Hong Kong

Cheung Chau Island 長洲

For clarification, Cheung Chau is not a restaurant — it is one of the many islands in Hong Kong. My uncle took me to visit Cheung Chau to observe the rare traditions that are still, miraculously, preserved in Hong Kong. I captured photos of numerous food oddities on the island.

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Here is a picture of the harbour. This is not an image of Hong Kong that most people would imagine, eh? Cheung Chau, in my opinion, is a fisherman’s village. It’s not the luxurious cosmopolitan life in the bustling city of Hong Kong, but there is a lot of history and tradition in this island.

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Cheung Chau is known for their dried seafood. They can really dry anything caught from the oceans. Here is some dried octopus looking as appetizing as it could get.

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A whole chicken that was skinned and cooked.

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Traditional buns. There used to be an old traditional story about these buns. Every year, they would have a bun snatching contest. These buns would be stacked high up like a mountain, and whoever races to the top of the mountain and gets the most buns would win. They stopped this event after one year when the mountains of buns collapsed and killed many people.

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I’m not sure how you can eat dried starfish. I’m thinking that we can add into Chinese herbal soup.

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Dried shrimplets, or whatever the appropriate name is. I know many Chinese families who add these when they fry vegetables at home.

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I bought four red bean cakes (HKD 20). Apparently, the red bean cakes are also famous on the island.

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Here is a photo of what was inside the red bean cake. I wasn’t ripped off; the cake was filled with freshly cooked red bean.

In short, Cheung Chau is a great place to visit if you want to have a one-day trip outside of urban Hong Kong. It’s a place to relax on weekends and enjoy good seafood and traditional Hong Kong village life. Ask for the Chinese menu if you do not want to be ripped off! The restaurant owners are known to rip off foreigners (although prices are still very cheap in comparison to Canada and other parts of the world).


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