My mom brought me back a yogurt drink for breakfast.
All in all, they weren't bad as a snack, but I just happen to be picky with my sweets.
By the time we made it to the MTR station through all the heat and humidity, we were somewhat worn out. The fact that we were hungry, annoyed at how difficult it was to breathe, and how hot and sweaty the area proved to be, a complicated MTR route map with conflicting information just frustrated us more.
But don't jump to conclusions here. This wasn't any ordinary Cha Chan Teng. It was the REAL DEAL.
Never in my life have I tasted such amazing milk tea before. And after my almost-one-full-week in Hong Kong, I can honestly say that no other place that I've eaten at have managed to match their standards when it comes to HK-style milk tea.
Their mixed berry soda was also really good - the perfect combo of refreshing soda with just enough syrup to sweeten it. The iced coffee, on the other hand, I would steer clear of; it's definitely not what you'd want to finish off a great meal, or to finish off any meal for that matter. Quite watery, it bordered along the lines of a watered down hot chocolate that had been left out for too long. Yeah, not quite the iced coffee I had in mind either.
Their trademark steak, though, was AWESOME. I am far from being a fan of beef, but this one was so well-marinated and tender that even I took a few more bites than I normally would have.
After lunch, we walked around Mong Kok. Majority of the retailers actually happened to be Korean beauty stores, and thus all my beauty needs were satisfied just by simply walking down one street.
First stop was Etude House. I mean, how could I NOT visit right?! Bubzbeauty and StyleSuzi uploaded vlogs featuring visits to the store when it first opened, and it just didn't feel right if I didn't visit either.
Either way, I ended up receiving a free poster as I had filled my basket with a couple nail polishes and sheet masks. ^ ^
Throughout this entire trip, there wasn't a time where I didn't spot Kim Soo Hyun. (And this was only in HK, his appearances in Taiwan became much more frequent. ^ ^;)
(Like seriously, the thing was about the height as I was!)
There are so many differences between this Starbucks and the genuine Starbucks back home.
First off, instead of writing your name on a cup, they put an ugly sticker on the side. So this might not be a big deal. But the drinks themselves are.
The Grande looks like a Tall, and the Venti looks like a Grande. They even use the same straws. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE.
What's worse is that in place of the trademark green Starbucks straws, the ones they use here are made of an extremely weak plastic; they can't even keep their shape when you try to stir the straw around in your drink!
Clearly, no one has ever tasted Strawberry Cheesecake before, nor a proper espresso either.
Since when does milk + sugar + strawberry syrup + stale crumbs = strawberry cheesecake?!?!
And when does Espresso taste like a watery mess?!?!
Sorry, but Starbucks Hong Kong is just trying to rip off your money by selling A貨 drinks.
Their baked goods aren't even the same. (They also had a poster up mocha mooncakes?! Like, WHAT??)
Oh my goodness, I am never making THAT mistake again. = ____ =
Afternoon snack was a freshly-baked egg tart (not as good as I expected but still alright) and tea-infused cookies.
I must say, I don't think I've ever experienced customer service in Asia being worse than this place: not a single waitress approached us even after we had sat down for a good 25 minutes and were just about starving.
After much waving, our order was finally taken. At that point, we only had to wait ANOTHER 35 minutes before our food finally came out.
Pfffffftt. Excuse...me? You don't give napkins to your customers?
The place was called Hak Ka Hut and I strongly recommend that you DO NOT GO THERE. Like EVER.
HEED. MY. WORDS.
- JUNE 28, 2014 - Mill St. Brewery, Toronto Pearson Airport
- JUNE 29, 2014 - NorthWest Fan Fest 2014
- - Red Star
- JUNE 30, 2014 - Photos N/A
- JULY 1/2, 2014 - Vancouver to HK Part 1 (Vancouver International Airport)
- - Vancouver to HK Part 2 (Flight to Seoul)
- - Vancouver to HK Part 3 (Incheon Airport, Arrival in Hong Kong)
- JULY 3, 2014 - Mong Kok
- JULY 4, 2014 - Macau Day Tour
- JULY 5, 2014 - Shopping in Causeway Bay
- JULY 6, 2014 - Tsui Wah Restaurant, I SQUARE
- JULY 7, 2014 - Arriving in Taiwan + Akazubo (Hankyu)
- - Exploring Eslite
- JULY 8, 2014 - Food and Family Dinner
- JULY 9, 2014 - Ximending
- JULY 10, 2014 - Taipei 101, Ding Tai Fung
- - ATT 4 Fun
- - Birthday Buffet
- JULY 11, 2014 - SOGO, Taipei Underground Mall
- JULY 12, 2014 - Exploring the Area + Shinkong Mitsukoshi
- JULY 13, 2014 - Breakfast + Taoyuan Airport + Flight Back to Vancouver
- JULY 14, 2014 - Mega Sushi
- JULY 15, 2014 - Maji Taiwanese Cuisine
- JULY 16, 2014 - Thai Food + Family Dinner @ The Jade
- JULY 17, 2014 - New Hair + Cattle Cafe
- JULY 18, 2014 - Photos N/A
- JULY 19, 2014 - Garage Sale + MiniComi
- JULY 20, 2014 - Photos N/A
- JULY 21, 2014 - Cattle Cafe + Bubble Tea at Yaohan
- JULY 22, 2014 - Vancouver Aquarium
- JULY 23, 2014 - Lost in Burnaby + Afternoon Tea at Adonia
- JULY 24, 2014 - Journey via Canada Line + Pinkberry
- JULY 25, 2014 - Richmond Night Market (Part 1)
- - Richmond Night Market (Part 2)
- JULY 26, 2014 - Back to Toronto