18 May 2010

Hong Kong Street Food Tour ~ Day 1 - Woosung Street Temporary Cooked Food Hawker Bazaar



We find street food nirvana just two blocks from our hotel on our first night in Hong Kong.







Hong Kong Street Food Photos

Arriving in Hong Kong for the first time is a near trouser-wettingly exciting experience for a pair of travel food nerds obsessed with Chinese food and asian street life.

We arrive in Kowloon in the early evening, check into our hotel and hit the streets in search of lager and street food. We are tired and don't want to wander far. Miss Chicken switches on her food-sniffing-beak and I follow.

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

We hit paydirt just a couple of blocks from our hotel. This is going to be a good trip...

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

The Woosung Street Temporary Cooked Food Hawker Bazaar was our first find and our favourite.

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

There's a couple of sections. We choose the most ramshackle section. It was a slapped together structure of tarps and sheets of plastic, it was like eating in a circus tent. The place was packed with happy locals chowing down and swilling beer.

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

Our motto when it comes to good street food is 'dodginess is next to godliness'. We have found heaven. The kitchen is like something from the 16th century: dark, old blokes with no shirts, huge flames, lots of yelling. It is separated from the public by a sheet of clear plastic.

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

One bloke was cooking veggies on this contraption all night. I'm sure Nigella Lawson has one of these in her kitchen.

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

We try our first of many Chinese beers, Blue Girl Lager, about $2 Aussie for a longneck. It's love at first sip. Chinese beer is light and easy to drink, the perfect complement to Chinese food.

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

The menu is in Chinese so we scan the plates of our fellow diners and order by pointing out the ones we want. This ordering method seemed to result in the best food and the locals were always chuffed when we chose what they were eating. The lucky dip pays off. This dish is stir fried water spinach with enough beef to give the dish body but not overpowering the veggies. It is flavoured with lots of garlic. So simple, fresh and delicious.

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

We get lucky again with this whole steamed fish with black beans, chili, dark soy and coriander. Once again this is so simple, fresh and delicious. At this point we decide we want to live in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

The locals eat and drink with gusto, it takes three people to clean up after a group of about 6 blokes.

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

We finish our feed and have a couple of beers while we soak in the gloriously dodgey ambience...

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

On our way home we find amazing desserts but we are just too full, such are the dilemnas of gourmet travelling. We raid the 7-Eleven instead.

Hong Kong Street Food Photos

Woosung Street Temporary Cooked Food Hawker Bazaar is in Jordan on the Kowloon side of town, near the Temple Street Markets. This was our favourite spot in Hong Kong. Next time we visit it will probably be a block of highrise apartments.

5 comments:

  1. hey you know what, you have found a traditional "die pie dong"! these were tradional "food courts" if you like, that the local HK ppl would eat at on a daily basis throughout the 1970's until now. unfortunately, there is less and less of them around and i havent been to once since i was in my teenage years! when i go back to HK at xmas, i will make it a mission to find this place! =)

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  2. It's still going strong (not a high rise block yet). I went there a few nights ago - partly because of your glowing review...and then wrote my own...

    http://angell.posterous.com/the-woosung-street-temporary-cooked-food-hawk

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  3. That's great it's still there - we're hoping to get back in early Jan 2012 and relive the glorious down and dirty atmosphere. Die Pie dong lives in Hong Kong!

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  4. And it's still there and still great--I ate there last month. Not so temporary, I guess. I think Iris and I ate in the same section as you.

    -Matthew (the Pretty Good Number One guy)

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    1. That's wonderful news. You just never know how long 'temporary' might be for!

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