Monday, October 13, 2008

Barbecue gluttony

Food for six?? (And tools for barbecueing too)

The charcoal and fire for our barbecue

Hong Kong people have big appetites. If I didn't already think this, I really got to definitely deciding this after seeing the contents of the large tray that turned out to be what we had gone for when asking for a package for six people at the barbecue place we had dinner at in Tai Mei Tuk a few weekends ago.

As might be expected, our all-female party of six -- comprising two Malaysians and one German along with three Hong Kongers -- struggled to and then gave up, with one third remaining, on trying to finish all that food (which, more than by the way, largely consisted of meat products). Surprisingly, however, the physically smallest of us all -- a Hong Kong female who, perhaps, not coincidentally, also was the youngest member of the group by at least a decade -- declared that she and five Hong Kongers her own age would surely be able to consume that quantity of food! (The rest of us, on the other hand, agreed that, next time around, we'd know that the package for four can actually feed six pretty well!)

Still, lest anyone worry about wastage, all the leftover food didn't go to waste because someone did doggybag it home for her family to eat. Also, for those wondering about the cost of the altogether pretty yummy -- albeit labor-intensive! -- feast: All that shown in the above photo (N.B. the plastic jar of honey that was used to generously coat each barbecue edible!) plus one soft drink each and a whole loaf of bread (whose slices some of us opted to toast) came to approximately HK$65 (~US$8.38) per person. Quite a bargain, actually, by Hong Kong as well as American standards, right? :b


Dragonstar said...

Now that looks absolutely delicious! Next time I'll come over with my boys - I'm sure they'd finish the lot!!!

YTSL said...

Hi Dragonstar --

How many boys do you have? In any case, sounds like they have big Hong Konger-type appetites! ;b

Glenn, kenixfan said...

Very nice. How about shots from the rooftop during the barbeque? 'Cause in my mind, I'm thinking of similar rooftop barbeques in films like Hooked on You etc.

YTSL said...

Hi Glenn --

Sorry, no rooftop shots as this barbecue was at a specialist barbecue place out in the country! (But I know where you're coming from re the rooftop barbecue idea and since I have access to a rooftop, a few Hong Konger friends have suggested a rooftop barbecue sometime when the weather's cooler. My reaction: fine, but they have to provide/lug a barbecue set over as I don't own one! ;b)

laicheukpan said...

That's way too much meat. When I used to bbq in Hong Kong, we purchased the food ourselves from the supermarket. You get to pick your choice of food and it's much cheaper too.

Lilly's Life said...

Absolutely a bargain. That is a lot of meat but then again I like meat and I love BBQs.

Me, the islands and the world said...

those look good and yummy! women mostly don't eat much:)

YTSL said...

Hi laicheukpan --

Your option may be cheaper but not so convenient. This way, we didn't have to lug the food and equipment around -- which was good since my group's day out at Tai Mei Tuk took in a hike as well as bbq dinner! :b

Hi "Lilly's Life" --

I must admit that I would have liked a little veg myself but overall, won't complain and like you, do consider the deal to be a bargain. :)

Hi "Me, the Islands and the World" --

Women can eat but, yeah, generally not as much as men! ;b

sbk said...


I like how all the meat is cut up and just waiting to be cooked. How convenient and nice that the place you went had grills.

I agree with Glenn a roof barbecue sounds like a great idea. Party time!! If you can buy a "barbeque to go" don't they sell small grills to go? Like a small hibachi? If not maybe the next time one of your friends visits from the US they can bring you one.

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

I know what you and Glenn are going on about with regards to a rooftop barbecue. One of those Hong Kong movie-style experiences I've yet to experience. Speaking of these: one of my Hong Konger friends was absolutely shocked when I told her that I've yet to go into a karaoke place, in Hong Kong or anywhere else in the world. ;b