Last Stop – Hong Kong

Between the flooding of Nashville, my jet lag, and the sickness I picked up on my travels home, this week has definitely been tough. But today is a new day! Last night I got a full 7 hours of sleep (finally), and the stuffiness in my head is beginning to clear so I can actually taste food. Happiness!Now that I can taste food, I’m a little more enthusiastic about sharing the details of my final Hong Kong meals with you. These two meals were absolutely two of the best of the entire trip. If I were choosing a Top 5, they would be in it. First their was Dim Sum:

Crispy Roasted Pork-I’ve learned that the Chinese like their pork, and they do it well!

Jelly Fish– chewy texture, not much flavor

Cha Siu Baau (Barbecue Pork Buns)
served 2 ways:
Baked with Crunchy Top

Steamed, fluffy bun


Fried Tofu with sweet dipping sauce – actually couldn’t stop eating these little nuggets!

Noodles with Beef in Dark Bean Sauceagain, had to pull myself away

Spring Rolls

Phoenix Talons –or as we know them, Chicken Feet.

Perhaps not a delicacy to me, but yet, they’re not as bad as they look.

White CarrotCake” (actually not a carrot cake at all, it’s made with radish. Click here to learn more)

Abalone Pastry –this was incredible.

the crust tasted like a sweet corn muffin…oh so good!

Bok Choy with Tomato

Sesame Balls (no filling)

Shumaipork & mushroom dumpling topped with roe (pic below)

That meal could have been my last impression of Hong Kong cuisine, and it would have been a great one. But Samuel knew of my weakness for Thai food, so he made sure my very last meal was at the best Thai restaurant in town – Wong Chun Chun. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. Written words cannot possibly express the sheer joy I experienced as all of these flavors danced on my palate.
Thailand Pomelo with Prawns Salad

Oh my goodness. This salad will forever be etched in my memory! Made up of the Pomelo fruit, peanuts, green onion, red onion, sprouts, a dab of fish sauce, and a dash of dried shrimp for seasoning, there is no doubt that I am going to try to recreate this dish very, very soon. The main problem will be the lack of Pomelo fruit, but I think substituting grapefruit might work if I adjust the other ingredients to make up for the added bitterness.
(UPDATE: I just found Pomelo at Publix!! Yippee!)

Pork, Beef, and Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Fried Morning Glory
with Balachan
(also know as “hollow vegetable” with
spicy sauce)

Red Curry with Scallops

Prawn Sashimi with spicy, spicy sauce!

And then there was my drink. I’d already had a few of these on the trip and couldn’t resist one more fattening glass of it:
Iced Coconut Milk
Pure Delight.

And that’s where my journey ends. I hope that you’ve enjoyed following along and I’ve inspired you to be a little adventurous in your eating. Try something new and foreign–you never know what new love you might find!

(In case you missed out on earlier posts, just click here, here, here, here, and here!)