Last year, I returned to my birthplace, Hong Kong for the first time in 17 years. Recollections of my childhood memories spent there are fragmented and fuzzy at best, and it felt like I was visiting the small and overcrowded island for the first time. Needless to say, I left wanting more and I am planning on returning sometime next year for another visit. I spent a fair amount of time blogging about my culinary experience in Hong Kong in a previous blog of mine, and rather than let it go to waste, I am resurrecting those posts. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, and since one of my closest friends is visiting Hong Kong next week, it’s more than appropriate to do so now.
The Fishing Villages of Lei Yu Mun and Sai Kung
My favorite experience in Hong Kong has got to be visiting the fishing villages, picking out the live seafood, and having one of the local restaurants cook them up right then and there. Feelings of euphoria and sensory overload set in rather quickly. I was like a kid on Christmas morning, I couldn’t wait for the food that was in store for all of us.
Lei Yu Mun
Lei Yu Mun is one of the older fishing villages. In the past, the only way of getting there was by car or boat, but now it can also be accessed after a 15 minute walk from the Yau Tong MTR stop. Walk east up and down a small hill and you will see a large gate. There are many seafood vendors to choose from, and you get to pick out your own seafood as well. Once you’ve selected the seafood you want, the vendors will bring it to one of the local restaurants to cook to your liking. We went to the Dynasty Restaurant for our seafood dinner. It’s a little further back, but it’s worth the small hike.
Perhaps my favorite place to visit during my entire trip. This small village is a stark contrast to what most people think of Hong Kong, a small overly-populated metropolis. In fact, I thought I went back in time for a bit. Sai Kung is not located amongst the skyscrapers, crowds and the noise, in fact it’s in the outskirts of Hong Kong, and it provides some reprieve from the city madness. Apparently, from what I heard, many celebrities live in Sai Kung as well.
One thing that stood out were the local fishermen who were selling their fresh catches of the day out of their boats. It was definitely much different than going to the seafood counter at the local grocery store to see the day’s selection of fish.