Hong Kong

 

In my opinion, Hong Kong is one of the most exciting cities to be in.  On my most recent trip there some friends told me we’d be visiting a restaurant that Anthony Bourdain had featured on his show. I have to say that getting there was an adventure in itself; you have to pass the huge line of people waiting to get into the Louis Vuitton store and an outdoor market where you can get anything from fresh fish for dinner to peonies. 

The restaurant is located in a four-story building which houses a meat market on the first floor, numerous vegetable stands on the second floor, fresh fish on the third floor and finally a series of mini restaurants on the top floor.  I think the word “restaurant” is actually too formal; it was more like a series of chaotic kitchens with a collection of small communal plastic tables jumbled together in front of them.  At first that was all I could see, then I noticed that all the restaurants were empty besides one and which we were visiting.

The first thing that happens when you sit down is they bring out a pot of hot tea to wash your dishes and chopsticks.  I have eaten at a lot of down and out places but never have I been asked to wash my own dishes before the meal.  Next, the owner comes out and chats with you for a bit, that is how he decides what you should order. He brought us chicken feet, crab, duck, vegetables, rice that is wrapped in leaves then steamed, and lots and lots of beer. 

There was a very mixed crowed all huddled together at the other tables, from businessmen in suits to workmen, all enjoying a meal together. I seemed to be the only westerner there, which I took as a good sign.  By the end of our meal I understood why Bourdain had been here, the atmosphere.  The food is certainly very different than any other food I have had in Hong Kong, so if you are there try it and let me know what you think, I think this is definitely an experience worth trying.

7 comments


  • Vicente,

    You’re so nice for sharing this experience. I haven’t been in Hong Kong and I always wondered how fun would that be.

    I live in Canada for 10 years, but I’m originally from Brazil, and I grew up seeing people from our farm eating “chicken feet”. 🙂 That never attracted me, I must say! LOL

    Have a blessed weekend!

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    March 12, 2011
  • Gary Nelling

    Vicente – I think Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” is an exceptional TV show and one of the best double entendres I’ve ever heard. I’m not surprised that you would enjoy a favorite restaurant of his. I imagine you two as kindred spirits of exotic travel with no reservations about adventurous dining. – Gary

    March 12, 2011
  • I’ve had the privilege to go to Hong Kong twice, once in “81 and then again 3 years ago. I share your sentiments, it’s the most exciting city, I’d live there in a heartbeat.
    My most memorable dining experience was far from posh but it was exotic. A place in the city fondly referred to as “rat alley”. I know, sounds bad but the food was awesome. The tables are set in long cafeteria style rows, you never know who sits beside you, a business person from Australia or an actor from Japan. There was a an Indian guy making Nann. put on quite a show.OMG I can still taste it.
    Thanks for bringing back the memories.

    March 12, 2011
  • melissa lee

    THINK ABOUT HOW LITTLE WE TRULY LIVE IN OUR SHORT LIVES…
    TO TASTE THE WORLD IS TO LIVE IN A STATE OF “GRACE”….

    YOU MY FRIEND KNOW THIS!!!!

    XXOO
    MELISSA

    March 13, 2011
  • I know what you mean, Vicente. Before going there I read about this place “Don’t expect much from the décor – but go expecting a lot from the food.” It’s true 🙂

    p.s.: just posted on my blog my fav quote by you. It inspires me.

    March 13, 2011
  • Jordan

    Well! you chose the right place, Robby is very talkative, right?

    you should try the curry crab in hot pot, it taste great, and also seafood.

    Actually, in HK, still lots of delicious dashes waiting for you.

    Jordan (frm HK)

    March 23, 2011
  • Angela

    I moved to HK last year with my husband. You’d be surprised how many people from all walks of life eat at the cooked food centers. Every area of HK has one. The one in North Point is one of the best! So glad that you got to experience my new home!!! Definetly not the US but very much an exciting place to be.

    July 28, 2011

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