Travel: Our Macau/Hong Kong Getaway (6D/6N)!

Follow our 6 day, 6 night adventure in these lands of amazing food, awesome culture and astounding sights. See how we ate, shopped and laughed our way through Macau and Hong Kong! :)

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Travel: HK Day #6 - HK Tram Tips & Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華餐廳 @ Wellington Street

Tsui Wah Restaurant seems to have made quite a name of itself for being the go-to supper spot for hungry party-goers. During our breakfast at Lin Heung Kui on the third day of our trip, Adam's friend Rebecca recommended that we try out this place and it wasn't till our last morning in Hong Kong that we  decided to. We knew we wanted to head to Central again for more shopping because we didn't get enough on Day 5, and Tsui Wah just happened to be in the right location for breakfast before the strenuous work  shopping started. :D

Our usual day Hong Kong usually begins with a walk from our Wan Chai apartment to the nearby Wan Chai MTR station. However, that morning we felt a little adventurous and decided to take a tram!



All the people we've met in Hong Kong have been telling us to use the tram to get around Hong Kong island - "so easy, so convenient, can't possibly get lost!". Even numerous Lonely Planet articles recommend hopping on and off the trams as a great way to explore Hong Kong. We always apprehensive of the trams, instead preferring to take MTRs everywhere we went, but what the heck, it was the last morning in Hong Kong anyway!


The trams connect the west and east of Hong Kong Island, running from on a double track along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town in the west to Shau Kei Wan in the east, and vice versa, with a small single circle line around the Happy Valley Racecourse. Trams begin from as early as 5am in the mornings and run up to as late as midnights on the weekends.


From Wan Chai, we boarded a tram going westbound towards Kennedy Town to get to Central, and in true tourist fashion, decided that we had to climb up to the top deck. Fares are HKD 2.30 for one ride and the best part is, the Octopus card can also be used on trams.


It really was quite fun, taking in all the street sights we passed and experiencing the bumpy ride. We got on the tram not really know where to go and just kept on looking out for landmarks we recognized from the day before. We ended up alighting at the Pedder Street stop and crossed the road to this landmark...


...the huge-ass Coach building on Queen's Road Central! There's no way you can miss it. :p


Retracing our steps yesterday from Yung Kee (from the corner Coach building, walk up D'Aguilar Street and take a right onto Wellington Street), we found our breakfast location! Tsui Wah Restaurant is handily right opposite Yung Kee.


Being the third char chan teng freqeuented on our trip, I'd say we ordered quite expertly this time round. :p This was one of their breakfast sets, consisting of Abalone with Shredded Ham and Macaroni in Soup, served with Fried Eggs, Buttered Bread and a Iced Milk Tea (all for HKD 28). The bread, eggs and tea were quite average tasting, but the macaroni broth had more flavour compared to the others we tried. I'm not sure if it was really abalone though! :p



Having tasted the heavenly nai yao jue zai bao at Capital Cafe the morning before, we decided to try Tsui Wah's Crispy Bun served with Sweet Condensed Milk (特脆奶油猪仔包, HKD 9) . Still yummy, but not as crispy and decadent as the one at Capital Cafe's.


French Toast was also another must for us that morning - again, I felt this kind of paled in comparison to Capital Cafe's as I prefer my french toast with more honey or syrup. Personal preference, if you may.


Having grown up watching TVB dramas, a staple food I've always seen is the Bo Lo Bau (菠蘿包), funnily translated to mean Pineapple Bun. The Bo Lo Bau (HKD 4.50 at Tsui Wah) is actually a soft bun with a thin layer of crunchy and sweet cookie-like dough on its top. Despite it's name, no pineapple is present in the Bo Lo Bau. This is very similar to Malaysia's Rotiboy, only that there's no coffee flavours. Instead you get a sweet bun, and a slab of butter served on ice for spreading, that is pleasantly crispy on the top, and pillow-soft on the inside. Yum!



We also ordered another set we saw others ordering - a breakfast platter consisting of a Pork Chop, Scrambled Eggs, with Baked Beans, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and a bun. We especially liked the pork chop, which was surprisingly well marinated and full of flavour, and the slightly savoury, slightly sweet mashed sweet potatoes. Even the eggs were pretty good!


Breakfast at Tsui Wah was just good, not out-of-this-world-great, but apparently their other rice and noodle dishes are executed even more competently. I've seen others rave about the cheese baked rice, curry beef rice, fish ball noodles and more, so perhaps that's something to take note if you intend on getting the full Tsui Wah experience. :)



But, the taste of breakfast was the last thing on our mind as we attacked D'Aguilar Street after that. Perfumes, facial products and makeup items in Sasa Hong Kong are much more affordable (seemingly more variety too) compared to Malaysia after currency conversion so I spent ages in Sasa, scouring the aisles for cheap buys. (You'll see Sasa almost everywhere you turn in Hong Kong, but I was guarding my money till that day, so I kinda went crazy in this Sasa branch :p) 

Cotton On was also along this stretch of shops - I know we get Cotton On here too, but the HKD to RM exchange rate was far too favourable to not go on a spree as well. We also went back down along Queen's Road Central to visit (what else?) H&M again. Hee.

My loot! And this is excluding all the presents and souvenirs for my parents and friends.

Bags belonging to five of us. I'll sheepishly admit I had to buy an extra bag in Hong Kong to contain all the shopping *bows head*


After a rushed morning of shopping, it was back to our Wan Chai apartment to hurriedly stuff all the new shopping buys into our bags because we had a ferry to catch back to Macau. When we booked our tickets, flights after tax were considerably cheaper in and out of Macau compared to Hong Kong, so that's how our trip worked out - first and last day in Macau and Hong Kong in between.

More Macau adventures coming our way! :)


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Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華餐廳 | SiteOpenrice
G-2/F, 15-19 Wellington Street,
Central, Hong Kong (Near Central MTR, Exit D2)
中環威靈頓街15-19號地下至2樓
Tel: (852) 2525 6338
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours



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