Saturday, January 1, 2011

Eating and Drinking

Although I am sure this list could go on and on, here are a few recommended places that we have been to and have enjoyed.


Tsim Sha Tsui Area


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Intercontinental hotel- On the harbour opposite the Peninsular...for drinks and the view! Especially if you are there for the 8pm light show. Order the Cosmopolitan!

Peninsular Hotel- Salisbury Road- High Tea $40 per person



Peking Garden - For authentic Peking Duck with pancakes. As you walk towards harbour City from the Star Terminal, Lane Crawford is on your right, turn right before the entrance along the path way, past Starbucks and enter the building that says Star House.  It is on the Third Floor. This place is not cheap but worth it for the experience. It is often booked but they will tell you to come back in 20 minutes or so.  One Peking Duck with pancakes (just enough for a family of 4) 320HK ($41). We also ordered a few side dishes and drinks for a total of 616HK ($80)


Red Ant Restaurant

Ashley Road Restaurants- (off Peking Road) There is a selection of cheap restaurants along this road.  We went to Red Ant twice which is great value and something for everyone, including beer for the boys. 215HK ($27 for a famiily of 4 with drinks) The kids liked the tree in the restaurant.

Aqua Bar -night club- 1 Peking Road....without kids.  Most amazing views.  Wonderful for a drink! Try the Porn star cocktail. cocktail with a champagne chaser  (see...I said no kids)

City Super Food Court (In Harbour City, just ask for the food court)
It looks like your typical shopping centre food court. There is Vietnamese, Japanese hand pulled noodles, Chinese.  170HK ($20 for family of 4 with drinks) Lots of little plastic dishes displaying the food.  Go up to the counter you like, tell the lady the number dish you would like and what drink.  She will then give you a green form to pay at a communal counter.  Then take your slip back to her and wait for your meal.  OR... even better, try to find a table while you are waiting.

plastic food displays

Added restaurants from a local.......Thank you Johnny!

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰 (Chinese food: Taiwan, Shanghai)
Address: Shop 130, 3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Signature Dishes: Special Xiao Long Bao (hand pulled noodles)

Mochi Cafe萬豚屋 (Japanese food, Udon)
Address: G/F, 19-23 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
Signature Dishes: Udon

Good Satay 好時沙(Singaporean & Malaysian)
Address: Shop144-148, Houston Centre, 63 Mody Square, Tsim Sha Tsui
Signature Dishes: Satay, Hainanese-style chicken rice, Laksa
Comments: Hainanese-style chicken rice is so good and you must try!  And the food is not expensive here

Triple O's by White Spot(American: Hamburger)
Address: Shop 3001, 3/F, cooked Deli by city'super, 
Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Comments: the best hamburger I ever had.

Tonkichi Tonkatsu Seafood 吉日本吉列專門店餐廳(Japanese food)
Address: G/F, 100 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Signature Dishes:Fried Pork Chop Set
Comments: this restaurant is famous for the Japanese Deep-fried food

Spring Deer 鹿鳴春(Chinese food: Beijing)
Address: 1/F, 42 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Signature Dishes: Beijing Peking Duck

 Outback Steak House(Australian food)
Address: Shop UG23-28, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
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Shop 1, 2/F, Oterprise Square, 26 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Signature Dishes: Honey Wheat Bushman Bread, Scrumptious Onion
Comments: quite good Australian food and not expensive, the portion of the dishes is larger.

Japanese Restaurant Doraya 定食Doraya(Japanese food: Sushi, Sashimi)
Address: Basement, 10 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Signature Dishes: Raw Tuna Rice set
Comments: very large Raw Tuna serve with rice, very good!

Khyber Pass咖哩王(Indian food: Curry)
Address:Shop E2, 7/F, Block E, Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui
Comments: very good and traditional Indian curry!

Wei Yi Noodles唯一麵家(Chinese food)
Address: G/F, 10 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui
Signature Dishes: Dumpling
Comments: the food is good but cheap, good for lunch.  But this shop is small so I am not sure if the waiter know English.

 Crystal Jade 翡翠拉麵小籠包(Chinese food: Shanghai)
Address: Shop 3328, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Signature Dishes:Special Xiao Long Bao
Comments: not expensive(cheaper than Din Tai Fung) but also delicious.

Yau Ma Tei/Mongkok Area


Temple Street- You must eat at the small restaurants huddled around the Temple Street markets.  They are mostly seafood.  Tourists and locals go here.  The food is fresh and superb.  The tables are on the streets and very simple, but clean.

Temple Street restaurants
blt and 711 supermarkets on Nathan Road are very cheap to stock up on fruit, snacks and alcoholic drinks for the mini bar.

Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan- 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mongkok. Dim Sum-Walking distance from the ladies Markets. -One of the only 1 Michelin star restaurants in the world. Right near the Ladies Markets and worth the wait.  Huddle in with everyone else and enjoy the most amazing selection of Dim Sum. Take a number and spend your time at the Ladies Markets waiting for your table.

Coffee

We didn't like the taste of Pacific Coffee Company or Toast box.  In fact the only coffee we could drink was either Starbucks or believe it or not....McDonalds latte! Tasted almost like Australia.  Starbucks in Hong Kong tasted better than Australia.

Added restaurants from a local.....Thanks Johnny


 澳門翠苑茶餐廳(Portuguese: Curry)
Address: Shop 8, 2/F, Cooked Food Market, Mong Kok Complex, 557 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok
Signature Dishes: Curry in a bread bowl, beef brisket and macaroni in tomato soup

Seam Eett Taiwan Noodle西門町台灣麵食(Taiwan food)
Address: G/F, 2N Hung Kwong Building, 2 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
Signature Dishes: 魯肉飯(pork with rice), 擔擔麵(noodle), 雞絲拉皮(chicken with a special noodle), 牛筋牛肉(beef tendon and beef ), 涼拌茄子(cool eggplant with sauce)

 Applegreen(American food)
Address: Shop 713-715, Grand Century Place, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok
Signature Dishes: Asian Nachos, Applegreen Crisp, Guacamole

Gong Cha 貢茶(Taiwan: drinks)
Address: Shop 43E, Dundas Street, Mong Kong
Signature Dishes: Bubble Mile Tea
Comments: popular drinks in Hong Kong now and it taste good.

 Mi-Ne Sushi峰壽司(Japanese: Sushi bar)
Address: G/F, Chong Hing Square, 601 Nathan Road, Mong Kok

Tong Pak Fu 糖百府(Hong Kong: dessert, sweet soup)
Address: G/F, 99 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok
Comments: Good place to try the traditional and new Hong Kong style's dessert

 California Pizza Kitchen(American: Pizza)
Address: Shop A, 1/F, Ka Lok Shopping Arcade, 56 Dundas Street, Mong Kok
Comments: the pizza is good and not expensive

  Orchard Garden Cafe & Restaurant 風月堂(Japanese Cafe)
Address:1/F-2/F, 24-26 Argyle Street, Mong Kok
Comments: fusion of western and japanese food, taste good

 Satay King(International)
Address: 1/F, 24 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
Signature Dishes: Fried Pork Chop in White Curry Sauce with Rice

 譚仔雲南米線(Yunnan: Rice Noodle)
Address: G/F & 1-2F. 101 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok
Comments: Rice Noodle is a famous food in China and if you like spicy very much, you can try the most spicy rice noodle.

 Pier 88 稻香超級漁港(Guangdong, Dim Sum Restaruant, Hot Pot)
Address: Shop B, 3/F, Grand Tower, 639 Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Comments: You can have dim sum for breakfast or lunch, and you can have hot pot, one of the popular food in Hong Kong, at the night time

Hong Kong Island 


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China Tea House- Pedder Street off Queens Road in the Pedder Building.
Pedder Building
 Landmark Hotel- 'Mo Bar'-15 Queen's Road central. A groovy place for drinks

Mo Bar-Landmark Hotel-Hong Kong Island
Hopewell Centre-Wan Chai MTR

Huge Dim Sum restaurant in the Hopewell centre. Very good food and very cheap.  Mainly locals and business people go here but anyone is welcome.

Citygate Outlet Shopping and the Big Buddha


Getting There:

MTR: Tung Chung Station (takes 1/2 hour to get there)

Citygate is Hong Kong's outlet shopping mall.  Click on this official link to see the shops and map.  Citygate Outlets


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Prices


Nike Shop- Not a huge range of shoes or sizes.  make sure you know your prices. Women's 3/4 running lycras 199HK ($25) $80 in Australia. Zip up sleeveless vest 189HK ($23)  Nike basketball hi Tops 400HK ($50) Over $150 in Australia

Samsonite Shop-Amercian Tourist series, samsonite brand 538HK ($67) Pay over $159 in Australia at bag outlet shop.

Mango(MNG) clothing outlet. Owned by Zara. Tops 70HK ($10)

Pedder Shoes- Beautiful range of high quality brands including their own.  Dr Martens 400HK ($50)

Also high end clothing and handbags at very reasonable prices. 



The haze is air pollution
 Check out their website for all the details. Big Buddha-Ngong Ping

The Crystal Cabin
You go up the escalators to the ticket office. 3 Adults were 507HK ($63) total cost. For some reason our 12 year old was free that day so it ended up being cheaper than the normal car! Not sure why the deal was on, but lucky.  We went on a Monday at 10:30.  Next time I will make sure I get there by 10:00 to queue as it took us over 45 minutes to get on the crystal cable car.  We were told it is much quicker to pay the extra however there are 5 normal cars to one crystal, so I am not sure how much quicker the queue is.  The scenery is beautiful.  make sure you look down after the ocean and see the old family graves far down below.  Also make sure you pay to go to the Po Lin Vegetarian Restaurant.  The food is excellent. 240HK $30 for family of 4.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fa Yuen Street Markets

Getting there

You can walk from here to the Ladies Markets.

Taxi: Fa Yuen Street, Monkok

MTR: Monkok Station. Exit B3. Go up steep escalators to walkover bridge.  Exit to Fa Yuen Street markets.  You can see them on the left when you look down from the walkover bridge.




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The locals shop here.  Open from 10:30 am t0 10:30 pm. I did not see one tourist when I went here.   Some stalls have fixed prices which is easy. Hardly need to bargain here as the prices are very low. The stalls are set up on the road. Down each side on the footpath are row and rows of clothing and shoes shops. They are groovy, and cheap. The clothing shops had amazing clothes for all.  (See the 'Shopping in the Mongkok Area' for more info). If you keep walking down Fa Yuen Street you will reach the sports shoes section of the street.


What to buy


The markets had very few copy items here.  Lots of underwear, great bras, shirts, bags, umbrellas, toys, watches, non branded clothes, cashmere/pashmina shawls, shoes, food, camera cases, shoelaces.   

Prices 



Markets

Real Cashmere-pashminas 30HK ($3)
Beautiful lacy bras (the lady even measured me)  25-40HK ($3-$5)
Cath Kidston bags and wallets 40-50HK ($5-$6) (Ladies markets 60-80HK)
Camera bags-Golla brand 25HK ($3)
Cute fold bags 15HK ($2)
Nice Men's work bags 60-70HK ($9-$10) 
Men's surf bracelets 30HK ($3)
Calvin Klein underwear (great fit) 3 for 15HK ($2)

Side Clothing Shops



Stunning jackets 70-150HK

Most other clothes 70-100HK
($8-$12)
Diva like accessories 20-50HK

Shoes (latest designs) 70-150HK (10-$20)



Markets and shopping areas I haven't visited yet!



  • Goldfish markets located on Tung Choi street at the Price Edward Station end.
  •  Argyle Centre- Monkok located at Mongkok MTR.  Great for Teen fashion.  
  • A great link for future visits AllaboutHongkong.  
  • Sham Shui Po markets take MTR to Sham Shui Po. Exit A2 for Apliu Street, and also the Material district in Ya Chau Street is fun and interesting.  Belts, ribbons etc. Not so touristy and wonderful for photo opportunities. Take a cab there easy!   
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  • Golden Computer Centre take MTR Sham Shui Po Exit D2 for Golden Computer Arcade
  • Flower Markets and Yuen Po Street Bird Garden take  MTR to Prince Edward. Take exit B1 and follow Prince Edward Road West
  • Horizon Plaza -Biggest outlet shopping complex in Hong Kong.  They stock Lane Crawford, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu etc.  28 floors.  It is on Hong Kong Island and you will need to take a taxi from Central.  It is past the Stanley Markets.


  • Mens Markets (Temple Street)

    Getting there 

    Very close to the Jade Markets

    Taxi: Temple Street
    MTR: Jordan station Exit A. Turn left along Jordan Road to Temple Street which is 3rd street on right.
    Yau Ma Tei. Exit C. Turn left along Mang Ming Lane to Temple Street, 2nd on left.
    You will  see the stalls set up on the road.


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    The Men's markets open from 4:00pm-12 midnight daily but the best time to go is from 6:00pm onwards. On one side are a few prostitutes, but are harmless and not dangerous, too many people. On the other side are shops selling things at fixed prices.  At the end of the markets are street food restaurants set up full of locals and tourist.

    What to buy

    A selection of copy handbags, watches, clothing.  Also an array of knick knacks, tourist items, toys, artwork, underwear, electronics.  Down the footpath either side are little shops with some of the same things but much cheaper and no bargaining needed.
     

    Hints

    Bargaining is essential here.  The same deal as the Ladies Markets.  Not quite as crowded or big but a lot of fun and different things to buy.  More for the men, but girls things here as well.

    Prices

    Same prices as the Ladies Markets.
    Men's copy Tommy Hilfiger business shirts 40HK each. ($5)
    Binoculars in side shop 70HK. ($9) fixed price.
    Cree torch 40HK. ($5) fixed price
    Great phone cases 20HK. ($2) fixed price

    Jade Hawker Markets



    Getting there 


    Taxi: Jade Hawkers Markets, Kansu Street, Yau Ma Tei
    MTR: Jordan station, exit Jade Markets walk along Nathan Road away from Tsim Sha Tsui down the left hand side. Walk past Wing On department store and McDonalds. Turn left into Kansu street.  It is on your right in a small, low boring looking building. There is a big red Chinese arch out the front and a small sign with 'Jade Hawkers Markets' on the building.


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    The stalls start early, opening at 9:00am and close at about 6:00pm.  All stalls are open by 11:00am.  The first building with the red arch is the best if you like modern jewellery. The second building has more touristy, traditional Chinese items.







    What to buy

    There are pearls (real and shell based), stone necklaces in onyx, turquoise, bamboo coral, shell, stone, charms, silver, jade, porcelain.  Also bracelets, carved large groovy crosses, fake antiques, 1950's chinese posters, chinese new year statues and animals even flutes!  A wonderful place for gifts. 

    Hints

    Best time to arrive is about 11:00am onwards as all the stalls are open.  First building with the red arch contains a bigger selection.   Depending on the popularity and quality of the stall will depend on if you can bargain or not and by how much.  The old ladies tend to bargain more but have less selection.  You can bargain from 10% to 50% depending on the stall.  Just feel your way at each individual stall.  They are not as ruthless as the Ladies Markets and will negotiate at a more civilized pace.  If you walk away some will call you back and some will not.  Again, have in your head how much you want to pay in Australian dollars.

    Recommended stalls and prices:

    (of course there are many to choose from. These are ones we have experienced and are happy with)


    Mandy Poon's Stall and Charles stall opposite
    • Stall 387- Mandy Poon: (I have been to her twice in 2 years) Pearls, cultured and shell based.  Will make anything you ask for in about 30 minutes.  I took a photo of a pearl necklace and she copied it perfectly. Large shell based pearl necklace cost 200HK.($25) Lovely real pearl earrings 70HK. ($9) Lovely water pearl bracelets 80HK. ($10) Very little negotiating but great quality and very honest.  
    • Sandra Stall 381/447: Sister and brother run the stall.  Handmade sterling silver and pearl necklaces, bracelets, lanyard necklaces with pearls, groovy necklaces with small sterling silver detail.  Some very similar to Noosa 'Signatures' shop.  Very modern and groovy.  No negotiating with the brother so maybe wait for the sister to come back if she isn't there. Silver and pearl bracelets about 80HK each. ($10)
    • Stall 355/315- Chau Fung Ping: Really interesting chunky necklaces with wonderful beads.  Very reasonable price.  Bought chunky beaded necklace with carved butterfly, red wood symbols and black beads 70Hk, ($9). Very large turquoise cross which she put onto a black string 40HK ($5). Negotiate at this stall.
    • Stall 338: Dear old lady and man.  First stall you come across as you walk in.  Very cheap and cute shell necklaces. 40HK. ($5) Great gifts. Negotiate here as well.
    • Susanna Stall 297/248: Nice silver and pearls but expensive.
    • Stall 308/300- Eva Ho: Interesting stone necklaces.
    • Stall 374/375: Green jade flute and cute items. 80HK ($10) for flute
    • Stall 406/407-Charles: Beautiful quality stone necklaces for reasonable prices. Long stone, crystal necklace 70HK. ($9) Bargain at this shop.  He is opposite Mandy Poon.

    Ladies Markets

    Ladies Markets

    Getting there

    Taxi: Tung Choi Street, Monkok
    MTR: Monkok station, Exit D3


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    Four blocks of small stalls with a huge selection for everyone!  If you are going to Shen Zhen to shop then come here after you have been (if possible) as the prices here are dearer and the quality isn't as good but still great!  Fantastic for presents and last minute items and anything you forgot in LoWu/ShenZhen. Open from 12pm onwards.  In full swing by nightfall.  Weekends particularly busy as the cross roads are full of electronic shops and sports shoes.  Mainly tourists go to the Ladies Markets.

    What to buy

    Handbags, watches, T-shirts, wallets, shoes, jeans, underwear, sunglasses, jewellery.  Items similar to Ed Hardy, Tiffany, Marc Jacobs, Jimmy Choo, Tag, Diesel, Converse, True religion, Cath Kidston.... and the list goes on. You can also find pashminas, DVD's, soccer outfits, tourist T shirts,  iphone/ipad accessories, gadgets, dolls, clocks, belts, socks, toys and branded lycra bike gear.

    Hints

    Aim to pay what you are willing to pay in Australian dollars. Also go very low.  Recently we were bargaining down about 60% to 70% and then maybe going up another 5% depending on the stall holder and how much they are trying to rip you off.  If they don't accept your price that you are happy with, walk away!  They will call you back and if they don't you may have gone too low.  Don't worry, there will be more shops with the same things, or just go back.  Remember... you can always go up, but not down again. I often tell them the price I paid in Shen Zhen, as they will use this as a bargaining tool. Or tell them you are going to Shen Zhen tomorrow.


    Prices paid in 2010

    • T shirts similar to Ed Hardy 80hk ($10) (I actually found it easier at the Ladies Markets than Shen Zhen/Lo Wu as they were hanging up and easier to see.
    • Leather belts similar in design to Ed Hardy, Diesel, D&G belts starting at 180HK ($23) but bought for 80HK ($10) each.  They adjusted them for me as well.
    • Tiffany styled key with chain 50 HK. ($6) (I think only silver plated. Not as good quality as Shen Zhen/LoWu)
    • Bushnell type binoculars started at 200HK ($25) but bought for 80HK ($10)
    • Marc Jacobs inspired real leather pink fold over bag started at 200HK ($25) but bought for 130HK ($16)
    • Bags similar to Cath Kidston from 50HK-150HK ($6-$18) depending on size and stall.
    • Marc Jacobs inspired toiletry bag 50HK ($6)
    • Chinese wooden dolls 25HK ($3)
    • Pasminas 20-30HK depending on amount bought ($2-$3)
    • Underwear similar to diesel 15HK each ($2)
    • DVD 15HK each ($2)
    • Soccer sets with famous footballers names on backs 75HK (check sizes carefully) ($10)
    • Low quality handbags approximately 150HK ($20) 
    • Shoes from 75HK to 100HK ($10-$15)
    • Cartoon bags similar to Le Sportsac from 40HK-60HK ($5-$6)
    • Canvas shoes similar to converse about 100HK ($13)
    • Jeans similar to True Religion, Roc and Republic, Diesel about 200HK ($25) (small sizing but good quality) Much cheaper in Shen Zhen/LoWu. 

    Please note that all these prices were bargained down by different people so these prices aren't set in gold, they are just what we were happy to spend.