currently reading: as i lay dying [faulkner]
my trip to southeast asia was lights out, absolutely fantastic. i'm currently recovering from serious jetlag, hence the late night blogging but i thought why not get started on updating. i'm thinking the best way to do this is just to do small day-by-day posts about some of my favorite things (in no particular order), so let's get started.
liked: eating at a michelin star rated dim sum restaurant in hong kong
mari got a tip from her friend willy that when in hong kong - check out this sweet little dim sum place that has practically no seating, and all day wait, and some of the best dim sum in the world. we decided we'd give it a shot with excitement and a bit of hunger - and found ourselves with a four hour wait and a chance to explore hong kong.
we arrived at the restaurant around 11 am - mind you it opened at 10 am, and starts assigning numbers. we were #116. let me reiterate: within an hour of the place being open were were #116. they said come back in two hours. so we went to get cupcakes.
cupcake shop in hong kong - pistachio, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, hazelnut and double chocolate
after cupcakes we wondered around the area, stopped in a sweet all cotton store called cottonon where i proceeded to purchase a new pair of black flats AND a fantastic light blue cotton denimy button of WITH shirt pockets. after - i think we were looking for a particular store, but we got totally turned around and wound up at the ladies market - a fantastic assortment of bootleg purses and jewelry, souveniers, and lots of people with a hustle. needless to say we got carried away and did quite a bit of shopping. the ladies market was absurd - not quite as crazy as the chatuchak market in bangkok - but the shopping was amazing. i managed to purchase a darling pair of chanel bow earrings and a black longchamp (both of which are bootleg and fantastic!).
the ladies market it wasn't up and running fully until around 2 pm, but what there was was good.
we also stumbled upon a wonderful little food market that had exotic fresh produce, fresh fish - some of which was so fresh that it was alive or half alive and skinned with the heart still beating. talk about gourmet.
a couple of produce stands
we returned to the restaurant after two hours - they were only in the high 60's - and we were told come back in another hour. ugh. i'm happy i brought a book. so we took to wandering - again.
here's us just goofing around and taking vanity pictures.
and then as if by some consequence of magic or good timing, after shopping, killing time, getting tired, hunger pains - they called our number - it was all happening - we were eating at a michelin star restaurant - the cheapest one in the world actually. with the help of some locals who could read the menu, which was primarily in cantonese, we were able to pick out some winners which arrived in rapid fashion steaming hot and ready to be consumed!
bbq pork buns - flaky and cripsy on the outside, hot, sweet and bbqed on the inside. mom and i were obsessed.
hunger satisfied dish by dish.
shrimp dumplings of many varieties, steamed, stacked and ready to go!
by this point in time, we have no idea what we're eating, but we're loving every second of it.
my fave - pork chow fun and also some fried egg rolls!!
this is a steamed gluttonous chicken bun wrapped in a banana (?) leaf. everything there is gluttonous and fantastic!
and with that, we downed our bottomless cups of greentea, settled up the bill - which came out to i think less than 20 dollars - tipped (a rare treasure in hong kong), and hit the streets for more wandering and photo-safaris.