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Culinary Explorations and Experiences around LA and the Foodiverse
For the 10 years that I have been traveling to Hong Kong for work, I never had a chance to actually tour the city. It’s always hotel, convention center, fishballs stall, hotel and repeat. This past trip, a free day was presented to me and I took the opportunity to finally be a tourist. My coworker and I decided to to to Lantau Island in the New Territories of Hong Kong to see the Giant Buddha.
It was a national holiday in Hong Kong that day so the place was packed with tourists as well as locals.
Right under the Giant Buddha.
We had originally planned to have the vegetarian meal here but since it was a holiday, the restaurant was packed and the wait seem days. I was bummed because I was looking forward to having lunch at the restaurant on the temple grounds. However, we discovered a walk up and order cafe next to the restaurant. We were hungry and the line was short so we ditched our place in line at the restaurant and headed over. No meat was served on temple grounds so everything at the cafe was vegetarian. I was delighted to the case of [crispy] pastries!
They had a “prix fixe” menu for the price of HKD 25 per person (around USD 3.50) which includes a plate of vegetarian vermicelli or noodles, 2 pastries and hot or cold tofu (the sweet kind that you get at dim sum) We also ordered a plate of vegetarian meat (veggie pork, veggie squid,tofu) for HKD 20. So our entire meal only cost us USD 9! A steal even in Hong Kong.
For the pastries, we ordered vegetarian egg roll, mochi with sesame filling covered with coconut shavings, cream of mushroom tart and veggie barbeque chicken pastry.
Hmm.sweet tofu. We ordered one hot and one cold. Since the weather was warm that day, I preferred the cold tofu. The consistency was also less jello-y like the hot tofu.
Of course there were street vendors selling food such as dried squid so we stopped to grab a quick bite. You pick out the dried creatures and the ladies will grill them over an open flame. It’s like a mobile yakitori on a cart!
Before grilling it over the coals, the ladies brush the dried squid with some sort of teriyaki sauce.
Taste like squid jerky.
What is the facination with things on sticks in Hong Kong. Here is something that I had to get because it was on a stick. Can you guess what it was?
Another example of food on sticks, molasses sandwiched between crackers.on a stick.
As a resident of Los Angeles and an extensive traveler, Nanciful’s tastebuds have been around the block and then some. This blog will focus on my reviews of local and international dining experiences. These will range from restaurants that break the bank to delectables that can be bought from change found in the couch. The blog will also include my musings of the world, her travels, her wishes and desires and everything else.
I am also trying my hand at cooking. So stay tuned for adventures and experiments from the kitchen.
Some of my interests include spending time with the Hubs, yoga, running, Sweaty Sunday, traveling, eating, reading food blogs while eating, and perusing a menu or cookbook before bedtime.