Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cheung Chau Bun Festival - The Buns.

Monday, May 25th we celebrated Buddha's birthday here in Hong Kong. Well, we as a family didn't so much celebrate it, but it was a holiday, so the kids and my husband had the day off from work and school. We met some friends down at the pier in Central and headed over to Cheung Chau after a short ferry ride to see the Bun Festival. 

The whole weekend leading up to Monday, Hong Kong had seen torrential downpours so the handmade buns up on the huge bamboo mountains had begun to mold and fall off by the time Monday came around. You could smell the stench of rotting buns, when you were up close to the towers.

As soon as we got off the ferry in Cheung Chau, there were vendors lined up along the street with fresh buns set out for sale. There were so many fresh buns for sale, they were piled up in woven baskets on the floor, ready for the crowds. There were also plenty of tourist items with the iconic bun symbol for sale as well. Wouldn't you like to sleep on a bun pillow or a have a bun keychain?

The buns were soft and had different flavorings inside of them. I'm personally not a big fan of the steamed bun, so we just purchased one bun and split it among the four of us. The bun we sampled was had a sesame paste filling. There is a thick layer of bread and then the paste in the middle of the bun was very sweet. Some of the other fillings included red bean which typically my husband loves, but did not try that day.

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