You must be thinking to yourself, not Hong Kong again? My thoughts exactly when my family said they wanted to head to HK for my brother’s post-exams celebratory trip. The last time I visited Hong Kong was exactly two years ago, in Winter 2012, which wasn’t too long ago, and to be honest, Hong Kong is quite like Singapore. But then again, I did really want to visit my HK friend Trent and I also somehow managed to persuade one of our common friends, PS, to head to HK around the same time. So that made me look forward to the trip there a lot more.
I seem to have a strange, and terrible, affinity for having very interesting people sitting near me on flights. This time, it was a little girl who was about 6 or 7, who would NOT stop singing “Let it Go” from Frozen. I swear she probably only stopped to eat, but apart from that, it was the Frozen soundtrack on loop for the whole flight. At one point in time she must have gotten excited about the prospect of visiting her Frozen princesses at HK Disneyland, that she threw her apple juice up in the air. Needless to say, I received an apple juice shower. That aside, the flight from Singapore to HK was pretty good. I caught Lucy, which I had missed when it was in Singapore. The movie was so gripping I didn’t manage to catch any sleep at all.
When we got to HK Airport, we decided to get tickets for the Airport Express to Hong Kong station. You can get them at the ticket counter right outside the arrival hall. Since it was just me and my mom, we purchased the Group of 2 tickets which cost us 160HKD or 80HKD each. It gets cheaper as your group is bigger.
We reached Hong Kong station within 20 minutes or so and then took a cab to our hotel, The Mercer Hong Kong, at Jervois Street in Sheung Wan. It was somewhat walking distance (about 1km away) but we decided to grab a cab since it was so convenient. Make sure you have a map though. Locating Jervois Street was pretty tricky and my dad and siblings who flew in before us, got majorly lost, and ended up having to pay more than 60HKD (almost 10 bucks) for a very short journey.
Once we had checked-in, like all predictable Singaporeans on a holiday, we headed to a tried-and-tested location. First up, Lan Fong Yuen at Gage Street. This place was incredibly tricky to find and it took me about 15 minutes, even with Google maps. Lan Fong Yuen is your typical Hong Kong cha chaan teng – small, cramped and a little aged. Cha chaan tengs never fail to remind me of the older coffee shops we had in Singapore.
The recommended specialities there were the Stocking Milk Tea and the Pork Chop Burger. Unfortunately, no one in my family felt like having Pork, so we opted for the Chicken Chop noodles instead. While it filled our tummies, there was too little seasoning on the noodles and tasted pretty run-of-the mill. The chicken chop was tender, and tasted pretty decent, but it wasn’t one of the best I’ve had. The Milk Tea however, did live up to its reputation. I loved it!
Lan Fong Yuen
2 Gage Street Central, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Central or Sheung Wan Station
Tsui Wah (Central Branch)
G/F, 84-86 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Central Station