Po Tai O (布袋奧) is a small fishing village located at the Clear Water Bay Peninsula in Sai Kung of the New Territories in Hong Kong (What a mouthful!) It is a humble little village that houses a small number (2) of restaurants which specializes in serving fresh seafood. It’s more so a little “locals know” area as it is quite far off and isolated. For the people who know about the place, they will often only visit for a meal before heading back towards the city. The area itself is quiet and serene. While I only travelled by car into the place, it seemed like it was also a good place to take a hike as we passed by many hiking trials along the way in the surrounding area. We also passed by many bikers and runners alike. With a route filled with both up and downhill terrain, it seemed like a challenging place to get some exercise in. The village itself is located at the bottom of the slope on top of calm and peaceful waters.
The restaurant I was fortunate enough to eat at (Twice!) was 海鮮島 which translates to “Seafood Island.” I sampled a number of different dishes each time, and it was a delicious experience to say the least. Seafood Island was a somewhat gritty place to be eating at. But I guess this experience just justifies when people say you’ll find the best food at some of the weirdest places, because the food here was nothing short of amazing!
The only time I will enjoy drinking a coke is when it comes in an old fashion glass bottle and served ice cold. So damn refreshing. This is definitely something I miss about Hong Kong, as you can still find a limited number of restaurants around the city who still serve their soft drinks this way.
Steamed Shrimp and Soy Sauce with Chilies.
A Rich Clam Broth with Tofu and Assorted Veggies.
Wok-Fried Razor Clams with Assorted Peppers and Brown Sauce.
Deep Fried Mantis Shrimp with Salt and Pepper. A Hong Kong Seafood Staple for sure. (Classic!)
Stir-Fried Crab with Spring Onion.
Steamed Fresh Fish with Green Onions and a Dash of Piping Hot Oil and Soy Sauce.
Fresh Scallops with Garlic and Vermicelli.
Medley Fried Rice of eggs, shrimp, char siu (pork), carrots, and shallots.
Free Range Chicken with Ginger and Green Onions.
After a quick walkabout and an enjoyable meal, I realized this village was definitely a worthwhile visit. It holds a special representation of Hong Kong as smaller villages like this one are somewhat hard to find. It also gives you a look into a whole different culture, and a different perspective regarding the way of living. Within a culture-rich city like Hong Kong, Po Tai O Village would be a place I’d recommend to visit because it offers such a refreshing explorable environment!