December was spent in Hong Kong, on a mad eating frenzy. I visit Hong Kong every year, and have done so for years, but this time I was determined to make it different. How so? This time, I was determined to tackle Hong Kong like I would any other city I visit for the first time... I was going to do my research and get together a list of must visit restaurants and eateries, rather than going back to my old favourites (which are really Special K's old childhood favourites) time and time again. I did my research prior to departing Sydney, aided by lots of recommendations by the Aussie expat in HK, Ms. GA herself, and then when I landed in HK, my in laws were kind enough to welcome my mission, making multiple reservations at Michelin starred & recommended restaurants for me!
I ate at so many places and so many delicious things that it was incredibly hard to pick a top 5. I considered making it a top 10, but thought that I needed to be consistent with the preceding 11 months, so after a lot of consideration, here are my top 5 best December (and Hong Kong thus far...) eats:
Peking duck, Sha Tin 18 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sha Tin
I won't go into too much detail because there will be a very lengthy blog post on this meal later.
A few words though about this meal:
Peking duck - 3 courses. Rumoured to be the best in HK. Fried vermicelli noodles that I would marry if I could. Braised beef with hand pulled noodles in a broth that I want the recipe to. Chinese rice wine and chocolate ice cream. Fermented bean curd cheesecake. Both AMAZING.
But let us be honest here. This is what it is all about: crisp Peking duck skin, dipped in sugar. Please excuse my language, but f&^k me, this was heaven.
Michelin starred. A mother in law find. She knows I love my tofu, and I do love things that are deep fried, and when you combine the two and make it this classy, and this delicious, we have a winner.
Even Special K, who absolutely abhors silken tofu, was won over.
Keep your eye out for the post on this restaurant, where the seafood is out.of.this.world.
Fried chicken, Hot Star, Mongkok
A tiny hole in the wall that do nothing but fried chicken to go. Schnitzels bigger than my head for about AUD$4. Do I even need to say anymore?
Hot Star is a Taiwanese chain, and it has also hit Australia. It opened in Melbourne a few weeks ago and word is Sydney is next. I'll definitely be visiting!
Deep fried green tea ice cream bao, Little Bao, Central
First of many catch ups with my dear friend, Ms GA. She picked the place, we ordered so much that the owner of the place was telling us to dial it down, we scoffed it all up and then somehow squeezed in dessert too. And boy am I glad we did. So simple - a slab of green tea ice cream, sandwiched between deep fried mantou buns, with a squeeze of condensed milk for extra love. Please sir, can I have some more?
Roast Goose, Yat Lok, Central
A find via Trip Advisor and some articles online that listed the best places for roast goose in Hong Kong. This is also Ms GA's go to place for her fix, and listed in the Michelin guide. Packed with people all the time, this is a small restaurant in the heart of Central that has diners squeezed into every serviceable space.
Quick service, you'll be in and out in 10-15 minutes like us. And coming back time and time again, also like us. Juicy. Fatty. So damn good.
So there you have it... my top 5 December and HK eats. There are lots of blog posts lined up on all the things I ate in Hong Kong. If you've been following me on Instagram you'll know that I've been eating, on average, about 4-5 times a day. Not the small meals that dietitians recommend, but hey, I'm on holidays!
Happy end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 to all of you. I wish you all a happy new year and hope that you all achieve your dreams, hopes and aspirations for 2014.
See you in 2014!