Friday, 28 February 2014

Sweet Crispy Lemon chicken

Although I love fried chicken, the quality of KFC in Hong Kong is not consistent.
The quality of fried chicken can be good or bad.

I risked it this time because of this new Lemon Chicken flavour.

The design of the box was quite nice.
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Fried chicken:
Just judging the fried chicken, the quality was quite good this time because the coating was golden and the skin was firmly attached and not shrivelled up.
It was lovely, soft and juicy this time..

The chicken comes with a side of lemon sauce.

The lemon sauce was gooey and not two sweet with a slight bitterness and mild lemon taste.

Dipping the chicken in this sauce was perfect resulting in a sweet tangy tone.
I definitely want this again but I hope the chicken will be fried as good as this.
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Price: $29
Service: OK
Yummy factor: ok
MSG levels: slight
Napkins provided: yes
English Menu: Yes
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Surprised by the quality at Mr Chef cafe

Discovered this little joint serving Western style breakfasts when I was at a tasting recently.

I was tempted to try it before but it was packed, there are 4 seats, 2-3 that you could possibly sit on if people don't put there bags on them.

Anyway, I was in the area again so dined there.
TST is not a place I usually go, but unluckily this place I wanted to try was closed, so luckily I remembered this place.

I was skeptical at first because it was Chinese style Western breakfast so I tried the omelette. There was also eggs Benedict which I wanted to try but sitting uncomfortably on a narrow bench table put me off ordering it.


The all day breakfasts cost around $34-$38.
I ordered the omelette because it looked easy to eat without much effort.

Unfortunately the drinks that come with it were Hong Kong milk tea or Coffee.
I ended up choosing the coffee because I don't drink Hong Kong milk tea.
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Fresh grounded coffee:


I don't drink coffee but I drank half a cup because it was quite nice and not too milky with no sour aftertaste.
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green pepper and ham omelette:
When I saw it on the menu, the pairing of green pepper and egg was rather odd because green pepper has this distinct taste.
Anyway, when it arrived, I could smell freshly cracked black pepper that was sprinkled on.

The black pepper and green pepper went surprisingly well with the omelette and the texture of the omelette was soft and fluffy with a slightly runny centre.


It was just nice having the omelette with the toast and the side of salad was ok because it was dressed in sweet balsamic vinegar.
The baked beans were cold so I asked them and they said they were served cold.
I normally have my beans cold anyway because it tastes better.
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Mr. Chef Cafe (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Price: $34
Service: OK
Service charge: no
Yummy factor: ok
Napkins provided: yes
Portion sizes: reasonable
English Menu: Yes
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Queen of canned herbal jelly

There are so many dessert places in tin hau, but only came here because the traffic lights turn green so I could cross the road.

It was also empty which was another factor I tried it.





Basically, there was a menu with pictures and another black and white one which has the prices.


I picked the tofu princess which had tofu and banana according to the picture.
Ordered the dessert and the cocky snappy waitress asked for the money right away.

I wonder if this attitude is related to some robbery case last year which involved one of their staff taking the cash and doing a runner!
So they ensure their revenue by taking payment asap and locking it up tightly.

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Tofu princess $40:


Evidently canned grass jelly because they were unevenly cut and the coconut milk was too sweet.
The only fresh ingredient were the banana slices.
Definitely not worth $40, at other desserteries you can get much better desserts for $40.
The tofu was disappointing, it was just sweet tofu pudding!
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While I was there, one of the customers were choking and asked for tissue and the staff pretended not to hear the pleas, so the customers left angrily after eating.


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Tin Hau Dessert (Tin Hau)
Price: $40
Service: shit
Service charge: no
Yummy factor: crap
Sweetness levels: too sweet
Napkins provided: no
Air Conditioning: Yes
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Pasta with a Chinese fusion twist

Came here again because of the interesting fusion of fermented beancurd and pasta.


Basically it was lamb and pasta in fermented beancurd sauce.
In Chinese dishes lamb and fermented beancurd are always paired together so it should taste good.

The Matcha Azuki risotto was another interesting fusion dish too!
綠茶紅豆意大利飯
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Lamb pasta in fermented beancurd sauce:
羊肉腐乳意粉

To be honest $138 is a bit pricey for the pasta.

Anyway, the pasta was too creamy for my liking and the fermented beancurd sauce was not as strong as I would have liked.

According to the Chef, the fermented beancurd taste should be stronger and it should not have been so creamy, but that night it was not cooked by that Chef.
I think it would have tasted nice if the sauce was purely lamb and fermented beancurd.
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Green Orange (Sheung Wan)
Price: $14X
Service: OK
Service charge: 10%
Napkins provided: yes
Toilets: yes
Noise levels: No
Glass of water provided: yes
English Menu: Yes
Air Conditioning: Yes
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Experience Olde Hong Kong in Sai Kung

As you know, it's a sin for me to dine in Sai Kung because it is mainly Chinese food that is not up to scratch or the type that I like.
If I do dine in Sai Kung, it is only for Western food!

I dined at Olde Hong Kong Tea House because it was special.

The decor was different and the dishes they served were worth trying.



The glasses they used had an interesting bubble at the bottom.


In the afternoon, they serve Chinese high tea sets!!

The menu is beautifully designed illustrating that old Hong Kong touch!

Lunch is from 12-4pm which is good for late people.

The food choices were classic and interesting if you check the Chinese version for:
-country duck meat fettuccine
-braised chicken noodles in soy sauce
-Traditional style baked fish intestines in custard

Here were the dishes I ordered:
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Mixed mushrooms casserole rice:
(yuen jup gau goo boot jai faan)


I ordered this because the name was funny, it was called boot jai faan ie served in a bowl!
It was a great filling and meatless dish of mixed mushrooms in light gravy paired with piping hot rice beneath it.
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Uncut bbq pork with rice:
The pork they serve for BBQ pork is different from other places because they use a different cut of pork called 梅頭肉.
It was hard googling the English for 梅頭肉 so I gave up.


It was a juicy slice of pork which had a texture similar to pork neck meat without being too fat.
The texture was springy and it was covered in light gravy that was heavily infused with Shaoxing wine.


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Olde Hong Kong Tea Cafe (Sai Kung)
Price: $2XX
Service: good
Service charge: 10%
Yummy factor: good
Portion sizes: big
Glass of water provided: yes
English Menu: Yes
Air Conditioning: Yes
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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Heirdoomed

I have always wanted to try this place because they seem to serve the food I like.
Heirloom Eatery & More is located on Hollywood Road near these funeral services, hence the sightings of Chinese Hearses parked nearby.

Chinese Hearse's are different to Western ones which are black and the Chinese ones are metallic blue.

Anyway, the restaurant environment is nice with the sun shining through, there is a bar table in the middle if you don't get a table seat.





There is seating upstairs as well.


The toilet which I did not check out is really nicely decorated according to the reviews.


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Torta Bien Rica $90:



This was a toasted baguette filled with black beans, avocado, sour cream, tomato and jalapeno chili served with Sweet potato fries.
Not many places serve sweet potato fries which is one of the reasons to dine here.
Sweet potato fries are a popular thing in North America.
I loved the baguette because it was crusty and yeasty packed with so many flavours from the creamy avocado, tangy tomato and sour cream and the kick from the jalapeno chilis.
The black beans were mashed which mixed well with the other ingredients.
Finally the sweet potato fries were interesting because they were savoury and sweet.
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For people who claim charity expenses on their tax bill, they should check their receipts because there is a compulsory $1 that goes to Hagar International Charity.
To be honest it should be made visible.

According to the Hagar International Charity website it says:
Heirloom joins Hagar in recognizing the important role that the food & beverage industry plays in economically empowering Hagar’s clients through education, on-the-job training, and career progression opportunities.
At Heirloom, customers now have the option of adding HK$1 to their meal, which will directly benefit Hagar International.
I was NOT given AN OPTION nor was I informed when I paid!!


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Heirloom Eatery & More (Sheung Wan)
Price: $100
Service: OK
Service charge: 10%
Yummy factor: Delicious
Napkins provided: yes
Toilets: yes
Portion sizes: reasonable
Glass of water provided: yes
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

I have always wanted to try this place because they seem to serve the food I like.
Heirloom Eatery & More is located on Hollywood Road near these funeral services, hence the sightings of Chinese Hearses parked nearby.

Chinese Hearse's are different to Western ones which are black and the Chinese ones are metallic blue.

Anyway, the restaurant environment is nice with the sun shining through, there is a bar table in the middle if you don't get a table seat.


There is seating upstairs as well.

The toilet which I did not check out is really nicely decorated according to the reviews.

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Torta Bien Rica $90:

This was a toasted baguette filled with black beans, avocado, sour cream, tomato and jalapeno chili served with Sweet potato fries.
Not many places serve sweet potato fries which is one of the reasons to dine here.
Sweet potato fries are a popular thing in North America.
I loved the baguette because it was crusty and yeasty packed with so many flavours from the creamy avocado, tangy tomato and sour cream and the kick from the jalapeno chilis.
The black beans were mashed which mixed well with the other ingredients.
Finally the sweet potato fries were interesting because they were savoury and sweet.
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For people who claim charity expenses on their tax bill, they should check their receipts because there is a compulsory $1 that goes to Hagar International Charity.
To be honest it should be made visible.

According to the Hagar International Charity website it says:
Heirloom joins Hagar in recognizing the important role that the food & beverage industry plays in economically empowering Hagar’s clients through education, on-the-job training, and career progression opportunities.
At Heirloom, customers now have the option of adding HK$1 to their meal, which will directly benefit Hagar International.
I was NOT given AN OPTION nor was I informed when I paid!!

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Heirloom Eatery & More (Sheung Wan)
Price: $100
Service: OK
Service charge: 10%
Yummy factor: Delicious
Napkins provided: yes
Toilets: yes
Portion sizes: reasonable
Glass of water provided: yes
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Monday, 24 February 2014

3M - Celebrate [M]ickey and [M]innie at [M]axims

For Disney fans, they are going to adore these Mickey and Minnie mouse mousse cakes.
To protect these cakes during transportation, they have a piece of decorated card around the cake that serves as a design as well.

After it is removed, it looks like this.

Basically, both cakes have a dome shaped chocolate mousse cake on top which represents the head with two round pieces of thin chocolate stuck on it for the ears.
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Minnie:

After slicing it, there are layers of cake, mousse and jelly.

I liked this cake because it was a mix of chocolate and strawberry mousse with soft layers of cake in the middle and the sweetness was just right.
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Mickey:


The Mickey cake was basically a double serving of chocolate mousse cake with crispy Valhrona chocolate which is rich but not too sweet.
A great cake for chocolate lovers.
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