4rd Stop: Chinese Herbal Tea Shop
Our next stop was a tea shop which sells different kinds of medicinal teas. They boiled various roots, barks, dried fruits and seeds into almost black tea.
The specialty of the house was a plum smelling concoction that the old man said would sooth my cold or that is what I thought he said. But I was not intimidated, I’ve always been adventurous, and it was not something that my Chinese doctor had prescribed me before.
5th Stop: Sher Wong Yip Snake Shop
I’ve had my share of dealing with snakes before, but not the reptilian ones. As adventurous as I am, I was quite curious and excited for this treat. There was no forewarning from our guide about the delicacy that was about to be served to us, but a glimpse of a news clipping of Andrew Zimmern on the stores walls gave the surprise away.
Yes, I was about to have my first taste of snake soup and it tasted how I expected it to taste… “like chicken.” The rich soup was given chunky texture with hand-shredded snake meat, that is Cobra brought in from China for their soup. The flavour and texture of the dish reminded me of birds nest soup. One curious condiment on the side was finely chopped kaffir line leaves which one had the option to add to the soup for an extra citrus aroma. The large bowl like ours is HKD65 while a small bowl costs HKD40.
6th Stop: Dim Dim Sum (Mongkok)
I’ve had dimsum and I’ve had DIMSUM, and the visit to DIM DIM SUM was definitely a winner.
Crispy Rice Flour Rolls with Shrimp (HKD28/2 rolls)
Chiu Chow Style Dumpling (HKD18/3 pcs)
Their versions of the small snacks was not only delish, but was clever and witty as well. How ingenuous it was to create a mushroom bun that actually looked like a shitake mushroom? I was really floored. This place is really worth the visit.
DimDimSum Dim Sum Specialty Store
Wan Chai Branch: 2891 7677
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