85. Dining Out in Hong Kong

85.  Dining Out in Hong Kong

Our first outing in Hong Kong was to the Jumbo Floating Restaurant.  The restaurant is a large double-story boat, requiring groups of us to be ferried out in small boats.  

The Jumbo Floating Restaurant is known for the Cantonese–style seafood cooked and served on board.  It was perfect for us, because Cantonese style is distinguished by lightly cooked fresh vegetables and meat, and sweet sauces.  Even with high-quality food, the ornate dining atmosphere is the main attraction of the restaurant.

The Jumbo Floating Restaurant is located in the Aberdeen Floating Village in Aberdeen Harbor in the southern district of Hong Kong.   There are approximately 500 junks housing 6000 people.  The rise in tourism has increased the demand for fresh fish, and been a boon for the villagers.  Many have moved ashore, and fish on their boats during the day.

The next day we took a young Chinese couple to the hotel next to the Shangra La for dinner.  We were put in touch with them by his brother who was one of one of my students in Hawaii.  He and his fiancee were delighted to have an opportunity to practice their English.  Since the menu was in Chinese, we asked him to make the selection.  He asked if I liked eggs.  Whew!  Of course.  Eggs!  What could they do wrong with eggs?

Here comes the waiter with our main dish — a huge bowl of noodles with an egg perched in the middle, a raw egg, which was slowly coagulating as the heat from the noodles warmed the egg white.  Our new friend stirred the egg into the noodles, and served us. It was fine. I could not taste the egg.

In addition to being the shopping destination of the world, Hong Kong is also a place where a culinary connoisseur could experience an amazing diversity of cuisine from around the world.

4 thoughts on “85. Dining Out in Hong Kong

  1. John White

    That restaurant sounds great! I love Cantonese food! And, I don’t mind raw egg in my smoothie or Orange Julius; not sure about in my noodles!

  2. Sue Sauer

    Love hearing about that restaurant – so unique! Not sure I’d want to see that raw egg stirred into the noodles – and then have to eat it. You’re braver than I am! 🙂

  3. Aileen Chinen

    You experienced the foodie place of the world! ha ha! Yup! And there were lots of great places in Hong Kong to eat, as well. Hong Kong is a bustling city, no doubt, and a “sea” of bobbing heads of sidewalk pedestrians with no gap in sight for as far as the eye can see! One doesn’t even have to TRY to walk, cuz the sardine-like people would just naturally push you along (hee hee)! Stayed there in 1970 for 5 weeks during a summer monsoon season. Eeyuckeepoo! HOT! HUMID! And lots of huge flying roaches! (Good thing I wasn’t afraid of them.) Returning home to Honolulu, I felt strange. The place was like a ghost town! No people walking along the sidewalks? Woow…that was a strange feeling!

  4. Lyn heinz

    Wow, you must have an excellent memory , or you were always good at journaling. You are truly amazing with the details!

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