Sunday, August 21, 2011

Temple Street Night Market

Yesterday, we went to check to out Kowloon Park as there are Kong Fu demonstrations on Sunday afternoons. Not only did we get to see Kung Fu, we also caught the end of a dragon dance. While both were pretty amateurish, the boys loved them.

Doug had scoped out a restaurant for dinner on his new favorite website, openrice. However, as we’re kind of the senior citizens of Hong Kong (we eat WAY earlier than most folks), the restaurant wasn’t open yet when we got to it. This gave us the chance to scope out the Temple Street Night market, which was just getting started. Luckily, the market did not disappoint; there was something for everyone, including dried iguana on a stick.

As we strolled along, the boys learned two important lessons (school? Who needs school?). First, they learned about bargaining; unfortunately, they learned how to bargain only after we had already purchased two large “Angry Bird” stuffed animals. We did manage to get a lower price than she initially quoted, but since the boys were oohing and aahing about how much they wanted said stuffed animals, she knew she had some suckers on the line. Despite this, we managed to secure the two large “Angry Bird” stuffed animals for $15 – for the both of them.

The second important lesson of the evening was about counterfeit goods (hence the quotes around Angry Bird – they were surely not legit). We had a lengthy discussion of what was meant by said term; this lesson was reinforced by the fact that Quin discovered a hole in his Angry Bird not less than 3 hours after purchase. Doug was worried about how we’d get these large birds home; I have a sneaky suspicion that will not be a problem. Nonetheless, we are all excited to return to the night market sometime soon; I have my eye on a “Tod’s” purse.

By the time we were done exploring, the restaurant had opened, and while the quality of food was okay, it was as if the restaurant was designed just for us. It had linguine and clam sauce for Berkley, pizza for Quin, and Indian curry for Mom and Dad; to top it off, an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (in English!) came on the TV during the meal. For dessert, we tried a Hong Kong waffle – basically, a Belgian waffle smothered in peanut butter and sugar. Mmmm. For today, we’ll continue to eat our way through Hong Kong as we plan to explore the Mids.


  1. It sounds like you accomplished quite a bit and are on your way to success in overcoming the diversities of another country. Have you tried to cook yet?? Or is it less expensive to eat out?? Love to all - Mom

  2. Love the last two blogs - you all seem to be enjoying yourselves and while the school issue still needs to be resovled - you are doing a great job at educating the boys and yourselves, in the everyday life of Hong Kong.

    Hmm - it seems that eating out in Hong Kong has become fairly easy and enjoyable!

    Aunt Trish

  3. Dad and I are following your adventures. Sometimes I read them out loud!They never cease to amaze us. And love the Angry Birds. Tell the boys I am getting pretty good at the game! Steph is visiting now. Can't believe that she leaves China and you go! She has lots of information as you probably have read. More to come I am sure. Days seem long without you all here. All our love,
    Dad and Judy