Out with the old, in with the new. This is especially true with the New Year ringing in and the Christmas/ January sales. I am currently writing with my beautiful new MacBook Air (thanks mom!), who decided that it was time to give my good old fujitsu a rest.
It is a delight to use, but most importantly for me, it is not as heavy as my last laptop. This is good because I no longer have to worry of my bag pack breaking from the weight.
I ventured into the land of Sham Shui Po today to get the rest of the accessories needed for my laptop for a total of HKD128 (or £10.07). If you happen to be in Hong Kong and are looking for reasonably priced (or in some cases, extremely cheap!) electronic goods/ accessories then Golden Centre or the open area market outside Exit C2 of Sham Shui Po MTR is the place to be.
- A case for HKD100 (or £7.87)
- And a silicone keyboard protector also for HKD28 (or £2.20)
Both of which I thought, were absolute bargains. I was extremely pleased with myself.
I have bought many things from Golden Centre/ the outdoor market right outside Exit C2 of Sham Shui Po station. If you want a comprehensive review of the two places then please like and comment below. Directions to Golden Centre and the market will be at the end of the blog.
For the brave and the adventurous who venture into Sham Shui Po, not only would they find themselves in an electronic heaven, but weirdly enough, also in a Hong Kong street food heaven. There are lots of different types of food to try. From the conventional fishballs and siu mai being sold right beside to the road to the different, with the best pork liver noodle soup in Hong Kong (supposedly). My mother and I decided however, that today the wonderful establishment would dine at was at Kung Woo Beancurd (Or Kung Wo Dou Bu Chong in Open Rice).
Front of the restaurant
The chef cooks bean curds at the front of the restaraunt
Kung Woo also sell their tofu products. As I was eating, I saw many people buy their soya milk (bottom left) and fresh tofu (top right).
This is how the inside of the shop looks like. You can see an old photo of the founder of the shop on the top left.
Kong Woo Beancurd is one of the oldest establishments in Hong Kong. At over 100 years old, it creates the perfect fish cake tofu and fried tofu. Soft and silky in the inside and delightfully crispy on the outside. Additionally, I would personally say that they make the best soy bean milk. One can really taste the soy bean flavour in the milk.
From left to right: Fish cake tofu, deep fried bean curd
Less can be said about the atmosphere of the ‘restaurant’. Small tables are set up inside, however, the tables are not as clean as one would like it to be (my mother cleaned it down twice with an antiseptic towel, being the OCD woman that she is) and on very busy days up to eight people can be crammed around two tiny stall tables. Do not expect great service from the ‘waiters’. As there is literally only four things on the menu, they don’t bother to write anything down, simply yelling to the chef at the front of the stall what you have ordered. However, as the bean curds are constantly being fried, one can expect food to be brought to them quickly. An assortment of condiments are provided, as well as a chopsticks. I would suggest that one eat the tofu with a drizzle of soya sauce and some sweet chili sauce. Together, they are amazing with the bean curd.
Directions to Golden Centre:
Taking the MTR would be the most efficient way to get there. It is on google maps if one finds themselves easily lost, but as long as you take the get out of Exit D2 of the Sham Shui Po Station (which is on the Red Line going towards Tsuen Wan) then it will be hard not to find it as it is right opposite the exit.
However, there are buses which run to the area. Preferably find one which runs to Yen Chow Street (near a McDonalds) or Cheung Sha Wan Road (busses which have stops around exits C of the MTR would be best).
Directions to Kung Woo Beancurd or Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong:
G/F, 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po
From the MTR – Exit B2 of the Sham Shui Po Station. You will soon get to a cross junction. Cross it, going straight. Once you have crossed the road, stick to your right hand side. You will pass a curry house. Kung Woo Beancurd is soon afterthat.