Day 8: Dan-Dan Mian day

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Day 8: Dan-Dan Mian day

A favourite dish for us is “Dan-Dan Mian” – a bowl of spicy Sichuan noodles.  We heard of some outstanding versions of the Southwestern China speciality being served up in Hung Hum, a fairly popular residential district in Kowloon, Hong Kong.  Off we were to seek out all things Sichuan!

We started at Wing Lai Yuen 詠藜園 to sample their “Dan-Dan Mian” along with several other Sichuan staples.  Hmmm…yet again, another disappointment wrought by the Cantonese aversion to spicy anything.  Bad? Nope.  OK?  Yes.  Great?  We booked our flights to Chengdu the next day.  Let’s just say we will not be going back.

Seeking something more credible for our palate’s spicy-quest, we stumbled upon a hole-in-the-wall called Yunnan Guizhou & Sichuan Noodle 唯一雲貴川風味.  Cheap as chips, littered with students and awaiting the annual cleaning, we faced a sceptical waitress when demanding the spiciest of noodles available in the joint.  We did not get the top-echelon – local people often mistake the colours of our faces to mean we do not understand Cantonese – but settled for a more than satisfying, tasty palate-burn.  We shall return.  We shall achieve spicy Nirvana.  So let it be written…

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That evening with more than full tummies, we treated ourselves to a bottle of 2011 Robert Foley Pinot Noir Hudson Vineyard.  Glorious…enough said!!!

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2011 Robert Foley Pinot Noir Hudson Vineyard

…to be continued


Day 1: Roots

Day 2: Spain and France make their debuts…

Day 3: Sippin’ ’n spittin’

Day 4: Little Thailand in Hong Kong

Day 5: A taste of nostalgia with Chef Umberto Bombana at Ciak in the Kitchen

Day 6: Sunday sippin’ ’n snackin’ at home

Day 7: A bitza this, a bitza that


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