Sunday, January 26, 2014

Papi - Dinner

I feel so blessed to be able to gather up with my family again for a dinner. We assume this night as our "tun lin fan" for the celebration of Chinese New Year. 
They do not have set menu for you and it's like tapas. We ordered a few dishes including ribs, salmon roe spaghetti and the following.

Caesar salad

Crab cakes
(BEST of the best! Even better than that at OpenKitchen)

Meatballs in tomato sauce

Oxtail braised in red wine 

Beef and blue cheese pizza

Papi's signature tiramisu

Address: 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2811 2681
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30-00:00

Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong 公和荳品廠 - Dessert

This bean curd deli is one of those with long history. They have smooth tofu pudding, fragrant soya milk and a few traditional tofu snacks. However, I am very disappointed because they only serve original soy milk hot but not for ginger soy milk (cold).

Ginger Tofu Pudding

Ginger Soy Milk

Fish meat stuffed eggplant, capsicum and tofu puff

Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong 公和荳品廠
Address: 67 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2718 0976
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 08:30-20:30

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Starbucks Coffee - Afternoon Tea

I won't deny myself as a big fan of Starbucks coffee. Today was a quick afternoon spent with mommy at this cafe where nearby my high school. With two given $25 voucher, we got a roasted pumpkin muffin and the Starbucks classic blueberry cheesecake.

Bird eye view of pumpkin muffin

a golden muffin top with roasted pumpkin seeds and slivered almonds

Classic blueberry cheesecake

Address: Cathay Mansion, 3-17 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2504 5611

Friday, January 24, 2014

Xiao Tian Gu 小甜谷 - Dessert

A Chinese dessert place famous for milk puddings and panna cotta. My mommy ordered a cashew nut sweet soup and I got steamed milk with ginger sauce. The pudding is much on a stiff side with a weak aftertaste of milk. The level of sweetness is alright according to my liking, but it ain't worth for another visit again.

Hokkaido Steamed Milk
Xiao Tian Gu 小甜谷
Address: 10 School Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2882 6133

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 - Dinner

Dinner with Mom
If you ask what cuisine do we most frequently have, I would say Shanghainese. We just love xiao long bao and fried buns too much. But what if Taiwanese xiao long bao is even better. Really?
After a visit to Din Tai Fung at Hong Kong today, I could tell that their xiao long bao is the best I've ever eaten. The wrapper is so thin yet it doesn't leak any of its juices. It is also interesting to know that their baos are steamed above a cloth in a bamboo steamer.

Kalimeris herb with dried tofu

Shanghai-style deep-fried fish (yellow croaker)

Xiao long bao

Steamed vegetarian dumplings

Almond tofu pudding

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐
Address: 68 Yee Wo Street, 68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Telephone: 3160 8988
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30-22:00

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao 翡翠拉麵小籠包 - Dinner

Dim Sum with Mom
My mom didn't feel that hungry tonight, so I suggested to have some Shanghainese dim sum at one of my favourite restaurants, Crystal Jade, where rated with Michelin star. We ordered a vegetarian steamed dumplings, and several yummies.

Cucumbers and yams marinated in garlic sauce

Deep fried crispy eels in sweet and sour sauce

Fried fake crab cake (with pork and shitaki mushroom filling)

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao 翡翠拉麵小籠包
Address: One International Finance Centre, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2295 3811
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Taiwan Beef Noodle 台灣牛肉麵 - Dinner

A night out with parents
Kowloon City is a place where you can find loads of restaurants, and mainly there are thai, taiwanese and bakeries. Taiwan Beef Noodle is one of those that I often visit because they have amazing beef tendons and noodles. Tonight, my dad ordered a set dinner for one whereas me and my mom ordered some a la carte from the menu.

Taiwanese braised beef shanks and beef tendons

Taiwanese steamed buns served with condensed milk

Taiwanese xiao long bao

Smoked fish in sweet and savory sauce

Vegetable noodles in thickened soup broth

Taiwan Beef Noodle
Address: 40 Lion Rock Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2926 6018
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-00:00

Saturday, January 11, 2014

CUCINA - Semi Lunch Buffet

Third visit to Cucina with family
This is my third visit to Cucina. I really enjoy their semi lunch buffet and how they settle the menu as you are allowed to choose different main courses with just an additional $30; or even not going for mains (my preference). We ordered pasta and steak this time. They have a variety of antipasti, freshly opened oysters, soups and cheeses. For dessert, they have movenpick ice creams, cakes and patisseries. Sounds amazing aren't they? Let me show you their restaurant this time.

Antipasti of roasted beetroot, pumpkin, tomato & mozzarella salad, caesar salad and self-serve salad

Pizza and focaccia

Oyster bar

Movenpick ice cream:
mango and passion fruit sorbet
panna cotta

Dessert section:
pistachio cannoli
apple crumble loaf
blueberry cheesecake
chocolate hazelnut mousse cake
creme brulee
jelly shot
bread and butter pudding
fruit salad

Cheeses with condiments

Assorted hams and breads

Oysters served with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges

Cold scallops

Pumpkin soup

Shrimp linguini in lobster sauce

Roasted steak

My choice of desserts:
Chocolate chips pie
Creme brulee
Bread and butter pudding

Caramel ice cream with silvered almonds

Decaffeinated cappuccino

Check out my past reviews in 2012 and 2013

Address: Harbour City, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2113 0808
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00-15:00; 18:00-01:00

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Yuen Kee Dessert 源記甜品專家 - Dessert

Desserts with parents
After dinner, my dad drove us out for some desserts at West Point. We often come here for what they are famous for - walnut paste.  What I admire the most are their lotus seeds, which aren't bitter and crunchy enough to my appetite.

Herbal taxillus sweet soup with lotus seeds 

Walnut paste with lotus seeds

Yuen Kee Dessert 源記甜品專家
Address: 32 Centre Street, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2548 8687
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00-23:30

Lab Made Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Laboratory - Ice Cream

Lab Made is a food laboratory offering a variety of different liquid nitrogen ice creams. The menu changes week to week, season to season, and there are a popular list of flavor. HK Crispy Toast, HK Custard Bun, Creme Brulee, Purple Love (i.e. Valentine's Day Special) and Milky Matcha.
Favourites are HK Crispy Toast, with the unbeatable peanut butter ganache; HK Custard Bun, consists of bits and pieces of crumbled lai wong bao. While the creme brulee is garnished distinctively with sugar crystals, the purple sweet potato flavor is extraordinary with bits of purple potato chips and swirls of potato puree! The scoop of Matcha is also drizzled with sweetened condensed milk and its weak bitterness Matcha is balanced with sprinkle of milk crumbs.

HK Crispy Toast

Creme Brulee

Purple Love

HK Custard Bun

Milky Matcha

Lab Made Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Laboratory
Address: Shop G42, G/F., Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2670 0071
Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 12:00-00:00  Fri-Sat 12:00-0200

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Open Kitchen - Brunch

Brunch with Lau's family
Before heading to Cheung Chau to visit our relatives for a barbecue dinner, we met up earlier at IFC for a brunch with Lau's family. This is used to be Simplylife Bread & Wine, but now they tend to change their name where they still serve same food with same menu.

French bread with butter

Lobster bisque with spelt and barley

All day breakfast

Trio tomato salad with buffalo mozzarella and mango

Homemade fettuccine in black truffle cream sauce with mushroom

Organic brown rice risotto with scallop in tomato sauce

Crab cake with quail egg and fennel salad

Chicken and mushroom burger with fries and coleslaw

Banoffee pie

Lime cheesecake

Open Kitchen
Address: 中環港景街1號國際金融中心商場二期1樓1081號舖
Telephone: 2234 7256
Opening Hours: 星期一至六:07:00-23:00  星期日及公眾假期:09:00-23:30
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