A question for Hong Kong and most metropolitan cities is: do you ever sleep? Hong Kong, do you sleep? Whether it’s an American/European company following a 9-5 work schedule, or an Asian company with fluctuations of getting off at 8pm or near all nighters that you work for, this question is hard to answer. But with busy, unexpected schedules what happens is that some places can never be visited unless it’s a holiday… or a Saturday :)
Open from 6 am to 4 pm, only Monday to Saturday, this is exactly what kept me from visiting Wing Hop Shing in Sheung Wan. But one Saturday, I could finally make it for lunch and try their claypot rice (beef & egg), coined the best by Craig Au Yeung – the multi-talented comic artist, designer, writer, and foodie that I got the lucky chance to meet before his trip to Shanghai with food photographer, Dixon Chan.
They have Hong Kong classics, like the Ying-yeung (鴛鴦) half coffee-half tea as well as unique drinks like the Salty Lemon Water (咸檸檬水), especially great for sore throats! (The lemons are preserved with salt for many years! Note: The acquired taste may not be for everyone.)
After a light lunch at Wing Hop Shing, it’s a must to take that 5 minute walk into NoHo District, the hip laid-back version of SoHo which includes my favorite, Gough Street – pronounced as “goff” rhyming with cough – I was corrected originally pronouncing it as “go” rhyming with dough. Interestingly enough, I came across the Gough Street in San Francisco, but that’s besides the topic.
Here are some of my favorites on Gough:
1. Bohemian Boutique
47 Gough Street, Sheung Wan
+852 2385 8899
Have you heard of Zee Avi? The style of clothes is very much like hers and coincidentally when I shopped there, her full album was playing in the background. During my hours in that boutique, I found a bracelet from Turkey, a bag from Thailand, and scarves from India. Oh and some name brand finds if you look deep enough.
2. Ms. B’s Cakery
39 Gough Street, Central
+852 2815 8303
I love this place. Maybe a little biased as my birthday cake was bought here, but have you had a cake with beetroot? They are pretty to look at and just so delectable.
3. HOMELESS.hk – the life style store
29 Gough Street, Central
+852 2581 1880
+852 2489 9899
A little pricey, but if I had the money – I would literally buy out this store. With witty-designed products from around the world, there is bound to be something you will want to buy or something that will get you thinking – “huh! I didn’t think about that.”
Also literally below, Homeless is Basement, a restaurant bar that has a decent weekend brunch menu and lovely interior decor. They used to make a yummy banoffee pie, but the chefs decided to take it off. Maybe if enough people ask for it, they will bring it back ;)
Things I didn’t get the chance to try, but always next time!
1. Sing Heung Yuen
2 Mei Lun Street, Central
+852 2544 8368
I saw the queue and heard all about their tomato broth noodles/macaroni with beef. They don’t open on Sundays so looks like this is another Saturday early breakfast/lunch place to check out!
2. Kau Kee Beef Brisket Noodles 九記牛腩
21 Gough Street
Alright, why so much beef? Maybe for my more meat-hungry guy friends. This place has a lot of gourmet food celebrities backing it up as regulars. Worth checking out, but again closed on Sundays. So prepare your Saturdays!
3. Mak’s Noodles
77 Wellington Street
+852 2854 3810
A 5 minute walk from Gough Street, Mak’s Noodles is a staple for their wontons! Can’t wait to try it next time.
Wing Hop Shing 永和成茶餐廳
G/F, 113-115 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
+852 2850 5723
Opening Hours: 6 am – 4 pm (closed on Sundays)
Sheung Wan MTR Station, Exit A2