Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Instagramming 5

Oops, it's been a long 7 days since my last post and finally this Instagram post is up which has really built up since my last one! I have quite a few days off this week as it's Ching Ming festival (Ancestors day) tomorrow and then it's the long Easter weekend, so hopefully I will be able to blog more because I have SO many food pics that I need to show you guys! 
IG5 AHong Kong is really warming up at the moment. This hazy photo was taken when it was about 28c with crazy high humidity. Though, it's nice to cool down on the evenings with a bit of our favourite desserts from our local dessert shop! Mine was the Black Sesame but it wasn't as good as I remember from last year but I'll be sure to order something else next time, perhaps the Mango Sago that my family chose!
IG5 B The news here is all about HK politics at the moment and my family spend many an evening shouting insults at the TV. I was surprised when I found out that the elections are decided by 2,500 election committee members rather than the citizens of HK. Certainly different to the system back home in the UK and protests are rife. Less serious issues involve an amazing sushi dinner with a friend, us two girls had our fill of sushi/sashimi that was seemingly never ending. All you can eat Sushi in HK is awesome. Working in HK is going pretty well, it's definitely a different experience and I haven't spoken English for a little while now which is a bit odd! At work, I am a neat freak and I organise my highlighters just so and have some random Japanese sweets to keep me going during the day!
IG5 C Here are a few pics from my brief Macau trip. These cakes were taken at the Ferry terminal where I couldn't help but take a snap of these adorable bunny cakes. I certainly miss that hotel we stayed at in Macau, if you're not a fan of lemon grass than this place is a place to avoid. The whole place smells of it and all the bath products are scented the same too. Heavenly!
Another picture of the backstreets of Macau where we stocked up on the usual Macaunese baked goods. I love seeing all the souvenirs including this pic of Preserved Salted Fish. I think it's pretty much a staple in all Chinese homes, we have a jar full of them at home!
Freshly baked Almond cookies. My dad loves these and my uncle bought a box and they have safely arrived in one piece back in the UK! On the evening, we had dinner at the Hotel and their Thai restaurant was gorgeously decorated. Soon enough though, I was back sitting at my desk at work. Though, work in HK is certainly far more Chinese...as I like to drink Chrysanthemum tea and eat Mango Mochi.
I always walk past this fruit store on the way home. The owner sure knows how to present things as the fruits are perfectly placed and colours contrast so well! I also had dinner again at the 60s HK dining experience that is The Goldfinch Restaurant. I better dig out my photos from last year, as I really do love this place. The food is decently priced (but not mind blowing) and very retro, but more than anything, it's the authentic old fashioned interior and the elderly men at the door who point you to your seat. These men I assume, are the long time owners of the place who have seen it survive through several decades and made it into cinema history in the shape of Wong Kar Wai's films.
Hong Kong is truly a city of contrasts. With traditional sitting alongside the more contemporary. I absolutely adore the HK skyline and it's skyscrapers...I haven't yet taken a snap over at TST but I'm venturing over this weekend so I'll be sure to get a decent shot of the skyline.
On Sunday I returned to the Shangri La hotel where I had their buffet in one of the restaurants, Cafe Too. I'll be sure to post up more pics as the food is always good here. A tad expensive but it's a place I rather like! On the way home, I spotted this super long set of stairs up to apartments. I'm sure there is a lift somewhere but imagine having to WALK all the way up those after a long tiring day!
IG5 I Lastly, we are of course in the land of 24/7 dim sum (but I'm not that crazy) and ate a normal time on Sunday with my family. As much as I love having yum cha at home in the UK, there is nothing that beats having it in HK. Though making sui gao (literally water dumplings) at home is definitely EVEN better where the whole family chips in. I'll hopefully be sharing a recipe and more pics soon. The pictures of the Maneki Neko (Japanese lucky cat) were a random find in a shop today. The cats are almost always sat near a till in shops to bring good fortune but they make cute little gifts too! 

Wow this turned into a pretty long post but I hope you guys have been enjoying my HK entries!


  1. Fantastic post! I love hearing about your adventures!

  2. I love hearing about your adventures too, and salivating at all the amazing foood! I must find you on instagram :) A guy I know from school has gone to live in HK, he's a TV reporter now and I keep seeing stuff about the elections on his facebook.. xx

  3. I love reading about your travels too :) It sounds like you're having a great time, those bunny cakes are so cute!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  4. what a sweet place must be china! even more through your eyes...

    love for you dear winnie!

  5. I really enjoy looking at your lively pictures of your travelling! The bunny cakes look beyond cute! It makes me want to make one myself!! Oh and I would love to once try Chrysanthemum tea.. It looks so pretty!

  6. ohh i want some of those bunny treats!


  7. Those bunny cakes are amazing!!! *_* Ah, whenever we go to HK we stay on in TST! I haven't been in such a long time though, and I've heard it's changed a lot! Have fun! I think it's awesome your family live on the island though! (Saw in one of your previous posts)^^

  8. Your photos (especially the food ones) make me miss HK!


  9. Of course, it's always lovely reading your HK entries! Your life seems to be so exciting yay :))And as always, I just want to eat everything XD those bunny cakes were my favourite!

  10. Great to hear your work is going well, have you thought of moving to HK permanently yet? Or is it too soon?

    Ah I missed Black Sesame dessert.

  11. There was so much drama about the HK politics! It was soo cringy but at least the election is over now.

    Ps. The bunny cakes are too cute to eat!

  12. yum, dim sum! i also love your instagram photos girlie! your life seems so interesting ;-) hope youre well darling!

    xx james

  13. Do you have a Cantonese-speaking job? That's way sweet! My job in Shanghai was 100% English-speaking so I hardly ever spoke Mandarin until I started taking classes. Ah, mango sago, all you can eat sushi, and drawn-out dimsum brunches! I'm so happy browsing through your HK photos. :)

  14. The bunny cakes are so adorable! I wouldn't want to eat them haha. And the sushi sounds delicious <3 Loooove sushi always !

    Love from the NaNa girls xoxo

  15. I love the lucky cats. The Chinese takeaway by where I lived at university had a huge gold-coloured one sitting by the till, that I was rather fond of.

  16. these pictures are amazing!! the food has made me extra hungry haha

  17. Really interesting to hear about your trip. Makes me feel really hungry seeing all that food. I definitely want those cakes.

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  19. I love hearing about your adventures, I want you to be my tour guide!

    Maria xxx

  20. I really need a dim sum partner. Care to be her? Hahha yes we also have to sched a date to Vero Chocolate Lounge....

  21. loving the bunny cakes!


  22. The bunny cakes are too cute!

  23. ahhhh it looks so lovely there ! I wanna go , I wanna goo ! :)

  24. i love the lucky cats, we have one at work ^_^ and i love the photos of the highlighers it made me smile so much ^_^

  25. this was such a cool post, those bunny cupcakes look adorable! i really enjoyed your pictures, thanks for the peak into HK :)

  26. your photos are always so adorable :) HK must be amazing~~ the food as well as shopping opportunities. i always go crazy shopping when i go back to taiwan haha :D


  27. I just love all of the photos, it's all so very exciting!



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