4D3N in Hong Kong: Day 1 - Dinner at Yum Cha & Drinks in Lan Kwai Fong

Friday, June 7, 2019
Picking up where I last left off, after our mini-adventure upon arrival in Hong Kong, Celine and I headed to meet Jocelyn and ZY for the complete dinner and drinks experience in Hong Kong. But before we got there, we found a list online of "things to do" in Hong Kong and dragged ourselves to..

Related read: 4D3N in Hong Kong: Day 1 + Pre-Trip Planning
The world's longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world - Central–Mid-Levels
What a mouthful and what a bore! Hahaha, it took so much generated enthusiasm to enjoy riding with the glum-faced locals up an escalator - but to be honest, why did I think riding a really really long escalator would be in any way interesting? And I mean, this thing was really long and very flat. What you do get, however, is conversation fodder with the average Hong Konger who's taken this very escalator and at the very least, you totally get it when they're telling you how dreary and long the ride is. 

Also, rather than being just one escalator as I initially assumed, it's actually an escalator "system", which breaks up multiple escalators. You then cross over a really short platform to ride the next escalator. Which I suppose makes sense. Because falling down one really really long escalator seems much more dangerous than having your fall broken by a platform. Sorry, that was a little dark. 

The whole "travelling like a local" experience is further enhanced when you peer over the barriers on your left. At the right time, you'll catch sight of some alley restaurants, tightly cramped with the everyday man.  

 And then we went to dinner. This activity was free - thankfully! 
Dinner at Yum Cha 
Cute food is all the rage at the moment and Yum Cha delivers that in spades, serving the most adorable googly eyed lao shao baos out there, extravagantly crafted bird-shaped pineapple tarts, hilariously hideous sausage rolls and more! 

Taste-wise, everything was low-key decent. The fillings for the baos were yummy but also really sparse. There was so much bread, that every bite was an unsatisfying 4:1 bread-filling ratio. This is probably because you would need more bread in order to shape the baos into whatever cute art-form they turn out. 

The other main dishes were delicious, I'll admit! I loved the fried rice which was flavourful and filled with meat, and the veggies held their own - still yummy even after our long photoshoot which left the food almost cold. 

I must mention though that some of the supposedly "cute" dishes were actually terrible-tasting. Like the hot-dog dog thing, which was stuffed with a flavourless lap cheong (preserved chinese sausage) and was so tough to chew, my jaw hurt after finishing it. Plus, it wasn't even that cute although I'll concede +5 points for entertainment value. The bird-cage pineapple tarts were bad as well, with pastry which was not the dreamy crumble I was hoping for and lacklustre pineapple jam. 

But all in all, I was very satisfied with the experience here. If your purpose of visiting Yum Cha should be to get some cute pictures and experience a playful way to enjoy dim sum (which is conventionally something very traditional), you won't be disappointed! It was so kind of Jocelyn and ZY to treat us to this meal and a perfect way to introduce us to the funner aspects of Hong Kong. 
Drinks at Lan Kwai Fong 
In my mind's eye, I saw Lan Kwai Fong as somewhere glamorous and trendy, with cool bars lining the street filled with cool people having fun. Maybe it would look something like a less seedy Bangla Road in Phuket. In reality, it was a small bend that curved uphill, teeming with people overflowing bars and filling the streets looking to have a good time. Perhaps no more glamorous than the average party central of any bustling city. 

But let me taper that by saying that Lan Kwai Fong doesn't promise to be glamorous, and it was my mistake for assuming it would be a more robust version of Malaysia's TREC. In many ways, it is. If you're looking for a fun night out, then this is the area to be. It's a good idea to figure out where you would like to go beforehand, especially if it's somewhere very popular. We visited on a Thursday night, the eve of a public holiday, and an intimidating queue stopped us from entering Ce La Vi, Hong Kong's famous rooftop bar. 


Instead, after a thorough hunt, we decided on Fang Fang, based at LKF Tower. Drawn to the adorable mugs they serve their cocktails in, we ordered a variety, got treated to a round of free shots by the bartender and had a good time chatting away (maybe a bit of yelling, through the music). 

The cocktails were Asian themed, which was truly an experience. I mean, half of me felt like I was having the herbal bitter drinks my mom gets for me when I'm not feeling well, and the other half knew that we were out at a bar.. it was a strange sensation! In fact, the flavours were a little too complex for my palate and I couldn't fully appreciate it. All the drinks we got (4 of them!) totalled to 245HKD (approx. RM130). 

We left the bar feeling happy and relaxed, ready for a good night's rest for the adventures beckoning on Day 2 - Disneyland! 

Till next time!

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