A Very Pleasant Peak Circle Walk on 11Jan2016

peak tower

peak tower

after a most satisfying breakfast at tao heung mongkok  稻香旺角, fair weather returned so we made our way to central station & took 2 taxis (we had 6pax) to the peak 山顶.

taxi fare was about HK$60 to HK$62. this c/w HK$28 one way/HK$40 return by tram. more importantly, there’s usually a long queue at the peak tram going up & some distance to walk from central mtr exit. 🙂

of course it’s cheaper by bus, but taxi up is still the most convenient, & we had the option of tram down which we did.

view from peak tgalleria rooftop

view from peak galleria rooftop

taxi took us to peak galleria 山顶广场.

we got to the rooftop. sky little overcast. weather was perfect like 17degC.  this direction seems to be looking out to aberdeen & deep water bay.

view from peak tgalleria rooftop

view from peak galleria rooftop

& stanley?

edvard munch the scream =trickeye museum peak galleria

edvard munch the scream =trickeye museum peak galleria

there was a trickeye museum for optical illusions. 🙂

& a replica of edvard munch the scream at the entrance to the museum.

1 level down there was tai cheong 泰昌饼家, a brand of tao heung group. this the one where the stall at lyndhurst terrace the last british governor chris patten claimed had the best egg tarts in hong kong. trust the guy to know what is a good egg tart? we tried the egg tart. i have done this more than once at tai cheong 泰昌饼家 including the one at lyndhurst terrace but it was still so-so for me, a little too sweet & nothing c/w the burnt portugese egg tart.

victoria harbour & kowloon bay, IFC & ICC

victoria harbour & kowloon bay, IFC & ICC

we took the lesiurely 1 hr peak circle walk. 🙂

nice view of victoria harbour & kowloon bay, & the 2 tallest buildings, ICC on kowloon side & IFC on HK island side. 🙂

victoria harbour & kowloon bay, IFC & ICC

victoria harbour & kowloon bay, IFC & ICC

i did not take so many scenery shots like my last walk here on 4.4.2015.

& though we had quite many people shots, i do not post these on my public post.

victoria harbour & ICC

victoria harbour & ICC

great view of victoria harbour,

anchorage, tsing yi bridge

anchorage, tsing yi bridge

the anchorage & the bridge linking to tsing yi island.

tsing ma & lantau bridges

tsing ma & lantau bridges

& further the bridges from tsing yi to mawan island & from mawan island to lantau island.

a very relaxing & refreshing walk. nice air…good cheer…

we finished 2-ish. there was no queue for the tram down. so we took the tram & walked to yat lok 一乐stanley street to have our roast goose 烧鹅 fix!

c.h.e.f andy

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Great Roast Goose 烧鹅 but Expensive, Squeezy, Uncomfortable @ Yat Lok一乐 Stanley Street on 11jan2016

roast goose 烧鹅

HK$250 for 1/2 roast goose 烧鹅

after peak circle walk, we took the peak tram funicular to gardens road & walk to yat lok 一乐stanley street on 11.1.2016.

3pm at yat lok stanley street central

3pm at yat lok stanley street central

the place was crowded, packed at 3pm. we had to wait like 15mins.

partly because of the very bad queueing system.

we were a party of 6. the servers kept giving tables to parties of 2 & 3 behind us, and we had to wait till a table with 6 vacated. this was unlike at kam wah cafe the next morning where the server ushered us in & got others on a table that could seat 6 to move to other tables to free up 6 seats for us!

3pm at yat lok stanley street central

3pm at yat lok stanley street central

we were seated at a tiny table very crammed for 6, and the floor was wet at the ends so a few of us myself included had to seat with my feet tiptoed, extremely uncomfortable.

roast goose 烧鹅

HK$250 for 1/2 roast goose 烧鹅

yat lok 一乐 has been my favourite roast goose 烧鹅 the last few times i was here.

the roast goose is consistently crispy skin & flavourful.

roast goose 烧鹅

HK$250 for 1/2 roast goose 烧鹅

the waiting, crammed table, wet floor & the overall poor experience aside, the roast goose was still very good.

in fact most of my friends still voted  yat lok 一乐 the best roast goose (we had roast goose twice at fu kee congee 富记粥品, once at tao heung tsimshatsui, and once at yat lok).

for me, my first try at i felt it was as good as yat lok, after the second try, i decided for myself that i now prefer the more flavourful roast goose at fu kee congee 富记粥品 to yat lok.

char siew + siew yoke

HK$ 145 char siew + siew yoke

the HK$145 char siew + siew yoke was a complete waste of time.

char siew was more moist than the even worse one at fu kee congee 富记粥品, but equally tasteless. & the roast meat had rubbery skin.

any, i meant any, coffeeshop, hawkerstall char siew & siew yoke in Singapore are better than these.

char siew + siew yoke

HK$ char siew + siew yoke

totally convinced me never to order char siew in hong kong.

dry egg noodles

dry egg noodles

dry egg noodles was HK$25 – steep!

we ordered 2 soup flat noodles also.

lettuce

lettuce

lettuce was such a tiny portion enough for 1pax.

the whole lunch came to about HK$650, expensive for the food we had & also a very poor overall dining experience.

i think yat lok 一乐 roast goose is still one to try if you are 2-3pax party & order only roast goose & some dumplings like we did last time.

stanley street pottinger street junction

stanley street pottinger street junction

after lunch, we walked to the mid-level escalators to go to central ferry to go cheung chau for a very next late afternoon island hike.

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HK$380 Dimsum Feast @ Tao Heung Mongkok 稻香旺角 on 11Jan2016

siew mai won 烧卖皇

siew mai won 烧卖皇

on 10.1.2016 the day we arrived, it started to rain in the late evening just when we kena abducted & fed a forgettable dinner at tai yun 泰源.

how can we be so unlucky? the lowest rainfall in the whole year in january & we ran smacked with a north east monsoon blowing over.

the next day we had planned to meet 830am at central to go up to victoria peak太平山, but it was again raining so we had to switch to wet weather program & met at our hotel royal plaza instead.

fortunately for the remaining time, it was fine weather all the way, & we managed our hike at peak circle walk, cheung chau island, dragonback & then a short stroll at lamma island. ^^

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

best wet weather program = breakfast dimsum at tao heung mongkok  稻香旺角 on 11.1.2016. ^^

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

hong kong is well connected with covered walkways, so we walked from royal plaza hotel to nathan road mongkok mtr under cover then walked along nathan road to hollywood plaza & to tao heung on level 3. 🙂

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

there was no queue but still a good crowd at 9.30am.

dimsum galore

dimsum galore

we liked have a dimsum feast! maybe 25 items or more? forgot count but many items we ordered double.

anyway we ordered mostly from the before 11am specials priced at HK$8 & HK$9.

dimsum was very good standard. 🙂

spicy chives dumpling

spicy chives dumpling

spicy chives dumplings were good.

some rolls

some rolls

not were name of the rolls..not my favourite.

潮州粉果 teochew dumplings

潮州粉果 teochew dumplings

the combination 潮州粉果 teochew dumplings was good, great skin, great tasty ingredients! 🙂

炸两

炸两

炸两 was perfect. not my favourite fun cheung 粉肠but the 油条were great not like the hard like stone ones in singapore for this dish.

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs were good. lots of yam, less pork.. tim ho wan’s much better!

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet also competent.

fried eggplant with minced meat

fried eggplant with minced meat

fried eggplant was tasty.

fried eggplant with minced meat

fried eggplant with minced meat

not particularly my dish.

fried fupeikuin腐皮卷

fried fupeikuin腐皮卷

i don’t fancy fried fupeikuin腐皮卷, prefer the steamed version. this was good though.

fried carrot cake

fried carrot cake

fried crrot cake was good, & came with 2 guotie 锅贴very good too… 🙂

char siew fun cheung叉烧粉肠

char siew fun cheung叉烧粉肠

char siew fun cheung叉烧粉肠 was good, very smooth, but maybe not standout. got good ones in singapore these days.

char siew pao

char siew pao

char siew pao was very good.

char siew pao

char siew pao

so nice! so tasty! meat not too sweet, overal excellent. i hardly ever take char siew pao in singapore..lol..this one i took!

 

century egg congee皮蛋瘦肉粥

century egg congee皮蛋瘦肉粥

congee was just passable.

after the truly superb congee at fu kee congee 富记粥品 at fa yun street 花园街, nothing ever comes close la…

egg with pork & rice

egg with pork & rice

the pork over rice with braised egg, again one of the HK$9 items…抵食到极 tie sek dor kek….

糯米鸡 lomeigai

糯米鸡 lomeigai

糯米鸡 lomeigai i think normal pricing so should be like HKS24 or more….it’s good! so hoot ah!

mala cake马拉糕

mala cake马拉糕

& we had mala cake马拉糕 . this like lots of hong kong people like.

i guess it’s quite tasty ka..but not a “dessert” i need.

ginger cake

ginger cake

ginger cake was good too. seldom see this so had some uniqueness value.

overall the humongous breakfast cost us HK$380 for 6pax=S$12 each.

in hong kong they say “先要好食,然后抵食“ ie cheap is one thing, but must be good first la…same same my idea.^^

great thing was as we left the restaurant, rain had stopped & weather was fine throughout the days.

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Tao Heung Mongkok 稻香旺角

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