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Late 2006, Dad and I travelled around the world together. More fun than watching your pet cat annoy your pet dog…

Everywhere we stopped to eat, we took each other’s photo. Kitch and touristy, I know, but who knew it would be fun?

Hong Kong was the last day of our around the world holiday…

We caught the ferry to Kowloon, and Dad figured it would be a great idea to get lost in the little winding back streets where we could see the “real” locals.

He is very adventurous that way.

I, on the other hand am not.

After convincing Dad that most of the small eateries would probably have more Health-Code violations than you could poke a chop-stick at, he dragged me into this one.

Can anyone say “holy shit, two h-u-g-e white guys just walked into my cafe” in Chinese?

We got packed in like sardines, well actually like two whales and a lot of little sardines, and they brought us two huge bowls of wonton soup.

The soup bowls were enormous, and I thought they might be taking the piss, but then I noticed all the locals were eating from the same sized soup bowls.

8 massive wontons, chilli, more chilli, and a bit extra chilli just in case, and some water…

I couldn’t eat it all, and for the first time in ages, I didn’t really like what I was eating.

The expression says it all really.


byron, hong kong

Brisbane-based artist with a passion for grainy B&W photography and digital post-production work. I also teach photography online at The Photography Critique & Advice Group

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  • Jason Moses
    Jason Mosesalmost 5 years ago

    Looks like you are in pain there. I have a hard time getting enough chilli in some places.

    By the way, “Waah, leong gaw ho daai gaw gwaai lo tau sin yup lay” should be close enough.

  • Fotomaiden
    Fotomaidenalmost 5 years ago

    Eating away from the tourist eateries is not a bad way to go. Oooh… you love that look!

  • Fotomaiden
    Fotomaidenalmost 5 years ago

    typo error there… sorry!

  • DeerPhotoArts
    DeerPhotoArtsover 4 years ago

    I love the depth of field in this shot…really good. And I love the story that went with it. Felt like I was there sharing your adventure. lol

  • Ash Sivils
    Ash Sivilsover 4 years ago

    You have a big ass smile – nice!

  • Ash Sivils
    Ash Sivilsover 4 years ago

    Now, that’s awesome! I want those glasses!

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    robpixadayover 4 years ago


  • neilbrown
    neilbrownover 4 years ago

    Ha, great story, good on ya both.

  • portparadise
    portparadiseabout 4 years ago

    This is fabulous Byron. I would have loved being squashed up in a tiny backstreet eatery with a huge bowl of ramen. So much great feeling in this image, as well as the “chili” expression :)

  • portparadise
    portparadiseabout 4 years ago

    Yeah, I love wontons too, but I would have gone for the ramen that the lady on the right is eating :) I don’t like a lot of chilli usually, but I find it’s much sweeter and easier to eat around the oriental places in the world. Must have been a fab trip Byron.

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