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WOM Wanders: surfing, haunted houses & a good selection of beers

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WOM spends a lot of time wandering far and wide around Hong Kong’s sleepiest backwaters and most far-flung villages. So we decided it was about time that we shared a few of our food findings encountered along those travels. Admittedly, this one is only a few hundred metres from the bustling tourist trap of Cheung Chau’s town centre. But those few hundred metres of walking make all the difference.

From Cheung Chau ferry pier, head across the island to Tung Wan Beach and hang a right. The crowds quickly thin down as you approach the less-busy southeastern part of the island, with its spooky abandoned mansions and ‘Mini Great Wall’ (the Mini Great Wall is more mini than great, but the walk is well worth it for the views.)

On your way you’ll pass Kwun Yam Wan Beach, and there you’ll find Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre. At WOM, we’re not expert windsurfers to say the least. But we do know a good lunch when we eat one. So, we ordered a couple of sandwiches from the centre's cafe and were pleasantly surprised. Our proper crispy baguettes were generously filled and good value at HK$55 a piece. However, we had serious food envy as soon as we saw the big plate of fish & chips that was ordered by the next table.

This place also stocks a very respectable selection of beers, from Lebanese 961 beer to Japanese craft beer and Munich dunkel (not to mention Hong Kong’s favourite San Miguel). We could easily have spent hours in this outdoors eatery, watching windsurfers falling into the sea and admiring the struggles of uncoordinated tandem kayakers, but we had a Mini Great Wall to visit, so on we wandered.