Hello 2012 – Visit to the ‘Long Island’

Welcome to 2012 my dear friends and readers!!! :)

I hope you’ve had a wonderful New Year Eve! I know I had an amazing time  and now I can’t wait to share with you all my new foodie and travel adventures!

Seeing this is my first post this year, I wanted to mix things up a little and instead of giving you a review of a restaurant or product. I wanted to share with you a summary of my recent visit to an outlying island in Hong Kong – Cheung Chau (長洲) or the literal translation ‘Long Island’.

Source: HK Outdoors 

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Cheung Chau, it is one of the most popular islands in HK, locals often go on the weekends to get away from the hustle and bustle in the city  :) It’s fairly easy to get to Cheung Chau, where you can get on a ferry at the Central pier and with a standard ferry it takes 45 minutes and only 30 minutes on an express ferry. For more information on fare and ferry schedule you can go to the First Ferry website.

Going to Cheung Chau is a yearly thing for Mr Bao and me, because it’s so close yet so far away hahaha I hope that makes sense. We love being able to get away from the crowds and get some quiet time alone to relax and refresh :) So last week when his cousin (the one that hooked us up :) Mr Luk called and suggested we go to Cheung Chau for the day, I immediately agreed and invited Ms C .

Beautiful day!

We were so lucky it was such a beautiful day, first time since I’ve been in HK, I’ve seen the sun and blue sky ~

Family bike ~

I have trouble with riding a bike, so we rented a family bike where I got to sit at the back and Mr Bao did all the cycling woo hoo :) I felt like a princess! We basically went around the whole island and visited all the beaches and temples before I got extremely hungry and decided it was time to do my favourite thing EAT especially DESSERTS!

So our first stop was at a local dessert shop called ‘Coastal Dessert’ (北海甜品) 

Owner wasn't very friendly :(

They had a variety of Chinese desserts such as sweet soup, sago desserts and also the famous Taiwanese style ‘snow ice’ dessert – where its made from shaving a piece of flavoured ice, to create a snow like texture.

Chocolate Snow Ice $29HKD ($3.9AUD)

We got the Chinese snow ice, which wasn’t too bad but nothing special… I liked the crunchy bits from the coco pops but I didn’t like the green ‘lime’ flavoured syrup over the snow ice, as it didn’t really go with the chocolate.

By then Mr Bao was complaining he needed ‘savoury’ food, so our next stop was at the locally famous ‘Welcome Food Court’ (時來食坊).

They sold typical HK street food like curry fish balls, fried squid and dim sims…but they’re curry fish balls are very famous because they’re HUGE and I mean ping pong ball size fish balls!

Massive Fish Balls $8HKD ($1 AUD)

The fish balls were delicious! It had the right balance of curry and texture, it wasn’t too soft or too firm, it produced that perfect ‘bouncy’ feeling in your mouth when you bite into it ~ My number one recommendation if visit Cheung Chau!

Next stop Sun Hei Ge Cafe and Restaurant (新照記茶餐小食店) sorry I don’t think it has an English name, similar to the shop before, they had a range of HK style snacks and noodles but they specialised more in Chinese puddings and the traditional Cheung Chau ‘Peace’ bun (平安飽).

Assorted puddings $10 HKD ($1.5AUD) for 4

Peace buns and 'tea braised eggs' - sorry forgot the price!

I’m not really sure what the ‘peace’ buns taste like, but I heard that there’s no filling and the words printed on them in pink are the characters that mean ‘peace’ hence, the name. There’s also a famous Cheung Chau Bun Festival which lasts 7 days. The eggs on the right are infused with a tea scent, very traditional and yummy ~

And the last thing we had was Mr Bao’s favourite sushi roll from Hometown Teahouse where a Japanese lady operates and only sells a few items. One being her famous sushi roll with sausage and crab stick.

Sushi roll with Sausage and crab stick approximately $15HKD ($2AUD)

To me this is a very homemade and not-that-exciting sushi hand roll, and it’s beyond me why Mr Bao likes it so much…but hahhaa I’m not going to argue with him!

Cheung Chau is a definitely a different side of Hong Kong, so I definitely recommend anyone coming to Hong Kong to visit their unique ‘Long Island’.

Thank you so much for reading and continuous support :)

All the best everyone in 2012!

Ps. Sorry this post is a little longer than I anticipated it to be.

Addresses:
Coastal Dessert (北海甜品)
G/F, 9D Pak She Praya Road,
Cheung Chau
長洲北社海傍路9D地下 

Welcome Food Court'(時來食坊).
G/F, 150 San Hing Back Street,
Cheung Chau
長洲新興後街150號地下

Sun Hei Ge Cafe and Restaurant (新照記茶餐小食店)
G/F., 18 Tung Wan Road,
Cheung Chau
長洲東灣道18號

Hometown Teahouse
Cheung Chau Church Rd. 17,
Cheung Chau

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20 thoughts on “Hello 2012 – Visit to the ‘Long Island’

  1. Blue Line January 2, 2012 at 9:25 am Reply

    wonderful, thanks for sharing…..plz keep posting and god bless ya

  2. bakingaddict January 2, 2012 at 10:19 am Reply

    Happy New Year Daisy! Thanks for sharing your trip with us, it looks amazing! I love the family bike as I can’t really cycle! The food looks delicious. I’ve never seen a sushi roll with sausage and crabsticks! Guess you can put anything into sushi :) Look forward to reading more of your blog this year.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 3, 2012 at 2:30 am Reply

      Hey Ros :) If I could find a family bike in Melb I’ll definitely buy one HAHAHA best thing ever! The food was great ~ it’s nothing extravagant but all very delicious! LOL I still don’t get the handroll but oh wells ~

      Thanks for always supporting me!

  3. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake January 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm Reply

    Happy new year!! Love this post. :) I love curry fish balls, when I was in HK many years ago, that’s pretty much all I ate. I walked around by myself mostly so wasn’t as lucky as you to have company :P I love tea eggs too, mum always makes it at home~ hope to read more of your adventures this year! :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 3, 2012 at 2:32 am Reply

      Happy New Years too :) Thanks for coming back and supporting me! Curry fish balls are one of my favourite too! But I think I like the little dim sims a little more ~ OOO my dad likes them too do you think your mum would be happy to share her recipe with me??? :)

  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm Reply

    Happy New Year! And I’ve never heard of Cheung Chau-even though my dad is from HK. I bet he knows it though. The food looks great!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 3, 2012 at 2:41 am Reply

      Happy New Year too Lorraine :) I never knew you were half honkie too hehe do you go to Hong Kong much with your dad? Definitely go to Cheung Chau next time you to come Hong Kong ~

  5. Cupcake Crazy Gem January 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm Reply

    Wow, I had never heard of Cheung Chau before but how lucky that you got to go there! and I love the bike you got to ride on – riding around checking out beaches and eating desserts sounds like a perfect day to me! That shaved ice was crazy – I even showed the picture to my husband but covered up the words and got him to guess what it was and he said chicken and rice! It looked exactly like a savoury dish – how clever! Thanks for sharing all the yummy treats, it’s so interesting to see what other cultures like to enjoy as sweet treats! Happy New Year!

  6. Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 3, 2012 at 2:55 am Reply

    Hey Gem hope you had a wonderful new year too :) That’s so funny and cute that you husband thought it was chicken and rice, but now that you’ve mentioned it ahhaha it doesn’t look much like a dessert does it!!!

    I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed reading the posts and getting to know some different desserts hehe my life goal is to try desserts from all over the world :)

  7. Faith January 3, 2012 at 4:42 am Reply

    What a fun visit! I love that family bike — it must have been so much fun to ride around in it! I’ve never had fish balls but your description is amazing and I’d love to try them!

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year, my friend!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 3, 2012 at 6:32 am Reply

      Thank you so much Faith :) my friend from the US!

      I had a wonderful time can’t wait to go again hehe I’m really trying to get a family car and ship it back to Melbourne hahaha

      You’ve gotta come to Hong Kong when you get the chance to with Mike ~

  8. Miss January 3, 2012 at 7:48 am Reply

    Wow fabulous food! I miss those curry fish balls so much!
    Happy New Year! : D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm Reply

      Thanks for coming by my blog. Hope you had a wonderful New years too ~ you should go to Cheung Chau again soon :)

  9. Cakelaw January 3, 2012 at 7:50 am Reply

    Such a beautiful day – and such delicious food! It’s a shame the dessert bar owner was unfriendly – it is off- putting when that happens. Enjoy your trip to NYC!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm Reply

      Hope you’re enjoying your trip to the States too :) the weather was perfect for one second I thought I was back in Melbourne hehe ~ I agree…sigh unfriendly staff just put me off…and i rarely go back because of that ~

  10. Jane Lee January 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply

    What a lovely post to start a New Year! We loved all the Islands in HK, Cheung Chau is one of them, always enjoy the boat ride and the seafood. Thank you for all your lovely details, have to admit that I didn’t pay as much attention to everything as you have haha. Happy New Year!!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 4, 2012 at 12:03 am Reply

      Thanks Jane you’re always so lovely :)
      I haven’t had the chance to go the other islands yet like PingChau and Mei Wor but I’d love to go and check them out as well ~
      When was the last time you went to Cheung Chau? Hahaha the fish balls and sushis are kind of new things, they’ve only been popular for the past 2 to 3 years ~

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook January 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Hand Sushi roll with sausage in it?! That’s the first time seeing, but maybe it’s good for the kids or people who don’t eat raw fish. The fish balls look yummy – I love squid and fish balls!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 10, 2012 at 1:13 am Reply

      Sorry Nami :) I just saw your comment! I know it’s a really weird combination and definitely NOT authentic hahaha but it was made by a nice Japanese lady :)

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