Going Back Singapore Happy & Fulfilled on 24Feb2017

HK airport popeye’s

finally it was time to check out hotel & return to singapore, on 24.2.2017.

that concluded our 5 day hong kong eat & hike, 31 blog posts in all including this post.

it was really enjoyable. we were totally relaxed, and did only things we felt like doing, and ate what we felt like eating. ^^

we actually did more visits & walking than was initially planned-

  1. we did the Panoramic, Serene, Contemplative Peak Circle Walk on Day 1
  2. not so much hiking but nice Cheung Chau Island Walk 长洲岛一游 on Day 2
  3. an unplanned tour of The Magnificent Tian Tan Buddha aka Big Buddha 天坛大佛 at ngong ping. & last but not least;
  4. & a wonderful, kind of unexpected Dragon’s Back Shek O Peak Hike 

HK airport popeye’s

and of course we ate about all the food we had wanted to try –

  1. we had Hong Kong’s best roast goose @ Yat Lok Stanley Street
  2. top value HK$118 for 1/2 roast goose & HK$58 for 1 kg steamed live garoupa @ Tao Heung 稻香 Tsimshatsui
  3. the famed Hong Kong Tai Cheong egg tarts @ Tai Cheong Bakery 泰昌饼家
  4. the best congee & braises @ 振记粥面店 at chueng chau market
  5. wonderful claypot rice HK$480 set inner for 4pax @ Chuen Moon Kee 銓满记 
  6. very good congee @ Mui Kee Congee 妹記生滾粥品
  7. wonderful beef brisket noodles @ 牛棚粉麵專家
  8. good walnut & sesame paste dessert @ Hoi Kee Walnut Place 海記合桃坊甜
  9. most satisfying daipaidong meal in Hong Kong @ Minsheng Daipaidong 民声冰室
  10. great polo buns with Butter 菠萝油 @ Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

and now, it’s time to return Singapore, happy & fulfilled, relishing the new memories of a wonderful time together for 4 OPS buddies.

for this trip, we also managed to get S$310pax promo SQ airtickets, and booked a very convenient metropark hotel located almost next to prince edward mtr station, and costing just HK$550nett/room night.

at the airport, one friend went to buy some fried chicken & chips from popeye’s. for me, after putting on easily 2kg – 3kg during the few days, it was time to reduce intake & manage weight – ironic but necessary. a matter of selective diet & weight management.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Great Polo Buns with Butter 菠萝油 @ Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅 on 24Feb2017

Great Polo Buns @ Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

Great polo buns with butter 菠萝油 @ Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

we leaving for singapore today on 24.2.2016. checking out at 12pm & then taking a taxi to airport. so no plans to go too far, just relaxed.

we had a good polo bun 菠萝包 at hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅 the other day. the friend who sleeps late did not try it, so we thought of going back.

on the way we passed by kam wah cafe 金华茶餐厅. good traffic but there was no queue. so quite suits us.

this supposed to be the best polo bun restaurant in hong kong, according to some reviews.  my RI group was not too impressed the last time we were here. anyhow a revisit was surely in order. 🙂

 polo buns with butter 菠萝油 @ Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

polo buns with butter 菠萝油 @ Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

this time, maybe i beginning to take some liking to polo buns since i shared a 1/4 at hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅, i actually quite enjoyed it.

i shared 1/2 this time. i think can do one next time la… haha!

we ordered 3 polo buns with butter 菠萝油, one french toast & egg tarts.

Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

Kam Wah Cafe 金华冰厅

the place had a good crowd.

the server very chatty & chat up a conversation with my 2 cantonese friends. i think that made the breakfast more fun & enjoyable too.

egg toast

egg toast

the egg toast/french toast quite good, not my kind of food though.

egg tart

egg tart

the egg tart passable but not in the same league as tai cheong egg tarts.

pastry not so crimbly & not so tasty. egg custard itself ok i guess, somehow overall not as good, maybe psychological??

this time my breakfast quite enjoyable. my friends actually thought the polo buns with butter 菠萝油 here better than hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅. i can’t really tell, but i enjoyed it both times.

eat less enjoy more???

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

Disappointed @ Hoe Kee Dessert 浩记甜品馆 on Day4 – 23Feb2017

black sesame tau huay @ hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆

black sesame tau huay @ hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆

after the expensive but quite good dinner at Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家,

we walked through MOKO mall to the overhead covered walkway linking to mongkok station to fa yuen street.

i found hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆 on fa yuen street just some steps from the staircase.

hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆 was the place my RI group had very good dessert that we went back again – 10.1.2016 then 13.1.2016.

today though somehow could not relived the experience.

i took the black sesame tau huay. it was ok just nothing great. in fact i did not finish it.

somehow the paste糊 was smooth but diluted & not thick enough & could not really compare with that at hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品, which was the best i had so far this trip.

i think another friend had the walnut paste, and likewise it was the same, not quite as good.

red bean soup @ hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆

red bean soup @ hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆

my friend took his usual red bean soup, 陈皮红豆汤. i think it was ok.

some lotus seed dessert? @ hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆

some lotus seed dessert? @ hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆

another friend took some lotus dessert, i think, couldn’t really recall. it was ok too.

i wonder why the experience was so distinctly different.

looking back at the photos i huessed partly depends on what we ordered. the last time i had a very nice mango cheng chow with lotus 芒果凉粉加莲子 & we added dumplings 汤圆.

that would not have changed the conclusion on the quality of the paste糊, but perhaps would give a better overall experience.

c.h.e.f andy

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Hoe Kee Dessert 浩记甜品馆 

 

Nice Walk at Shau Kei Wan Street Market 筲箕灣街市 on Day4 – 23Feb2017

shau kei wan street market

shau kei wan street market 

returning to shau kei wan after 2hrs hike at dragon’s back shek O peak trail, round about noon time, we took a nice walk around shau kei wan market 筲箕灣街市.

the last time my RI group likewise did a nice walkaround after our dragon’s back hike on 12.1.2017. ^^

shau kei wan street market

shau kei wan street market 

like any street wet markets, there were vendors selling fruits, vegetables, live seafood, as well as dry goods.

we bought some lap cheong – chinese pork & liver sausages here. 🙂

shau kei wan street market - braise goose & meats

shau kei wan street market – braise goose & meats 

there was also the braises stall, selling teochew braised goose, duck, and all the innards, pig’s head, ears, tongue, big & small intestines etc…

shau kei wan street market - fruit stalls

shau kei wan street market – fruit stalls 

we bought some kam kuat 金桔 from the fruit stall.

kam kuat 金桔 @ shau kei wan street market

kam kuat 金桔 @ shau kei wan street market

i didn’t know that for kam kuat 金桔, you eat the skin. just skip the centre bitter parts & seeds.

it was very good. delicious! ^^

kam kuat 金桔 @ shau kei wan street market

kam kuat 金桔 @ shau kei wan street market

the skin very interesting taste, 甘 (which means sweet after-taste) & really NOT bitter, NOT tough and combined well with the sweetness & juiciness of the flesh.

shau kei wan street market - fruit stalls

shau kei wan street market – fruit stalls

shau kei wan street market - fruit stalls

shau kei wan street market – fruit stalls 

the fruits were all plump & vibrant…

shau kei wan street market - veg stalls

shau kei wan street market – veg stalls

& nice green, lush vegetables.

shau kei wan street market - seafood

shau kei wan street market – fresh seafood 

there were many tanks of live seafood, all the different fishes, crabs, shellfish etc.

short & fun sojourn for us, after our 2hrs dragon’s back hike.

& just the right time for us to take the mtr to tin hau station & have lunch atminsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

c.h.e.f andy

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Dragon’s Back Shek O Peak Hike – Great Healthy Exercise on Day4 – 23Feb2017

queueing for bus no. 9 at shaukeiwan bus terminus going to toteiwan trailhead

queueing for bus no. 9 at shaukeiwan bus terminus going to toteiwan trailhead

after a simple & nice fun cheong breakfast at Superior Steamed Rice Roll Pro Shop 第一肠粉,

we took the mtr to shaukeiwan station to catch the bus to toteiwan trailhead to hike up dragon’s back trail to Shek O peak & down. 🙂

at first i wasn’t sure we were doing this hike this trip, since the guys did not walk the cheung chau coast & mini greatwall, which were easy by comparison to dragon’s back.

bus no. 9 at shaukeiwan bus terminus going to toteiwan trailhead

bus no. 9 at shaukeiwan bus terminus going to toteiwan trailhead

shaukeiwan station is also the bus terminus. we boarded bus no. 9 to toteiwan trailhead.

the last time i came for this hike was with my RI buddies on 12.1.2016.

toteiwan trailhead to dragons back shek o trail

toteiwan trailhead to dragon’s back shek o trail

we followed the hong kong trail up to dragon’s back. we started at 9.56am.

dragons back trail - going up

dragon’s back trail – going up

dragons back trail - going up

dragon’s back trail – going up

some steeper climbs at the beginning.

dragon's back trail - going up

dragon’s back trail – going up

not too difficult, about 1km up & 2.8km down.

but it was very foggy, so there was not much views to see at the vantage points.

dragon's back trail - going up

dragon’s back trail – going up

dragons back trail - going up

dragon;s back trail – going up

the initial climb was also a little humid, so slightly oppressive.

dragons back trail - going up

dragon’s back trail – going up

nearer Shek O peak.

dragonss back trail - going direction of tai tam gap

dragon’s back trail – going direction of tai tam gap

Shek O Peak = 284m

Shek O Peak = 284m

soon we were at Shek O peak at 284m. time was 10,41am, so we took about 45mins from toteiwan trailhead.

our mischievous friend added a 1 using rolled-up tissue before taking photo, to give the effect 1284m. he whatsapped photo to OPS group whatsapp. no one picked that up though,,,haha!

dragon's back trail - more ups & downs

dragon’s back trail – more ups & downs

after Shek O peak, there were still many ups & downs. so it was not just a simple downward stroll….

dragon's back = very foggy day

dragon’s back = very foggy day

& still totally cloaked in fog.

dragon's back trail - more ups & downs

dragon’s back trail – more ups & downs

some more ups & downs.

dragon's back - the way down

dragon’s back – the way down

dragon's back - the way down

dragon’s back – the way down

after that going down was quite steep, and my friends were saying if we came up from the cape collinson side, it would be a tougher climb.

toteiwan trailhead to cape collinson

toteiwan trailhead to cape collinson

so we got down at cape collinson next to the tai tam gap correctional institution at 11.52, about 1hr 56mins.

& took the same bus no. 9 back to shaukeiwan mtr station.

after taking a walk around shaukeiwan’s street market, we took mtr to tin hau & walked 9mins to 民声冰室 daipaidong at 16wun sha street 浣纱街.

a very enjoyable & healthy hike & exercise, only thing was the quite heavy foggy day, so there was like almost no views & look outs at all.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Very Expensive but Nice Food though @ Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家 on Day4 – 23Feb2017

braised goose 鲁鹅

braised goose (regular portion) 鲁鹅例 = HK$198

after the nice dessert at hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品,

we walked over to the shop 楼上(level 22 at the block opposite metropark hotel) which sells dried goods like scallops, mushrooms, sea cucumber, chinese sausage etc & also some chilled & frozen stuff. i bought some flower mushrooms & expensive pine nuts for wife.

after that we went back hotel for rest, drink some kungfu tea 功夫茶 (i brought my traveling 功夫茶kit which sis bought for me), internet, chitchat etc..

Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家

Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家

6pm+ we went out for dinner.

i at first suggested a place in mongkok where they have promotions like some HK$178 lobster dish & HK$128 garoupa dish.

not as good as the top value deal at tao heung = HK$58 garoupa & HK$118 1/2 roast goose, but we already had that the other night.

my friends suggested to go to a teochew restaurant. they were just being nice to me.

i didn’t want to go far like chao inn 潮樓 at 九龍觀塘觀塘道. food there is like passable to above average though very cheap.

anyhow after googling i decided to try Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家. it is at MOKO Mall next to royal plaza hotel. i thought it may not be too expensive, being located in a mall.

Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家

Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家

Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家

Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家

of course, upon entering, it was quite obvious that this place was on the posh side.

it was quite full though, so no lacking people with lots of money to throw….

braised goose 鲁鹅 @ Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家

braised goose 鲁鹅 @ Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家

a look at the menu confirmed it-

i didn’t want to walk out, afterall we are focused on having a fun, relaxed holiday & not be bothered with these stuff. so 既来之则安之 & enjoy the place & food & evening la.

but i also didn’t want to pay ridiculous prices when there are so many cheap & good alternatives in hong kong, so has to be strategic in my orders.

braised goose (regular portion) 鲁鹅例 = HK$198

braised goose (regular portion) 鲁鹅例 = HK$198

so i ordered-

  1. braised goose (regular portion) 鲁鹅例 = HK$198
  2. claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜炆排骨 = HK$108
  3. prawn paste claypot lettuce = HK$98
  4. olive vegetable fried rice – 橄榄菜肉碎芥兰粒炒饭 = HK$98

luckily – the dishes were all nice, so to the restaurant’s credit, the food was good restaurant standard.

the braised goose 鲁鹅was good – tender, nice flavour. it was good, but not like fantastic, and for such a portion, maybe HK$98 – HK$128max is what i would pay.

claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜炆排骨 = HK$108

claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜炆排骨 = HK$108

the claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜炆排骨 was also good & tasty.

claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜炆排骨 = HK$108

claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜炆排骨 = HK$108

i love this dish.

at first i thought it was the black bean sauce bittergourd fried pork ribs preparation. it didn’t say black beans in the menu.

claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜炆排骨 = HK$108

claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜炆排骨 = HK$108

and of course, the soupy claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜炆排骨is a standard teochew dish very popular in hong kong restaurants & daipaidong.

claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜排骨苦瓜排骨锅

claypot bittergourd pork ribs 苦瓜炆排骨 = HK$108

i enjoyed this dish very much, and my friends did too. one even said the bittergourd not bitter, but actually the slight distinct bitter taste was what made it so tasty.

claypot lettuce

prawn paste claypot lettuce = HK$98

the prawn paste claypot lettuce i was not familiar, but it was very good too.

olive fried rice

olive vegetable fried rice – 橄榄菜肉碎芥兰粒炒饭 = HK$98

and i absolutely loved the rice. great wok hae, tasty, singular grains, not mushy.

olive vegetable fried rice - 橄榄菜肉碎芥兰粒炒饭 = HK$98

olive vegetable fried rice – 橄榄菜肉碎芥兰粒炒饭 = HK$98

& that is something i can make at home too, quite easily. i have the 橄榄菜.

olive vegetable fried rice - 橄榄菜肉碎芥兰粒炒饭 = HK$98

olive vegetable fried rice – 橄榄菜肉碎芥兰粒炒饭 = HK$98

so nice, i definitely making this la!

bill @ Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家

bill @ Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家

so the bill was like HK$634, say about S$120 for 4pax. overall price not that ex, but that was also what i meant by strategic ordering.

so i ordered a carb (fried rice), a veg, a soup cum veg cum meat, and a braised goose (the defining teochew dish), and that was actually quite enough to fill up 4 of us. even though we could have eaten more, it was quite enough.

c/w say tao heung, where we paid HK$521 for 1/2 roast goose, 1kg steamed garoupa, 1/2 chicken which we didn’t eat much & didn’t need, & others etc.

so in perspective, the overall dining experience at Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant 百樂潮洲酒家  actually not bad, but then we could have easily spent double that, & then probably not so fun. whereas spending HK$634 for this dinner was quite enjoyable, i would feel constrained if i come again. on balance, probably not come again!

don’t like the feeling of paying just for paying sake!

c.h.e.f andy

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Good Walnut & Sesame Paste Dessert @ Hoi Kee Walnut Place 海記合桃坊甜品 on Day4 – 23Feb2017

核桃芝麻糊 walnut black sesame paste @ hai kee 海记

核桃芝麻糊 walnut black sesame paste

after our most satisfying meal in hong kong @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室 :-), we took mtr back to prince edward station.

hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品

hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品

just nice to try out dessert at this hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品, which was recommended by our companion who was recently came here with his wife & friends.

hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品

hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品

hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品

hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品

hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品 is located at 232 Sai Yeung Choi St, very near to our metropark hotel.

核桃糊 walnut paste

核桃糊 walnut paste

we ordered the 核桃糊 walnut paste, afterall this place is “walnut place 合桃坊甜品”.

this is so far the best dessert shop as 糊 or paste goes, very smooth & thick not diluted & flavourful.

核桃芝麻糊 walnut & black sesame paste

核桃芝麻糊 walnut & black sesame paste

2 of us also ordered the 核桃芝麻糊 walnut black sesame paste. my one came also with 2 mochi 汤圆.^^

presentation not that great, they did not bother to make it wing yong 鸳鸯, the 八卦shape like some places or like steamboats. i though it was very easy to do, just use separators??

taste & texture were great, that’s what count la….

cha cha

cha cha

one friend ordered the cha cha, somehow hong kong has some adulterated version of our bobor chacha…it also uses coconut milk, and has yam, red beans, sago etc…

i tried it, not my kind of dessert…

egg pudding=炖鸡蛋

egg pudding=炖鸡蛋

we added the egg pudding=炖鸡蛋. forgot to ask for ginger sauce(姜汁).

anyway, this not my kind of dessert, and Mei Heong Yuen Dessert 味香园甜品 at chinatown point basement 2 in singapore did it a lot better.

bill @ hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品

bill @ hoi kee walnut place 海記合桃坊甜品

bill came to like HK$120+. i guess fairly standard pricing here, & not that much different from singapore too.

糊 or paste not quite my most craved dessert but if i am wanting to take it, this would be one place to come.

c.h.e.f andy

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Hoi Kee Walnut Place 海記合桃坊甜品 

Address:

232 Sai Yeung Choi St S, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Contact:

+852 2399 7973

 

Most Satisfying Daipaidong Meal in Hong Kong @ Minsheng Daipaidong 民声冰室 on Day4 – 23Feb2017

手撕鸡 had tear chicken @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

手撕鸡 hand tear chicken @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

after a 2hr hike at dragon’s back shek o trail, and a tour of the shao kei wan wet street market, we took the mtr to tin hau station & walked to 民声冰室 daipaidong at 16wun sha street 浣纱街.

we had very exciting & delicious lunch at 民声冰室. excellent dishes all good, & 6 dishes for 4 pax for HK$295. 2 friends commented this was the best meal in hong kong. i would say certainly the most satisfying.

民声冰室 was the daipaidong we wanted to come last year but was closed & we ended up having an excellent lunch at its neighbour yue bo 鱼宝食馆 o 12.1.2016. ^^

minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

we were there at 1pm. the tiny daipaidong was full but fast turnover. we waited just maybe about 10mins.

minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

there is no menu & everything was written on the board at the front of the shop.

there were many newspaper cuttings showing the favourite dishes like the salted egg steamed minced pork 咸蛋蒸肉饼,hand tear chicken手撕鸡 etc.

minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

for a tiny shop the cooking/preparation area seems quite big. i guess that is a good thing – big, clean space to create nice dishes.

steamed minced pork @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

steamed minced pork @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

the minute we sat down, one lone (guess regular) customer that came after us & sat down after us, ordered rightaway the 2 signature dishes – salted egg steamed minced pork 咸蛋蒸肉饼,hand tear chicken手撕鸡! so we did too la! ^^

steamed minced pork @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

steamed minced pork @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

the salted egg steamed minced pork 咸蛋蒸肉饼was very good. 🙂

i didn’t think much of the salted egg. didn’t seem to make much difference. the light soy sauce was very “pang” fragrant, and i have that too at home.

a very simple dish & very easy to make at home, but the effect was very good.

i did this at home later, & my second time was quite perfect, as good as 民声冰室 i think. ^^

steamed scallops & tofu @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

steamed scallops & tofu @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

the steamed tofu with scallop was nice too.

it was quite an ordinary dish & scallops were ok but by the way. the tofu was good – very smooth & sweet..

the main stay for this dish as again the “pang” light soy sauce.

steamed grass carp @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

steamed grass carp with mui chou @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

a friend found the steamed grass carp with mui choy 梅菜蒸浣鱼too salty & he didn’t like it also i think because grass carp has mud taste.

in a sense the mui choy 梅菜, and again the good light soy sauce helped to balance/complement the taste. this fish has many bones so need to be a bit careful in eating. i pushed away the mui choy 梅菜, and for myself, i enjoyed this fish very much.

poached lettuce @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

poached lettuce @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

the poached lettuce i guessed was a nothing-to-it dish. a good-balance vegetable dish & hong kong vegetable always good, so this was good & refreshing too.

char siew fried egg

char siew fried egg

the char siew fried egg likewise. nothing dish also, an ordinary fuyong egg 芙蓉蛋 maybe better actually.

anyhow all the dishes were very simple by nature & very well executed, including the lettuce & the egg dishes.

手撕鸡 had tear chicken @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

手撕鸡 hand tear chicken @ minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

the 手撕鸡 hand tear chicken was very impressive.

the chicken was sweet, tender yet not soft & had good bite, a bit stringy yet not sinewy or chewy. very good i think.

i googled the recipe & made a 手撕鸡 hand tear chicken myself at home after my return. it was not bad as a first attempt. i had the texture but not yet the taste, my marinade needed some improvements/adjustments.

we really enjoyed this place. all the 6 dishes were delicious, and the salted egg steamed minced pork 咸蛋蒸肉饼 & hand tear chicken手撕鸡 were super. they were very simple dishes, and for 3 dishes, they stood out mainly for the use of good light soy sauce. so very easy to reproduce this at home.

i will be doing some of these for my friends when they come for dinner next tuesday 7mar2017.

c.h.e.f andy

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minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室

Address:

大坑浣紗街16號地下
 G/F, 16 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang
港鐵天后站 B 出口, 步行約8分鐘 (8 mins from tin hau mtr station)
Contact:
+852 2576 7272
Opening Hours:
daily : 12:00-15:00; 18:00-22:00

 

Good Fun Cheong @ Superior Steamed Rice Roll Pro Shop 第一肠粉 on Day4 – 23Feb2017

fun cheong 粉肠

fun cheong 粉肠

the guys decided to go dragon’s back hike today. ^^

unexpected for me, since the guys did not walk the cheung chau coast & mini greatwall, which were easy by comparison to dragon’s back.

anyhow we are here for a break, good fun relaxing trip. so we do when feel like doing, not do if not feeling like it la! does not matter which place we go…just enjoy the time, the experience, the bonding together! ^^

superior steamed rice roll pro shop 第一肠粉

superior steamed rice roll pro shop 第一肠粉

before dragon’s back, it was a good idea to take some food.

we walked over to portland street on the way to prince edward mtr station. 🙂

one friend saw the shop Superior Steamed Rice Roll Pro Shop 第一肠粉 the day before & wanted to try, so we sat down for a quick breakfast.

menu @ superior steamed rice roll pro shop 第一肠粉

menu @ superior steamed rice roll pro shop 第一肠粉

we took 3 sets.

all the fun cheong 粉肠 were very good.

the fun cheong 粉肠skin were very smooth, and the drizzling sauce were good. this is how it should be.

NOT like the fun cheong 粉肠 at one dimsum which was singularly bad.

steamed pork rib rice

steamed pork rib rice

for one of the set we had the steamed pork rib rice, and that was good too.

this is one place i would come back again.

c.h.e.f andy

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The Magnificent Tian Tan Buddha aka Big Buddha 天坛大佛 @ Ngong Ping on Day3 – 22Feb2017

the weather report for today, wednesday 22.2.2017 was not great=low temperature 16-17degC with some rain.

as it turned out, it was quite sunny the entire afternoon.

after a NOT great dimsum at one dimsum (for 3 of us it was the 3rd breakfast, kind of, after 1-the very good mui kee congee & 2-quite good hong lin polo bun), we made a decision on the spot to go to see the Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha.

 

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

we took the mtr from prince edward to tung chung, changing at lai king from red tsuen wan line to the orange tung chung line.

at tung chung mtr, we were told that the ngong ping 360 cable car was under maintenance until jun2017…

i saw later on their website notice-

  • Cable Car service is suspended for approximately 5 months from 9 January 2017 for the Rope Replacement Project. Ngong Ping Village remains open during this period. To ensure public safety and facilitate the project’s requirements, the Ngong Ping Rescue Trail is not open to the public during the replacement period.

visiting the big buddha was a last minute decision, so we had not checked the website & other information earlier.

bus from tung chung to ngong ping

bus from tung chung to ngong ping

as the cable car is not in opeation, we took the bus to ngong ping. it took like 50mins.

entrance gateway

entrance gateway

entrance-gate2

entrance gateway

we walked in the big buddha direction & entered the gateway.

cattle5 cattle4 cattle3 cattle2 cattle

there were some cows & buffaloes.

i did not see these when i came like 4yrs back.

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

the huge 34m tall bronze statue of the big buddha looked serene & majestic & uplifting as before.

when seeing from cable car, the feel of it sitting on a hilltop & the cable car traversing towards it was different.

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha on top a long flight of stairs

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha on top a long flight of stairs

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the big buddha sits atop the long staircase with 268 steps, very impressive.

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺

we took a walk in the Po Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺, a temple with more than 100yrs history, & renamedPo Lin Monastry 宝莲禅寺  in 1924.

a beautiful temple.

stone dragon column

stone dragon column

stone dragon column

stone dragon column

there is the oft-photographed stone dragon column, intricate & coming alive-ish.

grand hall of the 10,000 buddhas

grand hall of the 10,000 buddhas

grand hall of the 10,000 buddhas

grand hall of the 10,000 buddhas

looked into the beautiful inside of the grand hall of ten thousand buddhas.

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

& looking at the Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha over the eaves of the temple.

going up the 268-steps

going up the 268-steps

going up the 268-steps

going up the 268-steps

it’s time to climb the 268 steps for a closer view of the big buddha & scenic aerial view of the surroundings. ^^

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha

The Buddha statue faces north towards Mainland China.  

It sits 26.4 metres atop a lotus throne and is 34 metres high, including the base.

stone sculptures at big buddha

stone sculptures at big buddha

stone sculptures at big buddha

stone sculptures at big buddha

stone sculptures at big buddha

stone sculptures at big buddha

we walked round the area, looked at the beautiful stone sculptures, and looked out to the panoramic views.

view of po lin monastry from big buddha

view of po lin monastry from big buddha

the po lin monastry stood out.

view of po lin monastry from big buddha

view of po lin monastry from big buddha

very nice & elegant.

view of shek pik reservoir from big buddha

view of shek pik reservoir from big buddha

view of shek pik reservoir from big buddha

view of shek pik reservoir from big buddha

we can see the shek pik reservoir on the other side.

a foggy day at tian tan buddha

a foggy day at tian tan buddha

it was a foggy day. still enchanting. 🙂

the view would be wonderful on a clear dya.

going down from the big buddha

going down from the big buddha

took a stroll down.

the worst tau huay

the worst tau huay

there were many stalls selling tau huay.

it was about the worst tau huay ever.

fresh tau huay, you are supposed to lift a whole slice & serve several slices in nice layers.

this was like the bottom of the barrel, all broken up…completely ridiculous at HK$15. wouldn’t pay HK$5 for it…..

ngong ping 360 cable car station - closed

ngong ping 360 cable car station – closed

we walked over to the ngong ping cable car station.

it’s at the ngong ping village side where there are several restaurants.

the station is closed as the cable car is shut down for 5 months for cable replacement.

lake-on-the-way-back-from-ngong-ping2lake-on-the-way-back-from-ngong-ping

they increase the bus trips, we think, since the cable car is shut down.

there was a long queue but it didn’t take long to get onto a bus, less than 10mins i think.

on the way back we passed by the shek pik reservoir, i think. :-p

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island,

Tian Tan Buddha,aka Big Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island,

it was a wonderful excursion for my friends and me. great time to spend an afternoon, weather was good though foggy & not clear sky to look into the distance.

after returning to citygate at tung chung, we had a refreshing drink & rest stop at TeaWood Taiwanese Cafe & Restaurant 茶木‧台式休閒餐廳.

then we took the mtr back to prince edward & went to enjoy a really wonderful shiok beef brisket noodles at牛棚粉麵專家 at fa yuen street.

c.h.e.f andy

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Tian Tan Buddha aka Big Buddha 天坛大佛 @ Ngong Ping

Access:

MTR to tung chung station, then Bus 23 to big buddha

 

 

Refreshing Drink @ TeaWood Taiwanese Cafe & Restaurant 茶木‧台式休閒餐廳 at Tung Chung on Day3 – 22Feb2017

mixed fruit sago dessert @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chun

mixed fruit sago dessert @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chung

after a fun afternoon at tian tan buddha aka big buddha at ngong ping, we took the bus back to tung chung mtr station & walked around citygate.

teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chun

teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chung

there was this teawood taiwanese cafe. we decided to take an afternoon drink & rest stop. 🙂

coffee @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chun

drink @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chung

a friend stick to his coffee.

another friend had the drink above. couldn’t recall what it was?

yam slush with red beans @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chun

yam slush with red beans @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chung

another friend took a yam slush with red beans, quite interesting & not bad. i like every red bean dish. a bit heavy though.

honey lemon drink @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chun

honey lemon drink @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chung

i took a honey lemon drink, came with lots of slush ice as well.

honey lemon drink @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chun

honey lemon drink @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chung

drink was not too sweet, felt a bit dilute, nothing particularly special.

mixed fruit sago dessert @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chun

mixed fruit sdessert @ teawood 茶木 cafe at tung chung

we ordered a mixed fruit dessert to share. it came with also red beans, and black jelly, aloe vera etc, quite refreshing, ok dessert.

it was a good refreshing rest stop yes. not particularly attracted to the drinks here, just another cafe.

c.h.e.f andy

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TeaWood Taiwanese Cafe & Restaurant 茶木‧台式休閒餐廳 

Opening Hours:
daily – 10:00am – 11:00pm

Wonderful Beef Noodles @ 牛棚粉麵專家on Day3 – 22Feb2017

ngau pang 牛棚 beef 3 treasures noodles 牛三宝

ngau pang 牛棚 beef 3 treasures noodles 牛三宝

it was 5.30pm + when we returned to prince edward mtr station after a nice drink & rest at the taiwanese teawood cafe tung chun.

one friend wanted to go for late hotpot dinner so we decided to have a bite & really craving beef brisket noodles.

the beef brisket noodles at Lin Kee 联记面家 opposite our hotel metropark was ok but they do not sell innards 牛杂 & the taste not entirely what i was craving for.

ngau pang 牛棚 beef brisket noodles

ngau pang 牛棚 beef brisket noodles

we passed by ngau pang 牛棚 at fa yuen street on the Day 1 on 20.2.2017, and didn’t have difficulty finding it again.

ngau pang 牛棚 beef 3 treasures noodles 牛三宝

ngau pang 牛棚 beef 3 treasures noodles 牛三宝

the 3 treasures noodles 牛三宝 looked impressive.

noodle menu @ ngau pang 牛棚

noodle menu @ ngau pang 牛棚

we all ordered it.

i think it was like HK$38.

ngau pang 牛棚 beef 3 treasures noodles 牛三宝

ngau pang 牛棚 beef 3 treasures noodles 牛三宝

the broth was supremely good. smell was good. taste was good.

noodles was qq & perfectly for me. a friend ordered hor fun. very nice no doubt but for me it is noodles.

i think  Lin Kee 联记面家 version is clear broth 清汤牛腩. it was good too, but this strong intensive broth is also something that makes it attarctive for me.

this came with good helping of beef stomach, lung, tendons & brisket. brisket a bit less since many other items. if i take again i want to take just the briskets.

fried chicken wings @ ngau pang 牛棚

fried chicken wings @ ngau pang 牛棚

friend ordered one fried chicken wing to share.

good also, but this can get anywhere.

ngau pang 牛棚 beef 3 treasures noodles 牛三宝

ngau pang 牛棚 beef 3 treasures noodles 牛三宝

i am still relishing this 3 treasures noodles 牛三宝. too bad didn’t get to take it one more time.

good also la then the craving will be there.

maybe i will try to make it again.

c.h.e.f andy

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牛棚粉麵專家

OK Dinner @ Ming Court Restaurant 明棧燒味餐廳 on Day3 – 22Feb2017

ming court restaurant - 1/4 roast goose drumstick

ming court restaurant – 1/4 roast goose drumstick

after some rest, chit chat in the hotel rooms & stuff, we walked over to portland street to look at the hotpot restaurant.

i think it was 正冬火锅料理but can’t be sure. place looked crammed & messy. there was some 40% discounts?? after 10pm. we decided to look around a bit.

ming court restaurant 明栈

ming court restaurant 明栈

the next day we were getting up early to climb dragon’s back, so did not want to go too far.

decided to try the roast goose across the street from our metropark hotel, a ming court restaurant 明栈.

ming court restaurant 明栈

ming court restaurant 明栈

it was nearing 10pm. the roast looked ok, finishing anyway.

we ordered a 例regular serving, and chose the drumstick quarter.

roast goose was good, flavourful,maybe better than tao heung but not as good as yat lok.

char siew @ ming court restaurant

char siew @ ming court restaurant

friend ordered the char siew.

another friend & i didn’t think the char siew in hong kong is great.

char siew @ ming court restaurant

char siew @ ming court restaurant

but this was pretty good for me. importantly, the meat was tender. my other friend prefers the very charred type so he was just so so with the char siew. this was good enough for me la…

braised goose wings & feet @ ming court restaurant

braised goose wings & feet @ ming court restaurant

the goose wings & feet, nothing much to eat leh…didn’t consider this good at all.

steamed mullet @ ming court restaurant

steamed mullet @ ming court restaurant

steamed mullet with some black beans. it was a bit salty.

i pushed aside the black bean paste. not the best dish & not the teochew chilled mullet preparation, but i ok with it la.

poached kailan @ ming court restaurant

poached kailan @ ming court restaurant

poached kailan was good. always enjoy vegetables in hong kong.

ming court restaurant - 1/4 roast goose drumstick

ming court restaurant – 1/4 roast goose drumstick

dinner was very average, mediocre, some friends commented the poorest dinner, quite agree too.

c.h.e.f andy

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Mediocre to Poor Dimsum @ One Dimsum 一点心 on Day3 – 22Feb2017

one dimsum 一点心

one dimsum 一点心

after our morning excursion to mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

& then polo bun 菠萝包 @ hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅

the 3 of us got back to metropark hotel. our friend was up & about after catching up on his sleep & as planned, we were ready to try out the dimsum breakfast at one dimsum 一点心.

one dimsum 一点心 opens at 11am, and there was a queue outside at the opening time. on 20.2.2017 when we first arrived hong kong, we did not want to wait. today we decided gave it a try.  we were 4pax & waited about 15mins, not too bad.

i had many consistently great dimsum at timhowan at shamshuipo, most recently during my last trip a year ago with my RI friends on 13.1.2016.

shamshuipo is just one stop from our hotel metropole near prince edward mtr. this time though i thought we giveone dimsum 一点心 a try first since it is also one michelin star.

it was a big disappointment though!

one dimsum 一点心 menu

one dimsum 一点心 menu 

the usual dimsum menu. not a big place. it’s crowded, but turnover is fast.

jasmine tea 水仙

jasmine tea 水仙

we had jasmine tea.

steamed pork ribs 蒸排骨

steamed pork ribs 蒸排骨 

the 2 good items here were thesteamed pork ribs 蒸排骨, and the steamed chicken feet 蒸凤爪.

steamed pork ribs 蒸排骨

steamed pork ribs 蒸排骨 

it was competent, & no different from other good dimsum places.

steamed chicken feet 蒸凤爪

steamed chicken feet 蒸凤爪 

likewise steamed chicken feet 蒸凤爪 was good too.

siew mai 烧卖

siew mai 烧卖 

siew mai 烧卖 was also pretty ok, though i have had better ones.

fried carrot cake

fried carrot cake 

& so the fried carrot cake.

all these were ok dimsum, no better than any of canton paradise, imperial treasure, crystal jade etc in singapore.

beef balls牛圆

beef balls牛圆 

the beef balls牛圆 not my preferred type of dimsum, a lot of starch.

very poor cheong fen 肠粉

very poor cheong fun 肠粉 

surprisingly, the cheong fun was really poor. skin was thick, not smooth, and the drizzling sauce not as tasty as many other places.

eg we had much better cheong fun 肠粉 at dimdimsum 点点心  at 112 tung choi street 通菜街 on our Day1 -20,2,2017. just look at the photo.

& just look at the photo of tim ho wan shamshuipo’s  liver fun cheong.

that’s the kind of skin you should have, and the drizzling sauce, an important ingredient, was also tasty & not too sweet.

tripes 牛百叶

tripes 牛百叶

i ordered the tripes 牛百叶. it was ok, texture was good, taste of gravy was ok too, not outstanding.

steamed fupijuan 蒸腐皮卷

steamed fupijuan 蒸腐皮卷 

the steamed fupijuan 蒸腐皮卷  was mediocre. i have taken a lot better ones.

fried fupijuan 炸腐皮卷

fried fupijuan 炸腐皮卷 

apparently that was mistaken, my friend had ordered the fried ones. so the restaurant served us the ffried fupijuan 炸腐皮卷, no hassle. that was a great gesture.

lor mai guy 糯米饭

lor mai guy 糯米饭 

my friend also ordered lor mai guy 糯米饭. the rice was a bit hard. it maybe the style of preparation but certainly not the style we like.

the mini ones served in singapore where the rice is tender, moist & flavourful with sauce is a lot better than this.

i supposed dimsum here is ok…servings were huge but not fine, very 粗, and mediocre not very nice. for me, surprise they got michelin star. for me timhowan at shamshuipo was so much better.

that would be a cut above the singapore dimsum, this one here we tried today not the standard of singapore dimsum.

i wouldn’t come back here myself, so many good dimsum places in hong kong, like every other shop is good (star of canton, tao heungfu seng 富城火鍋海鮮酒家, dimdimsum & of course tim ho wan) so for me no need to come here la..

c.h.e.f andy

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Good Polo Buns with Butter 菠萝油 @ Hong Lin restaurant 康年餐厅 on Day3 – 22Feb2017

polo buns 菠萝包 @ hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅

polo buns 菠萝包 @ hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅

after mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品, we were looking for a nice cuppa, and decided to stop by hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅.

they serve polo buns 菠萝包 like any cha chan teng 茶餐厅。 so we ordered one polo bun with butter 菠萝油 to share among 3, our other friend still catching up on his beauty sleep.

hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅

hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅 

hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅 just like any of the cha chan teng 茶餐厅.

last time i tried polo buns 菠萝包 in hong kong i didn’t really like it.

this time though it tasted pretty good. i took a quarter piece, but i think i can finish a whole bun myself. ^^

coffee @ hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅

coffee @ hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅 

the coffee was good too, no sugar & with evaporated milk, the “c” that i like.

set lunches @ hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅

set lunches @ hong lin restaurant 康年餐厅 

they have the lunch sets, chinese fast food la..

c.h.e.f andy

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Very Good Congee @ Mui Kee Congee 妹記生滾粥品 on Day3 – 22Feb2017

pig innards congee 状元及第粥@ mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

pig innards congee 状元及第粥@ mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

so the day before, we came searching for mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品& found it at level 3 of fa yuen street 花园街market & cooked food centre, but they are closed on tuesdays.

mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

today we came over again (just a short walk from our hotel metropark mongkok), and enjoyed the congee here.

mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

yesterday we started with not so good congee at 极之好粥面家.

thankfully, we had really good ones later at 振记粥面店 at cheung chau market.

mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品 was just as good.

the 状元及第粥 especially was very good, chokeful of ingredients,all tender & tasty, and very sweet congee especially good with white pepper.

one strange thing about 振记粥面店 was that the white pepper there was like tasteless. strange…

soft & tough you tiao 油条

soft & tough you tiao 油条

i usually would not order you tiao 油条 from bakuteh stalls, and that applies to congee stalls as well for the reason they are usually precut, exposed long time to air, not crispy & soft.

so we asked the lady & she replied it’s crispy 脆的, but it was totally not! we saw her taking out the pre-cut bowl of you tiao 油条…i supposed that was the only blemish here…

grass varp belly congee 鲩鱼腩粥@ mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

grass carp belly congee 鲩鱼腩粥@ mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

the 鲩鱼腩粥 – grass carp belly congee was also very good. it has a bit of bones, so need to be carfeul when eating.

& carp has a bit of mud taste, so some people don’t really like.

grass varp belly congee 鲩鱼腩粥@ mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

grass carp belly congee 鲩鱼腩粥@ mui kee congee 妹記生滾粥品

for me, it was very good, fish was tender & sweet & congee was excellent.

this a stall i will always come back. i think prices are around HK$30.

c.h.e.f andy

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Mui Kee congee 妹記生滾粥品 

 

Cheung Chau Island Walk 长洲岛一游 on Day2 – 21Feb2017

central-ferry-to-cheung-chau

central ferry pier no 5 to cheung chau

for this trip, we planned to walk around cheung chau.

cheung chau island 长洲岛 ( “Long Island”) is about 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) southwest of Hong Kong Island. It is a tiny dumbbell shaped island nicknamed 啞鈴島 with about 20k+ population.

2-15pm-slow-ferry-55mins-to-cheung-chau

2.15pm slow ferry 55mins to cheung chau

we had planned to take the 2.15pm ferry, must have mistaken the ferry schedule thinking that 2.15pm is the fast ferry.

anyway, we arrived early at central mtr station at 12.50pm so we took a leisurely walk along mid-level travelator & was able to try the egg tarts at tai cheong bakery at lyndhurst terrace.

we then walk towards IFC & reached central ferry no. 5 to cheung chau island by 2.05pm.

central-ferry-to-cheung-chau2

2.15pm slow ferry 55mins to cheung chau

the fast ferry is a 2.45pm & takes 35mins, so we decided to take the 2.15pm slow ferry arriving cheung chau in 55mins.

we passed by 振记粥面店, cheung chau market stall.

live fish @ cheung chau wet market

live fish @ cheung chau wet market

we walked around the wet market looking at the live fish & seafood. most of the stalls were already closed at 3pm.

we went back to 振记粥面店, and had some of the best congee & also braised items.

cheung chau streets & stalls

cheung chau streets & stalls

cheung chau streets & stalls

cheung chau streets & stalls

we walked round the street stalls a bit more, then walked left of the jetty.

anchorage near the jetty

anchorage near the jetty

a friend commented that fishing, in addition to tourism, must still be the main livelihood of the residents here.

love locks - cheung chau in korean fever??

love locks – cheung chau in korean fever??

we walked across to the tung wan (东湾) beach, passing by a square & before it an area with love locks. looks like korean fever catching up here…..

tung wan (东湾) beach

tung wan (东湾) beach

this time we just wandered, so did not walk to thepak tai temple 北帝庙 further left of the island before crossing to tung wan (东湾) beach, the usual route i took previously.

tung wan (东湾) beach looks over to kowloon & new territories on the left side & lamma island & aberdeen on the right.

this time we did not walk to the kwun yam wan(观音湾) beach & the mini greatwall.

just rounded back to the streets on the jetty side.

more anchorage on the east side of the jetty on the right

more anchorage on the east side of the jetty on the right

more anchorage on the east side of the jetty on the right

more anchorage on the east side of the jetty on the right

more anchorage on the east side of the jetty on the right

more anchorage on the east side of the jetty on the right

& it’s also moored full of small boats on the right side of the jetty.

sunning shrimps for dry shrimps (hae bee)

sunning shrimps for dry shrimps (hae bee)

sunning shrimps for dry shrimps (hae bee)

sunning shrimps for dry shrimps (hae bee)

they were sunning the shrimps. we guessed making hae bee – the dry shrimps.

cheung chau street stalls

cheung chau street stalls

we walked around & got into a dessert stall for some dessert, very good & cheap too.

return by 5.40pm fast ferry catamaran 35mins journey to central ferry pier

return by 5.40pm fast ferry catamaran 35mins journey to central ferry pier

slow ferry at 5.15pm. we could just walk round the stalls so decided to return by 5.40pm fast ferry catamaran 35mins journey to central ferry pier.

it was a pleasant afternoon, weather was good, we had great congee & braises, and very nice dessert & had a nice relaxing stroll around the place, not much walking & climbing.

c.h.e.f andy

 

 

Excellent Dessert @ Honeymoon Dessert 满记甜品, Langham Place on Day2 – 21Feb2017

greentea parfait @ honeymoon dessert 满记甜品

greentea parfait @ honeymoon dessert 满记甜品

after a great claypot rice dinner at chuen moon kee 銓满记 , there was a light drizzle, so we walked over to langham place looking for dessert.

we found honeymoon dessert 满记甜品 at level 4 of langham place. we were able to secure a seat for 4pax right away. when we were leaving there was a short queue at the front desk.

i was tired of the chinese dessert so ordered a green tea parfait. i guess this place a bit of a modern dessert place, not to talk about fusion.

the parfait was very good, not that it was better than say the mango sago 杨枝甘露 @ lucky dessert 发记甜品 at 2 prat street, tsimshatsui, which was also very good. it was just good, and different.

it was not quite in the league of a good japanese parfait like at-

  1. sun with moon, or at
  2. shokudo cineleisure.

still the fruits were refreshing. the green tea ice cream was good standard & so was the green tea jelly.

honeymoon dessert 满记甜品 @ langham place

honeymoon dessert 满记甜品 @ langham place

honeymoon dessert 满记甜品 @ langham place was quite well taken up.

langham place at mongkok

langham place at mongkok

very nice atrium design at langham place.

langham place at mongkok

langham place at mongkok

impressive!

honeymoon dessert 满记甜品

honeymoon dessert 满记甜品

we ordered a green tea & durian ice cream dessert for our durian king friend.

greentea & durian ice creams @ honeymoon dessert 满记甜品

greentea & durian ice creams @ honeymoon dessert 满记甜品

i tried the durian ice cream. it was delicious! & the ice shavings & coconut was great.

mango sago @ honeymoon dessert 满记甜品

mango sago @ honeymoon dessert 满记甜品

another friend ordered the mango sago with cheng chow black jelly.

sago with palm fruit 海底椰西米露@ honeymoon dessert 满记甜品

sago with palm fruit 海底椰西米露@ honeymoon dessert 满记甜品

the sago with palm fruit 海底椰西米露 was good too.

honeymoon dessert 满记甜品 @ langham place

honeymoon dessert 满记甜品 @ langham place

for me, i would rate this place as the best dessert stall i been to in this hong kong eat 7 hike trip.

c.h.e.f andy

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Nice HK$480 Set Dinner for 4pax @ Chuen Moon Kee 銓满记 on Day2 – 21Feb2017

garlic steamed abalones & prawns - HK$480 set dinner at chuen mun kee 銓满记

garlic steamed abalones & prawns – HK$480 set dinner at chuen moon kee 銓满记

a friend mentioned in the morning that how about trying the claypot rice in hong kong?

i googled and found this place chuen moon kee 銓满记 at mongkok which is near to our hotel.

so after returning from cheung chau to central ferry, we walked back the way through IFC Mall & mid-level travelators back to central mtr station, and took the mtr to mongkok station. it was quite easy to locate chuen moon kee 銓满记.

HK$480 set dinner at chuen mun kee 銓满记

HK$480 set dinner at chuen moon kee 銓满记

the experienced server pushed the set dinner to us.

he was very skilled, social guy, pushy to get the orders but courteous & responsive, not abusive. very professional service.

i was not particularly keen on set menu, as the objective was to try the hong kong claypot claypot rice 锅仔饭, so i would prefer ala carte. anyhow the server conceded that the HK$480 2pax set menu was good enough for 4pax, and it already included one claypot rice & the 例汤 soup of the day.

chuen mun kee 銓满记

chuen moon kee 銓满记

chuen mun kee 銓满记

chuen moon kee 銓满记

chuen moon kee 銓满记 quite popular, most tables taken up at 7pm.

spicy shells @ chuen mun kee 銓满记

spicy shells @ chuen moon kee 銓满记 

the mala 麻辣preparation for the 螺spicy shells was very good.

i don’t particularly like the taste of these shells, so the mala flavour actually did wonders to the dish, which would otherwise be “siap siap” ie a bit bitter after taste.

soup 例汤 @ chuen mun kee 銓满记

soup 例汤 @ chuen moon kee 銓满记

dinner started with the 例汤 soup of the day.

soup 例汤 @ chuen mun kee 銓满记

soup 例汤 @ chuen moon kee 銓满记

some meat & pim & pumpkin & radish.

soup was tasty enough, none too great…

roast pigeon @ chuen mun kee 銓满记

roast pigeon @ chuen moon kee 銓满记 the set came with roast pigen.

the roast pigeon was good!

but in hong kong where roast goose is so good, so flavourful, roast pigeon always feels like a waste of time for me. 🙂

1 in thick fish cakes @ chuen mun kee 銓满记

1 in thick fish cakes @ chuen moon kee 銓满记

the server emphasized the 1 in thick fish cakes.

didn’t think it was any special, basically like the fish cake selling at street vendors.

1 in thick fish cakes @ chuen mun kee 銓满记

1 in thick fish cakes @ chuen moon kee 銓满记

it was very good though very tasty.

fried mixed greens

fried mixed greens

& the fried mixed greens were very good too.

fried mixed greens

fried mixed greens

vegetables always fresh & good in hong kong. this was simple dish but well done.

腊味饭 claypot rice @ chuen mun kee 銓满记

腊味饭 claypot rice @ chuen moon kee 銓满记

& we could chose 1 claypot rice for the set.

腊味饭 claypot rice @ chuen mun kee 銓满记

腊味饭 claypot rice @ chuen moon kee 銓满记

we picked the 腊味饭.

the pork & liver sausages were really nice.

& the rice was fragrant, separate grains, fragrant & cooked just right.

腊味饭 claypot rice @ chuen mun kee 銓满记

腊味饭 claypot rice @ chuen moon kee 銓满记

& not to forget the garlic steamed abalones & prawns (top photo).

it was very good. fried garlic sauce really well done & flavourful. prawns were great with the garlic sauce. abalones were large. a bit like the australian green lip fresh abalones. never quite as good as dry abalones braised in brown sauce, but very well done as it is for fresh abalones.

so every dish was good really. i would count the soup as the dish that was below par by comparison to the other great dishes.

so the set dinner was actually pretty good. only thing for me is we didn’t get to try the different claypot rice, like they have the unagi rice 白鳝锅仔饭 & a host of others like chicken, roast duck etc.

i will definitely come back here to try more of these claypot rice dishes. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Chuen Moon Kee 銓满记

Very Nice & Cheap Dessert at Cheung Chau on Day2 – 21Feb2017

fruit sago - cheap & nice dessert at cheung chau

fruit sago – cheap & nice dessert at cheung chau

my friends didn’t feel like walking around cheung chau island, so we just strolled the streets & looked at the stalls & vendors.

towards the end, before leaving by ferry, we found a nice dessert stall that looks good, and was indeed very good & cheap. can’t recall the name of the shop though.

we ordered a fruit cocktail sago with coconut milk recommended by the proprietress. it was very good . i think about HK$23 or something.

barley ginkyo nuts with tao huay

barley ginkyo nuts with tao huay 

the barley ginkyo nuts with tao huay  was good too.

black sesame paste with mochi 黑芝麻汤圆

black sesame paste with mochi 黑芝麻汤圆

the black sesame paste 黑芝麻糊 was good, competent not superb. it came with the added extras of mochi 汤圆.

dried orange peel red bean soup 陈皮红豆汤

dried orange peel red bean soup 陈皮红豆汤 

the dried orange peel red bean soup 陈皮红豆汤  was also good.

certainly it looked as good as the one at lucky dessert 发记甜品 at 2 prat street, tsimshatsui last evening.

fruit sago - cheap & nice dessert at cheung chau

fruit sago – cheap & nice dessert at cheung chau 

all the other 3 desserts were like HK$18, so the 4 dessert were like HK$77 or thereabout, and it was a very enjoyable experience even c/w lucky dessert 发记甜品 which cost like between 2x and 2.5x.

c.h.e.f andy