Location 1: Kowloon City (Part 3 out of 3)
Author: CHU Wing Yan Emily
Brief recap of the previous 2 articles: I’ve introduced quite a number of restaurants that locals love to visit in Kowloon City and for this article, there are two places I’d like to introduce to all of you because it’s definitely worth visiting if you want a taste of the local culture!
Another recap of how to get to Kowloon City: if you’re going from the Kowloon Tong CityU campus, exit Festival Walk and walk down the footbridge that leads to the train station in the direction where trains depart towards Hung Hom all the way to the bus terminal, and board the green minibus 25M and get off at the Kowloon City Municipal Building.
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of mooncakes: the Chinese pastry that has a glistening baked outer crust with creamy lotus paste filling and a salty egg yolk? There are so much more variations to this traditional dessert that the Chinese eats during the Mid-Autumn festival, but only little know that there’s another version of it with a Chiu Chow twist to it. As mentioned earlier in previous parts of the article, a lot of Chiu Chow people live in the Kowloon City district and there’s a lot of authentic Chiu Chow cuisine here if you happen to be looking for any. Other than Chiu Chow restaurants, there’s also this bakery/sweets shop called Kwai Yue Zai Bakery.
They sell this flakey puff pastry with taro or red bean filling and with an optional salty egg yolk in the middle, and locals call this the Chiu Chow mooncake. Out of all the variations of mooncakes, this is my favourite and I do actually look forward to having it every single year.
But for those who are not interested in devouring such calorie-packed mooncakes, there are also lighter snacking choices, which include cakes in the shape of playing cards, and also Chiu Chow Glutinous cakes (茶粿).
Address: No. 59, Shing Nam Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
There are often long queues around the mid-autumn festival period and pre-ordering is often required to obtain a box of Chiu Chow mooncakes during that season, as they are freshly baked everyday and are limited in supply. Do get one if you happen to pass by that shop in Kowloon City!
The Kowloon City Walled Park located inside the Carpenter Park is a historical site where it used to be a intensely packed and populated area which was not under the control of the government during the times when Hong Kong was a British colony.
Address: Carpenter Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
I don’t know if you’ve heard of this drama called “A Fist Within Four Walls” by TVB, a local television broadcasting channel, but it was quite a hit in Hong Kong a a year ago, and the story is based off of the setting of the Kowloon Walled City, and feel free to ask the elderly around the area for stories about the Walled City, because the stories bear a lot of resemblance and similarities to the plots of the triad gang movies Hong Kong is famous for. So don’t be shy and do ask around when you’re there!
More restaurants and destinations would be mentioned in Part 3 of the Kowloon City series so please stay tuned!
*Extra tips (how to get back to the MTR stations from Kowloon City:
Bus: 1, 1A (Prince Edward/Mong Kok MTR Stations)
Green minibuses: 25M (Kowloon Tong MTR Station)