Lantau Island Collection: Exotic Foods in the Tai O Fishing Village
By Rori-TAI Williams
Originally the site of fishing villages, Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong, located at the mouth of the Pearl River. Administratively, most of Lantau Island is part of the Islands District of Hong Kong. A small northeastern portion of the island is located in the Tsuen Wan District. This district is just a few miles from the Tuen Mun District, cite of the Gold Cost Residencies and home away from home for many SCAD Hong Kong exchange students.
Known as a delicacy in Asia, salted, dried duck eggs are rarely seen while in the curing process. However these eggs spent many days and nights air-drying on the west side of the Tai O fishing village. Initially they spaced out on a wire mesh netting that rest on a bed of sea salt then the eggs are covered with sea salt. While exposed to the elements and insects these eggs are carefully monitored and could take up to 3-4 weeks to completely cure.
Approximately 30 cuttlefish are strung along this fishing line. Sold throughout the Tai O fishing village markets, this style of cuttlefish is almost as popular as the fired style sold in most street markets on Hong Kong Island.
Familiar with the phrase “you buy, we fry”? In this fishing village patrons are allowed to select the specific cut, fillet or piece of seafood they want. They can then have the selection cooked while they wait or patronize other vendors. The eclectic mix of aromas is intoxicating and inviting.
Location: Scallop vendor on the southeast side of Tai O fishing village
Meal: Grilled scallops with garlic, butter and sea salt
Price: $25HK = $3.20USD
This is yet another example of the phrase “you buy, we fry”.
Location: Live Seafood restaurant at the top of Tai O fishing village
Meal: Stir-fried shrimp, bok choy, carrots & mushrooms with garlic
Price: $48HK = $6.15USD