Bag some bargain buys at street markets
Though your soul may have reconnected with nature to shun all pretentions, it’s time to steer towards some materialism. Start with Temple Street Night Market for some casual browsing.
You’ll get a taste of culture if you go during early evening to the Cantonese opera happening near Tin Hau temple. There are lots of stalls with palm-reading and tarot-card reading to inform you of your destiny.
About 1.5 kilometres from Temple Street lies the Ladies Market which will make you experience what a real Chinese local market is like. The market is full of curios and feminine clothes though men’s clothes are sold here as well. Drive a hard bargain for some great outfits and keep an eye open for fakes.
If you’re craving some of that famous Hong-Kong seafood, there’s a seafood market between Queen Street and Centre Street. There’s a variety of seafood available from all over the world – dried abalone, dried shrimps, dried fins and even edible bird nests are available here. Bird nests, anyone?
After working up an appetite at the market, you can head to indulge in some serious street food. You might see a lot of items which will make your eyebrows shoot up into your hairline but since you’re here, it’s worth a try.
Egg waffles are one of the most popular street snacks there. The waffle is covered with a crispy egg coating to reveal a soft, egg center. You can pair them with chocolates, sprinkles, fruits, nutella and even savoury items such as bacon or sausage. Head to Lee Keung Kee North Point on King’s Road for the most famous waffles in town.
Pick up some curry fish balls that you can eat on the go. These delectable balls of fish with batter are deep fried and then soaked in a spicy curry so expect your taste buds to go into overload.
If you’re feeling adventurous go for stinky tofu or organs in a pot. Organs in a pot holds offals and other entrails of cow or pig which is mixed together with radishes, peppers and a tangy sauce. It may not look appealing but it’s got a lot of takers.
Round off your meal on a sweet note with fired chestnuts that a lot of hawkers will be pushing at you. Pair them with a mug of hot chocolate and it will begin to feel a lot like Christmas!
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