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HK’s best – the Goodbye

In the past few posts I’ve tried to list some of the places in Hong Kong which make me regret leaving even though I now find myself in a city full of barbeque, booze and bikes (Seoul). They were places or restaurants that have that embedded mixture of history, taste and context. This is because Hong Kong’s best are not to be found by reading TIme Out or SCMP but getting off the MTR at some random stop and following an old Cantonese lady’s sharp elbows until she stops somewhere to eat. Or soliciting tidbits of local information from the many knowledgable Cantonese foodies.

However, we’ve been out of Hong Kong a month now and things change fast there… It is probably time to leave Hong Kong to someone else as if you give it a few more months many of the places we loved and knew will be long gone. So it is time to move on, time to say goodbye.

However, what will I will miss and will always be there is the half rotting, skyscraper mess that is Hong Kong and its addictive psychogeography. Despite the best efforts of the luxury developers and the big brands Hong Kong will always have those topless old Cantonese men playing Mahjong mere streets away from the Gucci shops. Wet markets will squat in corners and backstreets and local food will eek through the cracks and materialism.

Before we left Jen got the chance to shoot a video to document some of this character for a bit of B reel. The aim was to show places we loved in Hong Kong and the dilapidated half East half West character that makes it so special. If you’ve been to Hong Kong hopefully you will recognise most of it. If not, it is set in Sheung Wan, Central’s wet market, Causeway Bay and then the Star Ferry and TST.

If you like the video and want something similar for more worky purposes the company she did it for was the Laundromatte.

So… see you in Seoul, because its going to be interesting.

PS for the other posts on HK’s Best click here.


  1. great vid! i miss hk…. hope u both have an awesome time in seoul! cant wait to read about it!

  2. Beautiful video, perfect way to get all the HK essence. Hope to see u around sometimes, if not, Seoul could be good too. I know you will enjoy ur time in there, already doing it 😉

  3. Great video. Love the old bloke smoking a pipe!

  4. ge

    good stuff, love the video. how long have you been in HK? and why choose korea?

    • We were in HK a bit over a year. And Korea came about as we went there for a weekend and loved it. I told my boss at work and he simply said “want to go there for a year”. A month later it was done. Random but cool.

  5. Great stuff. I echo your sentiments expect my feeling is that the soulful side of the side is simply being suffocated.

    Going back last month was emotional because everything I missed was, of course, still there. But, I doubt, when I go back in a few years, I’ll feel the same.

    • Maybe we will both be surprised, China bubble will have burst and HK will be striving forward as a democratic (ish) vibrant world city. Or we will just enjoy the food :/

  6. What a gorgeous and inspiring video.

  7. Love the vid.
    Brought back many memories, as we spent a month living out of a matchbox of an apartment in Sheung Wan. Best time ever. So wish we could go back and do it all over again.
    Looking forward to hear about bar-b-q, beer and bikes of Seoul….

    • I feel I am going to miss SW this winter in Seoul. Such an awesome little neighbourhood. I still feel amazed people live in Mid-Levels (yukj)

  8. Great video, a lovely peaen to the side of HK that you patently enjoyed so much. I love to visit primarily for those strange stops that you can appear at and find your way to some rundown streetside hole that serves properly memorable food, whether it’s sweet soft tofu, shrimp egg noodles or a memorable shrimp omelette. Looking forward to hearing more about Seoul.

  9. Beautifully done, Jen.

  10. Domo

    Great video Jen!

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