Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hong Kong Day 2: Kam Wah Cafe + On Dog Dog Cafe + Victoria Harbour

We have a good sleep and woke up at around 9 but continue to laze around in the bed because the sky looked gloomy. Weather forecast indicated that Hong Kong will rain this entire week, it made us depress a little.

It was still drizzling at 10 plus. We shifted our itinerary around as we initially prepared for an outdoor excursion. Starting to feel hungry, we started preparing ourselves for the day.

All done and ready to set off for the day. Kickstart my day with a cheerful colour for my outfit.
Before we left, we borrowed an umbrella at the hotel lobby.

A trip will never be complete without trying the local delights. We made a visit to Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳 which is 15 minutes walk from our hotel for brunch, it was nearly 11.30am when we reached. There was not much waiting as the time was still early for lunch. Kam Wah Cafe is famous for their bolo bun and egg tart.

Just like other cha chaan teng, the food was served fast and we were required to share seat with others. Serve fast and eat fast is the lifestyle in Hong Kong's cha chaan teng. 

First up was egg tart. 
The exterior of the egg tart was not too crumbly while the interior remains soft and filled with egg custard.

The legendary bolo bun 菠萝包 that Kam Wah Cafe is famous for. It was served with a slice of butter sandwiched in between the bun. It was sinful but delicious, we loved it.

The french toast was fluffy and go perfectly with the butter on top of the top, creating a very buttery taste. It was one of the nicest french toast that I had.

The ham and sunny side up set on the other hand tasted very normal, you can skip that when coming to the cafe.

Their milk tea was fabulous too.

As usual, we over-ordered our food but what was unbelievable was the price we paid for our brunch. The bill totaled up to only HKD157 or S$28.04. We can never find such a price over in Singapore. 

It was a hearty meal to kickstart our day. We were full of energy now.

Kam Wah Cafe
47 Bute St, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok exit B1

We stopped by to purchase herbal tea before moving on to the next destination.

While walking around, we shopped around the stretch of shops near Mong Kok and I bought 3 tops. It was an unexpected finding of this area, a shopaholic will always be able to find places for shopping. Getting new clothes make me happy.

We discovered there was one dog cafe near Mong Kok so I list it down in our itinerary. We have a hard time locating the dog cafe because the google map showed that we have already walked past the place. It was raining heavily and we kept walking round and round. 

Finally we found it and it turned up to be located on second floor of this building which we wouldn't thought a cafe would be located on top. It was 2pm by the time we reached and the cafe only opened at 2.45pm, so we have 45 minutes of buffering time.

Delicious Eatery was located opposite the building, we headed over to the eatery to have dessert and seek shelter from the rain.

Today's itinerary was all about cafe hopping because coming to Hong Kong is about 买东西, 吃东西. So do prepare some cash for that. 

We like this cafe, it was a great place to chill out.

We ordered a cheesecake (HKD28) for sharing.

Delicious Eatery 
8 Soares Ave, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong 
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok East exit C (10 minutes walk)

Here we were at On Dog Dog Cafe for an unique cafe experience. 
Point to note: do not come early as they only open in late afternoon.

Admission fee upon entering is HKD150 which comes with a drink, a side dish and main course as well as unlimited time playing with the dogs. On Dog Dog Cafe housed 5 dogs (2 Huskies, 2 Akita and 1 Shiba) and a ginger cat.

I love going to dog cafes because it gives me the opportunity to mingle around with the dogs which I don't have a chance to do since I don't own a pet at home.

I got a peck from this Akita dog.

Price is on a steep side when visiting dog cafes, but it's okay to splurge once in a while especially when we are in overseas to enjoy the fun and take many photos for memories. These experience will make the damage worthwhile. 

We spent the remaining afternoon in the cafe lazing around over the meal and mingling with the dogs. We started to take things slow and enjoy the laid back life in Hong Kong.

There was a couple that brought her own dog here, we went over to take table to play with their dog. Her dog was so cute and small in size, it was afraid of the big dogs and most of the time it was sitting obediently at the sofa.

Our food was here so we went back to our table for food. This was my tea break cum early dinner which was served at 4pm.

Bf had Ribena while I had Chocolate Milkshake.
I love the chocolate milkshake, the richness, thickness and sweetness was just nice for me. Every sip made me yearn for more.

For side dishes, we chose Cheese Sausage and Potato Wedges. Both of us chose Smoked Salmon Cream Pasta for our main. The creaminess of the pasta was just right and light. We managed to clear everything despite feeling really full. I don't think I have any more space for dinner.

Playing around with the dogs after our meal.

Time was nearly 5.30pm and the rain has stopped for now, we decided to make a move as the cafe was getting more crowded.

A group photo with the dogs before we left. Before the guests left, the owner will try to gather the dogs to have photos taken with the guests.
Though it not really a wallet friendly cafe, it was worth the price pay after we got this photo taken. I love this photo very much, it relives back lots of happy memories. We also have a fun time at the cafe too.

On Dog Dog Cafe
1/F, 3 Soares Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong 
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok East exit C (10 minutes walk)

Causal dressing for day 2, it was comfy and unique with an opening at the back.

We went to Mong Kok station to take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui. We walked around Tsim Sha Tsui and also to look for the place for buying Jenny Bakery. Looking at the queue, we decided to come back again on the second last day to purchase the cookies, we were also lazy to carry it around with us now.

Arriving at Victoria Harbour. 
The gloomy clouds and the deep blue sea created a magnificent view ahead, it was so beautiful that I paused for a few minutes to admire the gorgeous scenery ahead.

Victoria Harbour covers from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai, you can admire the harbour scenery from either location. 

The whole Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade was packed with people who were waiting for A Symphony of Lights which will start at 8pm.

We spotted the Clock Tower from our view. It was a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives via the city’s harbour.

A Symphony of Lights is a multimedia show and signature icon for Hong Kong, showcasing the vibrancy and glamorous night vista of the city.

To me, I don't find the show impressive at all but Victoria Harbour is still worth visiting for the scenery view.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui exit E

As I wasn't feeling very well, we made our way to hotel after the show ended. On our way back, we bought fruits from roadside stall to have it in hotel. I just have fruits for dinner since I wasn't feeling hungry.

That's all for day 2, stay tuned for the next travelogue.

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