Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Hong Kong Day 2

Our second day in HK started with heading to a place I've heard much about. Australia Dairy Co. is one of the many cha chaan teng places that can be found in this bustling city.

They serve foods like macaroni and ham, toast and eggs, milk pudding amongst several other breakfast items. 

We went there on a Sunday around 10am and there were about 10 people in line. However we managed to get a seat about 10 mins into waiting. HK people eat fast. Really, really fast. We felt quite pressurized into gobbling our food down and leave asap :P

As usual, the area was small and we had to share tables with others, but it was an enjoyable experience nonetheless.

The milk tea here was one of the better one I had in HK. Thick, rich and flavourful. However Lan Fong Yuen's milk tea beats everyone else's hands down.

The infamous eggs & toast. YOU HAVE TO ORDER THIS WHEN YOU ARE THERE. No questions asked. You might wonder how good eggs and toast can get. I can say these were the best eggs & toast I have ever had. The toast was thick with a layer of butter slathered in between. The eggs were milky and fluffy, oozing with a little butter and with it's perfect soulmate, toast, brought harmony to my morning. Mmmm, perfection.

We also ordered a bowl of milk pudding. I have a really high tolerance for sugar but to me this was a tad too sweet. It gets a little thick and difficult to swallow after about 3-4 spoonfuls just because it was too jelat. I would recommend you guys to try this though, but please share.

They also sold adorable bottles of milk! Sadly I didn't get to try them. You can find these and the chocolate flavoured ones at 7-11 stores, though.

Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司 (Hongkong)

47-49 Parkes Street Jordan (near Jordan MTR)
Tel: (852) 2730 1356
Opening Hours: Daily 730am to 11pm

Food: ♡♡♡♡
Ambience: ♡♡ 1/2 (Place was clean but very packed)
Service: ♡♡♡
Overall: ♡♡♡ 1/2

Tip #3: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Do not carry your sling bags in front of you as though someone would snatch them and run away, do not pretend to look lost and afraid especially when you're on a more isolated street. It's important to blend in with the crowd and ease yourself into the environment. Psychologically speaking, you are the only one aware you're on a holiday so there's no need to over think! Just carry a bag with a good zip, keep your valuables at the bottom of your bag and clasp it around your arm (if it's a shoulder bag) or put it by your side (if it's a sling). This way you won't get nabbed/robbed so easily. Trust me on this one.

Anywho, this was one of the several random roadside stalls located at some random lane we passed by. There are several of these little hidden treasures so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for good deals! Bargaining is the key to getting a good deal, too.

Tip #4: Haggle. Haggle like craaaaazy. Slash prices, slash throats, slash everything! If you aren't proficient in cantonese and don't look like a Hongkie at all, be prepared to utilize your bargaining skills. Shopkeepers will jack their prices up when tourists arrive (sometimes by up to about 50-70%) and it's essential to know you need to slash prices. 

Push for the lowest, sometimes most ridiculous price you can offer, and work your way up from there. Don't offer and settle for a price 1/10th of the item, you'll probably never get it, but use that and push your price up little by little till they give in. It works for me. Alternatively, you can buy more and they'd be pretty happy to give you a discount too:)

Another suggestion would be to take these double-decker streetcars. They have been travelling through Hong Kong's busiest thoroughfares since 1904 and continue to be an affordable, inexpensive and fun way to get around. It's a fantastic way of getting around HK and experiencing it a way little tourists have. & no matter how far you travel, each tram ride costs a flat fare of $2.30 and exact change is required if you are paying by cash. (PS: All trams accept Octopus cards too!)

We didn't do much shopping in HK, surprisingly. As much as I love shopping, I would much rather sightsee than squeeze with a million other people.

However if you are on a budget and are on the lookout for cheap & affordable goodies, there are several street markets to shop at like:

Cheung Sha Wan Road
Granville Road
Temple Street Night Market
Sneakers Street
Ladies Market

Hearing so much about Crumbs, I gave it a go. The froyo I got on the 1st day wasn't as spectacular as I had expected it to be, nonetheless it was one of the better, fresher ones I've had. I added strawberries, blueberries and granola in mine and it was pretty worth it for the price I paid.

I also manage to grab their chocolate chip scone. Soft and moist, the scone was almost cookie like, with bits of chocolate chip spewing it. Definitely a must-get along with the yogurt. 

There are several outlets in HK, so do google for more info!

We stopped by Lucky Dessert after heading to Victoria Park. I've heard about this dessert place before so I decided to give it a go.

Sadly both desserts were quite disappointing. The plate wasn't even properly cleaned (as you can tell) and the mango paste tasted pretty nasty. Maybe it was my palate but nothing tasted fresh:(

The durian pancake was a huge disappointment too. Too thick a skin, too much cream and too little durian.

Service was rather bad too. With only 1 person serving the entire eatery, the grumpy lady didn't seem at all interested in serving nor asking us for our orders. Definitely not coming back here anytime soon.

Service: ♡ 1/2


So after sightseeing a little more, we decided to settle for lunch at Cafe de Coral.

Cafe de Coral is a fast food restaurant group which owns and operates fast food chains and restaurants including Café de Coral, The Spaghetti House and Manchu Wok. With several chains located around the city, it's convenient and a quick way to settle your meals. So how did it fare?

We ordered the beef instant noodles set, which came with a drink and toast + chicken chop. In all honesty it wasn't the best dish we've had, nor was it the worst. In my opinion the best thing was the chicken chop. The broth was bland and the beef was hard.

This fared a little better. The chicken was pretty well marinated and the char siew pretty good too.

The service at Cafe de Coral is fast and efficient. After paying, simply head to the collection counter to collect your orders. I can't remember the total for this meal but it should have cost us less than SGD20.

Food: ♡ 1/2


Being adventurous, we decided to walk all the way to the peak station. Little did we know it would be the longest we would walk this holiday. We practically walked from Causeway Bay to the Peak terminus before we arrived at what seemed to be the longest queue in the universe. The entire ticketing area was a sea of people queueing to enter the peak and after 4 hours of walking non-stop, we didn't want to wait any longer. So we left :( It was a pity.

So my advice would be to purchase online before you embark on your holiday. Purchasing from authorized retailers such as The Peak's website itself or China Travel Services (Yep they are legit) will ease your burden of waiting in line for hours.

If you prefer to purchase directly, I would suggest you go there early in the morning and preferably on a weekday. A weekend is an extremely bad day to go sightseeing as several families will also be there. Don't forget to visit Madame Tussauds whilst you're up there!

The Peak Tram
7 am to 12 midnight (Mon - Sun & Public Holidays)

The Peak Tower
10 am to 11 pm (Mon - Fri)
8 am to 11 pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)

Madame Tassauds HK
9 am to 10 pm (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)

Our last destination for the night was to find Star Cafe along Kimberly Road for a good dinner. However we were unable to find it as several people who have visited the area said it wasn't very easy to locate and we didn't plan for it so, with no 3G, we were unable to find it :(

So we settled for a random eatery long Kimberly Road.

And surprisingly, the food was pretty good! The stir fry beef noodle was, albeit oily, quite a joy to eat. The noodles were delectable and springy, the beef adding a touch of flavour to the overall dish.

The baked rice in tomato was pleasantly good, too. Not too thick, the sauce coated the layer of rice below well. I wish they had added cheese though. That would have made a normal dish like this better.


The last stop for the day was Hui Lau Shan Healthy Dessert aka 許留山. One of the most popular dessert places, they have a chain of dessert stalls located ALL over Hong Kong at your convenience. Much like Cafe de Coral, this place pops up whereever you go. Known for their mango desserts, we couldn't give this a miss.

We ordered a medley of mango desserts, being the fickle minded people we are. And this was spectacular. The blend of different textures accompanying the fruit were palatable, leaving the sweetest aftertaste in your mouth. There are regular sized portions for these desserts so feel free to try either or. I guarantee you won't regret it.

We also ordered the steamed coconut milk. Not as heavy as I thought it would be, the warmth of the dessert did comfort me. However I would still go for their mango desserts any day.

Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts
Located at various outlets around Hong Kong, visit their website here


So this concludes Day 2 of Hong Kong! I'll be posting Day 3 soon so keep your eyes (And stomachs) on the lookout over at my instagram Thehungryunicorn.


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