Fa Yuen Street Market 花园街街市 – Hong Kong’s wet market & cooked food stalls

market stalls

market stalls

after an excellent late roast goose & congee lunch at fu kee congee 富记粥品, followed by equally enjoyable dessert at hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆, we walked back along fa yuen street 花园街.

fa yuen street market

fa yuen street market 花园街街市

& saw the fa yuen street market 花园街街市.

market stalls

market stalls

the dry goods stalls & stalls selling braised duck, chicken, pigeon, roast meats & char siew were at one end.

we were quite attracted to the char siew (but later poor experiences made me decide never to take char siew & siew yoke in hong kong) & also the braised meats, but we were mindful that we were going for late dinner afterwards & should not overload ourselves & spoiled the appetite.

a friend wanted to buy pork & liver sausage. there were many stalls selling that, but he did not know the prices nor had confidence in the stalls.

i later brought him to 楼上 at lippo sun plaza level 5 (a dry goods retail chain) where he bought lots of pork & liver sausage 肝肠腊肠.

market stalls

market stalls

& in the middle there were the wet market stalls selling live fish & seafood (top photo & above).

on 12.1.2016, we were around looking for dessert shops.

hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆 was closed 2 days in the row.

we were not interested in the guilingao龟苓膏like hoitintong 海天堂 etc. we saw that fa yuen street market 花园街街市 had levels 2 & 2 cooked food stalls. thinking they were like singapore hawker/food centres, we happily went up.

but actually their cooked food centre houses daipaitongs 大排档. there were like 6 daipaitongs 大排档 selling the zi char dishes, not a bad idea, just that we were wanting desserts.

c.h.e.f andy

 

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Royal Plaza Hotel & Mongkok Locality Hong Kong 10-14Jan2016

royal plaza hotel

royal plaza hotel

for this hong kong trip 10-14.1.2016, we looked at hotels in tsimshatsui but they were expensive. the one i stayed often when traveling with wife was kowloon hotel, next to peninsula.

this time it was expensive though, & really the rooms were small & it’s 4 stars. so were other hotels at tsimshatsui, small & expensive.

the last time i traveled with sister, we stayed at royal park at shatin.

it was excellent 5 star hotel, & it was just HK$754+/night.

and you can take airport bus A41 direct to royal park hotel, just 2 stops, 50mins & HK$22.3,

but it was a little less convenient traveling tsimshatsui & hong kong island etc.

this time, after considering various options we decided on royal plaza at mongkok east, at HK$1260+/night.

one friend traveling with us had his family of 4 with him & they had a tsuishatsui airbnb apartment for 1 week. we decided not to stay at tsimshatsui but at least staying at royal plaza, it was easier to co-ordinate & meet.

the considerations for royal plaza-

  1. 5 stars, room is huge 33m2, 2 queenbeds, very comfortable.
  2. royal plaza located right at mongkok east mtr station on the east rail line, and is connected by covered walkway to mongkok mtr station on tseun wan line, and in between there is street markets, and many nice eating places.
  3. & since this time we were going mainly to tsimshatsui, central, central pier & dragon’s back, the mongkok location was quite perfect for our purpose.
  4. there were 6 of us so getting to royal plaza by taxi was quite fine, 2 taxis of 3pax, costing about HK$260, not much different from taking airport express.

must say that though royal plaza is located alongside sun hung kai property’s MOKO Mall, we did not bother to look around the mall itself.

view from our 9F hotel room

view from our 9F hotel room

the view from our royal plaza 9F hotel room, nothing much to talk about. 🙂

indo maids at covered walkway mongkok on a sunday 10.1.2016

indo maids at covered walkway mongkok on a sunday 10.1.2016

we arrived on a sunday 10.1.2016. after checking in, we went to look for fu kee congee 富记粥品 at fa yuen street 花园街.

first time we were there but we read about the roast goose & congee. we were NOT disappointed. in fact we went back 2 days later for another go. ^^

it was quite easy to look for fa yuen street 花园街, though the first time, we were quite lost trying just to get out of MOKO mall. once we saw the direction signs, everything was quite straightforward.

indo maids at covered walkway mongkok on a sunday 10.1.2016

indo maids at covered walkway mongkok on a sunday 10.1.2016

as it was a sunday, the covered walkways to mongkok mtr station & fa yuen street 花园街 enroute was filled with indo maids. i guess in the same way as filipino maids filled up kowloon park. anyway people do need a place to gather & socialise.

street food

street food

after our excellent dinner at fu kee congee 富记粥品, we walked around fa yuen street 花园街 & neighbouring streets.

first we past the fa yuen street market 花园街街市.

the we walked round the street night market.

street food

street food

we stopped by one of many skewer stalls.

street food

street food

actually we were attracted by stinking tofu臭豆腐aroma. 🙂

street food

street food

& we took out a beef offals too 牛杂. 🙂

selling ornamental fishes

selling ornamental fishes

they have the instant ready-packed way of selling guppies & other ornamental fishes. maybe they do that in singapore too these days? not sure.

we liked the royal plaza location. i think i will stay there again my next visit to hong kong, of course subject to price, other options & the convenient base to visit the places we want to go.

c.h.e.f andy

Free i-sim for free 3G data & phone calls in HK, Macau, Taiwan

this i-sim card fro free 3G data & free calls in HK & Macau is really useful

this i-sim card for free 3G data & free calls in HK & Macau is really useful

friend of mine has a nose for all good deals.

she told me before about the free i-sim card & reminded me again for my hong kong trip..

so i duely told my friends, and 4 of us downloaded the i-sim app from app stores.

i-sim reservation

i-sim reservation

i-sim reservation was straight forward.

collection was also convenient. an email followed with a map showing i-sim card collection counter A08 at hong kong airport terminal 1 5/F.

& according to my friend, she collected from hung hom station location (also provided in the i-sim app above) w/o making a reservation.

thanks to my friends, this was one of the most useful “free” thing to have in hong kong.

we had free 3G data & free calls in HK & Macau. so we could search info on the net on 3G easily while traveling, use google maps to get us to new daipaidongs & places we wanted to explore, search for jenny’s bakery & 楼上grocery/dry goods chain while on the move.

there was just one hitch..there was only 160Mb of data..

actually it felt like 16Mb rather than 160Mb.

i have like 2Gb data in singapore & i like “never” use more than 300Mb or 400Mb in 1 month, but in hong kong i did not share or post photos etc while on the move, and yet the “160Mb???” lasted like 1 to 2 days..after that you have to hit a few advertisements to “reload” to 160Mb…it was no problem for us…just think of it like playing some phone games la..press press here…press press here …& behold 160Mb…

there is also a annual subscription version for the i-sim. but we were perfectly happy with the “free” i-sim la. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

 

Walking in Lamma Island 南丫岛 on 13Jan2016

lamma island yung shue wan pier 南丫岛榕树湾码头

lamma island yung shue wan pier 南丫岛榕树湾码头

we had a lesiurely breakfast at fu seng 富城火鍋海鮮酒家 at playing field road near our hotel which lasted till almost 11am on 13.1.2016. ^^

one friend was joking the time was just right for another at one dimsum 一点心(we had earlier wanted to try one dimsum but it only open at 11am).

so after breakfast we got to central, walked over to central ferry pier no. 4 & took the ferry to yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头 on lamma island南丫岛.

lamma island view from yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头

lamma island view from yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头

i took some photos at yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头.

lamma island view from yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头

lamma island view from yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头

a view of the pier & a nice view of the coastline.

streets at yung shue wan榕树湾

streets at yung shue wan榕树湾

streets with the old buildings.

streets at yung shue wan榕树湾

streets at yung shue wan榕树湾

& shops.

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

we walked in the direction of sukkuwan & found choi kee 蔡记车仔面.

i ate at choi kee 蔡记车仔面 the last time also when i came with my sister on 4.6.2015. 

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

the HK$38 for 4 items choi kee 蔡记车仔面 was good value & nice too.

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

we ordered 2 bowls & picked 4 items like beef briskets, beef stomach牛百叶, and big intestines. 1 bowl had beef balls & the other had cuttlefish to make up the 4th item.

pot stickers锅贴

pot stickers锅贴

they were just doing pot stickers锅贴. they looked good so we ordered. this was good!

tau huay 豆腐花

ginger tau huay 姜汁豆花

we also had the ginger tau huay 姜汁豆花..

cheng chow 凉粉

cheng chow 凉粉

& this time we had the cheng chow 凉粉 too, just ordinary nothing like the hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆.

lamma power station南丫岛发电厂

lamma power station南丫岛发电厂

we decided to relax & did not want to take the 2hr hike to sukkuwan today. so we walked just a little further to the part of the coast where we had a good view of the lamma power station南丫岛发电厂.

lamma power station南丫岛发电厂

lamma power station南丫岛发电厂

this was what we saw across the sea when we were walking cheung chau island 长洲岛. 🙂

the other side away from lamma power station

the other side coastline away from lamma power station

& we had a nice view of the other side coastline away from lamma power station. 🙂

after this, we found our way back to the jetty & took the ferry back to central. then we went for a late afternoon dimsum at tim ho wan shamshuipo at 4.30pm. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Invigorating Hike at Dragon’s Back Shek O Country Park on 12Jan2016

bus no 9 @ shau kei wan on 12.1.2016

bus no 9 @ shau kei wan on 12.1.2016

last time i did dragon’s back hike was on 11.3.2013. it was rather hot then!

today weather was quite perfect.

it had threatened with a shower the first evening of our arrival in hong kong. that continued on the morning the next day 11.1.2016, but it was fine weather thereafter.

for this trip we are kind of ok prepared in terms of plans to go places & the logistics of getting around etc, but we were all relaxed & there was no strict schedule to follow, so if it rained then we do something else like on 11.1.2016 morning, instead of going to the peak at 8.30am-

  1. we had a long & luxurious HK$380 dimsum at tao heung mongkok  稻香旺角 &
  2. did the peak circle walk at noon time instead, and cool weather allowed us to do that.
bus no 9 @ shau kei wan on 12.1.2016

bus no 9 @ shau kei wan on 12.1.2016

this morning after experiencing the best polo buns 菠萝包?? & yun yong 鸳鸯 coffee-tea at kam wah cafe 金华茶餐厅f, we took the mtr to shau kei wan.

gang @ hike start point at to tei wan 土地湾2

and then boarded the no9 bus to to tei wan 土地湾 trail head to start our hike.

going up at to tei wan 土地湾

going up at to tei wan 土地湾

a nice climb.

going up at to tei wan 土地湾

going up at to tei wan 土地湾

wooded.

going up at to tei wan 土地湾

going up at to tei wan 土地湾

some steps in case when it’s wet & slippery.

directions

signage

signage for directions.

looking back at stanley

looking back at stanley

looking back we can see stanley.

looking back at stanley

looking back at stanley

and higher up, the stanley peninsula.

on dragon back HK trail2

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

it was not too steep.

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

a very pleasant climb.

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

nature, fresh air & nice surroundings!

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

some climbers.

seaward looking at shek-O

seaward looking at shek-O

& a great view of shek-O & the sea.

seaward looking at shek-O

seaward looking at shek-O

a closer view…

seaward looking at shek-O

seaward looking at shek-O

& that should be tung lung chau island 东龙洲….

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

the view up to the summit.

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

nearer…

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

superb view, if not breathtaking…

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

the summit was beckoning…

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

the winding trail back..

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

that’s why it’s called dragon’s back..

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

almost there…

dragon's back summit

dragon’s back summit

shek O peak = 281m only la…

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

the invisible divide….mountain bike & walkers..

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon back HK trail

looking at tai long wan 大浪湾.

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

tung lung chau island 东龙洲 & new territories 新界.

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

that top of the world feeling? not really la..

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

still, what a magnificient view!

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

looks real nice isn’t it, when you simply crop the photo…like water colour painting..

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

the descent.

on dragon back HK trail

on dragon’s back, section 8 of HK trail

it was an invigorating & enjoyable walk. the cool weather w/o rain played an important part…weather singapore does not have!

it was past lunch & we did not want to go further to tai long wan 大浪湾 or shek O village, so we exited the trail at cape collision road junction with shek O road & took the no 9 bus back to shau kei wan.

the guys were attracted by the shau kei wan street wet market so we walked one round the place before taking the mtr to tin hau station 天后in search of a daipaitong大排档 joint民声冰室 we read about

c.h.e.f andy

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

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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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

Good Dimsum Everywhere @ Fu Seng 富城火鍋海鮮酒家 on 13Jan2016

one dimsum not open till 11am

one dimsum not open till 11am

we were doing good by our standard la… ^^

yesterday we went 2hr hike (slow walk?) at dragon’s back…after that lunch at 鱼宝, then late afternoon dinner at timhowan shamshuipo, then late dinner at fu kee…

day before we went peak circle walk then yat lok roast goose, then go cheung chau island, then dinner at tao heung tsimshatsui.

today we thought we merit a slower pace from our slow pace…

& one dimsum was nearby, & they got 1 michelin star like 2 years after timhowan….so? walk there & give it a try lor…

but one dimsum 一点心 only open at 11am!

富城火鍋海鮮酒家

fu seng 富城火鍋海鮮酒家

anyway we found a dimsum place along the street (playong field road) just 1 block from one dimsum 一点心.

富城火鍋海鮮酒家

fu seng 富城火鍋海鮮酒家

a regular dimsum crowd.

叉烧包char siew pao

叉烧包char siew pao

叉烧包char siew pao  was good! just like tao heung mongkok’s.

叉烧包char siew pao

叉烧包char siew pao

i hardly ever take 叉烧包char siew pao in singapore…i hardly go dimsum anyway.

teochew dumplings 潮州粉果

teochew dumplings 潮州粉果

my friends in love with teochew dumplings 潮州粉果. we ordered another round. 🙂

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs were good, but i think timhowan’s steamed pork rib the best.

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet a bit less good.

siew mai

siew mai

siew mai also. my siew mai king friend never forget to remind us tao heung mongkok’s siew mai won was the best!

har gao

har gao

har gao was good, good everywhere anyway.

fried carrot cake

fried carrot cake

fried carrot cake ok, not so flavourful.

fupeiquin 腐皮卷

fupeiquin 腐皮卷

fupeiquin 腐皮卷 was very good, very tasty.

4 treasures

扎四宝 4 treasures

the 4 treasures was good also, but this dish hard to share & cut for 6pax.

4 treasures

扎四宝 4 treasures

we got help…a pair of scissors.

century egg congee 皮蛋瘦肉粥

century egg congee 皮蛋瘦肉粥

century egg congee 皮蛋瘦肉粥  was good, but not the ffu kee congee 富记粥品’s standard.

century egg congee 皮蛋瘦肉粥

century egg congee 皮蛋瘦肉粥

fu kee congee 富记粥品’s was so smooth like xo!

beef congee

beef congee

beef congee same, good not special.

prawns fun cheong

prawns fun cheong

fun cheong ok not so smooth like timhowan.

lomeigai糯米鸡

lomeigai糯米鸡

lomeigai糯米鸡 was good!

咸水饺

咸水饺

friends all liked the hum sui kok too. we ordered another round. 🙂

radish crsip

radish crsip

the radish crsip also very good! friend liked it.

we ate a lot, like at tao heung mongkok, a lot more than at timhowan.

this time it was HK$461=S$14.50pax..ok la…

c.h.e.f andy

Roast Goose 烧鹅 Encore @ Fu Kee Congee Mongkok 富记粥品旺角 on 12Jan2016

roast goose 烧鹅 again!

roast goose 烧鹅 again!

after a satisfying lunch at the accidental find yue bo 鱼宝食馆, we made our way to tsimshatsui to do some “shopping”.

first a friend was told on whatsapp about jenny’s cookies so we thought we would grapped some at the stall at tsimshatsui. how silly of us!

we found jenny bakery at shop 24, GF, mirador mansion 54-64B nathan road alright, but we were directed to the back street where we were told there was a queue & someone giving out numbers.

long queue for jenny's cookies

long queue for jenny’s cookies

we duly did that but the queue was ridiculous, mostly chinese tourists. i whatsapped the same friend with a photo of the queue & quipped that even for her i would not queue for the cookies la…haha! 🙂

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anyway after that we went to look for 楼上, found it quite easily by memory at lippo sun plaza level 5. i bought some mushrooms & dried scallops that wife wanted, and a friend bought lots of liver & sausage 肝肠腊肠.

we returned to hotel to rest & chit-chat, & update facebook la.. haha! 🙂

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about 9pm on 12.1.2016, we decided to go back to-

fu kee 富记粥品 where we had excellent roast goose & congee on the first night we arrived in hong kong.

also we had missed our attempts over the last 2 nights to have our dessert fix at which is just across the road from  fu kee 富记, so that was an added attraction. 🙂

fu kee 富记粥品

fu kee 富记粥品

it was late but the stall was still crowded. they ran out of roast goose. the server took our order of 1/2 goose but came back to say they could only give us 1/4 goose.

roast goose 烧鹅

roast goose 烧鹅

still it was a good portion, not enough of course for 6 hungry fellas. 🙂

mixed innards congee及第粥

mixed innards congee及第粥

we again had the mixed innards congee及第粥 .

beef + liver congee

beef + liver congee

& the beef + liver soup.

nice warm homely comfort food. i still think this was my best congee, but then in hong kong, good congee are everywhere.

3-eggs watercress

3-eggs watercress

3-eggs watercress was good. but it’s nothing like the wonderful 3-egg spinach at uncle leong’s.

watercress not spinach…& overall no comparison la…

sliced pork soup

sliced pork soup

the mustrad leaves 芥菜 sliced pork soup was good. i think my friends were getting hooked on 芥菜. 🙂

waxed meat & sausage with kailan 腊味炒芥兰

waxed meat & sausage with kailan 腊味炒芥兰

they recommended a waxed meat & sausage with kailan 腊味炒芥兰. it was good very flavourful!

flavourful glutinous rice糯米饭

flavourful glutinous rice糯米饭

& they literally push the glutinous rice糯米饭 onto our table. it was good so no complaints & it was done good-naturedly. we were given a scoopful to try & before we said anything, a huge portion was piled on our table. haha! when you like it, it is ok! 🙂

we had very good experience at this restaurant. both times we enjoyed our food. this second time we chatted quite a bit with the server & gave her a good tip afterwards. very happy with the food, service & price plus the added convenience of good location & will come back again next visit to hong kong.

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

Great Late Afternoon Dimsum @ Tim Ho Wan Shamshuipo 添好运on 13Jan2016

timhowan's famous crispy char siew pao

timhowan’s famous crispy char siew pao

we returned from lamma island & rather than went back to hotel we decided to go straight to tim ho wan at shamshuipo at 4.30pm on 13.1.2016. ^^

there was no queue, so everything was perfect.

i was here like 4 times already. a more recent one on 3.4.2015.

for my friends, it was their first. everyone liked the food, and ambience was good. the crowd here was younger & maybe more tourists.

crispy char siew pao here is good as always.

& liver fun cheong

& liver fun cheong

liver fun cheong very smooth, though 1 friend said he did not taste liver (the rest must have gobbled it up!)

mala cake 马拉糕

mala cake 马拉糕

mala cake 马拉糕  good too, not my favoruite. i wouldn’t order myself.

teochew dumplings潮州粉果

teochew dumplings潮州粉果

my friends liked the teochew dumplings潮州粉果.

siew mai

siew mai

but the one who likes siew mai a lot felt that this one here no match for tao heung mongkok  稻香旺角’s siew mai won 烧卖皇. i have to agree! 🙂

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs i think better than most places. the pork ribs at tao heung mongkok  稻香旺角 had too much fat & also yam.

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet good like other places.

minced pork rice

minced pork rice

& we had 2 rice. minced pork on rice &

steamed pork ribs chicken feet rice

steamed pork ribs chicken feet rice

steamed pork ribs chicken feet rice.

later we had another order of steamed chicken feet & pork ribs to add to the rice.

osmanthus jelly

osmanthus jelly 桂花糕

& the usual osmanthus jelly桂花糕.

a jolly good late afternoon dimsum. we ate a bit less i guess, no less satisfaction, & bill was just HK$273=S$8.50pax.

c.h.e.f andy

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Tim Ho Wan Shamshuipo 添好运
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po
深水埗福榮街9-11號地舖
Branches
Tel:2788 1226
Opening hrs:
Mon-Fri: 10:00-22:00
Sat-Sun: 09:00-22:00

Shau Kei Wan Street Wet Market on 12Jan2016

shau kei wan market

shau kei wan market

after <2hr walk at dragon’s back, we took the no. 9 back to shau kei wan bus terminus on 12.1.2016.

shau kei wan market

shau kei wan market

shau kei wan market3

shau kei wan market

it was 2pm. we were hungry. but the guys didn’t mind walking one round the street market.

there were dry good stalls (top photo)….

shau kei wan market

shau kei wan market

all kinds of fishes, include flat fish (turbot?) & sotongs…

shau kei wan market

shau kei wan market

shau kei wan market2

vegetables, hongkong’s the best! freshest!

shau kei wan market

shau kei wan market

& lobsters, flower crabs, and clams & small geoduck (pronounced “gui” duck).

shau kei wan market

shau kei wan market

there were la las, manila clams & razor clams 圣子…

shau kei wan market

shau kei wan market

& the big conchs 海螺. they made great soups, a common dish in hong kong – the conch soup 海螺汤.

shau kei wan market

shau kei wan market

& my favourites, the braised items, 鲁味….

if i were with my sis, we would buy back some & eat at the hotel…haha! 🙂

after the market, we took the mtr to tin hau, where we had a good late lunch at 鱼宝食馆!

c.h.e.f andy

Lunch Daipaidong Discovery @ Yue Bo 鱼宝 on 12jan2016

the best ngau lam 牛腩

the best ngau lam 牛腩

after a 2hr hike at the dragon’s back with magnificient views & fresh air, and a tour of the wet market at shau kei wan bus terminus, we renewed our search for new daipaidongs.

i read about 民声冰室 i thefoodcray & the photos looked great

the bad tai yun 泰源 experience still fresh in our minds but there was no chance we would repeat that,,,haha!

on the way to 民声冰室 from tin hau station

on the way to 民声冰室 from tin hau station

getting out of tin hau station 天后, we took the fire dragon path alongside causeway bay sports ground.

on the way to 民声冰室 from tin hau station

on the way to 民声冰室 from tin hau station

& proceeded to wun sha street 浣纱街.

民声冰室

民声冰室

found 民声冰室no problem..but then it was closed.

it was 3pm. lunch over liao & they open at 6pm.

鱼宝食馆

鱼宝食馆

we were uncertain about the neighbour stall 鱼宝食馆 so we walked around the place but there was only a cha chan ten 茶餐厅 some fishball noodles shop 鱼蛋面, so no choice we ended up back to 鱼宝食馆.

we were seated 6 on a table on the walkway when a policeman appeared. proprietress was quick to get us to stand up. there was no food on the table yet. she said “keng kai” meaning “o..they were just chatting”.

it was illegal to seat on the side street/walkways/alfresco & the proprietress later “吐苦水” to us, that she paid a high rent expecting to do alfresco. the shop itself hardly have place for 1 table, so how to do business?

鱼宝食馆 menu

鱼宝食馆 menu

i was mostly attracted by the ngau lam 牛腩 (top photo) but they do have some items on their menu that we didn’t mind trying.

ginger sauce chicken 姜汁鸡

ginger sauce chicken 姜汁鸡 HK$208

proprietress recommended the ginger sauce chicken 姜汁鸡 HK$208. it was not bad, nothing special or outstanding but a nice tasty chicken (like our samsui chicken, think soup restaurant) for 6 hungry men (3pm!)

dessert shop used by 鱼宝

dessert shop used by 鱼宝

since there was no place to sit at all in the shop, the proprietress managed to get us seated at her neighbour dessert shop which was closing (unfortunately we couldn’t have dessert after lunch).

salted fish minced pork咸鱼饼

salted fish minced pork咸鱼饼

we had the salted fish minced pork咸鱼饼.

salted fish minced pork咸鱼饼

salted fish minced pork咸鱼饼

this was good. we will be having this on wednesday 20.1.2016, my version, 6 of us at my place. ^^

black beans bittergourd with kurobuta

black beans bittergourd with kurobuta

we ordered also the black beans bittergourd with kurobuta 黑猪肉.

nice dish, and kurobuta was tender.

black beans bittergourd with kurobuta

black beans bittergourd with kurobuta

black beans bittergourd a common zi char dish. my cantonese friend claimed it’s common cantonese dish & i claimed it’s teochew. haha! 🙂

i am also going to do this on 20.1.2016, but w/o the black beans & just using sweet beans to stir-fry with a sous vide pork collar, basically a double-cooked pork 回锅肉.

lettuce with fermented beancurd腐乳生菜

lettuce with fermented beancurd腐乳生菜

& we had a lettuce with fermented beancurd腐乳生菜 . it’s good. i am going to use romaine lettuce 油麦菜which is better. 🙂

lotus leaf steamed rice with garlic prawns 荷叶鲜虾蒸饭

lotus leaf steamed rice with garlic prawns 荷叶鲜虾蒸饭

& we had a lotus leaf steamed rice with garlic prawns 荷叶鲜虾蒸饭. i was thinking not much taste right?

but i was wrong. it was very tasty. i tried making this last night, passable not not tasty like theirs. i will adjust a bit. 🙂

the best ngau lam meen 牛腩面

the best ngau lam meen 牛腩面

the ngau lam meen 牛腩面 i think is the best i had in hong kong thus far. ^^

the best ngau lam meen 牛腩面

the best ngau lam meen 牛腩面

the meat was so very flavourful, and the soup very intense & tasty. we shared one at first just to try then we ordered 2 more bowls.

hong kong’s ngau lam 牛腩 is just so good that we all did not order the tendon & stomach, all 3 bowls were ngau lam meen 牛腩!

i am quite happy to find this place. like my friend said, they depended a lot on take-out 外卖as no seating for customers. and the prices were not expensive but also not cheap, but quality was good so customers would return.

i would not see this as a great find, other zi char dishes like steamed fish (they would not have live fish) & seafood were untested or unlikely to be better than bigger daipaidongs. still i would not mind to try 民声冰室 & also this stall again the next time round. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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.

c.h.e.f andy

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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

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. ^^

central night scene2

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.

c.h.e.f andy

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!

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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

A Very Pleasant Peak Circle Walk on 11Jan2016

peak tower

peak tower

after a most satisfying breakfast at tao heung mongkok  稻香旺角, fair weather returned so we made our way to central station & took 2 taxis (we had 6pax) to the peak 山顶.

taxi fare was about HK$60 to HK$62. this c/w HK$28 one way/HK$40 return by tram. more importantly, there’s usually a long queue at the peak tram going up & some distance to walk from central mtr exit. 🙂

of course it’s cheaper by bus, but taxi up is still the most convenient, & we had the option of tram down which we did.

view from peak tgalleria rooftop

view from peak galleria rooftop

taxi took us to peak galleria 山顶广场.

we got to the rooftop. sky little overcast. weather was perfect like 17degC.  this direction seems to be looking out to aberdeen & deep water bay.

view from peak tgalleria rooftop

view from peak galleria rooftop

& stanley?

edvard munch the scream =trickeye museum peak galleria

edvard munch the scream =trickeye museum peak galleria

there was a trickeye museum for optical illusions. 🙂

& a replica of edvard munch the scream at the entrance to the museum.

1 level down there was tai cheong 泰昌饼家, a brand of tao heung group. this the one where the stall at lyndhurst terrace the last british governor chris patten claimed had the best egg tarts in hong kong. trust the guy to know what is a good egg tart? we tried the egg tart. i have done this more than once at tai cheong 泰昌饼家 including the one at lyndhurst terrace but it was still so-so for me, a little too sweet & nothing c/w the burnt portugese egg tart.

victoria harbour & kowloon bay, IFC & ICC

victoria harbour & kowloon bay, IFC & ICC

we took the lesiurely 1 hr peak circle walk. 🙂

nice view of victoria harbour & kowloon bay, & the 2 tallest buildings, ICC on kowloon side & IFC on HK island side. 🙂

victoria harbour & kowloon bay, IFC & ICC

victoria harbour & kowloon bay, IFC & ICC

i did not take so many scenery shots like my last walk here on 4.4.2015.

& though we had quite many people shots, i do not post these on my public post.

victoria harbour & ICC

victoria harbour & ICC

great view of victoria harbour,

anchorage, tsing yi bridge

anchorage, tsing yi bridge

the anchorage & the bridge linking to tsing yi island.

tsing ma & lantau bridges

tsing ma & lantau bridges

& further the bridges from tsing yi to mawan island & from mawan island to lantau island.

a very relaxing & refreshing walk. nice air…good cheer…

we finished 2-ish. there was no queue for the tram down. so we took the tram & walked to yat lok 一乐stanley street to have our roast goose 烧鹅 fix!

c.h.e.f andy

Great Roast Goose 烧鹅 but Expensive, Squeezy, Uncomfortable @ Yat Lok一乐 Stanley Street on 11jan2016

roast goose 烧鹅

HK$250 for 1/2 roast goose 烧鹅

after peak circle walk, we took the peak tram funicular to gardens road & walk to yat lok 一乐stanley street on 11.1.2016.

3pm at yat lok stanley street central

3pm at yat lok stanley street central

the place was crowded, packed at 3pm. we had to wait like 15mins.

partly because of the very bad queueing system.

we were a party of 6. the servers kept giving tables to parties of 2 & 3 behind us, and we had to wait till a table with 6 vacated. this was unlike at kam wah cafe the next morning where the server ushered us in & got others on a table that could seat 6 to move to other tables to free up 6 seats for us!

3pm at yat lok stanley street central

3pm at yat lok stanley street central

we were seated at a tiny table very crammed for 6, and the floor was wet at the ends so a few of us myself included had to seat with my feet tiptoed, extremely uncomfortable.

roast goose 烧鹅

HK$250 for 1/2 roast goose 烧鹅

yat lok 一乐 has been my favourite roast goose 烧鹅 the last few times i was here.

the roast goose is consistently crispy skin & flavourful.

roast goose 烧鹅

HK$250 for 1/2 roast goose 烧鹅

the waiting, crammed table, wet floor & the overall poor experience aside, the roast goose was still very good.

in fact most of my friends still voted  yat lok 一乐 the best roast goose (we had roast goose twice at fu kee congee 富记粥品, once at tao heung tsimshatsui, and once at yat lok).

for me, my first try at i felt it was as good as yat lok, after the second try, i decided for myself that i now prefer the more flavourful roast goose at fu kee congee 富记粥品 to yat lok.

char siew + siew yoke

HK$ 145 char siew + siew yoke

the HK$145 char siew + siew yoke was a complete waste of time.

char siew was more moist than the even worse one at fu kee congee 富记粥品, but equally tasteless. & the roast meat had rubbery skin.

any, i meant any, coffeeshop, hawkerstall char siew & siew yoke in Singapore are better than these.

char siew + siew yoke

HK$ char siew + siew yoke

totally convinced me never to order char siew in hong kong.

dry egg noodles

dry egg noodles

dry egg noodles was HK$25 – steep!

we ordered 2 soup flat noodles also.

lettuce

lettuce

lettuce was such a tiny portion enough for 1pax.

the whole lunch came to about HK$650, expensive for the food we had & also a very poor overall dining experience.

i think yat lok 一乐 roast goose is still one to try if you are 2-3pax party & order only roast goose & some dumplings like we did last time.

stanley street pottinger street junction

stanley street pottinger street junction

after lunch, we walked to the mid-level escalators to go to central ferry to go cheung chau for a very next late afternoon island hike.

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HK$380 Dimsum Feast @ Tao Heung Mongkok 稻香旺角 on 11Jan2016

siew mai won 烧卖皇

siew mai won 烧卖皇

on 10.1.2016 the day we arrived, it started to rain in the late evening just when we kena abducted & fed a forgettable dinner at tai yun 泰源.

how can we be so unlucky? the lowest rainfall in the whole year in january & we ran smacked with a north east monsoon blowing over.

the next day we had planned to meet 830am at central to go up to victoria peak太平山, but it was again raining so we had to switch to wet weather program & met at our hotel royal plaza instead.

fortunately for the remaining time, it was fine weather all the way, & we managed our hike at peak circle walk, cheung chau island, dragonback & then a short stroll at lamma island. ^^

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

best wet weather program = breakfast dimsum at tao heung mongkok  稻香旺角 on 11.1.2016. ^^

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

hong kong is well connected with covered walkways, so we walked from royal plaza hotel to nathan road mongkok mtr under cover then walked along nathan road to hollywood plaza & to tao heung on level 3. 🙂

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

tao heung mongkok 稻香旺角

there was no queue but still a good crowd at 9.30am.

dimsum galore

dimsum galore

we liked have a dimsum feast! maybe 25 items or more? forgot count but many items we ordered double.

anyway we ordered mostly from the before 11am specials priced at HK$8 & HK$9.

dimsum was very good standard. 🙂

spicy chives dumpling

spicy chives dumpling

spicy chives dumplings were good.

some rolls

some rolls

not were name of the rolls..not my favourite.

潮州粉果 teochew dumplings

潮州粉果 teochew dumplings

the combination 潮州粉果 teochew dumplings was good, great skin, great tasty ingredients! 🙂

炸两

炸两

炸两 was perfect. not my favourite fun cheung 粉肠but the 油条were great not like the hard like stone ones in singapore for this dish.

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs were good. lots of yam, less pork.. tim ho wan’s much better!

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet also competent.

fried eggplant with minced meat

fried eggplant with minced meat

fried eggplant was tasty.

fried eggplant with minced meat

fried eggplant with minced meat

not particularly my dish.

fried fupeikuin腐皮卷

fried fupeikuin腐皮卷

i don’t fancy fried fupeikuin腐皮卷, prefer the steamed version. this was good though.

fried carrot cake

fried carrot cake

fried crrot cake was good, & came with 2 guotie 锅贴very good too… 🙂

char siew fun cheung叉烧粉肠

char siew fun cheung叉烧粉肠

char siew fun cheung叉烧粉肠 was good, very smooth, but maybe not standout. got good ones in singapore these days.

char siew pao

char siew pao

char siew pao was very good.

char siew pao

char siew pao

so nice! so tasty! meat not too sweet, overal excellent. i hardly ever take char siew pao in singapore..lol..this one i took!

 

century egg congee皮蛋瘦肉粥

century egg congee皮蛋瘦肉粥

congee was just passable.

after the truly superb congee at fu kee congee 富记粥品 at fa yun street 花园街, nothing ever comes close la…

egg with pork & rice

egg with pork & rice

the pork over rice with braised egg, again one of the HK$9 items…抵食到极 tie sek dor kek….

糯米鸡 lomeigai

糯米鸡 lomeigai

糯米鸡 lomeigai i think normal pricing so should be like HKS24 or more….it’s good! so hoot ah!

mala cake马拉糕

mala cake马拉糕

& we had mala cake马拉糕 . this like lots of hong kong people like.

i guess it’s quite tasty ka..but not a “dessert” i need.

ginger cake

ginger cake

ginger cake was good too. seldom see this so had some uniqueness value.

overall the humongous breakfast cost us HK$380 for 6pax=S$12 each.

in hong kong they say “先要好食,然后抵食“ ie cheap is one thing, but must be good first la…same same my idea.^^

great thing was as we left the restaurant, rain had stopped & weather was fine throughout the days.

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Tao Heung Mongkok 稻香旺角

Shop A&B, 2/F, Hollywood Plaza, 610 Nathan Road, Mong Kok
旺角彌敦道610號荷里活商業中心2樓A及B號舖

Tel: 8300 8142
Mon-Sun&PH: 09:00-16:30; 18:00-02:00