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Egg Waffles on Lantau

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Walking through the commercial village between the cable car station and the foot of the Tan Tian Buddha, you encounter a variety of shops welcome you selling everything from souvenirs, chopsticks, ice cream, Buddhist trinkets, along with a 7-11 and a Starbucks. One shop offers an array of local snacks, including freshly made egg waffles. With both original and chocolate varieties, the snack is warm and crisp once the cashier hands it over straight from the cooling rack. Essentially, it’s waffle batter that cooked into these bubbles that are light and flavorful.

If making your way back from the temple and the big Buddha, the shop is a tiny stroll back to the cable car station, and a quick step to the side offers a view of the beautiful landscape, along with Buddha in the distance, of Lantau Island; a veritable escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.

While egg waffles are available all over town, Lantau Island offers a different landscape to accompany the delicious snack.

Egg Waffles

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 26, 2014 at 3:29 AM

Hong Kong Soul Food

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A random afternoon on holiday in Hong Kong, decided to meander and see what was nearby when the hunger pangs started. Began the hunt for a place to eat around the Sheung Wan area of town and stopped at nearly every window to scope out the menu. With the variety of places scattered all over the mix of business and retail, found a tucked away shop that claimed to be “Sichuan Soul Food.”

A place called Dandan. It’s small, looked more like a lunch spot than dinner (or close to dinnertime), and, basically, empty upon arrival, which usually makes for some apprehension in deciding to dine there. Walked in, seated immediately (there was nobody there) and ordered one of their meal sets – cold peanut sesame noodles with a side of pickled vegetables and homemade tea.

Cold peanut noodles have always been a favorite of mine, the local Asian market used to sell them prepackaged and loved having them as a snack. It was the first thing that popped out on the menu and had yet to try that style of dish in Asia. It did not disappoint. The noodles are pulled in-house and the sauce was a perfect blend of peanut salty sweetness with some heat.

By mid-meal, there were a few other customers, and expectedly so. The food was good, prices were decent, and would definitely stop by again next time I may be around looking for some cold peanut sesame noodles.

Dandan

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 5, 2014 at 4:33 AM

Hot and Sour

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Arrived in Hong Kong mid-afternoon and, after a short break, went wandering for the first meal of the holiday. After walking up and down streets, scoping out menus, and (typical tourist) looking for bilingual menus or ones with pictures, stopped at a place called Greenland Taiwanese Cuisine.

Looks like your typical roadside stop in HK, brightly-lit, offering a big menu with lots of pictures. Picked a few things but had the Hot and Sour Soup with dumplings as a main course.

Have had Hot and Sour soup before, but those were of the takeout variety, their soup was rich, delicious, and (as the name says) hot and sour. The dumplings were full of shrimp and the soup was just what was desired.

Along with the soup, ordered fried oysters and pan-fried dumplings – all of it contributing to a warm welcome to the big city.

Hot And Sour

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 2, 2014 at 6:09 AM