Relish Hong Kong Food Fun Moments on 20Jan2016

#1 samgyaetang 参鸡汤

#1 samgyaetang 参鸡汤

6 of us had a lot of fun in hong kong 10-14.1.2016. ^^

weather was good to us except for rain on the first evening & second morning (so we had a leisurely dimsum breakfast at tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角).

great hikes & walks at cheung chau, dragon’s back, peak circle walk & lamma island, and we had excellent food at daipaidongs and the tao heung group restaurants, a fairer price restaurant chain.

our only bad & forgettable meal was when we kena waylaid into the wrong tai yun 泰源??(we think).

6 homecooked dishes + 1 dessert

6 homecooked dishes + 1 dessert

so, coming back, naturally i went about recreating several great dishes we had in hong kong (see above menu).

6 homecooked dishes + 1 dessert

6 homecooked dishes + 1 dessert

& here they are (above photo..the rice came later, not in photo).

#1 samgyaetang 参鸡汤

#1 samgyaetang 参鸡汤

my chicken soup was very tasty (though maybe still not as intense as the wonderful glutinous stuffed chicken soup we had at tao hueng tsimshatsui) & chicken very tender as my friends noted.

i stuffed the chicken with 3 tbsp glutinous rice (soaked in water for 1 hr according to one internet samgyaetang recipe), 3 cloves garlic & 3 dried red dates, sliced ginger, 2 spring onions.

i boiled the small 1kg chicken with chicken stock i made the day before, added 3 more red dates & sliced ginger & spring onions, salt (to taste) & boiled medium for 45mins, then turned over medium low for 30mins.

seems that the glutinous rice in the recipe was too little, would have been better with more so texture of soup will be better. will try 1/2 cup next time.

#2 black bean sauce bittergourd with fake kurobuta回锅猪项肉豆屎苦瓜

#2 black bean sauce bittergourd with fake kurobuta回锅猪项肉豆屎苦瓜

we had black bean sauce bittergourd with kurobuta at the accidental find yue bo 鱼宝食馆.

it was very good. 🙂

i used a cheap marbled pork collar to fake the kurobuta. i put it in 90degC oven for 2 hrs to convert the tough connective tissues to flavourful gelatine, then added it to the black beans bittergourd dish like a double-cooked pork 回锅肉.

my friends liked this dish very much. firstly the bittergourd had the special flavour but not bitter as i brined it with sugar the day before & the black beans & slow braise made it very tender & tasty, and the pork collar was excellent, flavourful & tender.

#3 pork + liver sausage fried kailan 腊味芥兰

#3 pork + liver sausage fried kailan 腊味芥兰

i had the pork + liver sausage fried kailan 腊味芥兰 for the first time at fu kee 富记粥品.

so i decided to buy some fairly good pork & liver sausage, steamed them & then fried & added chicken stock to bring out the 腊味 flavours then added the kailand stems & leaves & later oyster sauce & corflour the usual way.

i think my version was as good today maybe better than fu kee 富记粥品’s 腊味芥兰, very flavourful indeed.

#4 dried mustard leaves belly pork 梅菜扣肉

#4 dried mustard leaves belly pork 梅菜扣肉

we did not have 梅菜扣肉  in hong kong. this my first try & in any case a good opportunity to get friends to try..it was very well done. ^^

i varied a 梅菜扣肉 recipe i read on internet.

i placed the belly pork in a 90degC oven for 2 hrs (together with my pork collar to save electricity), instead of boiling it in water for 35mins according to the recipe.

i then seared the skin & sides & added 1/2tbsp dark sauce to coat the belly pork. & sliced the belly pork when cool.

then i melted 1 tbsp sugar, added 1 tbsp oil & fried the 梅菜 & added 1/2cup chicken stock.

then i placed the 梅菜 on the sliced belly pork & placed in the steam oven for 75mins.

the 梅菜 was just perfect, texture, colour, taste, everything & the belly pork 扣肉excellent, so tender & tasty! ^^

#5 salted fish minced pork 咸鱼饼

#5 salted fish minced pork 咸鱼饼

salted fish minced pork 咸鱼饼 was another great dish we had at yue bo 鱼宝食馆.

the salted fish minced pork 咸鱼饼 was good, as usual.

today i experimented 1/2 on belly pork (which was sous vide at 90degC for 2hrs) & lean pork..turned out they tasted quite the same. my friends couldn’t really tell. me too. 🙂

#6 steamed minced garlic prawn rice 蒜蓉鲜虾蒸饭

#6 steamed minced garlic prawn rice 蒜蓉鲜虾蒸饭

the lotus leaf steamed minced garlic prawn rice 蒜蓉鲜虾蒸荷叶饭 was another great dish at yue bo 鱼宝食馆

#6 steamed minced garlic prawn rice 蒜蓉鲜虾蒸饭

#6 steamed minced garlic prawn rice 蒜蓉鲜虾蒸饭

this one though i had some difficulty getting it right!

i used chicken stock to cook the rice in the rice cooker.

then i added some soy sauce mix (similar to those used for fun cheong & also for adding to rice) & added to the cooked rice.

& i had lots of minced garlic.

still the taste was not comparable to the one prepared by yue bo 鱼宝食馆

#7 lotus seeds ginkyo nuts mango cheng chow 白果莲子芒果凉粉

#7 lotus seeds ginkyo nuts mango cheng chow 白果莲子芒果凉粉

& we also had wonderful dessert at Hoe Kee dessert 浩记甜品馆.

#7 lotus seeds ginkyo nuts mango cheng chow 白果莲子芒果凉粉

#7 lotus seeds ginkyo nuts mango cheng chow 白果莲子芒果凉粉

of course i won’t try to make the almond paste 杏仁糊,walnut paste 核桃糊, black sesame paste 芝麻糊 etc。

but lotus seeds mango cheng chow 莲子芒果凉粉is something i can do.

i cooked 1 packet of lotus seeds 莲子 & 1 packet of ginkyo nuts白果 with 4 tbsp brown sugar & reduced.

i let it lightly boiled for 1.5hrs to 2hrs, a friend brought the mangoes, so it was just an assembly of the 莲子白果 on the mangoes & cheng chow 凉粉.

lunch was a display of all the food we liked & enjoyed while in hong kong (except the 梅菜扣肉 dish). it was wonderful to be able to relish the fun food moments in hong kong.

c.h.e.f andy

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Our Dimsum Fix Again @ Tao Heung Mongkok 稻香旺角 on 14Jan2016

minced pork & braised egg rice

minced pork & braised egg rice

the next morning (day of departure on 14.1.2016) we went back to tao heung mongkok  稻香旺角.

this was where we had our HK$380 for 6pax dimsum feast on 11.1.2016!

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

our flight departure was 2.20pm & we planned to check out hotel at 11.20am & take cab to airport. so no point going far & to new places. just go back to tao heung mongkok & have a nice leisurely breakfast lor…

char siew pao

char siew pao

char siew pao again!

char siew pao

char siew pao

something i don’t order in singapore. here we had it everytime. it was nice like all the other dimsum places we went to. of course tim ho wan’s crispy skin char siew pao was special.

har gao won 虾饺皇

har gao won 虾饺皇

& cannot forget har gao won 虾饺皇 at tao heung. after trying out tim ho wan shamshuipo & also fu seng 富城火鍋海鮮酒家, you can see from the photos that the ones here at tao heung is best!

chives dumplings

chives dumplings

the spicy chives dumplings were good as before. 🙂

fried fupeiquin炸腐皮卷

fried fupeiquin炸腐皮卷

& the fried fupeikuin腐皮卷. 🙂

char siew fun cheong

char siew fun cheong

char siew fun cheong seemed not as good as the other day.

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

the pork ribs was best at tim ho wan.

here less meat more yam.

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet just as good though, as good as anywhere.

some beancurd skin dimsum

some beancurd skin dimsum

the beancurd skin dimsum pretty ok.

鸡扎 or something like that?

鸡扎 or something like that?

鸡扎 also harder to share.

lomeigai糯米鸡

lomeigai糯米鸡

lomeigai糯米鸡 was good.

we were down to 4pax. one friend had a later flight by tigerair (we were taking jetstar) so he took the time to go to macau last evening. another friend extended his stay a his family was traveling with him.

dimsum breakfast was HK$204=S$9.50pax. i guess that’s where singapore cannot match. now we have imperial treasure, crystal jade, canton paradise etc standard about same but would cost like S$20pax.

c.h.e.f andy

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Tao Heung Mongkok 稻香旺角

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Tel: 8300 8142
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Good Dinner @ Tao Hueng Pier 88 Mongkok 稻香超级鱼港旺角 on 13Jan2016

HK$78 steamed live tiger garoupa promotion..a large fish 800-900g

HK$78 steamed live tiger garoupa promotion..a large fish 800-900g

after our late afternoon dimsum sojourn at tim ho wan shamshuipo at 4.3pm, we rested & chatted at the hotel & then went for dinner at tao heung pier 88 mongkok 稻香超级鱼港旺角, making sure we were there before 9pm to enjoy the promotion.

it was planned in a way, that our excursions to lamma island today (& for that matter to dragon’s back, peak circle walk & cheung chau island on previous days) need not be rushed & we could have a leisurely breakfast, do the walks/hikes over the lunch period (the cool weather so accommodating) & then dimsum at timhowan at 5pm at a time when there was zero queue….

everything turned out quite as planned, and leisurely, also as planned…haha!

actually we went to hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆 for our dessert fix just before dinner on 13.1.2016! ^^

(we liked the desert so much we went back on 11.1.2016 & 12.1.2016 after we had it on 10.1.2016. both days they were closed. so first opportunity on 13.1.2016 we went again).

i guess dessert was a good start for dinner!

tao heung pier 88 mongkok稻香超级鱼港旺角

tao heung pier 88 mongkok稻香超级鱼港旺角

the large restaurant was pretty full. we managed to be seated w/o queueing before 9pm.

that was NOT sufficient to qualify for the time promotion, so i lodged our promotion orders first la…

HK$78 steamed live tiger garoupa promotion..a large fish 800-900g

HK$78 steamed live tiger garoupa promotion..a large fish 800-900g

that’s the HK$78 steamed live garoupa. it was a large fish i estimate 800g to 900g.

HK$34 1/2 chicken another promo not so great

HK$34 1/2 chicken another promo not so great

managed to get the other promotion 1/2chicken at HK$34.

HK$34 1/2 chicken another promo not so great

HK$34 1/2 chicken another promo not so great

it was passable but not great…not like the ginger sauce chicken at yue bo 鱼宝食馆!

just as well we did not order the HK$68 for a full chicken!

the HK$38 buddha-jum-over-the-wall, another promotion, sold out liao!

lobsters, live seafood

lobsters, live seafood

the proactive quite nice not pushy server got us interested in the seafood.

praying mantis prawn was very good! HK$198 came with a veg soup

praying mantis prawn was very good! HK$198 came with a veg soup

we ordered the praying mantis prawn (2 large ones for HK$198). it was very good, very tasty.

veg tanhoon soup

veg tanhoon soup

and also came with a separate complimentary vegetable soup.

lobster (looks like 1kg) superior sauce with cheese

lobster (looks like 1kg) superior sauce with cheese

another dish we ordered was the australian lobster. it was a large one, i estimated 1kg. 🙂

lobster (looks like 1kg) superior sauce with cheese

lobster (looks like 1kg) superior sauce with cheese

we wanted it baked in superior sauce (上汤焗)。 the server recommended to add cheese. i guessed it was not the cheese gratin preparation.

anyhow we gave it a try. lobster was excellent, the cheese noodles made it feel like western pasta. it was done well & nice dish but not my preferred preparation.  baked in superior sauce (上汤焗) would be better.

clam la la soup

clam la la soup

the lobster also came with a free clams lala dish. this was pretty good though not special.

again the guys ordered 2 bottles of blue girl (lam mui) pilsener beer..popular in hong kong.

dinner all in was HK$915 for 5pax = S$34pax…pretty decent la…

c.h.e.f andy