Sai Ying Pun neighborhood
Today I walked around the city exploring the Sai Ying Pun neighborhood. Sai Ying Pun is in the Western district of Hong Kong Island near the ferry terminals. Queen’s Road, the main road in the neighborhood, was the first road built in the Western Part of Hong Kong Island. It connected military roads in the area for easy access for the British.
As the area grew, Sai Ying Pun housed local Chinese immigrants. Once Europeans started settling in HK, the locals had to move to the bottom of the hill.
Sai Ying Pun is one of the oldest parts of the city.
Queen's Road, Sai Ying Pun.
As I walked around Sai Ying Pun, I wanted to try the local cuisine on Queen’s Road. I looked up some reviews of local restaurants. I came across Sister Wah, a traditional noodle house that has some of the cheapest food in HK. Don’t be fooled by the cheap prices of food in HK. Even the cheapest eats are the best.
I ordered the beef ball soup with an order of boiled white radish in beef broth. The radish dish was flavorful and tender. The radish melted in my mouth, while the beef broth gave the radish a nice flavorful punch. This dish ran me a measly $13HKD or $1.75USD. The beef ball soup came out next with 4 heaping ground beef balls on top of flat rice noodles. It’s customary to mix spicy chili paste in your dish while slurping up the noodles. Overall, Sister Wah was a pleasant eating experience.
Sister Wah restaurant.
St. Lonan's Bakery
After Sister Wah, I wanted to watch the Symphony of Lights from the Hong Kong Island side. As I was walking to my next location, I spotted a charming little bakery that sold Chinese sweets. I grabbed one egg yolk pastry and one red bean pastry. The egg yolk pastry is incredibly tasty. The yolk literally drips out of the pastry into your hands. The red bean pastry had a pleasant mix of bean flavor and sweet cream. Both were delicious.
The front of St. Lonan's Bakery.
Symphony of Lights
Once I was done eating the delicious treats from St. Lonan, I met up with a few expats at the Sai Ying Pun MTR. We then, all walked the rest of the way to Victoria Harbour. There at 8pm every night, the Symphony of Lights displays the magnificent beauty of the skyline. The audience is treated with a laser show that is coordinated with music while the buildings light up the sky. The show is 14 minutes long. My video quality didn't turn out well. So, I am using a video from YouTube to show how cool the light show is.