Reached mongkok in the early morning, our hotel was not ready (in fact, no rooms as we didn't book it in advance). So brave :p As we kept the trip rather chill, no rushing of itinerary and just simple feasting on local delights and resting at the hotel ;) And we managed to get our Railei hotel stay at just HKD460 for a double room (small). RaiLei Hotel
4th Floor (whole floor),
REX Building, 648-652 Nathan Road,
Our 3rd time staying there, don't expect over the top service, spacious rooms etc. It's just a small motel look-alike where you can rest your feet and wash up after a day of shopping. Room is small unless you pay more for the bigger rooms. Free Wifi. Note: expect some amount of smoke (the guests and owners do smoke) and to stop ourselves from breathing in the smoke whole night, we had to off the toilet filter. Thankfully, it helped to keep the smoke away :)
Apparently calling them up to book is cheaper than through website (an external agent hosts and manages their website bookings and they charge commission) so you know what to do.
Decided to go for our breakfast at some popular recommendations online. 1st stop with our barang, a #大排档 Sing Heung Yuen 胜香园
2, Mei Lun Street, Central Walking distance from Sheung Wan MTR station, exit A2
Thankfully no queue when we were there but full house! Ordered iced salted lemon sprite & hot salted lemon. Preferred the latter. The sprite drink was pretty weird but the taste grows on you. Can try! There was the popular tomato noodles with egg & sausage ordered as well. The savoury soup which reminds you of the Campbell renditions with added fresh tomatoes! Sweet! Also ordered honey lemon toast (tinge of tangy lemon on hot crispy bread) and condense milk toast. Love! Good #Hongkong #breakfast
Next stop, San Hing 新興食家at Western District
8 Smithfield Road, Sai Wan Famous for their #流沙包 I had to try it! Being in hk for the past 3 times, didn't get any superbly impressive #dimsum especially liu sha bao! Was quite a challenge to reach there so we decided to cab there from our da pai dang. Cost us about HKD38. Other specialities include quail eggs siew mai and deep fried milk (didn't manage to see this though). Wasn't over the top but liu sha bao was one of the better ones I had. Rating: 8/10
Headed out for dinner at Sham Tseng Chan Kee 深井陳記燒鵝
427 Reclamation road, Mongkok They say we haven't been to HK if we didn't eat any roasted goose. Well, finally tried in on my 4th visit. =P Had the soup hor fun with goose and boy was the bird fat! Under the shiny honeyed crispy skin laid a thick layer of fats. Not for the faint hearted, literally! Too much cholesterol but I must say the skin is definitely tasty! Meat was juicy but a lil tough. Soup was a tad plain thou. Damage: HKD40 Rating: 7/10 Of course, dinner didnt end with just goose. Had a walk along Ladies St to look for board games but didn't find what we wanted. Bought our favourite street snacks - Yu Dan HKD20, siewmai HKD10 and 鸡蛋仔 HKD10! Yums! :)
Pomelo sago mango with ice cream tasted good but didn't like it with too much coconut. Was not overwhelmed with sweetness which is a good thing. Love the mango mochi that came in a set. Cold, soft with mango puree bursting out. NB says it's a mango Ondeh Ondeh! Damage: HKD56 Rating: 8.5/10
Breakfast was at Lan Ying Cafe 蘭亭咖啡閣 114 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok. Ordered the raved about pineapple polo bun 菠萝包, chicken pie, French toast, egg tart, Mei cai macaroni and milk tea. The rest was so so while the 菠萝包 had a fragrant crispy top and the chicken pie had a generous savoury chicken and ham filling tt packs a punch. Yum! Damage : HKD40 Rating : 8.5/10 for the 菠萝包 and chicken pie. 7/10 for the rest. Snack was ice-cream in this cold weather! Hojicha drumstick and milo cone. Good stuff!
After lunch and some shopping at Harbour city and Silvercord, grabbed some leg rest and some dessert. 糖朝 sweet dynasty 28 Hankow Rd, Kowloon City The last time I was here was way back on my first HK trip. Wasn't fantastic though. Had sesame past with beancurd while NB had that with walnut paste instead. Damage: HKD30 per bowl Rating: 7.5/10 perhaps their other dishes like dim sum or meals are better!
As we were flying off the next morning, we checked into Regal Airport Hotel so it's easier for us to just walk over tml at 5am+! As of all our trips, we had to have #McDonald's so here we are! So we got the teriyaki chicken rice set which was average. The sauce could be better but love having brocoli in it! The set comes with nuggets and we topped up with spicy drumlets (ma la flavour?) Prefer Sg's honey lemon drumlets anytime! Lastly, had our double sundae! Superb! Damage: HKD94.50 Rating: 8/10.
Grabbed this puff after our check out from #Mongkok. Choux Creme puffs have got a lot of flavours but we tried the original flavoured! Take a bite and the cold creme filling of goodness bursts in your mouth! Nevertheless, you can have bread papa with the same effect ;) P.S. this shop can be found in other stations as well. Damage: HKD16 Rating: 8.5/10
许留山's curried fishballs, cuttlefish and radish! Love this, curry wasn't that spicy though but super tasty! Wanted something hot for supper so I got Taro Paste with Chestnut. Not the healthiest but definitely very flavourful! Love how it was filled with chestnut (like those peeled packet chestnuts you get outside) and soft yam cubes. Sinfully good! Damage (cant remember price for Yu Dan): HKD35 Rating: 8.5/10
The next morning, we had to catch the 7.10am Scoot flight back to Singapore so we checked in before going for our airport McDonald's breakfast! They didn't have Red Bean Pie during Breakfast hours (sobs) so I couldn't get to try. Sigh!
Nevertheless, had their Ham and Egg Macaroni. Tasted similar to what I remembered. Egg looks like it's microwaved though cause the yolk was over cooked. =/
This time round, had a free swap to Soya Milk. Like it! Had a good soy taste and not too sweet.