This town really is equipped for crazy foodies such as myself but sadly my time here is quickly diminishing before I meet up with Miss B and get the train up to Shenzhen. My wanderings around the gritty streets of East Tsim Sha Tsui revealed countless places to eat at, one of which has a slight European feel to it with it’s al fresco wicker seating on the pavement under large shady trees.
My legs were getting tired so I pull up one of the comfy arm chairs at King’s Noodle & Dumplings overlooking a pedestrian plaza teeming with people and cute little restaurants.
The guy is very eager to take my order when all I want to do is relax and take my time looking through the massive menu. I wasn’t overly hungry so I just order one thing to start: Green skin siew mai (23) – steamed Shanghainese shrimp & pork dumplings. The four little morsels are presented in a bamboo steamer and after I drizzle each one of them with fiery chilli oil, they’re gone in a few seconds. Bite-sized deliciousness rich in pork and shrimp flavour.
I coudn’t help myself with the next choice. Banana roti (30). They come either with banana or coconut so it had to be one or the other. Fresh off the hot-plate the thin crispy pastry is rich in salted butter and thin slices of sweet banana. Very similar to the ones in Thailand. I now regret not getting the coconut roti as well.
After a little more wandering and exploring I thought I’d head back towards Hung Hom and loiter around the station and the neighbouring Metropolis Mall. It’s not the most exciting shopping centre around but it gave me my final chance to grab a few snacks before waiting at the station for Miss B, who was only a couple of hours from landing.
Aside from the food court there are several independent restaurants scattered throughout the levels and the one I choose is Delicious Kitchen. Let’s hope so.
The menu is a mixture of Cantonese, Shanghainese and Chinese and seems popular with young 20-somethings fueling-up before or after a shopping expedition. The Shanghai style pork rib (28) is a boneless and crumbed smallish-sized portion of tender and juicy meat on a bed of shredded cabbage. It’s really quite tasty and seems to go well with my other choice of eggplant with pepper and salt (28). I’m really loving the eggplant. Crisp on the outside and soft and creamy within. Nice with the tangy plum sauce.
As a sweet ending I opt for the icy-cool mug of sweet coconut drink with herbal jelly & ice cream (26). This is really refreshing and boosts my energy levels with the high dose of sugar and the cubes of black jelly taste of strong tea.
As the sun sets on my day in Honkers I make my way across the interconnecting footbridge to Hung Hom Station, check out how frequent the trains run to Shenzhen and wait for Miss B to arrive. A text message announces that she has landed so while I sit and nibble on my packet of satay beef cubes (21.4) – think beef jerky with sweet curry flavour – all I can think about is the shower and bed waiting for me across the border up in Shenzhen.
Bring it on.