Eating in Hong Kong

Veggie lunch at the big Buddha monastery. This picture is especially for J-bax. Thanks for the tip, we were thinking of you!

I have joked that in Sweden people are allergic to strong flavours.  That is not really true, but it is hard to find a really spicy curry or Asian food that is not ‘Swedishized’ to make it more palatable to the local folks.  We were looking forward to Hong Kong as a chance not only to race, but to eat some  awesome noodles, dim sum, sichuan, and cantonese food.   We weren’t disappointed!

Live fish are standard in most grocery stores

Normally when we travel for racing I like to self-cater as much  as we can.  It is cheaper, easier to accommodate a vegetarian, and we get to eat food that we are used to and we know we perform well on.   Hong Kong was a bit of a departure for us in that we did not make many meals.  We did however visit some food markets and grocery stores, which I love to do when travelling.  Seeing how and what people eat makes it a living antrohopology museum, often with botany and zoological exhibits!  We bought some AWESOME fresh mangosteen, I think I ate 2 kg (before peeling), but also longan, litchi, rambutan, melon, and some of the best tangerines I have ever had.

Little ovaltine snacks called 'ovalteenies'. Cute! Graham noticed that we have almost the exact same picture of me with some ovaltine products in Austria.
Hmmm, ovaltine or durian ice cream?
The signs tell you what you will find in the grocery store isles. I avoided this one.

We had some good restaurant recommendations from our team mates and other friends, and had some great sit-down feasts and also street food adventures. I was a little more relaxed about meat and seafood, since it is hard to get things that don’t include one or the other (Graham got a lot of extra meat bits). However, we also saw lots of Buddhist restaurants, so it would have been possible to avoid meat altogether if we stuck to those. I had some great milk tea, not as sweet as I usually get at home. I had several since we can’t get them in Sweden.

This restaurant is displaying their organ selection... tripe and intestine, both very popular.
Heads-on BBQ chickens and geese

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  1. Mmmmm… monkey-head product! Food is such a great window into a culture. I love what Canadian food says about us: maple syrup, blueberries, tortiere, smoked salmon… yummy.

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