Yes, one of the professors during the welcome talk actually said that we, exchange students on the pass/fail grading system, just had to get the bare minimum passing requirements and use most of our time to explore the region and, basically, be happy. A buffet style welcome lunch was then provided.
The food was replenished frequently, and there were lots of leftovers at the end of the lunch! Anyway, there were two separate areas: one for appetisers and desserts, and another for main courses.
Appetisers & Desserts Plate
Basically there were a number of selections of salad for appetiser. The egg and mayonnaise salad was nice and creamy, made perfect by the addition of crunchy bacon bits. The potato salad and the pasta, however, were lacking in flavour. For dessert, there were fruit danish, apple pie and jelly with grated coconut. The fruit danish had buttery crust, and I love the one with dark cherry! The apple pie was equally good as it was fragrant. Hmm, it was my first time eating fruit-flavoured jelly topped with grated coconut. I'd say, "Nice!" :D
Main Courses Plate
I saw many girls took only a few stuff, while most of the guys had their plates filled to the brim (like mine). The two main sources of carbohydrate: spaghetti and fried rice were leaning towards the bland side, but the rest of the cooked items were generally good. The savoury samosa (Indian triangular fried snack) filled with potatoes and lentils really reminded me of Singapore! It was good that the vegetable curry didn't have too much coconut milk in it. Furthermore, the sweet and sour chicken was delightful, although I have to say that after eating too much of it, I felt that it was a tad too sweet.
In general, I was pleased with the variety of food offered. Oh, a big jar of coke was also provided on each table! Well, I'll definitely enjoy my time here! Pika's advice: Come to HKUST for exchange! :D
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay Road
*Everything came for free!
Have a nice meal,