Chinese New Year Adventure Day 4 Pt 1 – Walking tour of Hong Kong

By January 27, 2014News, Out & About
Chinese New Year Adventure Day 4 Pt 1. Walking tour of Hong Kong

Today is so big I have to split it into 2 blogs. In the morning we went to the wet market to view the abundance of fresh produce.

Huge selection of pork cuts

Huge selection of pork cuts

We are with May, the chef from Lee Kum Kee, who has invited us to her home tonight to experience a true tradtitional Chines New Year reunion dinner. She is shopping for produce for the dinner.

Shopping in the markets

Mary and May shopping at the markets

$15 Hong Kong is just over $2 Australian

$15 Hong Kong is just over $2 Australian

Fish balls available for sale for Chinese New Year

Fish balls available for sale for Chinese New Year

live pippis

Live pippis

Peking duck

Peking Duck

Freshest of fish

Freshest of fish

Thousand year eggs

Thousand year eggs for sale

Maeve buys some dried figs

Maeve buys some dried figs

From there we take a walking tour, sampling lovely things as we go. Of particular interest is the Chinese herbal pharmacy, where things like black fungus, pulses, herbs and random stuff like deer antlers are doled out to a prescription.

black fungus

Medicinal black fungus

chinese medicine

Chinese prescriptions being filled

The pharmacists who fill the Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions

We end up having lunch in a typical Hong Kong diner. Some of the food has to be seen to be believed, like garlic rolls doused in condensed milk, or a strange combination of tea, coffee and condensed milk. I have wonton soup with hot chilli, and also try the lovely braised beef brisket. We head back to the hotel to get ready for tonight’s special dinner at May’s house.

Wonton soup with hot chilli

Wonton soup with hot chilli