Best Polo Buns in Hong Kong? @ Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅on 12jan2016

polo bun HK$10

polo bun HK$10

after the initial hiccups & light showers on first evening & yesterday morning, the weather favoured us for the remaining time of the trip.

this morning we were going to hike at dragon’s back. decided to drop in at kam wah cafe 金华茶餐厅 on 12.1.2016. ^^

this was supposed to offer the best polo buns 菠萝包 in hong kong. well according to 1 reviewer. 🙂

kam wah cafe 金华茶餐厅

kam wah cafe 金华茶餐厅

cafe was quite full at 915am but we did not have to wait as the server got the guy to move to another table. he just finished up & go, cheerful & very nice about it.

kam wah cafe 金华茶餐厅

kam wah cafe 金华茶餐厅

this was a much better example of sensible customer management c/w yat lok which made us (6pax) wait 15mins while seating the rest (2s & 3s) queued behind us…didn’t make sense.

polo bun with char siew HK$21

polo bun with char siew HK$21

don’t know what the fuss about polo bun?

a buttered slightly sweetened bun with an added slice of butter?

polo bun with char siew HK$21

polo bun with char siew HK$21

none too expensive at HK$10. and for the char siew version (to me a waste of time…especially when hong kong makes such poor char siew!) it;s HK$21.

i ok with it meaning can eat it, but it’s not my kind of food la..i think macdonald better & i don’t eat mac also, usually…

so i am a poor contributor to this kind of food reviews…

coffee tea 鸳鸯

coffee tea 鸳鸯

鸳鸯 ? could taste both coffee & tea yes! why is that special? i rather have coffee or tea (mostly coffee).

cheese toast

cheese toast

cheese toast…ok also la…

instant noodles

instant noodles

instant noodles with cheap ham & sausage…this one for sure i made lots better at home.

it was good though we had something to eat before some exercise climbing the 282m (only!) dragon’s back.

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Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward
太子弼街47號地下
Tel: 2392 6830
Opening hrs: Mon.-Sun.:06:30am-12:00am
MTR: Prince Edward B2 exit
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Victoria Harbour & Hong Kong Island Skyline by Night on 11Jan2016

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hong kong skyline & victoria harbour at night

after a fun late afternoon hike at cheung chau, we returned to central pier about 750pm.

we could walk to central station & take the mtr to mongkok, or take star ferry cross harbour to tsimshatsui.

we decided on the later.

a pleasant surprise that cross harbour ferry was free this evening. only later we learned that stephen chow 周星驰 was promoting his new “mermaid” movie & offering free star ferry ride on 11.1.2016. ^^

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star ferry cross harbour from central pie to star ferry terminal

night scenery was beautiful. we could see the central skyline & lit buildings with the IFC (international financial centre) standing tall.

central night scene

star ferry cross harbour from central pie to star ferry terminal

central pier receding.

on the other side there was a beautiful running advertisements of lights on ICC building at kowloon station in west kowloon.

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hong kong skyline & victoria harbour at night

people were crowding the promenade along the public pier on tsimshatsui waiting for the light display.

we watched about 10mins? when the music came on, but there was nothing to see, nothing much, a bit of laser but no display.

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hong kong skyline & victoria harbour at night

the red lit chinese junk, a regular item in hong kong’s tourist promotion.

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hong kong skyline & victoria harbour at night

we walked over to avenue of the stars, but it was closed.

time for dinner. we decided to go to tao heung tsimshatsui. all our i-sim free 160Mb data were used up so i had to find a wifi place & managed to get in to isquare’s free wifi.

but dinner was more hussle. it was past 9pm before we settle down at tao heung tsimshatsui, recently moved from carnavon plaza to 3 Minden Row.

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Super BB Suckling Pig & Roast Goose Dinner @ Tao Heung 稻香Tsimshatsui on 11jan2016

1/2 roast BB suckling pig HK$148

1/2 roast BB suckling pig HK$148

after a good day’s walk at cheung chau island + free star ferry ride, and (before that) a very nice stroll at the peak circle walk, we were ready to settle down to a sumptuous dinner on 11.1.2016. ^^

it was not to be such a simple task though.

since we were already at tsimshatsui, we decided to go to tao heung at tsimshatsui rather than take mtr to mongkok.

all our i-sim free 160Mb data were used up & not topped up yet so. we got tao heung google-mapped when i got into isquare wifi network & was happily reaching the carnavon plaza in good time to enjoy the before 9pm promotion. 🙂

but we did not expect that tao heung had moved to 3 minden row. & w/o 3G it was quite difficult to locate just by verbal directions. after quite a long search & about to throw up our hands & go back to mongkok, we found tao heung at 3 minden row & sat down to find that our order had passed the 9pm timesheet log-in. 😦

anyhow, the 1/2 roast goose & 1/2 roast BB suckling pig were priced very reasonably here so i ordered both.

pig head-1/2 roast BB suckling pig HK$148

pig head-1/2 roast BB suckling pig HK$148

BB suckling was small & it was very good. at HK$148, it was even cheaper than the already cheap roast goose.

& really nice too. i loved it, as good as ah yat grandstand & hung kang restaurants in singapore.

glutinous rice stuffed chicken soup HK$188 2-in-1 special

glutinous rice stuffed chicken soup HK$188 2-in-1 special

there were like 6 different 2-in-1 combo special. one was a dungenese crab combo.

i decided to take the glutinous rice stuffed chicken soup. 🙂

glutinous rice stuffed chicken soup HK$188 2-in-1 special

glutinous rice stuffed chicken soup HK$188 2-in-1 special

& the soup was wonderful! ^^

glutinous rice stuffed chicken soup HK$188 2-in-1 special

glutinous rice stuffed chicken soup HK$188 2-in-1 special

very intense & tasty, & the chicken & glutinous rice were very good too & i the soup was so intense & flavourful. fantastic!

it’s a bit like the korean samgyaetang 参鸡汤 but no ginseng i think. tasted a whole lot better also.

sliced abalone with sweet beans-part of 2-in-1 special

sliced abalone with sweet beans-part of 2-in-1 special

the HK$188 2-in-1 combo included a sliced abalone with sweet beans which was good too. a pretty good deal!

1/2 roast goose 烧鹅

1/2 roast goose 烧鹅 HK$180

the 1/2 roast goose 烧鹅 HK$180 in this restaurant was just HK$180, cheaper than yat lok (HK$250) & cheaper than fu kee (HK$220)!

1/2 roast goose 烧鹅

1/2 roast goose 烧鹅 HK$180

the roast goose looked great & tasted pretty good too! but it was really NOT as good as flavourful than both yat lok & fu kee. it was pretty good, a dish i would take in this restuarant.

pork ribs mustard leaves soup HK$78

pork ribs mustard leaves soup HK$78

my friends loved the pork ribs mustard leaves soup 芥菜锅. very tasty clear 清 soup.

this a dish i intend to make, together with the samgyaetang 参鸡汤!

stirfried spinach HK$58

stirfried spinach HK$58

the greens was done well here, very nicely garlic fried with wok hae, unlike the “damp squid” tasteless vegetable at tai yun 泰源 last evening!

fried rice

fried rice

they placed the wrong dish on our table, a fried rice, maybe yangzhou fried rice. it looked good & we decided to order it as well. nice!

blue girl "lam mui"

blue girl “lam mui”

& the lads decided we should round off dinner with 2bottles of blue girl “lam mui” beer.

i took a small sip. it was pretty flavourful, not bad la..

dinner was HK$931 all in for 6pax = S$29pax, not toforget we had roast goose & roast suckling pig, a very good dinner at a super good price!

& the service in this new restaurant with great ambience was good too!

c.h.e.f andy

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Tao Heung 稻香 (Tsimshatsui)

G/F, Star Mansion, 3 Minden Row, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀緬甸臺3號恆星樓地下
Tel: 8300 8084
Opening hrs: open daily till 1am

Cheung Chau Island Hike 长洲岛一游 on 11jan2016

horizon from cheung chau island

horizon from cheung chau island

after late lunch @ yat lok 一乐stanley street, we walked along the mid-level escalators to central pier 5 & caught the 3.45pm fast ferry to cheung chau island 长洲岛 on 11.1.2016. ^^

it’s a 35mins ferry (the normal ferry takes 1hr), so we were at cheung chau island 长洲岛 at 4.15pm. 🙂

later at i took a photo of the horizon (top photo). ^^

cheung chau pier side street

cheung chau pier side street

the last few times i came in the morning or noon time.

there’s some attractions coming in the late afternoon, the stalls along the pier side street just open up for business.

cheung chau pier side

cheung chau pier side

weather was perfect. last evening medium drizzle & this morning’s wet start were past.

it was cool 16degC maybe.

cheung chau pier side

cheung chau pier side

many small crafts anchored here.

cheung chau pier side

cheung chau pier side

some for fishing i guess.

cheung chau pier side

cheung chau pier side

a nice setting.

temple 北帝庙

pak tai temple 北帝庙

we walked to the pak tai temple 北帝庙. didn’t go in just took some group pictures.

tung wan (东湾) beach

tung wan (东湾) beach

this was near the narrowest part of the island.

we walked across to the other side, nice tung wan (东湾) beach. great for water sports. there is a surfing centre & canoe/kayaking further at kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach.

historic relics stone carvings frombronze age

historic relics stone carvings from bronze age

just past wawrick hotel, there’s the historic relics stone carvings from bronze age.

horizon - kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach

horizon – kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach

i took a photo of the horizon from kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach.

& cropped it to get the horizon photo at the top of the page.

looking back at kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach & tung wan (东湾) beach

looking back at kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach & tung wan (东湾) beach

we turned up the path after kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach. the kwun yam temple (观音古庙) was closed.

looking back at kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach & tung wan (东湾) beach

looking back at kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach & tung wan (东湾) beach

we walked on to the mini greatwall. looking back was a nice aerial view of kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach & tung wan (东湾) beach.

叮当石 at mini greatwall

叮当石 at mini greatwall

after we past the vista lookout, moving on we came to the 花瓶石 & 叮当石.

花瓶石at mini greatwall

花瓶石at mini greatwall

花瓶石 is the bigger rock.

花瓶石at mini greatwall

花瓶石at mini greatwall

we took some photos including group shots.

花瓶石 & 叮当石 at mini greatwall

花瓶石 & 叮当石 at mini greatwall

叮当石 is the smaller rock at the end.

玉玺石

玉玺石

further we came to the 玉玺石.

craggy coastline

craggy coastline

we could see lamma island’s power station 南丫岛发电厂over the horizon. in the horizon photo (top photo) but did not take another photo this time. 🙂

craggy coastline

craggy coastline

there were very short stretch of nice craggy coastline. a bit like cornwall & devon, in a tiny tiny way la.. 🙂

tortoise rock

tortoise rock

the chequered cut patterned rock is the tortoise rock.

looking back at kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach & tung wan (东湾) beach at dusk on way back

looking back at kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach & tung wan (东湾) beach at dusk on way back

we walked back. it stared getting dark by 530pm. this photo about 615pm.

we returned to the jetty & took the 7.15pm ferry back to central pier, then took the cross harbour star ferry across to tsimshatsui star ferry pier 天星码头.

a pleasant surprise that cross harbour ferry was free this evening. only later we learned that stephen chow 周星驰 was promoting his new “mermaid” movie & offering free star ferry ride on 11.1.2016. ^^

a fun day & a very nice dinner at tao heung tsim sha tsui to follow. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy