Top Value Decent Above Average Dinner @ Tao Heung 稻香 Tsimshatsui on Day1 – 20Feb2017

1/2 roast goose HK$118

1/2 roast goose HK$118

before this trip, i had checked out some restaurants & eating places. so it was part of the plan that came together quite perfectly that we took a short stroll from the tsimshatsui pier to tao heung restaurant 稻香 at 3 minden row, tsimshatsui. ^^

tao heung at tsimshatsui 稻香

tao heung at tsimshatsui 稻香

it was about 8pm on a monday.

restaurant was well patronised. we got our table for 4pax immediately, no queue.

tao heung restaurant 稻香incredible promotion

tao heung restaurant 稻香incredible promotion

we planned tao heung restaurant 稻香 as part of our eat itinerary of coure to take advantage of the current promotion la! ^^

1/2 roast goose HK$118

1/2 roast goose HK$118

& primary on our order list was the 1/2 roast goose for HK$118!

we just had 1/2 roast goose at yatlok few hours ago & that was HK$280. tao heung 稻香 is a mid-price restaurant chain (i would say the standard of canton paradise), and 1/2 roast goose for S$22 is kind of a quite incredible offer.

the roast goose looked beautiful in colour, perhaps even better than yatlok. the skin was crispy, sauce flavour was great, and meat was also tender & tasty enough.

however the huge difference we thought was that yatlok’s goose had the fat nicely rendered thus making the goose more flavourful, whereas tao heung’s goose was very fat, and the fat was satiating. perhaps we had too much goose in 1 day??? still we finished the goose.

for this price, i will definitely come back for the goose, without hesitation la! haha! ^^

steamed live 1kg garoupa HK$58

steamed live 1kg garoupa 中青班HK$58

next on our list was the live garoupa!

at HK$58, i was expecting a 500g fish even though it says 中青班. but it was 1 kg, a huge fish. maybe it was not live??? but the flesh tasted bouncy & fresh, so i willing to bet it was live fish, especially this hong kong steamed preparation.

there is a downside to this. the fish was a bit mud taste. usually ones associate mud taste with seabass type fresh water fish less of garoupa, but there you have it, it’s not perfect.

steamed live 1kg garoupa HK$58

steamed live 1kg garoupa HK$58

still it’s HK$58 = S$11 for a 1kg steamed live garoupa.

the romaine lettuce dish next to it was HK$68. didn’t quite make sense, but who is asking?

steamed live 1kg garoupa HK$58

steamed live 1kg garoupa HK$58

our next table 2 middle age ladies also ordered 1/2 roast goose & this 1kg garoupa, just for 2 pax.

& every other table ordered the garoupa.

chicken sharksfin soup - HK$28

chicken sharksfin soup – HK$28

we ordered just 1 bowl of chicken sharksfin soup.

chicken sharksfin soup - HK$28

chicken sharksfin soup – HK$28

again at HK$28 it didn’t make much sense.

most of us don’t care much for sharksfin, and we ordered one in case we didn’t like it.

actually it was pretty ok standard. quite a huge serving of sharksfin actually. the soup was a but cold as we were sharing it 4pax. if we ordered one for each it should be ok.

not a must order for me unlike the roast goose & the garoupa, but didn’t mind it either.

烤麸&粉皮

烤麸&粉皮

my friend ordered the 烤麸&粉皮.

he made a very good 烤麸himself recently for the OPS gathering on 3.2.2017. it was very good, perhaps better than this – this one a bit more sweet…

粉皮

粉皮

anyway both dishes were very good still. i like both. 粉皮 was light refreshing & nice goma (sesame) sauce.

烤麸

烤麸

烤麸is something i beginning to like more ater trying my friend’s version recently.

romaine lettuce 蒜蓉油麦菜 HK$68

romaine lettuce 蒜蓉油麦菜 HK$68

the minced garlic fried romaine lettuce 蒜蓉油麦菜 HK$68 was competent.

hong kong vegetables always very good la…so this one was good, but most places better than this.

1/2 chicken 沙姜鸡 HK¥78

1/2 chicken 沙姜鸡 HK¥78

my friend added a 1/2 chicken 沙姜鸡  order. just to give it a try.

it was very poor really, any chicken rice in singapore would beat that hands down.

& nothing even approaching the samsui chicken at soup restaurant.

chicken breast was overdone, dry not moist, not tender, not so tasty also.

dinner-costs-hk521

dinner was HK$521

overall dinner was HK$531=S$100 for 4pax. a really good deal for dishes like live garoupa & roast goose etc.

as comparison, we ate hardly anything at yatlok earlier in the afternoon & that was like HK$410.

1/2 roast goose HK$118

1/2 roast goose HK$118

definitely i will come back if there is such similar promotion like the roast goose & live fish next time! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Mesmerising Night Scene of Victoria Harbour on Day1 – 20Feb2017

night scene from central ferry next to IFC Mall

night scene from central ferry next to IFC Mall

so after the relaxing & for some spiritual peak circle walk, we got a cab to central ferry.

as we alighted from the cab, we were greeted by a lit ferry wheel & night lights of central.^^

cross harbour ferry from central ferry to tsomshatsui

cross harbour ferry from central ferry to tsimshatsui

we took the ferry to tsimshatsui.

my friends took many nice photos of the hong kong island night scene skyline from the ferry.

clock tower at tsimshatsui

clock tower at tsimshatsui

after getting out of star ferry, we walked along the tsimshatsui public pier side.

& took some photos of the former kowloon-canton railway clock tower & sauntered around the vicinity…

night scene of victoria harbour

night scene of victoria harbour

there were quite a lot of people nearer the public pier side, so we walked further.

there were some ongoing renovations of the hong kong space museum & some boarding up so we did not go to the avenue of the stars. not particular about seeing it any case.

night scene of victoria harbour

night scene of victoria harbour

victoria harbour & the hong kong island skyline is always so enchanting.

night scene of victoria harbour

night scene of victoria harbour

and more so at night.

night scene of victoria harbour

night scene of victoria harbour

we did not see the red tourist junk that always sail across along the channel.

the last time we saw that & took some nice photos in jan2016. ^^

after that we walked over to tao heung at 3 minden row, tsimshatsui as they were having fantastic promo dishes.

c.h.e.f andy

Panoramic, Serene, Contemplative Peak Circle Walk on Day1 – 20Feb2017

view of peak tower from peak galleria

view of peak tower from peak galleria

our plan was to do a peak circle walk around evening time, so we could have a nice, panoramic view & also see the sunset, evening hue. ^^

it was great that our flight arrived a bit earlier than 12.25pm & the journey to metropark hotel was very smooth. we arrived at hotel about 1.30pm & were able to check in & got out of the hotel by around 2pm. so everything came together nicely.

we had a light & nice dimsum at dimdimsum tung choi street at mongkok about 2.30pm.

then roast goose at yatlok at about 4pm.

& we flag a taxi at the taxi stand outside central mtr station & bascially was at the peak galleria by 5.30pm.

Peak Tram tickets
Return Single
Adult HK$ 45 HK$ 32
Child (aged 3-11)
Senior (aged 65 or above)
HK$ 20 HK$ 12
Remark: All ticket prices would be effective from September 1, 2016

taxi far for 4pax was about HK$62, again the most cost effective travel. peak tram fare is HK$45 return HK$32 single, & it’s always long queue coming up & this time as we were leaving i guess evening peal hours, again long queue going down. so taxi was perfect for us.

view from peak galleria

view from peak galleria – in the direction of aberdeen & deep water bay

we first went up to the peak galleria.

a beautiful simmering view in the direction of aberdeen & deep water bay

view from peak galleria

view from peak galleria

view of peak tower from peak galleria

view of peak tower from peak galleria

this the rooftop where i took a jump shot last time for RI friends, and i similarly took a jump shot for my OPS friends.

view of peak tower from peak galleria

view of peak tower from peak galleria

view of peak tower from peak galleria

view of peak tower from peak galleria

we walked over the other side of the rooftop overlooking the peak tower.

view from peak circle route

view from peak galleria

view from peak circle route

view from peak galleria

and a good bird’s eye view of the hong kong skyline around victoria harbour front.

view from peak circle route

view from peak circle route

we did the peak circle walk.

it is a round route, about 3.5km & takes about 1.5 hrs.

view from peak circle route

view from peak circle route

the setting sun cast a gentle golden hue.

& hong kong’s 2 tallest buildings – the IFC & ICC – stood out tall & iconic.

view from peak circle route

view from peak circle route

view from peak circle route

view from peak circle route

view from peak circle route

view from peak circle route

a wonderful picture spreads out, always pleasing to the eye.

walking along peak circle route

walking along peak circle route

took a photo of a tree along the peak circle route.

walking along peak circle route

walking along peak circle route

walking along peak circle route

walking along peak circle route

walking along peak circle route

walking along peak circle route

walking along peak circle route

walking along peak circle route

there were many professional photographers getting ready for sunset phtography.

walking along peak circle route

walking along peak circle route

& some time & every mood for contemplation.

evening view from peak circle route

evening view from peak circle route

evening view from peak circle rout

evening view from peak circle rout

evening view from peak circle route

evening view from peak circle route

sunset was simply mesmerising.

evening view from peak circle route

evening view from peak circle route

evening view from peak circle route

evening view from peak circle route

evening view from peak circle route

evening view from peak circle route

golden, simmering, gentle, warm & lingering……

so serene & beautiful…

we finished the walk i about 1hr 20mins, then took a taxi to central ferry so we could take the cross harbour ferry to tsimshatsui, enjoy the evening ferry ride & take in the night scenes of victoria harbour from tsimshatsui lookouts.

c.h.e.f andy

Hong Kong’s Best Roast Goose @ Yat Lok Stanley Street on Day1 – 20Feb2017

1/2 yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 - HK$280

1/2 yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 – HK$280

as we had planned, after dimsum at dimdimsum at tung choi street in mongkok, we took the MTR to central, exit D2, and walked to yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 at stanley street.

the last time i was here was with my RI friends one year ago on 11.1.2016. that time the overall dining experience was dented by the hygiene factors of long queueing time, squeezy, wet floors, and very very poor char siew & siew yoke etc.

yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 at stanley street, central, hong kong

yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 at stanley street, central, hong kong

yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 at stanley street, central, hong kong

yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 at stanley street, central, hong kong

this time we arrived at 4pm.

yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 at stanley street, central, hong kong

yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 at stanley street, central, hong kong

yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 at stanley street, central, hong kong

yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 at stanley street, central, hong kong

place was maybe 60% full so we had our table immediately.

honey lime drink - HK$18

honey lime drink – HK$18

we each ordered honey lime drink HK$18, nice drink not cheap.

dumplings 水饺 - 7 pieces for HK$50

dumplings 水饺 – 7 pieces for HK$50

& dumplings 水饺 – 7 pieces for HK$50 to share. this dumplings 水饺 was good as before.

1/2 yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 - HK$280

1/2 yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 – HK$280

1/2 roast goose price has gone up from HK$250 in jan2016 to HK$280 today.

thankfully it was very good in taste, very flavourful, skin crispy, oily yes but tasty & meat was tender, not overcooked or tough.

later that evening we had a roast goose at tao heung restaurant at tsmshatsui at a promo price of 1/2 roast goose at HK$118, which is like 40% plus the price at yatlok. & of course yung kee, which i refuse to go, charges even higher than yatlok.

still overall we all agree, the yatlok goose was better than tao heung! 🙂

1/2 yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 - HK$280

1/2 yatlok roast goose 一乐烧鹅 – HK$280

overall price was like HK$410 or so, more than 2x our dimsum for quite small orders for 4pax.

we were happy though, & yat lok is a place i am still happy to come back again next time.

this trip though i did not bring my friends to fu kee congee 富记粥品 at fa yun street 花园街. maybe i should have but we sought of had what we needed of roast goose after 2 roast goose in a day, and another roast goose opposite our hotel next day for convenience.

next time i will go back to fu kee congee 富记粥品 at fa yun street 花园街.

c.h.e.f andy

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Good Dimsum at Dimdimsum 点点心 Hong Kong on Day1 – 20Feb2017

chicken feet pork rib rice 凤爪排骨饭

chicken feet pork rib rice 凤爪排骨饭

after checking in at metropark mongkok near prince edward MTR, we walked to the michelin star one dimsum 一点心 about 2pm. there was a long queue on the chairs outside, so we decided to walk down fa yuen street looking for another dimsum restaurant.

we found dimdimsum 点点心  at 112 tung choi street 通菜街.

i put chicken feet pork rib rice 凤爪排骨饭 as the top photo as for me one of the best consistently tasty dishes at hong kong dimsum restaurants is the ubiquitous 一口饭dish – just rice with meat dish toppings & drizzling with a light mildly sweet sauce…very simple & wonderfully tasty comfort food la! ^^

and so with the fun cheong 粉肠. for me that’s equally defining of hong kong dimsum, like the har gao also is. if you cannot do a good fun cheong 粉肠 like the quite bad ones at the one michelin star one dimsum 一点心, then you are a poor dimsum place. that’s just my own views la…

dimdumsum 点点心

dimdimsum 点点心

dimdimsum 点点心 had a good crowd at 2.30pm.

dimdumsum 点点心 menu

dimdimsum 点点心 menu

the menu is quite standard stuff.

dimdumsum 点点心 dimsum items

dimdimsum 点点心 dimsum items

we ordered 8 items – 5 above plus the rice, steamed pork ribs & siew mai.

the char siew pao was good, char siew tender & not too sweet, better than i expected. char siew pao not my favourite.

chicken feet pork rib rice 凤爪排骨饭

chicken feet pork rib rice 凤爪排骨饭

the chicken feet pork rib rice 凤爪排骨饭 was good as expected, totally competent, maybe not the best i had.

chicken feet pork rib rice 凤爪排骨饭

chicken feet pork rib rice 凤爪排骨饭

the chicken feet & pork rib 凤爪& 排骨were great, so maybe the rice and sauce not the best…

har gao 虾饺

har gao 虾饺

har gao 虾饺 was good as expected of any good dimsum place.

siew mai 烧卖

siew mai 烧卖

siew mai 烧卖 good too.

fupeiquin 腐皮卷

fupeiquin 腐皮卷

and the fupeiquin 腐皮卷 was great here, unlike the quite poor ones, surprisingly, at one dimsum 一点心

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

and the steamed chicken feet was excellent! ^^

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

and so was the steamed pork ribs la..very good, tender, smooth, tasty. got some fat bits but overall ok.

walking along fa yun street 花园街

walking along fa yuen street 花园街

so before we found dimdimsum 点点心  at 112 tung choi street 通菜街, we walked along walking along the buzzling fa yuen street 花园街…

fa yun street 花园街lap cheong market stall selling chinese pork & liver sauasges

fa yuen street 花园街lap cheong market stall selling chinese pork & liver sausages

fa yun street 花园街 lap cheong market stall selling chinese pork & liver sauasges

fa yuen street 花园街 lap cheong market stall selling chinese pork & liver sausages

and we recky on the lap cheong stalls at fa yuen street market & cooked food centre.

fun cheong 粉肠

fun cheong 粉肠

the last item we had for our very good lunch which cost about HK$160 for 4pax was the fun cheong 粉肠.

this was good standard, light, smooth skin, good fillings. very nice!

c.h.e.f andy

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dimdimsum 点点心 @112 tung choi street 通菜街
Address:
Hong Kong, 112 Tung Choi St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Contact:

Opening Hours:

daily 11AM–2AM

Airticket, Hotel, Transport : Hong Kong Here We Come = HK Eat & Hike 20-24Feb2017

changi T3 singapore food street

changi T3 singapore food street

my OPS primary school buddies & i planned a hong kong trip to eat & hike 20-24.2.2017..haha! ^^

the last time i did hong kong eat & hike was with my RI mates 10-14jan2016!

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we managed to get a promo SQ (singapore airlines) fare about S$310pax return, pretty good. weather in HK is best in jan & feb…& though the weather forecast for the week 20-24feb just before & during our trip was slight rain, we had almost no rain at all, all 5 days, just a drizzle on day 1 after we back in hotel after a great day.

2 of us arrived airport earlier.

our web printed boarding pass required endorsements, so we went to the self service machine to print out the boarding pass.

so we tried the T3 asia treasure lounge but it was closed, only opens at 7am (too much!), so we walked over to the singapore food street by universal dining & had coffee.

this card system is irritating. my friend queued at the stall, then had to go to the front to get a card, then return to the stall to order coffee, then had to refund the card (he decided to do another time).

SQ economy food

SQ economy food

on board, i opted for the dimsum.

the SQ food was quite poor this time.

SQ economy food

SQ economy food

har gao skin was thick & rubbery.

rice was hard…that maybe the style ie not the soft steamed lor mai guy type. it was reasonably flavourful but not texture i like.

SQ economy food

SQ economy food

the run of the mill fruit & desset.

HK airport IOIO sim card for mifi

HK airport IOIO sim card for mifi

there was a counter for mifi rental.

i did not pay attention as my friend had brought along a mifi, so we bought a HK$118 5GB sim card at IOIO.

that was enough for all of us for the entire 5-day trip, though my friends were sharing photos like nobody business. no hitch at all! ^^

taxi HK airport to metropark hotel = HK$280

taxi HK airport to metropark hotel = HK$280

we took a cab to metropark mongkok which was stone throw from prince edward mtr station.

this the most efficient & cost effective at HK$280 for 4pax!

the airport express would cost HK$90pax one way & HK$160 return, and we would have to go to kowloon station then transfer via a complimentary bus that probably stops at 8 other hotels before arriving at metropark kowloon!

we traversed the kap shui mun bridge & the tsing ma bridge.

metropark hotel mongkok at prince edward

metropark hotel mongkok at prince edward

after some online search we chose metropark mongkok hotel near prince edward mtr.

it was about HK$550 per room night nett, like almost 1/2 the price of royal plaza at mongkok east mtr where i stayed the last time in jan2016.

metropark was the previous SARS ground zero in hong kong in mar2003. that may explain the competitive pricing but that was also 14years ago.

metropark hotel mongkok at prince edward

metropark hotel mongkok at prince edward

& we were very happy with the hotel.

clean & nice big rooms! 2 single beds. strong wifi everywhere. nice toilets.

only the check in lobby betrays the 4-star (felt like 3.5) status c/w with 5-star for royal plaza.

view from metropark hotel mongkok

view from metropark hotel mongkok

the view from hotel a bit dilapidated, run down…no building maintenance in HK!…

c.h.e.f andy