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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hong Kong: First Meal!

Lunch in Hong Kong

My first glimpse of the “Western” area of Hong Kong was not at all like what I remember Hong Kong being. It's more residential and less polished than the "Central" business district which has clean sidewalk platforms and skyscrapers blasting with air conditioning. 
We came across a small open-air restaurant serving pork buns out front. The sign was neon lit and flashing like a scummy NYC adult video store. We decided this would be our first meal of the trip. Thanks to pictures of food on the wall and Cantonese-speaking travel companions, we were able to order a few plates without a problem. I can’t tell if they are arguing or exchanging pleasantries at first.
The food comes and I know it’s not going to be a disappointment. Steamed pork buns, fried dumplings, vegetable with oyster sauce, and dumpling soup. The soup had noodles, clear broth, and cooked lettuce. Cooked lettuce was unusual to me, but tasty. The broth was very bland, so there are several vinegars and sauces at the table for flavoring. 
After dabbling in soupy, fried, and saucy things, I needed some serious clean up. Especially with my chopstick skills (or lack thereof). Thankfully, there’s a roll of toilet paper on the table for us! All is well again!

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