The recent Lamma ferry disaster has thrown much limelight onto this beloved island of Hong Kong. Though the city still mourn for those who perished in the collision and look on anxiously at those fighting for dear life in hospitals, there is little reason to doubt that Lamma, for its flaws and faults, remains a favorite island to many.
Flower crabs with egg white and Chinese wine.
I lost the number of times I took across the busy waterway (one of the busiest and, until recently, one of the safest in the world) to escape the concrete jungle of Hong Kong city for a bit of greens and nature. A hike through Lamma island is never taxing – afterall, it’s only 1.5 hours at most – and it’s a great way to unwind and relax and not to be inhaling exhaust fumes.
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There are many places to go for seafood in Hong Kong. What with being surrounded by seas and being in such close proximity to China, it is hardly surprising that seafood in Hong Kong in generally fresh. More often than not you get to see the live version of your dish before it gets cooked.
My all time favourite restaurant for seafood is undeniably the Lamma Hilton Shum Kee located at Sok Kwu Wan in Lamma Island. Being a good ferry ride away from HK Island, there is something almost magical about the place.
But first, on to the food.
Deep Fried Squid with Spicy Pepper
Perfectly spiced and succulent to the crunch. The deep friend squid was perfect to go with a bottle of beer on a hot Sunday afternoon. The dish would have been even better had the squid been cut into smaller pieces.
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To say that hiking is the third religion in Hong Kong – after eating and shopping – would be kind of an understatement. When I was tasked to plan for a hiking trip to Lamma Island, my research unearthed a mind-blogging amount of resources dedicated to this activity; a testament on how much the locals love a good trek up and down the hills (mountains?) of Hong Kong.
Here’s a summary of my findings:
1) The hiking trail in Lamma was said to be one to four hours long, depending on your circumstances. Losing sleep worrying whether you planned too-tight an itinerary for a day trip like this, in all honesty, would be utterly pointless
2) Doing a hike in autumn is always infinitely better than risking it under the wrath of summer. I have yet to come across a blog post about a pleasant summer hiking experience in Lamma thus far
3) Just because you live a five minute cab ride away from the terminal would mean you can leave the house 10 minutes before the ferry depart
The Ferry Ride
I embarked on the trip one Saturday afternoon with my Hong Kong buddies – Fanny, Maureen, Mandy, Billy and Faifai. It was first of the some of our outdoor group outings and hopefully it heralded more such events in the future.
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