A morning in Hong Kong is never complete without some good ole’ cha chaan teng breakfast. Given that we had to meet my friend Trent for a hike, and we needed to fuel up, I perused my list of must-go places in HK, and chanced upon Capital Cafe, located at Wan Chai.
Capital Cafe was just like Australia Dairy Company, sans the crazy crowd and rude staff. As you can see, they serve the exact same dishes, though the eggs do lack the kick that Australia Dairy’s has. The other two dishes, however taste almost identical. One thing I did regret not trying was the truffled scrambled eggs. It is apparently a signature dish and stupid me didn’t realise it till I left the cafe and checked out all the past posts there on Instagram. Well, I guess that just gives me another reason to go back, doesn’t it?
My very satisfied breakfast companion, who also happened to be very undressed for winter weather.
We downed our breakfast pretty quickly, took a train down to Hang Hau where we met Trent and we got a cab down to the location – High Island Reservoir East Dam. It is a winding 20-30 minute drive up and if you’re prone to motion sickness, you should probably brace yourself for it, or take some pills along.
So. Many. Cows.
Once you’ve gone past that winding route though, what greets you, is completely worth it. We alighted a little earlier from our cab and walked a distance along to where our hike would start, just so we could take in the sights.
No idea why I took this selfie. “Look, it’s me and half the dam!”
My two travel companions for the day.
So, so lovely.
After spending a good 30 minutes stopping every 5 steps to snap photos, we finally started on our hike to the secret location. I thought it was pretty easy at the start since the steps were pretty even and paved.
Even had time to do a little pose while hiking up.
Trent and PS were like “Can you stop taking photos, we need to get a move on!”.
But how could I not? There were even para-gliders!
And then we came to this – Long Ke Beach. I swear, for a moment I thought I was back in Phuket. The clear blue waters and white sandy beach reminded me of the time I was at Raya Island. But no, this was in Hong Kong. The busy, cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong.
Trent taking a photo of me taking a photo of him. He was also part-time porter, holding our picnic mat.
The beach was beckoning, so we made our way down. It was a rather long climb down…which also meant we would have a rather long climb up later.
Families having a weekend camping trip.
Though it is a designated camping site, I believe amenities there are pretty limited. There are no food and drinks stalls nearby, toilets are minimal and there is absolutely no cellphone reception. Sounds like a good place to have a distraction-free weekend getaway, if you are well-prepared of course.
Clearly too happy at reaching the beach.
Come to me, clear, blue waters!
Okay, then again, maybe not.
Having no cellphone reception, we obviously couldn’t do much with our phones, which was a good thing. So we frolicked around the beach for a bit, snapped a ton of photos, talked, drank orange juice (that was all we brought, really) and took a nap. We were at the beach for about 2 hours before we decided we were ready for the hike back up. The hike back up took twice as long, and unfortunately my stamina was kinda fail. Thankfully my friends patiently waited for me as I caught my breath, and made my way up.
Getting out of the place is tricky. If you took a cab up, get the taxi driver’s number. Even if he can’t come and pick you up later, he can get someone from his company to do so. Else, you’d be stuck in a queue with 20-30 other groups all waiting for a cab. We opted to cab to Sai Kung, a coastal town nearby, to grab some food to fill our famished tummies.
We wandered around for a bit and then settled for a very random, dingy-looking cha chaan teng. The whole menu was in Chinese, so I just randomly ordered what I knew – instant noodles with luncheon meat and fried egg, and milk tea. (I should have kept count of how many milk teas I had in HK.) The fare was simple, but filled our tummies well.
Exploring more of Sai Kung.
Before long, it was almost 5 and we had to make our way back to central Hong Kong. Trent had a party to go to and PS and I had to get ready for our night out at LKF. We hopped on a bus that brought us back to Hang Hau and then took a train back to Central/Sheung Wan where our hotels were.
Fast forward to the next morning, my mother and I were due to fly back earlier because I had limited leave and she didn’t want to be overseas too long. We spent the morning at Causeway Bay where we searched high-and-low for Yee Shun Milk Company, only to find that it only opened at 12. Unsatisfied, I decided that we had to go for another must-try food outlet on my list – Mak’s Noodles.
Indeed, Mak’s Noodle’s was springy, light and tasty. What I didn’t like was that a small bowl like this cost HKD$36. The staff were also pretty much trying to hard-sell a set of two bowls of noodles and more side dishes to us. Next time, I’m opting for Tsim Chai Kee, which is right opposite Mak’s, to see which of the two is better!
Till next time, Hong Kong!
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