4 Fun Reasons to be Messy with Shrimps at Blue Posts

There’s an only of its kind shrimp diner in town serving exceptional bags of sauteed, sauced shrimp you love to get mess with. Devour. And bring with you the tabs. You or your friend might need it. Mess responsibly.

We always have that friend who is always thankful of over-the-counter antihistamine tabs. Why? Because Shrimp is Lifer! (according to one of those 4 friends on my mind) And no other seafood restaurant gratifies best those episodes of cephalic and gastronomic shrimp cravings but the Davao homegrown, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps.

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps Branches:
Bajada, Davao City
Lanang Business Park, Davao City
SM Ecoland, Davao City
The Block-SM North Edsa, Metro Manila
SM Mall of Asia, Metro Manila
O Square Green Hills, Metro Manila
Seascape Village, Pasay City

 

 

There is that bite! One does not need to be a Michelin Chef to qualify a best textured shrimp. What I know is, one keeps on being messy with shrimps at Blue Posts when he knows how shrimp should be sauteed. There is always that one familiar satisfying bite which your teeth, tongue and jaw unanimously enjoys! When there is an adjective as “fork tender” (meat), let it be coined that there is a “teeth tender” shrimp. It is at Blue Posts.

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The Sambal sauce. I stop asking for the vinegar dip when they start offering this. I have always been a lover of Asian flavors. When I had my Singapore-Penang trip last 2016, I went home as a certified Sambal lover. That sweet, salty yet spicy sauce slather on an al dente bag of sauteed shrimps? Salivating! The Crew went to our table and ask. Refill Sir? (Ano po, Garlic Lemon Butter, Sambal or the Blue Posts Boiled? You know the answer!

The nautical interiors . The ambiance engulfs you that every edible portion you will try as you dine with your bare hands, is all fresh and prepared thoughtfully. I smell the sea inside. Perhaps it is because of the fishing nets, paddles and life rings which your sensation associates to a dining table set just in front of the briny atmosphere of the sea shore waiting for the fresh catch. It feels composed inside. Not until the bag is finally open for partaking with that shrimp-infused redolence. Attack!

 

 

The costume. One of the crew approached me and offered to don my bib. I felt like a master. There’s just this satisfaction boost when you feel like you are being served with things you know you can manage to do but someone offered it sincerely and you do not have a choice but to give in. I remember that as intense as I salivate whenever I think of the shrimps. When the food-grade wax paper is rolled out. When our gloves snugly fit inter-finger. The drama just makes the whole experience more gastronomically memorable! These actually appear to be more of ritual than function since Me and my appetite know seemly that I would still choose to be messy despite all the donning. These are Instagram props!

Indeed, there is a lot of fish in the ocean of seafood restaurants. But, there is an only of its kind shrimp diner in town serving exceptional bags of sauteed, sauced shrimp you love to get mess with. Devour. And bring with you the tabs. You or your friend might need it. Mess responsibly.


Blue Posts offers 911 Shrimp Fever. An unlimited shrimp for 2 at P911 only until December 8, 2017. Call for reservations now!

8 FIRST-TO-TRY Eateries in Davao (When you are a SMART Tourist)

Davao is home of eateries with Michelin caliber. These are home grown eateries which serve palatable delicacies. Their delectable dishes are qualified by the traffic of daily queues and stories of satiety since they started serving for their first diner-turned-patron.

Street eateries from Hong Kong (HK), Macau and Singapore (SG) received nods from Michelin Guide inspectors last year. In fact, two hawkers in SG even garnered the elusive “one star” recognition.

READ ALSO: HUNTING HAWKERS: Michelin Starred Street-foods Singapore 2016

Spending most of my 2016 trips hunting for such award-winning streetfood made me theorized a criteria why one dish is worth for the Michelin mention. Such then is my basis enumerating these as the first 8 worth to try food in Davao. A list of eight (8) for the city’s 80th Charter Day celebration.

Davao Famous Restaurant and Cecil’s has been serving for almost 50 years like Ying Kee in San Po Kong. Lachi’s, Em’s, Kuilan’s and Aling Foping’s serve pastries and desserts which are as Michelin mention worthy as that of Kwan Kee in Sham Shui Po and Kei Tsui and Joyful Dessert House in Mongkok. Lyndon’s, as ironic as it termed it’s specialty is indeed the best pork rib. It is grilled and sauced savorily like that of my top favorite Satay served by Lan Ying in Kowloon City. Ultimately, the braised Carabao meat served by Bulca Chong is a dainty endemic dish, inducing that distinctly Davao redolence even years after completing this gastronomic itinerary.

*Download DAVAO GUIDE APP in your phone to weave these eateries in your itinerary. Smart to visit Davao in March-May (Summer, Araw ng Davao – 2rd week of March), August (Kadayawan Festival) and December (New Year’s countdown with the Torotot Festival)

READ ALSO: Smart App to Digitize Tourism Experience in Davao



Davao Famous Restaurant (HYSIAN SATEME)


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Partaking endemic meals with locals has always been my travel fetish. Thus, I would recommend having your lunch or dinner here to enthrall your appetite dining with Davaoeno families. For shorter queue though, be here as early as 6:30 am. “Tanan man” (All), that’s what typically the server’s answer when you ask for the specialty. A matter of fact since 1968 when it started as “Davao First Restaurant”image. The Hysian Sateme (Seafood Sateme) is my favorite in the menu. You will love the chunks of fish and squid giving variations in your chew with the noodles. Cinnamon – Soy tandem makes that sauce a bomb. Its spiciness teases you too. A reception area where queuing family could wait is set-up when they opened the renovated part.

SERVICE: 6:30 am – 9:30 pm  I  BILL: 195p (Sateme serving for 2)  I  TRY: Gulami I QUEUE: Long in Lunch and Dinner, Only Branch, Serving for 49 years. I LANDMARK: Chinese Archway in Acacia Street, Hop in to a Route 10 jeepney.

READ ALSO: SIGNS TO SPOT Michelin Street-Food Outlets Hong Kong


Kuilan’s Foodhaus (SIOPAO)


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These steamed buns with meat (pork or chicken) are perfect for breakfast and heavy snack. Come here by 6:30 to 8am. You will love munching these buns as your first meal for the day when the Davaoeno “grannies-in-SUVs” will be your meal mates. Try eating these with a local 3-in-1 coffee like them, eavesdrop and act like a local! I love that kind of immersion. The whole stretch of Dacudao St. where Kuilan’s main branch is located, is arrayed with venerable trees blowing the most freshening air among Davao streets. Reeeelaxing.

Be sure not to be too late as 2pm since they run out of Siopao late in the afternoon when most of those who queue are just up for take-out. I usually bring my guests here to take these buns as pasalubong since these meat breads could be in fridge til a week. The road going to the flyover just as you go out from Kuilan’s is leading to the airport.

imageSERVICE: 6:30 am – 6:30 pm  I  BILL: 15p/Bun, sold by box too.  I  TRY: Cutchinta, Empanada  I  QUEUE: Long during snack time, 9am, 3pm. With 4 other branches, serving for 16 years. I LANDMARK: Buhangin-Dacudao Flyover, Take a taxi.

*APP TIP: Navigate to “Places”. Scroll  to “Heritage”. Then “Chinatown”. Either from Davao Famous Restaurant or Kuilan’s, it’s near towards the city’s Chinatown district. Affordable shopping or merely immersing yourself to the locals while strolling around – Just dissociate. “Kublai Art Gallery” is also within the Chinatown district, the last street towards the Chinese Archway facing Magsaysay Park. You could also “Eat Durian” after all the strolling, just in front of the Magsaysay Park. The Sta Ana Wharf which will be your departing point when you want to explore Samal Island, is just beside the park. Hop in a “Route 10” jeepney if you’re from Davao Famous and notify the driver to hop you off in Uyanguren (Chinatown). It is best to take the taxi when you are going to Kuilan’s in Dacudao. Same as from Kuilan’s to the Chinatown.


Lyndon’s World’s Worst Rib and Awful Chicken (GRILLED PORK RIBS)


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Meat is so tender. It seem programmed to auto-shred from the ribs just before your cutlery lands on it. Literally melts in your mouth. This really is the worst you have tried. You might want to mitigate your chit for two. Get the 350G, an additionl rice and a serving of Lumpia Shanghai. I love eating this with a local beer within the bizarro wall paintings inside like your eating with Charlie Chaplin, Jonny Bravo and the Men in Black. Here’s a tip, when the portions you want isn’t anymore available, imagethere’s “Lyndon Dos” (other branch) just two blocks away, still along Roxas Street.

SERVICE: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm  I  BILL: 185p/350G to 270p (600G)  I  TRY: Kalderetang Kambing  I  QUEUE: Long during dinner time. Roxas St turns to a street market by 6pm. Expect the local bustles you would love to get lost in. With 1 other branch nearby, serving for 8 years. I LANDMARK: Roxas Avenue, Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), Almost all jeepneys passes by AdDU.

*APP TIP:  Walk a bit going left once you’re out from Lyndon’s until you reach the end of Roxas St. Hop in to a Route 4 jeepney going to San Pedro Church. Hop Off  where there’s an overpass near the San Pedro Police Headquarters, “D’ Bone Collector” is just on the other side of the overpass. 


Cecil’s Snack Inn and Bakeshoppe Inc. (SPECIAL BATCHOY)


imageCecil’s has been serving the Davaoenos since 1963. This famous dish from Visayas is one of their specialties. One of the two restaurants on the list which when a server is asked for their imagespecialty, they seem to recite all what’s in their menu, “Tanan man Sir.” You will love seeing families share their portions here while talking about their day. A dining table away from home. Dad takes few dipper of Batchoy, school-aged daughter samples a nugget of the Choco moist cake while mom nibbles some of the egg pie. Then, take turns who’s to eat the next morsel from which serving.

SERVICE: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm  I  BILL: 90p/bowl  I  TRY: Mami, Pancit loglog, Chocomoist cake, Egg pie  I  QUEUE: Long during snack time and after 5pm, serving for 54 years with 10 other branches. I LANDMARK: University of Mindanao (UM) Bolton Campus, CAP Auditorium, Hop in to any jeepney which passes by UM Bolton. Hop off and ask locals where’s CAP auditorium near Cecil’s.

*APP TIP: Walk two blocks away left where the oldest church of the city’s found, the San Pedro Cathedral. Take a “heritage walk” which you can start with other tourists in Museo Dabawenyo.


Bulca Chong (BRAISED CARABAO)


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I’m sure I’m getting the cheers of the boozing public when they’ll see this here! The only which serves 24 hours on this list. Bulca Chong indeed is the most native food among the 8. You will love this dish. Period. Then you will love it most after 2am when the gang just finished the last round of beer ending the night. (Davao has been imposing a liquor ban after 2am. Bars and shops are allowed imageto sell alcohol only til 1am.). Best with the throat stabbing ice cold colaaah!

SERVICE: 24hours  I  BILL: 95p/bowl  I  TRY: Balbacua  I QUEUE: Long during dinner time and after 2am, serving for 19 years with another branch in Sandawa area. I LANDMARK: Gaisano Mall Illustre, Davao Doctors Hospital. Hop in to jeepneys which pass by Quirino St. Hop off to Davao Doctors Hospital. Cross the street towards KFC fastfood. Walk left towards the next block. Walk right till you reach Bulca Chong.

*APP TIP: Walk left to People’s Park, Pasalubong Center, Tourism Office, Cinemateque

READ ALSO: PHOTO BLOG, Michelin Street Eateries Hong Kong


Lachi’s Sans Rival ATBP. (SANS RIVAL)


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Tasted the French dessert, Dacquoise? Sans Rival is the Philippines’ version. Lachi’s by far has the most ambrosial layers in Davao. You will love spending time here. Choose those couch beside the glass windows so you imagecould feel the neighborhood cafe charisma of the location while nibbling portions of Sans Rival (It is located inside a subdivision).

SERVICE: 11am – 8pm  I  BILL: 72p/slice  I TRY: Five chocolate torte, all cakes  I QUEUE: Long during snack time and after school hours, serving for 15 years with only one branch with rice meals in Marfori and a cake-only branch in Tulip Drive, Matina. I LANDMARK: Marfori Heights Subdivision. This is the farthest from the city proper among listed, so better to take taxi. You could take a tricycle alternatively from Davao Doctors Hospital in Quirino or from Davao Wisdom Academy in Torres to the Davao National High School (DNHS). Then from DNHS to Lachi’s in Marfori Heights. Seven (7) pesos per tricycle route.


Ems Pasta and Rolls (BAKED SPAGHETTI) 


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Can you just scroll up again and look at those almost golden cheese roofing those pasta? Get your first bite the soonest this is served while those cheese are still hot fresh from the oven. You’ll love it as almost crispy. If Lachi’s gets the authority for Sans Rival, Ems gets for pastas. When you have tried the “Primera” Spaghetti, you’ll be torn between it and the “Baked” the next time. Ems started in Cotabato City in early 2000s. In fact, its imagefront signage still has Cotabato before the “Ems”. The family decided to transfer in Davao and the Davaoenos since then are thankful for such exodus. Recite it with me, “Mille Grazie!”

SERVICE: 8:30am – 8:30pm  I  BILL: 70p/serving  I  TRY: Lasagna  I  QUEUE: Long during snack time, lunch time and after school hours. Serving for 13 years with only one branch which is now in reconstruction for a second floor. By Summer, Ems will be branching out among NCCC Malls. “Bravo!”


Aling Foping’s Halo-halo ATBP. (HALO-HALO)


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Davao’s version of a Philippine dessert rock star. It is like a sherbet. Look for that quarter size paper with the checklist to customize your portion with 6 ingredients, from cubed gelatin to sweetened Saba. Write your name. Pay and wait. Be in the Matina Town Square (MTS) branch by 9pm when you wanted to enjoy more the place and the crowd with imageband performances and array of bars inside the premises.

SERVICE: 1pm – 12mn  I  BILL: 60p/”petite”  I  TRY: Durian Halo-Halo, Chili con Carne  I QUEUE: Long during after school and office hours in the MTS branch. Most of your queue mates are students from nearby schools and young professionals. Serving for 12 years with other branches in SM Lanang (MALL) and Eden Paradise Resort I LANDMARK: Ateneo de Davao High School campus, Matina Town Square (MTS)

*APP TIP: Take a taxi and instruct driver to hop you off at President Duterte’s Residence. Visit earlier than 5PM. Download DAVAO GUIDE App to travel SMART. Manga-un na ta?!



REAL GUIDE to the 2016 MICHELIN StreetFood Outlets Hong Kong, PHOTOBLOG

When I was planning how to spend our 4th year together in Hong Kong, I thought of spending it like we are really in Hong Kong. City streets, locals and Chinese foods, not the mainstream of temples, shopping and theme parks. I was really aiming for something frugal yet involving, where stimuli are rare for our responses to deepen how much we really know each other.

November 2015, just when we started planning this trip, Michelin which I knew was just listing haute restaurants in big countries, released their brow raising, first ever street food outlet section on their list. Ive always been dreaming to dine with her in famous restos and thought should we be able to chow down in all the 23 listed street foods, that may perhaps equate to 5 Michelin Starred Restaurant. Yes that was I thought, plus the excitement the HK conurbation could surprise us.

Sharing our frugal itinerary and lovely snapshots below. Make this your #relationshipgoal, #wheninhongkong next time, use #HKmichelinSF

DAY ONE

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MAMMY PANCAKE, Ground Floor Carnavon Mansion, 8-12 Carnavon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
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FAT BOY, Shop G1 Ground Floor, Working Port Commercial Building, 3 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui
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YING KEE, Ground Floor, Shop 10 Hong Keung Mansion, 32-34 Hong Keung, San Po Kong
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WAH YUAN, Ground Floor, 38 Shung Ling Street, San Po Kong
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Lan Ying, 92-94 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City
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DOGGIE’S NOODLE, Ground Floor, 27A Ning Po Street, Jordan
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KAI KAI, Ground Floor 121-123 Parkes Street, Jordan

DAY TWO

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CHIN SIK, 49 Shui Wo Street, Tsuen Wan
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WING ON, 24 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan (We aren’t actually sure about this, but this is the nearest to that address given)
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CHEUNG HING KEE, 13 Chuen Lung Street, Tsuen Wan (We have asked attendants from nearby stalls and a police officer. The all said this is where Cheung Hing Kee was before it was closed due to robbery.
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KWAN KEE STORE, 115-117 Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po
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KUNG WO TOFU, 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po
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HOP YIK TAI,121 Kwelin Street, Sham Shui Po
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THREE POTATOES, Shop 5 Ground Floor, 30-32A Nullah Road, Mong Kok
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KEI TSUI, 135 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok
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JOYFUL DESSERT HOUSE, 74 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok (we have arrived here 1:05 Pm of January 25 unfortunately it is closed)
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SOUPREME, 20 Beech Street, Tai Kok Tsui

DAY THREE

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KELLY’S CAPE BOP, 57 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
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BUTCHERS CLUB, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai
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KEUNG KEE, 382 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
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CANAAN THAI SNACK, 72 Java Road, North Point (The address points to this outlet with a different name, TONKLA THAI SNACKS)
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MAK KEE, 21-23 Fort Street, North Point
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LEE KEUNG KEE, 492 KIng’s Road, North Point

SIGNS TO SPOT a Michelin Hong Kong Street Food Outlet

12765607_10208778844136352_351008123_oBeing a tourist in a destination which most of the establishment signs are in Mandarin or Cantonese characters, hunting your subjects turns to be more exciting. When we had the rove around the recently Michelin cited 23 Hong Kong street food outlets, we had noticed the following helpful ocular traits to notice in order to validate your quest and chow down exactly in one of the street food outlets recognized by Michelin as deserving to be in their Guide for the FIRST EVER Street Food Section.

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Not all of the 23 outlets have this Michelin seal sticker yet, January 23-25, 2016

 

Note that when you vaguely understand the direction of your Google map and you are not able to see the Michelin seal sticker in the facade, these five could help you as confirmatory spots.

1: THE QUEUE

It goes with the recognition of these outlets that they are serving really good food. Thus, patrons do not care how long they will be waiting just to indulge in the quality of food to be served to them. Locals are enjoying the queue, day and night. We have never seen anyone irritated nor annoyed while waiting for their turn. It seems like everyone understands that they have to wait just to taste the food. When I asked a young professional next to me, he said that falling in line, no matter how long would that be is already part of the culture when you want to immerse yourself in Hong Kong street food scene. Most of these stalls open by 12 noon and close at 9pm.

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(LEFT) 7:03PM, Locals who have just logged out from work fall in line for the EGG WAFFLES of LEI KEUNG KEE in North Point. (RIGHT) 10:43AM, Locals from blocks near market in Sham Shui Po queue for HOP YIK TAI’S RICE ROLLS. Yes that’s me falling in line for the second time while chowing down our first plate. The sauce is really magical. It’s like a more watery mixture of peanut butter and soy sauce. I chose a chilli version for our second serving and that made our lips really hot red.

2: THE FLOCK

Stores might have both the line and the flock or just either. For those who serve “take away” only or does not have enough space anymore for those who wanted to dine in, you would find an obvious flock of locals waiting for the call of their food being packed. “Take Away” is their term for take out. Just like seeing the locals patiently waiting in the queue, this scene would really make you rationalize that these stores really are worth listing in the Michelin since their food are really being patronized compared to other street food stalls on the same block or others who offer the same menu. That simply means they are serving distinctly delectable food.

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(LEFT) Young professionals and students from nearby schools in Kowloon City, waiting for their “take away” SATAY-NASI GORING meals in LAN YING.(RIGHT) Ppy smirks with impatience while Hong Konger ladies flock in front of KEI TSUI for their CANTONESE PUDDINGS. She’s just waiting for her turn for a 12HKD-WALNUT COOKIE.

3: POSTERS

As their signage is written with a non-English font, reaching these stores is not really that easy. What they post though on their walls would help you validate your quest. Aside from locals, HK celebrities have also invested their time to taste how sumptuous these recognized street foods are. Actually, these personalities have long appreciated these foods way before Michelin did their list this 2016. Printed articles from blog features are also being posted. In fact, we have confirmed that we have arrived at Soupreme, in Tai Ko Tsui when we stopped awhile and read some of the articles in their glass wall.

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(LEFT) Among the 23 outlets, DOGGIE’S NOODLE in Jordan which is famous for their FRIED PORK FAT NOODLES, has the most number of arrayed celebrity pictures that stretch from their order counter to the walls of the dining area.(RIGHT) Those printed blog features are indeed helpful tools to identify SOUPREME in Tai Kok Tsui since obviously in the photo, their store streamer is even slightly detached. The relieving feeling of sipping their signature CANTONESE DOUBLE BOILED SOUP compensates the hard to hunt journey though. Really worth the searching, especially when you eat it with their drunken eggs in a wintry breeze.

4: DINING TRAFFIC

For those stores which possess a part for dining, it is noticeable that the tables and chairs are always almost occupied. Locals just simply have to stand minutes after partaking their orders since others who do not choose to pack their food for take away, earnestly wait for a table to be free. If there is a third sign next to enjoying the QUEUE and patiently waiting in the FLOCK that I am really appreciative with the discipline and kindness of Hong Kongers, It would be this. They are selfless enough not to stay longer seated, seeing others who are waiting to eat. This scene may be true to all Hong Kong restaurants, but it is in these few Michelin listed stalls where you could really appreciate it more since a lot of locals really lord over it.

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(LEFT) Inside KAI KAI in Jordan which is known for their GLUTINOUS RICE DUMPLINGS IN GINGER SOUP, there’s an assigned personnel who supervises as to where a just arrived guest shall seat. (RIGHT) Just in front of Kai Kai is DOGGIE’S NOODLE, though has a more street stall appeal as chars and tables are just assembled almost occupying the side walk, the influx of customers are equally overwhelming.

5: RED

When we finished the collage of the facade photos of all the Michelin street food stalls, this was a common characteristic we have noticed, their business names are all in RED font. To be precise, 16 out of the 23 outlets have Red or shades of red colors in their signage. Especially those stores which have been really existing for significantly long years, their streamers are as simple as red letters in white background.

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(LEFT) KUNG WO TOFU in Sham Shui Po is so identifiable despite of the street market tents in front because of the bold red-white combination of its streamer. Their PAN-FRIED TOFU SNACKS opened my appetite to start eating tofu not just because it’s healthy. Yes, because their recipe just made tofu taste not tofu. (RIGHT) The back lighted red-yellow design of CHIN SIK in Tsuen Wan is very effective in catching your attention strategically so it wont be out shined by other signage nearby as it is found just beside a big shopping center. CART NOODLES here are perfect for a colder breeze being in New Territories. Try it with their chilli paste.

The palate memories from the foods served from these recognized street food outlets would definitely pull you to visit this gifted island state again. However, that particular behavior you have acquired of searching for a food house that thoroughly stretches your senses and that rewarding emotion of finally arriving and eat an internationally acclaimed meal? That made this wander indelible and such a unique, “checked-as-done” itinerary in our patented bucket list. You will be stuffed from head to the stomach, to the sole.