With the aim of visiting a new area of Hong Kong, Ry and I checked out the list of tourist attractions serenading the MTR map and decided on a visit to Fanling to see the Taoist temple, Fung Ying Seen Koon.
However it was quite a trek to get there, so we stopped off in Langham Place for lunch in ‘The Dining Room’ – a restaurant that served Shanghai food.
I love open kitchens!
The place gave off quite an East London vibe, with its brick walls, decorative bicycles and miscellaneous wooden crates.
We both opted for noodles, which were a bit too chewy and undercooked for our taste. However I think that may be the Shanghai way of cooking them!
I also went for a hot and sour soup which was pretty good, but nothing spectacular.
The ‘grandma’s homemade pork dumplings’ on the left had a pretty chewy outer layer but the Shanghai dumplings a.k.a. ‘xiolongbao’ (on the right) were amazing! The meat was lovely and tender, while the soup inside had soaked in all of the juicy flavours – DELISH!
After lunch, we made our way over to Fanling to check out the temple, which was pretty cool, but pales in comparison to Wong Tai Sin.
Walking up the steep steps, past the temple, we came across many gravestones.
Making our way to the top of the hill, we enjoyed the view of buildings and mountains…
Ry rockin’ his new Steve McQueen T-shirt!
So long, Fung Ying Seen Koon Temple!
Unfortunately Fanling is a mainly residential area, besides its temple and Heritage Trail, so there wasn’t much more to explore.
We had recently done a Heritage Trail in Tin Shui Wai and judging by photos online, the Fanling trail had pretty similar vibe, so we decided to give it a miss and headed over to Central for dinner instead.
We opted for food in Yorkshire Pudding, a British-pub style restaurant in the heart of Soho with open-air seating, which was great to make the most of the February warmth!
I went for ribs and chunky chips, which were really tasty but the portion size was lacking. Ry wasn’t particularly hungry so he had a mini-burger! ^.^
After a stroll around Soho, checking out all the restaurants that we’d like to try, we popped back down to LKF to meet Rico, Ness, Mike and co for HAPPY HOUR COCKTAILS! 😀
We left as ‘expensive-rest-of-the-night’ began and were greeted by a clown selling penis glasses…
We wandered into Insomnia, where a pretty awesome live band was playing.
While the drinks were stupidly expensive, a few of us opted for chicken wings instead.
Food is always the best part of any night out 😉
After throwing some epic shapes on the dance floor, we headed over to Club 1997 where they had really gone all out for Chinese New Year’s decorations!
You might be able to make out the glasses being set on fire – the waitresses banged on the roof every time someone ordered it, so we couldn’t really miss it!
So that concludes the second day of our Chinese New Year holiday; visiting somewhere new and catching up with friends over cocktails.
All in a day’s work 😉