Thursday, 2 July 2009

Hong Kong Markets - Wanchai meats

Poultry stall (by Christ tell)
Imagine: you are a chicken in Wanchai market. Absolute horror. You are in a cage and see the different stages of your future. ouch! Humm, unfortunately, you don't know that you will be cooked in fantastic dishes....
Waiting to be slaughtered (by Christ tell)Poultry in all its states (by Christ tell)

Anyway, Wanchai market was superb for meat and fish too, even though I'd say the real show goes for fish and shelfish, fresh, superfresh, varied...
Seafood shop (by Christ tell)
Parrot fishes (by Christ tell)Varied fishes (by Christ tell)Eels (by Christ tell)
Fishmonger stall (by Christ tell)
Fishmonger (by Christ tell)
Seafood (by Christ tell)fresh seafood (by Christ tell)
Indoor market (by Christ tell)

And the cute froggies, on top of each other, waiting for their fate!
Frogs (by Christ tell)
I must admit, I felt for the poor turtoises. These guys are getting rare and because maybe I'd never seen a cut one before, they seemed incredibly vulnerable under their shells... But let's be fair, a life is a life and I should not make a difference: the life of a cow, an insect or any living being (I include plants in there!) is as worthy as that of a tortoise.....
Turtle for sale (by Christ tell)Giant Turtle (by Christ tell)
And at last the meats, again a large variety - and offals - available. I've always wondered and still wondered how it can exist in the heat. But it does and seems to do well....
Indoor market (by Christ tell)Poultry (by Christ tell)
Meat stall (by Christ tell)Beef (by Christ tell)Offals (by Christ tell)
Eggs, all sorts, preserved and fresh (by Christ tell)

I hope you enjoyed this walk through Wanchai Markets with me as much as I did myself!

Now follow me, let's have a meal at the Market Dai pai Dong!
Dai pai dong (Street restaurant) (by Christ tell)Dai pai dong (Street restaurant) (by Christ tell)

7 comments:

Junglefrog said...

I love walking around markets like these! Plenty of picture opportunities too... :) The thing I am not so fond about is the live animals which I always try and reason with myself that those poor frogs or turtles at least have had a decent life before being killed. As opposed to some of the cows or chickens raised for their meat in other parts of the world. Just a tiny bit disturbing! But I loved your walk around the market in photos!

Christelle said...

To Junglefrog: Yes, I suppose the guys had a life before. humm, not sure which is best, knowing or not knowing. Depends also how the cow etc have been treated during their life...
I think the issue is with the endangered species really though....

burpandslurp said...

Wow, thanks for the tour...I used to live in Singapore, and we also had markets like this...though not with frogs and turtles!

Ricardo said...

The pics are amazing, I would really dispense the turtle and the frogs though ....lol ..not my cup of tea. thanks for sharing :) xxx

Katie K said...

It warms my heart that you like New York and would like to live here. Personally, I think half a year in France and the other half in New York would be ideal.

Regarding Katz's: actually, it's called Katz's Delicatessen, not Café. I wouldn't call it "American style" per se, I would call it Jewish cafeteria style, one of a vanishing breed. Their pastrami sandwiches are very big and expensive, large enough for two people to share. Make sure you get it on rye bread and eat it with mustard and Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Soda.

Personally I prefer Eisenberg's on Fifth Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets. It's right out of an Edward Hopper painting. Eat at the counter there for the optimal experience.

Christelle said...

to Burpandslup: (love your name!): Thanks, I did rather enjoy the tour myself, HongKong is wonderful for that. i did not make it to the butcher market in the west of the island because you have to go very early, but I promise to go if I live there one day!

To Ricardo: Thanks! i have never eaten turtle myself, first because it is rare, but also because I genuinely try to avoid endangered spiecies... Love frogs legs though...

To Katie K: There are so much wonders in those cities, I'd love to be on the road all year long to be honest, I could definitely live in New York, such a great city!! I think all these places are foodie based really.. :)
Great tips for Katz: the place is quite overwhelming at first with such a choice of foods! :) I'd love to go back! - and you are right, I would definitely share, the portions are huge! -
I take note of Eisenberg, thanks, I'll go there on my next trip! :)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Oh my goodness - that was hard to view with those poor froggies and that turtle chopped up. If we only viewed what goes on in slaughterhouses, we'd all be vegetarians.