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國際金融中心商場 International Finance Center, Hong Kong
The IFC in Central, Hong Kong serves as an early check in for your flight. Get there a few hours early as there is a huge mall at the finance center just an elevator ride from the check in counters. Have a good meal, shop for gifts and then hop on the train to the airport for your flight. The place is huge so make sure there are hours to spare.
Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop 正斗粥麵專家 (Shop 3016-18, IFC, 2295 0101) first opened in Hong Kongs Causeway Bay area and has been preparing it’s traditional congee and noodle dishes for the last 60 years. Apparently, the stirred fried noodle with beef is the ‘best in the world’, according to one famous Chinese food critic. There was much more food at the table but my stomach got the better of me…
Tasty is open daily between 11:30am and 11pm.
All photos captured with Canon EOS 7D+ EF 85mm f/1.8. Shot in RAW and converted to tif with Digital Photography Professional and finally to jpg in Photoshop.
CHINESE LUNAR CALENDAR, A GHASTLY FULL MOON & A BEAUTIFUL MEAL
A follow-up on my 中秋節 Mid-Autumn Festival post:
The Chinese Lunar calendar used in China and by many Asian countries and communities today, perfected around 500 BCE during the Zhou Dynasty (if I’m not mistaken). It comprises of both solar and lunar calendars making it a unisolar calendar (shows time of the solar year and moon phase)
While most modern Asian cultures now use the Gregorian calendar (Western) for day-to-day business the Lunar calendar is mainly for marking 4 important holidays: Chinese Lunar New Year (新年), Chinese New Year/Spring Festival (春節), Dragon Boat Festival (端午節) and Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節). It is also used as a reference guide to mark auspicious days for weddings, start of construction, new business ventures, etc.
It is important (as I get older every year) to keep a foot hold on my native culture. To pass on the knowledge to the younger generation as pop culture is taking over the world at an alarming rate-much worse than global warming. And twice the holiday in a year is so much better.
The photo above captured on September 22, 2010-equivalent to. It was a very cloudy night but for a few minutes the opportunity for a shot presented itself.
Below are photos of dishes that marked the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) and the official end to summer. Dinner at the in-laws never disappoint.