The sun was finally out for Sunday after days of gloom. gloom and more weather gloom.
What better way to kick off a Sunday than with a nice hearty bowl of ramen? We ventured to Yukitei, a small independent Ramen shop in Wanchai.
Green tea was served.
Traditional Tonkotsu Ramen – I didn’t get to try the broth, but apparently it was quite concentrated in pork flavour
Black Garlic Ramen- the broth had a strong flavour of garlic accentuated by the drizzle of black garlic oil
I ordered my go to order at any Japanese noodle shop…. the Tsukemen or any form of noodles requiring dipping. The tsukemen was quite good- the pork belly had a very good barbecue flavour and I loved the touch of salmon roe which adds extra texture to the dish! All three of us also LOVED the onsen egg. It was cooked perfectly (mine here is cut in half) and you could really taste the marination down to the level of the yolk as the entire egg had a subtle sweetness. GAHH. I could just eat these eggs every day. My only complaint was the amount of oil drizzled on top of the noodles. By the time I got to the end of the bowl a good amount of oil had accumulated slightly ruining the rest of the noodles left over.
The tangy dipping sauce to go with my Tsukemen
Like many traditional ramen shops, you can customize your ramen order- noodles can be hard, normal or soft; soup base can be adjusted based on concentration etc. I chose my noodles to be hard and it was done perfectly! However there was little difference between my dad and my mom’s noodle texture despite the former requesting ‘hard’ and the latter for ‘normal’.
Bellies full, we drove up to Sai Kung and decided to venture out onto surrounding islands for their unique architecture created from years of sedimentary rock formation and volcanic activity.
Prior to boarding the boat, we just couldn’t resist buying a pineapple bun from the Sai Kung Cafe and Bakery as it was fresh and piping hot from the oven! (in keeping with my pineapple bun obsession)
So we eagerly joined the line
and saw that there were also piping hot portuguese tarts!
You can tell they are fresh as the egg custard is nice and plump – having an egg tart straight out of the oven along with a piping hot pineapple bun is one of my most favourite eating moments if I had to name a few.
Unfortunately as we were going to spend 2+ hours on a boat, we sadly just opted for the fresh pineapple bun for safety measures.
With all the hype around this pineapple bun, we were extremely disappointed upon the first bite. Although it ticked all the boxes in the aesthetic department, the bun was as light as a feather unlike my favourite ones from Kam Wah, making it difficult for the crust to complement well with the bread. Sigh.
Despite the pineapple bun let down, we still had our voyage around the surrounding islands near Sai Kung to look forward to!
Our first stop was at an island famous for the ‘pineapple bun rock’ due to volcanic activity thousands of years ago.
Doesn’t it look like a pineapple bun?
We passed by many caves – including one that apparently resembles an elephants trunk (although there was quite a debate whether it does)
small islands – this island is supposed to look like a fish tail from an aerial view
We also stopped off at a local fishing village- back in the day before Hong Kong became a metropolitan city you can really see its humble roots from these few remaining traditional villages.
Just as we were heading back to Sai Kung we heard bad news that one of the boat’s gears had broken off and that there was a slight possibility the boat may give out leaving us stranded in the middle of the sea! Luckily the boat sluggishly propelled itself back to the harbour and with the aid of an another boat, we were guided safely back to shore. *phew
The entire boat trip lasted more than 2 hours and only costed 80 HKD! (which is a real bargain)- however note that its not exactly a guided tour so you are mainly paying for the transportation service. But the boat drivers are extremely friendly so if you strike up a conversation with them they end up becoming your own personal guides so my advice is to sit near the front of the boat on these trips!
To finaaalllly top it off, we took a quick walk into the town centre since we heard about a small shop selling imported authentic french goods called D’Oli. After a long chat with the friendly owners and bonding over the frustration of a lack of good European bread in Hong Kong (like here and here in London) we found ourselves bringing home a sample of complimentary baguettes and viennoiserie!
These are my favourite kind of days- good weather, good food, good company with family , good laughs, all with a little adventure thrown in the mix!
Yukitei Ramen- Shop C2, G/F, Lun Fat Street ,118 Queen ‘s Road East , Wan Chai 灣仔皇后大道東118號聯發街C2舖
Sai Kung Bakery and Cafe – G/F, 6-7 Kam Po Court, 2 Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung 西貢海傍廣場2號金寶閣6-7號舖地下
D’Oli French Gourmet and Wine Cellar – 21 Sai Kung Tai Street, Sai Kung