Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mazazu Crepe - Strawberry! Caramel! Custard!

This crepe doesn't sound "French" at all. More on their Japanese style, with a little "Mother's love" I guess? The crepe has a moist, fluffy and chewy texture, but I wonder why is it cold even it is made right after ordering. The custard filling is to die for, so as the sweet caramel syrup that pairs amazingly with the slightly tart strawberries. Custard! Caramel! Strawberry! How can they go wrong?

Strawberry with Caramel & Custard
焦糖吉士草莓

Strawberry with Caramel & Custard
焦糖吉士草莓

Caramel Sauce, Custard and Sliced Strawberries
焦糖醬,吉士醬,草莓切片

Mazazu Crepe (Mother's Crepe)
Address: B2, Basement, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2377 9978
Opening Hours: 12:30-21:00

Fujiyama Go Go 55 富士山55 - Tsukemen Keep It Hot!

I really appreciate the serving idea of Fujiyama 55. They keep your Tsukemen broth over an induction cooker, which helps to prevent the broth from dropping temperature, just like my earlier experience at Mita Seimen Jo. The Sakura shrimp broth is a little too thin for me but still good enough to go with the medium-cut noodle. I would prefer the pork bone based dipping noodle that has thicker size noodle and the broth has a deeper flavor. The Char Siu is alright, not too tough and a bit fatty. All in all, the ramen egg is very well excelled with soft exterior and creamy eggy yolk in the middle.

Ramen Egg (Ajitsuke Tamago)

Induction Cooker

Sakura Shrimp Thick Broth
濃香櫻花蝦湯

Sakura Shrimp Thick Broth Dipping Noodle (No Spring Onion, Soft Noodle, Add Nori)
濃香櫻蝦沾麵 (走蔥,軟麵,加紫菜)

Sakura Shrimp Thick Broth Dipping Noodle (Tsukemen)
濃香櫻蝦沾麵

Pork Bone Thick Broth
特濃豚骨湯

Pork Bone Broth Dipping Noodle (No Spring Onion, Soft Noodle, Add Fungus)
特濃豚骨沾麵 (走蔥,軟麵,加黑木耳)

Pork Bone Broth Dipping Noodle (Tsukemen)
特濃豚骨沾麵

Fujiyama Go Go 55 富士山55
Address: Shop 1, G/F, Progress Commercial Building, 9 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2363 3334
Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shung Hing Chiu Chow Restaurant 尚興潮州飯店 - Oldie Teochew

This is an old Chiu Chow restaurant with long history since my most latest visit is in 10 years ago. The service is expected and acceptably straight forward, fast but unfriendly. Goose meat and wings are submerged for long in their superb house made soy sauce, with a bed of tofu soaking it up underneath. We have the pig tripes pepper soup which could be more spicier. The steamed fish served cold with salty soy bean dip is so simple yet full of omega oil. The typical oyster omelette is well excelled with crispy edges and fatty baby oysters. Best serve with a dash of black pepper and fish sauce.

Goose Web, Wing & Meat with Soy Sauce
潮州鵝掌翼片

Pig's Stomach with Pepper in Soup
胡椒豬肚湯

Cold Steamed Fish
凍馬友

Fried Baby Oyster with Scrambled Egg
潮州蠔烙

Shung Hing Chiu Chow Restaurant 尚興潮州飯店
Address: G/F, 33 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2544 8776
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-01:00

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ma Suya 塩屋 - House of Salt

Last but not the least, our Taipei trip ends with this sweet and salty combination of creamy, milky, smooth soft serve ice cream in a crispy waffle cone. Hmm!!! It can be creamier and less icy though.

Sea Salt Milk Soft Serve (Fake)
海塩牛奶霜淇淋

Sea Salt Milk Soft Serve (Real)
海塩牛奶霜淇淋

Ma Suya 塩屋 塩之專門店
Address: B2, No. 12, Nanjing West Road, Taipei City, Taiwan
(Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Taipei Nanxi Store One)
Telephone: +02 2982 1168

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 - Best XLB

No doubt that the best xiao long bao in Taipei is of course at Din Tai Fung. The service here at Taipei is so much friendlier, efficient and nicer than that in Hong Kong. Here are our orders and the taro xlb dessert is probably my first favourite sweet xlb.

Spicy Pickled Cucumber
辣味黃瓜

Sautéed Spring Bean with Minced Pork
乾煸四季豆

Bamboo Shoots
油燜筍

Crab Roe & Pork Meat Dumpling
蟹粉小籠包 

Vermicelli with Bean Curd Puff & Pork Soup
油豆腐細粉 

Steamed Shrimp & Pork Shao Mai
蝦仁燒賣

Original Hot & Sour Soup
原味酸辣湯

Steamed Red Bean Filled Dumpling
豆沙小籠包

Steamed Taro Filled Dumpling
芋泥小籠包

Sweet Taro Filling
芋泥
Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐
Address: B2, No. 12, Nanjing West Road, Taipei City, Taiwan
(Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Taipei Nanxi Store One)
Telephone: +02 2511 1555
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 11:30-21:30 ; Fri-Sun 11:00-22:00

Cold Stone Creamery - Unexpectedly Sweet

Cold Stone is not Taiwan based, and technically is more in American style. Their ice creams are tossed with tremendous toppings and serve usually in the signature waffle cup. I find a very interesting flavor at Taipei store, Tie Guan Yin, a kind of Chinese tea. Nevertheless, it is still too sweet to my liking and the tea flavor should be more pronounced. Another founder's favourite with brownies, walnut, chocolate and caramel syrup is globally the all time favourites.

"Founder's Favourite"
創始者的最愛

Cold Stone Waffle Cup

Cream Ice Cream, Brownie, Walnuts, Chocolate Syrup, Caramel Syrup
香奶冰淇淋, 布朗尼, 胡桃, 巧克力醬, 焦糖醬

"Founder's Favourite"
創始者的最愛

Tie Guan Yin Ice Cream
鐵觀音茶冰淇淋
Cold Stone Creamery
Address: B2/F, No.1, Section 1, Chengde Road, Datong District  Taipei City, Taipei
Telephone: +02 225 5271

Tresors de la mer 煮海 - AAD

The Addiction Aquatic Development (AAD), is a recent popular place among Taiwan travellers. It is located at Taipei's Fish Market, where they sell fresh seafoods, serve cooked seafood and fresh sashimi or sushi. Our dinner has included a sashimi platter, some grills and stews, lobster, prawns and surprisingly ended with a platter of refreshing guava pieces with seeds removed, and chocolate lava cakes filled with overly sweet butterscotch.

Addiction Aquatic Development
上引水產

Tresors de la mer
煮海

Seafood Fried Rice
海鮮炒飯

Family Sashimi Platter
家庭刺身拼盤

Tuna Sashimi
吞拿魚

Abalone Sashimi
鮑魚

Scallop Sashimi
帶子

Grilled Shrimps
烤海蝦

Clams in White Wine
白酒煮花甲

Clams in White Wine
白酒煮花甲

Grilled King Prawns
烤大蝦

Spicy Toro Hand Roll
辣鮪手手卷

Uni Hand Roll
馬糞赤海膽手卷

Crab Roe & Meat Hand Roll
蟹味噌手卷

Lobster & Tofu Stew
上湯豆腐煮龍蝦

Lobster
龍蝦

Guava & Chocolate Butterscotch Lava Cake
蕃石榴, 焦糖奶油流心巧克力蛋糕

Chocolate Butterscotch Lava Cake
焦糖奶油流心巧克力蛋糕

Tresors de la mer 煮海 @ Addiction Aquatic Development (AAD) 上引水產
Address: 2/F, No. 20, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Telephone: +02 2508 1268
Opening Hours: 11:00-00:00
Website: http://www.addiction.com.tw

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