Wong Tai Sin Temple, Mong Kok & Tsim Sha Tsui | Kowloon, Hong Kong

It was already our third morning ever since we arrived in Hong Kong, and I guess it is high time we head off to explore other areas of Hong Kong! And by “other areas”, I meant the remaining areas that make up Hong Kong located across Victoria Harbour like KOWLOON! Hehe…

[Hong Kong November 2015]
7 November 2015
Wong Tai Sin Temple, Mong Kok & Tsim Sha Tsui | Kowloon, Hong Kong

Good Morning Hong Kong | Kowloon, Hong KongWe skipped breakfast and we can’t be happier that the connecting MTR ride towards Wong Tai Sin Temple, our first stop in Kowloon, was close to empty except for us and a handful of other commuters! 😀

Wong Tai Sin Temple 黃大仙祠 | Chuk Un, Hong KongWong Tai Sin Temple 黄太仙 | Chuk Un, Hong Kong

Wong Tai Sin Temple 黄太仙 | Chuk Un, Hong KongWong Tai Sin Temple is home to three religions – Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Its natural setting and intricately ornamented buildings are where worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling.

And it is said that prayers at the temple are always heard and all your wishes will come true. That is why the temple is always crowded with believers, both locals and tourists alike.

Wong Tai Sin Temple 黄太仙 | Chuk Un, Hong KongIt was a Saturday morning and it was crowded, as expected. Haha! But it was nice to take a walk in the temple the first thing in the morning after all. At the same time, thank the deities for the smooth travels ever since we arrived and asked for blessings for the rest of our trip in Hong Kong. Just like what I always do wherever I go, even at churches sometimes. Hehe 🙂

And when we were done, it’s time to move on and explore the rest of Kowloon!

Prince Edward MTR Station | Mongkok, Hong KongPrince Edward MTR Station | Mong Kok, Hong KongWefie, such a meaningful one, at Prince Edward Station before we head off in search of breakfast!

Anyway, it was deemed meaningful to us because the school where we all went to in Singapore and got to know each other used to be located along a road, coincidentally, named Prince Edward Road before moving to its current location!

Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳 | Mong Kok, Hong KongKam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳 | Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳 | Mong Kok, Hong KongThank goodness we were one step ahead of the breakfast/brunch crowd despite our detour to the temple earlier that morning, we managed to grab a tiny booth for ourselves promptly before the crowd came streaming in.

Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳 | Mong Kok, Hong KongThe combined breakfast spread for the six of us!

Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳 | Mong Kok, Hong KongOne humongous polo bun 菠萝油 and HK-style milk tea 奶茶 for me!

When we first confirmed our trip, Monkey was exceptionally insistent on taking us to Kam Wah Cafe for their polo bun. And I finally understood why when our food was served.

The polo bun was perfectly buttery, soft and fluffy on the inside and crusty on the outside. Not forgetting that each polo bun was almost the size of my face! Super shiok but good to share if you are intending to try other dishes available at the cafe!

And when we were done with breakfast, we moved off to explore a handful of the interesting streets that makes up Mong Kok!

Fa Yuen Street 花園街 | Mong Kok, Hong KongFa Yuen Street 花園街 | Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Fa Yuen Street 花園街 | Mong Kok, Hong KongWe started off with Fa Yuen Street that is located just around the corner from Kam Wah Cafe.

The street used to be a place for growing flowers during the Ming and Qing Dynasty and that’s how the street attained its name which can be loosely translated as Garden Street.

Today, Fa Yuen Street is a retail street offering a wide array of goods from clothing to mobile accessories to fresh food and popular for its sneakers and sportswear shops offering apparels at highly reasonable prices.

Goldfish Market 金魚街 | Mong Kok, Hong KongGoldfish Market 金魚街 | Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Goldfish Market 金魚街 | Mong Kok, Hong KongAnd on the next street, Tung Choi Street North, is my favorite-most street in the entire Mong Kok! Although it is commonly known as Goldfish Market, you can basically find various types of fishes and all sorts of pets you can think of! So cute all of them! 🙂

Anyway, aside from looking around and doing some random shopping, how can we miss out on random street food right? Hehehehe…

Goldfish Market 金魚街 | Mong Kok, Hong KongThere is a short stretch of food stalls towards the north end of the street offering stinky tofu and finger food on sticks. The boys can’t resist it and bought some to snack on.

Nullah Rd | Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Nullah Rd | Mong Kok, Hong KongNullah Rd | Mong Kok, Hong KongIt was supposed to be autumn already when we were there but it seems like autumn was a little late and it was rather hot in the afternoons. So it’s perfect timing to refresh ourselves with ice cream from the Mobile Softee trunk and fresh coconut juice!

Dim Dim Sum 點點心點心專門店 | Mong Kok, Hong KongDim Dim Sum 點點心點心專門店 | Mong Kok, Hong KongWe were randomly wandering southwards along the streets of Mong Kok and we came across Dim Dim Sum along the way. And us being us, as random as we can be, we stopped by for some dimsum on Vim’s suggestion.

And since we weren’t exactly hungry to begin with, we picked a handful of their unique creations to try.

Dim Dim Sum 點點心點心專門店 | Mong Kok, Hong KongPan-fried Stuffed Eggplant with Teriyaki Sauce 燒汁釀茄子

Dim Dim Sum 點點心點心專門店 | Mong Kok, Hong KongCrispy Rice Flour Rolls with Shrimps 脆皮鮮蝦腸

Dim Dim Sum 點點心點心專門店 | Mong Kok, Hong Kong11-07 037

Dim Dim Sum 點點心點心專門店 | Mong Kok, Hong KongSteamed Egg Custard Bun 黃金奶黃包

To be honest, I was a little lazy after all the walking to bother about taking nice food photos of whatever we were having at Dim Dim Sum. It was a little crammed in their Mong Kok outlet, staffs were a little rude (but that’s them I supposed…) but the food was actually quite ok.

So, I am really sorry if my photos are so bad, they don’t do any justice to the food. Oops!

Ladies’ Market 女人街 | Mong Kok, Hong KongLadies' Market | Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Ladies' Market | Mong Kok, Hong KongPJ and I at Ladies’ Market!

The only two warriors left standing. Haha… Or actually, more like the group split ways in different directions for an hour or so. Lun and Monkey went toy shopping, Vim and Hang gone off for some errands. I was supposed to find a nice cafe to sit down and chill out while waiting for the rest but PJ suggested that we keep walking and explore further.

That’s how we found ourselves on Ladies’ Market actually! Haha!

Anyway, Ladies’ Market is located on Tung Choi Street and it is actually a one-kilometre stretch lined with clothing, accessories, watches, bags and even cosmetics. Basically everything for the ladies. But on a side note, it was also where I found quite a bit of little trinkets I could bring home as souvenirs.

Ladies' Market | Mong Kok, Hong KongRandom back alley we crossed while heading to Mong Kok Station to meet up the rest…

Mong Kok Station | Mong Kok, Hong KongMong Kok MTR Station | Mong Kok, Hong KongThe group reunited at Mong Kok Station before moving on to the next stop together! 😀

K11 | Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong KongAnd we spent our evening hopping from shopping mall to shopping mall at Tsim Sha Tsui. I love K11 for the unique shopping experience! Plus I also found my favorite pastry shop from Hong Kong – Cookies Quartet while everyone is going crazy over cookies from Jenny Bakery.

Dinner | Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong KongDinner at a random eatery we found along Hau Fook Street, if I didn’t remember that wrongly.

Well, when we were done with dinner we kind of lost momentum with the shopping spree so we made an impromptu decision to walk down Nathan Road to the promenade in front of Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour & Symphony of Lights | Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong KongVictoria Harbour | Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Symphony of Lights @ Victoria Harbour | Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour | Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

We were just in time to catch the Symphony of Lights actually. But if I am asked to describe the light show in just one word, it will be – Disappointing. Haha!

Honestly, it wasn’t that fantastic in my opinion. And I was truly glad that we didn’t take it that seriously and it was an impromptu decision after all. What’s really nice at that moment was the evening walk down Nathan Road, digesting our dinner and basking in the neon lights that gradually flickered on for the night.

And when we were almost going to leave with utmost disappointment, PJ’s sharp ears picked up and brought us to a group of buskers singing by Star Ferry Pier.

Red House @ Star Ferry Pier | Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Red House @ Star Ferry Pier | Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong KongWell, it was really nice of Red House plus The Central Corner for entertaining every random song request we had. Aside from the fact that they can really sing, they were actually so engaging! We had a really good time even though we were sitting around on the floor of Star Ferry Pier and slightly shivering in the cold evening breeze for three whole hours.

Thank you for finishing off our evening on a high note! And most importantly, thank you for helping us forget how disappointing the Symphony of Lights was. Hehe! 🙂

Nightly rendezvous at our apartment | Wan Chai, Hong KongWith that, it was the end of our day out at Kowloon, Hong Kong. And back at our apartment and ending off with our nightly drinks, chit chat and sticking on those medicated plaster to soothe the aching from all that walking and brace up for another day tomorrow! No longer can do without those plasters man. We have aged… Haha!

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