Friday, 28 May 2010

Halal restaurants in Hong Kong & Shenzen

Salam all,

I just got back from Hong Kong & Shenzen last Sunday. I was there for 5D/4N with my family and we were there with other tour group members (we joined Reliance tour group http://www.tourworld.com.my/pdf/hong_kong/riang_ria/MHS_MHD_28122009.pdf )

Cost/adult: RM2,629.00 (return flight, accommodation, food, disney pass, transport (tram, train, bus) including airport tax 340.00; visa 90.00; tipping 80.00)

We rented a van to/fro KLIA/Jln U-Thant, cost us RM380 (RM190 per trip).

Day 1
We arrived at the HK airport as scheduled, after passing the immigration counters, the group waited for everyone to gather but 8 were missing! They were detained by the immigration department! All those with Muhammad or Ahmad in their names (including my nephew). We waited for almost an hour! While waiting we went to buy water, prepaid card at the airport. Guess what a piece of sweets which sells for RM0.20 for 3pcs in KL cost? HKD1...the IDD prepaid card? HKD60..http://www.2cardphone.com/prod_detail.asp?fid=201&id=819&sjcard_id=

Finally all those Muhammads & Ahmads were released and we proceeded to Prudential Hotel. On the way to the hotel we were amazed at Hong Kong's busy port and tall tiny apartments...(We stayed at Prudential Hotel located at Nathan Road http://www.prudentialhotel.com/
Excellent location with MTR station close by but the hotel is located above a shopping complex (looks like Sungai Wang to me)..)

No meals were provided by the programme on day 1; so my sis & sis-in-law cooked dishes (beef with soy sauce (daging masak kicap), rendang, sambal ikan bilis and rice. They also brought with them plenty other food - cucumber (timun), chinese turnip (sengkuang) n pecal sauce; instant noodles, snacks etc. They packed them carefully and our dinner on day 1 was excellent :-)

After dinner, we freshened up and started checking out the area around the hotel. I went to a shop and asked a girl to help me translating the chinese characters on my phone but before I can say anything more than 'can you help me...' she abruptly cut me off by saying NO! How rude!!

Anyway, we walked around Nathan Road, Jordan Road then it started pouring..my sis bought a windbreaker so that we could go back to the hotel without her 3-yr old son getting wet (he was whining that he wanted to go back to hotel)..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Road
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Road,_Hong_Kong
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Street,_Hong_Kong

We got back to the hotel, showered again and zzzzzz

Day 1 Solat: hotel

Day 1 Purchase:
water (HKD11); prepaid card (HKD60); kitkat; coke (regular n lemon)

Day 2
We had halal dim sum for breakfast at Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre
http://www.cnngo.com/hong-kong/none/halal-dim-sum-212805

After b'fast? DISNEYLAND!!

We were told there's no halal food inside Disneyland, so my sis packed dim sum from the canteen as our lunch, the operator said with his halal sticker, Disney will allow us to bring the food in, we asked the guard (they checked your bag before letting you in) and he told us to leave the food with customers' service office and collect them later when we want to have our lunch.

Disneyland - small compared to the one in Orlando http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/?resultSet=165page=2 (of course) but the system is much improved, they have fast lane access where you you book your entrance (using your entry ticket and machine), so you book your entry for popular rides, walk around and come back without the need to queue for long period of time. When I was in Florida we wasted time on queuing...

Parks - a fraction of what is on offer in Orlando - Hong Kong offers Main Street, U.S.A. , Adventureland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.

n of course it is a bit weird that many Disney characters are mostly asians..ha ha..

Anyway, since it is very small one can try all the rides n watch all shows in 1 day..

Food wise - nothing interesting - typical American fast food...

Apart from the rides n shows of course one can shop for souvenirs base on Disney characters - I bought plenty of key chains and mugs...

Before we left we watched fireworks - interesting!! When I was in Florida, everyone watched the show by standing up but here most people just sat on the ground...:-) very Asian and very considerate for the shorties..

http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/hkdl/en_US/home/home?name=HomePage

ohh if you wish to perform your solat, Disney is very considerate, just go to emergency aid centre, tell the staffs you want to pray and they'll allocate a room for you. Just remember to bring your own praying gear (praying mat, telekung, compass)

Back at the hotel we were all very tired, everyone decided to stay in and had dinner in the room (Brahim http://www.brahimsfood.com/products.html ,maggi http://www.maggi.com.my/); But my nephew & I decided to venture out to Temple Street n try out local street food. We went to Ah Long Pakistani Halal Food (95B G/F, Woosung Street, Jordan Road;T: 23677489); recommended by our tour guide. We had rice n curry (he had chicken n I had beef) n coke. A bit weird as in M'sia we will have more than 1 dish for such meal (vegetable, n at least 2 dishes)...anyway, hot food tasted really good as we were hungry n tired..Price? RM32++..including 2 packs of plain rice for my nephew n brother. Then we went next door to Delhi restaurant to buy kebab for my sis. Price - RM30-RM40. Plenty of halal restaurants in this area.

http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/dining/images/gp_pdf_hala.pdf

After dinner? zzzzzzzz

Day 2 solat: emergency aid room Disneyland

Day 2 Purchase:
Mugs x 3; photos; keychain x 3; cookies x 1; ice cream x 2; juice x 2; watches x 2; crayons x 1;

Day 3
We had breakfast halal dim sum at Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre again..on first day we finished almost everything. Today? We got a bit jelak (tired) of the food and plenty was left wasted.

After breakfast we were taken to a jewelery factory (more like herd of cattle were led to be slaughtered) http://valdezfamilyinbangkok.blogspot.com/2009/05/hong-kong-macau-jewelry-factory.html I can't remember the shop name and my receipt is in chinese...

next off to Repulse bay (30min) to post with Jacky Chan's house on the background...; before that we were taken to Aberdeen harbour - basically we were shoved into a sampan, once in, the operator asked us for money! money! She took us around the harbour - passing through jumbo floating restaurant, boat houses, yatchs n back to the jetty.

http://www.jumbo.com.hk/eng/main.php

Then back to Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre for lunch (http://www.islam.org.hk/eng/E-HKmosque.asp); good food but were still full from our breakfast n again lots of wasted food.

Next off to The Peak by tram, lots of people at the station it seems it was Hong Kong's public holiday (Buddha’s Birthday and Cheung Chau Bun Festival). Atop the peak? a shopping mall! also one can visit Madame Tussaud, again smaller than the one in London http://www.madametussauds.com/

After The Peak, the guide told us that we'll stop at Ginseng shop next before proceeding to train station for our Shenzen trip. We asked him what time are we supposed to reach Shenzen n he mentioned abt 6.30pm or so; we told him that we need to pray (zohor/asar) first as it will be too late by the time we reach Shenzen. He looked puzzle (he's not a muslim) as it is not in his programme (of course ginseng shop must be in his itinerary for his commission), we suggested we can pray at the ginseng shop or at the train station but he said both places are not suitable. He suggested that we pray in the bus! I guess we can, if we are desperate but surely there's other option? Finally he discussed with the bus driver and he suggested Kowloon Mosque! Wow! genius....see if you speak out, people will surprise you...

Since he needs his commission, of course he led us to another slaughter house - ginseng shop, same modus operandi, we were given short brief on ginseng and sales talk began n they kept on harassing us to buy their stuffs..all cost more than RM100....sigh

After the shop, we were taken to Kowloon Mosque as promised for our zohor n asar prayer before going to train station for our journey to Shenzen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Masjid_and_Islamic_Centre

The train journey is ok, typical...but the crossing over is another story...

After the train stops, we had to walk to an immigration control point (to depart from Hong Kong) then walk further to China side 9to enter China), then walk further (with heavy luggage), up the escalators, pass through shopping mall, up/down the stairs before reaching our bus! By the time we got to the bus everyone was panting..Not advisable for kids, sickly n elderly..

The China guide welcomed us, he speak fluent indonesian (speaks no english unlike our Hong Kong guide who is fluent in both English n Indonesian). He took us to a restaurant for dinner at Shenzhen Muslim Hotel Restaurant http://www.muslim-hotel.com/ Add:1023, Wenjin South Road, Luohu district, Shenzhen Phone:+86-755-82228207

Food? pretty good xinjiang food. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuisine_of_Xinjiang

After dinner we were taken to Century Plaza Hotel http://www.centuryplazahotel-shenzhen.com/ - good location, near shopping area n train station. After freshen up zzzzzzz

Day 3 solat: Kowloon Mosque

Day 3 Purchase:
jade pendants x 2; jade Pixiu x 2; preserve strawberry (HKD320); Aberdeen sampan fare; photo; coke; Madamme Tussaud ticket (HKD135)

credit card: HKD3,300 (jade pendant)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixiu

Day 4
We had breakfast at the hotel, very small buffet selection - bread, buns, cakes, fried rice, boiled eggs, baked beans n sausages. Hmm the restaurant menu includes pork in its offer, so it is interesting to see these malaysian families wearing head scarves feeding sausages to their kids! They assumed the meat is halal since we are in muslim tour group!

Anyway, after breakfast again another slaughter house - jade shop, and then silk shop. Lunch was at another muslim restaurant (plenty in Shenzen) refer here
http://www.islamichina.com/halalfood/halalfoodbydistrict.asp?did=45

but same dishes.....

After lunch we were taken to The China Folk Culture Village http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Folk_Culture_Village but it rained heavily.. so after touring the area with monorail http://www.travel-hongkong-attractions.com/shenzhen-attractions.html we decided to skip the park and headed to Luohu Mall http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luohu_Commercial_City

monorail note - nothing much to see due to trees hampering views of whatever we were supposed to see..

After Luohu Mall - we were back at the hotel, freshen up n then off to dinner at another another muslim restaurant- again same dishes.....

after dinner, off to Dong Man market for more shopping; http://www.shopinshenzhen.com/tips.htm

Day 4 Solat: hotel

Day 4 Purchase:
prepaid card (Y150);gold bracelet x 1; uygur bread x 2 (Y6 x 2); snacks x 3; tea x 2; tram ticket x 1; t-shirt x 2 (Y69.50 x 2); handbag x 1; socks x 3 (Y10 x 3); Massage x 1 (Y79); bao fu ling x 2 (Y250 x 2); mini slow cooker (Y30); adaptor (Y65).

http://en.baofuling.com/

Day 5
B'fast at hotel n off to HK airport. Again 2 immigration posts to pass through, first China side (to depart), we had to remove all bags from the bus, carried through China immigration, then reloaded into a bus then 1 minute bus ride away we reached Hong Kong immigration side, same thing, removed bags, carried through immigration post and reloaded bags into the bus....sigh

Ohhh...again the 8 Muhammad and Ahmad were detained by Hong Kong immigration, after more than 30minutes, they were let go...

We missed breakfast at the hotel so we had our brunch at Hk airport at Popeye http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/dining/images/gp_pdf_hala.pdf

Day 5 Solat: Hong Kong Airport (wudhu at the toilet; solat at secluded corner of boarding area).

Day 5 Purchase:
Jade bracelets x 5 (HKD100); fridge magnets x 10; crystal bracelet x 1; popeye meal x 1 (coke x HKD2; fries x HKD4; 6pc wings x HKD54); loacker x HKD26.90; choc cookies x HKD23.90; paco rabanne perfume x RM230.00

Total cash expenses in Shenzen = Yuan 3,058.00
Total cash expenses in Hong Kong = HKD2,266.00
TOTAL SPENT: RM3,900 + RM2,629 = RM6,520.00

Comment:
It is easy to find halal food in both Hong Kong and Shenzen, it is more enjoyable if you opt for free and easy trip. With a group, you waste a lot of time waiting for everyone to gather and you are forced to go to places which you don't fancy and you have to hurry at the places that you enjoy and prefer to linger..

Tiring trip; still very tired on Monday. I was at work but others took leave..

29 comments:

niki said...

thanks for the tip and ur HK itenerary. it really helps! :)

Eddie said...

Hello

I want to feature some of your halal restaurants listing to help other fellow muslim travelers. Please let me know if you are okay with this.

Croesus said...

no problem. pls go ahead.

Anonymous said...

Croesus.... planning to go to HK Dec 2010.. mind if I get your email to get some info

nordin26@gmail.com

Lan Rambai said...

alamak... awal november nanti kalau semuanya settle saya akan ke hong kong.... masalahnya nama abah saya ahmad... waduhhhhhh.....

nak tanya sikit ni.. hong kong pakai visa ke atau passport saja dah cukup ek? thank you kalau dapat jawab

Croesus said...

Salam En Nordin,

Pls post your queries here, I'll answer if I can, that way other readers will benefit from the info too..

Croesus said...

Salam En Lan (Mazlan/Roslan/Razlan/Azlan / Dahlan)

Depends on your nationality, for Malaysian you don't need a visa to go to HK, but but you need a visa if you want to go to other part of China.

Yes, you may have a problem if you have Ahmad as part of your name. According to my nephew, they didn't do anything to him, they just put him in a room n let him wait (perhaps watching for his reaction from behind a mirror), after a long time then they asked things like why he's in HK, whom he's visiting, where he's staying etc. Then they let him go.

kuyr53e said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

FaiZaH K. said...

thanx 4 ur info!!

Croesus said...

more halal restaurants here http://www.zabihah.com/sp.php?l=hong+kong

tres chic said...

very informative..thanks for the info especially the solat part=)

Anonymous said...

nice info...but a bit frustrated about discrimination on those named muhammad and ahmad

nini yusof said...

Thank you for sharing your detailed trip to HK.
It seems the food there is quite expensive ya... I guess its best for me to bring some food from Malaysia then, What do you think?

nini yusof said...

Thank you for sharing your trip to HK.
The food there seems expensive. Do you think its best for us to bring our own food so we can save some money ?

Croesus said...

Nini,

Yes, you'll save some money if you bring your own food. My sis/sis-in-law actually cooked for us and we had home cooked dinner on our first night in Hong Kong. Tip - pls check- in your dinner.

The Syah Family said...

hi, nice info about halal food in Hongkong. is it far from the Disneyland play zone to get back to the office and take your food for lunch ? how about milk and cookies which usually consumed by my daughter (2 years old) is it also not allowed to take in ?

Croesus said...

Shah Family,
Disneyland is not that big, you can walk back to the reception where you keep your food for lunch. For your daughter make sure you bring stroller otherwise Disney also have stroller foc for use within the compound.

Talk to the guard n ask if you can bring food in for your daughter. I believe restriction on food is because they want to sell their products n keep the place clean but since muslim can only consume halal food, they allow muslim to bring in own food n keep the food at the reception.

Dingh said...

Nasib basik jumpa blog ni... dpt gak idea pasal bawak makanan halal ke disneyland tu... bulan mac nanti nak bawak keluarga ke sana.

Anonymous said...

Hi Croesus,

do we have to declare the food we bringing in at the custom/immigration point even though it's a packed food?

thank you

Croesus said...

before you go into Disney Park, a guard will check your bag, so regardless you declare or not there's no way you can smuggle your food in. unless it is inside your clothes! as they don't conduct body search.

So, better to have a justification on why you need to bring food in such as special need (muslim food, health reason etc).

I'm not sure on own prepared food as our food has 'halal' label on it (we bought from halal shop n the operator advised us to use his label/tag so that we could bring food in).

Croesus said...

sorry anonymous,

you were talking abt custom/immigration n not at disney. well, we were trying our luck. we packed our food in our checked in luggage n when we reached hk, the food safely checked-in with us into hotel.

I had traveled many places basically food is not allowed to bring in into foreign country and the authority will randomly check passengers, so if you r unlucky your prepared food will be dumped into bin (especially if it inside your hand luggage), most likely it will get tru if you pack them in your checked-in luggage. but if you r unlucky then it is too bad.

Croesus said...

below is taken from hk custom website:
http://www.customs.gov.hk/pda/en/passenger_clearance/prohibited_controlled/index.html

Prohibited / Controlled Items

Importation / exportation of any prohibited / controlled items into or out of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is governed by laws.

The commonly found prohibited / controlled items are dangerous drugs, psychotropic substances, controlled chemicals, antibiotics, arms, ammunition, fireworks, strategic commodities, rough diamonds, animals, plants, endangered species, telecommunication equipment, game, meat and poultry.

Passengers are liable to prosecution if these items are brought into / out of HKSAR without a valid licence or permit. These items will also be seized and confiscated.

The penalty for passengers carrying prohibited / controlled item depends on the respective legislation governing its importation and exportation.

Croesus said...

below is taken from disney website:
http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/hkdl/en_US/help/listing?name=FAQParkGeneralPage

Are there any personal items I should not bring with me into Hong Kong Disneyland?

Items that you may not bring into the theme park include but are not limited to:

Dangerous or hazardous materials (including knives, box cutters, razor blades, darts, martial arts equipment with sharp points or sharp edges).
Food, alcoholic beverages and beverages in cans or bottles. Our restaurants and food and beverage outlets offer a wide range of choices to accommodate Guests with food allergies or intolerances. Note that in many cases, advance notice is preferred-usually at the time of dining reservation or please talk to the restaurant manager for more information.
Carts or other wheeled carriers (with the exception of strollers, wheelchairs and baggage with size smaller than 56cm x 36cm x 23cm). We work hard to offer a comfortable, safe and enjoyable experience for all of our guests. The park rules and regulations on access of wheeled carriers would be tightened when required without prior notice.
Pets (with the exception of Service Animals). Service Animals must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times.

Anonymous said...

hi, where is halal food in shenzhen ? u ade list halal food di shenzhen ?

email me : asyrafk_89@yahoo.com

Croesus said...

Salam asyrafk_89@yahoo.com

Pls refer to day 3 n day 4 from this article

Anonymous said...

My frens were saying that ada shopping mall just after the shenzhen customs clearance. Ada halal restaurants tak near atau in that mall? Makasih

Sheikh said...

Salam, just wanted to ask. do u think 1.5 days in Hong Kong ok for just some nearby sightseeing and shopping?

Anonymous said...

Hi ... We r planing to move to hongkong I would like to kno regarding rents for 2 bed appartments generally ...and school fees for my kg going son.out of 45000 how much mony we can save after our monthly expenses please help us

Croesus said...

I would suggest that you do your own research on where to stay, which school to go etc.

This blog is just to document my experience and that experience may be beneficial to others hence the purpose of the blog. I don't do research for your specific issue.

Hope the above clarifies.

tq