Hong Kong Foodie Tour of Central & Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

We found our tour leader, Silvana, inside L-Place, a small mall.  We began with a stop at the Tsim Chai Kee Noodle Shop (153 Queen's Road Central, Central) for a bowl of delicious, hot wonton soup.  It was a cool afternoon and the soup was a perfect warm-up and the wonton was huge.  The next stop was for barbecued pork rice at Dragon Restaurant (12 Queen Victoria Street, Central).  We also got to walk through the back of the restaurant to watch a whole pig being slow roasted.  We learned how sugar cane has been pressed into juice for years at the Kung Lee Sugar Cane Juice Shop (60 Hollywood Road, Central).  The juice was refreshing and is also used to accompany bitter medicines.  We were full at that point and were happy to receive a selection of preserved fruits to try later from the Wong Wing Kee Preserved Fruits Factory Limited (52 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan).  Silvana took us on a pleasant walk through the Sheung Wan neighborhood and we visited the Man Mo Temple, a street of antiques and an area dedicated to coffin making.  Along the way, we enjoyed her stories of daily life in Hong Kong and the backgrounds of the local shops where we were sampling food.

In the early evening, we had a selection of dim sum at Dim Sum Square (G/F 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan).  I was honestly full, but nibbled at at four and sent the rest around to the other tables.  Dessert was an egg tart at the Hei Lee Cake Shop (3 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan).  It was warm and delicious.

I think anyone, even a non-foodie, would enjoy the tour, which was through Hong Kong Foodie Tours.  Food is a great way to learn about a culture and history.  Even a picky eater would find a food or drink to enjoy while observing some the daily life of Hong Kong residents.

Wong Wing Kee dried fruits - haw fruit, plum, spicy peanuts and more

Watching noodle making

Walking past food markets

Water chestnuts

Warm sugar cane juice

Hot, flaky egg tarts

We walked through the dried seafood market section of the city and I saw this:

Those are dried Australia abalone in festive holiday packaging.  Nothing says Christmas like dried abalone!


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