Monday, November 5, 2012

~ Hong Kong 2012 - Day 2 (Part 1) Market Walk ~

02.09.2012 : Day 2

Good Morning Hong Kong! We had a good night rest and I must say our bed was really soft and comfortable (unlike the stiffer mattress that we experienced before).

Our morning began with us looking out for eateries around our apartment. After being 'warmly welcomed' (persuaded) by the boss/staff, we settled in for breakfast at 新盛飯店 which is located just across a street.

Our Pick - Fish Balls Noodles Soup and Shrimp Won Ton Noodles Soup (HKD $22)

A simple, traditional breakfast where the ingredients are filling and tasted alright. I can only recall Gladys rejecting her cup of Ovaltine due to its blendness despite adding sugar.

After a filling breakfast, it is time to explore the sights around Hong Kong. Thanks to the staff at Chi Residences, we were being advised to take bus 74 (near our apartment) to bring us to the Goldfish Market.

This is our first time hopping on a mini bus in Hong Kong. For a moment, I felt like a Hongkonger taking the local transport, only that I am not sure where to alight. But not to worry as the road name of the stops are clearly stated on the bus. Payment can be made via the Octopus card.

Here we are!

There are other markets worth visiting when you are in Mongkok area. Just follow the signs for directions.

We arrived early but a couple of shops at Goldfish Market (金魚街) were already opened. Located at the section of Tung Choi Street, there are many shops selling various species of tropical freshwater and marine fish. Just admiring the fishes pleased our kiddos so much that they dream we can bring the entire aquarium back home!

Then, Denver spotted some cute terrapins and he LOVED it so much that he wished to have one as his next birthday present!

Apart from fishes, we also spotted hermit crabs, corals, seashells and other aquatic plants. We looked with interest as the fiery red Watermelon crabs crawled in the blue buckets. Each of them cost HKD$20 (~SGD$3 plus).

Goldfish Market is a fascinating place for the children and definitely an eye opener for Denver and Gladys, since they do not get to catch this sight back home. Seeing how the owners tie the bags of fishes swiftly for sale, feeding and netting them and spotting some amphibians and reptiles along the way has been a great enjoyment. It is worth to spend 1-2 hours here just to be mesmerize by these colourful little creatures.

Before we proceed to the next market, its time for a bowl of soyabean curb.

Fa Yuen Street Market (花園街市集) also known as Sneakers Street is well known for selling sports gears and clothing. However, apart from the trendy fashion and casual wear, do you know that it is also buzzling with many fruit stalls? We are very much attracted by the variety of exotic fruits and vegetables available in the area.

Street view
Typical fruit stall @ Fa Yuen Street

Hubby and I were delighted to see the fruits on display. It is time to do some weekend marketing! After walking around and comparing the prices, we bought some cherries and small watermelons (size of our palm) from the market. The thought of having some cooling fruits at the apartment later surely brightens our day.

Meanwhile, we got ourselves some refreshing coconut juice.

It has been an exciting Sunday morning and we took the mini bus back to Chi Residences with our buys.  ^_^ If you have a little more time to spare, you may like to check out the Flower Market and Yuen Po Street Bird Garden.

Summary of Day 2 - Part 1

Places of Interest

Goldfish Market (金魚街)
Address: Tung Choi Street North, Mong Kok
How to Get there:
MTR Prince Edward Station, Exit B2. Walk east along Prince Edward Road West until you reach the market.
MTR Mong Kok East Station, Exit C. Walk to Sai Yee Street via the footbridge and follow the signs

Fa Yuen Street Market (花園街市集)
Address: Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok
How to Get there: MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit D3. Walk along Argyle Street to Fa Yuen Street.


Address: Shop A, 41 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei
How to Get there: MTR, Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C


Jessie said...

What a lovely little blog. It looks like you and your family had a wonderful time :) I especially liked your description of the Goldfish market. Having been there myself I know how easy it is to spend hours just gazing at all the different types. I would have loved to buy a terrapin too - they're my favourite animals. Unfortunately I couldn't take it back to my Hong Kong apartment, and definitely not on the plane home!

Phoebe said...

Hi Jessie,

Thank you! Yes, we had a great time at Hong Kong and I love the food too! My son still ask for a terrapin even though we are back home :)

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