Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Symphony of lights (and tastes)

Day 3 (Tue, 15 December 2015)

I've been insistent on having pigeon this trip but having googled restaurants that served pigeon, I came up blank. They were either too far away or they served roasted pigeon, which is not the type I like (deep fried).

In the end, we decided to go to Wah Fung at Wellington Street, Central, a restaurant I chanced upon in my last trip to HK, where I tasted some very satisfactory pigeon. Kenneth wasn't expecting much since this restaurant isn't on foodies' radar, but it turned out to be one of the best meals we had in HK. We had char siew (which Lesley-Anne declared was the best char siew she's had so far), suckling pig and deep fried pigeons.

Everything was extremely delicious. Even the milk tea was the best we've had, which shouldn't be a surprise I guess, since Wah Fung started out as a cha chaan teng. And even more astonishing, the prices were very reasonable. The generous portion of suckling pig and rice (which was so so unbelievably crisp and mouth-watering) was only HK$65 (about S$12) and it came with a free drink (this is a lunch special, I think). The five-star lunch came up to HK$365 (S$67) in total which was the best value for money meal we had in HK, considering we had two portions of suckling pig and four pigeons.

The restaurant also has a wonderful ambience - very inviting and clean. Not your typical hole-in-the-wall outlet. Highly recommended.

Like many tourists, we paid a visit to Ladies Market in Mong Kok to see what deals there were to be had. Unfortunately, this place has become pretty much a tourist trap. Chockful of gimmicky trinkets and imitation goods. The prices aren't exactly rock bottom either (you would do better at our pasar malams), so if you're looking for a bargain, this is probably not it.

That evening, we decided to catch the Symphony of Lights night show by the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. For convenience, we ate at the food court at Harbour City. Maybe we should have gone somewhere else. The food was nondescript and overpriced.

My favourite food item that evening was a cream puff we bought from one of the stalls. The pastry had a thin, crisp layer like you find in polo buns - very light and tasty, and the custard was smooth and sweet. Very yummy!

The Symphony of Lights with the very picturesque Hong Kong skyline.

Panoramic view

Immediately following the Symphony of Lights display was the Pulse 3D Light show on the opposite wall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

The clock tower also changes colour according to music. Very pretty.

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