Month: January 2016

Mong Kok: Street Food by Night

Mong Kok possesses a certain charm that had me seduced from my very first visit. Dazzling lights and advertisements at every street corner, the ability to get lost at each turn, and swarms of people charging at you from all angles. The unmistakable chaos and disorder of the place can leave you with an appetite so it’s a good job there’s an abundance of local street food vendors to cater. From seafood and offal, to deep fried goodies, it’s a great chance to try lots of different new foods for as little as $4. You’ll often find Youtiao – a deep fried stick of dough – sold from street vendors and takeaway restaurants. Here they are all stacked up and ready to go. A typical street food vendor in Mong Kok with fishballs, seafood and vegetables waiting to be cooked. Waffles are also popular and can either be eaten plain or with peanut butter and condensed milk. Octopus balls being prepared on a hot grill. The process involves constantly turning the balls with little sticks to ensure …

U-Hang: Contemporary Korean Dining

I must admit I was dubious at the thought of contemporary Korean food. I have been spoilt with the likes of Korean street food (see previous post A Korean Street Food Feast) and still enjoy the novelty of a Korean BBQ. So with U-Hang, I was fearing the worst – small portions, dishes with more garnish than substance, and overpriced gimmicks. However, I could not have been more wrong. Stepping into the restaurant, I was greeted with high ceilings, exposed brickwork, low hanging bare bulbs and an assortment of wooden bar tables. It certainly looked the part but was the food up to scratch? The dinner menu was divided into ‘Small Bites’ and ‘Bigger Plates’ which was ideal for sharing and sampling a little bit of everything. The Bulgogi Beef Tacos which were under ‘Small Bites’ were impressively presented and each tortilla was overloaded with that unmistakable Korean flavour. I don’t eat beef very often in Hong Kong so it was a real treat to bite into succulent juicy beef pieces marinated in Bulgogi sauce accompanied with salsa, sour …