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Lamma Island

One of the things that Hubby and I have decided to do whist in Hong Kong are hikes, leisurely walks is my definition of a ‘hike’. I am not a serious hiker, but don’t mind the odd walk now and then. Hubby thought it would be a good idea that we start with the easiest and most famous one… Lamma Island. It is apparently an ‘easy’ walk from Yung Shue Wan in the northwest, south to the village of Sok Kwu Wan on the central east coast.

We caught a ferry from Hong Kong to Yung Shue Wan, and that’s where our walk started. Trust me to run into one of my ex clients with his family there. You truly do run into people randomly in Hong Kong!

Yung Shue Wan is the most populated area on Lamma Island. We started our walk from Yung Shue Wan and it was good to get out of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong to something a little more laid back and relaxing. It was definitely good to see some sort of beach – it doesn’t compare to the one back home of course, but it was nice to see greens and mountains.

1/3rd in to our walk we had a snack – I had curry fish balls and Hubby ordered Tofu Hua. Tofu Hua, warm tofu covered with ginger,  the vendor usually carries a pole across his or her shoulders with two large baskets attached. One of the baskets contain steaming soft tofu and the other contains the bowls and fixings. I love eating tofu but for some strange reason, Tofu Hua really doesn’t do it for me. Not sure if its because of the ginger but seriously not a fan of the taste. I personally think its not the best Tofu Hua I have tasted, but then again I am not a connoisseur! Although, Hubby did say that the best he had ever tasted was in Jakarta – and I remember having a taste of that, and it was indeed better than the one here.

Our walk from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan took a good 1 – 1.5hours. I do remember being hungry on this walk and hence was a ‘little’ grouchy! We got to Sok Kwu Wan and found the busiest restaurant there – Rainbow Seafood Restaurant. As I am not exactly fussy with food, I got Hubby to order whatever he wanted – he came back with 2 yabbies each and steamed fish! (how did I know he was going to order steam fish?)

The yabbies were cooked with salt and pepper and deep fried. However, I found that the yabbies were not meaty enough, too small, however, it was definitely tasty. The salt and pepper with fried onions / chilli and fried noodles blended well together and were absolutely tasty. The yabbies were fresh, as you would expect and it was tender. It was definitely cooked to perfection.

Like the yabbies, the steamed barra was also cooked to perfection. Fish steamed and ‘drenched’ in olive oil and soy sauce with ginger and shallot. You can never go wrong with this dish, unless the fish was over cooked– but the fish was perfect and definitely fresh.

It was an end to a great walk. A fantastic meal at Rainbow Seafood Restaurant. What’s even better, if you dine at this restaurant, you get a free ticket to go back to either Central or Wanchai. Delighted and full, I closed my eyes and the next thing I knew.. it was Central!

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