Friday, July 8, 2011

Hot Pot at Shangle Street in Shekou

It’s our fourth week in Shekou, Shenzhen and we’ve been enjoying Xtasea Bar’s excellent cooking of American food and the barbeque and noodles down the corner after work but my typical craving for for something new is up again. I took my bike and roamed the area and saw this restaurant at the end of Shangle Street (also known as Seamen’s road due to bountiful seafarers who roam the area). What actually attracted me to it was its unusual and long name - “Popular Food In Taiwan”. I went inside to take a look and saw a lot of locals and some expats as well digging unto their shiny stainless hotpots. I called Calay and asked her to meet me after half an hour outside our building.

When we got back to the “Popular Food In Taiwan”, most of the people have gone and we got settled. It’s a good thing their menu had English translations and pictures aside from big pictures on the wall which one could just point at. The place was clean as well. We were greeted by a friendly staff whom I think is also the owner.

Upon careful review of the menu, Calay ordered Brisk Beef Hotpot while I decided to go for the Salted Pork set. Service was fast and we got our orders almost at the same time within ten minutes. The waitress prepared the heating apparatus for the hot pot and it was up and boiling in front of us in no time. Both of our orders included rice and bottomless soda drinks.

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Go Green! Ride the bike

When we moved to Shekou, Shenzhen in China three weeks ago, I went around the surrounding areas just checking out where is what and where we could buy things, eat and other places to go to. The first two days Calay and I were either walking or taking a taxi. Shenzhen is a much bigger place compared to Hong Kong where buildings or establishments were so near to each other that almost everything is within walking distance. In China, since they have more space, everything is much farther apart which meant that walking from one place to another would prove to be a tedious task. Riding the taxi is not much better because aside from having the usual communication problems with the driver, you could only go from point A to point B and of course, it costs money. The solution: we all bought bicycles!

255011_179528342100228_100001291897443_419472_4073044_n Our rides: Mine is the big black mountain bike on the right while Calay’s is the pink small bike with the umbrella and basket


Friday, May 27, 2011

Down at Dongmen

The area of Dongmen over at Shenzhen, China is popular for its great bargain deals. From shoes, bags, clothes, accessories, tools, toys, electronics and almost anything you can think of is being sold at Dongmen. Choosing the right or best deal is the trick. It's just a 5 minute ride by taxi from Luohu Railway Station, also a port of entry for Hong Kong and China. Here are just some random pictures Calay and I took. I'll tell more about the things you could buy at the Dongmen market on another blog post.