Saturday, 31 January 2015

Sichuan Serendipity in Hong Kong

Carole's Chatter: Sichuan Restaurant Woosung St Hong Kong

On our second  night in Hong Kong  we decided to go to see the Temple St Night Markets.  We didn't find the markets very interesting – just a bunch of stalls selling tourist type items.  Much less interesting than the Stanley markets I have been to on previous visits.

We then wanted to find a restaurant for dinner.  There were quite a lot of food stalls adjacent to the night market but they felt really seedy and run down.

But then came the serendipity.  Just one street over – Woosung St – had a cheerful unpretentious looking Sichuan restaurant.  It was pretty full with Chinese so we decided to give it a go.  And, were we glad we did!  We were the only tourists there. There was air conditioning which was a blessing. The tables were laminated – the menu came with pictures – which was just as well.  The chopsticks/spoons and bowls were in drawers in the side of the table.

Despite being a little out of place we were made very welcome.  A fork was even produced for the better half – who does not like using chopsticks.

Carole's Chatter: Sichuan Restaurant Woosung St Hong Kong

The food was good too. We had twice cooked Sichuan pork - just yummy and salt and pepper soft shell crab - good as well. The 2 meals plus a large beer and water bottle was HKD 223 - a bargain (this is about $37NZ or 28$ US)

Carole's Chatter: Sichuan Restaurant Woosung St Hong Kong

On our return from Europe we stopped over in Hong Kong again – and proved how tired we were after the flight by deciding to go back to the same place.  It was tipping down with rain and we had to wait outside for a table to become available.  We ended up sharing a table with some locals who kindly offered us some of their napkins - and food which we tried to decline politely.  I wasn't sure whether we had offended the young couple but they seemed very friendly.  Next time we will have to remember that places like this don't provide paper towels or napkins.

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