Living in Hung Hom
Chatteris' own Annie Rose Benzie and Alice Sherlock on their experience of living in Hung Hom Bay, featuring an Indian restaurant that's sure to lure you in...
Hung Hom Bay, cheerily known by locals as the ‘funeral district’, incorporates the old Bay area looking out to the Island, along with the new area of Whampoa. With the recent opening of the Kerry Hotel on Hung Hom promenade, along with other mid-range hotels, Hung Hom is now firmly on the map for visitors ready to escape the chaos of nearby Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). Traditionally CNETs (Chatteris Native English Teachers) overlook the Hung Hom area during apartment hunting but honestly, it’s really worth considering.
Not only does Hung Hom MTR station serve both the East and West rail lines, the Bay also includes Ho Man Tin and Whampoa MTR stations, both on the very much underappreciated green line. Just one stop from Yau Ma Tai, Ho Man Tin escapes the hustle and bustle of popular red line areas such as Mong Kok and Prince Edward. There’s also a variety of buses taking you over to Causeway Bay or Wan Chai in a matter of minutes, making it a perfect base to explore both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
Places to eat
Getting hungry? Look no further! Hung Hom is great for food places but it can be difficult at times, as many restaurants only have Cantonese menus. There is a surprising variety of restaurants however, serving everything from pizza to kimchi pancakes. However, whenever we go for food, the first place that comes to mind is Sharmaji, an Indian restaurant serving a variety of vegetarian and vegan curry dishes. The first impression when you walk through the door isn’t the best, but trust us! This place is cheap and cheerful, costing around HK$50 for one of the best curries you’ll taste in Hong Kong.
Top tip: Order the parantha bread!
|Above: A Sharmaji meal|
Grabbing a nibble here is easy due to the plethora of places. For a traditional Chinese jing bing (a meat or vegetable egg crepe pancake), head to aptly name Jian Bing on Wuhu Street. There’s a range of options (veggie too) and they’re all cooked fresh to order right in front of your very eyes. If, like us, you’re in love with Hong Kong bakeries, the Bay is also home to the best bakery we’ve ever tried in Hong Kong, Baby Star. There’s cheesy breads, fresh cakes, pineapple buns and the best egg custard tart you’ll find in Hong Kong.
Places to drink
Let’s mention first that this area is not the place that comes to mind when deciding on a cheeky Friday night drink. Sure it’s quirky and local, but Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) or TST’s more chilled Knutsford Terrace it is not. You can count on one hand the places to go for a beverage but a favourite of ours is the extremely local We Pub, a two minute walk from exit B1 at Ho Man Tin. With boarded up windows and a dodgy flashing sign, it’s not exactly inviting on first impression, but take the plunge and venture inside and you’ll be greeted with a smoky, almost dingy, kinda bar that somewhat resembles an old British pub. Filled with locals, cheap drinks and free packs of playing cards, you’ll leave with new friends and as the winner of several rounds of Snap. Another nearby bar, OK Bar, offers similar drinks deals and pots of nuts but be warned, they’re not free (as we found out the hard way!).
Things to do
Take a walk along Hung Hom promenade
Sometimes we’re all in need of a little fresh air, but this can be a difficult thing to do while living in HK. One of the best parts of Hung Hom is the promenade, where you can take a stroll and look out onto the great views of Hong Kong Island. Our favourite time to go is on the weekend, when the promenade fills with locals participating in an array of activities, including Tai Chi (feel free to join in). It’s free, so there’s no excuse not to check it out.
|Above: Taking a walk along the promenade|
Extremely popular among tourists and locals, this museum will leave you feeling cultured and is perfect on a hungover day when you want to feel a bit better about yourself. It’s only $20 admission which is a bargain considering the size of the place and the amount of different exhibitions. Here’s the opening hours:
Monday - Wednesday and Friday: 10am - 7pm
Weekends: 10am - 9pm
Even better, it’s free admission on a Wednesday!
It’s difficult to sum up in one post why we think Hung Hom is an ideal home spot in Hong Kong, but hopefully we’ve given even just a taste of life in this great area, that’s rarely on anyone’s top list of places to live (including ours, initially). With three MTR stations, a wonderful local community and cheaper rent, it’s strongly worth exploring as your future Hong Kong home...