Eating Well: Guilin & HK 9.28.16

In Hong Kong I made an effort to eat western style foods. With the large ex-patriot community and British influence, this was an easy goal to fulfill. I did experience some sticker shock at paying $12 to $15 for a meal.

McDonalds is popular and easily available in Hong Kong. The restaurants have a modern look, were usually located underground, and appeared crowded. Huge arches were visible from street level with equally as large arrows pointing downward. Many of the stores had the easy-to-recognize sun/moon icon indicating 24 hour service.

Here is an updating on what I am eating:

Lassies, smoothies, shakes, and juices are all new favorites in my diet. The fruit is fresh and the weather is hot so these drinks are perfect.
Common in all of China were the foods in both pictures. I did not try the jello/pudding treat. The small cups appear to be marketed at kids, sold by weight, and popular. I thought they were interesting to look at.
In bakeries both of these starchy items are common. The item on the left would usually have an English title saying “hairy” or “furry.” I could not resist trying a food with that name!
I celebrated the Mid-Autumn festival in Hong Kong. Both in Hong Kong and in China Moon Cakes were readily available in stores and at road side stands. Some are sweet and others are savory. They all have a decorative design on top and a filling.
Hostel food in Guilin helped satisfy my need for fruits and vegetables. The white fruit with black specks was new to me. It is a dragon fruit.
A standout dish was this serving of Guilin noodles in the ancient town of Daxu. Common in Guilin are open air cafeterias where I would pick my meal by pointing at a picture, pay for it, and in exchange receive a ticket. I would take this ticket to the window where the food was prepared. These noodles were hand made, cooked, flash re-heated in boiling water and topped with a sauce. They cost less than $2 USD.
Most of my meals are served in bowls. A clear broth substitutes for a separate beverage with the meal. Most street food locales do not have beverages available for purchase. By cooking with broth, tap water can be boiled, purified, and consumed; an option that costs a person less than buying a bottle of water.
Tim Ho Wan is a popular, well priced dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong founded by a chef with three Michelin stars. I made sure not to miss this food option. I tried amazing pork buns, dumplings, custard dumplings, and steamed vegetables.
A typical Hong Kong street food treat is Hong Kong waffles or egg waffles, a food Margarita told me about. The best waffle place in the city was only a block from my hostel. I went twice! The batter is similar to what I am familiar with. The difference is the mold. These waffles are made into bite-sized egg shapes.

 

Xin, a Carlson MBA student, made a 2-hour journey from Shenzhen, China to Hong Kong to visit with me. We had a lovely dinner.
Comfort food for a traveler in Asia.
Cheers to my best friend and his wife on the birth of their daughter! These gourmet cupcakes are mostly bought in bulk by the offices located in the Central area of the city.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Kay says:

    The foods you have eaten look very interesting and it is great that things are going so well. Love the updates!

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    1. Thanks Kay! I have to admit, I only sharing the food photos of the really tasty meals. Some selection bias I think you could say 🙂

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  2. Jacquelyn says:

    Honestly, your pictures and descriptions ALWAYS make me hungry for whatever it is! Thanks for the running commentary on Eating Well during The Year of Sarah Joy.

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    1. You got all my buzzwords/phrases down Jacquelyn. It’s as if you’ve worked in the business world for many years 😉 I think the Vietnam food photos will be even more hunger inducing. Lots of fresh veggies here, just like you eat.

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  3. grandma lange says:

    thanks to your great pictures i see you are really eating well !!!

    i am sooo happy for you sarah !!!!

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    1. You know it! Eating lots. Thanks for viewing and commenting Grandma!

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  4. Laura Johnson says:

    Fantastic food photos, Sarah. You should be on the “Food Network” or the “Travel Channel” with your own show. We miss you back here in MN.

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    1. I miss MN too Laura! It is now starting to feel like I have been gone quite a while. I am grateful for FaceTime. That is quite a compliment to be grouped with those shows. Thanks! Always great to hear from you.

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  5. Wen says:

    Food looking delicious and making me hungry!! Loving the updates and all the various items you’re trying 🙂

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  6. Linda Woessner says:

    Wow. It all looks delicious. What a great way to get to know a country – through the food.

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    Ahhh… ‘hairy’ = meat floss! A food I find somewhat terrifying. Though I’m vegetarian so a little biased 🙂 I’ve also seen tuna floss in the store.
    Glad you’re eating well and enjoying some home comforts in HK!

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    1. Ah! Thanks for the name for this food. Fun fact: wikipedia says it can also be translated as meat wool or flossy pork. Always appreciate the insider in China information. Thanks!

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