Travel Inspiration By A Pro Trip Designer
September 11th, 2009
Mooncakes are a traditional Chinese pastry made for the Mid-Autumn Festival and are meant to be eaten outside, under the moon. They come in all types of varieties and are generally a tad dense for the western palette being that they’re made with duck egg yolk. Haagen Dazs though has rolled out an ice-cream version which was a top-seller in China and Starbucks has its own coffee flavor. They are considered a delicacy and stamped with chinese characters for longevity. Over 250,000 mooncakes were sold during the festival last year – even one of pure gold.
On my press trip to Shangri-La Kowloon, we made a batch of our own with black truffles. Here are some pics.
Our guide, chef-of-little-words, showed us by demonstration
We got chef costumes too
The ingredients and tools – dough, bowls, shape maker bats (clearly I have no idea the real name for that) egg yolk baste and flour
It was really quite fun -especially the shape making part where we had to bang the paddle on the side of the counter. The character on top means longevity, er, I think.
Right before the oven
Our impressive collection
Sadly I never did get to taste the finished product but I was told they were quite strong. I’m pretty sure making them is the best part anyway. However, I may indeed try an ice-cream one later. I’ll let you know.
September 10th, 2009
The view of the city from the top of the Peak Funicular. A tad hazy but impressive nonetheless
As fitting of a tourist, I went up to the top of the Peak Tram to check out one of the city’s best views. Leaving from about mid-peak level, the surprisingly steep tram is an easy 10 minute ride up to the summit of the peak. Its not the actual top – that’s the view you have to shell out for – where all the uber wealthy in HK dwell.
The next pic details one of the biggest takeaways from the city – the competition for height. Among the sea of skinny skyscrapers, two waldos stand out; The IFC where the Four Seasons and a whole host of fancy label shops live and the not-yet-finished ICC. Located right across the water in west Kowloon, the 116-floor ICC promises to be the tallest building in Hong Kong at 1587.9 feet.
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