Pick your Fish at Po Toi O

| October 2, 2010
Approaching the fresh fish tanks at the Po Toi O fishing village

Approaching the fresh fish tanks at the Po Toi O fishing village

After buzzing around the Hong Kong area all day with my friend Alex we made our way to the Clear Water Peninsula in Sai Kung for a dose of messy Chinese food for dinner. I did not call it that, my local friend Alex did. If you check out the Chinese opera post a few days back, imagine that going on directly behind me. Beyond the clutter and the glowing red neon above, you will see green and purple neon and water tanks. They are filled with the catch of the day, waiting to be chosen for the night’s dinner. Below is what that looks like. I love my wide lens. I can look like I am shooting directly in front of me while capturing candid shots of interesting people undetected. I thought capturing the dad explaining the ins and outs of the fish to his bewildered son was absolutely key to the shot.

Fish doomed for dinner at Po Toi O

Fish doomed for dinner at Po Toi O

Click the image to get a closer look at the fish. The big tank is filled with squid. I thought I was looking at an alien species! Fortunately Alex did all the picking that night. I really would not have known what to pick. In the end we had a great mild steamed fish, some scallops and a not so appetizing raw fish called Geoduck. While swimming, Geoduck looks like a small version of the trunk of an elephant. Yum!

After picking our fish, we made our way to the dining area where the waiters wore rubber boots, the tablecloths were disposable and napkins were required equipment. The place was packed! I got a huge grin on my face as I took it all in. I will try just about anything once and I thought the experience was fascinating. Below is a shot to the dining room. You can see my friend Alex in the lower right corner. He is the nicest guy and I was so appreciative that he took an entire day to show us the Hong Kong area.

Dining at Po Toi O

Dining at Po Toi O

After eating, I took the camera around for a few more shots. I really wanted to see the surrounding area but it was too dark. Fortunately with the tripod in hand, I was able to harvest enough light to actually make out a part of the fishing village across the bay. I could not see anywhere near this level of detail with my eye. Pretty cool, huh!

Night shot of the Po Toi O fishing village

Night shot of the Po Toi O fishing village

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  1. Ann Rogers says:

    Pretty cool indeed! Love all these travel posts and fantastic shots.

  2. Chris says:

    your photos are fabulous. I’m enjoying your journey.

  3. Jean Nelson says:

    I am always in awe of your abilities with a camera – you take some of the most stunning shots. Did you get a chance to do any Plein Air painting on your travels?

  4. Lee says:

    Thanks everyone! Unfortunately plein air painting is pretty difficult considering the pace of our travels. I am looking forward to getting back to the brushes when things slow down a bit though! Thanks for the comments as always.