Archive for November, 2011

Rich Bowl of Rice Noodle – 新武二

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Vincent came to pick me up at 8am to have a quick breakfast so I could go back to pack up at the hotel. San Mou I 新武二 was just a few blocks away.

This is a neighborhood restaurant for the masses so prices were reasonable (大眾化). A bowl of noodle cost MOP20 and each additional ingredient cost MOP7. A cup of coffee was only MOP8.

I ordered a cup of coffee and rice noodle with oysters, minced meat and fish balls. The fish balls (墨魚丸) were crunchy (彈牙) and oysters were fresh. This bowl of rice noodle as a whole was very delicious.

San Mou I 新武二廣潮福粉麵食館
45 R. de Bruxelas, Alameda Dutor Carlos d’Assumpção, Macau 宋玉生廣場(皇朝)布魯塞爾街45號

On the previous day, I spent a couple hours at the Senado Square 議事亭前地 testing the reach of my super-zoom compact camera. Here are some of the shots.

Wild Game Food in Jiangmen Again 再去江門歎野味 – 名古山莊

Friday, November 25th, 2011

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of tasting wild game food (野味) in Jiangmen. This time, Brother Feng 豐哥 (a.k.a. Jiangmen God of Cookery 江門食神) was so nice to arrange another feast for us after our round of golf at the nearby Wu Yi Fountain Palm Golf Club. When we arrived the restaurant 名古山莊, Brother Feng was already there with his brother.

Our huge private room was actually a house by itself with its own waiting staff, washroom, and parking lot. Being a regular customer, the God of Cookery had called the day before to ask the chef to prepare dishes with the best ingredients available.

We started with soup. This soup was steaming but felt cool running downing the throat. It was so good I had four bowls. It’s 清熱解毒. Ingredients of the soup: chicken, snake and turtle. Snake was the poisonous species 飯鏟頭.

Among the half dozen delicious dishes on the table, this one stood out as the best. Texture of the meat was firm but easy to chew. 肉有肉味! The chef had patiently cooked the meat to allow flavor of the ingredients to get inside.  This wild animal was named “Seven Stripes” (七劃) because of the seven stripes on its back.

I was so full after this lunch that I didn’t need dinner after getting back to Macau.

電話: +86-750-330-0988

While it is advisable to use toilet seat cover in public washrooms, it can sometimes be pretty messy. This toilet changes the seat cover for you automatically after you push a button. I don’t know whether this is a new invention; I have never seen that before. Take a look.

Wai Kee Congee Shop 威記粥店 Again

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Got an email from Peter The Japanese at 6:30 in the morning asking whether I wanted to join him for breakfast. Why not? I still had a few hours before taking the ferry to Macau. We both wanted something simple and went to Wai Kee 威記 in Central. This was my second time there and the freshly deep-fried Ox-Tongue Pastry was still as good as ever. Peter had Steamed Carrot Cake which looked good. He finished the whole dish, so it couldn’t taste bad.

Wai Kee Congee Shop 威記粥店
G/F, 82 Stanley St., Central, Hong Kong
電話: +852-2551-5564

Light snack served on Turbojet from Hong Kong to Macau.

Lunch in an Old Pawn Shop – OVOlogue 祗月

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Surina and Sally were so kind to invite the FoodLover to have lunch at OVOlogue 祗月 in a historic building where the former Woo Cheong Pawn Shop (和昌大押) used to be since 1888. This restaurant was one of the projects organized by the Commissioner for Heritage’s Office to conserve and revitalize Hong Kong Heritage. Most of these kind of projects tend to attract foreigners rather than locals and this one is no exception. According to the FoodLover’s unscientific observation, there were more westerners and visitors from the mainland than Cantonese speaking locals on this day.

Unlike most restaurants in Hong Kong, this one is very spacious with high ceiling. It is easy to relax even though one can see trams passing by only ten yards outside the window.

I expected western-style Chinese food and was pleasantly surprised to see traditional dishes. The Chicken in “Hua Diao” Wine (花雕醉雞) was very tasty with wine flavor penetrating the tender meat. Steamed Beef Patties Flavored with Aged Tangerine Peel (陳皮牛肉餅) was 香口. While other dim sums were good but not outstanding, I was really impressed by the taste and presentation of the Sweet and Sour Pork with Dried Fruits and Sweetened Aged Vinegar (京果陳醋咕嚕肉). Unlike tranditional sweet and sour pork, it was “dry” in the sense that there was no excessive sauce. It was crispy and neither too sweet nor sour. I strongly recommend this dish.

If you are afraid of eating anything that has bones inside, don’t worry. Even the chicken and pork had bones taken out in the kitchen. Again, westerners should feel comfortable not having to deal with bones with chop-sticks.

If you appreciate elegant decor and nicely prepared dishes, you should go there at least once with two other friends – there are three pieces in most of the dim sum dishes. Just go with someone who has a deep pocket.

OVOlogue 祗月
G/F 66 Johnston Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong 香港灣仔莊士敦道66號地下
Tel: +852-2527-6088

Overrated Pineapple Bun – Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

I’ve heard about Kam Wah Cafe (金華冰室) for a a while and finally got a chance to try it this morning. Even CNN did a report on the “Pineapple Bun” (菠蘿包) there. I took a trip at 6:30am from Wanchai to Mongkok that cost HK$19.80 round-trip fare on MTR. Was it worth it?

The tea lack tea flavor – 茶冇茶味. The pineapple bun was not very warm, a sign that it had been out of the oven for quite a while. When I was leaving, I found out why the bun was not fresh. Business was so good due to the publicity that they already had hundreds of buns packed in paper bags in front of the restaurant so that they could sell the most of them as fast as possible to people on their way to work. Just imagine you walk by this place at 8:30am picking up a 菠蘿包 that has been sitting in the paper bag since 7am. Yucky. I should have saved the MTR fare and just walked over to Kam Fung (金鳳茶餐廳) to have much better tea and freshly baked pineapple bun.

Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳
G/F, 47 Bute Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong 香港九龍弼街47號地下
Tel: +852-2392-6830

Ideal ground for Tai Chi early in the morning.

I didn't know MGM is operating a night club in Hong Kong!

Piu Heung Brisket 飄香清湯腩

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The FoodLover went to TaiKoo Shing to meet with Lincoln who had promised to take him for a good lunch. Piu Heung Brisket 飄香清湯腩 in Sai Wan Ho was only a short walk away. It was a small shop with half a dozen small table. I was happy to see a short menu and ordered Brisket Rice Noodle (清湯腩河) without hesitation. I always prefer rice noodle over regular egg noodle.

The brisket was soft “諗” and had fully absorbed flavor of the broth. Even the turnip tasted good. I was full after finishing that and a dish of vegetable. I had not tried the brisket at all other famous restaurants around town but could be sure this little shop should be up there with the best.

電話: +852-2560-0777

Happy Lincoln

女掌櫃 - reason why Lincoln was so happy.

How many money changers do you need at one street corner?

Hong Kong Aung San Suu Kyi – Observatory Cafe 天文臺冰室

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The fish congee I had at Sun Hing Chang was almost completely digested after we walked around Yau Ma Tei and Tsum Sha Tsui for two hours. Peter suggested that we went to his favorite cafe for a cup of milk tea. Observatory Cafe 天文臺冰室 is located on Observatory Court up the hill on Observatory Road. There was not much traffic on this dead-end street which was relatively quiet and peaceful.

As soon as we walked in, the friendly waitress who looked like Aung San Suu Kyi greeted Peter by name and sat us down near the entrance. I only wanted to have a cup of “Coffee with Tea” 鴛鴦 (HK$12), a Hong Kong specialty but changed my mind when I realized that I could have a set breakfast (HK$22) by paying an extra HK$10.

The toast was thick and soft. Coffee with Tea had rich coffee aroma with a trace of tea flavor.

Macaroni in chicken broth with plenty of ham was delicious.

This is a perfect place to sit down to enjoy the morning paper with a cup of coffee, tea, or coffee with tea. Tea, toast, egg, macaroni in a peaceful environment near the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui all for HK$22. Let me know if you can find a better deal.

Observatory Cafe 天文臺冰室
Shop 2, G/F, 10-12 Observatory Court, Observattory Mansion, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Fishy Congee Shop – Sun Hing Chang 新興棧食家

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The FoodLover’s favorite places for congee in the morning had been Sang Kee in Sheung Wan and Mui Kee in Mongkok until Peter The Japanese took him to Sun Hing Chang 新興棧食家 in Yau Ma Tei. At 7am, the streets were still quiet and this famous congee shop was still pretty empty. This is the best time to leisurely enjoy a good bowl of congee in the morning; you will need to rush through your food when the working crowd starts to appear at eight.

I noticed Fish Skin (爽滑魚皮) on the wall poster and couldn’t resist – it definitely did not disappoint. It was crunchy yet easy to chew. The scallion and shredded ginger eliminated whatever small trace of fishiness.

The congee base was great – smooth and rich in fish and rice flavor. Peter’s Combination Congee was overflown with ingredients. He almost finished everything even though his wife had told him to refrain from eating too much high-cholesterol internal organs. My Fish Jaw Congee was great too. I couldn’t help but sucking everything out of each piece of bone.

As indicated on signs all over the place, this restaurant is proud of its fish congee – almost every choice on the menu has fish in it. I like fish and it is good for my health too. HK$29 for a bowl of seems to be a little high comparing to others but is a real bargain considering what you get. Will surely come back on my next trip to Hong Kong.

Sun Hing Chang Restaurant 新興棧食家
23 Ning Po Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong 香港九龍油麻地寧波街23號
電話: +852-2783-8539

Menu on the wall

Yung Shue Tau Tin Hau Temple 蓉樹頭天后廟

Yau Ma Tei Police Station 油麻地警署

Duck Liver at a Snake Shop – Se Wong Yee 蛇王二

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Hong Kong wasn’t cold enough yet for me to fully appreciate the warming effect of snake soup but I had no choice. This was the only evening I could enjoy this crawling creature in Hong Kong this year. I took a 20-minute walk from Wanchai to Se Wong Yee 蛇王二 in Causeway Bay. As expected, there was a line in front of the restaurant. Fortunately, people moved in and out pretty quickly and I was seated at a small table in only 15 minutes. Of course, I had to share the table – every single seat was taken.

No wonder why the waiting time was so short, my food was delivered within a minute after I ordered the snake set dinner. My favorite at this restaurant was actually the Duck Liver Sausage (腸) rather than snake soup. The duck liver in the sausage was so tasty with super crispy skin. Yes, my doctor and Mrs. FoodLover would not want me to have this more than once a year. Snake soup was not bad but was overshadowed by the Duck Liver Sausage.

Se Wong Yee 蛇王二(燒臘飯店)
24 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 香港銅鑼灣波斯富街24號
電話: +852-2831-0163/2832-2977

Golfing at Discovery Bay

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Chat was so kind to invite the FoodLover to Discovery Bay Golf Club for a round of golf. Wallace happened to be in town and took Kinney along to make the foursome. As soon as we putt out the last hole, Chat rushed to the club house to order two pots of rice which would be ready by the time we finished taking our shower.

Clay-pot rice there was as good as one could get anywhere else in Hong Kong. These four hungry men didn’t have problem cleaning up the last grain of rice.

Discovery Bay Golf Club
Valley Road, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2987-3750

Before going to Discovery Bay, I had a Ham and Egg Sandwich with a cup of hot milk tea at the cafe across the street from my hotel. The food wasn’t worth mentioning but did serve the purpose of filling my stomach at 6am.

After coming back from Lantau Island, I didn’t forget to walk over to Kam Fung to enjoy my favorite tea. Kam Fung (金鳳茶餐廳) was crowded as usual at 4pm; every seat was occupied. Most people seemed to have what I ordered – iced cold milk tea (凍奶茶) and freshly baked egg tart (蛋撻). Everybody should try this as least once before property developers (無良地產商) force them out of this old building.

Hay Hay Restaurant 喜喜燒臘茶餐廳
電話: +852-2143-6183

Kam Fung Restaurant 金鳳茶餐廳
G/F, Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
電話: +852-2572-0526

Beautiful Golf Course