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Day 5: Michelin Dim Sum, Nathan Road, Symphony of Lights
After 4 hectic days, we decided to go slow on our fifth day. We went to Tim Ho Wan 添好运 (this is simplified Chinese, the one on their signboard is in Traditional Chinese) for breakfast , reaching there at 9.10am. If you haven't already heard, Tim Ho Wan is a one-star Michelin rated restaurant, serving good dim sum at cheap prices. This is so true. Read on. We went to the main branch at Kwong Wa St ( Yau Ma Tei Stn. Exit A2. Look to your left, turn into the alley [with Burger King] and you should be at Dundas St 邓打士街. head to Waterloo St. One block b4 Waterloo St is Kwong Wa St). The shop opens at 10am but there was already a queue forming outside the shop. The queue snaked on as it gets nearer to 10am. TIP: Grab their order form (pink/green slips of paper) and salivate at their choices while jotting down your order. We were lucky to be one of the first group into the shop. We ordered 9 items with prices ranging from HKD10 to HKD 22, and our total bill was a mere HKD 147!! *GASP!* The food was really, really good and fresh. There were 1 or 2 mediocre items in my standard but some exceptionally fantastic ones like its cha siew bao (roasted pork bun) and har gao (prawn dumplings). We couldn't get this price and standard of food in Singapore. Perhaps there are other better or cheap dim sum restaurants in HK but since we only tried this, there's no comparison but it's worth it for us.
Tim Ho Wan is really close to Fa Yuen Street and Ladies Market. We do not have any must-go places in the afternoon so we stroll along Nathan Road and walk from Yau Ma Tei Station to Mong Kok, stopping at whichever shops we like. TIP: I notice that some owners at Ladies Market are probably not locals and since everyone sell almost the same things, they can get pretty pushy or arrogant. But what we have learnt is that, if you have an attitude problem, you will not earn our money, no matter how much we like your product. Likewise, if you are friendly and honest, we are willing to fork out more for your stuff. So if you like an item and the owner ignores you, put it back and walk on.
Before heading to Avenue of Stars for the Symphony of Lights show, we went to Causeway Bay for more retail therapy. We also tried delicious desserts at Yee Shun Milk Company (milk desserts) and Hui Lau Shan (mango desserts). Both are pretty decent and plentiful in HK. We then took Star Ferry from Central to TST. We got the upper deck seats for a better view. After catching the amazing fireworks at Disneyland, I thought the Symphony of Lights show pale in comparison. Of course, I know they are of 2 different genres but personally, I didn't think too much of the Symphony of Lights Show. But I really like walking along Avenue of Stars and looking at the lightings of the Skyscrapers and ferries and just stoning out, enjoying the breeze with a whiff of "sea-flavour".