Awesome fireworks

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Thats Happy New Year to the non Cantonese speakers! If you are in Hong Kong and looking for a way to celebrate, the New Years Parade starts at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui and proceeds along Canton, Haiphong, Nathan and Salisbury roads, finishing at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers. (First float will arrive on Canton Road around 8:30pm. Last float will arrive at the end point around 10:30pm.) See attached map c/o Hong Kong Tourism Board. The fireworks are tomorrow night at 8pm!

Amazing Food of HK

If you’re squeamish don’t look too carefully at this picture; this lady at the Sham Shui Po wet market is skinning frogs for a customer and is thoroughly enjoying herself! Its popular to eat frogs in Congee ( a rice porridge) and in a Clay Pot Rice (often with eel) in Hong Kong. How much do they cost? About US$0.60 each at the wet market.

Fishfull Auspicious Hong Kong

Talk about taking things to the extreme; a fish shop in Tai Po in the New Territories of Hong Kong is selling fish with the Chinese symbols for “Get Rich” ‘tattooed’ into their skin! An employee at the shop said that the symbols were put onto the fish with a laser beam and that they would fade over time! People eat fish over Chinese New Year because the word for fish sounds very similar to ‘surplus’ which makes them an auspicious food linked to prosperity! I wonder if fish and chips from the chippy would be considered a prosperous meal?! (picture from Coconuts Hong Kong)

Auspicious fish food

Talk about taking things to the extreme; a fish shop in Tai Po in the New Territories of Hong Kong is selling fish with the Chinese symbols for “Get Rich” ‘tattooed’ into their skin! An employee at the shop said that the symbols were put onto the fish with a laser beam and that they would fade over time! People eat fish over Chinese New Year because the word for fish sounds very similar to ‘surplus’ which makes them an auspicious food linked to prosperity! I wonder if fish and chips from the chippy would be considered a prosperous meal?! smile emoticon (picture from Coconuts Hong Kong)

Lotzz of fun having food in HK

This is Marion and Richard who took not one, but two tours with us earlier this month! Richard wasn’t very happy about having to do his own washing up when we went for Yum Cha (Dim Sum), but Marion (and everyone else) found it quite amusing! If you would like to know why Richard was washing his dishes you’ll have to join us on a food tour!

Capturing pic of abalone

Steve and his wife Ingrid took a private food tour with us and were fascinated by the price of the dried abalone (a type of mollusk similar to an oyster or a muscle) . This is Steve in a traditional Chinese medicine shop photographing some particularly large abalone which are priced at approx. US$670 each!

Delicious egg tart

This is the Yi family who joined us for a food tour on their HK layover. Soe and Khin emigrated to Canada from Burma about 30 years ago and were returning to visit their family for the first time since moving. Here they are enjoying a Hong Kong egg tart

Lovely ladies enjoying food tour

Ineke (third from the right) came back for her second Hello Hong Kong food tour and this time she brought all of her HK friends. The occasion? Petra and F’s HK leaving party. The ladies met through a shared love of food so there was no better way to spend the day. In this picture they are in our favourite roast meat shop where the BBQ pork is so sweet and tender it tastes like candy.

Our guest at study corner

Andrei from Romania had an 8 hour layover in Hong Kong on his way home from Manila. He opted for a 5 hour Hello Hong Kong tour. After we picked him up from the airport we took him into town to see Hong Kong by night. This is him checking out the study corner at the Occupy Central Protests which are still going strong after over 50 days!