Our Weekend Getaway to Hong Kong started with a bang as we were the last to board the plane. I don’t like drama, but somehow, drama always find me. To cut a long story short, we managed to get on the plane under the glares of the other impatient passengers. But who cares about them, this is our little secret adventure to Hong Kong!
It cost us around $260 for the Tiger Airline tickets, while we managed to save on accommodation as we were staying at a friend’s place. All of us need a break from time to time, I’m going to show you what to do in Hong Kong for a short weekend getaway.
Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng
Cha Chaan Teng is a type of Chinese tea cafe commonly found in Hong Kong. They are the heart and soul of the city, and locals patronize them for the Hong Kong cuisine. Now, what exactly is Hong Kong cuisine? I think this question is just as difficult as what is Singapore food. Hong Kong cuisine is probably best described as a cuisine that is shaped by different influences from Cantonese cuisine, other Chinese food and a little of the international flavor (due to the fact that it is a global city).
There’s no way you can leave Hong Kong without eating in the Hong Kong Cafes. We had the famous stocking milk tea, a ‘western’ breakfast set and a Po Luo Bao (pineapple bun). Everything was so good!
Go crazy shopping at Citygate Outlets Hong Kong
80 international brands like Burberry, Bally, Calvin Klein, Club 21 & Coach factory outlets housed within a shopping mall. Do I really need to elaborate on this?
Getting there: Tung Chung Station (10 minute away from Airport).
Best Roasted Goose at Yung Kee, Hong Kong
“Where can I find the best roasted goose in Hong Kong?” I asked my friend. “Yung Kee Restaurant” she replied without any hesitation.
We were on our way to Lang Kwai Fong after a long day of shopping at Citygate outlets & Mong Kok and it was by pure accident that we stumbled upon Yung Kee restaurant. You are not going to believe this, but we didn’t even know that this was the famous roasted duck place until we sat inside. We waited a good twenty minutes for a table, and the only reason was because we were too tired and hungry to go anywhere else.
It was my first time having roasted goose, and it was a bonus to have it at one of the finest Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong. Was it really the best roasted goose in Hong Kong? To be fair, it was good, but not fantastic or out-of-this-world. If you are a regular visitor to Hong Kong, I need some recommendations for the best roasted goose please!
Yung Kee Restaurant
32-40 Wellington Street,
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2522 1624
Alternatively, go to any Roasted Meat shops in Hong Kong to enjoy an equally scrumptious combination of roasted goose, pork and chicken at 1/5 the price.
Go to the most happening nightlife place in Asia – Lang Kwai Fong, get drunk and do something that you usually won’t.
Lang Kwai Fong is a popular expatriate haunt in Hong Kong for food, drinking and clubbing. It is often mentioned as the best nightplace area in not just Hong Kong, but the whole of Asia. The root of all problems is expectation. I’m not sure if it’s because of all the hype about Lang Kwai Fong, but it is much smaller than expected. Even if you are not a party person, Lang Kwai Fong is still worth checking out.
Check out different beauty make up products & buy cheap fake eye lashes
When you hang out with the beauty blogger long enough, it is a basic requirement to know what is the different make up products. With almost one Sasa outlet on every street, fans of their beauty product will go absolutely crazy in Hong Kong. Perfume, nail polish/stickers, skin and health care products — you name it, Sasa has it.
There’s a shop called Dr Hair & Beauty In Mong Kok that sells extremely cheap fake eye lashes. I’m no beauty blogger, but I know that fake eyelashes are an essential part of any girl’s makeup bag.
A box of eye lashes (ten pairs) will easily cost $20 in Singapore — make a guess how much they are selling there? The same box of eye lashes (ten pairs) only cost SGD $3 – 5. Exit from Mong Kok MTR station D2 – the shop is located beside Gong Cha bubble tea.
Exploring Women Street at Mong Kok, and checking out Sham Shui Po’s wholesale fashion market & computer market.
Tung Choi Street, or better known as ‘Women Street/Ladies Market’ is a well-known street market in Hong Kong. But frankly speaking, we felt that the place was over-hyped and there wasn’t really much things to buy.
The fashion wholesale market at Sham Shui Po is a better option for shopping. Most of the shops only do wholesale business, but there are quite a few that sell to individuals too. If you are hungry after a day of shopping, the streets in Sham Shui Po have plenty of eateries. Remember to get egg tarts, some street food like chicken wings & sausages, and there’s Gong Cha bubble tea there too!
The Golden Computer Centre is similar to Sim Lim Square in Singapore. The shops there sell all kinds of electronics, video games, and computer. Be sure to check out the shops there to pick up cheap computer and camera equipments.
The best egg tarts in Hong Kong
It is highly unlikely that this photo will win a prize for any photography competition, but what you see in this frame is the popular Tai Cheong egg tarts. Many people agreed that Tai Cheong bakery at Lyndhurst Terrace (near Central Soho) has the best egg tarts in Hong Kong. It was such a shame that we only bought half a dozen of egg tarts which we finished easily once we got back home at night.
Egg Tarts are quite possibly the best thing in this world. And you know what’s the best part? The egg tarts from any random bakeries in Hong Kong taste just as good.
Hong Kong, thank you for the memories.
hello! i’ve been following your food blog for a long time.. decided to leave a comment here as I am heading to HK soon for the first time and i have plans to explore the Sham Shui Po area.. I would like to ask if the fashion wholesale market you mentioned is near the MTR station, near Golden Centre that area? Or it’s somewhere near Apliu Street that side? Hee thanks!
EGG TARTS woooo! I love Hong Kong for its food but I think I need to go real soon as I’ve only been once and it’s been a while. I’ve promised to meet up with some ol’ Londoners next yr in HK so I can’t wait. HK cafes are so awesome. x
So jeles lah how you can always just hop off to HK and other exotic locales whenever you feel like it. Me, I’m not scheduled for my HK roast goose or egg tarts till next June.
P.S. Dude, go more often and come back with more recommendations, then I can just follow your cue…
Spot on, spot on… except for the Yung Kee part. Personally I think it is a hype (blog post here). It was recommended to me to make my way to Yuen Long for the best roast goose. That’s like traveling into Tuas for food. I don’t know about you, but I am very impartial about my geese.
The best roast goose is at Sham Tseng, short taxi ride from Tsuen Wan MTR Station. The “lai fun” (noodles) is also the best there.
Hi, just wanna drop a comment here.. nice review about HK! anyway I’m from HK but in SG for a long time, and totally agree about Ladies Market being over-hyped. In fact, it’s more of a tourist spot than where locals would go for wholesale shopping… So, if wanna do some local wholesale shopping, try Fa Yuen Street (Prince Edwards to Mong Kok) or Tsuen Wan (New Territories)!
and I miss Tai Cheong egg tarts!!
Agree with Daniel. Best roasted goose is in Sham Tseng.
If you’re going to HK again, please remember to include “Australia Dairy Farm” (cha chaan teng) and “Lukyu Tea House” (dim sum place) in your itinerary
Oh yes, I meant to say, Sham Tseng, not Yuen Long. Got mixed up.
Sandy is right. We travel to HK frequently and my wife loves to shop at Fa Yuen St.
We also love having dessets at Hui Lau Shan, Hang Fa Lau, Sweet Dynasty etc
woo..holiday. The eyelashes are so cheap!
Love Hong Kong, and am long overdue for a trip back. One of my favorite spots is Stanley Market. I have clothes that I bought there back in 2002 (my first trip to HK) that I am still wearing!
I’ve never been to HK but this post just made me wanna book the earliest flight tix and jet to the city fast. very helpful tips there! and the picture of egg tarts is just wow.
Agree with Al, a trip to hk wouldn’t b complete without dim sum!! U gotto include it in your post! ?
Nice~ Arrgh..I miss HK..
Hope you don’t mind that I share my post here too, on foodie @ HK.
I personally think The best roasted goose in Hkg is As follows:
Yat Lok Restaurant (a few shophouses away from Luk Yu Teahouse) half goose is around 200 HKG dollar.
G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street
Central District, Hong Kong
Tel: 2524 3882
Business hour: 7.30am – 9.00pm
So try out and let us know whether you like it because is very subjective.