I heart HK: The Sweet Dynasty

4 Feb

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

I seem to have made a habit of spending culturally significant holidays away from the local culture.

Exhibit A: Spending Christmas Day wandering the streets of Hong Kong. It fit in with my strategy to spend a short period of time chilling out from work, as my definition of ‘chilling out’ really means spend as much time being active rather than sitting like a slug at your desk. Unfortunately, any such plan would be thwarted by Australia’s approach of “close everything up” over Christmas. Therefore devious plan of genius was a success.

Of course, devious plans require refuelling. Therefore, after taking in the capitalist atmosphere of people in shopping centres at Tsim Tsa Tsui, including hugging a giant Tiffany giftbox, I needed refueling for Round 2.

Let me introduce to you: comforting Hong Kong food, done well. The parentals took me to The Sweet Dynasty at Nathan Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui.

 

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Stir fried noodles

 

 

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Congee

 

 

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Glutinous Rice Dumpling

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Steamed chicken rice with mushroom

 

I grew up eating these types of flavours as a child (despite growing up in rural Australia) but never realised how comforting these foods are, now that I am getting a bit older (not necessarily wiser). However, it is probably these childhood recollections which make these flavours so comforting.

I remember eating the glutinous rice dumplings when I was in primary school before Christmas, knowing that my friends were probably all eating Cornflakes instead of this weird rice thing. However it was a warm, filling and tasty way to start the day.

I’m glad I was given all of these flavours as a child. I can eat these foods anytime and feel comforted for some reason . I feel like I am being looked after. Though one thing has changed – I no longer wish I had a bowl of Cornflakes.

I am glad that despite being surrounded by the Australian culture when I was a child, my parents insisted that I experience my other culture, even if it means that I celebrate significant holidays at different places in the world.

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2 Responses to “I heart HK: The Sweet Dynasty”

  1. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) February 21, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    Love this place for dessert. My fav is ginger milk curd.

    • Charlene February 21, 2011 at 9:38 am #

      I had ginger steamed milk later that holiday :)
      Thanks for the comment, big fan of your blog!

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