Sai Kung is getting minuscule attention from the tourists. It doesn’t rank as the top tourist spot on the travel bucket list, at least not mine. Sai Kung, however, become my first choice after a few days of swarming through the crowd in Hong Kong cities. It is the best escape from the vigorous lifestyle. Today we changed our place to visit Sai Kung, a seafood paradise.
Sai Kung is located at the Eastern part of the New Territories. There is no direct MTR Station to reach Sai Kung. It only takes about 25-30 minutes to reach Sai Kung via minibus.
(1) Take the MTR to Choi Hong station, and exit from C2.
(2) Then, take a green minibus 1A to Sai Kung Minibus Station.
Hong Kong, one of the most crowded cities on Earth, is not tailored for me. The crowd makes me anxious. My best friend always makes fun of me having Anthrophobia (means “fear of humans”). I took it as a joke until I visited Hong Kong.
However, Sai Kung offers a completely different side of Hong Kong. There are no skyscrapers and countless heads. Warm sea breeze kissed my cheeks and immediately I felt welcomed.
A floating seafood market was formed with the arrival of the fishing boats. We found locals gathering at the port to haggle the best price for the fresh seafood. Immediately, the port turned into a colourful promenade.
We walked along the promenade and enjoyed the sea view. Initially, I thought Sai Kung is just another fishing village. Apparently, I was wrong. Sai Kung is a home port for the fancy yachts of the rich. This ultimate form of conspicuous consumption totally changed my first impression of Sai Kung.
Sai Kung is a hidden gem in Hong Kong well-known for its seafood. We thought of it would be a shame leaving Sai Kung without trying its seafood. We started our hunting for the best seafood restaurant in the town. I was attracted by the wide range of seafood in the aquarium of the restaurants.
As usual, Lewis is the picky one when comes to food. He wandered around the Seafood Street, looking for the best seafood package offered by the restaurants.
“Can you translate it?”
Most of the menus were not in his favour – they were advertised in Cantonese. Lewis’ eyes were darting back and forth across the menu, trying to look for familiar alphabets and he failed.
At the end, with my help, we ended up in a restaurant recommended for Michelin. The price was above of all the restaurants we had dropped by. Tips: You get a better deal when you order the seafood package. Lewis is a lobster lover and finally, he got to try one. We paid around HKD140 for a lobster, fish, crab and a veg. The courses are impressive.
A day trip to Sai Kung was in fact refreshing. It was a temporary antidote to my Anthrophobia. Leaving this seafood paradise, the tensions submerged earlier in Sai Kung now came to the fore.