A bowl of delicious snake soup can keep the winter chills at bay
The news of temperatures dropping to single digits this weekend has been a major conversation topic these days in Hong Kong.
People are wondering how they are going to survive this damp cold, particularly at home, where flats aren't properly insulated, and they have to resort to wearing winter jackets inside.
But another way to beat the cold is by having a bowl of snake soup -- this one is available at The Chinese Restaurant in the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong for HK$280 (US$36). To compare, a snake shop in Sham Shui Po called Se Wong Hip sells a bowl for under HK$100. Just don't expect a refined-looking soup.
The one at the Hyatt Regency comes choc full of ingredients, including several different snake meat, chicken, pork, mandarin peel, wood fungus, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and lots of finely sliced ginger.
Diners can garnish their soup with chrysanthemum petals, julienne of kaffir lime leaves and deep-fried wonton skins.
The soup is so hearty, I need to use chopsticks to pick up the ingredients in the soup, and piping hot, it was the perfect way to keep warm.
I may need a few more bowls of this on the weekend to keep the winter chills at bay...