1 April 2013 (Monday)
While everyone is back to work after the long weekend, mine hadn’t ended! 😀
Intended to wake up super early to go queue for my famous egg rolls, but after reading lots of people advising online that it’s better to call and reserve to avoid disappointment, I decided to do that and sleep in a little more…hehe. I definitely don’t wanna be disappointed!
So I woke up at the usual timing as every day and confidently waited for them to open before I called to reserve, thinking that “Hiak hiak hiak~ I’m gonna get my egg rolls for sure! (And without queuing!)” But who knows, I was told that they are not taking in reservations for this period until June! Jiang jiang jiang jiang! T.T
The staff told me that I have to come down and queue at around 9 plus or 10am, but it was already close to 10am when I called! By the time I travel from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island side, it would be around 11~
Nevertheless, I quickly made my way down to try my luck! I read online that sometimes the egg rolls finish at around 10+ in the morning and they have a limited supply for each day. I was really scared that I wouldn’t be able to make it in time! x.x
Finally reached North Point and by Day 4 of this trip, I was really getting lazy with directions and I basically just tapped on a grocer, then pointed to the name of the shop on my itinerary without even speaking. Haha! But of course I did thank him after that. My point is, to those who are holding back about travelling alone because of this reason, getting around can be as easy as this you see~
So when I finally reached the shop, expecting to see this…
This was what I saw instead O.O
The prices have been increasing over the past few years and each tin (1 pound) costs around S$10-$11 now. I was really broke by this time so I only got 3 tins – 1 for home, 1 for Sis and 1 for sharing around. So those who managed to meet me earlier will get to try!
德成號 Duck Shing Ho
G/F Goldfield Mansion 64 Java Road North Point, Hong Kong 北角渣華道64號地
North Point Station > Exit A1 > (turn right) Walk straight till you reach Goldfield Mansion 高发大厦
(Mon to Sat 9.30am to 7.00pm but while stock last)
The down side of getting the egg rolls is that I had to carry them with me the whole day =/
Nevertheless, I set off for my next destination, which is even further down, at Shau Kei Wan.
Transferred to the bus over at Shau Kei Wan and the bus terminal was crowded with people heading to 拜清明～ I boarded the bus that takes me to my destination and because I was afraid of missing my stop, I stood somewhere near the driver (there were no more seats around).
Then this nice man who heard me inquiring the bus driver earlier on actually advised me to take a seat because it’s gonna take around 30 minutes to reach my destination =/
I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be so far~
The bus went round and round up a hill and it passed by many nice scenery! It was like a nature trip and after all the shopping for the past few days, it was indeed time to do more of exploring, which doesn’t really require that much money…hehe.
Finally reached my destination, which is away from all the city life~ I was actually here for the beach and I definitely wasn’t expecting this place to be like this. I think it’s like a little village!
I kinda walked the wrong way and ended up at this housing areas, where I see quite a number of elderly living alone. I think this is like a place for retirement, where the people lead a more simple life and away from the busy city~
I kinda like the idea of retiring here and staying in a house like this. When you feel like slacking, you can just nua upstairs. Then when you feel like getting some fresh air, you can just come downstairs or even head to the beach! 😀
I actually researched about quite a number of beaches in Hong Kong but I only had the chance to visit Shek O. If I had the time, I would love to visit all the pretty beaches because I just love them! I love beaches in general and I love to see how the beaches in other countries look like even more (:
Stayed there for quite a while to enjoy the breeze and to have my own little picnic…haha! I was definitely hungry because after rushing to queue for the egg rolls, I rushed down to the beach before the weather changes~
Shek O Beach
No 9 Minibus from Shau Kei Wan MTR station (last stop)
Took the bus back to Shau Kei Wan station before heading off to my next destination! But before taking the train, this bakery with lots of nice-looking mango cakes caught my attention! So the hungry me splurged on this yummy mango cake (despite being very broke) and omgggggg~ Why are mangoes in Hong Kong so damn sweet?! Just a mango cake from a normal bakery and yet it tasted sooo good!
This totally reminds me of the Portuguese egg tart in Macau and it’s damnnnnnn yummy!!!!!!!!!
Lord Stow’s Bakery and Café
EXpresso at the Excelsior Hong Kong (a hotel)
281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay exit D1
Was actually getting kinda full after eating so much nonsense along the way and I decided to take a stroll down Jardine’s Crescent to digest a little~ It is yet another street market selling clothes and accessories at affordable prices, but I think the stall owners here are generally more “stuck up” in my opinion =/
Causeway Bay Station > Exit F
The filling is very much like my favourite egg tart in Tong Heng (Chinatown)! Super soft and “melts in your mouth” kind! Since it’s my favourite, I definitely enjoyed it. But of course I still prefer the Portuguese style, and I think Tong Heng‘s crust is also thinner and more flaky (which is nicer)~
Honolulu Coffee Shop
G/F & Mezz Floor, 176-178 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai 灣仔軒尼詩道176-178號地下及閣樓
Wan Chai station exit A4
P.S. They have more than 1 outlet and I think I actually saw one later on in Central.
I was seriously rather full after the egg tarts but I still had 1 famous wanton mee and another famous egg tart to try over at Central! So I headed over and it took me quite a long walk before I found the wanton mee shop – 沾仔記 Tsim Chai Kee!
Right opposite the shop is another famous wanton mee – Mak’s Noodle! They even had a Wikipedia page, so I guess it’s indeed rather well-known.
I had a hard time deciding between these 2 because by right, I think Mak’s Noodle is more famous due to a longer history (I think???). But over the years, 沾仔記 has garnered its own fans with the bigger portion and yet equally satisfying noodle~
Furthermore, 沾仔記 was actually full house when I went but Mak’s Noodle seemed a little more “empty“. If I had enough space in my stomach, I would have tried both just to tell you guys which is better. But since I was really too full, I chose 沾仔記 eventually! (:
For someone who was rather full and who isn’t really a fan of wanton mee in Singapore, I actually finished this up!!! The wanton is super yummy, the noodle is damn Q (chewy) and the soup – I don’t know if it’s MSG or what but it just makes you wanna finish the whole bowl of noodle up! *slurp!* Super full but no regrets! Hehe!
沾仔記 – Tsim Chai Kee
98 Wellington Street Hong Kong Island
Went to hunt for my third egg tart of the day and after walking up and down the steep slope, I still could not find the place! In the end, I think the place has closed down or was under renovation =/
But thank goodness, because I was really damn FULL!!!
Done with food exploration and I decided to head back to Mongkok to put my egg rolls, which I had been carrying around for the whole day! Rested my feet for a while before I headed out for shopping again~!
Changed another 50 bucks and went for round 2 at Argyle Centre! Hehe! Simply loveeeeeeeeeeeeee this ladies’ paradise!!! Managed to find a few more items which I missed out during my first round! 😀 And then I was broke again…haha!
P.S. For those who are interested in visiting any of the places I listed, I have uploaded my itinerary (with maps) to my Google drive and you can download it here. There are some food places that I skipped because I was too full, but they are all recommended places that you can try (: