I'm not gonna bitch about lunches at Hong Kong CBD anymore (Wah! A new and improved, angelic Rita? Not really. I guess you are tired reading about it. All my previous rants can be viewed here and here). So, instead, today I am gonna share something delicious, something happy.
Hong Kong park is within walking distance from my office. I love the place, especially these days, when the weather is pleasant, and flowers are just everywhere! It's full of comfy nooks here and there (I gushed about one of them here), and my occasional lunch pal, Loz, introduced me to this particular one.
It's a quiet corner on the way to the park's aviary, up on the hill. Walking up to this nook surely whets my appetite, plus, the place is totally worth all the climbing, even in high heels.
It has a couple of comfy benches, shaded by a group of trees, it's secluded (I should always get my camera ready, I might be able to catch some lovers in action *wink*...talk about an invasion of privacy), and it has one heck of a view....
....a waterfall in all its glory!
Now, the food.
Hong Kong boasts some of the most delicious Char Siew (BBQ Pork) I've ever tasted. I used to love the one from Hey Hey (Cantonese for Double Happiness, a corner cafe near Southorn Sportsground, Wanchai), but that's before I tasted...
Simple Life's Char Siew Rice
Each and every bit of the barbecued pork is deliciously tender, super juicy, richly flavored, the bits of charred fat give just the right amount of smokiness and satiny sheen. They are just perfect.
It is served with a side of sauteed assorted mushrooms and carrot, which are subtly flavored to compliment the pork. The sauce, oh the sauce. The sauce they use is not your average sweet soy. It has a bit of nuttiness which added some extra dimension to the whole orchestra. Simply perfect.
What's more amazing is...the consistency. There has never been a day where I could find one single piece of pork which is chewy, dry, flavorless or anything less than perfect. Deliciousness every single time.
*Remember to ask for a mix of fat & lean BBQ Pork = best bits!*
The high mountain Chinese tea that comes with the meal gives the rich meal the much needed balance.
(take away order from Simply Life at Citibank Plaza, HK$38 for one barbecued meat with rice and a cup of hot tea)
After such a satisfying lunch, some calorie burning activities are seriously needed. First, climbing down the stairs...(well done!)...and...this is why I love my camera. It gives you something productive to do, instantly, at no extra cost (just perfect for the currect economic crisis).
Say hello to my new buddy here, who just came up close and personal to enjoy the warmth of the sun. For some reasons, he doesn't look too happy being shot...he must've sniffed the cheapness of my lens amongst all the super long, grey and heavy primes. What a lens snob!
I am crap at photographing beautiful flowers...but let me share some to let you know how gorgeous the park is in the spring.
Hope after this post I will still have that nook. Hmmm, I might have to mark my territory by drizzling my tea all over it.