KOWLOON TEMPLE STREET NIGH MARKET FOR SHOPPING
The night market is located on the Kowloon side of the harbour. This street is closed during the evenings and the vendors start setting up their stalls. You have to remember the souvenirs, why else would you travel half way around the world without getting something you may never need or use to take home. A Hong Kong Snow Glob on your holiday shopping list? The Temple Street Night Market can fill your baggage with all kinds of goodies. Located on the Kowloon side of the bay, this market opens around 7:00pm till midnight for normal Tee shirts, thing a ma bobs, what you call its you can not live without items, all for sale. Walk around see what crafty thing are offered under the lights. This area also has many of the famous Hong Kong fortune tellers ready to read your set of cards. One has a bird pick out the cards for you off the table, cute. They are fun to experience at least once.
The middle section of the night market has a dozen or more small cafe open with outside tables and chairs, a sort of like street food but with a normal daytime cafe attached. The Oyster Omelettes lady is in the second block mid way on the left side. Just ask anyone, take a look at the image below to find your sidewalk treat.
This story is about the healing all ailments red bean soup, Yum Cha, [Hong dou tang]. Several cafes are located on the lower part of the night market area. Ask any local where is the Swan Restaurant for directions, see photo of front neon sign on cafe below. Served as sort of a heal all good for the tummy desert item, served cold in the summer, hot in the winter. One bowl is all you need, share with a friend. The two famous kitchens where a never ending continuos batch is always waiting with special secret herb ingredients for anyone who needs a pick me up try a bowl of this. Yes I have images for you, just look below. Yes I did taste it, not bad. The big golden pot is where the never ending batch is made. The sign on the wall is the menu, offer two types of this specially item, pick one, pointing is all right. Prices less than fifty cents a bowl.
The famous Hong Kong Mahjong Parlor is located close to the night market, see photo below, take a peek inside. The old time Chinese game played with 144 tiles, there is no gambling in Hong Kong but a lot of side bets among the housewives who play daily is common.
HOW TO FIND THE TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET
This is on the KOWLOON side of Victoria Harbour
1. Take the Star Ferry to Kowloon
2. Exit the Ferry building, go to your right the main street ahead is Salisbury Road runs along the front of the harbour ferry buildings, continue to the right about 3 blocks to NATHAN ROAD.
3. Turn on to Nathan Road and you will need to walk about 7 plus blocks, past the Kowloon Park, till you arrive at JORDAN ROAD
4. Turn Left onto Jordan Road for 3 short blocks your now at the base of TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET.
5. You can always take a Taxi from the Ferry Building to Temple Street & Jordan Road too, about $3 dollars US.
NIGHT MARKET STREET FOOD SECNE
Yes there is some types of street food available at this night market. They are small cafes during the day, turn into a wok or two with a grill outside during the market time. My Oyster Omelette lady is located in the mid section of the market, if your walking uphill, she is on the left side, just ask anyone they will know where to point you to this cafe. Yummy Yummy !! Cooked to order in front of you fresh.
Just look for this image below to find this special Asian Hong Kong treat. The next to last image is a crepe filed with a “sugar” stick soft candy of some type, an Asian desert street food delight. Last image: I will introduce you to Mr. Mishimoto the Chef at a local street food stall, third block up on your left. He has a stir fry menu of every type of Asian cooking, show him his photo, real nice Chef that is funny too, speaks perfect English along with a few more languages. Order, sit down enjoy life in Hong Kong on the streets @ night.
HONG KONG STREET FOOD
The Street Food as I like to call it is the everyday meal that is found along the back alleys of all major Asian cities, real Street Food, served sidewalk side on portable fold up tables and plastic chairs. Walk up order, find a seat and wait. Most street stall vendors are regulated by the government and all the years of eating as such places I have never gotten sick, this is no different than grabbing a hot dog from a sidewalk cart in downtown Manhattan, you would not give that a second though, righ? It is no different for most of Asia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia. Just do not drink the water, remember either bottle water or beer, got it !
The above images are the side alley street food vendors have taken over the alley during the evening hours, open till around 1:00 am. Photos above were taken around 11:00pm evening, late and very crowded too. These are the food stalls that serve traditional stir fry dishes and what people refer to a thin noodle in broth with a wonton as Hong Kong Boat Noodle Soup. The soup can be made with shrimp, beef, pork or chicken.
The more traditional sit down restaurants around town a few smaller cafes do specialize in Boat Noodles, as the primary dish they serve. Here you can sit in a air conditioned restaurant at a real table with wait staff and get your food in a normal “bowl”, all served with hot tea as the normal service. This style of noodle shop are all over Honk Kong, ask anyone to point one to you on any street corner, or taxi can drive you to one close too. To get real boat noodle soup, your choices are the alley street food or a noodle cafe.
Photography below is inside a noodle cafe, bowl of beef soup with vegetable and tea. Cost is very inexpensive.
HOW TO FIND THIS BACK ALLY SHOWN IN THE IMAGES ABOVE
Street Food stalls are in the Central area with open outside tables in the street are located on several back alley and side alleys are only a few blocks downhill from Gage Street. OR Start walking back towards the harbor, they are located along your route back, show anyone or ask anyone where the food stalls are, they I am sure will point you to the location. Photos below are only two blocks from Gage downhill. The base of the escalators going up this alley is close. You can walk from the Ferry Building #5 directly uphill towards the escalators this section of ally is easy to locate, again just ask anyone on the street to point you in the right direction. Taxi is less than $2 dollars from Ferry Building to this location too.
The food stalls have all kinds of noodle dishes and assorted stir fries, some of the menus are in English, again most everyone does speak English you should have no problem ordering. Like many small street vendors they only accept cash.
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HONG KONG JUMBO KINGDOM FLOATING RESTAURANT
This is one tourist attraction you should not miss, at least to say, YES I have been there. Here is a short version of what this is. The restaurant is a floating barge anchored in the harbour. No way to get there other than by ferry from the restaurants dock. The images above you will see a longer view across the water photo of the Jumbo Kingdom as taken from the ferry dock. I really like the top dragon image to get you in the mood for Chinese food.
Here is what the Jumbo Kingdom web site has about the history of the restaurant, I can tell you there are a lot of famous people photographs in the hall of visitors from all over the world for the past 30 plus years or more.
A brainchild of Dr. Stanley Ho, the world-renowned Jumbo Floating Restaurant was established in October 1976. It took four years and millions of dollars to design and build. It is ornamented in the style of a gorgeous and exquisite ancient Chinese imperial palace. Over the past decades, Jumbo has been much appreciated by locals and tourists alike, and has become a scenic landmark of Hong Kong. A ‘must-see’ destination for visitors from overseas, it has played host to numerous international dignitaries and celebrities, including HM Queen Elizabeth II, film stars Tom Cruise, Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li, and more than 30 million other valued visitors and guests.
A few more image to show you around the interior of the restaurant and a sample of the food plate served. The food was just OK in my opinion, a grade up for average tourist food. The positive was the beer was very cold, I have to find something good to say in my review right? I have been spoiled by living in San Francisco for a few years close to China Town, where eating out several times a week plus lunches at all the local cafes, can really let you know what great Chinese food is all about. Nice restaurant to see and dine while your in Hong Kong, so you too can say, “Yes” I have been there too.
HOW TO FIND THE RESTAURANT
Here is the web site: http://www.jumbo.com.hk/eng/main.php
My suggestion since every Taxi driver knows how to get there, take a Taxi. Get a receipt from the Taxi man, present to the staff at the restaurant they will credit your bill for a good portion of the taxi fare. Now that is service.
Check the web site too, as they show several additional ways to get there, as the restaurant even has a ferry service too from the Ferry Building.
JUMBO IS LOCATED ON THE HONG KONG SIDE of VICTORIA HARBOUR
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HONG KONG BBQ PORK AND ROASTED GOOSE CAFES
The Anthony Bourdain TV show made two small Chinese Cantonese BBQ Pork and Chinese Goose cafes famous over night. Two different shows from Anthony one cafe in each show. Both places are really hard to find, so let me make it a easy task for you with a few photos and instructions on “how to find” the spot, the chair and the table where Anthony made wise talk and consumed a plate of cooked BBQ meat, a big can of Tsingtao with no rice.
Your in Hong Kong right, why not have some local meat cooked in a traditional Chinese cooking methods. BBQ Pork order Char Siu over rice and roasted Duck or Goose is really very tasty and after all anything meat BBQ’ed is good, right. Sliced or chopped served over rice with a big can of local beer, Tsingtao will set you back less than five dollars.
First place is called Joy Hing Roasted Meats, a hole in the wall cafe, you can see the Chinese name on the building which has no English letters, trust me this is what it says. [third photo down from top above is front of cafe] Address is 265-267 Hennessy Road @ the Wan Chai Metro exit. The front of the restaurant is actually on Steward, not Hennessy, close to the corner of Hennessy, go around the corner on Steward 50 meters to find the front of the cafe, or just look for the line down the block. My roasted Goose plate with rice and a very cold beer was actually very good. [second photo from top above]
The more traditional Chinese meal try Yung Kee Restaurant for his famous flying roasted Goose. This is a sit down full service menu, the next best place in Hong Kong been around for over 50 years. Google them for the trip advisor comments beside my recommendation here. Located at 32 Wellington Street, every Taxi knows how to get there !! Flying you ask is the nick name associated with this Yung Kee Roasted Goose, as many people from all over the world take one to-go with them traveling home. They can special package your take away you only need to ask.
This last BBQ place for roasted pig and goose is located in the older section of Central area, just off the escalators. This street has many great photography op, open butcher shops, fruit vegetable sellers and fresh fish markets, walk around on Gage Street to see. [see Gage Street blog post for more details]
The real hole in the wall cafe was visited by Anthony back in 2007 for a different food show and the local newspaper from his 2007 visit is still in the front window. Truly this is a real hole in the wall place with actually an English sign on the front it maybe easy to find? So let me explain how to find it and this place is rather easy.
Lung Kee Restaurant is at G/F 5 Gage Street, Central. Walking from the Ferry Buildings inland to the escalators up one or two sections, you finally go over a place where the walkway crosses the road to the left, uphill. The over head sign on the walk way will say your at Central. You are now at Lyndhurst Terrace Road and Gage is under your feet, ground level. Take the stair case to ground level. The narrow street you see with all the signs, see photo, is Gage, mid way down this street look for a yellow sign on the right side printed in both Chinese and English Lung Kee, see the front of this restaurant photo below and look for all the BBQ meat and Goose hanging in the window, you have arrived. Taxi can take you to Gage and Lyndhurst, you will need to walk down the pedestrian only style narrow street of Gage a 100 meters skip for the restaurant on your right side going downhill. Once in Hong Kong really, this place is easy to find, shown anyone this photo they can point to this place, or try a Taxi.
The BBQ Pork and Roasted Goose over rice is excellent, sit, share a table is common if they are busy, have a cold can of China Tsingtao beer, rather good ice cold enjoy your holiday experience eating with the locals. Come early as they close around 7:00 pm, this is a daytime lunch spot.
HOW TO FIND THESE PLACES
Check above in the paragraphs for address and instructions OR my advise if your not into walking with a tourist map, take a Taxi, they know where this place is, really.
Photography below are a few more images of the inside of each cafe to give you a visual of how small they really are. Expect to wait in line outside to get in and once inside you will be sharing a table with the locals, which in my case was a good thing as they helped me not only my order but to try two different types of sauces on the table. Honestly I would of never poured on my bbq meat or goose the table selections, but they were actually very good what ever they were. Try the big one in a squeeze bottle has brown liquid secret sauce in it, helped me eat just like the locals, tasty. See the top photo below with plate of roasted goose and a car of beer, this secret sauce squeeze bottle is just behind my beer, now you know what your looking for on the table. Beer? Another Cold beer is only an arm wave away to find the wait staff for a second can if you should dare, heck, your not driving your on holiday, have one more !!
This photo set look for the street view with a YELLOW SIGN on the right side of the image, this is Lung Kee Restaurant is at G/F 5 Gage Street, it will be in English, and the fifth image in the very top of the blog image set above is the front of this cafe plus the ninth image just above you can see the yellow sign, so you may know what your looking for.
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HONG KONG SHOPPING CENTRAL GAGE STREET OLD HONG KONG
Continued parts of my blog post on “48hr Photography Tour of must see n eat Hong Kong”
Gage Street in old Central Hong Kong is known to every family of this city of over 7 million folks. This is everyday life of shopping for both the home cooks and smaller cafes all come to this one street to find the daily special and bargain with the shop keepers.
This is truly a photographers paradise dream street with so many photography op you only need to slow down, take your time and look around to capture the spirt of this city doing their daily shopping.
The street is also home to a real hole in the wall cafe once visited by Anthony Bourdain back in 2007 for a food show and the local newspaper from his 2007 visit is still in the front window today. Lung Kee Restaurant is at G/F 5 Gage Street, Central. See the blog post on “Everything BBQ and Goosed in Hong Kong” for details on how to find this place and other hole in the wall establishments for your Bbq meat fix.
The photography below will help tell the story of this street shopping and the shop keepers life too. Take a close look at each image as they all tell a story of life here in Hong Kong.
HOW TO FIND GAGE STREET
Walking from the Ferry Buildings inland to the escalators up one or two sections, you finally go over a place where the walkway crosses the road to the left, uphill. The over head sign on the walk way will say your at Central. You are now at Lyndhurst Terrace Road and Gage is under your feet, ground level. Take the stair case to ground level. The narrow street you see with all the signs, see photo, is Gage.
Taxi to Lyndhurst Terrace Road and Gage is about $3 dollars US from the Ferry Buildings.
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