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Sushi Ketsu, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

November 13, 2013 1 comment

There’s never a shortage of Japanese restaurant in Tin Hau. I thought I have tried all of them but obviously not. We originally wanted to have yakitori but with no reservations on a Saturday night, chances are very slim. So we went to Sushi Ketsu which is located on Tsing Fung Street in Tin Hau


The place was relatively busy for a Saturday night, all the restaurants that evening was full to be honest so we were grateful to have gotten a table without a reservation. I love Japanese food but am still very limited to what I can eat. ‘The Mother’ started with some king fish – unfortunately they weren’t as fresh as he had hoped. It was still icy cold he thought.


I ordered the beef with mushrooms for Dragon, unfortunately she didn’t really like this. I thought it was quite good and relatively healthy! I did ask for no sauce as I was afraid it would be some sort of seafood sauce.


‘The Mother’ ordered the sashimi bowl – different types of sashimi on top of a bed of rice. It looked pretty decent, but again ‘The Mother’ didn’t enjoy it. He thought the sashimi was not as fresh as it could be.


My cousin IR had the tempura which he enjoyed. I stole a couple of the vegetable tempura and batter was light and it wasn’t overly oily.


Poor Dragon refused to eat anything, and when I noticed another table ordering the chicken wings yakitori, I couldn’t help but order. 3 chicken wings, it was crispy, tender and oh so yummy. Unfortunately I only had a tiny piece, as Dragon ate all 3 of them.

Service was polite and the staff really knew the menu. It was a shame that ‘The Mother’ didn’t enjoy his food, however, IR and I thought the food wasn’t too bad. Definitely have had better, but it wasn’t too bad.

GA’s ratings: 6 / 10

Sushi Ketsu

G/F Tsing Fung Building

12 Tsin Fung Street

Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2887 2983

Silly Boo, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

I have been to Silly Boo a number of times now. This place used to be a froyo shop and one that i went too quite frequently. Silly Boo serves all day breakfast, casual lunches including sandwiches, coffees and yogurt – the range for yogurt is not vast but if you are craving yogurt and coffee, then this is the place to be.


The restaurant is quite small, service can be a tad slow at times depending on how busy they are. The menu are written on the black board above, you order at the counter, pay and food will be delivered to your table. We were here one weekend, after the lunch hour and the service wasn’t too bad.

I was craving breakfast – eggs, mushroom, bacon you name it. Scrambled eggs, you would think that would be easy, but sometimes they just make it too dry. It was pretty good at Silly Boo, I do still prefer it a little more fluffier and creamy like at Bills. The bacon and mushroom a wonderful complement.


‘The Mother’ ordered turkey, tomato, lettuce and mayo on focaccia bread and he said it was ‘more than good’. He loves a good simple sandwich whereas I prefer something more substantial. It wasn’t too bad I have to admit but my breakfast was definitely better.


‘The Mother’ ordered coffee and said it was excellent, the yogurt which I have had a number of times wasn’t bad. Plain with real fruits on top which Dragon loved. I keep forgetting about this place, it’s just that the place is SO small, that getting a table for more than 2 people can be a hassle. Service is a bit of a hit and miss too but food is pretty consistent which I like.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Silly Boo

G/F, 96 Electric Road

Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2570 8030

Hot in a Pot, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

I really do miss Tin Hau. There is always good food and my favourite desserts place Auntie Sweet is there. ‘The Mother’ and I were trying to decide where to eat and thought of Tin Hau. We didn’t really have a place in mind, just thought we would walk along Electric Road and pick somewhere. Stumbled across Hot in a Pot! It is actually a hot pot place, but they also do Dim Sum here which is a little fancy than norm but surprisingly ok!

The menu is in Chinese, however, they have pictures next to it so you have an idea of what it is. Thankfully I recognise the important characters of fish, beef, chicken, pork so think we ordered ok. It’s not your typical dim sum, as there are no carts (not a lot of places in Hong Kong has carts these days), you fill out the form which has boxes next to the pictures.


We started with the steamed rice roll with beancurd skin crackers and prawn. I really loved the silky steamed rice roll, so did Dragon. The beancurd skin cracker was crunchy giving the whole thing a nice ‘crunch’.


The siu mai, I didn’t have, but was informed that it wasn’t too bad. It was actually quite plump and juicy.


The chicken feet I adored. Think I ate most of this, but I am a huge fan!

TH_chicken feet

Dragon and I both enjoyed the soft bun, the pork and vegetables were a wonderful complement.


I enjoyed the beef siu mai more than the fish. Thought the fish had a little bit of a fishy taste.


It was a slightly fancier dim sum, it didn’t have the ‘usual’ dim sum that I would order but had most of it which was nice. From memory there also had burgers on the menu which I thought was a little weird. You know me, I prefer the good old, simple dim sum! The more old school the better, but this wasn’t too bad. I wouldn’t mind going back to try their hot pot though.

Service I thought was fine, I have heard that it was a bit of a hit and miss but we had no problems that day. We had Dragon who kept dropping chopsticks and bowls and they weren’t annoyed with us – well at least I don’t think so!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Hot in a Pot

Shop C, Sing Kung Lau,

80-86 Electric Road,

Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2929 4999

Sister Wah, Tin Hau

I have been to Sister Wah many times now but have never really blogged about it. One of my favourite places for beef brisket and tendons. This used to be my go to place whilst we lived in Fortress Hill, however, now that I work in the city, I go to Ngau Kee. It was one evening after our trip to Disney Land and we thought we would go and grab a quick bite at Sister Wah, which can be found at Tin Hau – another suburb I love – lots of good food!


I always without fail order the same thing, tendons soup. I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I do love the texture and without fail, the tendons soup is always good.


‘The Mother’ opt for his usual, beef brisket with noodles. The beef brisket was tender and delicious – the serving was a little small though, he definitely could have eaten more beef brisket.


Service efficient, you never really have to wait more than 15 minutes, and if not, take away is always an option. They do have curry tendons from memory but I have yet to try it.

GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10

Sister Wah

G/F, 13A, Electric Road

Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2807 0181

Royal Legend, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

I’m not quite sure why I don’t go dim sum very often in Hong Kong – it IS the place for it! I can count the number of times I have been on one hand, including Royal Legend. My cousin was in town, she now lives in the US, San Fran to be precise and thought we should catch up! I think the last time we caught up was about 4 years ago, when ‘The Mother’ and I were in New York and she happened to be there at the same time.

We left all the ordering to my aunt, and she did not disappoint. Unfortunately with Hong Kong, due to the lack of space, there are no trolleys – there are a few places that still have it but only a few. We started with our favourite, suckling pig – the skin was absolutely beautiful, the crackle was crunchy and delicious. This tiny serving was not enough for five pork lovers!


I know a lot of people don’t like chicken feet, but I am a HUGE fan!


How can you say no to fluffy, warm bbq pork buns?


Beef balls are definitely my favourite and a must order.


Bite size deep fried tofu was definitely a favourite of mine.


I don’t know the name of this, but these were absolutely delicious that we had to order two servings of it. The exterior is cheung fan but can’t remember what’s inside! whoops!


These black sesame desserts were excellent, mochi style but not quite.


And last but not least, I love these custard oozy buns!


Everyone has their favourite dim sum dish and must order dish. For me, dim sum is not complete if we don’t have har gaw (prawn dumplings), siu may (beef and prawn dumplings) and lots of other steamed dumplings that I like. Chicken feet are another must order for me, so is the beef balls and tripe. Even though it was a good meal, I didn’t feel ‘satisfied’ as I didn’t order my ‘staples’!

I am going again sometimes soon so will definitely order the dim sum mentioned above. Otherwise, it will be unsatisfying yet again!

What are your must orders at dim sum?

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Royal Legend

1/F, Golden Court, 22-52 Electric Road

Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2578 9983

Beef Pho in Pho Le, Tin Hau

As most of you know, I am in search for a ‘good’ Indonesian restaurant (amongst other things), Hubby is in search of the best Pho. He has been disappointed time after time, but every time we see a Vietnamese Restaurant, he still insists in ordering Pho.

We were wondering around Tin Hau looking for something to eat, I was having another one of those ‘I don’t know what I want’ day, which is never a good sign! We could walk for hours and I still wouldn’t know what to eat! So anyway, Hubby saw this restaurant and thought perhaps we should give it ago.

Without really perusing the menu, he knew exactly what he was going to order, Beef Pho, which consisted of beef balls, beef tendons, and beef stripes. The beef was tender, however, I thought the soup was rather ordinary. It had way too much onion as that was the only thing I could taste. The noodles were overcooked. It was ok but still not that great. Hubby also thought it was so so, he sighed and said ‘so the search still continues!’

I wanted the fried chicken with tomato rice, however, they didn’t have that on the  menu. I am beginning to think that it might just be a Sydney thing. I ordered the next best thing, pork chop with rice. The pork was deep fried, although thin, it was certainly tender, succulent and absolutely tasty. It was served with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and chili and scallion oil which was a great compliment.  I thought the serving was a little small though – 2 tiny pieces of pork chop?

It’s not a huge restaurant, quite cozy, with an open kitchen at the back. We sat near the kitchen, so not only did we see the chef do his thing but I also smelt like food when leaving – which is something I don’t particularly like! I quite like the decor, on the walls were paintings and pictures of Vietnam and Vietnamese food. The service was good, waiters tentative. Almost every table had a bowl of Pho – I guess that was their specialty but I know I have tasted better (in Sydney).

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

130 Tung Lo Wan Road

Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2808 0990

Palki Indian Restaurant, Tin Hau

I am not a huge fan of Indian food, I would eat it once every six or twelve months. I was in India earlier this year and I think I reached my quota when I was there. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like Indian food; it’s just not my first choice of cuisine. I would rather eat something else.  I was a little surprised when Hubby suggested Indian food one evening, but considering I couldn’t come up with an alternative, Indian it was.

We have walked pass this restaurant a couple of times, and would peak to see how busy and authentic the food is. It’s always filled with diners and the décor is like most Indian restaurants I’ve been too – beading and embroided cloth piled neatly and hung from the ceiling. It wasn’t busy that night we went and we were seated immediately.

Started off with chicken tikka – which is Hubby’s favourite. The chicken tikka was served in a hot plate, it was smokey and the aroma was wonderful. However, it wasn’t as good as it smelt. The chicken was dry and the taste a little bland. It was rather disappointing.

We ordered a serving of goa fish curry. I love good fish curry, however, the fish was over cooked and dry. The curry was over powered with coconut milk – that was all I could really taste unfortunately.

The garlic naan was good! It was fresh, hot, garlicky and fantastic. This was definitely better than the chicken tikka and curry. It was a little oily but tasty.

When in India, my friend, R, introduced me to poori – which is deep fried Indian bread. It’s usually the size of your palm, but the poori served that evening was as big as the garlic naan. The poori was crispy, light, and although oily it was as good as I remembered it!

Hubby ordered a glass of mango lassi, it wasn’t the best mango lassi – it was really sweet and I couldn’t really taste the mango to be honest.

The garlic naan and the poori were the two things I enjoyed most. The service was good, and waiters tentative, however, the meal overall was extremely disappointing. I think the food in India was definitely better (of course!) and the best Indian restaurant I’ve been too is Surjit’s Indian Restaurant in Annandale, Sydney.

Where is your favourite Indian restaurant? So I know where to go if and when Hubby craves for it again!

GA’s rating: 5 / 10

Palki Indian Restaurant

G/F, Fook Wah Mansion, 2 Tsing Fung Street

Tin Hau, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2566 8411