Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Fishy Fishy Fishy Fish !!!

I really can say that I have never eaten so much  seafood in such a short space of time. It has been excellent and I can see it continuing. The seafood that is consumed here in Hong Kong is at the other end of the scale from what we had in Japan, that I can not begin to describe. 
We started our mammoth seafood bonanza in a large open air restaurant near the beginning or the end of Temple Street Market. It was a joy to be able to sit outside in shorts, drinking cold cheap beer by the litre. The food wasn't the best n the world but the atmosphere and the place made it a joy. But I have to say that their razor clams in black bean sauce was pretty good, as well as their deep fried spicy prawns. The unfortunate thing was we never had enough money on us to try the crab, and the same happened when we visited the Spicy Crab Under The Bridge Restaurant Number 3. There are four of them, all within 20 metres of eachother. I had heard about this place for a while and came across it by chance. We managed to get in just before lunch time service, which meant our food came pretty quick. Sauteed Clams with Chili & Bean Sauce, Fried Eels with XO Sauce and a plate of Deep Fried Chicken Wings. 2 things here. Have you ever tried eating chicken wings with chopstix. It's not easy, but we are now masters. Stripped those bones bare... And XO Sauce. Found out after it's a Hong Kong creation, meaning Xtra Old. Goes very well with fish dishes. 
If you want to eat good Chinese food with a commanding view over Hong Kong Island, then Hutong it has to be. We had our table by the window facing that skyline. The menu here is like a book. It's soooo vast, it took us ages to go from start to finish, so we kinda went for some fish, meat and some vegetables. The plum wine was a bit of a bad idea. Had a slight hangover the next day. 
The highlight of the show was the Beijing Fish, no idea what fish it was, but it was fantastic, so delicate .... Yummy .... 
We went on a day trip to Lamma Island. Really lovely place and it was such a great day. Clear blue skies, nice walk from North to South. Whilst we were waiting for the ferry, we indulged in some more sea food at the Hilton Restaurant. Much better than any official Hilton Restaurant I have ever eaten in. It wasn't so much the quality of the food, as it was ok. But it was the place, the atmosphere. Imagine sitting at a table, looking out towards a small fishing harbour, small fishing boats idly bobbing on the water, waves gently swishing against deck we were sitting on. The breeze just keeping us cool and keeping the beers cooler. It was a perfect afternoon. 

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