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Chili Club, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Wanchai is not a place i go very often. I’ve been to the odd bar and a couple of restaurants but that’s about it. I have never heard of the Chili Club until a friend suggested we dine here for lunch for his birthday. It’s been around for many years now (his parents know the owners of the restaurant) and is his ‘go-to’ place for Thai cuisine. Can’t miss it, there is a huge sign and is located on Lockhart Road on level one.

The menu is vast, we left all the ordering to my friend and he definitely ordered well! Started with some – chicken spicy soup – i can’t for the life of me remember the name of this dish. It was rather spicy eaten on its own but with rice was just perfect.

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The pork neck I love! Tender and succulent – you can never go wrong with pork neck.

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The fish curry was a favourite amongst the diners. Fish was tender and moist and the curry creamy – a little creamy for my liking though.

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The Thai CKT was definitely one of my favourites. Thick rice noodles with lots of flavours served with beef, egg and vegetables. I remember when I was pregnant with Dragon, all i wanted to eat was CKT!

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We ordered another 5 dishes which I didn’t take photos off as I was too busy eating. The beef brisket curry was probably one of my favourites – tender beef, and the curry was not too spicy. The fried chicken is one of the best I have eaten – crispy skin, tender and succulent meat. The pad thai I thought was OK – I am not usually a big fan of pad thai’s as they are generally too sweet but this lacked a lot of flavour. It was incredibly bland. The chicken curry (Kaeng kiew sarin) was surprisely ok. Thick and not too sweet and not too spicy either. Last but not least the vegetables, stir fried morning glory – it was definitely tasty.

Unfortunately we were too full for dessert. Service was a bit of a hit and miss, it was rather slow at the beginning, but definitely picked up. I’m no expert on Thai cuisine, it’s not something I eat a lot off but really enjoyed the fried chicken and the CKT.

However, I did have a little egg tart when I got back to the office though – I couldn’t resist as it was from my favourite bakery – tae cheong bakery! YUM!

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GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Chili Club

1/F, 88 Lockhart Road

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2527 2872

Kyochon Chicken, Dongdaemun, Seoul, Korea

I was on the hunt for the best fried chicken in Korea. We were there for 5 days and believe me, it wasn’t enough. I wanted more time to shop and eat. So many things to see and buy and so many places to eat and especially if you are on the hunt for the best fried chicken and best Korean BBQ!

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Kyochon Chicken specialises in Korean Fried Chicken and opened its first store in 1991 and have expanded and opened 150 stores within 8 years around Korea. They even opened branches in USA and China. The best thing about Kyochon Chicken is that they do delivery! As we were waiting, we did contemplate of having it delivered, but thought it would be better if we ate in.

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Kyochon Chicken has many branches in Seoul, we ate at the Dongdaemun branch after an afternoon of shopping. The fried chicken comes in five different flavours – original (soy), red (spicy), honey, salsa and fried series and comes in four various – whole chicken, mixed wings, and drumsticks.

We ordered 2 servings of the whole fried chicken and oh my – it was seriously tasty. Crispy skin, tender meat, it could potentially be one of the best fried chicken I’ve had in Korea!

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We also ordered the spicy whole fried chicken. It was spicy but not as spicy as the one at Two Two fried chicken.

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And as if that wasn’t enough fried food, we had a serving of chips also – chips were ok, fried chicken is definitely their specialty.

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The branch in Dongdaemun was small, we had to wait a good 25 mins and it was definitely worth the wait! Poor Dragon and C though, they were starving by the time we sat which was about 7pm (yes, Dragon eats early but she definitely enjoyed the fried chicken!) Compared with Two Two Fried Chicken, think I like Kyochon Chicken slightly better!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Kyochon Chicken

217-105, Sindang-dong, Jung-gu,

Dongdaemun, Seoul, Korea

Ph: +81 2 2231 9337

Panino Gusto, Central, Hong Kong

I love a good sandwich – the bread is important, then the filling! However,it has been difficult to find a good sandwich in Hong Kong. Panino Giusto has been opened for a while now, it offers diners authentic Italian panini, desserts, espresso and wine. It is located on the 3rd floor of the IFC shopping mall, and although it’s small and busy around lunch time, it is quite a cool hang-out spot, especially the view overlooking the harbour.

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Menu is well all panini with different types of fillings ranging from beef, ham, proscuitto, turkey and even vegetarian. ‘The Mother’ started with the coffee and it was a pretty decent coffee which was served with a nice little block of ice cream coated with chocolate!

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We shared the tartufo – parma ham, brie, tomato, rocket, alba truffle oil (HKD98) – everything I really love in a sandwich! The truffle oil really gave it a nice rich flavour and loved the combination of parma ham and brie (although I think the brie could have been melted a little more!). The bread itself I thought was ok though, definitely had better bread in Sydney!

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The montage – rosemary and sage roast beef, tomato, rocket, lemon, extra-virgin olive oil (HKD88). ‘The Mother’ really enjoyed the roast beef, but I definitely prefer the ham, especially with the truffle oil!

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Overall I thought it was ok. It’s better than most places I have tried but considering I don’t work nearby, I don’t think I would make the trek.  I know ‘The Mother’ has been a couple of times and really enjoy it, especially the apollo – roast turkey breast, tomato, mozzarella, and mustard sauce! I have definitely been utterly spoilt by the choices of bread in Sydney, nothing really compares it in Hong Kong unfortunately and I am indeed looking forward to indulging when I am back later in the year!

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Panino Gusto

Shop 3077, Podium Level Three

ifc mall, 8 Finance Street,

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2564 7000

Lotte World, Seoul, Korea

Lotte World is Korean’s version of Disney Land. Good thing about Lotte World is that there is an indoor part as well as outdoor part, so if it’s raining, one can still go to Lotte World. It is not only for kids but for adults. I dragged the whole family here and they absolutely loved it. Tickets aren’t cheap but what fun parks have cheap tickets right? Adults who are over 65 pay child fare which isn’t too bad.

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The problem with going to amusement parks are the queues and crowds. The adults didn’t really go on many rides, Dragon and her cousin went on 5 rides maximum and they had a ball. Dragon especially loved the merry-go-around, she insisted that we go twice. I am not a big fan, going around in circles, it really does give me a headache but as long as she enjoyed it that’s the main thing.

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We arrived around lunch time and were all ravenous. Was recommended by one of the staff to try this restaurant called La Paloma, which is on the first floor in Adventure land and the restaurant serves various grilled and fried foods. Our family loves fried chicken, so we ordered two servings of this. Mum still thinks that this is the BEST fried chicken she had in Seoul! Big CALL but it was good. The chicken were cut into small pieces and was incredibly crispy. Meat was deliciously tender – I can see why she really enjoyed it but saying the BEST she ate in Seoul was definitely a big call.

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We ordered a couple servings of the pork cutlet which was served with fried rice and some macaroni salad which was interestingly nice.

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We also ordered a serving of the fried rice which went down so quickly that I didn’t even get to snap! Dragon definitely enjoyed the fried rice and the fried chicken. So grateful that she is quite an easy baby to feed – as long as there’s chicken she is one happy girl.

Outside, there is an ice-cream / ice block store which we kept coming back too called the ice factory. So many different flavours in different shapes.

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Dragon and I had two servings of the watermelon heart-shaped ice block – it was so refreshing and prefect for a hot day. As you can see from the picture below, Dragon couldn’t wait to dig in!!

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We had the panda – which was vanilla ice cream with chocolate through them – it was seriously good. The cookies and cream (can’t remember what shape it was) was also very good. Like Dragon, I could and would like to try every single one of them but.

We spent a good 7 hours in Lotte World, we were absolutely shattered but it was a great day with the kids and family. Will be back to Lotte World in October – yes we are visiting Seoul again! We seriously loved Korea, can’t wait to go back!

Sun Tung Lok, Central, Hong Kong

Sun Tung Lok was founded in 1969 by the Yuen family and opened it’s first branch in Tsim Sha Tsui. It recently opened a branch in Central, on Stanley Street just near work. We came here for lunch to try their dim sum menu and left all the ordering to one of our friends and I have to say, he definitely ordered well!

We started with these delicious babies – crispy pig skin with prawns underneath it. oh my my… the skin was incredibly crispy and the prawn was a wonderful addition. Who would have thought that combo would work?

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The liver, mushroom, turnip pastry was good but felt it lacked a little umph! Maybe more liver, it was a little weak I thought.

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The pork and chives dumplings I loved. Silky smooth pastry and I loved the generous filling.

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The pork bone soup with intestines was especially tasty, soup was extremely flavourful and again they were very generous with the pork meat.

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The wagyu beef dumpling was definitely my favourite – great flavours and the dumpling was slightly panfried which gives it that extra crunch.

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I especially love these silky smooth tofu.

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As if that wasn’t enough food, we also got two servings of clay pot rice. My stomach was about to burst but this was pretty decent, especially the rice at the bottom of the clay pot – crunchy and slightly burnt.

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We came back about a month later and tried other dishes which we also enjoyed. The pineapple bun with char siu was good, but a little rich for my liking.

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The rice noodle with pork we really enjoyed – the noodles silky smooth and the pork incredibly tender. One of my favourites which I didn’t take a photo is the steamed rice flour rolls, reminds me of fried dough sticks wrapped in cheong fun.

We’ve been twice and have never ever tried dessert, as we have been so full. Thought food and service was very good. Will definitely be back to try their other dim sum dishes!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Sun Tung Lok

G/F, 13 Stanley Street, 

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2807 2290

Asiania Restaurant, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

I am always on the hunt for good suckling pig – whole suckling pig that is. I haven’t ventured much to the Kowloon side and I know there are many great suckling pig restaurants there, however, we decided to try Asiania which was closed for a while as they relocated to a new venue which is still in Wan Chai, Hennessy Road.

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The restaurant is quite spacious, and menu vast. There are some dishes that needs to be preordered, like the suckling pig and you can order either half or one pig. We decided on one – as we all love suckling pig. The pig was pretty tasty, crispy skin and the meat was tender. We ordered a couple of baos which were light and fluffy and a wonderful complement to the pork. Dragon couldn’t help but have a few mouthfuls. The lightbulbs eyes were a little scary I thought!

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The Hainan chicken was good but not fantastic, mum’s infinitely better. The meat was not as tender as I had hoped.

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The tofu hotpot with vegetables was good – silky smooth tofu and the vegetables a wonderful complement.

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The prawn toast was a favourite amongst the diners. We ordered a few vegetables which was nice but nothing fancy.

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For dessert, we thought we would try the mango, coconut roll, it definitely needed more mango but overall it was ok.

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I can’t believe how much suckling pig I had (actually I can!) and it definitely satisfied our cravings. Service was good, and food was definitely decent (except the chicken). It seems like suckling pig is their specialty, seems like every table had either half or whole suckling pig. Is it my favourite? I still prefer the one at Fook Lam Moon but this wasn’t too bad.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Asiania Restaurant

Basement, 288 Hennessy Road, 

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2861 2882

Wangbijib Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea

One cannot go to Korea and not have Korean bbq! It was my mission to have Korean BBQ at least twice or possibly three times on this trip. A friend suggested that I go to Wangbijib Myeongdong which specializes in charcoal-broiled meat. This restaurant (chain) is quite popular, as prices is quite reasonable. A set meal for one person can cost anywhere between KWR8,000 – 12,000. We ordered a couple of set meals and lots and lots of meat.

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Started with a mix of banchan – my favourite was definitely the kimchi.

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I quite enjoyed this salad actually, mixed with raw egg – quite tasty.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of all the meat we ordered, but the beef ribs were probably my favourite and we ordered two servings of this.

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We also ordered Korean seafood pancake which wasn’t too bad.

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Service was good, food was deliciously tasty. We didn’t make a reservation but we did rock up at about 6.30pm and by the time we left at 8pm there was a long queue of people waiting outside.

Definitely worth visiting if you are in Myeongdong and if you want some Korean BBQ.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Wangbijib Myeongdong

Seoul-si Jung-gu Myeongdong 8 ga-gil

26, 2F (Chungmuro 2-ga)

Tel: 02-3789-1946