Before moving to Hong Kong I went on line and ordered all the cooking and baking utensils I thought I would need for my Western style cooking, expecting it would be difficult to find them. What made me forget that you can get anything in Hong Kong still baffles me. As with most things that can be bought back home, we seem to forget that most of it is made in China – and almost all can be found in Hong Kong.
Although there are many modern department stores that offer well known brands, my favourite place to get kitchen items is on the Kowloon siede, specifically Shanghai street. As I walked along these shops the first time I realised how silly I was to think I would not find some cooking tools over here. I was suddenly surrounded not by one solid wood chopping board, but by dozens, each of a different size. Baking tins? Ha! Every shape and size imaginable. Knives galore. Moulds? Never seen so many.
You get the point! Shop after shop, this was every cook’s paradise. A huge selection of goods (many curious, I had never seen) at dirt cheap prices, compared to the UK at least, laid out for you to browse through, pick up, look at and ultimately buy – If you could only take those knives home.
Getting there: Shanghai street is very long and it is easy to wonder along aimlessly. The area where these shops are is very close to Yau Ma Tei MTR station. The map below highlights the specific area.