We woke up Monday with a novel idea: let’s go for a Street Nibbles Stroll through one of the local towns called Luen Wo Hui 聯和墟. We packed up all of Buddy’s essentials, put on our least interesting clothing and departed on our culinary adventure.
As we rolled into the outdoor carpark, we could see Buddy’s excitement mounting. He loves the car ride, but turns delirious when he knows something new is about to take place. Et voila, he bounded out of the car like Super Man on steroids almost yanking our arm out in the process. His 220 million olfactory receptors were working in overdrive as he had mili-seconds to figure out and enjoy all the smells around him. A happy Beagle, he was.
We passed the small St. Joseph’s Church on the left before entering the town. A Catholic church established in 1926, St. Joseph’s Church is luvly. The maintenance of this Grade 3 Historic Building by the Antiquities and Monuments Office is stellar. The grounds are well-kept. The people at reception are all smiles and welcoming to visitors. From A to Z, St. Joseph’s Church is simply a nice, peaceful and spiritual destination that softly requests your visit when you are in town.
Buddy was pulling us like a crazy Beagle as the overwhelming attraction of the smells no doubt reminded him of the movie we saw the other day “PERFUME”….scary dude who had a sense of smell like Buddy, but he took it to a yucky-pooh level! We dare you to watch it!
Our first stop for victuals was “Chuen Fun” (rice rolls 腸粉), “Siu Mai” (shrimp/pork dumplings 燒賣), “Fun Guo” (mixed everything – scary – dumpling 粉果) and “Ngau Yok” (Beef Ball” 牛肉) (see photos at the bottom) at Four Eyes’ Boy (bespectacled youth) Chuen Fun (四眼仔腸粉) . The name of the stall made us wonder about how virtually every Hong Kong boy and even girl we ever have met dons spectacles at a very young age. Genetic? Bad air? Fashion statement? So, with approximately 4 million “four eyes’ boy” in Hong Kong, we were wondering who was behind this one!? In any event, it is a small food stall located on Luen Shing Street 聯盛街, and they make very yummy “chuen fun” with a spicy, brown, sesame peanut sauce dip. It is a lot of fun to eat while standing on the street and watching the people walk by.
Although small, this town was bustling at 11am. Buddy was poking his nose in everyone’s privates as they walked past. It becomes evident he is the The StudBud because everyone smiled even when he got a little too close to licking in the wrong (well, for Buddy, the right) place.
Just a few stalls down the road, we stopped off at the shop called 草澤堂 where they make a most excellent “Yau Sei Mei” (廿四味) or 24 herb tea. We never dare to sip until we have returned home and find ourselves comfortably within jumping distance of a clean toilet. “Yau Sei Mei” has a “je ne sais quoi”? cleansing impact on our insides unlike any other such product, Big Pharma included…did you say flush!? Continue reading Street Nibbles Stroll