Spooky! Ocean Park Halloween Fest

With the Halloween season kicking off, Eric and I headed down to Ocean Park Halloween Fest to check out what’s on offer – and boy were we in for a real treat! 

Revamped with spooky decorations to set the mood, the atmosphere was still family-friendly throughout daytime. All the regular attractions were open as per usual. Come afternoon and you will find some characters here and there slowly cropping up into the scene. This was a great opportunity to pose with them for a quick snap without being too creeped out.

Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com

Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com) Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com) Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com)

The fun really began as dusk drew near…it was at this moment when the rest of the actors started emerging from the darkness. Dressed in their hyper-realistic costumes and makeup, their ability to stay undividedly in character was impressive. From lurking chillingly in the shadows of street corners to roaming openly around the park; one thing for sure – they were all on a raring mission to target unsuspecting passersby. Nowhere, and no one, was totally safe!

Scattered within the park were numerous haunted houses definitely not for the fainthearted. I will preface this by saying that I absolutely hate haunted houses. Call me a baby but I derive no pleasure from having people jump out of nowhere and yell loudly in my face – or even worse, chasing me in an enclosed space!

I still vividly remember one time when I braved myself into a haunted house in Universal Studios, California. Long story short, Chucky (yes, the annoyingly invincible doll) chased me all the way out to the exit waving his plastic knife about and I have been traumatised ever since!! Eric on the other hand, loves it. So if this floats your boat too, then you will surely have a great time!

Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com) Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com) Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com)

Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com)

Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com)

Ocean Park HalloweenPhoto by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com)

The Halloween attractions proved to be very popular as expected. Having passed by several attractions that night, the startling screams, sudden thuds and chasing of footsteps from within was enough to send my heart racing. Those who made it out alive came out looking wide-eyed, exhilarated and eventually collapsing in laughter. Scary or not, that’s for you to find out!

If you can’t bare to place yourself in the midst of these horrific encounters, you’re not alone! Who said you can’t still enjoy Halloween?! In fact, you’ll be pleased that there are some mild attractions that you can occupy your time with too. The highlight of the night for me was Project Deathway presented by Meyer Sound.


Project Deathway Extravaganza!

Project Deathway was a seated show featuring top models on stage with red-hot, sizzling post-mortal looks from the depths of ‘Hell’. If that wasn’t enough, it also involved action-packed dance performances and stunts which will make your heart leap and jaws drop. The host topped it all off by dishing out hilarious commentary and gags – an entertainment which Hong Kongers can definitely relate to. Don’t be put off by the language barrier though; given their eye-popping displays and costumes, we highly recommend it as a finale before you leave the Park.

Ocean Park Halloween Project Deathway Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com

Ocean Park Halloween Project Deathway Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com

Ocean Park Halloween Project Deathway Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com

Ocean Park Halloween Project Deathway Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com

Ocean Park Halloween Project Deathway Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com


Creeking Cable Cars at Night

Another experience which was unexpectedly scary was our cable-car ride after dark. Since Ocean Park’s opening times have been extended until 11pm during the Halloween Fest as opposed to its regular 7pm, we thought it’d be a good idea to hop on, in hopes for a spectacular night view of the lit up islands below.

Well, it would have made a peaceful journey had it not been typhoon 1 moments after we were whisked away from the platform! We clung onto our dear lives as our cable car rocked creakily from side to side. The thought that our carriage was essentially just attached to a single rope didn’t exactly conjure the best image either. And to top it off, there were many empty carriages at this time, so the whole experience couldn’t have been anymore eerie. Having said that, the view was pretty incredible at night!

Ocean Park Halloween Cable Cars Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com)Ocean Park Halloween Cable Cars Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com)

Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com)

All in all, Ocean Park Halloween Fest really lived up to its expectations and we had an absolute blast! Do note though that their Halloween attractions vary each year, from theme to theme, so be sure to check their website to see what’s on.


General Information

Admission Ticket: Adults HK$385; Child (Aged 3-11) HK$193; for full-day and night access

Ticket Selling Point: The Park Entrance Ticketing Office; Online Ticketing System; All 7-11 Stores in HK

Opening Times & Dates: Every Friday to Sunday between 2nd October to 31st October. Opening times from 10am to 10pm on Halloween days with most Halloween attractions and activities starting at 1pm.

Public Transportation: The most popular and hassle-free route is simply to take the Citybus Route 620 from Central (Star Ferry) or from Admiralty MTR Station, Exit B. Bus fares are $10.60 (Adult) and $5.30 (Child).

Ocean Park Halloween Photo by: Chopstick on the Loose (www.chopsticksontheloose.com)

So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends and head down to Ocean Park Halloween Fest for a real treat! If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please feel free to drop us a comment below, shoot us an email or find us on instagram and facebook!

Tai Hang: Dance of the Fire Dragon

A 67 metre long dragon lit up with 72,000 incense sticks dancing around the street at night… if there’s a festival in Hong Kong not be missed, it’s definitely the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance.

Every year the Fire Dragon Dance takes place for three consecutive nights down the streets of Tai Hang over mid-autumn festival – but how did this unique event start? To find out we need to rewind and go 130 years back in time.


History

Tai Hang was once no more than a small Hakka village. In the year 1880, a terrible typhoon hit the village and this was just before a plague infestation settled in Tai Hang. But that wasn’t the end of it; just like the saying goes ‘bad things comes in threes’ – a large python had moved into town and was eating all the livestock.

‘No more!’ cried the villagers, and off they went to seek out a soothsayer for help. The soothsayer proclaimed that if the villagers were to stage a fire dance for three days and three nights over mid-autumn festival then all will be fine again.

Using a little bit of creativity, the villagers gathered and made a huge dragon out of straw and lit incense. With the main prop in hand, the villagers paraded and danced on the streets for three consecutive days. Amidst the banging drums and crashing cymbals, the dragon flew past the narrow, winding streets of Tai Hang, its body glowing fiery red with every turn, leaving a trail of smoke as the crowd cheered on. And as you may already have guessed, it worked!


Today

For the next 130 years the villagers of Tai Hang continued the tradition. Putting on a spectacular show which has now earned the event a place in China’s third national list of intangible cultural heritage. Alongside the manic Cheung Chau Bun Festival, Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance has now become one of the most popular and important events on the Hong Kong festival calendar.

 

Fire Dragon 1 Lighting Incense Fire Dragon 2 Fire Dragon 3

Fun facts

  • The dragon head alone weighs 48kg
  • The dance requires almost 300 performers
  • The ‘pearls’ leading the dragon are made from pomelos with incense sticks inserted
  • The dragon is thrown into the sea at the end of the last day, symbolising the return to the sky

 

We hope this post has given you guys an insight into the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance.  Have any questions or would like to get in touch? Please feel free to drop us a comment below, shoot us an email or find us on instagram and facebook!

Jingshan Park: The Best View of Forbidden City

If you’re anything like us and you’re a sucker for a beautiful view then we suggest you give Jingshan Park a look – undoubtedly you will find the best view of Forbidden City here!

Throughout the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, the park was a private imperial garden reserved only for the emperor and his family. We arrived early in the morning right on queue for the opening time as we came directly from the flag rising ceremony. Unlike Tiananmen square earlier, the park is wonderfully absent of tourists at this time.

With no one else around, it was easy for us to see why the emperor enjoyed spending his time strolling through the tranquil garden surrounded by lush greenery and colourful flowers – for a fleeting moment it almost felt like we had left the bustling city of Beijing.

Jingshan Tree
Besides the beautiful scenery, the park also has a darker past – walk to the eastern side of the park until you reach two stone slabs placed in front of a locust tree. This marks the spot where the last of the Ming emperors, Chongzhen, and his faithful servant hanged themselves as rebels swarmed at the city walls. It was later claimed that some had seen a dragon rising into the sky, suggesting the soul of the emperor had risen to heaven.


Jingshan

Jingshan Pagoda

Directly behind the tree the land rises to form a hill, indicating the start of Jingshan – most likely the main reason you would want to visit the park. The summit of the hill is the highest point in Beijing but is in fact artificially made from the earth excavated to make the Forbidden City moat.
Jingshan has five individual peaks, and at the top of each peak there lies an elaborate pavilion. The climb up Jingshan is not too difficult (thankfully as we were starting to feel the affects from waking up so early) but if you ever need a break the pavilions provide a perfect resting spot.

Jingshan View

Keep climbing till you reach the top, the highest and largest of all the pagoda’s sits in the centre of Jinshan. Upon arriving you will be greeted by a truly panoramic view of the Forbidden City. The day we visited it was cloudy with a light sheet of fog, but this only further enhanced the feeling of ancient and mysteriousness. Having seen the Forbidden City up close just the day before, we were once again blown away by its sheer scale and beauty. This view alone makes Jingshan Park a must see for us.

We spent an hour walking around the pagoda and just soaking up the view, we practically had our own private viewing – shared only with a security guard. Not long after we were joined by locals and the first of the tour groups. If you ever make the trip up to the top outside of the morning hours do expect to battle for space!

Jingshan Main Pagoda


Locals in the park

Jingshan Dance

As we headed back down the hill, we came upon elderly locals practicing their morning tai chi and groups of women and men dancing. Suddenly the park was bursting with life and activity – we couldn’t help but get swept up by the energy and joined in on the morning dancing!


Tips & Times

Jingshan Park has several entrances but the easiest to find and the most popular is the south gate located just across the road opposite the north gate of the Forbidden City. Do note though that the road is fully blocked and to cross you will need to turn left and walk 20 meters taking you to an underground pass.

There is a small entrance fee to pay (much like most other attractions and parks in China) of RMB10 per person.

The park opens at 6am everyday which is perfect if you’ve just finished watching the Tienanmen flag rising ceremony like we did.

We hope this post has given you guys an insight of Jingshan Park. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please feel free to drop us a comment below, shoot us an email or find us on instagram and facebook!

 

Exploring the Great Beijing

Exploring Beijing was one of our top priorities before making the decision the move back to Hong Kong, and last month’s trip to the capital far exceeded our prior expectations.

Admittedly untill 2008, China was never on my travel radar. Heralding from a Chinese background I very naively thought Hong Kong and China were similar…how wrong could I have been! I vividly remember the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, and much like the other billions of people watching – I was completely captivated by the beautiful traditions and arts.

If you’re ever confused on where to begin exploring mainland China then the capital Beijing is a great place to start. Not only does it offer some of the greatest landmarks found across all of a China (Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven – just to name some) but also provides a modern subway system making it easier to get around. It also helps that you will find some locals who can speak a little English.

We had planned this trip a while back as we wanted to make sure we could go in May just before the summer heat wave kicks in, temperatures can rise to as high as 40°C  in the summer months! I for one would definitely not want to be hiking up the Great Wall in that kind of heat. Historically May also has the least amount of smog meaning the air quality is going to be better too, win!

Here’s a quick glimpse of our Beijing travel itinerary – over the next few posts we will go into more detail of each day and place, click the links once they become available 🙂


Beijing Itinerary

Day 1

  • Beijing opera school
  • Huguang Guild Hall – one of the oldest theatres in Beijing
  • Liyuan theatre -backstage

Day 2

  • Great Wall of China
  • The Nanluogu Lane and Drum Tower Area
  • Karaoke

Day 3

  • Beijing Olympic park
  • Forbidden City
  • Wangfujing Night Market

Day 4

Wuyishan: Bamboo Rafting Down Jiuqu River

Rising out of the northern border of Fujian, Wuyishan (武夷山) maps some of the most impressive mountain landscapes in South-East China. The National Nature Reserve is home to an abundance of lush vegetation and towering red sandstones, giving it its recognition as a UNESCO site in 1999 as part of the world’s natural and cultural heritage.

Flowing amongst the vast greenery and deep canyons is Jiuqu River (九曲溪), the heart and soul of Wuyi. The river covers a distance of 9.5km and runs its ‘nine-bend’ course from the base of the highest Huang Guang Peak towards the main village of Xingcun.

There are many ways to explore this beautiful mountain range. With an average height of over 1,000 metres above sea level, many favour hiking up the many peaks for a panoramic view of the hilly terrains below. But a more intimate way to soak in the picturesque landscape is to drift down the river on an authentic bamboo raft.

Wuyishan Rafting River

These rafts are made from natural bamboo canes bounded tightly together, large enough to hold 6 seats and two raftsmen on each end. Life jackets are provided although rest assured the ride is very gentle and mostly shallow. In fact, through the clear water we could see the stones at the bottom and beautiful shoals of fishes swimming directly beneath us.

Reclining back in our seats, we watched the serene beauty unfold before our eyes. Magnificent cliffs banked on both sides as we glided swiftly downstream with the guidance of the raftsmen. Along with the gentle lapping of water around us, it welcomed a classic scene closely resembling a Chinese mountain and river scroll painting.

Each distinctive bend is marked by red calligraphy engraved on the rocks, on a countdown from the ninth to the first. Throughout the 2-hour journey, the raftsmen would provide entertaining commentaries and interesting legends about the unique formations of the rocks.

Wuyishan Rafting Commentaries

The most notable being the love story between Jade Maiden Peak (Yu Nu Feng) and the Great King Peak (Da Wang Feng). Since the narration was offered entirely in Mandarin, below is a brief summary from what I recall:

Once there lived a hard-working man named Da Wang who lived in Wuyishan. At the time, due to frequent floods the harvests were meager which left many farmers hungry and sick. Da Wang was aware of the dire situation and dug a river to discharge the flood water. With this, the Jiuqu River was formed and the village was saved.

One clear day, Yu Nu, the God-daughter from Heaven spotted this beautiful stretch of green fields below. Descending from the sky, she met Da Wang whom she soon fell in love with, married, and settled down together in this scenic wonderland.

Upon hearing this news, Yu Nu’s father up in heaven sent a messenger down to earth in hopes to convince his daughter to return. Without success, God became angry and ordered them to be transformed into a mountain. Still not satisfied that they were still “essentially” together, God sent a sinned man down as an iron plate (Tie Pan) which smashed the mountain into two peaks before turning into a peak himself.

And that’s how Yu Nu Peak and Da Wang Peak were separated. Today, you will see one on each side of the Jiuqu stream with the awkward third wheel Tie Pan (iron plate) Peak between the two.

Even though they could not see each other directly, they can still do so from the reflections of the river!

Wuyishan Sunset

We listened to many more tales as each bend welcomed a new landscape. The raftsmen also pointed out a lot of ancient relics such as the mysterious boat-coffins wedged on the cliff amidst the fourth bend. With every-changing cloud reflections in the water, the stories added a magical spark which made it a light-hearted and relaxing way to de-stress whilst enjoying nature at its best.

As the ride drew to an end, the raftsmen guided our raft back to land. Here we soaked in the last few minutes of the journey before setting off on our next search; to explore the very place where the well-known Da Hong Pao (大红袍) tea originated from.

We hope this post has given you an insight into one of the most beautiful landscapes found in South-East China. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please feel free to drop us a comment below, shoot us an email or find us on instagram and facebook!

The Tower in the Sky: Nanling National Forest Park

Grandad: I’m going to Nanling next week
Eric + Sarah: Thats cool, where’s that?
Grandad: China…want to come?
Eric + Sarah: Ok

And that guys is how we decided to go to Nanling…or so we thought.

In fact we weren’t travelling to Nanling but instead the Nanling National Forest Park! The park is found in Ruyuan County, part of the Guangdong Province. An important difference as Nanling is 1,137km north of where we were actually going, roughly 12 hours away by car!

With the correct location at hand we began our research, a quick search on Google images and our traveller tails were wagging once again!

Tell anyone you’re visiting China and majority of the time you’ll be asked if you’re going to Beijing. But being the 4th largest country in the world, there are many hidden gems in China which have yet to be swamped by the masses of tourists. And this is most definitely one of them.


Travelling to Nanling National Forest Park

We began our journey from Hong Kong heading over to Shenzhen via the MTR to cross the border. Upon arriving we took a short bus ride over to the high speed train station to make our way up to Shaoguan (closest station to the park). The high speed train is by far the best mode of transport if you’re travelling from Shenzhen. What used to be a 4 hour journey has now been cut down to 2 hours max! During our ride the train reached a speed of 309kmph but was surprisingly steady; even for a light sleeper such as myself I found it quiet and smooth enough to take a nap.

Nanling Pano

From Shaoguan station we took an additional bus over to our final destination. Unfortunately the last leg of the journey will take a further 2 hours! But a silver lining became apparent half way into the journey as we were treated to magnificent panoramic views of China’s mountain scenery. Sorry guys, no pictures though as the bus windows were insanely dirty! You’re just going to have to take my word for it.


Hotel

So finally…we arrive at our hotel, the Nanling Forest Resort & Thermal Hotel ( 乳源避暑林莊溫泉大飯店), which is situated just outside the Nanling National Forest entrance. Staying at a luxury hotel is incredibly out of character for us but we made an exception this time as we were travelling with my grandparents and it came at a very reasonable price when compared to the other offerings nearby. Those looking for some relaxation would be pleased with this hotel as it consists of 26 different flavour hot springs, ranging from milk to rose flowers. All hot springs were located outside and on a clear night you can bathe whilst watching the stars in the sky.

Nanling hotel

With a full nights rest we were ready to venture into the forest. We had planned a relatively light schedule for this trip due to us travelling with my grandparents, who by the way are both over 80! We spent 2 full days in the Nanling National Forest, with 2 hikes in mind: Water Valley (Qinshuigu) and Little Yellow Mountain (Xiao Huangshan).


Water Valley

Water Pool

To begin our hike we had decided to hire a private car which took us to the top of the waterfall trail. Depending on your own fitness and time available it is possible to hike up to the start instead; this would make things simpler for those who neither speak Mandarin nor Cantonese seeing as they wouldn’t need to make arrangements with the local drivers.

Throughout the entire route you will find yourself following along the stream’s path as it weaves through the mountain formations. Each bending corner presented landscape beautifully sculptured by the power of nature. The steep gorges create crashing waterfalls sending water droplets floating into the air. Small clear pools of water dotted along the trail path. If you ever find yourself longing to connect with nature, this is a good place to start.

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All in all the whole hike took a couple of hours to descend but it must be noted that we were stopping for photos at every corner. The hike itself is not a difficult one and the refreshing mist of water spray helps in cooling down in the heat of the sun. For those who have a small fear of heights, such as myself, you’ll be happy to hear there is very little to be discomfort about.

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Little Yellow Mountain

Nanling National Forest

This is one of the main hikes people come to Nanling National Forest for. Once again we decided to travel by car to the starting point of the hike; the location is further and therefore I would recommend hiring a private car or jumping on one of the busses available.

Unlike Water Valley though, you have no choice but to walk up and back down.

Perched right at the right at the top of Little Yellow Mountain is an abandoned watch tower from which spectacular views of the entire park can be seen. From start to end the hike has over 1000 steps to climb, not your average set of stairs but also not impossible for those who don’t frequently exercise.

The hike takes you through the forest covering the mountain, almost all of the journey you will find yourself under the thick cover of trees. Most of the hike was pretty average and we were beginning to wonder what all the excitement was about when compared to Water Valley. As we approached the summit, we started to lose visibility as a shroud of mist enveloped everything around us. When we finally made our way out of the forest we came to realise that mist was in fact clouds…we were high enough to be inside the clouds.

Through the forest

Only a few metres of the path ahead was visible and it looked as though we were transported to a different world. At first the clouds created a shroud of cover over the watch tower, making it barely visible as we approached it. Despite the low visibility it was clear that the tower stood several stories high. I stopped to ponder just how incredible of a feat this was, the materials used would have been carried up the mountain through manual labour. Excited as usual, Sarah rushed off towards the tower first.

Then for a just a few seconds, magic happened.

A strong gush of wind and the clouds parted to reveal the tower in all its glory. The temporary gap in the clouds permitted a slither of light, faintly illuminating the scenery. By complete coincidence Sarah had placed herself beautifully in the composition. Click. The photo was taken. The clouds rolled back in. And the moment was gone.

Nanling National Forest Park Tower

We hope this post has put Nanling National Forest on your travel radar! If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please feel free to drop us a comment below, shoot us an email or find us on instagram and facebook!

Top 7 Street Foods in Macau

Macau is often dubbed as the “Vegas of the East”, and rightly so considering that it is home to some of the most extravagant casinos and hotels in Asia.

But those like me, who simply lack the luck or the mathematical intelligence to win big shouldn’t be too disappointed. Exploring any back street and little roads in the Macau Peninsula and you will discover that Macau is full of delicious street foods! Money better-spent in my opinion!

As a former Portuguese colony which only returned back to the People’s Republic of China back in 1999, Macau fuses the East and West through the blending of Macanese and Portuguese cultures. This makes Macau an epicentre of the exotic synthesis between the two traditions. Time to get feasting!


Portugese Egg Tarts (葡式蛋撻)

Lord Stow’s Bakery (安德鲁葡挞 ), 1 Rua da Tassara, Coloane Island, Macau
Margaret’s Cafe e Nata (玛嘉烈蛋挞店), 17B, Goldlion building, Rua do Comandante Mata e Oliveira, Macau

Macau Durian Egg Tart

The most famous street food in Macau would have to be Pastéis de Nata, or Portuguese egg tarts. Served piping hot with a buttery flaky pastry shell and topped with a caramelised glazed finish, the rich custard within oozes out with each bite. Mmm…delicious!

Credited to bringing Portuguese-styled egg tarts to Asia in the 1980’s, Lord Stow’s Bakery is said to make the best around. It’s direct competitor, Margaret’s Cafe e Nata, is also very well known for its Portuguese egg tarts. In fact, the owner – Margaret – is the ex-wife of Andrew (Lord) Stow!

Anyhow, whichever bakery you decide to visit, Portuguese tarts remain a classic that truly delivers.

…Or so we thought…until we stumbled upon Durian King.

Yes! It was possibly the most amazing egg tart we have ever tasted. Complete with a succulent durian centre, these special Portuguese tarts were instantly elevated! Why? Because we love durian. And you should too.


Durian Ice Cream (榴莲雪糕)

Mok Yi Kei ( 莫義記 ), 9 A, Rua do Cunha, Taipa ( 官也街 )

Macau Durian Ice Cream

Following on from our durian hunt, it would be a crime not include the most famous of durian snacks!

Mok Yi Kei is a shop well-known for its special Chinese snack bites; most notably the variety of gelatine dessert puddings, jellies and durian ice-cream.

Opened for more than eight decades, this shop has no excuse when it comes to perfecting its durian desserts recipes. Obviously we opted for the Musang King (猫山王) flavour – the strongest tasting of them all.

Bursting with absurdly rich and creamy flavours, the ice cream melts sweetly straight in the mouth. Just don’t speak to anyone for the next few hours and you’ll be okay, I promise.


Serradura Pudding (木糠布丁)

Mok Yi Kei ( 莫義記 ), 9 A, Rua do Cunha, Taipa ( 官也街 )

Macau Serradura Sawdust Pudding

For those who can’t tolerate durian (you guys are missing out!), another popular treat people opt for is the Serradura Pudding (木糠布丁), also known as Sawdust Pudding.

Whilst it might not have the most appealing name nor does it conjure the most pleasant image of a dessert, please don’t let the name throw you off! When you see it you will understand.

Essentially, the sweet tasting biscuits are super finely crushed to resemble “sawdust”. It is then beautifully layered with tons of whipped cream, condensed milk and vanilla. What it creates is an airy texture with every spoonful and a smile on your face. Dreamy…


Pork Chop Bun (猪扒包)

Tai Lei Loi Kei (大利來記), 25 R. de São Paulo, Macau

Macau Pork Buns

Despite its simple appearance, the winning combination of juicy pork chops sandwiched in toasted piggy buns makes for a truly scrumptious snack. Chewy, greasy but hugely satisfying.

Aside from the use of traditional buns, there is also a pineapple bun option. We tried both to compare and were definitely not disappointed; and we especially dig the unique contrast of savoury-spiced pork chop with the sweet and crumbly crust of a buttery pineapple bun!


Egg Crisps (减蛋金錢餅)

Largo do Senado, Macau

Macau Egg Crisp

Nestled in Senado Square, a crowd gathers around a street vendor making Egg Crisps. The sweet aroma of freshly cooked dough is enough to attract the attention of passers-by, including us.

These cute little chips are made on the spot and only takes a few seconds to turn golden before being served fresh from the pan. With only simple ingredients of egg, flour and sugar, they make a light and tasty snack to hit the road with.

Macau Egg Crisp Vendor


Double Steamed Milk Pudding (雙皮燉奶)

Yee Shun Dairy Company (義順牛奶公司), 7 Senado Square, Macau

Macau Double Skinned Milk Pudding

Situated a short walk away from the Square is Yee Shun Dairy Company, home to a range of dairy products; such as their signature double steamed milk pudding (雙皮燉奶) and hot milk with ginger juice (薑汁撞奶).

Served either hot or cold, the dish is rich, creamy and extremely fragrant which makes it a great comfort food of all times.

For those who find steamed milk pudding a bit too overpowering, we would recommend a cold papaya milk drink which is also super delicious.


Almond Cookies (杏仁餅)

Koi Kei Bakery (鉅記手信), 46-50 Rua Do Cunha, Taipa, Macau
Pastelaria Fong Kei (晃记饼家), 14 R. do Cunha, Macau

Macau-Koi-Kei-Bakery

If you have a sweet tooth for pastries or all kinds of confectioneries for that matter, then head to Koi Kei Bakery! Their distinctive chain stores are scattered all over Macau for a reason!

Koi Kei Bakery is renowned for its extensive collection of delicious confectioneries such as almond cookies, egg rolls, crunchy peanut candies and beef/pork jerky.

Macau Beef Pork Jerky

You will see their street-side bakers make traditional Chinese almond cookies by first compressing the dry batter in a special mould, then roasting them over a charcoal oven, before slapping it on a table to release the perfectly shaped cookies. Good news is that they provide plenty of free samples, so we are always eager to pop in!

Alternatively, we recommend a visit to Pastelaria Fong Kei, a traditional Chinese bakery which has been around since 1906. Operating as a single shop, the queue is understandably long all day, everyday. However, the service is fast and their products are equally as tasty as the commercialised Koi Kei Bakery’s if not more due to it’s century-old preserved roots.

Meat Puff Pastry (肉切酥) are also their local speciality as well as bridal biscuits (老婆饼), so be sure to snap up a few boxes for your friends and family. They will thank you for these unique and tasty souvenirs!

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We hope this post has given you a tasty guide of the street food in Macau! If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please feel free to drop us a comment below, shoot us an email or find us on instagram and facebook!

3 reasons why we moved abroad

At the time of writing this post we find ourselves on a plane on our way back to the UK… No folks this isn’t the end of our adventure (sorry Mum!). It was just cheaper to purchase a return flight over a one way and also gave us an escape route in case Hong Kong just wasn’t right for us.

As the cabin crew switched off the main lights in the plane leaving a trail of mellow glow along the aisle, the whole plane fell silent with only the soft hum of the engine whilst it cruised through the night sky. With some time to kill and a glass of red on hand, I thought it was about time I answered the most common question we’ve been asked: Why did we move to Hong Kong?


Reason no. 1 – Travel

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If I could only give one answer to this question it would most definitely be to travel and see the world. But guys, you’ve already been to Hong Kong a few times before! Yes my friend, we have indeed; but to reside in a country and really soak in its’ culture offers a unique experience which our usual three week’s holiday just could not provide.

Additionally, Hong Kong is known to be the central hub of Asia with numerous travel connections to and fro its neighbouring countries like China, Korea, Taiwan..and many more! We have merely made Hong Kong our home base whilst we venture out and explore. We love the fact that travelling is so much closer and cheaper here! Japan return for under HK$700 (£70)?! Yes please!!


Reason No.2 – Discover Our Own Heritage and Culture

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Both of us are part of the first generation in our families to have immigrated abroad away from Hong Kong, which creates the unique scenario where we both hold dual nationality: British and Chinese. Although the move abroad offered a better life for our families, it also unfortunately meant we grew up without understanding our Chinese heritage and the culture and traditions which accompany it.

Sure, our parents might still briefly practice the main ones during major festival seasons, such as Mid-Autumn Festival; but it may be naive to believe we can fully grasp the extensive culture this way. Our decision to relocate to has allowed us to experience all of them first hand, all year round!


Reason No.3 – A Challenge

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From a young age my father taught me to keep on challenging myself; by doing so you can find out just what we’re made of and what you can achieve. Moving to another country is a completely new challenge we both have yet to face. Whether we overcome this challenge it is not the most important aspect, but rather the gold is in what we learn and experience along the way.

 

We hope this post has given you guys an insight into our reasons to move abroad! If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please feel free to drop us a comment below, shoot us an email or find us on instagram and facebook!