Upon connecting to the internet from my room, I visited Luxe Manor’s website, which contains a map highlighting the surrounding attractions and buildings. While panning through it, I noticed a mosque not too far away from the hotel.
I’ve always wondered about how the mosque would look like here, so I decided to pop by. Along the way, I took some more pictures for the photo album. After about 5 mins’ walk, I reached Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre, not too far to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station.
Performed a round of prayers and then I decided to ask for directions to a halal food joint. Unfortunately, there was no one that I could speak to (mosque is usually empty in between prayer times) so I approached an old lady at the gate. She doesn’t speak English but through simple hand gestures, she knew I’m looking for something to eat.
I spent about another five minutes following her past a couple of blocks and streets, ending up inside an old building which seemed to be full of halal food stores. I offered to buy her a meal but she refused. So I gave her a little tip for her trouble.
The interior of the old building is huge. I took a couple of shots of various food stores.
Yes, I noticed that I seem to be coming across a lot of Indian and Pakistani food.
Feeling hungry, I decided to stop over one of the stores and ordered a chicken kebab rice and a cold drink, followed by coffee to perk me up for the rest of the day. I learnt from the Chinese lady owner that 90% of the stores in the building are catered for or run by Muslims. In her case, she is just the manager of the shop, but the food are prepared by her Muslim employees. Most of these stores close late, some beyond midnight. It was then that I learnt that this old building is known as Chung King Mansions.
My meal costs HK$73, but she reduced it to HK$70 (that’s about S$14). Not too bad for a filling meal. It is now 7.30pm as I’m typing this entry and I’m still feeling full with all the kebab in my tummy.
I walked back to the hotel through another route and discovered fast food joints like McDonalds’, KFC, Burger King and Pizza Hut. TI dont think they have Halal certificates like our Singapore establishments but I guess there’s no harm checking out their menu.
Once I returned to the hotel, there was another complimentary delivery of cookies!!
And I discovered that my roomate from Taiwan has checked in. Great, there’s someone new I can meet.