This day will live in infamy as the day we traversed the sea in search of Portuguese daan tat (seeing as there really wasn’t must else over there for us). If you thought Hong Kong was tiny, you haven’t been to Macau. Though if you thought your favorite casino was big then you’ve also never been to Macao.
First of all, I will say that you should go to Macao. It’s a magical place where all of your dreams will come true for ticket scalpers. Those fuckers buy every last ferry ticket and then have the nerve to stand next to the actual ticket booth telling you that ferries are sold out for the next four hours. I hear Macau also might be good for gambling.
As usual we took up most of the table space with food. Best thing about Hong Kong and Macao is how well people share tables. I can’t count the number of times here where someone, usually a bored spouse, will listen in on our conversation or stare. Hong Kong/Macau? Nothing, avoid eye contact, have YOUR OWN conversation.
Here we had their famous congee among other tasty looking delicacies like xoxo noodles!
Old Macau, really old Macao exists as a historic church façade where people pay their respects with selfie sticks. A lot of selfie sticks. I don’t think I can even express how many selfie sticks we saw that day.
Casinos. They weren’t as cool as they looked. They did have Portuguese daan tat so I can’t complain. I will complain about a mysterious VIP having to take a piss and closing down the only bathroom within a 10 minute walk.
Seng Cheong Restaurant
28-30 Rua Do Cunha, Taipa, Macau
Koi Kei Bakery
46-50 Rua Do Cunha, Taipa, Macau
Galaxy Macau Resort
Estrada da Baía de Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Macau
Lord Stow’s Bakery and Cafe
The Grand Canal Shoppes, Venetian Level 3 Unit 2119a
The next day, we got lost trying to find the restaurant that we saw on one of Anthony Bourdain’s many redundant (yet engrossing) shows. Did it fail to disappoint? Man, did it ever fail to not disappoint. First of all its a long line full of tourists that all happen to have his show translated into their native languages. I’m probably wrong about this, but this is an american blog and the world revolves around us. I’m sticking to this falsity.
Anyways, it was a long line, small portions, a little pricey, and not really worth it. It is clean though and foreigner friendly… if you’re into that sort of thing.
A few of the things you have to see in Hong Kong are related to malls. We came to this mall purely for the long escalator. It was indeed an escalator. It was also long.
Okay, it was pretty neat.
After that, Brian had a temple visit, Chi Lin Nunnery, planned and it did seem interesting at the time. All that I’ll say is that the pictures turned out well. Also note that Brian shouldn’t be adding things to the itinerary.
If a man is on the street selling something in a little baggie, you should give the nice man money and consume it. Turned out well this time too! It was sugary, I liked it, the little kid after me also like it. Win win all around.
We made our way through the Fa Yeun Street Market (flower market) to get to the Yuen Po Street Garden. If you have a fear for birds and crickets, I advise staying away from this place! I, on the other hand, thought it was amazing.
After arriving in Hong Kong, I don’t know how many times we’ve seen this skyline, but this was our first time watching the Avenue of the Stars light show. It was disappointing to say the least! Seriously, nothing special here. Lets move on.
We ended the evening having traditional wonton noodle soup. The BEST EVER. Thanks mom for the recommendation. This place has a signage only written in Chinese (not to be confused with Mak’s a few doors down), but if you ever find yourself in Hong Kong, I highly recommend this spot. It’s called Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop. Portions are small, but we’re Americans and everything is small to us!
Entry written by my husband and me so it’s going to sound like we have split personalities! 🙂
We headed over to Causeway Bay early and walked around Pacific Place to kill some time. This is a 4-level shopping mall that has more high-end shops.
Afterwards we met up with our friends at Island Shangri-La’s Cafe Too for a seafood lunch buffet. This was one of the best buffets I’ve ever had besides some of the popular ones in Vegas, of course. If you decide to give this spot a try, I recommend making reservations in advance since they seem to get pretty packed quickly. The seafood and dessert stations were my favorite.
After stuffing our faces, we parted ways with our friends and went to visit Time Square, which was decked out with holiday decor. I loved it.
For dinner, we waited in line for about 15 minutes to dine at Wing Kee Noodle. The portions are smallish, but the flavour is gigantic… just like this plate of fish skin a certain someone ordered! Yum. Went well with the beef noodle soup where you actually can pick the type of noodles and toppings you’d want. Pretty amazing!
To end the night, we had to ride on the Hong Kong Tramways aka. the Ding Ding. Had too because we were exhausted and why not? Super cheap. It’s a double decker tram and the one of the earliest forms of public transportation in the city. This amazing trolly goes from west to east, then east to west, and then west to east again!
Afterwards Jen demanded dun dan, so we got dun dan at. If you ever want to see unfriendly looking people serve you food, well you can go to any restaurant in Hong Kong for that. BUT, if you want great dun dan with your unfriendly looking people (they’re pretty nice though), go to the Australian Dairy Company. It’s the best dun dan we’ve ever had.