Monday, August 31, 2015

GUM “JENG!" X 御前上茶 - Matcha in Taiwanese Version

Back of the GUMGUMGUM store at Festival Walk, Gum Jeng is a new hit spot for the matchaholic. Instead of their original local street food concept, they move their matcha menu all the way from Mongkok to the central shopping district of HK Island.
It showcases a range of Taiwanese matcha based desserts, which includes wagashi, shaved ice, ice cream, summer smoothie as well as limited options of houjicha tea and tofu varieties.
The matcha sundae consists of matcha jelly, tofu pudding, red beans, rice puffs and serve atop matcha soft serve with two decadent chewy dango. The production though sounds massive, in fact is perfect for one serving because the soft serve is light and less filling, while the matcha jelly gives a mild and subtle matcha flavor. In particular, the tofu pudding is also impressively refreshing and silky in texture.
Coming to my favourite Japanese wagashi, the warabimochi is another must order here. Covered with matcha powder and toasted soybean powder respectively, they are served with matcha and houjicha syrup. The latter one is superbly spot on with black sugar sweetness and toasty characters from the soybean powder.
With all matcha cafes going around Causeway Bay, GUM “JENG!” is surely a great option for the matcha craze.

Matcha & Soybean Powder Warabimochi

Matcha Sundae

Matcha Sundae

Matcha & Soybean Powder Warabimochi

Matcha & Soybean Powder Warabimochi

Pay before the meal

GUM “JENG!" X 御前上茶
Address: G/F, 8-10 Cleveland Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Telephone: 3486 7307
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00-22:00

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Scarlett Cafe & Wine Bar - Heart Melting Chocolate

This cozy wine bar has already been a hit in Bangkok and Beijing. At Scarlett, its wood and metal setting includes comfortable dining seatings on the first floor, main bar and a wine cellar where serves valuable French wines.
From breakfast, lunch to dinner, it offers amazing food selections, American style breakfast, freshly made pastries, inexpensive set lunches and absolutely diverse a la cartes. 
At the blackboard menus, you will also find great options of cheese or terrine tapas and Chef Specials.
Our dinner starts with an appetizer from their signature list. The slow cooked poached egg made with red wine is super runny; while smothered over lardon sauce, pork fat in other words, it has become a truly unbeatable combination.
We also loved the French onion soup with a piece of cheesy crouton.
For a dish from the land, the 20 hour slow cooked pork belly is perfectly tender, braised at 66 C and butchered with fatty layers alternating between. Who can resist such a great piece of pork belly!
Some recommended sweet treats have also been my favourites here. A floating island, which is an airy egg white meringue serving over a sweet vanilla custard, atop with strawberry sauce and crunchy slivered almond.
The molten chocolate cake is an absolute match made in heaven. Served warm in a casserole pot, with gooey molten centre and a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream.
For sure Scarlett Cafe & WIne Bar is your next place to chill for a relaxing vibe in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Warm Molten Chocolate Cake

Scarlett's Kitchen

Potato Chip Basket

Salt & Pepper

French Baguette

Traditional French Onion Soup
Beef consomme served with gratinated gruyere crouton

Poached Eggs “Meurette”
Slow cooked poached in red wine and lardon sauce

Kurobota Pork Belly
Braised pork belly, Du Puy lentils

Floating Island

Warm Molten Chocolate Cake

Scarlett Cafe & Wine Bar
Address: 2 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: 3565 6512
Opening Hours: 07:00-00:00

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Yat Tung Heen 逸東軒 - Lovely Mango Mochi

Parent to their branch located at Eaton Hotel, Yat Tung Heen is also easily accessible at Wan Chai close to the Convention Centre. It has a great ambience for business lunch or family gathering, and certainly serve good quality dim sum.
As a dedication to their signature barbecued pork, we ordered baked bbq pork buns to start. The pastry is excellently made with golden brown sweet crust and honey glazed char siu filling.
The ox tripe is also tasty according to my parents, whilst the tossed noodles are comparatively less attractive to my liking.
Needless to say, the pig knuckles is absolutely divine. Cooked in the “Eight Treasure” vinegar that is prepared to the perfect sweetness, with substantial ratio of pork knuckles to ginger.
The most astonishing finish of the meal is a platter of mango mochi. The mango pieces are surprisingly sweet, which are wrapped with moist and chewy glutinous skin.
Consider all these ordinary dim sum, I am probably not returning. But nonetheless, this place is still great in treating appetizing Cantonese cuisine.

Chilled Mango Glutinous Rolls

Crispy Whitebait

Baked Barbecued Pork Buns

Barbecued Pork Filling

Braised Ox Tripe with Ginger & Spring Onions

Ox Tripe

Pig's Knuckle with Ginger & Sweetened Black Vinegar

Pig's Knuckle

Hard Boiled Egg

Egg Yolk

 Tossed Noodles with Sliced Barbecued Pork, Ginger & Spring Onions

Tossed Noodles with Sliced Barbecued Pork, Ginger & Spring Onions

Chilled Mango Glutinous Rolls

Sweet Mango

Walnut Sweet Soup

Yat Tung Heen 逸東軒
Address: 2/F, Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2878 1212
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00 ; Sun 10:00-23:00

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Dining Room 南小館 - Modern Shanghai Eatery

The Dining Room is a modern interpretation of the Shanghai Min. With unique wooden decor, spacious ceiling and a semi-open kitchen, this Shanghainese fare hits all the best Shanghai dishes from traditional dim sum to sophisticated desserts.
I have been to their Causeway Bay branch at Hysan Place for several times and it has been honestly one of my favourite spots for Shanghai cuisines, not to mention the very reasonably priced menu.
As always, we start with a signature pan seared pork buns, served in a mini skillet, with excellently crispy bottom and burnt-your-mouth soupy filling.
Follow by a new addition to their seasonal menu, the shrimp toast is made deep fried with shrimp paste and sesame seeds topping for ensure crunchiness.
The pork belly shaomai is a twist on the traditional version that is wrapped with glutinous sticky rice and cubes of braised pork belly.
We finish with a signature dessert platter, which comes with two puddings and two sweet treats of your choice.
It is a complete knockout because it includes all of my favourite items on the dessert menu. All the puddings are equally silky and smooth, whereas the lovely looking crispy rice dumpling is filled with sweet custard. This is a must have!
Next time, forget about the posh Shanghai restaurants and come to this pretty eatery for a surprising twist!

Osmanthus Honey Rice Puddings

The Dining Room's Menu

The Dining Room

Signature Pan Fried Crispy Pork Soup Buns

Pork Filling

Deep Fried Crispy Shrimp Toast with Sesame

Grandma's Braised Pork Belly Shaomai

Grandma's Braised Pork Belly Shaomai

Noodles with Soy & Scallion Oil

The Dining Room Sweet Platter

Chilled Floral Jasmine Pudding, Shanghai Rice Wine Soup Pudding
茉莉花茶凍, 上海酒釀布丁

Osmanthus Honey Rice Puddings

Crispy Rice Dumplings with Sesame & Pomelo

Custard Filling

Chilled Floral Jasmine Pudding, Shanghai Rice Wine Soup Pudding
茉莉花茶凍, 上海酒釀布丁

The Dining Room 南小館
Address: Shop 501, 5/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2884 2299
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30-23:00

Monday, August 24, 2015

Arome Bakery 東海堂 - The Melon Shower

Lately, Arome Bakery has again introduced two new series to their patisseries. The earlier is a Japanese melon whilst the other is our all time favourite Uji matcha green tea
After a few collections of their sweet purple potato and autumn chestnut, I know I should continue it with these melon cakes, which has been an obsession literally!
There is a promotion of 15% discount for 3 per purchase, so I decided on a melon tart, melon roll cake and an Uji matcha rather than the less attractive melon dessert cup.
While the fluffy sponge roll is filled with cubes of fresh melon and sweetened whipped cream that has a slightly artificial melon flavor, the butter tart is similarly topped with very fresh honeydew melon balls but less cream.
Coming to the matcha cup, I am disappointed by the weak matcha flavor of the dome shaped jello, which has been overridden by the thick cream cheese. A worth to note is the moist matcha sponge layer in between that is comparatively better and delectable.
After all, it is true that the baby light green colour is particularly appealing, but this green set is certainly not be my favourite.

Melon Roll Cake

Melon Tart

Uji Matcha Cream Cheese Cup

Arome Bakery 東海堂
Address: Shop G56, G/F, Phase II, Kingswood Ginza, Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long, New Territories
Telephone: 2790 7606

Caffe Habitu - Rosemantic Summer

Thick, velvety and feathery light. Hmmm!
Habitu's rosemantic summer is all about sharing, caring, love and of course, food!
Few months ago, I passed by Caffe Habitu pop up store at Hysan Place, they were giving out samples to try and that was when I had my first sip of frappuccino.
I would highly recommend beginners to try the rose habiccino, blended with Parisian roses, fresh apples and wholesome yogurt.
Otherwise, the iced rose cappuccino will best fit coffee addicts. Consists of freshly brewed iced coffee, your choice of milk (soy in my case), thick frothy foam, the flavors are all combined with a taste of rose. It is the best summer drink ever!

Feathery Light Iced Rose Cappuccino

HABITU the Table



Feathery Light Iced Rose Cappuccino

Habitu ALL DAY
Address: Shop No. 2030- 2033, 2/F Tuen Mun Town Plaza Phase 1, 1 Tuen Shing Street, Tuen Mun, New Territories
Telephone: 3584 7872
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00-22:00

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