Friday, October 11, 2013

Eat in Kuala Lumpur: Koon Kee Wanton Mee

Found on the web with many blog saying this is the best wanton mee in chinatown. Easily missed because in front of it is the old man selling delicious pancake. Google map is also not showing the correct position. Tried my luck and finally found it....I must say the noodles is smooth and QQ...easy to slurp...the wanton is nice...the char siew is just nice...not too fatty and not difficult to bite..the soup is something we can only get in old Singapore....I love this wanton mee.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Shop in Hong Kong: Outdoor and Sports Shop

Hong Kong has a lot of hills and hundreds of hiking and running trails. No Doubt there will be a big market for Sport and Hiking Equipment. Been to Hong Kong 2 times and went to a couple of them. Most if not all the outdoor or running equipment are much cheaper than Singapore and the variety is definitely wider. Many quality brands especially from Europe can be found in Hong Kong but not here in Singapore.

Here is a list I have compiled. If there is any you know and I missed out, let me know in the comment.
Refer to respective website for their locations as some of them are still opening new stores or shifted their stores.

1) Chamonix Alpine Equipment

I put this on top of the list because this is my favourite and must visit store for any trail/ultra runners or hikers. The store is conveniently located in Mongkok near to Mongkok MTR exit. Went there for both my trip and they always have some reason for sale and I mean real sale. My last trip got 30% storewide except for some brands like TheNorthFace which is 20% off with certain minimum spending. I saved a lot on some equipment from this store because of the huge discount. They have energy gels...unfortunately, other energy food are limited..Good range of backpacks, clothings, trekking poles, headlamps and hiking boots.

2) RC Outfitters

Another favourite store I like. They have a store in Mongkok right in front of MTR exit. Whenn you visit the store, walk the stairs to 5th and 6th floor is faster than taking the elevator. Minimum Spending of HKD$500 will entitle you a free 2 yr membership. More Spending of HKD$2000 within 2 years will get you a free VIP membership. Discount can be huge for some items and they have membership promotion on some items. Good range of backpacks and hiking stuffs and energy food. Very friendly and helpful stuff. Main brands are Berghas, Montane, Tri-ton, silva, Tatonka, Treksta....

3) Lantau Base Camp

This is a small store at Mui Wo on Lantau island which targets ultra and trail runners. The former owner is an experienced and established Ultra Trail Runner, Jeremy Ritcey. He has returned to Canada and sold the store to another owner. Nice little store but getting to it is a bit tricky. Take ferry from Central Pier 6. At Mui Wo pier, turn left to the row of shophouses where MacDonald is and walk to the far ends round the corner. Opposite Park and Shop.
They have an online shop on the website which the products listed are from the physical store. Prices are transparent so can compare prices before visiting. Main brands includes Raidlight, Salomon, Ultimate Direction, Black Diamond,...

4) Overlander

One of the Biggest outdoor chain in Hong Kong with several branches all over Hong Kong. It has a wide range of hiking products. It has a membership and VIP system for customer.I often visit the one in Hollywood Plaza which is in Mongkok. Check out the website for stores address. Prices for some brands are online. The main brnads are Salomon, Mont-bell, Gregory,Arctreyx, deuter, Kovea, Newline.

5) Wellmount Outdoor Equipment

Situated in Mongkok Fa Yuen street where all the sports store are, the shop is on the 2nd level so need to look up at the signboard to find it. The owner has an old man and I guess this shop has been there for many many years. Not much of variety on equipment but worth a visit to pick up bags or trekking stick on offer.
Prices are online so can use as reference before visiting.

6) Outdoor Mart

This outdoor equipment store is situated out of the city and tourist area. Did not get to visit due to time constraint. Near to MTR station so easy to access. Prices are online and tends to be cheaper than other stores in town.

7) SportsWorld

This is a Tri-Store and not hiking stores. Good place to pickup some energy gels and other food especially powerbar and Gu.
Prices are online for reference.

8) Escapade Sports

Did not get to visit this but they have more than 1 stores on Hong Kong Island. There is a table showing the product range for different store on the website. Check the list before visit.

9) Racing the planet

This is an established international online outdoor and ultra running store based in Hong Kong. They have a shop front in Hong Kong island which have expanded over the past years.Although online prices are charged in USD, the physical store will charge in HKD. Look out for special discount for participant during major events like Hong Kong Marathon. Wide range of outdoor products from Salomon, Ultimate Direction, Raidlight, Black Diamond, CW-X, 2XU, Camelbak,....

10) Giga Sports

Nothing special. Normal Sports chain.

11) The Outdoor Shop

There is a small shop in silvercord mall in Tsim Sha Tsui. Not much stuff.

12) Protrek

I believe I went to one of the store in Causeway Bay during my first visit in Hong Kong. Typical outdoor store like overlander.

13) Outdoor Depot

Did not get to visit. Will try next time if got spare time.

14) All Weather Outdoor Gear Shop

This is a very small shop in Mongkok Ladies Street. But the small size store is very amazing packed with a wide range of outdoor products for running, ultrarunning and even triathlon. The owner is very active in Race Photography and is very helpful in advising products. He will give discount to the listed price except products on Sale.

15) ActionX Store

This store focus on running, ultrarunning and adventure racing. Wide range of products from ice breaker, salomon, Hoka, Nathan, raidlight.....

16) Round The World

This is a small shop selling outdoor products mainly for hiking in cold weather.

17) Asia Pacific Adventure Outdoor Shop

This is an Adventure company that sponsored an Asia pacific elite professional adventure team called Champion System Adventure Team. Local top ultra athletes like Stone Tsang, Wong Ho Chung are part of the Team. The store front is away from the city at the southern part of Hong Kong island so I did not get to visit it but they have an eshop which has quite a good range of outdoor products.


This is a local brand designed and produced its own outdoor products. I did not get to visit this store yet.


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