[ Hong Kong ] 灣仔星期六
building has some interesting story behind it as well.
After we were done with our main biz, we stopped by a nearby popular noodle place. It's typical of Hong Kong traditional tea/restaurant, crowded, small and kinda messy. But the food was ok and it has lots of visitors. This one was featured in the 2009 michelin guide as well. The noodles at this restsaurant is said to be one of the last remaining hand-made with bamboo-stick-beating-it noodle. Because the process is too labor intensive, it's mostly replaced by machine now.
The red bean soup with pearls.
We ordered shrimp and pork wonton noodles and a red bean soup with pearls. Cost about 112 HKD.The noodles were good (kinda different texture; a bit crispy/chewy). But the portion was a bit small.
Not to far away we could see the The Pawn building on the other end of the street. This building was completed in 1888 and was the biggest pawn in Hong Kong at the time.
The building was revived in 2007 and took quite a bit of $$ to do. The current building now houses a 3-story British pub/Restaurant - The Pawn. Gotta check it out another time!
The store on the ground floor and next door that's part of the Jsenses heritage building revival project. We'll be heading to a restaurant in there in a few days to check it out!
On our way to the Blue House, we passed by some interesting stores and buildings. The "heel" to the right is actually a bathtub!
We walked for some distance before we reached the Blue House. The house was built on the site of a hospital that was turned into a temple worshipping Huatuo (a historical legendary figure in the history of Chinese medicine) in 1886. The current four-story building was built in 1920. Went through various periods and was used for multiple purposes (eg. English school, martiial arts school, Chinese liquer store, convenient store, fish trading association office, etc.) until the war. After the war ended, this became a residential building. The painting was only painted this blue in 1990 when the government was painting the place because they only had the blue colour that it often used for another purpose in stock.
The heritage building went through some heritage debate and was decided to be kept as it is now. Some of the original residents still reside here. and There's a storeyum on the ground floor that keeps records of the local's shared memories.