Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Autumn getaway to Hong Kong and Macau!

Another autumn spent in Hong Kong and a little in Macau. Although it is not my first time there but lots have changed since the last time I've been there. I'm not talking about the place but myself that has changed tremendously.

I would say the highlights of this trip would definitely be Disneyland (my childhood dream to be there!), Madame Tussauds, the transportation & the busiest streets of Hong Kong, and of course not forgetting all the delicious cuisine we tried during out stay in both Hong Kong and Macau.

We spent the first day in Macau and the last day before we end our journey... 
So, let's start with Macau...
 Just the three of us.

We reached Macau at about 4-5pm by AirAsia and took a free shuttle to the grand Venetian Hotel located at Taipa, Macau. The interior of the hotel is so unique and the ceilings are almost like a huge painting. 

 The gorgeous ceiling of the Venetian Hotel

The first night we tried their local Portuguese food, which is pretty much like a baked of everything. Not exactly my cup of tea I would say...

 This is the Portuguese restaurant we went to that apparently lots of famous people would recommend. According to the walls full of photos of celebrities. Among them was Coco from Coco Cooks (a taiwanese beauty going around Asia trying out local cuisines and pretending to cook some herself)

 This is one of their special dish; Baked Chicken Rice, which is very famous among their locals. The waitress told us that people purposely came to their place for this... 

The taste is just like another dish of cheese baked rice, with a few small pieces of chinese sausages (lap cheong) on the surface. Nothing much to shout about really.

Another of their must try dish. Baked Cod fish.
I can not actually taste any cod fish for each bite was full of thick creamy cheese and potatoes. Only occasionally do I bite into tiny broken pieces of unrecognized fish.
After this meal, we could not drop another grain of rice into our mouth without feeling like the rest of dinner might pour out of our stomach!

The price was kinda on the high side. Hmm... not a worthy meal.

On the same street, we tried this place the next day before we left for Hong Kong. It was recommended by Diana's friend and the Crab Porridge is the must-try dish...

 The porridge was full of the crab's sweetness and I like the way they cooked the porridge. The texture is smooth and the not too watery. Although the crab is not easy to eat this way and we skipped the crab meat!

As for sight seeing, nothing much to do in Macau if you're not a casino person. We went to the Ruins of St. Paul early in the morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of the beautifully burnt building. It truly looks as what it promises... beautifully ruined building. 

If you want to read more on the history of the Ruins of St. Paul, click here.

Senado Square is a paved area in the centre of the former Portuguese colony of Macau, enclosed by the buildings of the Leal Senado, the General Post Office, and St. Dominic's Church. The square is paved in the traditional Portuguese pavement.

It is also located just a corner from the Ruins of St. Paul and where we tried Wong Chi Kei's famous Wan Tan (Dumpling) Noodles. They also have a branch in Hong Kong located at Central.
Click here for more info!

If you want to see more delicious mouth-watering photos of their food, click here.

 The noodles was alright, a little too dry for me :P The soup was better with a tinge of ginseng taste.

 We also went to Mount Fortress which is located just next to the Ruins of St. Paul.

 Mount Fortress, built in 1617-26, occupies a hilltop to the east of the ruins of St. Paul′ s. It was constructed by the Jesuits as part of a complex which also included the college and church of St. Paul′ s. The canons were used only once, when the Dutch invaded Macau in 1622. This was also the first residence of the governors of Macau.

 The night view of the luxury Grand Lisboa Hotel + Casino
If you've got the money, try staying at this hotel. The price of the room is amazing!
Do check out the 360 degrees Virtual tour in their website...

I see alot of casinos along the road...

 We were lured into this restaurant by a woman who is about my grandmother's age but with eyes as smoky as a runway model.

She claimed that if we did not step into her shop, we will be robbed by other restaurants because her price is no doubt the cheapest and the food is the best!

So we stepped in...

 We tried talking to her... but her personality is as scary as her overdone smoky eyes...

 The food... it was yummy!
This plate of sweet + sour pork rice can feed at least 2 person.

The price was certainly reasonable, comparing to the rest we have browsed.

The last day of our stay in Macau, we decided to leave in style...
 Sharksfin rice...

With an abalone!

A word of advice, Macau is not a very huge island. Get some of these guides from any hotel and follow your instinct. It will never go wrong!

Coming up next! 
Disneyland & Madame Tussauds adventure! 
Stay tuned...

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