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I rarely play with my food, so I thought of taking a picture of a king prawn instead.

One of the cool things about eating out in East Asia is that everything is fresh, perhaps a little too fresh for some people! There is a local market nearby, where you can literally choose your fish, which the fishmonger will slice and kill for you. What a pleasant thought! Sorry to be so graphic, but where do you think fish comes from… a supermarket inside a cling-film package? Us western folk are simply too civilised (and in ways too privileged) that everything we buy from our local supermarkets are clean and gutted out.

It’s a bizarre concept to choose your own seafood, especially from the variety of fish and see it happily swim inside a cramped polystyrene box, awaiting someone’s dinner. The Chinese love their seafood. There is much variety that is beyond your common fish like cod, haddock and salmon fillets.

The same goes with other types of seafoods like your prawns, squid, shrimp and other things that swim in the ocean. As I walk along the Cheung Chau pier, I often see large shipments of seafood, which may be bought and cooked for daily meals, or dried seafood which is typically used for delicacies or snacks, or they even be used for Chinese medicine.

Because, Mum and I are not used to eating lots of high cholesterol seafood for our daily meals, we do have a stash of western foods including the humble porridge, wholemeal bread and tasty jam for our breakfast.

Of course, there is also a widespread of conventional fast food outlets from the States including the mighty McDonalds. There is also a number of Starbucks dotted around, which I have yet to try. I imagine they will sell the same menu of drinks, but I’m curious to learn if they do specialised drinks, as there is much fresh fruits over here like your mango, papaya and melons. How cool would it be, if you could order a honeydew melon Frappuccino?

Mind you, over here milk, sweets, chocolate, bakery and ice cream are fairly expensive. Almost double, if not triple in price as you would expect back home in western territory. I think it’s purely because Hong Kong is mainly a large fishing island, and there is no room to cultivate agricultural crops and cattle, and a lot of your major brands tends to be heavily imported from the States and Britain. The dairy products that we western folk take for granted is considered luxury here, hence the obsession to eat lots of rice, meat and seafood is considered the staple diet in East Asia. Although, it doesn’t stop me from trying the local delicacies of sweet bread and confectionary.

~Richard