One of my favorite parts about Hong Kong are the cha chaan teng, or tea restaurants, which are the local diners with all the great comfort foods. I first experienced them in Seattle and Vancouver's Chinatowns, and I've been craving pineapple buns and yinyeung (coffee milk tea) ever since... so only for about the past 2 years until now. Yeah, living in Dallas is SAD.
My favorite cha chaan teng we visited is Kam Wah Cafe, known for their award winning pineapple buns. Huge, buttery buns with a crunchy top. Paired nicely with an iced milk tea or hot coffee milk tea. When my mom first introduced me to pineapple buns, I thought, "Great. I hate pineapples." But no, they're just fantastic buns with a slice of butter, or made into pork sandwiches! They're called pineapple buns because of their texture (which I still don't think looks like pineapples, but whatever). I thought I'd mention it since so many people saw my Snapchat story and thought pineapple buns were pineapple flavored!
Another must try dish is siu yuk, or crispy roasted pork belly. Again, the first time I had it was in Vancouver, and I've been craving great quality siu yuk ever since... Unfortunately, we waited until the last night/day and didn't get to go to some acclaimed restaurants, but we did find a place before we left for the states! The skin is super crispy but the meat is still very tender and juicy... ahhhh drooling.
Dessert was also on point... We didn't visit any traditional dessert places, but we did go to Via Tokyo, a Japanese ice cream shop. We actually went 3 times total... Their menu is pretty extensive for having a few basic flavors, but the flavors are... amazing. My favorite is the Hokkaido milk.
That kuromitsu... it tasted like a sugary honey. Pour that s$%^ on everything.
Besides eating all the things, we, of course, had to visit Victoria Peak. We took the bus instead of the tram/hiking it, but the journey was still breathtaking if you sit on the upper deck. You're surrounded by trees, but when there's a gap, you can see how far up you've been driving, with the city beneath you. I almost liked it better than Victoria Peak because you got to see how humongous the city is but with a more intimate view.
If you're into coffee, Hong Kong has a great coffee culture. We went to several coffee shops that we visited multiple times (or tried to... we never learned our lesson when it came to looking up opening/closing times). Some shops I suggest are the Cupping Room, Hazel & Hershey, and Coffee Academics.
The Cupping Room - great coffee with a nice place to relax upstairs. There are multiple locations, but we went to the Wan Chai one.
Hazel & Hershey - Great foam on espresso drinks and scenic alleyway seating.
The Coffee Academics - We went to the flagship location, right by Times Square. I was so impressed with their decor and menu, which has different coffees from across the globe.
Last but not least, I want to talk about Macau. We decided to just do a day trip and hit up coffee shops, casinos, and local food. The ferry ride is only about an hour long - not bad at all!
I loved the motorcyle culture in Macau. Motorcycles everywhere!
The coffee shops in Asia are so much prettier than the ones in the states... I've seen so many photos of ones in China, Indonesia, and Malaysia with concrete and wood interiors. Terra Coffee House reminded me of those! It's an aesthetic shop that opens entirely on one side to face the alleyway.
We walked around Grand Lisboa, not for the casino, but for this gorgeous wall.
Then we headed to the Venetian... again, not to gamble, but for po tat!!! These Portuguese egg tarts are the best! They taste like a super fluffy egg tart with a crispy sugary top and flaky crust. To be honest, I actually hate egg tarts... but Portuguese egg tarts are on another level.
And with that, I will abruptly end Hong Kong: Part II. I mainly wanted to ramble about food :)