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On our third day, as the weather forecast predicted a rainy day in Macau but clear in HK. That was the plan, but actually it hardly rained on the days it was predicted to do so. Which worked out very well for us.
Back in 2007, we had come to HK for a family holiday, and had done all the popular tourists spots, like Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, Ocean Park, the Peak, etc. We even spent a night in Disneyland. So basically, our agenda for today was very simple:
1. Eat brunch at Australian Dairy Co.;
2. Eat dim sum at the Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan;
3. Buy egg tarts at the famous Tai Cheong Bakery;
If We can still eat some more, wife wanted to eat gai dan zhai (egg waffle);
4. Ride the ting ting tram;
5. My wife and kids want to shop for clothes in Sham Shui Po.
Lots of eating, but hey, its Hong Kong for goodness sake.
Getting to HK from Macau (or the other way) is very simple. Go to the Ferry Terminal (use underpass from buses) and buy tickets at the counter. This ferry terminal is also called ‘Outer Harbour’, there’s a newer but smaller ‘Inner Harbour’ for ferries to mainland China. To avoid any further confusion, there is also a third ferry terminal in Taipa.
The Ferry Terminal is very modern and spacious building with many counters for your convenience. The fastest boat across is TurboJet, which goes to 3 destinations in HK (Tuen Mun, Shuen Wan, and Kowloon) so make sure you know your destination. We planned to take the Kowloon, but the next ferry was in an hour’s time, so we changed our plan and took a ferry to Sheung Wan which was leaving in 15 minutes.
TurboJet takes just under an hour, and its really comfortable, but the ferry is a bit old. They have slightly unreliable free wifi on board. Due to choppy waters, the ride can be a bit uncomfortable for those with seasickness (well, there’s always the helicopter option).
Sheung Wan is on the island, whereas we wanted to go to Kowloon, but its only a few MTR stations away. Once disembarking the ferry, there’s a quick immigration check. Then its on to beautiful Hong Kong! The bustling ferry terminal and bust MTR station is so much different from the laid-back counterpart in Macau.
First thing in the terminal, we saw Maxim’s Cakes! We love their almomd finger puffs, and they have branches in every MTR station. Anyway, we’ll buy them on the way back.
Out at Jordan Station.
As per the our list, first stop is Australian Dairy Co. This is actually very near the hotel we stayed in during our last trip here. But back in 2007, not sure why we never heard of this eatery, even though its kind of a big deal. Maybe back in 2007, internet and blogging wasn’t as comprehensive as it is now. But no matter, we here now!
In addition to good food, this joint is famous for 2 things – long lines to get in, and rude waiters. Well, they’re not actually rude, just a little sarcastic and impatient, just like you see in those old HK TVB serials.
Even though we reached just before noon, we were fortunate that the line wasn’t long, and it moved quite fast. The place is really small and cramped with tiny tables, so if you’re alone or with a small party, expect to share tables with other people.
In about 10 minutes, we were in! And we got a booth seat! Again, even with 3 of us able to read Chinese, we were struggling with the menu. After some (snarky) recommendations from the waiter, we went with the set lunch. It comes with macaroni soup, ham & eggs with toast, and coffee or tea. Since we have a full day of eating ahead, the four of us ordered only 3 sets (you can guess what our waiter commented).
We also ordered milk pudding.
After brunch we are back out on the streets. Even though its lunch hour, somehow today HK isn’t crowded. We chose a good day to come, weather is crisp, clear and not too cold.
Next up is an MTR ride to Sham Sui Po. This place is well known for cheap clothes, electronics and toys. We spent quite awhile shopping for clothes, HKD 220 for 7 tops and dresses, very worthwhile!
Oh look! The iconic double decker buses have mostly been replaced with modern ones.
Next up – Tim Ho Wan & Tai Cheong Bakery.