J: Tea in Hong Kong

Here’s the view of Hong Kong harbor from my hotel room – looking out at all the boats waiting on Sunday morning – Kowloon in the background:

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My new friends Waris & Jenny took me around Hong Kong – this is in front a christmas display… it’s fairly tropical here, so Christmas seemed far away!

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We went for “Yum Cha” which is Cantonese for “drink tea” — what we call Dim Sum.  They took me to a place that’s 80 years old, you share tables if you can grab space!  We sat with a very nice couple, the Leungs.  Mr Leung comes here “every other day” (according to Jenny – they spoke only in Cantonese!)  They taught us how to pour tea from these traditional cups.

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In this place you have to be committed!  When carts come out with favorite dishes, there’s an immediate crowd pushing for dumplings…

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Jenny & Waris were saying there is a paternalistic trend in this society – we saw it in action.  The Leungs kept telling us what to order and when a cart would come out they’d rush Waris to run for it.  They did have good tips though!  We had some super-yummy chicken pao – and Waris was thinking of getting more, Mrs. Leung exclaimed (again, translated by Jenny), “What!  More pao??”

After breakfast they let me take a picture with them:

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We could call it YUMMMMM Cha – and this was just the start of packed day.

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