Jordan, a place that appears to be snakes mixed up with dragons, always slips people’s minds. In fact, Jordan has a lot to offer in terms of catering and sightseeing – plus it’s great if you’re interested in exploring the genuine life of blue-collars in Hong Kong and the city’s unique cultural diversity. Here are the top ten things to see and do in the district.
Feed your rumbling stomachs at Australia Dairy Company
It is not an ideal restaurant to overstay your welcome – from ordering to paying bills, diners are forced to spend no more than 20 minutes. Most customers might find the dining culture there rude, yet they are willing to line up for the signature dishes and drinks such as: scrambled eggs served with toast (the rich egg flavour alongside the light and buttery texture linger in your mouth), egg white custard pudding, macaroni with roasted pork and yuan yang (milk tea mixed with coffee). It is rated as one of the most iconic Hong Kong coffee houses.
Tin Hau, the name of the temple, is literally translated to “Goddess of Sea”. Mostly, she was worshipped by fishermen and waterfront residents to seek harvest and peace in Chinese culture. Many people come there to seek spiritual peace even when they are not religious. There are many historical objects inside such as the lion statue, monument and bronze bell as well as a variety of wooden sculptures to cast your eye upon.
Indulge in delicious wonton at Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop
Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop is another legendary eatery in Hong Kong. Diners come in droves for their famous wonton soups and braised pork knuckles with fermented red bean curd. The broth of the wonton soups is boiled with dried shrimps and pork bones which give it the fresh flavour, the wonton wrapper is so thin that you can taste the juicy shrimp filling. The pork knuckle is melt-in-your-mouth tender and the aroma of the red bean curd is unforgettable.
Yue Hwa is a Chinese style department store. Inside the 7-storey high store, you can find products ranging from Chinese medicine, clothing, jewellery, silk and shoes to musical instruments and penmanship tools. Even if you are not planning to buy anything, it is recommended to take a look at all of the miscellaneous eye candy. Besides, there are always cultural exhibitions on the top floor. If you are a tea fanatic, you can go to the tea arts lounge and taste-test some Chinese tea.
Kai Kai Dessert’s popularity has rocketed since making itself into 2016’s Michelin Guide. The shop is best known for its Cantonese style sweet soups such as glutinous rice dumplings in ginger sweet soups, stewed papaya in rock sugar, black sesame soup, almond custard, red bean soup and so on. If you want the best of both worlds, you can go for the two-in-one desserts. Popular combinations include black sesame soup with almond custard and red bean with green bean soup. These mixed desserts cost no more than HKD 19 – they are wise choices if you want to give your tastebuds an experience to remember and save your wallet at the same time!
Temple Street has the most bustling night market in all of Hong Kong. Locals and tourists come for the hustle, affordable and delicious seafood from alfresco food stalls, daily necessities or travel souvenirs. You can always haggle with the stalls’ owners to get a cheaper offer on goods. Booths of Chinese fortune tellers are usually active at night. Sometimes you might run into a Cantonese Opera show. It is recommended to come during night time when the market is at its liveliest.
Bite into sandwiches at Tim Kee Vietnamese Sandwiches
If you want to do a non-greasy takeaway lunch, having a Vietnamese-style sandwich from Tim Kee is a must. There are 2 different sizes available – 12 inches at HKD 42 and 8 inches at HKD 22. The sandwich is full of generous fillings: Vietnamese pork sausage, five spice-stewed pork belly and shredded veggies stuffed in a toasted baguette. It is recommended to share a 12 inch sandwich with your friend – 8 inches is already too filling for one person! If you are looking for some snacks, don’t miss the garlic bread (HKD 5). It is baked with homemade garlic butter – creating an irresistible smell.
Looking for cheap, yet good-quality accessories in Hong Kong? Head over to the Yau Ma Tei Jade Market. There are more than one hundred stalls selling dazzling pearls, jade, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants and more. Chinese Zodiac decorations are an all-time favourite with tourists since they can remove bad luck in Chinese culture. Don’t rush to buy the piece you are onto, you can always look for more first and most importantly, you can bargain with the shop owners.
Sky100 is an observation deck in which visitors are able to appreciate the striking scenery of the Victoria Harbour through 360-degrees. An elevator will send you there at full tilt within a minute. You can also snap a tailor-made photo at a booth with backgrounds of Hong Kong attractions to keep as a memory. The tickets are rather pricey: the walk-in price for adults is HKD 168 while it is HKD 118 for both children (3-11 years old) and senior (aged 65 or above). But once you get there, you know it is worthwhile.
If you are fed up with the haste of the urban areas, West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade is the perfect place to seek asylum. The sickle-shaped path is encompassed by the iconic stream-side scenes of Hong Kong. Visitors often come to cycle, take photographs, skateboard – the area even works as the ultimate destination for lovers to hang out at dawn for romantic strolls by the shore. Having a picnic there on the lawn might be a good idea when you can’t afford to go to fancy western restaurants.