Delicious Dim Sum in Hong Kong

While travelling to Hong Kong, don’t forget to spend some time to try the infamous dish of Dim Sum. Originated from Guang Dong, China, Dim Sum is a series of various small portion dishes presented in a bamboo steamer. Often linked with yum cha, which is the act of drinking tea, eating dim sum won’t be completed without having tea as the drinks. In Hong Kong, you can find Dim Sum everywhere from humble street foods until five-stars restaurants. Because of its exceedingly diverse variations that dim sum has, we conclude top five types of Dim Sum to help you start on your culinary journey. Be careful, once you have tried dim sum, you will never stop eating it.

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Cha Siu bao (Cantonese barbeque pork-filled bun)
Before you start the meal, you gonna break the bao, specifically the Cha Siu bao. There two types of cha siu bao: steamed and baked, steam cha siu bao has white exterior like mantau or baozi, while baked cha siu bao, its gonna has a special golden brown colour and its glaze with flavour. It is the bun that put yeast or baking powder in it, to make it fluffy. The filling itself exist diced pork tenderloin and mixed into a syrupy mixture. Eating Cha siu bao is like eating candy bacon.

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Shumai
Shumai is also referred to as “pork and mushroom dumpling” in Cantonese shumai. The other variation is when Shumai made from pork and shrimp mixture and wrap in a wonton wrapper. The filling is consisting the meat and seafood as in the menu and also added some of the chinese sauce in the mixture. In Chinese shumai, they used the Chinese black mushroom as a choice in the filling. The centre of the shumai usually garnishes with crab roe or diced carrot as a decorative presentation.

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Ha gao (Crystal shrimp dumpling)
Ha gao is a traditional Cantonese dumpling. This is very difficult dim sum to make the crystal skin. Ha gao is often served together with shumai. The skin is transparent and so smooth. Based on the skin, the dim sum chef skill will be judged based on how thin and translucent the skin is, but yet steady and not break when it picked up with the chopstick. The filling of the dumpling should be generous. The most important are it must be cooked well, to bring the juiciness of the shrimp and also avoiding the shrimps for becoming lumpy.

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Xiaolongbao (Steamed Basket Bun)
Xiaolongbao is smooth, tender, and some kind of translucent dumpling. It is different from white and fluffy steamed bun made by raised flour referred to a baozi. Traditionally xiaolongbao filled with minced pork. Another variant is used other meat, seafood, even vegetables as a filling. Inside the wrapping contain meat filling alongside its cubes gelatin-gelled aspic. The heat from the steaming process turns the solid cube gelatin-gelled aspic into a delicious soup. To eat the xiaolongbao usually dipped in black vinegar with a thin fine slice of ginger to make the taste more succulent.

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Fengzhao (Chicken feet)
Perhaps the most visually unappealing or appealing, it depends on who you are, the chicken feet. Some people said that chicken feet are a delicacy of Chinese cuisine. In Hong Kong, chicken feet typically steam to make it soft before its simmer with a special characteristic sauce contains: black fermented beans, bean paste, sugar or in abalone sauce. Sometimes the sauce added by drops of chilli oil, to make the heat and more taste of the chicken feet.

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dsc_4705-jpg Hello, I’m Jenica from Indonesia.  As a law student in progress, studying law can sometimes become really boring.  That’s why I always like to wander around and exploring new, unusual places to relieve some tension.  I also like to capture my experience through lenses and especially from writing, because it helps me to create memories that will last forever, yet it can also enjoy by a lot of people.  Meanwhile, if I don’t have time to travel, you can find me easily at the markets while trying delicious street foods from various local food stalls.  Nasi goreng, rendang, and martabak are my all time favourite that will never be replaced with anything. For me, diet always starts tomorrow so  let’s enjoy the life to the fullest!  If you want to know more about me, drop me an email now.

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Shopping Paradise in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers not only good food and city attractions but also retail therapy. If you haven’t been in this shopping paradise, learn the ropes by reading this article.

The Best Time to Shop
Well, Hong Kong is a great place to shop all year round. However, if you are keen on saving some dough, it’s best to go during the sale seasons: Summer Sales, which runs from July through September, and Winter Sales, which runs from December through February (or from Christmas to Chinese New Year or Spring Festival).

Shopping Finds
Whether you are looking for international labels or local goods, Hong Kong has a wide array of merchandise no matter the season. Its top sales are from electronics, beauty products and perfume, and apparel. However, you can also find designer bags, gems and authentic jewellery, leather goods, luggage, and even local delicacies.

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Where to Go
Hong Kong has a number of shopping areas. From street markets to shopping malls, it’s obviously not difficult to find what you need (or want) in Hong Kong. So with all that shopping spots, where should you start? It depends.

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Street Markets
If you are looking for local goods with affordability as your priority, the street markets are your hunting ground:

Li Yuen Street – Offers fancy jewellery, affordable clothes and shoes and souvenirs.

Stanley Market – Has one-of-a-kind goods like artworks, silk and collectable items.

Ladies’ Market – If you like to follow the latest fashion trend but have a limited budget, visit this place. Shoes, clothing and even stationery can be found here.

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Malls
Whether you’re looking for luxury goods or affordable ones, we give you three of the many malls in Hong Kong that offer you the best shopping experience:

Harbour City – Located right on the pier at Kowloon, the biggest shopping mall in Hong Kong offers not only shopping but also dining and entertainment. It has around 700 shops, cinemas, and several dining spots.

Pacific Place or Admiralty – This mall has a broad range of stores, from the affordable Zara and H&M to high-end brands like Chanel, Cartier and Chloe.

Landmark – This mall’s location gave it its other famous moniker: “Central”. It is Hong Kong’s oldest and most famous shopping mall. Among others, you can shop in Dior, Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nichols in Landmark. It also offers an exceptional dining experience in top-end restaurants.

Citygate Outlet – If you are a bargain hunter, you will know Hong Kong is a tax-free paradise, and it is even better when it is paired with factory outlet shopping! Citygate Outlet Mall is perfect for those who are on a stopover in Hong Kong as it is only 10 minutes drive away from the airport.

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Specialty Stores
Looking for something not found in any of the previously mentioned shopping places? Try these:

Tai Yuen Street – This is a paradise of purchase for the young and young at heart. It offers fantastic yet affordable toys.

Goldfish Market – It’s called the Goldfish Market because of what is sold there: yes, goldfish (and other aquatic animals, actually). Visit the place and get a lucky goldfish for you or a loved one.

Flower Market – Flowers, plants or anything that is garden-related can be found here. If you enjoy growing your greens, this place is perfect for you.

Jade Market – Tourists flock here for everything jade. There are also occasional rare gems, but jade is its main feature.

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Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Taiwan

Chinese New Year, one of the most important celebrations to Chinese all around the world. Whether you are in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore even in the States, you will probably be participating in some of the festive celebrations in your community.

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Background

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the first day of the Lunar Calendar but has no specific date on the Gregorian calendar. It falls anytime between late January and early February. In 2017, it falls on the 28th of January.

Aside from being the most important holiday in Taiwan, it also is the longest, being celebrated for 15 days. The official holiday, however, only lasts for a day or two dependable on different years.

Traditions

Prayers to the Ancestors
The festival is time for the Chinese people to honour their deities, so they go to temples and pray. They also offer sacrifices to their ancestors.

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Cleaning
Days before the New Year, the locals make sure to meticulously clean their homes to welcome good luck and get rid of evil spirits. The home cleaning should not be done on New Year’s Day, however, as doing so may deflect good luck and fortune.

Red
The colour red, which symbolises joy and fortune in the Chinese tradition, is widely used during the Chinese New Year. Locals decorate their houses with red posters with Chinese sayings written on them, put up red lanterns and wear red clothing.

Flowers and Oranges
In Taiwan, plum blossom and water narcissus are also used as decorations. Plum blossom symbolises courage and hope while water narcissus symbolises good luck. Oranges symbolise luck and fortune.

Loud Firecrackers
Setting off of loud firecrackers is also done, which is believed to ward off bad luck or ill fortune. The louder the firecracker, the more auspicious it gets.

Visits to Family and Friends
The Chinese New Year happens during the winter season and is the perfect time for the locals to enjoy their break and visit their family and friends. They enjoy good food with the company of each other and even go to tourist spots during this time.

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Red envelopes
Young children receive cash in red envelopes, called Ang Bao given to them by married adults. The adults, however, do not receive anything in return, as it’s not customary to give gifts to them unless the gift comes from their employer. It will be a denomination of even numbers like $2, $6, $8 and $10. The number 4 is deem unlucky by the Chinese.

Celebrations

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Bombarding Master Han Dan
This special ceremony is held in Taitung. A man is chosen to be “Master Han Dan”, the god of wealth. He wears a pair of red pants and holds a bamboo fan to shield his face. Four followers carry him on a sedan chair. The people will then throw firecrackers at him for abundance.

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Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival
Held on the same day as the Lantern Festival, the people visit Yanshui Wu Temple for worship. Fireworks will be set off on the ground level, rather towards the sky, like thousands of mini rockets launching towards you. It is considered lucky to be hit by one of the rockets. No doubt, it is absolutely dangerous and one must be well prepared to be suited up in a safety suit and helmet.

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Held in Pingxi of New Taipei City, the lantern festival concludes the 15-day New Year celebration. The Kongming Lanterns were originally used to pass military secret messages, but are now used for festivals and celebrations. The lanterns are handcrafted using oiled rice paper and bamboo frame. The small candle inside it is then lit, and the heat it creates lifts the lantern up the sky. Most people write their wishes on the lanterns to send them to the gods above, hoping their wishes will be granted. It is truly a sight to behold.

 

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Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

 

 

Guest Post: TRAVEL|TIPS FOR TRAVELLING AS A VEGAN

Hi loves! 
As some of you may know, I’ve spent the past year living and working in Hong Kong. During that time I’ve done a lot of travelling, (with South East Asia on your doorstep how could you not?!) I’ve also discovered through trial and error, a few tips and hacks for travelling as a vegan!

Pack enough food to get by for at least a few days.
Sometimes when you get to a new country, especially one that doesn’t have lots of vegan options, its useful to have food packed that you can survive on for a couple of days. You can always buy fruit from the local shops, but things like snack bars, crackers, dried fruit etc are great to get by on. Obviously this isn’t ideal, or very nutritious. But it does the job, and dry, packaged food is normally allowed in your hand luggage, so perfect for backpackers! (Obviously check your airlines rules and regs before you pack 3 days worth of food in your bag!!) I normally pack Larabars/Cliff Bars/Nakd Bars, Tortilla chips, Trail mix, granola, and crackers! I’ve also found that instant oats are great for a quick and easy breakfast on the go, just check the packaging to make sure they haven’t added milk powder or honey!!

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Feelin’ 22 at Grassroots Pantry, Shueng Wan, Hong Kong

Don’t forget to book a special in flight meal!
Sounds obvious right? But if you’re anything like me you’ll be so wrapped up with planning the trip that you forget about the flight! Granted, plane food isn’t the most nutritious or appealing, I normally find it too salty and over processed, but its better to have a full stomach when you get to your destination, so you don’t have to stress out about finding food straight away! Also, if you really don’t want to eat plane food, either grab something at the airport or pack snacks to tide you over. (Snack ideas above!!)

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The Yoga Barn, Bali, Indonesia

HappyCow.net is your best friend.
HappyCow.net has been a lifesaver for me whilst travelling Asia! You simply type in your location, and they pull up all the vegan/veggie spots in your area, with reviews and star ratings according to other site users! They show you all the local restaurants, cafes and shops! I normally screenshot the address and show it to the taxi driver, or if I’m walking/using public transport, I’ll use google maps to find it! I’ve found some awesome places with this app that I never would have known about otherwise!

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Jinnan Ramen, Tokyo, Japan

Allergy Cards.
Now I haven’t personally used an allergy card, as I mainly travel solo, and therefore only really eat at places that cater for vegans, but these are SO useful if you’re travelling with a non vegan and want to eat at the same places. They’re little cards that have a list of foods you don’t eat, translated into the language of the place you’re going. You can show the staff in shops or restaurants and ask them to help you find food you can eat! There are various websites that make these cards, just type “Allergy Card” into google!

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Chips with chopsticks? Why the heck not?! Bien Tinh Thuong, Da Nang, Vietnam

Hope you enjoyed this post! I’ve been so pleasantly surprised about how many awesome vegan places I’ve found on my travels! 
What are your tips for travelling as a veggie/vegan?
Molly x


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My name is Molly, I’m 22 and I’m vegan!

I’m originally from sunny old Cornwall in the UK, but I currently live in Hong Kong where I work for the one and only Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland.

I set this blog up (https://planetmollywood.wordpress.com/) so I can share with you my adventures, stories, recipes, fitness diaries, Disney talk, and general lifestyle rambling!
I would also love to help if anyone has any questions about living a cruelty free lifestyle, just drop me a comment, I’ll be happy to answer as best I can!!

Best Dessert Around the Asia

A meal isn’t complete without dessert. That’s true around the world, but desserts differ from country to country. If you are like me, having a separate stomach for sweet stuff, you are in for a special treat today because I am going to show you my favorite sugar treats!

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Mochi, Japan

Lovely and colorful bite-sized treats make any adults, let alone kids in delight. Traditionally, mochi is made with glutinous rice and can be found in varying shapes, but you can also enjoy these delicious desserts as an ice cream treat.

 

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Mango with sticky rice, Thailand

One of my favorite, it is so hard to choose between this and the Thai Red Rubies Dessert because both satisfies my sweet tooth and my thirst for something rich in flavor and creamy. The mango with sticky rice stood out because of the smooth rice texture and the sweet mango. You know it is hard to find a mango that is sweet and oh-so-juicy!

Ice Kacang, Singapore

One of the best thing to have on a hot sweltering day is a bowl of ice. Not just any ice, but shaved ice topped with colorful syrup and corn syrup at the peak. Below the mountain of ice, lies attap chee, red beans, and squishy looking green jelly. In the olden days, the Ice Kacang used to be served in a ball like shaved ice, wrapped around with a plastic bag. Kids like my younger self will suck the sweet syrup with our mouths stuck at the ball of ice. Now for hygiene and convenience purposes, the mountainous bowl of ice replace the ice ball version.

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Very similar to Ice Kacang, in fact, they are almost brothers. The only difference is the special ingredient used. Cendol has coconut milk, makes it sweet and creamy as well. Some restaurant serves it in a bowl but I have found many who serve it as a drink instead of dessert. Either which, it is a must have drink if you are in Malaysia.

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Dragon Beard Candy is an Asian dessert with similarities to cotton candy. First introduced in China, it spread in popularity and even became a coveted treat for Korean royalties. Made of sugar and maltose syrup and sometimes stuffed with ingredients such as coconut and peanuts.

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Ice Monster, Taiwan

The “mango avalanche”—shaved ice piled high with cubes of fresh fruit, mango pudding, condensed milk, and mango sorbet. It’s enough for four dainty eaters or two ravenous ones. You can imagine this is super popular among the youths during hot summers. If you do go to Taiwan, do try to have as many fruits as possible because they are the sweetest ones you can find especially mangos, strawberries, and pineapples.

Tteok, Korea

Tteok is arguably Korea’s most famous dessert and there are hundreds of different kinds of tteok eaten year round. In Korea, it is customary to eat tteok guk (tteok soup) on New Year’s Day and sweet tteok at weddings and on birthdays. It is soft sticky rice balls that are drizzled in sugar, honey, and lemon syrup.

Num Ansom Chek, Cambodia

This is one of Cambodia’s most well-known desserts and is commonly eaten and served on holidays and festivals. It is a cylindrical rice cake wrapped in banana leaves and filled with bananas.

Chè Bà Ba, Vietnam

This is a typical Southern Vietnamese dessert, which contains a variety of ingredients. It has a coconut milk soup base and square pieces of taro, cassava, and khoai lang bí, a kind of long sweet potato with red skin and yellow flesh.

Egg Pudding, Hong Kong

If properly steamed, this sweet egg pudding should have a silky texture resembling soft bean curd. Eaten hot, topped with drips of condensed milk to give it a creamy sweet taste.

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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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