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Hong Kong wantan and some other things September 3, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Food, Hong Kong, Other Countries, People, Places.
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I always wanted to try the real Hong Kong wantan mee. I know there are lots of wantan mee stalls in Malaysia which are quite memorable and notable but there’s nothing like an authentic Hong Kong wantan.

The opportunity came when I was visiting Lantau island, home of Disneyland. The first obvious sign that it was a HK wantan dish is the size of the bowl. It was big. I don’t know why it was big because the among of mee in the soup was about the same as anywhere else.

Perhaps it has something to do with our visual appreciation of anything that feels and looks big – as if we will be getting our money’s worth. The char siew was also in big slices. Again, I don’t know why it needed to be so big.

The taste? Well, I have tasted better but to be fair to those chaps, there are better ones (wantan mee) in Kowloon which I so happened to bypass. I shan’t make the same mistake again when I visit the ex-British colony a second time.

As for accommodation, the Hollywood Disneyland Hotel gets the thumbs-up from me. Everywhere you turn, you see a Mickey Mouse logo or symbol. Even in the bedroom, the ears of Mickey stick out a mile long for your eyes to appreciate.

And on the streets of Disney town, there are uniformed guides to show you the right places. Nothing is left to chance. They have not forgotten that you are paying for everything. Don’t forget to bring all your spare change!!!


Hong Kong Disneyland July 10, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Hong Kong, People, Places.

There were three things that I remember well about Hong Kong Disneyland. The first was these four young gentlemen singing in harmony to passers-by on one of the many colourful streets of Disney town.

They called themselves the Dapper Dancers. Dapper, indeed, they were. And they sang very well, too. Quite entertaining, I might add.

The second was this young, energetic group of youngsters who form the High School Musical show. The wonderful thing was that they move from the stage and spill onto the streets as they sang and danced their way through the huge crowd.

Only at Disneyland on Lantau Island, Hong Kong, can you find such show pieces.

The third pleasant surprise was the river boat journey through a man-made forest filled with wild animals and crocodiles and even a live volcano.

What made the water expedition memorable was our boatman who was naturally a Hong Kong Chinese guy who spoke broken English. His fragmented English and acute sense of humour made him quite charming.

We all laughed at his jokes which he probably repeated about 25 times throughout the day to different groups who boarded his boat.

My conclusion: Disneyland is for everybody, regardless of age. Try it before your knees give way.