“What is there to do in Hong Kong after I’ve taken my visitors to the Peak, Lan Kwai Fong, Ladies’ Market…and er, LKF again?”
A friend and her mother from Australia were in town over the summer. They had been to Hong Kong many times and were looking for something different to do, so they went to learn how to cook in a tycoon’s mansion. Y’know… no big deal! If you’re stumped for ideas on where to take your out-of-town friends, read on for an account of their experience.
“We arrived at Kowloon Tong MTR station on the morning of the experience. We were met with a car which promptly whisked us away to the mansion to get introduced, go through the run-down of the day and the recipes of the dishes that we would learn to cook. Then we were taken on a tour of the wet market at Kowloon City. Honestly, I would have never ventured into a wet market otherwise, but it turned out to be really interesting to see what our ingredients look like in their natural form and what they are all called in Chinese! After wards, we went back to the mansion to cook our dishes. Everything was prepared and laid out for us. It was great fun chopping, stirring, frying etc. Whilst our food finished cooking came one of the highlights of this experience – a tour of the mansion with their butler of 19 years! It was really an eye opener to have all the history of the house explained to us. After our tour, we sat down to eat what we had cooked for lunch. It was brilliant!”
Venue with a “wow” factor – Harilela Mansion
So which mansion is this? You may know it – it’s the big green house in Kowloon Tong where the famous Harilela family live. But it’s not just any family home, there are 60 rooms which house the entire extended family – grandparents, uncles and aunts, siblings, cousins… everyone. The place is run like a hotel, with an industrial kitchen, laundry system, fleet of chauffeured cars, cinema and multiple rooms to entertain guests. Here are a few pictures for you:
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