Talking of out of the way places to go to eat, also in mid-80s, I was taken to a place famous for its goose. I have to say that goose and duck fall some way behind turkey and chicken on my list of favourite foods. I’m not a huge fan of most English foods, but it’s hard to beat a traditional English roast turkey/chicken unless it’s a chicken curry (any Indian style). I do think that Chinese cuisine has found a way of serving up the greasier goose/duck meats that the Europeans.
Anyway, at time of our visit, Sham Tseng wasn’t much of a place and it had just been overshadowed by a massive flyover. None of which provided the sort of ambience one seeks for fine eating.
The Sham Tseng nullah, like every other river in Hong Kong and the New Territories; you’d defy gravity in order to avoid swimming in it.
On second thoughts, Chinese opera is a magnificent visual spectacle best enjoyed under the aural protective umbrella of a major highway.
Around 13 years later, living and working in Hong Kong, I found myself working on the romantically named Kowloon Drainage Master Plan. A romantic name for some of the most romantic drains around Kowloon – you can’t begin to imagine! However, one the ‘drains’ was the Sham Tseng nullah.
Sham Tseng, a bracing stroll along the left bank of the nullah sets one up nicely for a banquet of the local delicacy…