When deranged girls parrot Kate Moss’ “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” I like to respond with a simple, “Bitch, clearly you’ve never eaten at [insert latest most amazing food I’ve tried here].” Since moving to San Francisco, those brackets have usually been filled with “Tartine.” But after our trip to Asia, I think I’m going to be replacing that with “authentic Peking duck.”
While we were in Beijing and Hong Kong, I managed to snap photos of almost all the food we tried, except for a couple days when I forgot my iPhone. For the most part, the food in Beijing was killer. We managed to avoid things like duck blood soup (I consider myself a fairly adventurous eater, but not that adventurous), even when there was no English menu. Unfortunately Hong Kong’s food was a bit disappointing. We found a couple good spots, but even the one and two star Michelin restaurants we went to had super bland food. Someone paid someone off for sure.
And so, I present to you my food photo diaries from our trip! [Warning: If you think food is boring you will find this post boring. But if trying new food delights you, so will this post.]
After arriving in Beijing starving and so tired from travel we felt drunk, we nommed on these noodles. They were delish.
Pork dumplings. So cheap and so good.
Beef & pepper stir fry.
All of this went in our hot pot.
Hot pot! So much chili oil. Super spicy but so delicious.
Let’s call these Chinese crepes.
Turns out I’m not a fan of authentic hot and sour soup.
We ate these rice dumplings a lot in the mornings. Yummy.
Cream filled waffles.
Dumplings and snow pea shoots at Mr. Shi’s.
One of our favorite meals of the trip. Authentic Hunan food is bomb. Pork & pepper stir fry, fried rice, and the best stir fried veggies I’ve ever had.
Shrimp, spare ribs and potatoes. I know they look like noodles, but I promise you, they’re potatoes.
Peking duck!!! We went to Duck de Chine and it was awesome.
Super salty but really good cauliflower stir fry. Questionable steamed lamb. Mystery meat pancakes.
Awesome Korean restaurant by the studio we were staying in. Pork + Kimchi, kimchi fried rice and of course more dumplings.
Delicious dim sum restaurant. Turnip dumplings (omg so good), pork dumpling, sweet and sour pork, deep fried soft shell crab and noodles with pork and kale. Mmm.
These little coconut thingies from the bakery downstairs from our studio. I think I ate twenty of them.
More crepes, dumplings and cha siu bao!
Ramen? I don’t know.
After this we were totally dumpling-ed out.
Ok, now we’ve left Beijing and are in Hong Kong. Pho at a Vietnamese place near our studio. We accidentally got the combo pho with tripe. Whoops.
Papaya salad and pork belly at a yummy Thai restaurant.
Outdoor restaurant by the beginning of the Temple St night market in Hong Kong. It was a little bland but the crispy shrimp spring rolls were yummy.
Fried rice and pork cutlet in Hong Kong. It was aiight.
Hong Kong French toast and Hong Kong coffee. At a cafe in Victoria Peak’s mall.
Drinks at the highest bar in the world—the Ritz Carlton’s bar, Ozone. Amazing view of Hong Kong.
Drunken chicken (not good) and some kind of cold beef dish (surprisingly good).
Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.