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One Thing You Love About Hong Kong  

CharmingAsianCY 39M
197 posts
8/7/2018 1:20 am

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One Thing You Love About Hong Kong

What is one thing that you really love about Hong Kong?
The view of Victoria Harbor
Efficiency and/or Large variety of public transportation system
Wonderful/Delicious food/beverage
Great shopping
Local people
Variety of entertainment, sports and/or leisure activities
Beaches
Tranquility in rural areas (including small islands, hills, and villages)
Convenience in the use of stored value smart card (Octopus card)
Other (please specify a reason)


CharmingAsianCY 39M
130 posts
8/13/2018 9:20 am

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CharmingAsianCY 39M
130 posts
8/11/2018 11:51 am

Great photo. The Chinese Lunar New Year celebration can be really energetic and exciting at the same time.

Yeah, you really should go to Hong Kong within your lifetime. The food there is absolutely delicious, plus the public transportation is really the king in Hong Kong, only to be rivaled by Tokyo, which has vast, extensive public transportation, especially trains and subways. If you learn to appreciate Hong Kong, I can guarantee you won't regret it.


Enchanted3000 99F

8/7/2018 1:17 pm

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Good post. Nice description about HK.
Never been there. Maybe someday.


CharmingAsianCY 39M
130 posts
8/7/2018 2:40 am

To be honest, I lived in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years and so I really have many fond memories of Hong Kong.

The most memorable part of Hong Kong will have to be great Hong Kong food, as I really love to eat food that are made in Hong Kong, especially dim sum during brunch or lunch in restaurants with family and relatives. When you are in Hong Kong, whether you are a local, a traveler, or an expat, you should never leave Hong Kong without sampling some dim sum. Eating dim sum involves being with a group of at least 4 people, so you must bring your family members, relatives, or friends to the Chinese restaurant, as you will be sharing food with others. When you are in a restaurant specializing in dim sum, you will notice some middle-aged women pushing carts topped with food in small bamboo steamer baskets or on small plates. Unlike most restaurants around the world, you choose the food directly from the cart when the lady pushing the cart is approaching close to you and you call her for her attention. You tell her what kind of food you like and she will hand the food in small bamboo steamer basket or on small plate directly to your table and she will put a stamp on the card that was placed on the table, which will be calculated into a bill when you are done eating. With food in the dim sum restaurant, there will always be piping hot tea. Unlike people in Europe and North America, where they drink tea with sugar, milk, or cream, the Han Chinese people in Hong Kong drink the tea plain (yep, you heard what I said, they never put anything in the tea; they just drink the hot tea by itself) and the flavor vary from slightly bitter to very bitter, depending on the type of tea.

My big favorite is the steamed BBQ pork bun, which is a white bun that has an opening that resembled a letter Y or a letter X, depending on restaurants, with a bit of BBQ pork exposed. the white bun itself is pretty soft, but the BBQ pork inside is especially delicious. The Hong Kong-style BBQ pork has a texture that is pretty easy to chew, and the color should be reddish-brown on the outside and from brownish pink to light brownish gray on the inside. Many Chinatowns with significant Hong Kong community do serve BBQ pork as well, but the BBQ pork made in Hong Kong is the best in terms of flavor, texture, and fragrance.

Other great food in dim sum I have tried include steamed shrimp dumpling, turnip cake, siu mai, xiaolongbao (small dumpling filled with succulent pork, shrimp, or seafood), spring roll, fried-and-then-steamed chicken feet, egg tart, deep-fried sesame ball filled with red bean paste, yellow (or Malay) sponge cake, and white sugar sponge cake. (I won't go into too much details, as it would have taken up at least 4 pages to say everything about dim sum, so I'll let you comment on existing dishes or other great dishes of dim sum if you have tried dim sum in Hong Kong.)

Hong Kong is also a great place to sample fresh seafood. If you go into any Chinese restaurant specializing in main courses, most likely you will encounter tanks of water filled with fishes, crabs, lobsters, and other sea creatures that are alive and well. (Yes, there's even a mollusk called geoduck, which is pronounced "goo-we-duck".) In Hong Kong, freshness is everything, so every ingredient, even seafood, must be really fresh in order to make great Hong Kong food. That means if you order a dish consisting of a fish, the fish is prepared while the fish is alive, so that means the fish is killed while it is being chopped, seasoned, and cooked. Once the fish is on the table, the flesh is simply delicious and easy to chew. So if you love to eat seafood, Hong Kong is the best place to try the fresh seafood.

Anyway, I must take a rest from writing. Feel free to comment on anything you love about Hong Kong. Looking forward to hear your comments soon.


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