when heading out to eat with friends or family. It’s not that I don’t enjoy Oriental dishes. It is perhaps because I’m more partial to Japanese and Continental fare.
That being said, who would’ve thought I’d have so much fun food tripping in Hong Kong?!
Just recently, my wife and I together with a couple of close foodie friends (The KTG!) and travel buddies were invited to join a fun and adventurous Hong Kong food tour courtesy of Philippines AirAsia and Vikings Luxury Buffet for their “Dine and Fly” promo – their first ever collaboration which just recently concluded. During this campaign, Philippines AirAsia and Vikings gave free trips to Hong Kong and Malaysia (including hotel accommodations) for three days and two nights to two (2) lucky winners. Incredible, right?!
So, this Hong Kong food tour meant trying out dishes – yes, including non-traditional fare – that have helped define this incredible city. And since I am one who never turns down an adventure or a challenge, for that matter, I was naturally all for it.
All set for our exciting Hong Kong food tour
The main location of our Hong Kong food tour was at Mong Kok (also spelled “Mongkok”) – an area in the Yau Tsim Mong District, on the western part of Kowloon Peninsula. This is also the exact place where the fun night market happens.
During our Hong Kong food tour, our first stop was to try out Roasted Goose at “Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose”. Based on so many who have raved and praised the taste of this dish in this particular restaurant, I was absolutely excited to try it out myself.
Was it everything I hoped for? Did it live up to all the hype drummed up by friends who have tried it? Yes! Absolutely! It ranks up there as one of the best tasting dishes I have ever tried. Roasted goose is something that shouldn’t be missed when you visit Hong Kong.
What a way to kick off our Hong Kong food tour, don’t you think?
After spending a good while here, we headed to the market area to continue our gastronomical journey.
During our rounds at the market, we checked out stores selling various produce as well as meat and seafood. Surprisingly (for me, maybe) their wet market doesn’t feel as dirty as our typical wet markets in the Philippines. Anyways, we stopped by Hung Fai Bake Shop – a quaint establishment offering baked egg tarts.
The aroma of these tarts alone was difficult to resist.
True enough, as I took my first bite, the taste of its sweet custard cream together with the delightfully flaky crust was just as delicious as its smell.
As we continued our walk, we momentarily took a break at Yan Woo Bean Curd Shop to try their Bean Curd Pudding which, in my opinion, was one of the best I’ve tried – especially when mixed with their yellow sugar (from sugar cane). If you’re finding it difficult to imagine what bean curd pudding tastes like, it’s pretty much like our own taho.
Heading to our next destination on our Hong Kong food tour, we walked along the very busy fish market area where we saw some shops selling Chinese Mitten Crabs.
These crabs are very much sought because of their delicious yolk or crab fat. These crabs only come from Shanghai and are only available during Autumn.
We also tried a variety of tea drinks at a popular Chinese Herb Tea Shop as we made our way to another stop in our Hong Kong food tour.
Next destination – Sher Wong Yip Snake Shop. Yup! You read that right. A snake shop.
I was kind of reluctant entering this modest restaurant, fearing I might not like the taste of snake. But, hey! What the hell, right?
I decided to make the most of this rare opportunity and try to enjoy the snake dish which was about to be served to us. And… because YOLO, of course. (Wink!)
The snakes used for the soup are actually Chinese Cobras which are brought in from the mainland. I was actually surprised that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The soup was very similar to that of bird’s nest and the actual snake tasted like (you guessed it!) chicken! In fact, if you didn’t know it was snake soup, you wouldn’t even think it. Make sure to drop by here during your own Hong Kong food tour to fully maximize your gastronomical experience.
After a little bit of daring and a good while indulging on the unusual, we headed over to Dim Dim Sum for some familiar dishes – DIMSUM (as if the name of the restaurant didn’t give it away! Hahaha!)
Some of the specialties we tried here are the Eggplant with Teriyaki, Crispy Rice Flour Roll with Shrimp, Chiu Chow Style Dumpling, Mushroom Bun, Siew Mai, and Deep Fried Dumplings with Wasabi Filling.
Each dish stood out and held its own. Among the places we went to throughout our Hong Kong food tour, this was quite the belly-filler! *burp!* (Excuse me!)
As we made our way out of the establishment, we stopped for some delicious fish and squid balls along Tung Choi Street. Ah, yes! How can one resist the lure of flavorfuly hot and spicy street food, especially in Hong Kong!
Alas, our Hong Kong food tour wasn’t over yet! No sir!
We walked to a place not too far from Tung Choi Street to try out some really good red bean pastry buns at Red Bean Pastry. Red bean pastry will probably remind you of tikoy. This food spot is located along Fa Yuen St. in the area of Mong Kok.
Finally, we made our way to our last stop on our truly memorable Hong Kong food tour – Modos! I probably enjoyed this place the most since this shop offered something I have always been a sucker for – ICE CREAM!
Modos is a 4-month old ice cream shop along Bute Street which sells premium pudding and delightful ice cream. I wasted no time in ordering a full cup of pandan ice cream and took my sweet time enjoying it. Ah, yes! What a way to end one fantastic experience!
Our Hong Kong food tour was truly one for the books. I’m so glad to have been a part of it and for mustering the courage to try new things which I will someday look back on and smile.
I’d like to thank the wonderful folks of Eating Adventures who were in-charge of the entire Hong Kong food tour. Apart from learning so much during our gastronomic escapade, it was equally never a dull moment.
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This Hong Kong food tour has truly been an experience like no other. Something that I would gladly recommend you and your buddies (or family) set out to do in the future. You won’t regret it.
If ever you feel that sudden craving to go on a food tour of your own, know that flying to Hong Kong has never been easier and more affordable via Philippines AirAsia. You can check out their flights and insanely low fare prices at www.airasia.com.
Oh! And since we’re on the topic of food, you can also check out Philippines AirAsia’s new in-flight meals called “Santan” which I was able to enjoy and experience during my trip for our Hong Kong food tour.