Months back, my gf already planned that we will be having our breakfast in this hundred over years history’s tea house – Lian Xiang Lou, 莲香楼 in Guangzhou. Located at Liwan, 荔湾, a place that I know very well from my favourite drama – “When Easterly Flower Shines On The Sunny West”, this place is easily accessible by MTR and almost all the folks will know where is it. Those that live nearby, and those who watch a lot of documentary.
Ground floor of Lian Xiang Lou is only selling pastry where the 2nd, 3rd floor is the one selling all the goodies. As usual, we were busy snapping photos before entering into the shop. One thing that we Malaysians might not be used to is, even though there is a hostess, she will just tell you to look for your own seats at upstairs. Where unlike here, we would have to wait in a queve or be chaffuered to our seats. Guess the people in Guang Zhou are more independent in looking for their own place.
First floor was packed with uncles, aunties and old folks. Sharing table is very common in China but there was no empty table at all because it’s breakfast time for the older people. So we went to third floor which we have to pay extra for the tea. We were very impressed with the interior and decoration of this place, hard to believe that it is one of the few historical dim sum places in Guangzhou.
All the dim sum here are freshly prepared by the kitchen upon request, except the dessert. Patience is a virtue and allow half an hour of our time for the food to be served.
(From left to right) – Guilin Gao (秘制龟苓膏), RMB6; Yaw Char Kwai (广州油炸鬼), RMB4; Steamed prawns dumpling with celery (鲜虾香茜饺), RMB8; Xiu Long Bao (一品小笼包), RMB10; Lotus Bun (蛋黄莲蓉包), RMB6; Deep-fried prawns roll with assorted fruit cocktails (什果虾网筒), RMB8; Char Siew tart (金牌叉烧包), RMB8; Wok-fried dumpling (香煎锅贴饺), RMB6
Lian Xiang Lou is well-known for its premium lotus, so the lotus bun is a must try. Personally, I love their Xiu Long Bao for its perfect skin and the juicy gravy that will make you craving for more. All other items are equally good, so I must say that it is indeed one of the best dim sum places. Because of all these good dim sum, my gf is not craving for any dim sum at all ever since we came back to Malaysia. Everytime when I want to bring her for dim sum, she will sure tell me something like ‘not good one’ or ‘give me three months’ or ‘dont waste money to go to this dim sum.’ etc.etc.
Since it’s still early, we walked around Liwan after breakfast and surprise awaits everywhere we passed by.
Different shots at different area, different time…
Along our way walking back to the MTR station, we get to see the shops there selling different stuff, but there is only one that attracts me.
“Mai Da Pao” (Selling Big Pao” is the name of this franchise stall. They sell variety of pao and dim sum at a very reasonable price, ie 600g of Siew Mai for RMB12 only and 1 big char siew pau for RMB2 only. Even though I was full from the breakfast, but I won’t be going back to this place again anytime soon, so I let my gf to get me two char siew pao.
We then went back to our hotel and started our XXX hunting. Not to be confused with R-Rated movie sleazy magazines. It is not the time yet to reveal why we were here and what had we actually bought. It tooks us less than 3 hours to complete our mission, needless to say, it’s damn heavy too.
There is one thing in Guangzhou that we really cannot accept it – washroom. Guangzhou being the third largest city in China, yet anything can happen when come to washroom. Some of them might not lock the door or the door is just half close when doing business, as if they don’t mind to let people seeing them. Then, never ever look down also or else you’ll lose your appetite immediately. Same goes to gents, the door’s height can only half cover the subicle. So, it’s actually a free show for everyone.
A friend who went to Silk Road before told my gf that this is considered as very good already. During her trip to Silk Road, the bus will just stop at anywhere and you’re expected to do it at the road side, together with many other people. Like my father always say, ‘Close your eyes and no one will see you doing your business.’ Yeah right.
We took a cab from the hotel to the train station and this is the first time we encoutered this kind of funny situation.
Since we had so many stuff, so I thought that it would be better if I seat next to the driver. Who knows, he told me that I am not allowed to seat there. Then, we saw from the yellow notice that “According to the regulation of Public Security Bureau, only ladies and children are allowed to be seated in the front.” Macam ni pun boleh???
We had our late lunch at this famous fast-food restaurant in Guangzhou East Train Station. When I mentioned about fast-food, I am sure that burger, french fries, soft drinks are the things that come into your mind.
“Zhen Kung Fu” / Real Kung Fu specialised in steamed food. The reason why it is called “Zhen Kung Fu” is the pronounciation of “Zhen” also means steamed in mandarin. Healthy fast food option.
We only ordered two sets of lunch, which come with steamed rice, soup and braised vegetables. The side order, chicken stick taste normal only. Plus drinks, all these costs us RMB65.
Ok, tummy is full now. So is time to say goodbye to Guangzhou and go back Hong Kong before Jo finish work. I really love the good food here and too bad that we don’t have enough time to walk around the whole Guangzhou. Shall consider to come back here again soon! For more adventure and excitements galore. ^_^