Hectic schedule always slow down my blog-updating-rate. It has been a long time since my last trip and I don’t even have a chance to update it. Guess it times to write a bit about it, slowly… Instead of doing it following the daily sequence of the trip, I will jump here and there… based on my mood.
For full itinerary, kindly check out HK-ShenZhen 5D4N Trip; 2012
ShenZhen used to be my second home, I traveled there quite often back then in year 08/09. Being a city of immigrant, there are actually a lot to see and explore; the culture, the people, the living… the food.
On the final morning before leaving the city, we woke up early and explored the nearby Shi Xia urban village (石厦城中村). Urban village, 城中村 or literally translated into “village in the city”; is heavily-populated and composed of overcrowded multi-story buildings with narrow alleys in between buildings. The alleys are small and vehicles are difficult to pass through them; therefore, most of the people here are on the bike. Contunue Reading
Just back from a short holiday with parents in Hong Kong and ShenZhen! And I felt extremely reluctant to work the next weeks! *still emo-ing now* Well, a 5 days 4 nights trip is definitely not enough! This trip is mainly about shop and food; plus a little bit of sightseeing! =]
HK - ShenZhen 2012
|HK – ShenZhen||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3|
|Day 4||Day 5
|In||Hong Kong||Hong Kong||HK / ShenZhen||ShenZhen||ShenZhen
|Breakfast||-||Australia Dairy Company, Jordan||Goods from Kee Wah||Dim Sum Brunch |
|The stalls inside
Shi Xia Urban Village
Hong Kong Station
|Dong men 东门||Shi Xia Urban Village
|Shop||Citygate Outlet ||Citygate Outlet ||Sogo, Causeway Bay||Dong men 东门||Jusco
(just next to the hotel)
|Lunch||Food Republic & |
Tea at Gong Cha
|Food Republic||Mak’s Noodles||Street food in Dong Men||红海湾酒楼
Shen jiang cuisine
|Check-in > Guest House @ Jordan||Check-out >|
Take metro to lok mah zhao > Shen Zhen
Pass through hwang gang 皇岗custom > Take limo to HK international airport
|Tea||Beer||Beer||Liang pi, liang mian |
|Beer + Soya |
Honeymoon desserts @ 华润万象城
|Beer again from airport
|See||Tsim Tsa Tsui|
Heritage 1881 + Peninsular Hotel
|Ngong Ping 360|
Tian Tan Buddha
|Shop||G2000 & etc, Nathan Road|
|Mong Kok||Hua Qiang Bei 华强北/ |
nv ren shi jie 女人世界
|-||Last min shopping in G2000 and mannings
|Dinner||Tit bits from Sogo||North point Egg waffle|
Putt chai kou
Tim Ho Wan
Fei Jie 肥姐小吃
|Bei Fang jiao zi guan |
|Xi bei 西北||Bye Bye
|Mong Kok & Shop around||-||-||-
|Yu gap 乳鸽||-||-||-
|Stay ||Wing Tai Guest house||Wing Tai Guest house||Lvgem Hotel||Lvgem Hotel||-
The smooth one…
The springy springy one…
And many more… =]
Continue from ShenZhen09 Day 3 Dinner: Street Food + KFC Blueberry Egg Tarts
We had Sze Chuan Meal at 缪氏川菜 on my day 4 of visiting. Talking about Sze Chuan dishes, ones always think of red, orange, red chilies oil, chilies and dried chilies!!! Besides the hot and spicy, they do actually serve sourish food that can boost up your appetite.
缪氏川菜 is well decorated in that oldish way, giving you a real Chinese atmosphere and create a relaxing and enjoyable environment for dining. The wall is painted in red and lanterns are here and there, hanging from the ceiling.
It was super pack with OL and office staffs while we were there as it was lunch time. Contunue Reading
Continue from ShenZhen09 Day 3 Brunch: Dim Sum @ 广食访
It is always best to have street food as dinner when you are feeling still full after the lunch. Along our way to supermarket, there was a lot of street food.
Street Food 1: Chou Tofu aka ‘Stinky Tofu’
‘Stinky ToFu’ is quite similar to the cheese. The ToFu has been fermented for months to produce the overpowering pungent odour and taste; so do those old cheeses.
This is the vendor I used to visit since my last visit 2 years ago. He was still having his business at the same spot near 福民文具批发市场 Fu-Min Stationary Wholesale Centre. He was preparing my order. The ToFu were deep fried before dipping them into the soup-liked sauce and brushed with spicy sauce. After that, the ToFus were loaded with abundant of pickles and coriander.
If I am not mistaken, it was about 8 to 10 pieces of ToFu priced only at RMB 4.
I personally dislike coriander. But once it matched with this ToFu, they become a perfect match! Sluuurrrpp! The ToFus smelled great and tasted Yummy too. It was really irresistible and I returned for more the next few days. Contunue Reading
Continue from ShenZhen09 Day 2 Dinner: 面点王@Book City
On the third day of my stay, finally get to have dim sum. I have been craving for dim sum since the weeks and the months before coming to Shen Zhen. This dim sum place is quite far away from where housing area I stayed. Sis and I walked for about 30 mins to this restaurant called 广食访。Sorry for no pics on this building as it was raining cat and dog all day. I wasn’t able to capture photos with umbrella and handbags on.
This place was quite a full house even though it was already 12 noon. I learnt that a lot of people travelled from Hong Kong to Shen Zhen during the weekend — to shop, to dine, to Yum Cha and even buying vege and stuff from the market! Sis said it is super convenient for them to travel up by the metro — pass border, buy tickets, step into the metro and zooooom. And reach within 30 mins.
Back to 广食访, the service was rather slow and bad. Not enough staff and too many customers I guess. Do hope they will improve.
The Portuguese egg tarts that served were silky smooth in the egg centre and the puff pastry shells were crispy. Oh yum, I had not have such a good Portuguese’s egg tarts. Please don’t mention those from the kings, gonna delete it from my list. Of course, this is still not the best Portuguese egg tarts I had in Shen Zhen. There is another one I wish to intro on my next post which can simply melts ones heart.
糯米鸡 glutinous rice that served piping hot. They were wrapped with the big piece of lotus leaves before sending off to steam. The glutinous rice was real soft and filled with the scent of lotus leaves.
A bowl of hot porridge that warm my tummy in this cold weather. Speaking of weather, the weather was unstable although it was already summer. Cold and rainy all day. Sigh… which was quite inconvenient for sightseeing Contunue Reading
Continue from ShenZhen09 Day 2 Brunch: 湘鄂情
面点王 Mian-Dian-Wang is well-known as Chinese fast food chain in Shen Zhen. It is almost similar to those McD, KFC that appear everywhere; the only difference, 面点王 Mian-Dian-Wang serves Chinese Food rather than those fried and high calories pre-prepared food.
This is the only picture I have for their interior and environment around. I was prohibited from taking photo of their interior and deco. Guess they are a little blogger unfriendly. Here, you have to order straightly from the bar counter (something like self service as well). The chef and cooks will take order from you. There are a variety of dishes from appetizer to porridge to bao to vege to meat to dumplings to…
Continue from Shen Zhen 09 Day 1 Dinner & Supper: AirAsia & 福建沙县小吃@益田村
I am supposed to have dim sum for my very first meal on the very first day. Sadly, while we arrived at the place 西湖春天 and find that they were closed down. They were doing a very good business previously. We guessed it might be dealing with the property problems or the management of the building or something. Too shocked with no more 西湖春天, we changed our mind to a restaurant nearby, 湘鄂情 Xiang-E-Qing.
湘 Xiang resembling 湖南 Hunan, a province of China. In short, Hunan is called as Xiang after the Xiang River that runs through it. Hence, Hunanese cuisine is also called as 湘菜 Xiang Cai.
As for 鄂 E, it is representing 湖北 Hubei.
We were here in湘鄂情 Xiang-E-Qing for their Hunan Hubei cuisine 湖南湖北菜. A revisit for me as I was here before in my previous trip.
煲仔娃娃菜 is one of their best selling. The stir-fried Chinese cabbage present in the warm claypot to keep the dish warm at all time. It was really appetizing with the additional black vinegar for the hint of tangy taste and the added chilies for its little spiciness.
海带排骨汤 Double Boiled Seaweed and Pork Ribs Soup.
Hmmm, how shall I describe this?! — 老火汤. The soup was double boiled up to wheee hours until the ribs were crack easily into pieces. Besides that, the seaweeds were extremely soft and melted right between your tongue and hard palate. Contunue Reading
Back from Shen Zhen and I don’t wish to be home. Time was like fast-forwarding for me during the lovely home-stay in Shen Zhen. Well, I would never regret for cashing out my saving to purchase the air ticket and support myself with the limited pocket money.
Precious Pea has raved about Air Asia’s Pak Nasser Nasi Lemak and I decided to have a try.
The portion was rather small. It came with piping hot fragrant coconut rice, sambal, rendang chicken, boiled egg, peanuts and ikan bilis. I was happy with the pre-ordered system because they give priority and privileges for those who pre-order their meals online. Well, no waiting and no starving for me.
Due to the H1N1 problems that the world is facing now, we were not allowed to enter the airport hall once upon arrival. There were the Chinese health authorities with the masks came on board for the one-by-one passengers’ health and temperature checkups. This took about 30 minutes. Contunue Reading