The Best Barbecue Pork Bun On The Planet
Hong Kong is known for so many things but day 2 of my trip to HK was full of things, popular things, that I never even knew about. For starters, I went to a Taoist temple (Wong Tai Sin Temple) where I got to shake fortune sticks. Basically you make a wish, take a circular cardboard tube of sticks and shake it while concentrating on your wish. The shaking causes one of the 100 numbered sticks to pop out and out comes your destiny. With a hope and a prayer (literally) I popped out #49 which is of average fortune and has a level of good luck. Yay book deal!
Scholar Si Ma inscribed his ambition on the bridge
The scholar earned his success study hard for ten years
His ambition high, but opportunities were far between
Marking his aims on the bridge as he left home
He achieved his lifelong goal through determination
After shaking until my heart was content I made my way to the gorgeous gardens of what was once the Walled City. Flowers, chirping happy birds and clean flowing water features flowed beautifully. Twenty years ago 33,000 residences ruled by the triads took up residences within the same walls. Their sub-par living conditions forced the government to evict, destroy and rebuild. This is a must see if only to have a quiet lunch in a beautiful (un-populated) park… seriously, I felt like I was the only one there.
Finally it was time for lunch. And WHAT A LUNCH. The best Dim Sum in the world was served to me in a VIP dining area in the presence of Chef Pui at the Michelin starred restaurant, Tim Ho Wan. From chicken feet to tong sui (a pudding topped with edible bird’s nest) to floral goji berry jello and the famous barbecue pork bun… I was in heaven. Each bite was more special than the last and the large table fit for eight or more was piled with food and enjoyed by the four of us not including Chef Pui who humbly answered our questions and refrained from eating and occasionally served us the exquisite dishes.
Humble was the adjective that could be used to describe Chef Pui while “rotundra” could have been used to describe me. Seriously I was a beast! I stuffed my face so hard! YUM!
What I’m wearing:
Floral shirt by Sandro Paris
White jeans by Michael Kors
Floral shoes by Converse
Thanks Hong Kong Tourism and Chef Pui for the lovely meal and amazing day!
Also a huge thank you to Sandro Paris and Sandro Queen St. for sponsoring my look.
Images by Matthew St. James