Last week was another digital nomad session with my buddy Michelle and we both decided that another Hong Kong location would be fun – so via Google Maps, we doodled a colourful Hong Kong fruit stall. As with my last post, it’s time to revisit some of these photos I’ve never posted and share my love for the quirks of HK. I’ve discussed my love for markets in Hong Kong and the fruit stall is another thing I love about HK. It’s a city that is at once, an urban metropolis but also one that is full of tradition, and fruit stalls are one of those things that are seemingly unchanging and a staple in the visual culture of HK. This Hong Kong fruit stall is located on Gage Street in Central and it’s situated in a particularly busy thoroughfare with a famous Cha Chaan Teng located next door (a traditional HK diner of sorts) and I love it because it’s just so green! Take a look at Michelle’s amazing drawing of the fruit stall on her Instagram here.
I love to people-watch here and since it’s located next to Lan Fong Yuen, it’s always been a busy spot for locals and tourists alike and there are often plenty of people posing outside with a milk tea for the ‘gram. Lan Fong Yuen is a pretty old school Cha Chaan Teng (also considered ‘Dai Pai Dong’ style, an open-air food stall) and famous for their HK milk tea. The colours are great in the corner too, the purple and green combination is such a winner.
Apparently the famous silk-stocking milk tea was invented at Lan Fong Yuen. It’s referred to as silk-stocking milk tea because of the appearance of the cloth which is used to filter the tea leaves which over time, becomes tea-stained and has the appearance of tights. HK milk tea is one of my all-time favourite things and probably the one thing I always miss the most about Hong Kong (see this super old post). It’s a mix of various black teas (often Ceylon), evaporated milk, or sometimes condensed milk. It’s something I’ve never been able to replicate at home so it’s definitely worth trying one if you’re ever in Hong Kong!