Archive for June, 2009

T’ang Court 唐閣

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

This may be one of the most painful food report I have to make. Just received a message from Ah Sai telling me what I “could have had” if I were in Hong Kong today. His “Big Eater’s Club” (大食會) is having a gathering at the T’ang Court (another Michelin 2-star restaurant) at Langham Hotel tonight. Here’s the menu:

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乳燕玉珊瑚 (蛋白,燕窩牛奶,蟹肉,蟹黃)

Japanese Family Restaurant – Gombei

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Don’t get the wrong impression that I always have expensive fancy food. Actually, the kind of food I enjoy the most are quite simple and homely. Gloria is having dinner with friends this evening and I have the responsibility of taking care of the boys. They both voted for Gombei, a Japanese family restaurant just under 2 miles from our house. Over the years, I have seen their preference changing from McDonald to Jeffrey’s (an upscale hamburger joint) and now to a place that serves real food. That’s a good sign that their taste buds are maturing.

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I ordered Chicken Teriyaki and Tuna Sashimi. Patrick likes a wide variety of food and has the potential to become a gourmet eater; he ordered Chicken Teriyaki and Fried Tofu. Christopher only likes beef and ordered his favorite Beef Teriyaki Don. The food was not great but very good for the price. It beats McDonald any day.

Typical Dinner in Hong Kong! – Shang Palace 香宮

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Shang PalaceLet’s roll back to that rainy afternoon on May 24 when I got that call from Ah Sai 阿細. He was going to have dinner with a bunch of gourmet eaters but one of them could not make it. He asked whether I wanted to fill in. I said yes right away. One of Ah Sai’s friends knows the management of many good restaurants and had arranged a dinner at the Shang Place 香宮 in the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel – a 2-star restaurant rated by the Michelin Guide.

I will let the pictures do the talking, so you can imagine how the food tasted. The only thing I can say is that the dinner was worth many times over what I had to pay. Because of the special relationship between Ah Sai’s friend and the hotel, the price we paid was too low to print here. Ask me next time we meet and I will whisper in your ear.


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Raw Fish – Kaygetsu 桂月

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Our two boys are attending summer camp this week, so Gloria and I have time to go out for a nice lunch today. We arrived Kaygetsu in Menlo Park around noon and the place was still half empty. Just a year ago, this place would be full with a short line waiting at this time. The economy still has a long way to recover. For those who have not been to Kaygetsu (桂月), it is a highly rated Japanese restaurant specialised in Kaiseki dinner (懷石料理) and I consider the sushi prepared by owner Toshi Sakuma the best sushi one can find outside of Japan.

As usual, we sat down at the sushi bar, Gloria ordered Mini Kaiseki (she does not like raw fish) and I started to ask Toshi what was good today. Fortunately, he did have OToro ready and I started with that. In the picture, you can see the fatty tissues in the piece of tuna belly which would slowly melt in my mouth later. Other sushi were as good as ever. Toshi suggested that I tried the Japanese Tairagai together with Mirugai. I still like the Mirugai more; it is more crunchy while the Tairagai is on the soft side.

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Well, what can I say. It is a great restaurant that maintains its high standard. For those of you who live outside of the U.S., show your copy of this message when you visit the San Francisco Bay area and I will buy you lunch at Kaygetsu.

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Dim-sum in San Mateo 醉香居(聖馬刁店) – CLOSED

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Here’s a decent restaurant in mid-peninsula in the Bay area.


Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

I was wondering where could I find a bowl of decent congee in the Bay area and Albert Mak suggested Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor. Here’s the video of our experience there: