From Happy Hour to Hot Pot in Hong Kong

After one relaxing and rejuvenating week in Koh Samui, we're back in the lively city of Hong Kong for the rest of the trip!
Mr. Manhattan - $52 HKD (at Happy Hour)
Both Central, where Lan Kwai Fong is located, and Soho are known for their night lives and bar scenes in Hong Kong, but other districts, such as Tsim Sha Tsui, have exquisite rooftop bars and beautifully crafted cocktails. 
Cheers to happy hour!
Starting our night with happy hour, we visited a relatively new bar called Playa de Papagayo. This spot truly lived up to its name "Papagayo Beach." The environment was lovely. As we strolled in, we noticed our moods were lifted. The warm lighting, the lively yet soothing sounds, the modern decors, the welcoming waitress. Everything about it was perfect! After drinks a few drinks and chatting with our cousins, we began to get hungry and moved on to dinner at Budaoweng Hotpot. 
Hot Pot Feast and Beer
 Hands-down, hotpot is definitely one of our favorites, especially when we're eating with a group of four or more! It's such a great way to bond with your friends and family and cook - but really, boil - fresh meats and veggies on the spot! And of course, sip some beers! If you're one of those shorties who can't see the steaming pot from your seat and have to lean in or even stand up, you will essentially attend a FREE pore-cleansing session as you hover over that pot of the warm steam. It's a good deal - beauty, bonding, and food!
Victoria Harbor View After 11PM
Sometimes Hong Kong restaurants can be rather crammed, but usually the newer ones are now designed with a more spacious and comfortable layout. Upon our cousins' recommendations, we dined at Budaoweng, and without a doubt, we definitely had an excellent dining experience! Not only were the chairs very comfortable, we were facing the Victoria Harbor view, which was stunning. The pic below does not do it justice because we were too busy chatting and stuffing our faces and didn't capture the view before 11PM. Once 11PM hits, most of the city lights go off! FYI, if you didn't know, HK is all about energy saving and recycling! Remember to SNAP, SNAP, SNAP before the lights go off!
Decisions, Decisions - What Shall I Add to my Sauce?
Most importantly, the food and service were above and beyond. At the beginning, a tray of sauces and condiments was presented at our table for us to mix and create our own personal sauce! It's pretty cool! And colorful!
BEER, drink up!
Minutes in, our yin-yang pot of tom yum and clear mushroom broths arrived to our table, and of course, many plates of raw seafood, meats, and veggies came one by one until every single spot of the table was covered! What a delightful view! 

Unfortunately, we couldn't capture every delicious dish with our cameras, but we still have a few to share! Overall, the qualities of the ingredients and foods are very fresh, so no matter what you get, chances are that you'll have an enjoyable meal!

Shrimp Wonton Boiled in the Tom Yum Broth

That JUMBO shrimp in the wonton made it very bouncy and heavenly! It was very dynamic in textures and tasty as the wonton was infused with spicy and tangy tom yum broth!

(Raw) Fresh Fish Balls

Fresh and bouncy without any hint of fishiness.

Deep-Fried Fish Skins

These strips of deep fried fish skin are at an edible state, but dipping them into the broth will add a new layer of flavors! Make sure to pull it out quickly before it loses its crispy texture!

Fish Skin Dipped in the Broth

Another View of the Harbor from our Table
Despite of the numerous dishes of meats, fish, and veggies, a bowl of noodles must be ordered for the meal to feel complete! We chose Japanese udon because we needed that dash of Japanese in our meal. Also, who doesn't love that nice, chewy bite of udons?
Japanese Udon
Balance is key. As we have our meats and seafood, we must also have our tofu and veggies! One of our favorite non-seafood dish is the dried tofu skin! At its uncooked state, it's dry and very crispy, but once you dip it into the flavorful broth, it soaks up all the flavors in seconds and become soft yet chewy and juicy! So delicious! It's an experience.
Fresh Tofu
Dried Tofu Skin

Greens - Veggie Platter

(Raw) Chicken
Usually, we would order more seafood, but we love chicken in Hong Kong because the chickens actually have chicken flavors (unlike in the US). I have to say that it wasn't as good as I was expecting because all the seafood dishes were much better, but it was still decent!
Happiness in our Tummies!
To sum it up: Delicious meal! Amazing companions! Stunning night view!
Playa de Papagayo
Address: Shop N3, G/F, Podium Plaza, 5 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, map  
Phone: +852-2739-1808, openrice

Budaoweng Hotpot Cuisine 不倒翁中日火鍋料理
Address: 23/F, iSquare, 63 Nathon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, map
尖沙咀彌敦道63號iSQUARE 國際廣場23樓  

Phone: +852-2152-1166, openrice

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