Hong Kong - Where to Eat?

GoodBye Hong Kong. After 4 years of fun, great food, lovely frens and more, I finally bade farewell to Hong Kong in March 08. This Blog therefore serves as a memory of my time here in Hong Kong and is certainly not about the best places to eat in HK! It's about where to find good value authentic HK eats. I do miss some of the eateries so much!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Yummy Noodles in MongKok!

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Hong Kong Where to Eat Entry #14 - 迎喜酒家

This value for money restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine is located in Causeway Bay in Windsor House (皇室堡).



Where :
Windsor House is opposite Park Lane Hotel in causeway bay. You can take the MTR to Causeway Bay station and look for the relevant exit. Very easy to find.

Go to the 5th flor of Windsor House.

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Hong Kong Where to Eat .....

I must apologise for not updating my blog recently. been a bit busy with a contract job and plus, i haven't been eating out a lot lately due to work, travel and stuff ;(

But i do want to recommend a chinese restaurant located in Causeway bay which offers very value-for-money chinese dinner!! will write soon....

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hong Kong Where to Eat Entry #13 - Chinese Traditional Herbal Tea




[Note 1 : Having lived in Hong Kong for 2+ years, this is a personal collection of where I think one can find good value-for-money meals, and experience HK food just like a "localised" person. This blog is not about the "best" food in hong kong as i am sure with the great variety here in hong kong, it's a little difficult to rank them. And i haven't tasted all of them!!! So, what you find in this blog is not in any order of "merit", i write when i find a good eatery which i think you, as a visitor, might enjoy! Bon Appetit!]

[Note 2 : I don't receive any "kickbacks" from these restaurants/eateries that I write about. Should you visit and unfortunately have a bad experience, please do not look for me and hold me responsible ;) hee hee.]

[Note 3 : Appreciate your comments after you've visited the places.... (coz sometimes due to changes, service/food may deterioriate) so that others can benefit from the latest information! ]

SOHO - near central (walking distance from Central MTR and Lan Kwai Fong) -- where the outdoor escalator is located is a great place to walk about and explore the nooks and corners.

On Hollywood road, there are the shops selling "antiques" and knick-knacks -- maybe one will discover some "treasures"? heheheheand as you walk around, the ladies will bound to notice the many fashion boutiques as well as "discount/outlet" stores -- so plenty to see and buy .....and food -- plenty of choices -- western, fusion, japanese, asian, cantonese, whatever ..... Gough street which i mentioned earlier is located in this area.

but my favorite "store" in SOHO is the store selling chinese traditional herbal tea specifically the 24-tastes "leong cha" (as it's pronounced in cantonese) i.e. 二十四 味 涼茶 .... dunno why but i feel that their 涼茶 is the "most effective" .... maybe it's a psychological thingy ..... maybe it's the cost HK$5 for a cup, one of the cheapest around and for such a "established brand" -- u know what i mean?

years ago when i started drinking the chinese herbal tea back home, i find it very bitter and difficult to "swallow" -- but nowadays -- i kinda like the taste ..... and if the tea is not "bitter" enough, i wonder if it's actually effective??? hahahaha.

anywayz, when i feel "heaty", see pimples coming out, or have ulcers etc, my first reaction is to get a cup of this "leong cha" a.k. tea a.k.a 二十四 味 涼茶 to "cool" down my body .... works wonders ;)they have other sorts of tea -- but i've hardly drink them -- i am a creature of habit -- sticking to the preferred and known option!

me hubbie thinks it's the one-cup of tea a week that keeps the doctor away for him!! heheheh.there's also a tea specially formulated to fight .... and when the first symptoms of flu appear, he will quickly go drink a "flu" tea to keep the flu at bay. alas, this must be done as soon as the first symptons appear -- more effective this way we think! there were occasions when the flu is full blown, then he drinks the tea ...... not much effect ;(and if u want to consult a chinese doctor, they have in-house doctors ;)

okie enough said -- time for a cup of tea now :)

Where's it located?

Stanley Street -- it's quit easy to find ....... juz look for the outdoor escalator.....it's near the start of the escalator which can be reached walking along Queen's Road Central.

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Hong Kong Where to Eat Entry #12 - Gough Street


[Note 1 : Having lived in Hong Kong for 2+ years, this is a personal collection of where I think one can find good value-for-money meals, and experience HK food just like a "localised" person. This blog is not about the "best" food in hong kong as i am sure with the great variety here in hong kong, it's a little difficult to rank them. And i haven't tasted all of them!!! So, what you find in this blog is not in any order of "merit", i write when i find a good eatery which i think you, as a visitor, might enjoy! Bon Appetit!]

[Note 2 : I don't receive any "kickbacks" from these restaurants/eateries that I write about. Should you visit and unfortunately have a bad experience, please do not look for me and hold me responsible ;) hee hee.]

[Note 3 : Appreciate your comments after you've visited the places.... (coz sometimes due to changes, service/food may deterioriate) so that others can benefit from the latest information! ]

Haven't been updating this blog as was kinda distracted by the World Cup ;) Finally, my favorite team, the Azzuri will be in the finals!! Yea.

That aside, i remember that I wrote about a Dai Pai Dong on Gough street previously and was going to write more about what's there to eat on Gough Street. PLENTY!!! There's local food, there's western/fusion, there's japanese, there's pizza takeaway -- actually, for such a short street, one's quite spoilt for choice. Personally i've not tried them all ..... some of them are "hearsays" but of course, positive "hearsay"!!

There's 九記 (pronounced Kau Kei), the famous, beef brisket noodle store ..... the store opens @ 12nn and closes on sundays. And often, there's a queue for their noodles! For the soup base, there's a choice between clear soup and curry. And the noodles, also many choices, Hor Fun, Yellow Noodle, Bee Hoon, Yee Meen etc etc.

When i first came to hong kong, i read about it in the magazine and many frens also mentioned about this "famous" beef noodle shop, that it was on my must try list. but after trying, my verdict = "hype". In that i don't think it's that "excellent"! It's nice. But not something i will rave about nor yearn for frequently ;p maybe i am not a beef noodle person. u know what i mean?

Anywayz, for local food, besides beef noodles, there's also 牛記, a local eatery or 茶餐廳 . The local dishes served @ this place is above average and if you are around central, SOHO looking for local eats, this is the place for u. And especially during winter time, their claypot dishes are excellent! I particularly like claypot frogs (not juz the legs. the whole frog but chopped up in pieces). yumyumz. It used to have a outdoor dining area in its old location but alas, when it moved to Gough street, that had to go. It kinda of make the eating experience here less "enjoyable" ..... but food wise, it has maintained it's excellent standard!

And if you are into more "high end" dining, there are also choices ...... to be continued.....

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Hong Kong Where to Eat Entry #11 -- Breakfast Dai Pai Dong (大排檔) style

[Note 1 : Having lived in Hong Kong for 2+ years, this is a personal collection of where I think one can find good value-for-money meals, and experience HK food just like a "localised" person. This blog is not about the "best" food in hong kong as i am sure with the great variety here in hong kong, it's a little difficult to rank them. And i haven't tasted all of them!!! So, what you find in this blog is not in any order of "merit", i write when i find a good eatery which i think you, as a visitor, might enjoy! Bon Appetit!]

[Note 2 : I don't receive any "kickbacks" from these restaurants/eateries that I write about. Should you visit and unfortunately have a bad experience, please do not look for me and hold me responsible ;) hee hee.]

[Note 3 : Appreciate your comments after you've visited the places.... (coz sometimes due to changes, service/food may deterioriate) so that others can benefit from the latest information! ]

This place on Gough Street -- is full of local flavor. i don't even know it's name cos i can't see it's sign board even though i come here very often ;P ...... juz didn't really bother. But one can't miss it, cos it's suited @ a landing area at the foot of a flight of stairs and between 2 buildings. And it's on street level ....... maybe a nicer term is that this is "al fresco dining" ?? hehehe

During the cooler months it's really nice, but summer time, i try to come for my saturdaybreakfast ard 9am-930am (which unfortunately is also quite a crowded time) otherwise, the heat and humidity makes it not so pleasant. One fren went there during lunch time and complained about the loooooong waiting time ...... so best to avoid peak periods .... it will save one lots of grief ;)

When hubbie and i first discovered this place -- it was on a saturday morning and it was crowded. We were attracted to try it cos it looked "charming" and has a great local feel.

It's a Dai Pai Dong(大排檔) , so it's obviously not so clean and you squeeze with others especially during peak hours. And the servers, wellz, they are old, so they can be grumpy, sometimes they mess up orders. O i still remember the first breakfast we had there ..... used to being given a "menu" when we enter an eatery, was quite dismayed that one's not given a menu here. A quick scan around revealed one pasted (menu only in mandarin) on the wall -- it's quite difficult to read and the items didn't "sound" very appetizing .....hehehehe.

so we decided to be a "follower" ....... look around and juz pointed to what others were eating .... not that we didn't try asking the servers, but that morning, the one that served us, juz wasn't that helpful ... Ok ok, u may think, maybe this one's not worth try lah ...... since the service not so good?? but the thing about them is that, their service grows on you ;P and being regulars now, we can tell when the servers are having a good day or not ..... hahahaha and react accordingly. and they can be nice and accomodating.




What do we usually eat?
-- 豬排蛋脆脆 pork chop bun with egg (like a burger)
-- 蕃茄餐蛋麵 luncheon meat, egg instant noodle in tomato broth. The picture we took, didn't do justice to the dish ........ it really taste better than it looks..... :)
-- 奶醬多 condensed milk and peanut butter toast.

Actually on Gough street, such a short street -- there are several choices when it comes to eating ...... will write more about them in the next update!

Directions

Address : Gough Street

It's located near SOHO (so the nearest MTR is central) (or may be this area is still called SOHO?? i dunno) ...... to get here, one has to walk abit, o well, maybe 2 bits ....... to help you around, this road directory may be helpful.

Walk around ...... take it as exploring the area .....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Eating in Hong Kong Entry # 10 - 加記

[Note 1 : Having lived in Hong Kong for 2+ years, this is a personal collection of where I think one can find good value-for-money meals, and experience HK food just like a "localised" person. This blog is not about the "best" food in hong kong as i am sure with the great variety here in hong kong, it's a little difficult to rank them. And i haven't tasted all of them!!! So, what you find in this blog is not in any order of "merit", i write when i find a good eatery which i think you, as a visitor, might enjoy! Bon Appetit!]

[Note 2 : I don't receive any "kickbacks" from these restaurants/eateries that I write about. Should you visit and unfortunately have a bad experience, please do not look for me and hold me responsible ;) hee hee.]

[Note 3 : Appreciate your comments after you've visited the places.... (coz sometimes due to changes, service/food may deterioriate) so that others can benefit from the latest information! ]


加記 -- is really a value for money restuarant serving 順德 (Shun De) cuisine. i understand 順德is part of Guangdong province广东省) -- so the dishes are very cantonese .... :) and "got standard"!

Whilst the usual menu is good, what one should try are the daily specials ..... i find them more interesting ...... best to ask the waiter/waitress for recommendations. I;ve tried the pork ribs, roast chicken, steamed glutinous rice with chicken, claypot fish head, fish meat tofu balls etc etc and they are usually of above-average standard! only negative experience i had was with the fish once ..... they weren't that fresh. So decided to skip fish from now on.



The portions here are huge and it's best to have at least 4 persons to share the dishes otherwise, alot will surely go to waste. the last time we had dinner there, 4 persons costs HK$240 ... not bad, considering we had a soup and 3 dishes.

And it's quite crowded for dinner and i always make a prior reservation before going down as i was once told to wait 1 hour when we turned up without a reservation!!!

Directions

It's located @ 438 Queen's Road West Tel : 25408266

there's no MTR nearby, so one will probably have to take the bus or cab.

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Eating in Hong Kong Entry #9 - Roast Meats!

[Note 1 : Having lived in Hong Kong for 2+ years, this is a personal collection of where I think one can find good value-for-money meals, and experience HK food just like a "localised" person. This blog is not about the "best" food in hong kong as i am sure with the great variety here in hong kong, it's a little difficult to rank them. And i haven't tasted all of them!!! So, what you find in this blog is not in any order of "merit", i write when i find a good eatery which i think you, as a visitor, might enjoy! Bon Appetit!]

[Note 2 : I don't receive any "kickbacks" from these restaurants/eateries that I write about. Should you visit and unfortunately have a bad experience, please do not look for me and hold me responsible ;) hee hee.]

[Note 3 : Appreciate your comments after you've visited the places.... (coz sometimes due to changes, service/food may deterioriate) so that others can benefit from the latest information! ]

I am sure everyone has heard about how nice the char siew叉燒, siew ngoh燒鵝 etc are in hong kong (categorically, they are Roast Meats燒味.) and indeed the meats are "juicy", crispy, nicely burnt (for the char siew and pork ribs) and the goose -- my favorite!!!

And if one asks around for the best place in hong kong to taste the roast goose, more often than not, the recommendation will be Yung Kei (located in Lan Kwai Fong). Unfortunately for me, i've eaten @ Yung Kei several times and i always come away feeling that for the kind of price i pay, it's only so-so (!). and sometimes, due to the crowds and all, the roast goose even tastes tough! i was disappointed on 2 occasions and i had guests ...... ;(

but when i had take away once, it was quite good !

so i am always on the lookout for alternatives and 再興 (no English alternative) in Wanchai is one that has not disappointed me so far! but be prepared, it's kind of a local setting, the sitting area is tight, be prepared to share tables and it can be crowded during lunch/dinner times. but the roasts are succulent, juicy, crispy and of consistent standard! best part, is it's very reasonably priced! :) only thing is, quite fattening ;p

just the thought of it now, makes me feel like having it now ...... slurp slurp .....

Directions :
It's in Wan Chai. Located along Stewart Road, off Henessy Road. It's not near the MTR unfortunately so it's actually best to take a bus, use this link to find your way ..... however for a visitor, i suppose that's kinda of difficult .......and MTR is more convenient .... so..... if one gets off @ the Wan Chai MTR station, look for exit A2, which will lead you to Henessy Road. Walk in the direction of the traffic, along Henessy Road, it will probably take 10-15 mins to reach Stewart Road.


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Monday, June 12, 2006

Hong Kong Eats -- Afternoon Tea Time Value

Over here, 茶餐廳 and some restaurants -- have afternoon tea "sets" .... which can be good value! They usually start after 230pm and can be a similar menu (sometimes, can be different) to lunch items

As an example, a bowl of noodle in the eatery may cost HK$35 during lunch time, in the afternoon, it could be the bowl of noodle (slightly smaller size at some places) plus a drink for the same price. As a tourist, i think it's a good idea to avoid the lunch crowd and at the same time save some money which can be "plowed" back to shopping....heeheehee.

The other day, i had dim sum with 2 other friends @ 3pm, the the bill came up to HK$100 for 3 of us...... talk about value..... @ lunch time, very difficult to find such prices!!

so there, a tip to help stretch the travel budget further ;)

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Friday, June 09, 2006

Raining in Hong Kong

Today's rainy weather here, reminds me of "winter" months ...... and it's so far away ..... :(

as the temperature is "cool", not cold, it's actually a very comfortable and nice weather :) juz thinking about it, makes me wish its winter time ...... hehehehe. and the food ..... yumz, the steamboat, claypot dishes and stuff ...... but but, it's summer now!! so no point thinking about it, cos they don't even serve some of the dishes .......

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Eating in Hong Kong Entry #8 - Eat with a View

[Note 1 : Having lived in Hong Kong for 2+ years, this is a personal collection of where I think one can find good value-for-money meals, and experience HK food just like a "localised" person. This blog is not about the "best" food in hong kong as i am sure with the great variety here in hong kong, it's a little difficult to rank them. And i haven't tasted all of them!!! So, what you find in this blog is not in any order of "merit", i write when i find a good eatery which i think you, as a visitor, might enjoy! Bon Appetit!]

[Note 2 : I don't receive any "kickbacks" from these restaurants/eateries that I write about. Should you visit and unfortunately have a bad experience, please do not look for me and hold me responsible ;) hee hee.]

[Note 3 : Appreciate your comments after you've visited the places.... (coz sometimes due to changes, service/food may deterioriate) so that others can benefit from the latest information! ]

One thing i enjoy about Hong Kong is the night view. lots of tourists will probably head to the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade (near Star Ferry Terminal @ TST) and take a stroll while looking over to Hong Kong. It's free and a nice walk (especially when the weather's good!)

This is a nite view of HK island from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal.


This pix we took while having tea @ San Francisco Steak House @ One Peking Road.


but of course, some of us may want to "soak" in the views whilst having a drink or meal, and there's really quite a lot of choices, if one is willing to pay! So, for a romantic nite out, try not to think so much about how much the meal is going to cost k??

SOme suggestions (all these are within walking distance from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry terminal or Tsim Sha Tsui MRT station) :

* Hotel Intercontinental's Bar (i dunno it's name!) or the restaurant which serves the buffet. Nice atmosphere and great view!

* One Peking Road [There are lots of restaurants there, so take your pick! but i am not sure if everyone of them has a view.... those that i've been, the view's great! e.g. Hutong (serves Chinese food, nice!), San Francisco Steak House (Western meals). I think i also went to Aqua before, the drinks place ..... but can't recall the view??? maybe too high?? ].

Hutong, which is on a higher floor obviously has a more gorgeous view. But do note that for dinner, minimum spend is HK$300 per pax. Of course, for the big spenders out there, that's nothing huh??!!

* Sheraton Hotel (opposite The Peninsula Hotel): the Bar -- good place for drinks and views!

and of course, the Peninsula Hotel -- but then again, i only hear about it cos i haven't been there!!!

You may ask, how about view of Kowloon from Hong Kong Island? Wellz, so far, the one place i know is Times Tower, 393 Jaffe Road, Wanchai -- there are at least 2 restaurants to my knowledge that is housed there ..... and my preferred is Eden (located @ 38/F tel :2861 1666, www.eden-hk.com ). The view's excellent and if you go during lunch time, probably cost you ard HK$100 - HK$150 per pax for a 3 course lunch. Excellent value! For dinner, of course, more expensive! Probably ard HK$300 - HK$350 per pax. There's another restaurant on the 33rd floor which i've been before, but i kinda prefer Eden.

Wellz, hope you'll get to enjoy an excellent view of Hong Kong or Kowloon, or both! (One thing though, on a hazy day ...... the view will be "hazy" lah! and sadly, in hkg, hazy days are common days!!)

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Eating in Hong Kong Entry #7 - Porridge & noodles

[Note 1 : Having lived in Hong Kong for 2+ years, this is a personal collection of where I think one can find good value-for-money meals, and experience HK food just like a "localised" person. This blog is not about the "best" food in hong kong as i am sure with the great variety here in hong kong, it's a little difficult to rank them. And i haven't tasted all of them!!! So, what you find in this blog is not in any order of "merit", i write when i find a good eatery which i think you, as a visitor, might enjoy! Bon Appetit!]

[Note 2 : I don't receive any "kickbacks" from these restaurants/eateries that I write about. Should you visit and unfortunately have a bad experience, please do not look for me and hold me responsible ;) hee hee.]

[Note 3 : Appreciate your comments after you've visited the places.... (coz sometimes due to changes, service/food may deterioriate) so that others can benefit from the latest information! ]

I suppose one of the staple foods of Hong Kongers is porridge and noodles (wan-ton noodles, beef noodles whatever). In Sheung Wan上環 , one will find Sang Kei生記 -- a porridge粥 and clear broth beef noodle specialist (that's the claim! ;p)

I like Sang Kei's porridge -- cos i think it's free of MSG. Why do i say that? Because i think that most times, the porridge that i have had in other茶 餐廳 -- they are quite laden with MSG - that's why they taste so good!!! and i get a mild headache and thirsty feeling after the meal.
At Sang kei 生記-- so far so good!!

and the porridge is just as well cooked -- soft and "cottony" (i don't know how else to describe it!!). lots of choices here in terms of the porridge : beef, fishballs, century egg and meat, fish slices, pork liver etc etc. I usually ask for the smaller bowl version since i can't finish the entire large bowl ;) errrrrr, no i am not a small eater -- it's because i have the porridge for "tea time snack" ....... not as a main meal!!

during lunch -- the place is usually packed with the office crowd, unless u arrive before 1230pm, my advice is to avoid. the queue is LOOOOOOONG and the place crowded..... come in the evenings, that will be better. by the way, they close on sundays.

Noodles wise, i am not a fan of wanton and beef noodles -- so you don't hear me raving about it ..... but frens and hubbie who have eaten there, claims it's "OK"/ "Quite good" -- so check it out -- i think it should be worth it!

And since you are already on Hillier street, keep your eyes open and look out for the "Snake shop" (it's diagonally opposite Sang Kei) -- the shop stocks snakes used for snake soups and stuff -- apparently very good tonic for the body during the cold months! i have not had the courage to try it yet -- but sometimes catching a glimpse of the snakes is enough for me. Check out the store front in the photo slide below (didn't manage to capture any snake pix!)




Directions :
Take the MTR to the Sheung Wan 上環 station, and exit A2 -- you'll be on Wing Lok Street, walk in the direction of the traffic and you'll soon see Hillier street (. For chinese version of the street name see the photo slide above).

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