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Lantau’s Island Club – A far-flung option for some organic veggies.

January 16, 2010

If you’re looking for something a bit different to do at the weekend, then this might make an interesting trip to buy vegetables.

There used to be a very famous pub on Lantau called the Frog & Toad, it was run by a chap nicknamed Tequila Joe who I think used to be a Canto stuntman or actor or summink.  Anyway – it was famous for it’s Mud Olympics and was an awesome stop off for junk trips, but sadly it closed down quite a few years ago.

However, I took a walk over to Dai Long Wan last weekend and there is a little club that has sprung up in its place:  The Island Club.

I tell you, it was a stunning day. Not too hot, with a light, cool breeze. The village is lovely (apart from the dog that snapped the boyf’s calf), there are not really any new style village houses, they’re mostly very old school.

Anyhow, as we were trying to find our way out of the village as I was sure there was a way to get to Sea Ranch we struck up a conversation with a lady tending to the rather sweet vegetable patches around the village.  Her name is Shirley and as it turns out she runs the Island Club.

You can also buy the lovely organic veggies from the Dai Long Wan Organic Farm, but as we were only  1/3 of the way  into our walk we declined.  Unfortunately they don’t take these veggies anywhere to sell, so you have to come here.  It did strike me that the government ban of keeping chicken and pigs is a bit nuts when villages like this don’t have road access. It’s an idyllic place and being able to keep chickens and pigs would mean that these guys could be utterly self sufficient in food. As it is they just have to call the Kaido’s over from Cheung Chau instead to take them to the shops there.

There is a really nice beach and it’s great for junk trips.  If you want you can also just hop off the ferry in Cheung Chau, head off to the little public pier on the right and pay a Kaido to take you.  Lovely.

They have lots of watersports equipment that you can rent and she’ll cook bbq’s and sell you lots of booze. It’s very reasonable and looks like it’s a great alternative to going all the way round to Sai Kung’s Dai Long Wan.  She even has tents if you want to camp.  Check out her website  for more details, if you are looking for somewhere a bit different.

Location: Dai Long Wan, Chi Ma Wan peninsula (important as there are at least two Dai Long Wan’s on the island) Lantau.

Getting there: 30min easy hike from Chi Ma Wan Prison, or get a kaido from Cheung Chau for $100.

Contacts:  Shirley Chan  93508664 (very good english), www.islandclub.hk

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Alan permalink
    February 27, 2010 00:13

    Thanks for this article! I was at the Frog and Toad in 1997 and always wondered what happened to this place. It was one of the most unique bars I’ve ever been to in the world.

  2. Paul Booth permalink
    July 29, 2011 19:58

    It was there in the early eighties too!

  3. Luke permalink
    February 25, 2012 14:44

    I was at the Frog and Toad in 1990 (as a 12 y.o. kid!). Great place. Loved the ribs!

  4. March 30, 2013 18:06

    A day at he Mud Olympics is featured in a new novel due out on Kindle in early May, 2013 titled “Fearless Finn”. Lots of Hong Kong skulduggery from the 1980’s. Chris, owner of the Frog & Toad, had a recipe for Pork Ribs which he would not reveal – even under threat of losing his (probably non-existent) licence to sell liquor – and for those of us who enjoyed them – we can appreciate why he wouldn’t reveal the secret ingredient! I wonder if they ever repaired the decidedly ‘dodgy pier or lost any of the atmosphere by losing the aroma of putrefying ‘night-soil’? Best of luck to the lady with her new venture where once stood a catering colossus (well alright ‘colossus’ might be somewhat of an exaggeration!).

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