This is the day we ate Dim Sum in Hong Kong for the first time. It is Day 2 of 4 days in Hong Kong you can read about our 1st day in Hong Kong here.
We woke early for Hong time as our internal time clocks were still set to Brisbane. It gave us the opportunity to see both Hong Kong’s harbor and people start their day.
Hong Kong is a mere 47 sq km’s (18 sq miles) so space is a premium. We considered ourselves fortunate as our hotel didn’t have a building in front of us blocking our view of the harbor. Just a highway below and on the other side of that, a park, soccer grounds and indoor swimming pool. This allowed us to watch joggers (not sure how they do it in the heat!) walkers and even a group of people practising the ancient art of Tai Chi.
After kicking back and watching Hong Kong come to life, it was time for breakfast
Our breakfast, included in our tariff was served swiftly, with bottomless cups of tea and coffee on order.
Choices were continental breakfast including cereal, fresh fruit and yoghurt. Or a full American or English breakfast consisting of bacon, sausage, ham, hash-brown and eggs done to your liking or an omelette.
I ordered the full breakfast only once for the ham and poached eggs. However, all the meat was manufactured so I passed and stuck with omelettes for the rest of our stay.
Money Changers in Hong Kong
First stop, as with most travelers new to a country, was a visit to a money-changer. There are 3 ways to change money in Hong Kong
- A money changer that charges fees
- Banks that charge OTT (Over The Top) fees!
- A money changer with no fees
As we were in a fairly local area with very few hotels, etc, there were only the first two options on our first morning. You live and learn as the saying goes and we changed our money elsewhere after that.
What to Do, See and Eat in Hong Kong
Our plan for the morning was to find the bus stop for double-decker hop on hop off bus. We’ve have done this in several countries previously and found it be an excellent way to tour a city and orient us to our local surrounds.
Typically there are two or three circuits taking you to different areas of the city. Generally, there are one or two stops that on the circuit that crossover so you can hop on and off depending on where you want to explore.
We walked (and walked) along the harbor to the Star Ferry terminal. This is where one of the circuits commenced. We bought a two-day pass with night tour (never did do the night tour) and sat upstairs as half of the deck was covered with a roof.
We stuck that out, (i.e. sitting on a bus with no air conditioning in 30c something degree heat!) until the bus returned to the terminal. Adventure gave in to sensibility the following day with the air con downstairs beckoning, it was too good to refuse!
Although I’m not an architect, buildings do fascinate me. Especially buildings that are centuries old. The blend in Hong Kong of colonial, and contemporary, didn’t disappoint.
Construction is very much alive and kicking in Hong Kong with numerous cranes in the air and with many buildings in various states of completion.
Our bus ticket also included a ferry ride over to Kowloon so we decided we’d hop on one and have lunch on the other side. The ferry is a quick 15-20 minute trip and you can check out the
As with most public transport in Hong Kong, many locals use this service too. The efficiency and convenience once again reminded us how antiquated our public transport systems are in Australia. Although Sydney’s public transport system had a major upgrade thanks to the 2000 Olympics.
Dim Sum in Hong Kong
Lunchtime! With tummies rumbling and shying away from the glitzy shopping center, we sought more of a local feel. Kev wanted to try Dim Sum a local “must try” part of any Hong Kong lunch.
Dim Sum typically contains pork and vegetables or just vegetables. We were fortunate enough to eat some that were rice flour as I eat gluten free due to an intolerance.
Dim Sum’s are only ever traditionally served at lunch as we found out that night at a restaurant in our neighborhood when we tried to order them as a dinner dish.
We didn’t have far to walk along Salisbury Road before we found our lunch spot. Through a doorway and up an escalator to the Jade Garden (Address: 3 Salisbury Rd, Hong Kong) Phone:+852 2730 6888) restaurant located on the third floor.
It felt like we had stepped back in colonial times with the wood panelled walls and well dressed Chinese businessmen and women, families and friends. No tourists frequented this restaurant when we were there.
On the surface, it appeared to be quite an expensive restaurant due to the decor and the view of the harbor. However, the prices didn’t reflect that as we found them to be very reasonable only spending $10 each for food.
On our way to our table, a waiter carried a whole duck passed us. It was a common sight, with the duck being carved at a serving station and then the flesh delivered to the table.
As good as the duck looked we passed on the duck ordering a variety of Dim Sum, a chicken and vegetable stir-fry and of course rice. We were in Hong Kong after all.
We’d encourage you to visit Jade Garden and eat their Dim Sum when you visit Hony Kong, you won’t be disappointed.
Or have you already been o Hong Kong? Where is your favorite place to eat Dim Sum in Hong Kong?
This post is part of our 4 days in Hong Kong series. You can read the next instalment here.