When this afternoon a link appeared in my email box saying a Tai Tai Pie place was following me on Twitter, I was mildly irritated. It’s FRIDAY for heavens sake and I’m busy and I’m hungry because lunch was not on my menu and I’m HOME SICK, I realise, for a taste of my Mum’s home cooking.
Tomorrow (19th September) is my Mums birthday in NZ ( well its her birthday in Hong Kong too but I’m here and she is there) – Happy Birthday Loeta – not a bad looking 82 year old I must say. Inherited my genes for stamina from this woman!!!
The link for Tai Tai Pies ( so Hong Kong) is fairly golden in tones as is my memory now of my Mum’s pies. Of course I recall the late summer rhubarb with the lattice pastry and sour and sweet undercurrent, and then there is the Fish Pie made with real trout and mashed potato. The real deal is the one that I have never been able to replicate – Steak and Kidney with a gravy that just bites hard into your buds and turns into comfort food before you realised you needed comforting!!
Now in Hong Kong I have managed a couple of decades of relatively Pie Free diet but I wanted to share a few places, that if you happen to have a Mum turning 82 back home somewhere, and you can’t get to spend it with her, you CAN go and re live a bit of Mum cooking.
Firstly if you have any friends who are members, go to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club for Lambs FRY. Before you hook up your friend to order you the offal do observe the RULES of dress…
– May not wear baseball, sailing or sports caps.
– May not wear headwear unless it constitutes national dress or is for religious reasons.
– May not wear shorts unless accompanied by knee length socks.
– May not wear singlets or sleeveless vests.
– May not wear shirts without collars.
– May not wear open-toed footwear other than for medical reasons.
Ladies and Gentlemen
– No dirty, soiled or wet clothing.
– No clothing which has recently been used for sports action.
( Now what ever it is that constitutes SPORTS ACTION … well its British and Royal and I love that – see previous Brit post)
Back to the Menu…
PIES – The HYATT REGENCY Sha Tin has delicious PIES particularly Apple and they come in an expensive take away box -well the pie is expensive but the box makes it look like its worth it.
My Mum made a Scone that I can only find at the Helena May and they serve several with the cream and jam.. again you need a member to take you but well worth finding one as the squishy cushions, magazine selection and the scones are superlative.
Then there is the Fish and Chips option – my Mum never made fish and chips but we would go for cold beach excursions to Maketu ( that famous Bay of Plenty fish and chip mecca) and find the best F&C and eat them from Newspaper wrappers with vinegar or my Dad would go to the Kawaha Chippy and get a load on a sunday night for a treat. So when it comes to a walk down memory lane a Fish and Chip experience can work wonders for me. HOOKED is a NZ owned and run Chippy and they even serve L&P and Kumara Chips!! OH YES I’M ALMOST HOME Mum…
What am I SAYING ???
Hong Kong IS HOME.. and has been for 22 years and YES I DO LOVE IT.
I do not have to go back to NZ to experience the taste of my MUM’s cooking, but I do miss her hugs and maybe her Steak and Kidney but WAIT… Hooked does a Steak and Kidney PIE
I AM HOME Really truly home…
IN HONG KONG!!
Happy Birthday Mum
xxxxx Love from your daughter in Hong Kong on her way to get an L&P and S&K to celebrate your BD. hope to share many more with you.