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Two Two Fried Chicken, Myeongdong, Seoul, Korea

When I was searching for places to eat in Seoul, the first thing I googled was Fried Chicken – I have missed good KFC – Korean Fried Chicken, especially those in Sydney. I have yet to find one in Hong Kong so this was priority!

Two Two Fried Chicken is located in the shopping central of Korea, Myeondong. It has over 500 outlets in Korea alone. The menu is simple – fried chicken and lots of it! The menu is in English also, so easy to read with colourful pictures! There are other dishes on offer, but we were here for one thing only – FRIED CHICKEN!

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Between the 5 of us, we ordered THREE servings of fried chicken – overkill much? But it was necessary and I can’t tell you when the last time I had KFC! Started with the original – it was excellent, crispy skin and the meat was tender. Dragon absolutely loved it – I lost count how many fried chicken she ate, she just kept asking for more.

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We also ordered half plain and half smothered in sweet and spicy sauce. The sweet and spicy sauce was a little too sweet for my liking, and believe it or not too spicy for me? Not sure what is going on with my taste buds!!!

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We also ordered a serving of the garlic fried chicken – the garlic flavour was strong, even the next day when I ate it. The skin wasn’t as crispy though but the meat was still seriously tender.

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Overall, I still prefer the normal fried chicken – like any other places the normal fried chicken is always the best. Service minimal but fried chicken was good!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Two Two Fried Chicken

6-4 Namsadong 2(i)-Ga

Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Ph: +86 2 2275 2297

Hunan Garden, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

Sorry for the lack of post. Hope you all had an awesome Easter Break! We certainly did – my family is in town and we have been taking them out sightseeing and eating! It has been good having them, I have truly missed having them around and looking forward to seeing them again in Sydney in July – can’t wait!

I always enjoy catching up with the auditor, I have mentioned her a couple of times on this blog – one of my dearest high school friend. She has definitely helped me transitioned in Hong Kong, and I am forever grateful for her endless support.

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Hunan Garden can be found in City Plaza 3 in Taikoo Shing. The restaurant is relatively big, and the menu vast – took us a while to decide what we wanted! Started with crispy chicken with crispy garlic – this was definitely Dragon’s favourite dish! The crispy skin, succulent meat – it was quite tasty and no doubt Dragon ate at least half of it on her own!

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‘The Mother’ and the auditor wanted the spicy szechuan fish – I could smell the chili and they both definitely enjoyed it.

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I have been craving good xiao long bao and although it wasn’t as good as Din Tai Fung or Paradise Dynasty, it definitely hit the spot.

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Last but not least, fatty pork! oh my i was so looking forward to this dish, however, was slightly disappointed. The meat itself could have definitely been more tender and I have to say, mum’s version is infinitely better!

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The watercress was simple and delicious. I love the colours of the vegetables.

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For dessert we ordered mango sago pomelo and these pear shaped desserts which had red bean filling inside. It was ok I thought, nothing special. The mango sago pomelo was pretty decent but then again, you really can’t get that wrong can you?

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Service was friendly and polite and food was pretty decent I thought. Will definitely come back and try their other dishes

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Hunan Garden

1/F., Cityplaza Phase 3,

18 Tai Koo Wan Road, 

Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 3691 9928

 

Fish and Meat, Central, Hong Kong

I have heard wonderful reviews about Fish and Meat, the latest venture from Maximal Concepts who are also behind Blue Butcher and Brickhouse. From memory, it is where Sal Curioso used to be. The restaurant is very cozy and welcoming; I love the polished concrete floors, white-washed walls and rustic wood tables.

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Fish and Meat focuses ‘on the best produce and techniques, to deliver fresh seafood, homemade pasta and farm-to-table cooking’. We were here for lunch and the lunch menu consisted of small and large dishes as well as sides and sweets.

We started with some crispy whitebait with lemon aioli. The whitebait was deliciously crispy and the lemon aioli was a wonderful addition. It was so hard to stop at one.

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I couldn’t go past the slow cooked Spanish Teruel pork belly porchetta ciabatta / pork fennel sausage stuffing / gremolata. Oh my, one of the nicest sandwich I have had in a long time – the pork belly were incredibly tender, the rocket and the gremolata was a wonderful complement – the lemon zest gave it a nice kick!

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The saffron risotto / crispy sea bream / scallop / squid / prawn were deliciously creamy! I loved the colour of the saffron risotto – so vibrant!

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The free range warm French chicken salad / pancetta / arugula / cherry tomato / cherry tomato / basil were deliciously light and refreshing. Dragon absolutely loved the chicken and not to mention the croutons!

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The cedar prime sirloin steak was cooked to perfection. It was served with celery truffle salad and roasted tomatoes.

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We were quite stuffed so didn’t order any desserts, however, I am definitely keen to come back for the dinner menu. I have heard wonderful things about the slow cooked Spanish Teruel pork belly porchetta that I really need to get some in my belly!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Fish and Meat

2/F, 32 Wyndham Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2565 6788

Myeongdong Gyoza, Seoul, South Korea

It’s definitely been a while since my last post – apologies for being MIA! It’s been a hectic couple of weeks – my family are in town, work was a tad crazy and we went to Korea for a week. Loved Seoul – the food, the shopping – am definitely keen to go back again sometimes soon.

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Dragon also turned 2 last week and we had a birthday party for her, so trying to organise that and everything else, the blog got a little neglected. Hopefully things will get back to normal and there will be more posts to come, especially about Seoul and the food there.

Dragon and I went to Seoul with my family, unfortunately, ‘The Mother’ couldn’t go due to work commitments. We were there for 5 days and believe me that was not long enough! Stayed at the Fraser Place near City Hall and it was extremely home-y. We didn’t want to leave, there was a pool and kids area which was perfect for Dragon and I! We went swimming almost every morning and we loved it!

We had dinner one evening at Myeongdong Gyoza – now Myeongdong is one HUGE place! Lots of shopping and lots of food – absolutely loved the alleys! We spent a good 2 days in Myeongdong and I feel we didn’t cover everything! lol Now, Myeongdong Gyoza has been around for about 40 years, the restaurant is quite big, 2 floors and quite spacious. The menu is short and simple – dumplings and noodles and that’s it. They are quite famous for their kalguksu noodles which is their knife-cut handmade noodles.

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The steamed dumplings are excellent! Filled with pork, mushroom, stir-fried zucchini and mungbean spouts. The dumplings are HUGE, meaty, and scrumptiously good! The skin deliciously soft and thin that if not picked up in the right way may tear! It was so good that  I demolished about 8 on my own!

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We also got a serving of the Kalguksu – which is similar to that of Chinese dumpling soup. The noodles were thin and soup had a wonderful pork broth, which was extremely flavourful! Dragon absolutely loved the noodles. The noodles were also served with dumplings and shredded vegetables.

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I forgot to take a picture of the bibim guksu – which is noodles served cold and incredibly spicy! The sauce is sweet and sour and has a wonderful aromatic sesame oil. It was so spicy that my brother started to sweat! It was a little too spicy for my liking but perfect for hot humid summer.

It was cheap and cheerful dinner – I was extremely satisfied with the dumplings. My family came here twice – they really enjoyed the dumplings and the noodles. Food came relatively quickly, service was surprisingly ok.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Myeongdong Gyoza

25-2, 2-ga Myoung-dong, Chung-gu

Seoul, South Korea

Ph: +82 2 776 5348