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Kownloon Tang, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

The best Peking Duck in Hong Kong I’ve had was in Shatin 18 which is located at the Hyatt Regency. I have wanted to go back since I have been here in Hong Kong but was told that the chef has left and has joined Kowloon Tang which is the sister restaurant of Island Tang. Kowloon Tang is located in West Kowloon inside the huge Elements Mall above the Kowloon airport express station. I love the alfresco seating, the inside is ‘pretty’ but too formal for our liking.

We ordered the Peking duck one day in advance as we were all craving for Peking duck! It was served in three carvings, all carved in front of our table by an experienced chef.

The first carving was a thin layer of crispy skin. Oh my, eaten with sugar enhanced its flavours, it was like eating a lolly. The skin was thin and crispy and non fatty.

The second carving was just the breast meat which was served with plum sauce. It was tender but slightly dry.

The third carving was the whole shebang, thigh, fat and skin – eaten the traditional way with spring onions, cucumber wrapped in steamed wraps with a bit of plum sauce was just divine! We definitely could have eaten more than just one duck!

The second course was sang choy bau – this was fantastic but I was a little surprised at the small serving considering the duck was quite big! And they only gave us 6 lettuce leaves! Thankfully, one of the waiters realised and offered to give us some more.

We ordered some fish – pan seared cod – which I thought was a little odd.

The stuffed pigeon with Chinese sausage was a hit, really tasty and the Chinese Sausage really brought out the flavours.

Last but not least, Wok-fried Green Kale with Brown Sugar and Ginger Sauce which was absolutely delicious.

I was a little annoyed that they forgot to keep the carcass of duck for me, as there were still a LOT of meat, and ‘The Mother’ and I were thinking of making duck soup with the bones. Service was good but slow at times, not sure if it’s because we sat outside but we did enjoy the Peking Duck – although the serving of the sang choy bau is questionable!

Regardless, it was a wonderful meal with friends, and definitely enjoyed the alfresco seating on a nice autumn day.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Kowloon Tang

Shop R002-003, 3/F, Roof Deck, Elements,

1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui

Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2811 9398

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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

Hot pot, hot pot and MORE HOT POT……

Hot pot, also commonly known as steamboat or shabu shabu, is usually consumed in the winter. A simmering metal pot of stock is placed at the center of the dining table, and whilst the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Because hot pot styles are different from region to region, many different ingredients are used. However, the main ingredients are thinly sliced of meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, dumplings and seafood.

I have never really eaten hot pot in summer, because of the heat, however, this summer in Hong Kong, I have been to three different hot pot places and have enjoyed every single one of them. The main difference in the three different hot pot places is the soup base and ambiance. The types of ingredients are pretty much the same, but pending on who you go with, they will order different things.

Little Sheep:

Little Sheep is a chain of Mongolian Hot Pot restaurants, whereby you choose the soup base: spicy, non-spicy or a bowl split down the middle with half spicy and half not. We opted for the half and half. We also opted for the all you can eat buffet, which included all you can drink (non alcoholic) and a few beers.

I was told that the soup uses meat broth and is loaded with different types of “Chinese medical restorative materials” which was full of flavour. The spicy soup, is similar to that of the non-spicy, the main difference are chilies and chili oil. It was incredibly spicy, so for those who do not have a reasonably high tolerance for chili, do not cook your food here. I would suggest you let it simmer in the non-spicy soup, and then ‘dunk’ it in the spicy soup to get that spicy flavour. The spicy soup was seriously spicy!

As you can see from below (and above), we ordered HEAPS of food! Different types of wontons, balls, beef, pork, lamb, vegetables, mushrooms, and tofu. I have to say, the beef and wontons were outstanding and were my favourite. The lamb was my least favourite, but that’s because I am not a lamb fan!

One thing I love about hot pot is the social aspect of it. A group of friends, sitting around this ‘pot’, chatting, whilst cooking and eating. It’s very enjoyable and satisfying.

Please note: your clothes tend to absorb the cooking smells so don’t get too dressed up.

Megan’s Kitchen:

The interesting thing about hot pot at Megan’s Kitchen is the soup and its presentation. We ordered two different types of soup. The first soup looked like an over sized cappuccino, frothy with chocolate sprinkles on top. The soup base was tom yum like, spicy and sour with chicken flavour.

The second soup was soufflé like but it was tomato and crab soup base with a soufflé finish. I thought the tomato and crab soup was a little bland for my liking. I preferred the first soup, which was closer to me!

Megan’s Kitchen is not all you can eat, however, we did manage to order a lot of food (no surprises here!), ranging from beef (the Japanese beef was SOOOO GOOD!), wontons, pork, lamb, different types of balls, vegetables and tofu.

I enjoyed the soup here at Megan’s Kitchen, the presentation was different to that I have seen. It was deliciously good.

Our friend, J, managed to get us a private room, I am not sure how she did it, but it was superb. It wasn’t noisy and we got to talk / laugh as loud as we wanted (not that we would tone it down if we were outside but it was more enjoyable).

Sichuan Hot Chili Oil Chinese Restaurant:

Again with this restaurant, we ordered the half and half. Half non-spicy and half spicy! The spicy soup reminded me a little bit like Little Sheep, incredible spicy and full of flavour. The non-spicy soup was a little bland I have to admit, I thought it would be rather sweet with all the apples and tomatoes floating around, alas, I was wrong.

We ordered a LOT of food also, however, my favourite dish, is their crispy chicken with lots and lots of chilies. The chicken was crispy and crunchy, albeit tiny but the mountain of red pepper was incredibly spicy and flavourful. The red pepper left a tingle on my tongue and made my mouth numb! To add to this delicious dish was cashew nuts, crispy, spicy and fried, it was amazing. The combination of it all was just mouth watering. My only gripe would be, there weren’t enough chicken!!!!!!

The bunsen burner in this restaurant was not embedded in the table (we were seated on the top floor, the tables below had the bunsen burner embedded in the table), which was a tad annoying as you had to stand up to reach for your food. A minor detail, but I found that it was just easier to reach and cook for food if the bunsen burner is embedded in the table.

Overall: I enjoyed little sheep best. Megan’s Kitchen and the Sichuan Hot Chili Oil Chinese Restaurant came close, although I was intrigued by Megan’s Kitchen soup finish i.e. the cappuccino and soufflé finish.

I loved the Japanese beef at Megan’s Kitchen, it was a little on the pricey side but it was definitely worth every single penny.

All the ingredients were fresh, and tasty. I believe it is all about the soup and the ambience of the restaurant.

It’s definitely a great way to eat with friends and family!

Little Sheep: GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10

1- 4/F, 16 Argyle Street

MongKok, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2396 8816

Megan’s Kitchen: GA’s Rating: 7 / 10

5/F, Lucky Centre, 164 – 171 Wanchai Road

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2866 8305

Sichuan Hot Chili Oil Chinese Restaurant: GA’s Rating: 7 / 10

1&2/F, No. 27 Gravanille Road

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2312 0823

2866 8305

High tea @ Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

I have read many raving reviews about the High Tea @ Peninsula Hotel. It is on the list of things to do whilst in Hong Kong, and has been recommended by many people. Unfortunately, I was seriously disappointed! I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was all about. I admit, the lobby is absolutely gorgeous, and very European. The atmosphere and service were fabulous and if the food was slightly better, I would have totally and utterly enjoyed it!

I came here with my neighbour A, we got there early, at 1.30pm and were first in line! I remember coming here previously with Hubby and came around 2.30pm on a Sunday and the line were horrendous, and left!! So after being in line for about 10 – 15 mins, we were cordially escorted to our table. The ambience was great, the string quartet playing in the back ground, I can see why it’s a great place to have high tea with friends and / or families!

So the three-tiered stand is placed before us, consisting of a mixture of savoury and sweets.

First tier, raisin scones and a little pastry wafer. The raisin scone weren’t as moist as I have liked, it was more biscuit like than anything else. Eaten with a dollop of clotted cream and jam, it was surprisingly delicious, if only it was moist. The little pastry wafer were nice but nothing to rave about.

The second tier, savoury sandwiches and other savoury pastries. The cucumber sandwiches were a little bland and boring, the tuna and mayonnaise sandwich was nice but nothing to rave about. I enjoyed the salmon sandwich, however, it was tiny, and only ONE was given. The mini quiche was delish, however the other pastry was incredibly sour and both A and I did not enjoy it. My favourite would probably have to be the quiche and the salmon sandwich.

The top tier, sweet goodness. From left to write, starting with the coffee macaroon, 3 layered mouse cake, egg tart, pistachio macaroon, banana cake with chocolate, another egg tart and in the centre, chocolate with lemon and pineapple. I didn’t have any of the macaroons as I am not a huge fan so gave them to A to eat. A thought they were incredibly sweet and couldn’t even finish one! The egg tart was creamy, however, I still prefer the Macanese tart! My favourite was the banana cake with chocolate, the banana cake was incredibly moist and absolutely delicious!

Last but not least, these little cute espresso cups which was coffee panna cotta with a scoop of coffee sorbet. This was deliciously sweet, however, too sweet for my liking!

So from all the delights (or non delights) above, I only liked the salmon sandwich, the mini quiche, the banana cake with chocolate and the coffee panna cotta with coffee sorbet. Otherwise, everything else was just ordinary.

A and I enjoyed the atmosphere and the ambience, however, the food was a disappointment. We were both so SO unsatisfied and unimpressed with the food. I still do prefer the high tea at Joel Robuchon (read review here), the serving are  a little small but it was far more delicious and appetizing ! It might have been our batch, but we were truly and utterly disappointed.

GA’s rating: 5 / 10

The Peninsula Hong Kong

Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2920 2888

Disappointing Tonkatsu lunch @ Hip Katsu, TST

I was in TST one day to pick up my visa from the Indian embassy and thought I would catch up with a friend for lunch. She has wanted to try Hip Katsu for a while but there always seems to be this mammoth line. We came here early and didn’t have a problem in getting a table at all. I really wanted to know what the ‘fuss’ was all about.

We both ordered the same thing, the pork cutlet tonkatsu, which consisted of a bowl of rice, pickles, pork cutlet with unlimited shredded cabbage. I am not quite sure why our sets didn’t come at the same time, considering we both ordered it at the same time!

It didn’t occur to me at the time, but now that I have thought about it, we didn’t get any katsu sauce (ketchup, mustard, garlic and Worcestershire sauce). I thought at most tonkatsu place you get the bowl of sauce, however, neither of us got it that time. I admit though, the Japanese mortar is a novelty at first, but by the 2nd or 3rd time, the novelty runs out.

Anyway, the pork tonkatsu was a serious disappointment! The breadcrumbs were fried to a golden crisp, which was light and crispy, but the pork itself was dry and lack flavour. It wasn’t fatty whatsoever, it was just dry – not sure if it’s from lack of freshness in the meat or it was overcooked. It was frustrating as we were both craving for good tonkatsu.

I still prefer butagumi tonkatsu (read review here) – the pork is definitely more moist and succulent. They even give you katsu sauce.

I thought the service was quite ordinary; everything about the restaurant was ordinary which was just disappointing.

GA’s rating: 3 / 10

Hip Katsu

Shop 2608-10, 2/F,

Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road,

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2601 6238

Delicious Peking duck @ Spring Deer, TST

This place has been around for a very long time now. They serve traditional old school Chinese food. I remember coming here about 5 – 6 years ago whilst holidaying in Hong Kong with family and have yet to go here since I have arrived.

MG is a huge fan of Peking duck, even when we were in Sydney we would go eat Peking duck or lobster! He came with Hubby and I when we wanted to sample our wedding banquet! I can definitely count on MG to go eating with me that’s for sure. I have truly missed eating with him!

I didn’t think I could make a reservation for that night – I have heard from friends about the long waiting list, minimum 2 week wait, however, thankfully, on a week night it was much easier, and especially if it’s later at night! So we scored a table at 8.30pm and were looking forward to some delicious and juicy Peking duck.

We ordered the Peking duck and it did not disappoint! The skin was crispy, duck meat, with a slither of fat, was juicy and succulent. It was a tad oily but satisfying. The pancakes were a little disappointing. It was too thick for my liking as I like my pancakes slightly thin!

We had two plates of this, much more than we needed, but satisfied our Peking duck cravings!

Next came the stir-fry mix vegetables. This was a little ordinary, nothing special.

A big steamer of dumplings was placed in front of us. These pork dumplings were meaty, juicy and moist. It was full of flavour and deliciously yummy.

The second course to our Peking duck was san choy bau. I was getting full by this stage (duck over load!) however, did try a bit of this and it was ok. I have had better san choy bau elsewhere. MG seemed to have enjoyed it though.

They claim that they have the best Peking duck in Hong Kong – is it the best? I thought the Peking duck was good but the one in Ye Shanghai (read review here) was a lot better. It was served differently, skin and meat, served separately.  The pancakes were superior better!

Nevertheless, it was satisfying but not sure if I would say that it was the ‘best’ Peking duck in Hong Kong. They do have some great old school dishes – really wanted the sweet and sour pork but was completely turned down by both MG and Hubby! Will definitely have to come back again!

GA’s rating: 6.5 / 10

Spring Deer

1/F, 42 Mody Road,

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2366 4012

Pho Vietnamese Restaurant, TST

Good Vietnamese food is hard to find in Hong Kong. You would think otherwise, however, I have not found a place that does good pho in Hong Kong! I admit, I haven’t been to many Vietnamese restaurants, and have not started the search for good pho, however, after being disappointed 2 – 3 times in a row, I have just given up! I know where to get good pho in Sydney and make sure I get my fix when I am there.

I was having lunch with a good friend of mine, and her son in TST, I was craving for fried chicken – not Kentucky Fried Chicken but good Vietnamese or Indonesian fried chicken! Alas, none of the Indonesian restaurants here does fried chicken like mums or in Indonesia. My Friend, J, was craving for some Vietnamese so we decided to go to this place. She has been here before and said the pho was ‘pretty good, not like in Sydney though but still good’.

It was too hot for pho, and I was craving for fried chicken. To my dismay, there didn’t have any fried chicken! I perused the menu not once, twice, but three times, and yes, NO fried chicken! So I ordered the next best thing, fried pork chop – not the same but I am hoping that it will fix my fried cravings! As the waiter brought my dish towards me, our reactions were OMG – I think I may have said that loudly as well. A plate of fried pork chop and BRIGHT GREEN RICE was placed in front of me. I guess I didn’t read pass ‘deep fried pork chop’ on the menu! When I looked at the menu again, it actually said that it was served with pandan and coconut rice. I was used to seeing pork chop with tomato rice that I assumed that was what I was getting. The pork chop was succulent, the batter thin and crispy! It definitely satisfied my fried cravings. It’s not the same as fried chicken though, but it did do the trick. The bright green pandan rice was a little weird for me. It was sweet with a hint of coconut. Definitely not a big fan!

J ordered the cold noodles with pork chop and noodles. I had a bit of the noodles, and although I am not a fan of cold noodles this was incredibly tasty. J added some sauce to it, the sweet chili sauce amongst others to make it extremely flavoursome! She demolished her meal, so I guess that’s an indication that she thoroughly enjoyed it!

The menu had a variety of noodles dishes – hot and cold served with all different types of meat, poultry and fish. The rice dish wasn’t as extensive, and the pandan coconut rice was too weird for my taste buds. The service was good, waiter was tentative, and good value for money.

Although I didn’t satisfy my fried chicken cravings, the pork chop did hit the spot. I am still in search for the best Vietnamese restaurant in Hong Kong, not only for the pho but also for their fried chicken with tomato rice – or is that just a Sydney thing?

Where is your favourite Vietnamese restaurant in Hong Kong?

GA’s rating: 6.5 / 10

Pho Vietnamese Restaurant

2/F Ashley Centre, 23-25 Ashley Road

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2736 7177