Worst Ever Dinner in Hong Kong @ Tai Yun 泰源 on 10Jan2016

roast pigeon

roast pigeon

one of our eating targets in hong kong was to try out the dai pai tongs 大排档.

i had been to keung kee shatin chicken porridge 强记鸡粥 at tai wai a few times.

during the last trip i went to-

  1. chan kun kee 陈根记大排档 at shatin on 4.6.2015. &
  2. 富记大排档 at tai wai on 5.6.2015.

so this time i wanted to try new dai pai tongs 大排档. & i read that tai yun 泰源大排档 is not bad & saw photos of the chicken congee & razor clams etc.

850m walk to tai yuan泰源

850m walk to tai yun泰源

it was a long walk from fo tan station, according to googlemap 850m & 12mins. it was a reasonably nice walk on a lit but quite deserted riverside. great that we had 3G from the free i-sim & the googlemap. 🙂

only that the sky threatens to open up.

tai yuan dai pai dong泰源大排档

tai yun dai pai dong泰源大排档

as we reached shan mei street山尾街, we saw tuk kee 德 记across the street.

the first shop after tuk kee 德 记 with the same plastic sheets cover was tai yun 泰源. the proprietor literally bundled us in. i saw the menu it said tai yun 泰源. i was a bit uncertain so i asked whether this was 泰源大排档 . the reply was like yes 大排档 .

tai yuan dai pai dong泰源大排档

tai yuan dai pai dong泰源大排档

it was just a moment’s decision making, a bad one it turned out to be, like those soccer players in front of goals…haha!

we saw there was a good local crowd & the menu had similar items, and if this was not the 泰源大排档, maybe it was ok since we didn’t know both stalls.

another mistake we made was to order a set (i saw in some reviews they ordered a set but now my view is never order sets la..).

& to trust your instinct (get out!) & to trust other reviewers (better go to one with review than one w/o since we didn’t know both stalls).

chicken congee沙田鸡粥

chicken congee沙田鸡粥

the chicken congee was bad, worse than any i can concoct on a very bad day la…bad…bad..bad!

terrible c/w with either the fu kee congee 富记粥品 earlier today or keung kee shatin chicken porridge 强记鸡粥.

deep-fried sotong beaks

deep-fried sotong beaks

the deep-fried sotong beaks were actually quite ok. it was a huge helping, so many sotongs! but most of my friends not into this dish. we took maybe 1/4 or 1/3.

fried clams “la a"

fried clams “la a”

the clams were hopeless, overcooked, not tasty!

frid beancurd

frid beancurd

fried beancurd just to add to the numbers.

deep-fried fis

deep-fried fish

& clueless what was this fish. looked totally like a turbot (flatfish) to me but we turned over it was not the white underbelly.

i thought it was a garoupa on the menu but perhaps it was my poor understanding of the hongkish words & names.

fried nai bai

fried nai bai

fried nai bai, about as hopeless as the clams, maybe it was poached & not fried??

“free” black sauce noodles 豆油炒面

“free” black sauce noodles 豆油炒面

the “free” black sauce noodles 豆油炒面, mediocre, i guess edible but nothing like the 豆油炒面 at keung kee shatin chicken porridge 强记鸡粥.

one saving grace was the roast pigeon (top photo). one friend liked it especially. skin was crispy & meat was moist. for me though, after roast goose, roast pigeon only so-so to me la..

so this was the worst quite horrendous dinner we had in hong kong. luckily there was no worse & every other meal we had were very good or excellent.

so this was just one to forget la…can’t be bulleye everytime…self-consolation better than no consolation…

anyway just to put a good word in for the stall, not about their food certainly. during our dinner, the rain came, so we were stranded after our dinner, and 2 friends who were not staying at the same hotel as us were quite anxious to get back. luckily the proprietor came to our rescue. he gave us a plastic table cloth each…it was the very thin plastic like the S$2 raincoat kind. we used it to cover our heads & we were mostly dry walking back to fo tan station…would have been drenched without it though it was just a moderate drizzle, no thunderstorm.

i don’t know what more to say. rain cover or not, food-wise i will never go there!

c.h.e.f andy

 

 

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Best Dessert in Hong Kong for me @ Hoe Kee dessert 浩记甜品馆 on Fa Yun Street 花园街 on 10Jan2016

mango cheng chow with lotus 芒果凉粉加莲子

mango cheng chow with lotus 芒果凉粉加莲子

after our very “shiok” roast goose late lunch at fu kee congee 富记粥品, we walked along the opposite side on fa yun street 花园街 back to our hotel.

hao kee dessert 浩记甜品馆

hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆

passed by hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆, just what we wanted after lunch! ^^

hao kee dessert 浩记甜品馆

hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆

long while agp, used to remember only 许留山, & just like my other friends my way of remembering it is “楚留香”, but these days 许留山 expanded to chain stalls, it seems to become expensive & mediocre leh..

i once heard in the streets in hong kong someone saying “guai chor chow ng ho sek” which translated to once it gets expensive the standard deteriorates..which regrettably is often the case…street wisdom is often right…it’s not just the price, but the food quality actually gets worse.,,

mango cheng chow with lotus 芒果凉粉加莲子

mango cheng chow with lotus 芒果凉粉加莲子

well, dessert at hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆 were very nice! ^^

the mango cheng chow with lotus 芒果凉粉加莲子  was simply wonderful. i didn’t take it the first evening on 10.1.2016 but we went back on 13.1.2016 & i had this.

the cheng chow is not sweet, the mango is sweet, some parts a bit sour, one piece quite sour, but the lotus was caramelised with sugar so nicely sweetened, & the whole thing blended perfectly. for me, i would think if you don’t add lotus, the dish may not be so nice. 🙂

walnut paste + sesame dumplings核桃糊加芝麻汤圆

walnut paste + sesame dumplings核桃糊加芝麻汤圆

all the paste here were very nice. i tried all of them my friends ordered – walnot, almond & also sesame.

walnut paste + sesame dumplings核桃糊加芝麻汤圆

walnut paste + sesame dumplings核桃糊加芝麻汤圆

they were just so perfectly smooth & not too sweet. super!

杏仁糊加汤圆

杏仁糊加汤圆

& the sesame dumplings gave a great combination of texture & taste.

腐竹糖水加汤圆

腐竹糖水加汤圆 beancurd skin with sesame dumplings

on the first evening on 10.1.2016 i had the 腐竹糖水加汤圆 beancurd skin with sesame dumplings. i think that was the poorest of the lot.

momo馍馍??

momo馍馍??

our usual cheeky friend asked for bo bo cha cha with coconut, 1/2 in jest? or maybe he was serious?

to my surprise, they actually had some kind of momo馍馍?? dish…like a mixture of items + coconut milk…a bit similar to pulut hitam…not my kind of dessert..haha!

we liked it a lot & went back on 11.1.2016 & 12.1.2016. both days they were closed. when we managed to find them open on 13.1.2016, the proprietress told us the 师傅 chef was on home leave, so basically they are at the mercy of the 师傅 but i guess it is a symbiosis as long as the 师傅sticks with them.

after dinner on 13.1.2016, we went back again at 10pm+ (they opened till 1am) but the tiny shop was full so we skipped it since we already had it before dinner.

c.h.e.f andy

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Hoe Kee Dessert 浩记甜品馆 

Bean Sauce Pork Cubes – 2nd Teban Gardens Community Meal on 15Jan2016

last week, i started bringing some dishes t0 teban gardens community service centre (CSC). ^^

they do free friday breakfast & a halal monday lunch every week for the residents.

last week i brought some char siew & also miso belly pork. they all liked it as it is always good to add some new dishes & variety.

actually the CSC is very well run & they already have a very good breakfast going.

for this week, i decided on black bean sauce pork cubes. i was away with my RI buddies (6 of us) in hong kong & only back home last evening, so i asked my helper to help me prepare. my friends love the usual spicy version using pork ribs.

for today, i used 2kg pork cubes (boneless) and asked my helper not to add any chilli. i tasted the sauce – still very nice & not spicy.

recipe is simple, just the pork cubes & the lkk (lee kum kee) black bean sauce. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

The Best Roast Goose 烧鹅 @ Fu Kee Congee Mongkok 富记粥品旺角 on 10Jan2016

hong kong roast goose 烧鹅 (excellent!)

hong kong roast goose 烧鹅 (excellent!)

travelled with this fun RI group (6 of us) to hong kong to eat & hike 10-14jan2016. ^^

i guess that was representative of our priority – eat to hike to eat…lol. ^^

roast meat 烧腊station

roast meat 烧腊station

we were staying at royal plaza at mongkok, checked in by 3pm+ & found fu kee congee 富记粥品 at fa yun street 花园街quite easily.

fuk kee congee 富记粥面

fu kee congee 富记粥品

place was quite crowded. the servers were efficient & polite enough. 🙂

hong kong roast goose 烧鹅 (excellent!)

hong kong roast goose 烧鹅 (excellent!)

we ordered 1/2 roast goose 烧鹅. it was excellent!

after that we had roast goose at yat lok and tao hueng, & then at fu kee 富记again 2days later.

for now, this is the best roast goose in hong kong for me, though most of my friends still line up behind yat lok. 🙂

hong kong roast goose 烧鹅 (excellent!)

hong kong roast goose 烧鹅 (excellent!)

the goose was so flavourful & tender. it was a bit oilier than the others, but i liked that also, i think it was the most flavourful.

char siew (bad)

char siew (bad)

the char siew i would think was a disaster!

char siew (bad)

char siew (bad)

didn’t think you could have a bad char siew in hong kong, especially when the 烧腊chef produced such excellent roast goose.

but we had char siew again at yat lok & it was almost as bad.

this one here was tasteless & dry. the one at yat lok was more moist but equally tasteless!

my conclusion unfortunately – don’t take char siew in hong kong…Singapore hawker stall char siew just so good! 🙂

beef + liver congee

beef + liver congee

the congee were just excellent here! the best but where congee is concerned, there are endless supplies of good congee in hong kong.

mixed innards congee

mixed innards congee

it was so smooth & sweet,

mixed innards congee

mixed innards congee

both the mixed innards congee 及第粥 & the liver + sliced beef congee were excellent too!

dry beef horfun干炒牛河

dry beef horfun干炒牛河

the dry beef horfun干炒牛河 had good wok hae, otherwise nothing special – a dish i can do without.

chicken rice

chicken rice

it’s not easy to find chicken better than singapore’s hainanese chicken rice, yet recently i had very good com ga (chicken rice) in hoi an, vietnam; and now again here in hong kong! just perfect!

chicken rice

chicken rice

it was beautiful going with the ginger spring onion sauce. 🙂

fish belly veg soup

fish belly veg soup

we had a fish belly vegetable soup. very good & enjoyable too.

quite super that we were treated to such outstanding hong kong fares on the first day of our arrival. couldn’t have asked for more la… ^^

after the “late lunch”, 1 friend who was staying at the different hotel, found that his hotel was just directly opposite 富记粥品. how very convenient! 🙂

the meal was HK$553 for 6 hungry guys. 1/2roast goose 烧鹅 was HK$220. we could have done away with the char siew & added couple more cooked dishes. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Fu Kee Congee Mongkok 富记粥品旺角
104-106 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok
旺角花園街104-106號
How to get there?
Tel:2385 1230
Opening hrs:
Mon.-Sun. 07:30-23:30