Friday, 31 January 2014

Yummy Quesadillas from Village Kebab

ViLLAGE KEBAB (Sai Kung)

Went to Sai Kung for food and dined here because no one was dining here.
You could tell that people were afraid to try the food from their reactions but after I sat down the Hong Kongers were not afraid to try because the restaurant was not empty.

Another thing that I observed is that HKers seem to be afraid of empty restaurants so when they choose their seats, they will sit near another table of diners.
In the UK, people like to spread themselves out.
I find that particularly annoying when I want peace and quiet and people have to sit nearby and yak with loud voices.

Since my last visit there are more choices on the menu.


I want to try their pasta because it is probably cooked in an Indian way with spices but it was a public holiday that day, so they don't serve it.
In the end I had the Quesadilla.
There is a choice chicken or falafel but I wanted both so I had a mix of the two.
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Quesadilla with falafel and chicken:


There was a sauce missing according to the photo, so I asked the guy and he came back with the green sauce.

I thought it was guacamole but it was Indian mint sauce.

The salsa sauce was amazing, it was diced tomatoes and onions in vinaigrette with super fragrant cumin.
The Quesadilla was just divine because the it was crispy filled with cheese, falafel and roasted chicken, and the cheese was gooey and soft.
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Price: $62
Service: great
Service charge: no
Yummy factor: Divine
Napkins provided: yes
English Menu: Yes
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Chocolate burgers and mini icecream cones

Chocolat-ier (Causeway Bay)
I have not been to Chocolat-ier for ages but recently I had this cute confectionary Cornetto and Chocolat-ier had it too so decided to try theirs.

I got these last year and forgot to review them until I read the recent reviews on Chocolat-ier which jogged my memory.


As well as mini confectionary icecream cones, they also had chocolate burgers and pizzas.



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Chocolate burger:


Basically it was a biscuit sandwiched in between two halves of chocolate.
It was quite nice just like having a chocolate biscuit with a bigger proportion of chocolate.
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Price: $5X
Service: OK
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Iberian pork croquettes

Spaingo (Mong Kok)

This shop was opened last year but I couldn't find it listed on Openrice so I didn't bother listing it because quite a few I have tried to list have been rejected even though I have filled in the Name, telephone and address.
Last week it also happened, so I don't know why I bother!

Anyway, this shop is bright yellow and hard to miss.

They specialize in croquettes made with Iberian pigs 炸黑毛豬丸!!
There are eight sauces to choose from for the croquettes.


I ended up getting the potato wedges with the gravy.
It was delicious rich gravy and the wedges were nice and starchy.
Next time I will try the croquettes (炸黑毛豬丸).
Hard to appreciate food in Mong Kok because there are too many people and smokers about and it is difficult to try and take photos.
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Price: $18
Service: OK
English Menu: NO
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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Pacific Coffee (Macau)

This was the last stop in Macau before going back to Hong Kong.




Most of the items at Pacific Coffee were the same as the ones in Hong Kong.




Stopped by for a drink and tried the Lamington.



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Lamington:



The Lamington in Macau was about 60% cream and 40% cake whereas the Hong Kong version is 30% cream and 70% cake.
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

XO Sauce tasting held by OpenRice

過年在即,年貨、掃除、揮春、利是、樣樣買齊做齊,OpenRice 亦準備了賀年特備節目,也是2014年第一個開飯搶鮮試,這次我們跟6位資深及殿堂級別的會員品味有粵醬之王美譽的XO醬,配上香煎蘿蔔糕伴吃,提早感受農曆新年氣氛!

Source:
http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/article/detail.htm?articleid=1869&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=&utm_source=&utm_content=&utm


市面上XO醬選擇眾多,有平有貴,小編挑選了11款,測試沿用盲評方法,試食完畢工作人員才公開所試產品的品牌。而配XO醬吃的蘿蔔糕由留家廚房提供,蘿蔔糕內含粗身切條蘿蔔,會員試過味道也不錯。

除了整體評分以笑面、OK、喊面表達,6位食家會員亦從色、香、味三個範疇品評及和打分。 (1分最低,5分最高)。
每款XO醬的總分數最高為90分)
評分級別:★★★ (65分以上)★★( 65分以下)★( 60分以下) 

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一致好評 八珍
第一道品嚐的XO醬來自甜醋老牌子八珍,一馬當先得到一致的好評。賣相中規中矩,會員普遍欣賞香氣及調味均適中,辣味溫和,整體不錯。
售價: $76/130克
評價:67/90 分 (★★★)

會員 supersupergirl品評 
nice with chunky bits of dried scallops
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味道內歛

有不少菜式以自家XO醬入饌的「粵」,據餐廳介紹是不太辣,以香為主。會員認為醬身色澤光鮮,看到蝦子等材料切得幼細,惟香氣及味道較薄弱。
售價:$148/150克
評分:52/90 分 (★)


品評 除色澤之外,香與味內歛,較遜色。 辛辣但不香,質感乾和硬 香味不夠濃,味道不出
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油膩感高 紫粵軒

這款紫粵軒出品XO醬看起來色澤頗淺,材料粗切以及油分多,入口後雖然吃到辣味,但油膩感卻更強,醬的食材亦較粗嚡。 
售價: $198/250克
評價:51/90 分 (★)

http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/article/detail.htm?articleid=1869&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=&utm_source=&utm_content=&utm

食味豐富 龍逸軒

九龍酒店龍逸軒XO醬較乾身,油的成分數一數二的少,海味材料十足,金華火腿別具咬口,所以會員在味道這一欄給予甚高分,是較好評的一款。 
售價: $180/180克
評價:64/90 分 (★★)

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質感突兀 囍宴

以私房菜起家的囍宴亦有推出XO醬,色及香方面一般,味道則屬中上,有後勁凌厲的辣味,只是食材切得粗幼不一,入口質感略嫌突兀,些許失色。
售價: $178/150克
評價:62/90 分 (★★)

會員 supersupergirl 品評
too spicy and the dried shrimps were hard
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討好甜味 欣圖軒

欣圖軒XO醬幾乎沒有辣味,反而吃到是次所試其他XO醬沒的甜味,查看資料原來它以香茅代替鹹魚、蝦子、及辣椒油,怪不得味道別具一格,但由於甜味突出,醬身同時少了份鹹香惹味。
售價: $280/168克
評價:64/90 分 (★★)

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穩打紮實 嘉麟樓

嘉麟樓出品向來頗得人心,而且有說嘉麟樓是首間賣XO醬的中菜廳,實屬一匹熱馬,結果果然沒有差池,色香味恰如其分,材料質感軟滑,穩打紮實的得到高的評價。
售價: $360/ 220克
評價:68/90 分 (★★★)

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辣味突出 天外天

天外天XO醬雖然定價較低,卻需早三天預訂。一嚐之下,大致評價是辣味突出,縈繞在口腔好一陣,但其他口感或味道則未見太出色。
售價: $128/ 100克
評價:60/90 分 (★)

會員 supersupergirl 品評
too spicy and sweet
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最有驚喜 台灣福華牌

是晚評分最高的XO醬並非任何一間星級或酒店餐廳出品,而是一間台灣食品店懷古老鋪售賣的福華牌飛魚卵XO醬。以飛魚卵入饌的XO醬已十分新奇,粒粒魚籽咬下口卜卜脆,味道可口,更比起其他瑤柱XO醬多一份鮮香,當晚試食會員更忍不住要添食呢!
售價: $108/ 280克
評價:72/90 分 (最高分) (★★★)

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香氣大勝 君綽軒

城中最昂貴XO醬大概非這極品松露XO醬莫屬,未入口松露香氣已先聲奪人,入口黑松露片及白松露油味道更加強橫。雖然所得分數相當高,不少會員跟小編皆認為有走偏鋒之嫌,而且松露醬配西式菜式較相宜。
售價:$688/ 160克
評價:69/90 分 (★★★)

會員 supersupergirl 品評
weird! Tasted plainly of truffle and scallop
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香辣有勁 蘇太名醬

最尾一款XO醬是行內響噹噹的蘇太中辣口味,雖未至嗆喉,對大部分的人來說辣味相當,香氣及味道均有水準,特別是醬身質感幼滑,會較受好辣朋友青睞。
售價: $106/190克
評價:60/90 分 (★★)

會員 supersupergirl 品評
spicy but it  had a nice texture
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大廚話你知


擁有超過20年入廚經驗的iCook Workshop的資深烹飪導師Max Wu,除了當晚為大家即席煎糕,也同時講解XO醬的由來及製作。坊間對XO醬的由來有數個不同說法,Max Wu說就他所知,XO醬有一說是李翰祥導演太太的創作,後來由半島酒店嘉麟樓率先推出市場,更為了包裝成商品才起了XO醬這較有氣派名字。而XO醬主要成分是元貝、蝦子、蝦米、金華火腿、乾蔥、蒜頭、雞粉、及很多人未留意卻很重要的碎冰糖。Max 又說XO醬味道濃重,其實較適合配以較清淡食材如麵條、四季豆、其他蔬菜等,而且這款「醬」沒有經過發酵,嚴格來說不算醬料,更像一道獨立前菜或小吃!

這晚一共品嚐11款大小品牌的XO醬,滿足了無論喜愛嚐鮮或古早味的味蕾!除了以松露XO醬演繹出最大變奏,會員更發現八珍及來自台灣的福華牌飛魚卵XO醬兩位低調高手,其中飛魚卵XO醬最教人眼前一亮。當晚6位食家會員一邊品味XO醬跟蘿蔔糕,還一邊跟Max大談飲食心得,相信都度過了愉快的一晚!

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