Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Turbojet on-board meal

We boarded the Turbojet ferry at Macau Ferry Terminal to Hong Kong Shun Tak Ferry Terminal. Thanks to the clean interior and comfortable seats, the one-hour journey was a pleasant one in spite of the choppy sea and stormy weather. In fact, none of us was hungry so it was not necessary to eat but taking on-board meal is a way of killing the time. Sometimes, when you have nothing to do on a ferry, one hour can sound like forever.

Ham Sandwich and Caffe Americano 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Autumn 2011 Hong Kong / Macau Trip Summary

Day 1 (Macau)

Day 2 (Macau / Hong Kong)

7.00 p.m. –       Street food @ Mongkok

10.00 p.m. –     Hui Lau San @ Mongkok

Day 3 (Hong Kong)

7.00 a.m. –        Honolulu Cafe @ Wanchai

8.00 a.m. –        Tai Cheong @ Central

Day 4 (Hong Kong)

7.00 a.m. –        Kam Fung Coffee Shop @ Wanchai

9.30 a.m. –        Lin Heung Lau Tea House @ Central

4.00 p.m. –        Man Yik Noodle Stall @ Stanley

7.30 p.m. –        Tai Hing Roast Restaurant

Day 5 (Hong Kong)

7.00 a.m.   –        Cheung Heung Coffee Shop @ Kennedy Town

10.30 a.m. –        Wai Kee Noodle Cafe @ Sham Sui Po

12.00 p.m. –        Lau Sum Kee Noodle @ Sham Sui Po

3.30 p.m.   –        Hong Kong International Airport

Previous trips to Hong Kong / Macau:

December 2009

March 2011

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Autumn Stroll in Hong Kong - Hong Kong International Airport Gourmet Tour

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), colloquially known as Chek Lap Kok Airport, was named the world's best airport by Skytrax. With plenty of shops and dining options, the Skyplaza in HKIA is definitely worth a visit. You will not get bored spending hours in the airport. Instead, many tourists arrived in the airport much earlier to do some last minute shopping. My family and I reached the airport 5 hours before departure and we continued to enjoy Hong Kong food in the airport till we finally boarded the plane and bid goodbye to Hong Kong.

Roast Goose Rice @ Maxim Food2 (HK$38)

Despite being a fast food outlet, Maxim's roast products are qualitatively and quantitatively good.

Twin Chicken Rice Set @ Maxim Food2 (HK$40)

Roast Goose Rice @ Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop 正斗粥麵專家 (HK$68)

Poor appearance, the roast goose was slightly burned thus resulting in the rubbery texture of the meat. I actually thought I was eating waxed meat...   o.O

Macau style pork chop bun

Compared to McDonald's hamburger, the pork chop bun is big on taste and more value for money.

Chilled dessert trio 

Chek Lap Kok,
Lantau Island,
Hong Kong.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Autumn Stroll in Hong Kong - Lau Sum Kee Noodle

You can say that I am not a noodle person. You will not find me slurping a bowl of noodle regardless of where you bump into me. As for all my posts on noodles, I have to admit to you that I did not eat them. Rest assured that nothing has gone to waste because someone else will eat it, and I will foot the bill! Haha...

Nevertheless, there's always an exception. As mentioned in yesterday's post, it is against the norm for not eating when you are travelling, particularly to places which have unlimited choice of food. Hence, the only time I would tuck in a bowl of noodle all by myself is when I am dining at a wonton noodle restaurant in Hong Kong / Macau. 

Of all the noodles in HK, Shrimp roe noodle (Har Ji Meen) is the one which I find it hard to resist. Irrespective of how huge the portion is, I will wipe the plate clean without complaint. Lau Sum Kee is the fourth wonton noodle shop which I visited. It is located conveniently just a stone's throw from the Sham Shui Po MTR Station. However, it is a rather expensive journey to come here as the hotel I stayed is in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Island. The bus ride from Kennedy Town to Mongkok cost me HK$16 and I had to fork out another HK$3.30 for the MTR ride from Mongkok to Sham Shui Po. In other words, I had spent altogether HK$38.60 on a round trip just for the sake of savouring their wonton noodle. 

What's so great about their noodle, you may ask? Well, their noodle is also known as the bamboo pole noodle. Got the idea? Yes, this is the traditional technique of noodle making whereby the bamboo pole which a man sits on presses against the dough repeatedly to produce a firm and springy noodle texture.

Previous entries:

Lau Sum Kee Noodle @ Sham Shui Po
 劉森記麵家, 深水埗

A bowl robust soup that comes along with the dry version of egg noodle

Shrimp roe egg noodle

Wonton Noodle

Sui Kow Noodle

Lau Sum Kee Noodle
G/F, 48 Kweilin Street, 
Sham Shui Po
Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2386 3533

G/F, 80 Fuk Wing Street, 
Sham Shui Po
Hong Kong

Friday, January 27, 2012

Autumn Stroll in Hong Kong - Wai Kee Noodle Cafe

Whenever people tell me that they are going to Hong Kong, I am usually kind enough to give them a piece of sound advice, that they should not go for blood test before and after their trip. As the world is getting smaller, and the people are generally more literate, issues concerning health have become more reachable and thus the intake of certain food which is widely consumed decades ago is disappearing in our lives gradually. Food that our grandparents gobbled down happily in their younger days are now being branded 'unhealthy'. There comes along many other terms such as 'oily', 'sweet', 'salty', 'high cholesterol' (a term which has been highly abused and misinterpreted, scaring people from all over the world because nobody is there to explain to them the difference between HDL and LDL).

Being a foodie heaven as it is, Hong Kong is not a place for you to merely walk and watch. That means you must EAT! It doesn't matter whether you are taking a double breakfast, or six meals per day, for as long as your body has the cavity for food, you must allow yourself to EAT! 

The food at Wai Kee Noodle Cafe is certainly not designed for the health-conscious group because the ingredients that they chuck in are harmful to your health. Just to name a few: Luncheon meat, ham, double egg, lots of beef and LIVER! 

Each bowl of noodle is cooked on the spot upon order. During the cooking process, lots and lots of pig liver will be 'scooped' using a large soup ladle into the pot of boiling stock. The liver is allowed to cook together with the noodle until the colour of the stock changes from clear to cloudy. Obviously, the 'essence' of the liver has diffused into the noodle and stock so you can imagine how flavourful the noodle is. Back to the question: How much cholesterol does a hundred gram of liver contain?

Business is brisk and service is fast but during peak hours, you may want to munch on some appetiser while waiting for the noodle to cook. So, the waitress will recommend something 'light' and sweet - the Kaya-filled French Toast. Layered with homemade kaya (the owner claimed that he uses only DUCK EGGS in the making of his kaya), the bread is deep-fried, topped with a slab of butter and drizzled with plenty of maple syrup. Back to the question: How much cholesterol does a set of French toast contain?

Wai Kee Noodle Cafe @ Sham Shui Po

Pork Liver Noodle @ HK$24

Kaya-filled French Toast @ HK$15

Wai Kee Noodle Cafe
G/F, 62 & 67 Fuk Wing Street , 
Sham Shui Po, 
Hong Kong

Branch 1:
G/F, 67 Fuk Wing Street , 
Sham Shui Po, 
Hong Kong

Shop D, G/F, 165-167 Pei Ho Street, 
Sham Shui Po
Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2387 6515

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dinner for Three @ Kok Thai Restaurant

After eating home-cooked new year dishes for 2 days, we got a little bored of the same food thus eating outside made a better option for the family. However, my two brothers Farn Ngoi Ga (visited the home of the in-laws) on the second day, leaving my parents and me at home so there were only three people sitting around a small table in the restaurant, trying our very best to finish all the food we ordered. 

Peanuts @ RM2.50

Mini Budha Jumping over the Wall @ RM42

Mini Abalone Soup @ RM25

Crispy Chicken @ RM22

 Steamed Rice with Assorted Wax Meat @ RM15

Steamed Loong Dan Fish (Estuary Grouper) @ RM48 / 300 gm

Stir-fried Hong Kong Kai Lan

Lebuh Medan Ipoh,
Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh,
31400 Ipoh, Perak,
Tel: 605-5468407

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Reunion Dinner 2012

Our dinner on the first day of Chinese New Year comprised mainly home-cooked dishes. From the unpleasant experience we had in the previous dinners during the new year season by which dishes were delivered at one go and diners were forced to finish their food within a short period to give way to the others waiting for the table, we decided to prepare our own food and enjoy the food at our own leisure. 

 Yee Sang

Steamed Prawns with Egg White

Brasied Mushroom with Chicken Feet

 Stir-fried Mixed Vegetables

Steamed Kao Yuk (Yam and Pork)

Otak-otak (Steamed Spicy Fish Cakes)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Family Reunion 2012

We celebrated our family Reunion at home by serving steamboat, barbecue and potluck at the car porch. 

Annual family gathering

The two donkeys grilling the meat and themselves over the charcoal flame.

Besides barbecue and steamboat, we had our reunion dinner the potluck style. 
Fried Rice - Vinnie
Herbal Tea Eggs - Kelvin
Fried Noodle - Kenny
Fried Wonton - Ann
Stir-fried Vegetables - Daddy
Chicken Rendang - Pam
Braised Roast Pork - Mummy
Fishballs and Sausages - Kelvin
Braised Mushroom with Chicken Feet - Daddy

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year 2012!

Wishing You All a Very Happy And Prosperous Chinese New Year
Overflowed With Wonderful Times With Family and Friends!
May The Year Of The DRAGON
Be Blissful, Fruitful & Meaningful
With Great Food, Good Health and Gorgeous Looks
Filling Every Minute Every Second of Your Days
Along With The Blessings In Your Life...
Happy Chinese New Year 2012!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Autumn Stroll in Hong Kong - Cheung Heung Coffee Shop

Probably one of the oldest coffee shops in the Western District, Cheung Heung Coffee Shop has been the favourite place for breakfast and tea among the residents in the westernmost region of Hong Kong Island. Mr Chow, the owner, bought the coffee shop over in the 70s and has since been running the coffee shop the traditional way for nearly 40 years. Over here at Cheung Heung, the staffs are seen in the white top uniform and all of them are entirely males.

Over the years, there hasn’t been much changes on the food served. Food recipes passed on from the previous owner has been well treasured and preserved by Chow who realizes the importance of keeping the traditions.

Their cocktail bun is one of those food items which have been carried forward for years. While many bakeries are making use of the leftover (butter, sugar and desiccated coconut) to make the filling of the cocktail bun, Cheung Heung are willing to spend extra by stuffing the buns with expensive store-bought lotus paste. 

Cheung Heung Coffee Shop

Cocktail bun filled with sweetened lotus paste

The common cocktail bun in most coffee shops are filled with a combination of sugar, butter and dessicated coconut but the one at Cheung Heung is uniquely stuffed with sweetened lotus paste. 

Polo Bun

Baked Char Siew Bun

Also worth eating is their cookie pastry egg tart

These egg tarts are sold outside the entrance of the coffee shop, neatly arranged in a 2-tier rack.

Cheung Heung Yuen Restaurant
107 Belcher's Street, 
Kennedy Town, 
Western District
Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2855 7911

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Autumn Stroll in Hong Kong - Tai Hing Roast Restaurant

After the Stanley day tour, we returned to Central in the late evening. As planned, we proceeded to Yung Kee Restaurant (鏞記酒家)for their award-winning roast goose (飛天燒鵝). Unfortunately, the place was so crowded and we were asked to wait for an hour to be seated. Although we wanted to try their highly-acclaimed roast products so much, everyone was already famished when we got off the bus at Central. So, how could we bear the hunger for another hour? Hence, we changed the venue from Yung Kee to Tai Hing, another roast restaurant in Central, as recommended by one of the staff in Yung Kee.

Tai Hing Roast Restaurant, Central

Soup of the day

Roast Goose

Roast Pork

Barbecued Meat

Fried Kai Lan

Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Ma Yau Fish

Tai Hing Roast Restaurant
G/F, No. 142-146 Queen's Rd Central, 
Central, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2545 9008


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