Part six of my Hong Kong Food Guide Series features a unique category of food that reminds me of home — seafood. Unlike other cuisine which uses strong flavor and spcies for cooking seafood, the type of seafood in southern China makes use of the cooking style- steaming- bringing out the naturally flavored freshness of fish, shrimps, and more.
Seafood need not be expensive either! In Hong Kong, I have discovered hidden restaurants which offer affordable seafood. For this Food Market I am introducing today, we are looking at USD$20- $30 per person, which is a great deal for fresh, delicious seafood!
Other food guides bring you to Lamma Island, or Sai Kung. Today, I am bringing you to Ap Lei Chau, the second most desnsely populated island in the world. Earlier this month, MTR (metro, underground transit) expands its service to Apleichau.
Take MTR to either South Horizons or Lei Tung. Ap Lei Chau Municipal Building is about 15 minutes walk from either station. Go upstairs and check in with restaurants to see if they are willing to cook the seafood you will be getting downstairs. I recommend 陳新記, but 珠記 seems to be a decent choice for good seafood.
Then you can go ahead and pick your favorite 🙂
People usually come to get seafood, vegetable, and meat for dinners at home
More seafood laying down in all baskets and plates
Some fish and prawns (Price are in HKD: 1USD to about 8 HKD)
Some fresh abalone. Mom trying to poke it for no reason at all …
Now you have bought all the seafood you want. You may take them upstairs and let them do the rest of the job!
Salt and pepper prawns
Steamed abalone with soy sauce and spring onoin
Battered deep friend oyster with salt
Fried Garlic 泥猛 Mottled Spinefoot
Every year I visit Hong Kong, this meal is a must-go place. This is more than just a stomach-satisfying meal. I almost have emotional attachment here. Eating seafood and drinking beer with my parents, farewell with high school friends, family gatherings, and more.
A trip to Ap Lei Chau is not complete without taking SamPan (the classic 3-minute boat ride across the harbour between Apleichau and Aberdeen).
Before that, let’s take a stroll in Ap Lei Chau.
When you are in Apleichau, the obligatory boat ride
If you find something like this, you are right!
Make sure it says to Aberdeen
On the Aberdeen side, where Jumbo Floating Restaurant is located ( I have never tried it though)
Apleichau bridge :’) These days, this view looks completely different with MTR (metro) going all the way to South Horizons.
When you are in Aberdeen, don’t forget to get some dim sum 🙂
To my favorite tea house that I introduced in Part I !
That wraps up all the most authnetic and affordable hot dishes I love in Hong Kong. After you are full, after you take a walk, what do you need? Something sweet. Part VII, the last part of my Hong Kong Food Guide Series, I will introduce some traditional, creative, Hong Kong style dessert.