Following our Christmas binge gluttony over the weekend, we embarked on a hike for some fresh air and much needed exercise. Life is good with pepper jack cheese and ham sandwiches plus paper cups of rosé. Here’s to a wonderful new year ahead everyone !
We had noticed On Lee Noodle Shop on our way to the museum only because of the number of people queuing outside the eatery at (the awkward post-lunch pre-dinner hour of) 4pm. By the time we left the museum, we were craving ramen but decided to give On Lee Noodle Shop a try since the queue was gone.
Best decision ever, even if I had passed up on beef brisket the eatery is known for. This is probably the closest to fishball mee pok tah in Hong Kong. Gonna have to bring mom here the next time she is in town for her expert verdict. I’ll most definitely be back soon.
安利魚蛋粉麵 On Lee Noodle Shop
22 Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
I had relied on the PDF version of this guide when I first moved to Hong Kong a year and a half ago. It was the perfect introduction to Hong Kong, with bite-sized anecdotes of charming little places to check out that makes for a good read even if one is not heading out to explore at all.
Was lucky to pop by Moustache last Saturday with J who needed to get a new suit made. Pick up your copy (HKD 100) at Moustache before it runs out !
31 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
This is about as hardcore as it gets. The first thing I did after I’d gotten off the plane in Shanghai was to head straight to my old neighborhood for the much-anticipated malatang and chuan’r fix, with luggage in tow.
Ordered lamian by mistake when I had actually wanted daoxiaomian. Good mistake though, I haven’t had lamian in ages.
I’ve said so much about this store I’m starting to sound like an annoying broken record player. Go here and here to read what I’ve written in the past and have been constantly telling my friends and family. Praises galore yes, so it’s no surprise that I made my way to their new location during my recent trip to Shanghai. They now have space for a teahouse/café on the third floor though it wasn’t open when I visited.
No. 360 Kangding Lu (near Shaanxi Bei Lu), Jing’an district, Shanghai, P.R. China
Helen Feng was the sole reason why I was at Clockenflap again on Sunday. Though slightly disappointed that Nova Heart turned out to be rather subdued and stripped down as compared to Pet Conspiracy, her stage presence and vocals were amazing as usual. My original plan to skip out at 6pm was dashed when I bumped into SY and friends. Ended up staying on for The Cribs (bad), danced to raunchy beats of Uptown Rockers (surprisingly good) and all the way through to Santigold‘s explosive set (great).
We had gotten lost along the way and made it to Duck Fight Goose‘s set barely in the nick of time, sneezing, runny noses and all. Considering it was the second last gig of the day, there was a good-sized crowd braving the chilly outdoors which eventually thinned as the hour-long set went (not complaining as it meant zero jostling). Very interesting experimental electronic/ rhythmic rock sounds overall except that the sound system was less than ideal and made Han Han sound jarring (!!) for the most part. They closed the set with History, a track about the deadly Shanghai blaze last year off their soon-to-be-released debut LP Sports. Scored a copy from a surly promoter, it’s brilliant and lives up to all the hype.
No. 621-623 Anyuan Lu (near Yanping Lu), Putuo district, Shanghai, P.R. China