Although we can officially bid winter adieu, spring has been quite the finicky season this year. In just one week, temperatures dropped from 20 degrees celsius to negative 8 and back to plus 4 in less than 36 hours. Oh yeah, did I also mention there was a 5 cm of snowfall? Not something we Torontonians wanted to wake up to in the morning.
Since I hadn’t stored my winter coats away due to sheer laziness (I guess it worked in my favour), I was a good sport and dressed up in my favourite winter uniform praying this would be the last time. When the day is cold and gloomy, a head-to-toe black outfit is my go-to, especially when it includes a turtleneck to keep my neck warm and a flare skirt to give me some shape. I topped it off with a fur vest for that extra warmth and texture and a cobalt blue suede bag for that pop of colour to lift the mood and keep things sartorially interesting.
If there is only one thing you must have in Hong Kong, make it the HK-style milk tea. A stronger and smoother take on the regular old tea with milk and sugar (thanks to the stocking-like filter they use to pour the tea through), HK-style milk tea is somewhat of a tradition for residents to religiously drink everyday, especially for breakfast. While Hong Kong offers a wide variety of places that serve amazing milk tea, I’ve got to say no shop comes close to Lan Fong Yuen. Trust me. I’ve done my research.
As diners are to America, dai pai dongs (open-air food stall) are to Hong Kong. Breakfast is served around 8 AM, and business goes right through lunch and into afternoon tea hour. While Lan Fong Yuen is no longer a dai pai dong per se (it has evolved and made a home in the restaurant behind its original DPD façade), the restaurant still evokes the same fast-paced and crowded nature of the traditional food stall.
To make sure our day starts off on the right foot, my sister and I make our way to Central district to our go-to breakfast destination. Although many tourists come to Lan Fong Yuen to try their famous pork chop mini bun and instant noodle lo-mien (only available after 11 PM), you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. But when it comes to ordering breakfast, I’m pretty boring. While my sister goes for the pork chop instant noodles in soup, I alternate between a Hong Kong-styled French toast or a basic condensed milk and butter thick toast with a side of milk tea —simple, cheap and delicious. What more can you ask?
P.S There is a minimum charge of $24HKD per head, which equals an HK-style milk tea and a thick toast. FYI.
With the weather feeling relatively warmer (and about time), my much overdue batch of spring #ootd from my recent Hong Kong trip can finally see the light of day. While Hong Kong residents may argue that 12-15 degrees Celsius is puffy coat weather (I saw a few Canada Goose floating around…no joke), my rebel outfit to Lab Made consisted of a leather jacket, knit sweater and boyfriend jeans. Adding a Canadian winter touch (and a hint of colour), I topped off the outfit with my favourite Hudson’s Bay striped hat, aka the beacon for my family when I get lost in the sea of dark-haired people.