Lamma Island 南丫岛 Hike on 4Jun2015 (Yung Shue Wan 榕树湾 to Suk Ku Wan 索罟灣)

bicycles at jetty yung shue wan 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛

bicycles at jetty yung shue wan 榕树湾 lamma island 南丫岛

we got to central pier 4 earlier this time.

& took the 1010am ferry to yung shue wan 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛, arriving about 1040am on 4.6.2015.

there were bicycles chained to the jetty railings. 🙂

on ferry to yung shue wan 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛

on ferry to yung shue wan 榕树湾 lamma island 南丫岛

on ferry to yung shue wan 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛

on ferry to yung shue wan 榕树湾 lamma island 南丫岛

on ferry to yung shue wan 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛

on ferry to yung shue wan 榕树湾 lamma island 南丫岛

on ferry to yung shue wan 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛

on ferry to yung shue wan 榕树湾 lamma island 南丫岛

journey time about 30mins. 🙂

lamma island hike route

lamma island map

lamma island hike

Lamma Island 南丫岛 Hike (Yung Shue Wan 榕树湾 to Suk Ku Wan 索罟灣)

we started the 3hr hike at yung shue wan 榕树湾.

streets at yung shue wan village 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛

streets at yung shue wan village 榕树湾 lamma island 南丫岛

streets at yung shue wan village 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛

streets at yung shue wan village 榕树湾 lamma island 南丫岛

yung shue wan village 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛

yung shue wan village 榕树湾 lamma island 南丫岛

past the shopping streets.

yung shue wan village 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛

yung shue wan village 榕树湾 lamma island 南丫岛

and walked in the direction of sok ku wan 索罟灣.

鸡蛋仔featured in some reviews

鸡蛋仔featured in some reviews

directions to suk ku wan & windmill

directions to suk ku wan & windmill

past the 鸡蛋仔featured in some reviews. we not really interested. 🙂

车仔面

车仔面

we stopped by choy kee 蔡记 for breakfast = wow, it’s a very good find!^^

2hrs walk to suk ku wan

2hrs walk to suk ku wan

2hrs walk to suk ku wan

2hrs walk to suk ku wan

2hrs walk to suk ku wan

2hrs walk to suk ku wan

power station

lamma power station

we took a slight detour to the coastline, directly opposite the lamma power station.

lamma power station

lamma power station

power station

lamma power station

this is the power station we saw during the cheung chau island hike.

fai kee ah ma tau huay

fai kee ah ma tau huay 

there was fei kee the ah ma tau huay on the way to hung shing ye beach 洪聖爺灣泳灘.

Fai Kee 辉记阿妈豆花

Fai Kee 辉记阿妈豆花

there were no customers & the deep container she dished the tau huay from was 1/2 empty.

i asked the lady & she honestly replied it was from yesterday.

Fai Kee 辉记阿妈豆花

Fai Kee 辉记阿妈豆花

Fai Kee 辉记阿妈豆花

Fai Kee 辉记阿妈豆花

i took about 1/3. a bit scared.

anyway, texture taste was ok, but for me the one at choy kee 蔡记 was much better than this recommended one.

beach on the way to suk ku wan

hung shing ye beach 洪聖爺灣泳灘 on the way to suk ku wan

beach on the way to suk ku wan

hung shing ye beach 洪聖爺灣泳灘 on the way to suk ku wan

beach on the way to suk ku wan

hung shing ye beach 洪聖爺灣泳灘 on the way to suk ku wan

beach on the way to suk ku wan

hung shing ye beach 洪聖爺灣泳灘 on the way to suk ku wan

beach on the way to suk ku wan

hung shing ye beach 洪聖爺灣泳灘 on the way to suk ku wan 

there is a public beach hung shing ye beach 洪聖爺灣泳灘 on the way to suk ku wan.

paved road to suk ku wan

paved road to suk ku wan

paved road to suk ku wan

paved road to suk ku wan

paved road to suk ku wan

paved road to suk ku wan

after that we walked some paved paths uphill.

it was not steep, but still tiring under the scorching sun.

lamma power station

lamma power station

power station

lamma power station

power station

lamma power station

power station

lamma power station

power station

lamma power station

looking in the direction we came, there was a great view of the lamma power station.

cove near suk ku wan

cove near suk ku wan

cove near suk ku wan

cove near suk ku wan

cove near suk ku wan

cove near suk ku wan

cove near suk ku wan

cove near suk ku wan

near suk ku wan

near suk ku wan

there was a bit of walking along the hill paths.

unloading jetty near suk ku wan

unloading jetty near suk ku wan

unloading jetty near suk ku wan

unloading jetty near suk ku wan

suk ku wan

suk ku wan 

we came to the area with a clear view of the unloading jetty and suk ku wan 索罟灣.

suk ku wan

suk ku wan

there is a pavilion with view of the suk ku wan 索罟灣 jetty & village.

path going downto suk ku wan

path going downto suk ku wan

a downhill path to suk ku wan 索罟灣 jetty & village.

we passed by the tin hau temple天后宫. they were having a huge tin hau festival celebrations with a cantonese opera 仙姬送子. we stayed for a while to watch.

market at suk ku wan

market at suk ku wan

we passed by the few seafood restaurants at suk ku wan 索罟灣. it was about 3pm

restaurants at suk ku wan

restaurants at suk ku wan

restaurants at suk ku wan

restaurants at suk ku wan

restaurants at suk ku wan

restaurants at suk ku wan 

the seafood prices were not cheap.

we had dinner at rainbow restaurant here previously in sep2013. food was ok but not cheap.

certainly not what i would recommend in hong kong where everywhere you turn to, there is cheap & good food. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

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Cheung Chau Island 长州岛 Hike on 3Jun2015

vase rock花瓶石 @ cheung chau island

vase rock花瓶石 @ cheung chau island

the second day of my sis’ & my hong kong trip 2-6.6.2015. ^^

the plan was to go to lama island 南丫岛 but we set out late. we arrived at the central pier no 4 just past 11am on 3.6.2015.

the next ferry to lama island was at 12pm. so we walked over to pier no. 5 & managed to get on the ferry to cheung chau island 长州岛 instead. this the second time my sis & i came to cheung chau island.

on the ferry to cheung chau island

on the ferry to cheung chau island

i forgot to check though for fast ferry so we got onto the slow ferry (1hr) journey to cheung chai, perhaps no difference anyway.

on the ferry to cheung chau island

on the ferry to cheung chau island

on the ferry cheung chau island

on the ferry cheung chau island

cheung chau island jetty

cheung chau island jetty

we arrived at cheung chai 12.15pm.

cheung chau island jetty

cheung chau island jetty

the morning porridge shop at the market near the jetty was already closed.

we saw seaking 海龙王海鲜. and had a look at the 4-course HK$198 promotion menu. it looked ok. we decided to sit down & try our luck (maybe have our throat slashed…haha!). gratefully the meal turned out pretty ok! 🙂

cheung chau island jetty

cheung chau island jetty

after lunch we walked past the jetty, and crossed eastwards over the narrowest part of the island to tung wan 东湾 to start the hike. 🙂

beach at cheung chau island

beach at cheung chau island

beach at cheung chau island

beach at cheung chau island

beach at cheung chau island

beach at cheung chau island

it was noon, & a very hot day!

tung wan beach

tung wan beach

33degC, but sure felt like 40degC! 😦

tung wan beach

tung wan beach

we walked along tung wan 东湾 beach past the warwick hotel & the cheung chau rock carving 常洲石刻。 we did not climb up to look at the rock carving as we had seen it the last time.

windsurfing kwun yam wan beach

windsurfing kwun yam wan beach

we past the windsurfing centre at kwun yam wan 观音湾 beach。

coming up from kwun yam wan beach

coming up from kwun yam wan beach

& walked up the slope to kwun yam temple 观音古庙. 🙂

walking up from kwun yam wan beach

walking up from kwun yam wan beach

glad just to have some shade!

direction signage

direction signage

small island but we were not about to walk far in this searing heat.

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

kwun yam temple 观音古庙is located at this junction.

brook at kwun yam temple 观音古庙

brook at kwun yam temple 观音古庙

a brook down to the beach & sea.

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

kwun yam temple 观音古庙

took some photos.

mini greatwall trail

mini greatwall trail

last time we walked on the mini greatwall trail too. this time we went a bit further. 🙂

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

views of  tung wan 东湾 beach & lantau island 大屿岛from the mini greatwall trail.

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

& on the other side lama island 南丫岛 & its power station.

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

we took a short rest at the kwan kung pavilion 关公忠义亭. the last time we stopped here & turned back.

rock formation

rock formation

this time we walked further & saw some of the rock formation, including the vase rock花瓶石 (top photo). 🙂

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

we walked further, past a craggy part, and more rock formation.

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

view from mini greatwall trail

we reached the eatern end of cheung chau island. another area with a picturesque craggy, rocky cove. 🙂

cheung chau sports ground stadium

cheung chau sports ground stadium

we walked back & past the cheung chau stadium.

returning to the pier

returning to the pier

stopped for toilet break & bought some water from the provision shop. shop owner very unfriendly! 😦

ferry arriving at central pier

ferry arriving at central pier

ferry arriving at central pier

ferry arriving at central pier

leaving cheung chau island长州岛, we got to the jetty at 3pm & again just missed the fast boat (next at 3.45pm), so took the slow boat deluxe (HK$20 with aircon), normal HK$13 no aircon at 3.20pm & arrived central pier 4.20pm.

we walked over to stanley street via the IFC.

we found yat lok 一乐 roast goose at stanley street w/o much difficulty & had hong kong’s best roast goose there, plus some dumplings. 🙂

after that we got back to our royal park hotel at shatin, and had a good rest before goin gout for a late dinner. this was part of the planning, as we were going to chao inn 潮楼 at kwun tong to enjoy the 打冷40% 六折discounts which starts at 9pm. ^^

a pretty great day!

c.h.e.f andy

Man Fat Sze 10000 Budhhas Monastery 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

visiting 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺 was a contributing reason for choosing royal park hotel at shatin. ^^

my sis is buddhist & man fat sze 万佛寺 would interest her.

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

starting out from shatin station, it is very easy to go to  man fat sze 万佛寺. 🙂

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

upon exiting shatin MTR station, there is a sloping covered walkway to road level.

temple at start of uphill path to man fat sze

福宝山crematorium at start of uphill path to man fat sze

after that turn left & walk about 100m, then turn left at first side road by grand central plaza & go forward about 50m till you see the 福宝山crematorium..

start of path to man fat sze 万佛寺

start of path to man fat sze 万佛寺

there is a direction sign showing the way to man fat sze 万佛寺.

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

the uphill passage is lined on both sides with lohan statue me think?? all the way up man fat sze 万佛寺. 🙂

lohan statue

lohan statue

one of the  lohan statue. 🙂

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

uphill was ok but it was a hot day, though nothing like the scorching sun we suffered on our lamma island trip & cheung chau island trip. 🙂

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

finally arrived at man fat sze 万佛寺, and looking down.

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺8

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

the main square also lined with statues & a pagoda in the background.

pagoda at man fat sze 万佛寺

pagoda at man fat sze 万佛寺

the pagoda.

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

the front & entrance to the monastery.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

wall of buddhas statues.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

wall of buddha statues. they i.e. the monastery are maintained供养 by sponsors’ donations.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

& this is the actual body 真身 of 月溪禅师after he had 圆寂 passed away.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

there are many sponsors & donors.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

wall of buddha statues.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

& i guess devotees & tourists like us.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

at the side garden.

view from 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

view from 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

view from 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

back to the square.

after the exertions at man fat sze 万佛寺, we went to mong kok & wondered into 旺角小肥羊 LittleSheep at agile street for dimsum.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Royal Park Hotel at Shatin & Shatin Park 2-6Jun2015

royal park hotel at shatin

royal park hotel at shatin

i chose royal park on  a balance of cost & convenience.

also, i had been to hong kong so many times but always stayed at pacific place hotels when on business decades ago & at tsimshatsui with family. can’t really know hong kong that way. afterall, the overwhelming consideration is still to have a relaxing fun break so i would generally not go out of the way & incur great inconvenience to do something. if stayed at tsimshatsui every time, then most likely will always be moving around there & central & causeway bay.

still, i checked out our usual hotel, kowloon hotel at tsimshatsui. it’s really very convenient location. the price was HK$800/night a night weekdays & HK$1000/night fridays, saturdays. so for 4nights HK$3400+.

for royal park hotel, it was some strange breakdown averaged HK$754, and totalled HK$3017+.

for comparison & other considerations-

1. royal park has large 30m2 rooms whereas kowloon hotel’s rooms are 20m2

2. i can take airport bus A41 direct to royal park hotel, just 2 stops, 50mins & HK$22.3, whereas for kowloon hotel it is by airport express to kowloon station HK$90 single HK$160 return, then free airport bus to kowloon hotel, about 4th or 5th stop

3. for this trip i was not going to ngong ping 360 to take the cable car see the big buddha, but when having plans to visit lautau island including hong kong disneyland, shatin very convenient by bus.

4. my sis is buddhist, and 10,000 buddha monastery is right at shatin.

royal park hotel at shatin

royal park hotel at shatin

we were happy with the room -big, bright & airy.

royal park hotel toilet

royal park hotel toilet

toilet was pretty ok too!

the other very satisfying things for me during this trip-

1. went to keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥 which is at tai wei, just 1 stop from shatin

2. explore & found 富记大排档tai wai, which is also at tai wei.

3. explore & found chan kun kee 陈根记大排档, located at wo che estate, about 20mins walk from royal park hotel via the esplanade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河.

4. on the last day before departure, explore & found shing kee noodles at lek yuen sstate market, about 10mins from royal park hotel via covered walkway.

connecting area to shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

connecting area to shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

on 4.6.2015, we decided to take a walk along the esplanade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河.

shatin public library

shatin public library

after exiting the hotel from the bar area at the lobby level, we walked along the connecting area to shatin park. the shatin public area was on our left.

across river view from shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

across river view from shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

hong kong is densely populated. across the river is another estate.

bridge at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

bridge at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

bridge at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

bridge at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

we took some photos of the bridge.

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

and walked along the esplanade.

there were many joggers & cyclists traversing the riverside promenade.

for me, shatin is quite suited for my hong kong trip as a base. tsimshatsui, central & causeway bay areas i can always go when already out for visits in the day, e.g. when traveling to the islands.

this trip, i have found several new daipaidongs & took dim sums at 4 different restaurants. for next trip, i can also explore from base at shatin or research a bit to see which other location & hotel may be more convenient.

c.h.e.f andy

Hong Kong Air Ticket, Hotel & Transport Planning 2-6Jun2015

fried carrot cake at asia treasure T2

fried carrot cake at asia treasure T2

jetstar had a SG50 promotion. it was like S$50 to HK & about S$100pax including fees & taxes. it seems lame to go hong kong just because of cheap air tickets, but i like hong kong, it’s a place i like to go for eating & hiking anyway. i can live in hong kong actually just for the colder months. haha!^^

i wanted to go in nov. actually but sis is busy after oct, and i was already travelling with wife to cornwall 7-18may2015.

so i am back hong kong 2-6jun2015. our 2pax jetstar return singapore to hong kong was S$210.^^

even though it was just 2 months after my last hong kong trip with wife & son on 3-6Apr2015.

asia treasure T2 lounge

asia treasure T2 lounge

jetstar check in was at terminal 1. it was quite convenient that departure gate was next to the sky train to T2. so it was no hassle to get to asia treasure lounge at T2.

asia treasure T2 nasi lemak

asia treasure T2 nasi lemak

no food provided on jetstar, or rather good money for not so good food. so grab what we could at the lounge.

asia treasure T2 nasi lemak

asia treasure T2 nasi lemak

the nasi lemak was pretty good. egg, otah, perkedel, rice all good. for me though, nasi lemak is first ikan kuning, second chicken wing. 🙂

congee at asia treasure T2

congee at asia treasure T2

congee was ok, good.

roti prata at asia treasure T2

roti prata at asia treasure T2

prata was freshly prepared, crispy, hot, dough was tasty.

roti prata curry at asia treasure T2

roti prata curry at asia treasure T2

curry too was good.

fried carrot cake & roti prata at asia treasure T2

fried carrot cake & roti prata at asia treasure T2

fried carrot cake was for me the best! & prata was next. 🙂

hong kong airport tower

hong kong airport tower

low cost carrier mostly remote bay (using bus ferry to plane) for both departure from changi & arrival at hong kong. though it was using aerobridge for both departure from hong kong & arrival at singapore.

jetstar passenger disembarking at hong kong airport

jetstar passenger disembarking at hong kong airport

jetstar passenger (meaning us) deplaning at hong kong airport.

remote bay bus ferry at hong kong airport

remote bay bus ferry at hong kong airport

aircrafts taxiing.

remote bay bus ferry at hong kong airport

remote bay bus ferry at hong kong airport

our bus ferry waiting for aircrafts to taxi past.

hong kong airport terminal towards bus bay

hong kong airport terminal towards bus bay

there was a MTR counter after customs & even before getting out to the arrival hall, which had almost no queue so i got 2 octopus cards (HK$50 deposit & HK$100 stored-value) within minutes.

we walked out of the arrival terminal & towards bus bay.

queue for A41 airport bus

queue for A41 airport bus

i booked 4 nights at royal park hotel at shatin. so it was really very convenient commuting from the airport.

hong kong airport bus A41 goes direct from airport to shatin and stopped right in front of royal park hotel, which was only the second stop after shatin bus interchange.

flight was late so we arrived 2.15pm & was at the A41 bus bay around 2.50pm.

A41 airport bus to royal park hotel

A41 airport bus to royal park hotel

journey took 50minutes & just HK$22.30 using the octopus card. it’s fixed one fare only so you only required to tap once with octopus card when boarding the bus. 🙂

it’s double-decker. there was a luggage rack both in the lower & upper deck. i always took the upper deck & put on seat belt. strangely though on return from hotel to airport, the bus we took did not have safety belt!

hong kong mtr map

shatin is in new territory so a bit far from action (well depends on what action you are looking for). when i travel with wife, we would stay at tsimsahtsui & not shatin.

while royal park is “in theory” next to shatin station (& shatin bus interchange for that matter), it was a 5-10minutes walk from hotel through newtown plaza to the station, covered & aircon-ed of course.

from shatin, one needs to change train twice to get to shamshuipo, tsimshatsui, & to central. so it’s slightly inconvenient.

also shatin station is actually not underground line but the east rail line 东铁线that goes to罗湖 for entering into shenzhen深圳. & so the inter-change at 九龙塘that connects the MTR to the rail is a rather long walk.

taking the east rail line 东铁线 at shatin going to shamshuipo

taking the east rail line 东铁线 at shatin going to shamshuipo

we checked into royal park hotel about 4pm. nice hotel. i stayed here once before 5 years back. quite happy with it now as then. 🙂

we decided we could not miss timhowan, so went to the usual shamshuipo outlet after checking in to the hotel, & got there about 4.40pm, zero queue.

since we had a very late dimsum at 5pm. we decided to go much later in the evening for dinner, which we did at keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥 my usual daipaidong 大排档 past 9pm.

c.h.e.f andy

Shing Kee Noodles, Lek Yuen Estate, Shatin & Congee Lunch at Tak Hin德兴粥面on 6Jun2015

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

we were checkin out at 1pm on 6.6.2015. that was the latest royal park hotel allowed. after that it was HK$110/hr. we planned to take A41 to airport round about 5pm so had some time to kill. i had earlier checked out shing kee noodles on internet. it sounded like an interesting place & had like 100% good reviews. it is quite a go to place for hotpot dinners in the evening but for lunch there are noodles & also set lunches with fish & minced pork dishes.

way to Shing Kee Noodles

way to Shing Kee Noodles

we had dimsum at taoheung pier 88 稻香超級漁港 in mong kok earlier so was not particularly hungry. still, not sure how far was shing kee noodles so might as well start walking. good thing about hong kong is that many buildings are connected by covered walkways. good when raining of course but even for the very hot sun. ^^ just like my adventure thrill (trail) to富记大排档 tai wai, i followed the google map. we walked over the overhead bridge linkway to lek yuen estate.

way to Shing Kee Noodles

way to Shing Kee Noodles

parknshop superstore was at the right of the entrance to the overhead bridge.

way to Shing Kee Noodles

way to Shing Kee Noodles

looking down from the covered walkway, i saw a block. we later walked further & asked around before finding the restaurant shing kee noodles at the basement of the block. 🙂

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

the place was quite chic really, like a cool cafe place in singapore like carpenters & cook, or like aeiou.

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

haha, it’s a mental switch, can’t really associate it with a beef brisket or hotpot restaurant. 🙂

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

unfortunately for us, there were 4 rice sets with different fish including a veg & soup for HK$37, but all were sold out (it was about 2pm). we were not planning to have beef brisket noodles & the other rice sets were all steamed minced pork蒸肉饼 so we decided to bail out.

tuk hing porridge & noodles

tak hing congee & noodles

we returned to tak hing 德兴粥面店, which we past on the way to shing kee noodles.

chicken innards porride 鸡杂粥

chicken innards congee 鸡杂粥

the braises including braised goose were only served in the evening from 5pm.

chicken innards porride 鸡杂粥

chicken innards congee 鸡杂粥

we had to settle for the congee. i had the chicken innards congee 鸡杂粥. it was so good! congee was very sweet & great. & the chicken innards were great too.

chicken innards porride 鸡杂粥

chicken innards congee 鸡杂粥

sis had a 艇仔粥. did not take photo, but it was very good too. & both were HK$24!^^

一田 yata supermart

一田 yata supermart

after 德兴粥面店, we walked back to newtown plaza adjacent to royal park hotel.

dried oysters HK$168:斤 (600g)= S$50:kg

dried oysters HK$168:斤 (600g)= S$50:kg

we walked round 一田 yata supermart. there was a promo – dried oysters HK$168:斤 (600g)= S$50/kg. the promo price was same as those i saw at the provision shop on the way to shing kee noodle.

turbot HK$118 at supermarket

turbot HK$118 at supermarket

also saw a raw turbot for HK$118 at supermarket. we had a steamed turbot last evening from 富记大排档tai wai for just HK$98! ^^ this hong kong trip was immensely enjoyable & successful as we got to see cheung chau island (including the very beautiful shorelines from the mini great wall) and lamma island, and the 10,000 buddha monastery.we had 4 dimsum lunches, and lots of exciting daipaidong food at newfound places. & it didn’t rain. about the only negative point was the scorching sun.

c.h.e.f andy

Worst Meal in Hong Kong @ Chao Inn, Terminal 2, HK International Airport on 6Jnn2015

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

had the worst meal in entire hong long trip 2-6jun2015 at chao inn 潮楼 at the airport on 6.6.2015.

our jetstar flight was 8.25pm. we received message earlier that flight was delayed 1hr. anyway we already planned to take A41 around 5pm & arrive airport about 6pm.

(fortunately for us check-in counter opened at 6.15pm & i did the internet check-in & managed to check in at the web check pin counter with zero queue while the normal check-in counters already had >10pax queues. & similar queue at the web check-in also after i had checked in)

airport chao inn 潮楼

airport chao inn 潮楼

since we were early & we had a really great dinner at chao inn 潮楼 @ kwun tong, we decided to give it a try here. alas, wrong decision! this chao inn NOT that chao inn 此潮楼非那潮楼!

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

fortunately the teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼 was still ok! at HK$98 though it was more expensive than eating at lao ah tee 老阿弟 at whampoa boon keng etc.

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

this mullet was still sweet just slightly fishy, more or less singapore standard unlike chao inn @ kwun tong which was basically perfect.

not to mention what we had at kwun tong was just HK$48, of course that was 40% discount after 9pm, this was airport.

braised goose hopeless, like reboiled or overnight microwaved

braised goose hopeless, like reboiled or overnight microwaved

the braised goose though was hopeless, like reboiled or overnight & microwaved.

braised goose hopeless, like reboiled or overnight microwaved

braised goose hopeless, like reboiled or overnight microwaved

basically, moral of story is don’t eat at airport if possible, and don’t order items where turnover maybe low & likely to be kept overnight & not fresh.

c.h.e.f andy

Hit, Misses & Downright Horrendous Service @ Taoheung Super 88 稻香超級漁港 on 6Jun2015

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

our last day in hong kong, returning singapore in the evening 8.25pm flight (later delayed by 1 hr) & checking out royal park hotel at 1pm.

went to mongkok for dimsum breakfast on 6.6.2015. took a while to locate taoheung super 88 稻香超級漁港 as the signboard display outside the building had been removed.

taoheung super 88 稻香超級漁港

taoheung super 88 稻香超級漁港

anyhow we were seated before 9am. place was crowded.

our order & the mixed up

our order & the mixed up

we were assigned a 4pax table 135A, apparently with another 2persons. but 135A already had 2 persons seated. so the other 2 were assigned table 136. but the card (eft of photo) was not amended. and our orders & the other 2 guys were all entered as 135A (right of photo).

because of the mixed up some orders came to us on 135A. not a big deal really. they were soon sorted out, & they brought us a order chip showing difference in order timing & demarcating which were our orders & which table 136.

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

we did not quite notice, but our order of har gao was actually an order of a har gao & teochew dumpling combo. we were quite happy with it.

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

teochew dumpling 潮州粉果 was better. har gao was ok but below the standard of timhowan fuk wing street shamshuipo (everything was below timhowan anyway) & any of the good dimsum place in singapore like crystal jade, imperial treasure, canton paradise.

char siew fun cheong (bad)

char siew fun cheong (bad)

cahr siew fun cheong was bad!

char siew fun cheong (bad)

char siew fun cheong (bad)

after the even more horrendous beef fun cheong at 旺角小肥羊 LittleSheep at agile street, it became painfully obvious to me that you don’t take fun cheong in hong kong unless you are at timhowan or some better name chains. steamed pork ribs, chicken feet & rice generally ok, though even the rice don’t take it here!

spicy trotters

spicy trotters

the spicy trotters were ok.

spicy trotters

spicy trotters

nothing special to talk about, just ok.

chicken mushroom rice (the poorest so far)

chicken mushroom rice (the poorest so far)

this chicken mushroom rice was the poorest so far. looked pathetic.

timhowan’s was great. but the claypot version at 旺角小肥羊 LittleSheep at agile street. the rice was fragrant & flavourful.

chicken mushroom rice (the poorest so far)

chicken mushroom rice (the poorest so far)

here we basically rescued the rice with earlier orders of steamed pork ribs & chicken feet.

we also had the worst horrendous service in hong kong here. table & order mixed up ok la..but there was this server, 40s or maybe early 50s, who was downright rude & belligerent. first she glared at me when i passed her the order chit earlier waiting for her to read out & confirm the order, and she said like “lor chow lor lo” meaning “give me order chit just give la, why look at me”. i told her i also want to order steamed pork ribs & chicken feet. she said “you mai wad lor” in an extremely rude way meaning “if you want just mark it”.  i told her i could not find it. she pointed out to me.

then the server again forgot the rice order by an old couple which were at my table before we arrived, when we already had the rice. some other server came & gave them a different rice. they told the server it was wrong but they would take it as they did not want to wait. the rude server came later & gave the old couple another rice. they said they already had the different one before their order was forgotten & they told the other server but agreed to take the wrong rice. rude server literally argued with them why they took the wrong one. the old couple asked “so it is our fault you forgot & then gave us the wrong rice?”. here i was not going to let her off but told her yes exactly you guys forgot the wrong order & gave the wrong rice.

after the rude server left i told the old couple we all come here to enjoy & are not going to waste time with these people & not going to let them affect our good time, just what needs to be said has to be said.

& this part is going into the food reviews so the management can read about it should they do. haha!

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

luckily pork ribs was great.

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

we emptied the entire plate with sauce onto the rice. ^^

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

chicken feet was fine too.

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

just a tad salty.

so lesson learned in HK dimsum is steamed pork ribs & chicken feet almost can get anywhere about same standard, in any case quite ok. fun cheong on the other hand better take only from timhowan or other more well know places. haha! just kidding la..as the title goes, hits & misses.

dimsum was HK$116, so basically quite same prices, all the 4 dimsum we had. likewise all the dinners or bigger meals we had about HK$220.

c.h.e.f andy

Daipaidong Dinner Thrill @ 富记大排档 Tai Wai on 5Jun2015

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

after a hot climb to see the 10,000 buddha monastery in 32degC though we were more sheltered from the scorching sun than the past 2 days, i had a sudden lost of motivation, a running out of steam.

so after lunch at LittleSheep mongkok 小肥羊旺角, we decided to ga back to royal park hotel at shatin to “recharge”. 🙂

i googled where to go for dinner & found this 富记大排档tai wai.

富记大排档tai wai

富记大排档tai wai

so we went on a dinner thrill (a pun on trail) to 富记大排档tai wai, just 1 stop from shatin on the east rail line 东铁线 on 5.6.2015.

have google map will travel. it would not have been possible otherwise. the “thrill” led us to a market & food centre, just like we had at HDB estates. haha! 🙂

富记大排档tai wai kitchen

富记大排档tai wai kitchen

the kitchen was like any of our zi char 煮炒 kitchen. 🙂

富记大排档tai wai

富记大排档tai wai

we took the last table. place was full. say about 7 or 8 tables.

look at the plastic sheets covering this eating place, right next to the wet market. it is exactly like a korean pojangmacha 포장마차包藏马车 (those you see in korean dramas where the girl always get drunk & got piggyback home); or the japanese yatai at fukuoka, or izakayas 居酒屋。

take your pick 冻乌鱼

there were some fresh seafood displayed. i did not see the tanks, so perhaps it was not the live seafood in some of the hong kong daipaidongs like what we had at chan kun kee 陈根记 the evening before.

i read several good reviews on openrice hk, like the hand-tear chicken 手撕鸡 & steamed turbot.

we wouldn’t be able to take 1 chicken & not even 1/2 chicken if we want to try other dishes. also we just had salt baked chicken 盐焗鸡 at chan kun kee 陈根记 the evening before.

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

i ordered the eggplant.

on the board it showed “1 look”. pronounced in cantonese this means 1 whole roll. 🙂

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

this dish is actually nothing new. we have it in most zi char stalls here, except that they are always cut brinjals & sometimes served in claypot. this “1 look” was quite an interesting presentation that in a way showcase the interesting, not-always-traditional cooking.

it was very expensive though, HK$68 for this dish at a market stall daipaidong..haha! whatever i am happy!^^

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

the 三式蒸蛋steamed egg with minced pork HK$52 was also a most reviewed dish. 🙂

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

not sure where the 三式 3 styles were. the egg was quite nice, smooth, nothing special really, can do anytime at home. the sauce a bit salty, fortunately egg ok, so not ideal.

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

& again HK$52 was very expensive for this simple dish in this kind of market stall daipaidong.

steamed turbot with 陈皮

steamed turbot with 陈皮

the steamed turbot was only HK$98! ^^

steamed turbot with 陈皮

steamed turbot with 陈皮

so shiok!^^

steamed turbot with 陈皮

steamed turbot with 陈皮

港蒸steamed HKstyle. it was very nice, though for comparison, turbot flesh was more rough 粗 c/w grouper so it was not quite the level of the steamed grouper at we had at chan kun kee 陈根记 the evening before.

steamed turbot with 陈皮

steamed turbot with 陈皮

still, it was excellent dish for HK$98. i would take it again anytime! 🙂

富记大排档tai wai

富记大排档tai wai

富记大排档tai wai

富记大排档tai wai

it was a great find for me. the thrill if the food trail!

i would not order the egg the next time, but i am ok to pay HK$68 for the eggplant. it was good even though not super & not unusual.

i would definitely try the hand-tear chicken 手撕鸡! just look at the photo of the standing chicken here, diners in plastic gloves ready to tear it apart!

dinner was HK$226 for the 3 dishes. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Passable Dimsum @ LittleSheep 小肥羊旺角 on 5Jun2015

盐水铰

盐水铰

went to 10,000 buddhas monastery (man fat sze 万佛寺) in the morning.

my hiking shoes have been serving me faithfully for 5-6years. now the left shoe sole has open up. someone that affected my mood. maybe also running out of steam, or just destroyed by the scorching sun the past 2 days at cheung chau & lama islands.

decided not to go far so ended up in mong kok around noon on 5.6.2015.

旺角小肥羊  LittleSheep at agile street

旺角小肥羊 LittleSheep at agyle street

saw this place 旺角小肥羊 LittleSheep at agyle street. didn’t want to walk around too much so just try our luck.

小肥羊mongkok dimsum menu

小肥羊mongkok dimsum menu

we ordered 4 dimsum items – 3 were HK$9.80, only the beef fun cheong was HK$12.980.

beef fun cheong (this was horrendous!)

beef fun cheong (this was horrendous!)

the first dish we were served, the beef fun cheong was absolutely horrendous!

beef fun cheong (this was horrendous!)

beef fun cheong (this was horrendous!)

the skin was tough, and at the end of it we did not find 1 single piece of beef.

the char siew fun cheong i had at taoheung super 88 稻香超级渔港 the next day was just slightly better (meaning very bad too!). all the singapore restaurants like crystal jade, imperial treasures, canton paradise, tunglok etc were all miles better, made me realise that in HK do not order any fun cheong in dimsum restaurants except at timhowan & some other more notable places.

spicy pig stomach (just as horrendous!)

spicy pig stomach (just as horrendous!)

the spicy pig stomach was equally horrendous, maybe more!

spicy pig stomach (just as horrendous!)

spicy pig stomach (just as horrendous!)

totally dry & tough, not quite edible.

盐水铰

盐水铰

we thought we got into a wrong place, luckily there was redemption.

the hum shui kok 盐水铰 was good, nice crispy skin, nice filling, great texture.

teochew dumplings 潮州粉果

teochew dumplings 潮州粉果

& so was the teochew dumplings 潮州粉果!

teochew dumplings 潮州粉果

teochew dumplings 潮州粉果

same nice skin, nice filling, great texture.  the chefs from 2 different worlds!

claypot chicken feet pork rib rice HK$26.80

claypot chicken feet pork rib rice HK$26.80

not satisfied we ordered the claypot chicken feet pork rib rice HK$26.80.

claypot chicken feet pork rib rice HK$26.80

claypot chicken feet pork rib rice HK$26.80

unlike timhowan the little metal bowl type this was a larger serving, and it was very good.

claypot chicken feet pork rib rice HK$26.80

claypot chicken feet pork rib rice HK$26.80

both the chicken feet & steamed pork ribs were very good, almost same as treasure lake restaurant 宝湖 at central (chicken feet at the latter was better i think).

but best was the rice! it was so very fragrant!^^

beef tripes 金钱肚

beef tripes 金钱肚

we simply had to order more dishes to go with the super tasty rice.

there was a ma bo 孖宝 which means a twin treasure order 2 dimsum items for HK$24.80.

beef tripes 金钱肚

beef tripes 金钱肚

so we ordered the beef tripes 金钱肚. it was excellent but just wee bit salty, just like the chicken feet here.

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

the steamed pork ribs though was quite perfect.

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

we emptied the whole plate onto the rice. so shiok!

lunch was HK$126 for 7 dishes, a bit cheaper than timhowan fuk wing street sham shui po, but less refine, and spoilt by 2 horrendous dish.

c.h.e.f andy

Marvellous Live Grouper Dinner @ Chan Kun Kee 陈根记大排档 on 4Jun2015

steamed live grouper for HK$128

steamed live grouper for HK$128

the night before we went to chao inn at kwun tong for dinner (very good teochew 打冷) at 9pm & got back 11pm+.

this evening decided not to go far. also staying at royal park hotel at shatin, we had not walked around shatin park right behind the hotel. so we decided to take a 20mins walk along shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河 on the way for daipaidong dinner at chan kun kee 陈根记大排档 on 4.6.2015.^^

chan kun kee 陈根记大排档

chan kun kee 陈根记大排档

it was quite straight forward. just walked along the river until the stadium part (need google map on the phone though else won’t know when we were at the stadium!) then got onto the yuen wo street.

anyway we found it!

chan kun kee 陈根记大排档

chan kun kee 陈根记大排档

place looked great! good traffic almost all locals.

salt baked chicken盐焗鸡HK$48

salt baked chicken盐焗鸡HK$48

we ordered the salt baked chicken盐焗鸡HK$48.

salt baked chicken盐焗鸡HK$48

salt baked chicken盐焗鸡HK$48

this place is actually famous for the wasabi hand-pulled chicken手撕鸡, but sis not really into it so 盐焗鸡 which is a hong kong specialty will do.

salt baked chicken盐焗鸡HK$48

salt baked chicken盐焗鸡HK$48

it was good, very sweet, tasty, came with ginger sauce like the samsui chicken.

steamed live grouper for HK$128

steamed live grouper for HK$128

best was the steamed live grouper for HK$128. it was large, maybe 700g or more. very fresh, very tender, sweet.

steamed live grouper for HK$128

steamed live grouper for HK$128

we made very good steamed fish at home, almost same, & we get very fresh fish (not live though) from chinatown, so i eat this often. still i found it very good!^^

fried mixed veg HK$48

fried mixed veg HK$48

we had a fried mixed veg, quite non descript i supposed. still i liked it, very good balance to the meat dishes.

dinner came to HK$224 = about S$40. really good meal!

after dinner we tried to take a bus back to royal park hotel but could not really find out which bus to take. my internet search says 85, but the bus at yuen wo street was 85k & driver not very helpful.

in the end we took a taxi back, anyway it was very near so just flag down price of HK$22.

c.h.e.f andy

Good Dimsum Bad Service @ Treasure Lake Restaurant Central 宝湖海鲜酒家 on 4Jun2015

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

after pouring enough sweat walking 2hrs+ at lamma island 南丫岛 in the relentless scorching sun, we took the 2.35pm ferry arrived central pier about 3.05pm on 4.6.2015.

we thought of having dimsum (enough of beef briskets noodles type or 牛仔面, which we just had very nice ones in the morning at  lamma island 南丫岛, & not wanting heavy meal), so walked to central station via IFC with the comforting thought that we could always go to yat lok 一乐 for roast goose if need be.

we decided to try the dimsum at this treasure lake restaurant central 宝湖海鲜酒家, just because it was about the first ok looking dining place on the way to stanley street. haha! 🙂

treasurelake restaurant central 宝湖海鲜酒家

treasurelake restaurant central 宝湖海鲜酒家

it was the typically bad service place. i asked to have a look at the menu, and the restaurant manager or lead waiter showed a black face. to is & other servers’ credit, they did later show more cheerful service.

treasurelake restaurant central 宝湖海鲜酒家

treasurelake restaurant central 宝湖海鲜酒家

dimsum items were small HK$16, medium HK$19, large HK$22, special HK$27. there was a higher one i did not bother with.

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

we ordered 5 dimsum dishes only – chicken feet, steamed pork ribs, chiu chow fun guo or teochew dumplings, char siew fun cheong & 4 treasures.

and waited very long, like >1/2hr, maybe 40mins? & 2 dishes we ordered, first char siew fun cheong after waiting for 1/2hr & then chiu chow fun guo after eating the other 3 dishes, were sold out.

not so satisfying experience eh? luckily the food was good.

steamed chicken feet was very tasty, & the first deep-fried type we like. we ordered a second portion

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs was a large helping, tasty & quite meaty. 🙂

4 treasures

4 treasures

4 treasures

4 treasures

4 treasures

4 treasures

4 treasures

4 treasures

4 treasures was good too. chicken extremely smooth & sweet. mushrooms was the thick type, good.

bill was HK$109 for 4 dishes. food wise pretty satisfied.

c.h.e.f andy

Nice & Good Value 车仔面 = HK$38 for 4 items @ choi kee 蔡记小食 Lamma Island 南丫岛on 4Jun2015

车仔面

车仔面

we took the 1010am ferry from central pier 4 to young shue wan 榕树湾 lama island 南丫岛 & arrived about 1040am on 4.6.2015.

walked towards suk ku wan & stopped by choy kee 蔡记 for breakfast = wow, it’s a very good find!^^

choy kee 蔡记小食

choy kee 蔡记小食

nice stall, good choices, and inexpensive, good value.

choy kee 蔡记小食

choy kee 蔡记小食

stall was nice & airy.

choy kee 蔡记小食

choy kee 蔡记小食

at a road turning.

select 4 for HK$38 车仔面

select 4 for HK$38 车仔面

车仔面good selection 4 items for HK$38 (noodles can be included as 1 item).

车仔面

车仔面

this one had large intestines猪大肠, 红肠 (which was ok like luncheon meat), pig’s blood 猪红(very smooth & tender), & pig’s skin (the yongtaofu type not braised pig skin so not our favourite).

车仔面

车仔面

车仔面

车仔面

this lone had large intestines猪大肠, braised briskets 牛腩, noodles. i ordered 肠子 at first think it was small intestines. when i came it was 2 like chicken sausage (already fried).

the stall ladies were super nice. i asked to change it to 牛百叶& they agreed!

车仔面

车仔面

that’s about 1/2 the amount of 牛百叶 they gave me.^^

生菜鱼肉

生菜鱼肉

生菜鱼肉

生菜鱼肉

we ordered the 生菜鱼肉, asked & was told it’s cat fish 鲶鱼。。haha..i thought i heard anyway. we were having the idea of sliced dish, but it turned out to be like fish cake or patty. anyway it was just HK$18, huge amount.

spicy pickled radish

spicy pickled radish

they had this spicy chye poh. pretty good with the meat items & in the soup too.

the noodles were very qq, like any good beef brisket noodle stall, & the soup just as good though nothing special.

ginger tau huay 姜汁豆花

ginger tau huay 姜汁豆花

my sis had the ginger tau huay 姜汁豆花. 🙂 i did not order as i wanted to try the one most recommended on guides, Fai Kee 辉记阿妈豆花 which i found further down the road.

as it turned out the tau huay here is even better than Fai Kee 辉记阿妈豆花.

c.h.e.f andy

My Best Roast Goose @ Yat Lok 一乐 on 3Jun2015

yat lok 一乐 roast goose drumstick quarter=HK$150

yat lok 一乐 roast goose drumstick quarter=HK$150

leaving cheung chau island长州岛, we got to the jetty at 3pm & again just missed the fast boat (next at 3.45pm), so took the slow boat deluxe (HK$20 with aircon), normal HK$13 no aircon at 3.20pm & arrived central pier 4.20pm. we walked over to stanley street via the IFC.

yat lok roast goose at stanley street

yat lok roast goose at stanley street

we found yat lok 一乐 roast goose at stanley street w/o much difficulty. 🙂

yat lok roast goose at stanley street

yat lok roast goose at stanley street

place had a constant turnover of patrons, even at 5pm. 🙂

yat lok 一乐 roast goose drumstick quarter=HK$150

yat lok 一乐 roast goose drumstick quarter=HK$150

we ordered the roast goose drumstick quarter=HK$150

yat lok 一乐 roast goose drumstick quarter=HK$150

yat lok 一乐 roast goose drumstick quarter=HK$150

it was super delicious!^^ wow! the aroma. so very intense, yet the meat is moist, tender, flavourful & not really strong taste. really love it! ^^

dumplings=HK$48 for 7

dumplings=HK$48 for 7

dumplings=HK$48 for 7

dumplings=HK$48 for 7

the dumplings were pretty good. i guess not really cheap at HK$48 for 7, but quite ok. 🙂

shing kee daipaidong 盛记

shing kee daipaidong 盛记

stall before shing kee daipaidong 盛记

stall before shing kee daipaidong 盛记

after that we walked further down stanley street to shing kee 盛记daipaidong…they only opened at 6pm. unlikely to come here as not so convenient from our royal park hotel at shatin to come here in the evening just to eat at the daipaidong.

c.h.e.f andy

Most Shiok 超爽 Teochew “Her Bun” i.e. Cold Cooked Fish @ Chao Inn 潮楼 on 3Jun2015

mullet 乌鱼

mullet 乌鱼

had a most shiok teochew “her bun” dinner at chao inn 潮楼 at kwun tong on 3.6.2015….超爽!^^

after 9pm, they have 打冷 40% discounts 6折. so it was great value too! 🙂

don’t usually want to take teochew porridge (expensive & not nice) or even teochew “her bun” (expensive & not great) in Singapore. this one at Chao Inn (潮楼)super nice…

we had 2 fish, 1 braised goose, 1 soup + 1 dessert = HK$213nett=about S$37nett.^^
chao inn 潮楼 queueing system

chao inn 潮楼 queueing system

chao inn 潮楼, like the other taoheung group restaurants, has a electronic queueing system. 🙂

chao inn 潮楼 queueing system

chao inn 潮楼 queueing system

we waited 2 minutes. 🙂

chao inn 潮楼 @ kwun tong

chao inn 潮楼 @ kwun tong

place not really packed at 9pm.

chicken feet 粉角soup

chicken feet 粉葛soup

there’s a special soup chicken feet 粉葛soup for HK$19.

chicken feet 粉角soup

chicken feet 粉葛soup

it was was very good really, tasty!

chicken feet 粉角soup

chicken feet 粉葛soup

we ordered just 1 soup as we were greedy & intended to order 2 fish. haha! 🙂

mullet 乌鱼

mullet 乌鱼

the mullet 乌鱼 was really, really good! the best!^^ it was so sweet & fresh. i used to take a bit with my sister at lao ah tee 老亚弟 at whampoa boon keng which was good too, but not quite so tasty & a bit more fishy. i did that myself at home too, same.

mullet 乌鱼 - meat came off easily from scales

mullet 乌鱼 – meat came off easily from scales

this one, the meat just fell off the skin/scales.

braised goose

braised goose

braised goose

braised goose

the braised goose was quite ok, above average, good flavours, just slightly tough.

braised goose

braised goose

but that’s a long way from the yat lok roast goose kind of satisfaction.

yellow croaker 小黄鱼

yellow croaker 小黄鱼

we wanted the big eye snapper 大目紅鰱but it was sold out. so we had the yellow croaker 小黄鱼.

yellow croaker 小黄鱼

yellow croaker 小黄鱼

it was super good too. we still placed the mullet 乌鱼tops!^^

yellow croaker 小黄鱼

yellow croaker 小黄鱼

in singapore, unlike mullet 乌鱼, yellow croaker 小黄鱼flesh is more tender & softer & falls apart when you pick up with a chopstick. not so here, it held up quite nicely.

maybe it was just chilled..冻乌鱼 & 冻小黄鱼!

杨枝甘露

杨枝甘露

i took the 杨枝甘露. it was just HK$16.

杨枝甘露

杨枝甘露

as good as the 许留山 and maybe cheaper? the whole dinner was HK$213 = S$37nett. so good!

c.h.e.f andy

Good Value Set @ SeaKing 海龙王海鲜 on Cheung Chau Island on 3Jun2015

cheese onions lobster

cheese onions lobster

we were late setting out for lama island 南丫岛 on 3.6.2015. we arrived at the central pier no 4 at just past 11am. the next ferry to lama island was at 12pm. so we walked over to pier no. 5 & managed to get on the ferry to cheung chau island 长州岛 instead. i forgot to check though for fast ferry so we got onto the slow ferry (1hr) journey to cheung chai, perhaps no difference anyway. we arrived at cheung chai 12.15pm. the morning porridge shop at the market which we intended to have was already closed.

海龙王海鲜 on cheung chau island

Sea king 海龙王海鲜 on cheung chau island

we saw seaking 海龙王海鲜.

HK$198 4-course set

HK$198 4-course set

and had a look at the 4-course HK$198 promotion menu. it looked ok. i asked the grumpy fella if there were any other charges. he told me HK$25 all in for tea etc.

海龙王海鲜 on cheung chau island

海龙王海鲜 on cheung chau island

海龙王海鲜 on cheung chau island

海龙王海鲜 on cheung chau island

we decided to sit down & try our luck (maybe have our throat slashed…haha!)

cheese onions lobster

cheese onions lobster

i saw cheese lobster on the menu, thinking it was cheese gratin. it seemed pointless when i tried to ask him for other preparation, so i told him to add less cheese. anyway it turned out to be a cheese onion sauce, and it was actually quite tasty. i added quite a bit to my rice too. haha! 🙂

cheese onions lobster

cheese onions lobster

lobster was small, like 300g? but it was ok. very low price leh…let the shop earn some money. 🙂

pan fried cod

pan fried cod

the pan fried cod didn’t look great.

pan fried cod

pan fried cod

but taste was good. not that i think they cooked particularly well. just that it was a very good fish, and OMT (oh my 天) they did not destroy it! good, good. 🙂 it was tender & oily flaky like cod should be, of course not talking about teriyaki cod at mikuni. my own teriyaki cod etc also better, but this will do. 🙂

steamed scallps with garlic & tanhoon

steamed scallops with garlic & tanhoon

we had 4 steamed scallops with garlic & tanhoon. this the same preparation as the razor clams at keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡州。 their menu & signboard showed HK$35 for 1 for this dish alone was HK$140! (later i saw tons of bad comments on openrice & even a seaking Facebook site).

steamed scallps with garlic & tanhoon

steamed scallps with garlic & tanhoon

similar to keung kee, somehow they slightly over steamed the scallops. but actually it was pretty ok dish. no complaints at the price.

fried lettuce

fried lettuce

fried lettuce

fried lettuce

lettuce pretty ok too. overall lunch cost HK$223. to me it was a very good value set. & the food was above average really, not cheap & bad. afterwards i saw loads of very bad reviews on both openrice & strangely a seaking Facebook site (probably not by seaking). in fact i think it was like 100% poor comments & i can totally understand why. service, cut-throat etc.

for us on the day though with this set, it was pretty good, and i would think much better value vs the HK$198 at keung kee the night before.

c.h.e.f andy

Good Daipaidong 大排档 Dinner @ Keung Kee Chicken Porridge 强记鸡粥 on 2Jun2015

steamed razor clams in garlic & tanhoon

steamed razor clams in garlic & tanhoon – HK$95

after very late tea cum lunch at timhowan at 4.45pm, we were quite full.

i was considering trying out a daipaidong near royal park called chan kun kee 陈根记except it is really not that near, about 1.6km & 20mins walk. sis was not keen to walk in the dark through shatin park, so we decided to go back to keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥,my usual daipaidong 大排档 introduced by a good friend jeanette of bespoke travellers.

keung kee is at tai wai, just 1 stop from shatin. we reached there about 9pm on 2.6.2015.

keung kee chicken porridge at tai wai

keung kee chicken porridge at tai wai

we got a table immediately. they have 3 adjoining shops, and were quite filled up.

keung kee chicken porridge at tai wai

keung kee chicken porridge at tai wai

haven’t research on the history yet, but their sign says 正牌沙田鸡粥, but is located at tai wai. maybe originally from shatin.

steamed razor clams in garlic & tanhoon

steamed razor clams in garlic & tanhoon – HK$95

we ordered the steamed razor clams in garlic & tanhoon 蒜蓉聖子粉丝。it came with heaps of garlic & tanhoon. 🙂

steamed razor clams in garlic & tanhoon

steamed razor clams in garlic & tanhoon

the small razor clams cannot match with large ones we have in singapore. & somehow the steaming is just slightly over. it appears to be same with scallops we had the next day.

steamed razor clams in garlic & tanhoon

steamed razor clams in garlic & tanhoon

it was a good enough dish, especially we had 13 razor clams for just HK$95.

roast pigeon HK$70

roast pigeon HK$70

sis wanted to try their signature dish here, the roast pigeon. the skin was very crispy & great aroma. but the photo looked better than it tasted.

roast pigeon HK$70

roast pigeon HK$70

the meat was like average, maybe less than average.

roast pigeon HK$70

roast pigeon HK$70

i would rather spend HK$150 on drumstick quarter roast goose at yat lok.

HK$30 chicken porridge

keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥 – HK$30

kueng kee is of course famous for its chicken porridge 鸡粥.

the last time we had a pot – HK$120.

keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥 - HK$30

keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥 – HK$30

dinner for 2pax & 3 dishes came to HK$195=S$34…pretty ok la.. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

This is Hong Kong Dimsum @ Timhowan Fuk Wing Street Shamshuipo on 2Jun2015

凤爪排骨饭

凤爪排骨饭

this is hk dimsum! very satisfying.

we had a late tunch (tea/lunch), whatever you call it, 4.45pm at timhowan shamshuipo on 2.6.2015. zero queue this time so we just walked in & got a table. 🙂

we arrived 1.55pm at the airport, got past immigration at 2.25pm, bought 2 octopus card & got my 3G data sim, and about 2.45pm we were waiting at the airport bus terminus for A41 to royal park hotel for a 50mins journey. by the time we checked into hotel etc, it was close to 4pm.

timhowan fuk wing street shamshuipo

timhowan fuk wing street shamshuipo

still the place was 1/2 full, & progressively filled up.

凤爪排骨饭

凤爪排骨饭

we ordered the 凤爪排骨饭. this my favourite, very nice especially with the slight sweet sauce poured over it.

hargao虾铰

hargao虾铰

the hargao is always nice, fresh, plump prawns, thin smooth skin, but really crystal jade, imperial treasure etc in singapore does them just as well. 🙂

liver fun cheong

liver fun cheong

somehow fun cheong is always better in singapore. the skin is always very smooth & the sauce matches perfectly.

this liver fun cheong is 1 of the 4 signature dishes, the 4⃣️大天王。my sis wasn’t much into char siew pao (even if it’s crispy skin), and carrot cake is not a special dish for me & i don’t really like 马拉糕。so this best for both of us! 🙂

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet 豆汁凤爪

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet 豆汁凤爪

the steamed chicken feet 豆汁凤爪 is super. i liked this preparation with deep-fried chicken feet skin best. ^^

we also had the osmanthus jelly (i forgot to take photo). 🙂

bill + HK$117 (after adding HK$17 steamed pork ribs)

bill + HK$117 (after adding HK$17 steamed pork ribs)

the price was just HK$100.

steamed pork rib

steamed pork rib

that was before we decided to order an extra HK$17 steamed pork ribs, as it went perfectly well with the rice. this one of the good standard steamed pork ribs.

so total was like S$20.50 for 2pax.

really shiok. 진짜맛있!^^

c.h.e.f andy