Cheung Chau Island 长州岛 Hike on 3Jun2015

vase rock花瓶石 @ cheung chau island

vase rock花瓶石 @ cheung chau island

the second day of my sis’ & my hong kong trip 2-6.6.2015. ^^

the plan was to go to lama island 南丫岛 but we set out late. we arrived at the central pier no 4 just past 11am on 3.6.2015.

the next ferry to lama island was at 12pm. so we walked over to pier no. 5 & managed to get on the ferry to cheung chau island 长州岛 instead. this the second time my sis & i came to cheung chau island.

on the ferry to cheung chau island

on the ferry to cheung chau island

i forgot to check though for fast ferry so we got onto the slow ferry (1hr) journey to cheung chai, perhaps no difference anyway.

on the ferry to cheung chau island

on the ferry to cheung chau island

on the ferry cheung chau island

on the ferry cheung chau island

cheung chau island jetty

cheung chau island jetty

we arrived at cheung chai 12.15pm.

cheung chau island jetty

cheung chau island jetty

the morning porridge shop at the market near the jetty was already closed.

we saw seaking 海龙王海鲜. and had a look at the 4-course HK$198 promotion menu. it looked ok. we decided to sit down & try our luck (maybe have our throat slashed…haha!). gratefully the meal turned out pretty ok! 🙂

cheung chau island jetty

cheung chau island jetty

after lunch we walked past the jetty, and crossed eastwards over the narrowest part of the island to tung wan 东湾 to start the hike. 🙂

beach at cheung chau island

beach at cheung chau island

beach at cheung chau island

beach at cheung chau island

beach at cheung chau island

beach at cheung chau island

it was noon, & a very hot day!

tung wan beach

tung wan beach

33degC, but sure felt like 40degC! 😦

tung wan beach

tung wan beach

we walked along tung wan 东湾 beach past the warwick hotel & the cheung chau rock carving 常洲石刻。 we did not climb up to look at the rock carving as we had seen it the last time.

windsurfing kwun yam wan beach

windsurfing kwun yam wan beach

we past the windsurfing centre at kwun yam wan 观音湾 beach。

coming up from kwun yam wan beach

coming up from kwun yam wan beach

& walked up the slope to kwun yam temple 观音古庙. 🙂

walking up from kwun yam wan beach

walking up from kwun yam wan beach

glad just to have some shade!

direction signage

direction signage

small island but we were not about to walk far in this searing heat.

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

kwun yam temple 观音古庙is located at this junction.

brook at kwun yam temple 观音古庙

brook at kwun yam temple 观音古庙

a brook down to the beach & sea.

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

took some photos.

mini greatwall trail

mini greatwall trail

last time we walked on the mini greatwall trail too. this time we went a bit further. 🙂

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

views of  tung wan 东湾 beach & lantau island 大屿岛from the mini greatwall trail.

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

& on the other side lama island 南丫岛 & its power station.

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

we took a short rest at the kwan kung pavilion 关公忠义亭. the last time we stopped here & turned back.

rock formation

rock formation

this time we walked further & saw some of the rock formation, including the vase rock花瓶石 (top photo). 🙂

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

we walked further, past a craggy part, and more rock formation.

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

we reached the eatern end of cheung chau island. another area with a picturesque craggy, rocky cove. 🙂

cheung chau sports ground stadium

cheung chau sports ground stadium

we walked back & past the cheung chau stadium.

returning to the pier

returning to the pier

stopped for toilet break & bought some water from the provision shop. shop owner very unfriendly! 😦

ferry arriving at central pier

ferry arriving at central pier

ferry arriving at central pier

ferry arriving at central pier

leaving cheung chau island长州岛, we got to the jetty at 3pm & again just missed the fast boat (next at 3.45pm), so took the slow boat deluxe (HK$20 with aircon), normal HK$13 no aircon at 3.20pm & arrived central pier 4.20pm.

we walked over to stanley street via the IFC.

we found yat lok 一乐 roast goose at stanley street w/o much difficulty & had hong kong’s best roast goose there, plus some dumplings. 🙂

after that we got back to our royal park hotel at shatin, and had a good rest before goin gout for a late dinner. this was part of the planning, as we were going to chao inn 潮楼 at kwun tong to enjoy the 打冷40% 六折discounts which starts at 9pm. ^^

a pretty great day!

c.h.e.f andy

Sambal Sauce Seabass – Another Crowd Favourite!

#12 helper's sambal sauce seabass - this everyone's favourite

sambal sauce seabass 26.8.2015 – this everyone’s favourite

in addition to the spicy pork ribs/pork soft bones, another regular crowd pleaser for my dinners is the sambal sauce seabass (& spicy tau jeon seabass). ^^

i love the dish myself & all my friends love it too. in fact i think it is more popular even than the spicy pork ribs. 🙂

i guess fish is more neutral, tender & easy to eat even when placed against a very tender pork ribs or soft bones.

it’s a dish my helper cooked regularly for the family & for my dinners. i have done only once.

& i have served it many times in my dinners for my friends. 🙂

sambal seabass

sambal seabass – 6.2.2015

above photo does not require elaborations, haha! ^^

#10 sambal seabass

sambal seabass – 3.10.2014

the farmed seabass in singapore is not like the australian barramundi or the french seabass. it has a bit of “mud taste” and is a bit “hu” ie not the very firm, bouncy type of texture, but slightly mushy.

#9 aunty bes sambalsauce seabass

sambal sauce seabass – 28.5.2015

certainly not my favourite fish.

btw, my favourite fish, even more than usual cod, is the chilean seabass, the patagonian toothfish, which is not even a bass, but a cod. 🙂

aunty bes' spicy tau jeon seabass

spicy tau jeon seabass – 19.8.2013

by steaming with the spicy tau jeon sauce, and in more recent times, the sambal sauce, not only it took away the “mud taste”, but complemented the fish sweetness very well. also, i believe the sauce tensioned the skin a bit & made the fish just slightly more firm & less mushy. 🙂

heinz assam fish sauce

hai’s 海士 instant assam fish paste

i used the hai’s 海士 instant assam fish paste in recent times, as we liked it a bit better than the spicy tau jeon, and also because i could not find the latter in giant lately.

i used 1 packet for a large seabass (700g) or 2 smaller ones (500g), and garnished chopped spring onions & chilli padi (sometimes my helper used sliced red chilli & spring onions). then in the steam oven (or a usual steamer) for 12mins.

c.h.e.f andy