For Day 2, I woke up at a comfortable time. The weather was super muggy and slightly rainy. My first mission was to hunt down breakfast. Strangely enough, the local dim sum joint did not open until 11am. I always thought dim sum was an early morning thing… not in Hong Kong I guess. I walked down Tung Choi Street and found a local noodle shop that was open.
My original goal for Day 1 was to go to Sister Wah for brisket noodles. However, the heat wave and my inability to cope caused me to give up rather quickly. The good thing is that good food is everywhere in Hong Kong. I ordered some brisket with rice noodles. I also ordered a side of shou mai. This shou mai was slightly different from the shou mai you would normally get at dim sum. It had a fish paste filling vs. pork/shrimp. My bowl of brisket noodles was perfect for breakfast. The brisket was super tender and the broth was right on point. I think this meal came out to be about $6.
After breakfast, I loitered around the Mongkok area and went to places such as the Argyle Shopping Center and the Fa Yuen Market. I took the MTR to the Temple Street area in hopes of visiting the market there. However, I was way too early and nothing was remotely close to being set up. I checked out the surrounding area and saw some of the old mansions. A lot of them are now just various types of shopping centers. After getting bored with the area, I walked to Tsim Tsa Tsui to find the clock tower. I got a bit lost and ended up on the street with a lot of posh brand names. CANNOT AFFORD, MUST DIVERT GAZE. I ended up having lunch at the Food Republic again.
This was probably my favorite meal of the trip. Crispy pork belly with chicken stock rice and a side of blanched bok choy. I thought this was so much better than the Vietnamese variation I had back in California. Actually, they’re probably exactly the same thing. I was just so deprived that this meal tasted extra delicious. For dessert, I got myself a papaya milk at the local juice joint.
After taking a break in my comfy hotel room, I headed out to Temple Street again. The market was alive and kicking by the time I returned in the evening. It was similar to the Ladies’ Market in that there were stalls full on random shit. There were more local eateries around the premises, though.
The prices at this market were slightly higher than the Ladies’ Market. I only managed to get a few knick knacks before heading back. I did eat a pandan waffle and that was delcious!
After returning to my hotel, I dropped off some stuff and headed out again. This time, I was determined to eat dim sum for dinner. I wanted to go to Tim Ho Wan, but Dim Sum Specialist was so much more convenient.
The only downside to traveling alone is that I can’t try as many foods haha. For dinner, I ordered fung chao (chicken feet), turnip cakes, shou mai, and a salted plum soda. The shou mai was so legit. The chicken feet was braised well and definitely hit the spot. The turnip cakes were a bit greasy, but I enjoyed it anyways.
For the rest of the night, I wandered the streets and ate snacks. I went to a local supermarket to try and find strange flavored chips… I noticed that Hong Kong sells a lot of foreign snacks on a regular basis. Korean and Japanese snacks are extremely popular. I couldn’t find any local flavored chips so I ended up getting a canister of Buffalo Wings pringles. Perfect.