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Week 6 - K-BBQ

Sixth entry of my year in HK. Lowkey week of work and local travel in the evenings.

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Posted on 6th September 2020

Huge thanks to Dr and Mrs Holliday for awarding me the Nick Holliday Travel Scholarship, in memory of their son Nick who was a geography teacher at KES. He was an avid traveller, explorer and climber, and died tragically in a climbing accident doing what he loved. The Scholarship helps fund the travels of KES students who aspire to travel, which I am sure Nick would be very proud of.

Sort of a quiet week this week. Work in the mornings, afternoons off to visit local places. Regulations have changed meaning we can eat at restaurants until 9pm now (previously until 6pm), though a maximum of two people in a gathering means it is still difficult to go out as a group. Additionally work is proving to be fairly challenging, so we are having to take lazy days more often than before.

Currently mid-Autumn festival meaning mooncakes are everywhere. As a mooncake lover this isn't doing my weight any favours. They are like dense syrup-flavoured cakes, normally with an egg yolk in the middle. A parent kindly brought in a box of them for the six of us Gap Tutors to share. These ones had custard in the middle which I've never seen before and made my week. Well, the mooncakes and also a card that one of the Year 1 students wrote for us to say thank you for our help in the first week.
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Mooncakes (forgot to take a picture of the actual cake) eaten in Mid-Autumn Festival, and a card that a student wrote for the three of us Gap Boys

Found our local for the year called Le Bristol, £4 a pint (very cheap for HK) and a ten minute walk from school. The staff are very familiar with the three of us boys already which is slightly concerning - they always wave to us whenever we walk past. Kebab shop called Ebeneezer's also know us by face now. Area we live in is like a small Western community, so we always see the same faces whenever we walk down to the Piazza, where Le Bristol and Ebeneezer's are.

Went to a Korean BBQ buffet on Saturday. Easily the best meal I've had in HK so far. Possibly the best ever. K-BBQ has a slight sweet taste to it and the sauce is an orange colour as opposed to brown. £18 a head, order as much as you want over 90 mins: choices include K-BBQ pork belly, ribeye steak, beef ribs, K-BBQ chicken wings, prawns, as well as fried dumplings and noodles. They bring whatever you order raw, and there is a hot grill plate in the middle of the table to grill the meat yourself. Probably ate over a kilogram of meat; only meal I had that day. Honestly have no idea how the restaurant makes money, given how much meat costs in HK and how much the average customer would eat. I'm not complaining though. Quality of the food was very high and there was so much as well, £18 was genuinely a bargain. Proud that we ate Asian food, as opposed to the sandwiches and kebabs that we survive on during the week.
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K-BBQ buffet that met our daily caloric requirement in one sitting

More or less all there is to talk about this week. School actually reopens on 16th September, not 23rd, meaning we have just over a week of looking after Year 1s and 2s before we are put into full swing in terms of work commitments. Looking forward to sport coaching, which we have five afternoons of a week. Also excited about gyms opening tomorrow; they've been closed since mid-July due to the third wave. Only 4 people allowed in there at once and wiping down equipment after use is essential. Cases have been consistently very low for two weeks now, so hopefully everything - sports, attractions, nightlife - will start reopening.

Dave

Posted by David Zhao 06:17 Archived in Hong Kong Tagged buffet

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