Monday, 30 September 2013

Back for more delicious nougat

ABC Bakery (Central)

Thanks to Mjqueen7e or I would not have known about these gorgeous nougats.

I was nearby so got a box.

They also had these cute swan choux puffs which I did not try them.



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Nougats:


The nougats were so nice and addictive that I could not stop eating them.
The sweetness was just right and it tastes like a satisfying SNICKERs bar without the chocolate and caramel.
Each nougat is wrapped in edible rice paper and crammed with tons of peanuts.
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Vieil homme chinois aime le poulet rôti

La Rotisserie (Wan Chai)

Just as much as I love Roast chicken! I discovered that OLD Chinese men love it too!
When I was at the Sai ying pun branch of La Rotisserie, an old man got his roast chicken.

At the new branch in Wan Chai, there was another old man getting roast Chicken.

The layout of the Wan Chai and Sai Ying Pun branch are pretty much the same, selling pates, candies but there is a bar table at the Wan Chai branch.

I went there during the first few days it opened because they were doing a lunch deal for $50.

It was so crowded on the first day that I gave up getting some chicken.

I sneaked out earlier on the second day before the crowd and got my chicken fast.
As well as that, I tried the croque poulet and forgot to take a photo of the actual thing.
The knife and fork they give you is decent and rigid so you can eat your chicken properly.
I went to this other roast chicken place and they gave me weak plastic cutlery which snapped half way through (GREAT!).

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Roast chicken and potatoes:

Delicious juicy chicken with rosemary herbs.
Tried the the thigh part and the white meat which were great and fully flavoured right through.
There was lots of chicken juice in the box too which tasted great with the potatoes.
The potatoes were soft on the inside with a delicious chewy skin.
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Croque poulet:

The croque poulet is basically the same as the croque monsieur but it has chicken in it which is why it is called poulet.
It was a bit too buttery and the chicken sauce was a bit too creamy but the onions in it balanced it out nicely.
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On my next visit, I will get my favourite quiches and lemon tarts.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Dark chocolate bar with raspberries

agnès b. DÉLICES (Causeway Bay)

Thanks to Gary for getting me these chocolates.

As well as the chocolate, I really liked the packaging.
It was bright red with a gold bunny on it.

The chocolate inside the box was impressive because it had four bars inside, each individually wrapped for convenience.

The dark chocolate was really nice with crispy raspberry candies in it.
It was a nice combination of dark chocolate and tart raspberries which were not too sweet.

Kurotaki set lunches

Kurotaki (Causeway Bay)

This place is only good for their soba which is why I went there again.

I got lunch set which had tempura, sushi, steamed egg and soba noodles.

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Lunch set:
The sushi was how it should be, there was nothing spectacular about it.

The tempura fared better, the coating was light and crispy.

The steamed egg was a bit too salty.

The soba noodles were the best, chilled noodles dipped in delicious soba broth.

Next time I will just get the plain soba noodles or the soup ones.
★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★

More food from the Tuck Shop

It's a Tuck Shop (Wan Chai)
Came here a year ago and since then the choices have improved.
They sell more tuck shop items and stationary goods.



Although there are more choices, the menu is quite confusing so do not trust the product photos.

Some of the items that they serve are from IKEA and obviously cost more here because he has to cook it for you without making a loss too!

The hamburger and vegetable hash brown were cooked on the pan and it was very impressive that he washed the pan and wiped it dry before cooking the next item so it did not cross contaminate each other or leave a rancid taste on the next item to be cooked.
It was good that he cooked the hamburger patty and potato hash brown separately instead of being lazy and cooking both on the pan at the same time.
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Hamburger:

The bun was nice and the same as the bun used for hamburgers at McDonalds, however the patty was not beef and tasted like the sausage patty in the sausage muffin served at McDonalds.

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Vegetable hash brown:

This is basically the vegetable medallion from IKEA and it tastes better here because it is cooked so that there is a crispy surface.
It was slightly cheesy loaded with potatoes and brocoli.
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Meatballs:

It was literally meatballs in a pot of tomato ketchup.
The meatballs were quite nice, they were soft and did not contain any gristle in it.
★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★
Peach tea:
There were a choice of Lemon or Peach tea.
The teas were obviously the Nestle brand.
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Total: $3X
Service: GREAT
Service charge: OK
Yummy factor: ok
Napkins provided: yes
Portion sizes: small
Noise levels: None
Glass of water provided: No
English Menu: Yes
Air Conditioning: Yes
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Friday, 27 September 2013

A fishy selection at CEO

CEO Neway (Causeway Bay)
At CEO, they usually have a good buffet selection.

On the day I went, there was so much fish in the buffet selection but some smelt a bit fishy.
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Salmon and grilled mackerel

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Steamed fish, whelks (bit too spicy).

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The Duck in pita bread was actually really nice because the pita bread made it more substantial and the sauces, cucumber and spring onions paired it nicely.
The Thai salad was good too, but again too spicy.

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As well as that, there were huge clams, but they had some sand in them.
Then there was German pork knuckles, escargots and mash too.

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There was also foie gras but it was a bit too oily, and they had colourful macarons too but the taste of the macarons were too buttery for my liking because they put butter in it.

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The food is ok, but sometimes the plates are sticky, so bare that in mind when you get a fresh plate.
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Mandarin cake shop mooncakes 2013

The Mandarin Cake Shop (Central)

Got these mooncakes from a friend.

It had a matching bag and box.




★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★
Mooncakes:
Each mooncake was individually wrapped and boxed.


On each of the mooncakes, there was a Mandarin logo.

The mooncakes gave a clear cut and the pastry held together, but the taste was a bit sugary and the pastry was very oily that I needed to blot the oils away.

★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★

Waffles with ice cream at Triple O's

Triple O's by White Spot (Causeway Bay)

Went past Triple O's and saw that they had waffles with icecream, so I decided to try it.

It costs $28 a la carte or $18 extra with theirs sets.

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Waffles with ice cream:


Basically there are two slices of waffles with a scoop of icecream and chocolate syrup in the middle.


The waffle was soft and slightly hard on the edges.
Personally I would have liked it with plain cream because the chocolate syrup and vanilla icecream made it a bit too sweet.
Basically these waffles were pre-made and re-heated to serve.
★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★

The sky's the limit

Sky Crystal (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Located at the ICC on the 101st Floor, Sky Crystal most probably has the best views in Hong Kong.
(Please refer to Mjqueen7e's photos.)
It was my first visit to the ICC and the first time going above the 100th floor!

When we got up there, there were spectacular views at Sky Crystal matched by numerous sparkling crystal chandeliers in the restaurant.

Sky Crystal specializes in Shanghai cuisine and dim sums.

Thanks to a fellow foodie and the restaurant for inviting us to try their food.
I was extremely impressed by their creativity which made their food delightfully similar to the dim sums at Disneyland which are aimed for families and children.

Heres was what we tried:
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Steamed siu mai dumplings with scallop and black truffle:

I loved how Western food was incorporated in the siu mai because scallop and truffle are usually paired together.
It turned the boring dimsum delectable with the addition of truffle and juicy sweet scallop.
★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★
Steamed peapod shaped scallop dumplings:

These cute dumplings were shaped like peapods with scallops in each pod section.
Each bite guaranteed with a piece of scallop.
It was really nice having something normal presented in a different style and tasting great too.
★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★
Carrot shaped Chinese pastry with grated radish filling:

These were filled with grated radish and the radish was not too soft or hard with a distinctive white radish taste complemented with light gravy inside.
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House special soupy dumpings:

Ever since I saw them posted on the internet, I have always wanted to try them.
I really appreciated that each one was uniquely different and not just different by trivial sauces eg curry, chili or other essence flavourings.
They were different meats inside and they even had cheese or beef too.
The dumplings in this steamer were:
Orange - spicy chicken
Green - black Iberian pork and organic vegetables
Black - black truffle and steamed pork
Beige - foie gras and steamed pork
The one I tried was the spicy chicken and it is rare to get chicken dumplings in Hong Kong because it is usually made with pork by default.
Although in Nepalese restaurants they have chicken momos (chicken dumplings) and in China they have duck meat dumplings.
I loved the taste of it because chicken was really delicate and the spicy sichuan spices were really fragrant.
★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★
Plum pickled Chinese yam:

The yam was presented in a fun way, just like Jenga Blocks!
Each piece of yam was crispy with a slight viscious texture flavoured lightly with pickled plum.
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Pickled cucumber rolls:

The cucumber rolls were wrapped with carrots in the middle and it was nicely done because the cucumber was tautly rolled up.
The taste was really refreshing because the cucumber rolls were picked right through and there was a sweet aftertaste.
They reminded me of Chinese guerkins.
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Homemade wine flavoured eggs:
These wine flavoured eggs were really impressive because the wine flavour was strong and soaked right through.
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Double boiled fish maw soup with morel mushroom and conch:

The soup was really good and a must try item.
There was a big chunk of fish maw and a huge piece of conchmeat.
Initially I thought the conch would be chewy because of its size, but it was so soft that it needed minimal chewing and the broth had really strong conch taste.
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Shanghai style Soup with fresh salted pork:
Clearly this soup had salted pork in it that you could taste the salted meats in the soup.
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Deep fried chicken:
Basically it was a Chinese style roast chicken with crispy skin covered in their secret sauce which was really nice and not spicy.
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Nanjing style Salted duck:
The duck meat was gently flavoured not as salty as the name suggests.
It was nice and plain.
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Poached asparagus wrapped with shredded Chinese yam in spinach soup:

This was another one of my favourites, not only does it look fabulous, it tastes great as well.
The crunchy asparagus is wrapped in ultra finely shredded Chinese yam which is also crunchy giving it a double crunch when you eat it.
The spinach soup was extremely light blended with spinach making you crave for more.
★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★
Deep fried diced abalone dumplings:

Again this is the best savoury dumpling compared to other ones because it was not oily and the filling inside was abalone and lean meat in delicious gravy.
The outer casing was crispy with a chewy inner surface similar to mochi.
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Braised imtimated sea cucumber with pork:

This is another creative dish again, the sea cucumbers are actually dumplings shaped like sea cucumbers with squid ink which gives it the colour.
Inside it was filled with delicious grounded pork and gravy while the chewyness of the inmitated sea cucumber is quite similar to the real thing.
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Mini egg tart with birds nest:

These egg tarts were delicious and the crust was extremely buttery.
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Sky crystal dessert surprise:

In this platter there were:
-Imperial pea cakes (orange)
-Ejiao jelly
-Mango yam sorbet (top)
-Tremella and sweet scented osmanthus jelly
-Red date pudding
Personally my favourites were the mango yam sorbet and the imperial pea cakes.
The yam sorbet had a starchy texture followed by an interesting savoury taste complemented by the mango sauce.
The pea cakes were also nice because they were not too sweet.
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Supplementary Information:I can't wait to dine here again but I hope there are more product shots on the menu or photos posted so that I know what to order next time.
But in general their menu is very impressive because it has properly translated dishes in English, a must for expats.
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