Sunday, June 24, 2012

HK Trip - Food Talk

After settling and freshened up ourselves at the hotel, we begun our trip. 

Your trip to HK would not be complete without trying the dimsum at least once...


Our very first meal of course would be dimsum at a nearby restaurant...


East Ocean Restaurant 東海酒家. We discovered this restaurant during the trip in Australia and eventually became regular customer of its Singapore branch. However, the HK branch was not up to our expectation. The food was OK, but the taste of the dimsum was not our liking, perhaps it was due to localization in MY/SG and HK. You may go for a try, it's located in The One building at 彌敦道 Nathan Road...


I would recommend another dimsum restaurant that suits Malaysian's and Singaporean's taste buds...


Serenade Chinese Restaurant 映月樓 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre 香港文化中心. You get a very nice view of HK island while enjoying the food. You must try their tofu fa 豆腐花 that comes in a bucket for 4 pax. The locals might said it's not the best in HK but it is something we can't find in Malaysia and Singapore. Be prepared for long queue and wait if you go during weekend or lunch hour in weekdays. Maxim's Palace at Hong Kong City Hall 香港大會堂 is another restaurant that we found comparable to Serenade Chinese...


Beside dimsum, we wanted to try local seafood as well. Well, my hometown is a port town, fresh and live seafood is no stranger to us. It's nothing about the "seafood" but more of the "cook", the way the seafood is prepared. We took up the challenge, endured ourselves with kids to travel to the nearest (nearest to our hotel, according to the concierge desk) seafood place called Lei Yue Mun 鯉魚門...


You can see numerous neon boards of seafood restaurants welcoming and tempting us...


And deep end view when we're walking on the street...


According to a local, the street has more than 30 seafood restaurants with a temple at the end of the street.

Look at the live and active seafood...

 


We did not walk the entire street and we picked an air conditioned restaurant near to the entrance (of the street) as the kids were tired...


Lei Yue Mun Seafood Restaurant. I was damn hungry and forgot to snap photos of the awesome dishes except the last three...



The steamed scallops with garlic and rice noodles, and the lobsters in Cantonese-style noodles. Marvelously delicious!


And I must and highly recommend you to try 古魯肉 sweet and sour pork, simply the best! Apparently I found out that any restaurants and Char Chan Teng in HK serve better 古魯肉 than any restaurants in Malaysia (and in Singapore also?)! It's now a must-eat whenever I fly to HK again. :)


Back to the seafood. If you're a seafood lover, I would recommend to pay a visit to LYM. If you travel light and small group with no kids, MTR is cheaper (check out the MTR station in the map above) but be warmed up for a 15 minutes hilly walk, or by cab which is ~HKD$110 (from TST area i.e. Nathan Road) one way if you have 4 in the group. There are other places like 西貢 Sai Kung to hunt for good seafood, it's too far for us, perhaps next trip.

Now let's talk about dessert to complete the meal course for HK food. 許留山 HLS is likely to be the first comes to your mind, especially mango lover...

 

It's one of the dessert shops to visit in HK. But now it's already available in Malaysia, you might not be as excited as last time when you could only indulge yourself with its desserts in HK.

There's one dessert shop that I put it on my must-eat list. I only discovered this shop in the last day of my previous trip. This round, it's damn convenient to us, the shop is only few ten steps away from our hotel!


The Five Generations 五代同糖 (the address is in the photo above) with recognitions...


I remember I saw Michelin recognition in last trip but it wasn't there anymore. Anyway, some of the shots I took...


 

The snow ice was much more smoother and did not taste like artificial flavor like those serve by dessert shops in Malaysia. You must also try their signature 焦糖燉蛋...

Source: OpenRice
My mom who doesn't crave for dessert also loves this very much.

Too full or drooling after this long post? Hehe... HK is just so amazing having so much good food to hunt. Every corner of the street seems to have a good shop/restaurant to recommend, such as this...


And this...

 

I was brought to Kau Kee Beef Noodle 九記牛腩 by my HK friend (glad to see him recovered well from a bus accident). I didn't take a good photo of the noodle, but the long queue in the photo should justify the food quality the shop serves.

I feel like flying to HK now, better take a stop here. :)