October 7, 2015

An Insiders Tour of the Hong Kong Wet Markets

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

Good Hello Friends! This sun shiny day we are off on an adventure through the Hong Kong wet markets with one of my all time fave food bloggers, Bobbi Marshall from BAM’s Kitchen.

Hi there fellow shenANNAgans followers! My name is Bobbi, or as some of you know me, BAM from Bam’s Kitchen. I am delighted to be guest posting here with Anna today. Anna has such a zest for life, food and travel that you cannot help but love her passion too.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

Bam’s Kitchen is a Healthy Global Cuisine recipe website that features hundreds of different recipes from around the world. Many recipes are gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, some are paleo, diabetic friendly and cardiac friendly. Come on over and check out what’s cooking today.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

Our family has lived in Asia for over 7 years, 6 of them have been in Hong Kong. From the moment you step foot in Hong Kong you can feel the electricity pulse through her veins.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

This fast paced city is filled with skyscrapers, crazy shoppers, nightlife, temples, Chinese medicine shops, one of the busiest airports in the world, wild boar, more Lamborghini’s’ than you can shake a stick at, durian, some amazing hiking trails, and of course amazing seafood and dim sum.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

It is quite an eclectic mix and today I plan to give you a whirlwind tour of some of my favorite things to do in Hong Kong.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

I know girls are supposed to love shopping, but how many shoes and handbags do you really need, right?!? My idea of shopping includes wearing wellies, and toting behind a colorful Grannie bag on wheels down through the Hong Kong wet markets.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

Now this might not be your first choice of ‘things you must do‘ when you roll into a new country, but I promise you that the whole handbag shopping thing down in the Ladies Market in Mong Kok is way overrated.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

I guarantee you will go crazy over all of the fresh fruits. Make sure to try some of tropical fruits that you will not have the chance to try when you go back home.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

We have longan, lychee, rambutan, durian (you will either love it or hate it, if the smell doesn’t turn you off, you’ll enjoy its rich creamy texture, but don’t eat too much as this is quite the hearty fruit) huangpi, jack fruit, chermoya, yangmei, egg fruit …. the list goes on and on.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

Hong Kong has loads and loads of fresh veggies with some you have probably tried many times before like bok choy, maybe others like long beans, Choy sum, fresh bamboo, fresh lotus seed, Asian egg plants, sweet potato greens, daikon radish, bitter melon, dried tofu skins and homemade fresh tofu you might not have tried before, but would be great if you could.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

Today I found some beautiful okra at the wet market and am making delicious Paleo Indian Spiced Okra to help keep Anna on her new Clean eating diet. Quick and easy and depending on how fast a chopper you are, you can get this dish from wok to plate in about 5-7 minutes.  Paleo Indian Spiced Okra is gluten-free, cardiac friendly, diabetic friendly, vegan and a little guilt free indulgence.  You are just going to love Paleo Indian Spiced Okra as it is super crispy, aromatic from the Indian spices, and has a little zing from the squeeze of fresh lemon.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

You can find the recipe for Bam’s Kitchen’s Paleo Indian Spiced Okra HERE.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

Now the reason I always wear wellies in the wet market, is because of the live fish and all of the storekeepers hosing down the area with old fish water from the tanks. The people in Hong Kong demand freshness, that means all of their fish are still swimming up until the moment you pick them out from the tank. You point your fish out, and a sweet little fish monger lady scoops it out, clubs it on the head with her clever, guts it, descales it and puts into a baggie for you before you even have a chance to get your iPhone to film the process… LOL

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

After you have your Grannie bag filled with wet market goodies, you are going to need some proper utensils to cook them with. Head on down to Shanghai Street in Kowloon to “Cooking Street”, where you can find everything from woks, to steamers and be sure to grab yourself one of my favorite Chinese cleavers from Chan Chi Kee Cutlery Co., LTD located at 316-318 Shanghai Street in Kowloon too.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

Be sure to visit the Chinese Medicine shops down in the Sheung Wan area. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been a way of life here for over 2000 years and people live a very long time, so obviously they are doing something right. TCM is based on the concept of qi (a person’s vital energy) and its need to run freely throughout your body. Excess yin or yang can upset this delicate balance.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

You can visit a Chinese medicine doctor and they will check your pulse, look at your tongue and ask you many questions about your history and symptoms. The Chinese medicine doctor will then prescribe acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion , tui na (type of therapeutic massage), dietary therapy and Tai Qi and or qi gong  and/or Chinese herbs to take balance your symptoms. I am a Western trained nurse and I really enjoyed learning acupuncture as a part of the Chinese Medicine course here in Hong Kong. Chinese medicine is all about balance of the yin and yang and keeping your qi flowing freely. Before moving to Hong Kong, I never really understood how the different foods we eat affect our yin and yang and our overall health. Now, I put this into practice each day.

Adventuring through the Hong Kong Wet Markets with BAM from @bamskitchen - www.shenannagans.com

Hong Kong is a fast paced city full of culinary delights, when you next visit be sure to hop off the beaten path and enjoy the wet markets, a shopping trip to cooking street and the Chinese Medicine shops.

BAM would love to stay in touch… So please friends, be sure to hop over to her website Bam’s Kitchen or Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Twitter or Pinterest and say hi.

Tell me dear reader, have you tried durian? If yes, what did you think? And does the city or town you live in have markets like the Hong Kong wet markets?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Nancy - February 5, 2016 Reply

Gorgeous photos!

    Anna - February 5, 2016 Reply

    Thanks HEAPS! Glad you enjoyed. 🙂 Bobbie is a wonderful photographer.

Rosemarie of Travel and Beyond - November 13, 2015 Reply

Oh wow! Such beautiful photos! I especially am drawn to the photo kailan! They look so fresh! HK is on my bucket list!

    Anna - November 13, 2015 Reply

    Hong Kong is SOOOOOO on my list too. 🙂
    Glad you enjoyed.

Bun Karyudo - October 30, 2015 Reply

Fascinating post. I was very interested in some of the exotic looking fruit and vegetables. I’d never seen a strawberry crossed with an echidna before.

    Anna - October 31, 2015 Reply

    It’s a fabulous post, very cool BAM took us on such an amazing adventure. And yes, I absolutely agree about the exotic fruit & vegetables.
    Hahahaha…. call of the post right there! Strawberry crossed with an echidna. HA! 🙂

Amanda @ Adventures All Around - October 28, 2015 Reply

Gotta say I’m loving the idea of wearing Wellies to a wet market! Can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier. Though then again when it comes to travel my Hunters weigh more than their fare share in the old bag (even if they are the shorter pair) which is why they usually get left behind.

But some hotels are clever enough to have them to lend to guests so that’s going in the old memory banks for next time. thanks!

    Anna - October 29, 2015 Reply

    Meeeee tooooooo, Amanda! But I look for any excuse to wear my cheetah print gummies. LOL! You are right, gumboots weigh a tonne, not really suitable for overseas adventuring. What a fabulous idea re the hotels having things like gummies available for guests to utilize.
    Thanks for stopping by, happy week ahead to you. 🙂

Jasline (Foodie Baker) - October 17, 2015 Reply

Oooh it’s so nice to see Bobbi appearing on your blog! I really miss Singapore and all the Asian fruits we have, especially durian (I’m a huge lover!) And I’m glad her recipes suit your dietary requirements!

    Anna - October 19, 2015 Reply

    I sure do feel special having the amazing Bobbi on my site. This post is amazing and inspiring and I cannot wait to visit and experience for reals. 🙂
    That’s cool you dig durian, I admittedly find it rather pungent, and that took away from me enjoying it. But I will try again.
    I am trying to find the ingredients to prepare this lovely dish, however not having much luck. Sigh!

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - October 14, 2015 Reply

Bam, thanks for sharing with us a great insight about Hong Kong markets, an adventure itself.

    Anna - October 14, 2015 Reply

    Such a fun post to share here on shenANNAgans. I am pleased you enjoyed it too. 🙂
    Ms BAM is a legend!!!

My Inner Chick - October 12, 2015 Reply

photos. It’s like another world, isn’t it?


    Anna - October 13, 2015 Reply

    I ABSOLUTELY agree Kim! 🙂 Such a fun post by the amazing Bobbi!

mjskit - October 12, 2015 Reply

Great choice in having Bobbi do this great post! Bobbi, I’m with you – to heck with purses and shoes- give me the food markets. Of course, I would love to have access to the markets that you have access to. But since I don’t, it’s fun to enjoy the pictures. Love the one with the beautiful bok choy and long beans. Great post!

    Anna - October 12, 2015 Reply

    Isn’t she just the best?! I loved adventuring with her, and cannot wait to visit.
    Haha! I am totes with Bobbie on skipping the shoe & handbag shopping and hitting up the food markets too.
    So pleased you enjoyed the post.

    Bam's Kitchen - October 14, 2015 Reply

    Thanks so much for popping over MJ. I am glad you loved the post. I hope one day you can come for a visit and we will give you the proper tour. Take Care, BAM

Tim UrbanDuniya - October 11, 2015 Reply

Ooooooh I want to try that okra NOW!! To be honest, on my previous trips to HK I really wasn’t impressed with the food I ate (avoiding pork took a lot off the menu, unfortunately) however I think I’ll need to go to these markets next time – that’s the kind of thing I was missing!! 😀

    Anna - October 12, 2015 Reply

    It sure does look delicious huh, Tim. 🙂 I have never tried okra, and am struggling to find any to make the amazing dish Bobbie created.
    Yeah, not being able to find the right foods when you travel can really impact on how you view the place, I wouldnt like to travel with my current dietary restrictions. LOL!
    I cant wait to check out these markets, they look wonderful, reason alone to visit HK.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - October 10, 2015 Reply

So jealous, what a awesome trip! I have a few friends in Hong Kong right now and they’re always posting amazing market, food, toy pictures. What a great post, thanks for taking me on the ride. 🙂

    Anna - October 12, 2015 Reply

    Yep, I reckon Bobbi is incredibly lucky to live in such a wonderful city, the markets are reason enough for me to hop a plane for a visit.
    Glad you enjoyed the visit to HK. 🙂

Mandy - October 10, 2015 Reply

Bam, what an incredible look into your life in Hong Kong. Would be over in a heartbeat for a visit if I could, especially to enjoy some of your magical meals.
Have a beautiful weekend.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - October 10, 2015 Reply

    Isn’t it amazing? It was such fun to see Hong Kong through BAM’s eyes, and yes…. would be over hanging with this amazing woman in a heartbeat if I could too.
    Wishing you a super weekend too lovely one. Hugs and love. xoxo

Mabel Kwong - October 9, 2015 Reply

I loved this tour of Hong Kong. I’ve never been there but I hope so one day. I hear it’s much more dense than Singapore, where I lived for seven years and went to high school there. I suppose the markets are always crowded because as you said, there is so much fresh food to savour with the eyes and locals take their time to choose the freshest pieces there, and the fact that parts of the markets have wet flooring makes it a slow walk around 😀

Longan was one of my favourite fruits to eat while growing up in Malaysia. Never knew they had it there too in Hong Kong. Maybe it’s much sweeter there 🙂

    Anna - October 10, 2015 Reply

    Let’s go together little one?! I have heard people say the 2 cities are very similar, can’t wait to go and see for myself. The markets sound magical, sweet you get to wear your gumboots as a legit clothing item. LOL!
    I haven’t tasted longan, adding to my must eat list now. Hope you are well sis. Hugs and love. xo

Krista - October 9, 2015 Reply

Such marvelous photos! I’d love to wander through here getting thoroughly inspired and oh so hungry. 🙂

    Anna - October 10, 2015 Reply

    Yes, I’m so keen to try all the different fruits and vegetables featured in the pic, also to check out those awesome utensils, and grab myself a cleaver from Bobbi’s favourite cooking utensil shop too.
    Got me an interesting weekend of cooking ahead if I can find me some okra. 🙂

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - October 9, 2015 Reply

Oh, what a great insight into the hidden side of Hong Kong – haven’t been to HK for years but loved it when I’ave been there.

    Anna - October 10, 2015 Reply

    Looks a magical way to spend a day huh? Can’t wait to get to HK and see the wet markets with Bobbi. 🙂

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - October 9, 2015 Reply

What a fantastic day out and to do it with Bobbi – lucky you!!!!

    Anna - October 10, 2015 Reply

    Was wonderful to see Hong Kong through Bobbies eyes for sure. I am so blessed to have beautiful people in my world who are helping me through this strict diet and writing me a fabulous guest post. 🙂

Evelyne@cheapethniceatz - October 9, 2015 Reply

Wow, just wow. I am speechless from all these pics and I want to go shopping there. Love Bobbi’s blog, glad I visited here through her.

    Anna - October 9, 2015 Reply

    I know right, absolutely amazing photos, was fun to adventure with Bobbi through the wet markets. Glad you enjoyed, and thanks heaps for stopping by. 🙂

hassan - October 9, 2015 Reply

Hi Dear Anna
Visiting Hong kong one of my great wishes. What a nice post.♡♡♡

    Anna - October 9, 2015 Reply

    Good Hello Hassan! 🙂
    Meeeeee toooooo! I can’t wait to visit Hong Kong, especially for the incredible food scene.
    Hope you are well my friend.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - October 8, 2015 Reply

Hong Kong is such a great food city! We had a great time exploring the wet markets. That okra dish looks really good too!

    Anna - October 9, 2015 Reply

    I am so, so, SOoooooo excited to visit Hong Kong, especially now Bobbi took me through the wet markets, they look amazing. 🙂 I am a little tentative about the okra dish, but because Bobbi says it’s the business, Ill be having a crack at it. Happy weekend lovely one.

Liz - October 8, 2015 Reply

Wow, what a wonderful place to visit! Loved this, Bobbi and Anna xx

    Anna - October 8, 2015 Reply

    I totally and absolutely agree, Liz. 🙂 Bring on the day we can adventure the markets with Bobbi right?

    Off to the Farmers Markets in search of Okra so I can prepare this special healthful dish.

    Bam's Kitchen - October 9, 2015 Reply

    Thanks so much Liz! I am glad you liked this post. . Have a super day!

Hannah - October 8, 2015 Reply

So many photos of stuff!!!!
I have never tried durian. Too scared of the smell!
But that’s a bit silly.
I promise to try it next chance I get.
I love markets! any kind really but gosh i need to visit this one sometime soon!

    Bam's Kitchen - October 8, 2015 Reply

    Thank you Hannah. You know I was the same way about Durian too but really after you live here in HK for so long you get used to smelling durian everywhere. The taste is really unique and cant explain it but it is really heaty and rich so just a few bites will do you. Have a super day!

    Anna - October 8, 2015 Reply

    Totally looks like a pretty fabulous market huh? Imagine all the fun we could have here, instead of black garlic before coffee, we eat longan, lychee & rambutan. I say we add this to our shenHANNAHgans bucket list. 🙂

    Durian sure does stink, but it didnt taste like it smelt, so perhaps I could eat it again. Maybe if it was disguised in a cocktail or something? But yes, you should try some, especially considering you shoveled in the cricket and worm. LOL!

    Farmers Market date in the next few weeks aight?!

kris - October 8, 2015 Reply

Now this is cool. I love the guest post by BAM. Excellent name. 🙂
I have a great friend that lives in Hong Kong and has always said wonderful things about the place. I would love to see these markets.
Really enjoyed the bit of info about the Chinese medicine. Its great that it is starting to become an alternative type of treatment, and that it incorporates balance to a healthy life. There are so many amazing types of healthy foods that are out there to be discovered.
Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Bam's Kitchen - October 9, 2015 Reply

    Thanks so much Kris! I hope when day you can come for a visit to visit your friend and enjoy all that this city has to offer. Chinese medicine has been around for over 2000 years and it has a really important role as a complimentary treatment for many patients. Keeping balance in our lives is so very important Wishing you a super weekend.

    Anna - October 9, 2015 Reply

    This post is totally cool, Schnitzel. 🙂 Totes inspired me to start planning my next big adventure. And yes, BAM is a tops name, as is BAM! 🙂

    How excellent you have a mate on the ground in HK, I think travel with someone who lives in that location is the absolute best way to experience it, you learn and see so much you possibly wouldn’t if you visited cold. If you go, pack me in your suitcase please. 🙂

    And yes I really agree re the Chinese medicine, it’s awesome to see it becoming a more mainstream form of treatment, defs in line with how we were raised too.

    Glad you enjoy bro! xo

John/Kitchen Riffs - October 8, 2015 Reply

I always enjoy Bobbi’s posts — so informative. Never been to Hong Kong, but would love to go. What an interesting place! Great guest post — thanks.

    Bam's Kitchen - October 9, 2015 Reply

    Thanks so much John for your support. Grab your camera and come visit us in Hong Kong. I would love to see you! Take care, BAM

    Anna - October 9, 2015 Reply

    Me toooooo re Bobbi’s posts. Her dishes are unique and tailored and absolutely making my strict dietary requirements a breeze to live through. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by John! Have a tops weekend.

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