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Hong Kong: Chapter 1

posted on September 25, 2007 at 6:05 am

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After I graduated from college, I packed my bags and headed to China for a solo trip. It was a crazy experience as a Western (and broke) woman, but I loved it. I mainly ate greasy (but good) noodles off the street and dim sum, but I vowed to return. Coming back 10 years later with a little more spending money and a better sense of the area is thrilling.

Choosing restaurants in a food destination like Hong Kong can be tough so I was excited to see that Anthony Bourdain had just covered Hong Kong on his show. I decided to follow Tony’s lead and hit a few of the spots the locals took him to.

Tonight, we went to Under the Bridge Spicy Crab located in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong. The specialty here is their typhoon crab. The place was packed and we had a small wait, but the host was cool and served us some beer while we waited on the street and chatted with some folks visiting from Singapore.

Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong
Signage

Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong
Signage–I assume this is some sort of write-up in a local paper

We started out with some fried squid at my sister’s request. It was banging. The sauce was good, but I just ate it on its own.
Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong

Next came some greens in garlic and ginger. Greasy and good. We had to have something good with all the fried seafood!
Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong

Clams with spicy black bean sauce. So frickin good. The heat was a gradual burn and the clams were super fresh. The clams on BuHi pale in comparison.
Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong

Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong
Just some folks grubbin away.

Next was some fried rice with pork for some contrast. Yum. One of my favorite dishes to eat at Chinese restaurants and much better than the soy-heavy version you get in most places in the States.
Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong

We ordered some of the fried mantis shrimp which reminded me of langoustines. They were so sweet and the garlic was like candy–just as Bourdain said. Not much meat per order, so one for each person.
Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong

Sorry guys, but I am hungry…
Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong

The main event: typhoon crab. The table was silent except for the sound of moans. Need I say more?
Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong

Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong

Under Bridge Spicy Crab: Hong Kong
The aftermath…

Tony did not disappoint. The place was so laid back and the food was amazing. A must-try if you are ever here. Tomorrow, we do dumplings. Shanghai soup buns here I come! Stay tuned.

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