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Chef Master Chiuchow Kitchen, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

September 28, 2012 9 comments

Part of the Maxim group, this restaurant can be located in Taikoo Shing. I walk past it every day to and from home to the station and have always been intrigued by it. We were catching up with the family, my uncle and aunty and I suggested this place.  Reservations are highly recommended as it was quite busy on Sunday night when we went.

Chiu Chow cuisine is also known as Teochew cuisine which originated from the Chaoshan region in the north-easternmost area of Guangdong province in China.

Chiu Chow food is quite famous for their goose. You can’t really get good goose in Sydney, so this was a must. The goose was extremely tender and succulent, it had the right amount of meat to fat ratio and absolutely incredibly delicious. I am sure ‘the mother’ and I ate most of it – it was SOOOOO good!

Another Chiu Chow dish that I really enjoy is the braised pork belly. Braised for hours until all the sauce is immersed in the meat itself. I have to admit, it was a little fatty but oh so wonderful – beautifully succulent, the family was fighting for every single last piece.

The oyster omelette was good but I have definitely have had better in Singapore. I thought it was a little doughy and the oysters were rather small and not enough of it.

This was probably by far my favourite dish – even ‘The Mother’ who doesn’t like aubergine absolutely loved it! Aubergine with minced pork and a whole heap of chili!

These wontons like dish was actually quite tasty, inside were egg whites with prawns and tofu. It was different but delicious.

We also ordered a side of vegetables.

The tofu was silky smooth – we probably shouldn’t have ordered a plate of this, as below both goose and pork belly there were a mountain of tofu. Luckily we all like tofu!

Service was minimal but good. Food was definitely excellent and price was reasonable. From memory the bill came up to 400HKD which is good. Have not ordered any takeaway yet, but I am sure I will get some goose and aubergine soon.

I have been to a couple Chiu Chow restaurants and I have to say, I am definitely a fan!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Chef Master Chiuchow Kitchen

Shop G1016-17, G/F, Chi Sing Mansion,

Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2886 2100

Buffet at Kitchen, W Hotel, Hong Kong

September 26, 2012 4 comments

As I am on the hunt for the best breakfast in Hong Kong, there will be a lot of posts about breakfast places. Not only that, with Dragon it has been difficult going out for dinner. For one, after work, the only thing I want to do is see my little munchkin and second of all, it has been hard going out with her at night, as she doesn’t sleep well outside and her sleep becomes interrupted making her extremely grumpy.

I was catching with two of my dearest friends, N and Z – they moved to Hong Kong almost 2 years ago when I was leaving to go back to Sydney. I am glad that they are still around which means that we get to hang a lot more. Z suggested we go to the W hotel, where we haven’t been and had ‘good’ breakfast. W hotel offers buffet breakfast and it was indeed a good ‘spread’.

Lots of different varieties, ranging from fruits, breads, yogurts to hot breakfast including eggs, bacon, rice, porridge and many more.

Plate no 1: baked beans, chicken sausages, bacon – I can never say no to bacon, mushrooms, and eggs benedict. A pretty good selection I thought and everything was hot and delicious.

Plate no 2: I was getting full by this stage – yes, quite pathetic really, I really don’t get my money’s worth when it comes to buffet! Fruits were next – they had rambutan and OH MY! Haven’t had those in years. The fruit salad selection I thought could have been better, but I was pretty happy with my rambutan.

N got some desserts – I couldn’t fit anything else in, some Danish and pastries, which he thought was quite good but filing

The fruits with yogurt I enjoyed, the fruit smoothie weren’t great unfortunately, I think it has been sitting there for a while hence warm and not great.

Overall I thought the W hotel provided a good ‘spread’ for breakfast. From memory it was 360HKD pp. It’s a nice hotel and the food isn’t too bad, so would definitely happy come back.

It was definitely lovely to catch up with two of my dearest friends, and I look forward to seeing you more!

PS: the Abercrombie models that was in Hong Kong actually stayed at the W hotel… we saw a few eye candies 🙂

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Buffet at Kitchen

6/F, W Hotel, 1 Austin Road West

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 3717 2299

La Marmite, Central, Hong Kong

September 24, 2012 1 comment

Apologies for the lack of post lately, have been on a work trip in China and couldn’t blog. Managed to eat at a few places, so will blog about them later on. Glad to be back in Hong Kong, totally missed my little munchkin. Anyway more about China later on.

Everyone in the office enjoys good food – it is important and something we discuss every day. It’s very social, we try not to go out every day as it is not good for our hips but we do eat together at least two or three times a week. I have a writing board in my office, and on it we have written places that we should try or worth going back. I am not sure about you guys, but most of the time, we would forget about certain restaurants and struggle to decide what to eat, hence putting it on the board where we can ‘visually’ see it.

La Marmite made it on the list – my colleague has been here many times now and claims it’s ‘not bad’. La Marmite is in Soho, which is a bit of a walk from our office but I was willing to give it a go. They claim to be a French restaurant and offer diner set menus – either two or three courses. A lot of the lunch options in Hong Kong have set menus and I have struggled to eat two courses at lunch.

We started with fresh baguette, which was served warm. It had a crunchy exterior and slathered with butter was delicious. I have missed good bread; there aren’t a lot of places that you can get good baguette.

I think from memory, the course changes daily or every couple of days. Today for entrée there are three options – beetroot soup with kidney beans, smoked duck breast with mixed salad or goat cheese salad, pine nut and sundried tomato dressing. We both opt for the smoked duck breast with mixed salad. The salad looked a little depressing, only four pieces of small duck breast on a bed of greens drizzled with hoy sin sauce. The salad was surprisingly fresh and light and the duck was actually quite tasty, albeit not much of it!

For the mains, again three options – wagyu beef top side served with mash potato (for an additional 28HKD), vegetarian style quiche or garlic prawns linguine with tomato sauce. Again we both opt for wagyu beef top side served with mash potato.

WOW – I was impressed, however, anything would be ‘impressive’ after the duck salad. The beef were incredibly tender that it just melted in your mouth, and the sauce was creamy but not sickly. The mash smooth and complemented the beef well. It was good, more than good.

I was full, however, my colleague was tempted to have the crème brule which he ordered. When it arrived, we both looked at each other and said ‘this is not crème brulee’. There is no sugar coating on top which meant we couldn’t do the ‘crack test’. It was floating in syrup – which is not crème brulee. It looked more like crème caramel or flan and it was sickly sweet. Colleague didn’t finish it as it was just too sickly.

After hearing so many good things about La Marmite, I have to say that I was a little disappointed. I blame this on my colleague who wouldn’t stop raving about it! It’s not bad but thought the dishes were a bit of a hit and miss. Salad was a little disappointing, but the wagyu main was excellent. I was told that dinner was better, but I am beginning to doubt his judgement! HA! Would definitely be happy to give it another go to see but probably won’t be back in a hurry.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10 (only because of the beef!)

La Marmite

G/F&1/F, 46 Staunton Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2803 7808

Hung Kee Seafood Restaurant, Sai Kung, Hong Kong

September 21, 2012 4 comments

Sorry for the lack of post! Just got back from a work trip in China. Did manage to eat at a few nice places so will post them later on. This post is a little overdue but I guess better late than never right?

The family and I borrowed my uncle’s car and drove to Sai Kung which is part of the Sai Kung District in the New Territories, Hong Kong. It is known as ‘Hong Kong’s back garden’ because of the beautiful hiking trails and beaches in the area. It’s not the first time that we have been to Sai Kung, ‘The Mother’ and I have hiked in Sai Kung and have eaten here a couple of times before.

We couldn’t decide where to eat, well more like we didn’t really know where to eat so found the busiest one which was Hung Kee Seafood Restaurant. There were many small tanks outside the restaurant which diners can look and pick.

Set menus are offered to diners, and from memory we picked one that was around about 700hkd for two people and add more dishes. The set menu consisted of razor clams, salt and pepper calamari, sweet and sour pork and vegetables. We added more razor clams and some prawns at an additional cost.

The razor clams I LOVE – cooked with black bean sauce and chili it was fresh, light and absolutely delicious.

The salt and pepper calamari were crispy and tender.

The sweet and sour pork was a little bit disappointing, the pork meat were a little hard and the batter soggy even when it first arrived at our table.

The steamed fish was excellent – you can never go wrong with steam fish, it was cooked to perfection.

The extra razor clams that we got was steamed, and cooked with garlic – even though this was good, I think I prefer it with black bean sauce.

The salt and pepper prawns were good, but I have definitely had better.

Service minimal, they over charged us, but thankfully we looked at the bill closely. They thought we had got a set menu for 4, which wasn’t the case. Thankfully after much banter, that was resolved but it took a while – so make sure you check!

Food was a bit of a hit and miss, which was a shame as I wanted some good seafood. I am sure you get something better on Hong Kong island or another island.

GA’s rating: 6.5 / 10

Hung Kee Seafood Restaurant

Shop 6 & 9 – 10, G/F

Siu Yat Building, Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square

Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2792 1348

Cafe Habitu, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

September 12, 2012 3 comments

I have been totally and utterly spoilt by living in Surry Hills in Sydney. The many cafés, the coffees and the wonderful breakfast that I am now suffering withdrawals! Hong Kong has great food, but it lacks brunch places, especially cafés that serve good breakfast and coffee. How I long to wander down the streets of Surry Hills and eat in one of my favourite cafes, have a delicious bacon and eggs for breakfast sipping coffee whilst reading the paper. It does not happen here in Hong Kong! Unless I have been going to the wrong area and if so, please do tell me!

Café Habitu has many branches; there is even one near our place in City Plaza in Taikoo. I was having breakfast with my parents, and suggested this place. I was overcoming a virus and thought I should eat something bland and non-oily and that was exactly what I got!

Café Habitu serves all day breakfast, which I usually love. I ordered the scrambled eggs with mushrooms. The scrambled eggs were rather ordinary, a little dry and tasteless. The mushroom was good but it’s not hard to just fry mushrooms right? Doesn’t it look a little sad? I could have definitely made something better!

Dad’s breakfast was definitely better, he ordered the big breakfast which consisted of eggs, mushroom, bacon, smoked salmon, baked beans and two sausages. DEFINITELY better, although the scrambled eggs were still dry but everything else was surprisingly ok.

Service minimal, unless you order hot food, you pretty much have to pick it up yourself. The coffee I thought was so so – definitely have had better that’s for sure.

Overall, disappointing. I am missing my brunch on the weekend, not just the location but the food!

GA’s ratings: 5 / 10

Café Habitu

Cityplaza

Shop 22B, 18 Taikoo Shing Road,

Taikoo Shing, Island East

Ph: +852 2904 8676

Best duck rice, Wai Kee, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

September 10, 2012 2 comments

I really do like this cooked food centre which has many foods stalls on Bowrington Road, Wan Chai. I have been here a few times now, mainly to eat their seafood, it’s fresh, cheap and absolutely delicious. I was catching up with an old school friend, M, for lunch and she suggested we get duck rice – she claims it is the best duck rice in Hong Kong.

Don’t expect much though in terms of décor or service. It is very ghetto – lots of plastic chairs, wooden tables, plastic cups and communal jug of tea, chopsticks, and plastic spoon. Service minimal but food – INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS! Especially if you like duck!

 

We were here for one thing, the duck rice and a large serving at that. It was warm and fresh, skin incredibly crispy and duck meat melt-in-your mouth tender. The marinate is wonderful, and not too salty and the duck… I can’t begin to tell you how fantastic it is! The aroma, the taste, the flavour…. simply delicious!

We also got a plate of radish (wasn’t photo worthy!) which was nice and soft. I hear they have slow cooked pomelo-peels which is a popular dish and often sold out during the weekend. The lamb curry is supposed to be good too, but we were too full to order both. There will definitely be a next time.

Definitely worth coming for, it does get busy but rest assured turnover is quite quick. They are not open for dinner as I was told, so it is only a lunch time thing! I can’t remember how much each plate cost, but we ordered 3 plates and with radish and it was less than HKD100 (less than $13) – BARGAIN!

If only this place was closer to work – wouldn’t mind duck rice tomorrow for lunch

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Wai Kee

Shop 5, 1/F Bowrington Road Market

21 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2574 1131

Naha Japanese, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

Naha Japanese is literary downstairs from where we live. I have walked past this place many times, and it has always been busy so suggested to ‘The Mother’ one lunch time. When we rocked up at midday, the place was relatively empty but by the time we left it was full. Reservation is recommended but if you rock up early I think they will accommodate you.

Naha offers diners set lunches which includes appetizers, salad, miso soup and rice. The appetizer is nothing to rave about.

The salad was ok.

and the miso soup was nice but I definitely have had better.

We couldn’t go past the sashimi set – portion wise I thought was a tad small. Five different types of sashimi, they were fresh but it would have definitely been nicer if there were more.

The wagyu beef was absolutely incredibly delicious – tender and succulent and the meat just melted in your mouth.

Portions could definitely have been bigger for what it is – total cost from memory was HKD270 (AUD34) – which isn’t too bad but you can definitely get something cheaper with bigger portion elsewhere.

Regardless, it was still enjoyable and service was good.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Naha Japanese

Shop G1015, Yiu Sing Mansion, Stage 10,

Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2186 6969