If you are looking for a retro Starbucks Coffee in Hong Kong Central, it is on Duddell Street. The concept is similar to the retro vintage 1940’s Hong Kong style cafe in Mong Kong Sai Yee Street 旺角洗衣街. Starbucks Coffee on Duddell Street is the…
Steamed Milk Pudding or Steamed Milk with Two Films 雙皮奶 shuang pi nai is one of the most popular Chinese dessert in Hong Kong. It is generally a steamed milk pudding 炖奶 dun nai. Other names may include steamed milk with egg white, steamed milk with ginger…
Last time I was in Hong Kong, I had to revisit Nha Trang Vietnamese Restaurant Hong Kong 芽莊越式料理. One of the things I love about Vietnamese cuisine is the vivid colors from the ingredients used. Greens from limes. Reds from chilies. Yellows from egg foo young. Etc. It seems Hong Kong is in need of a good bowl of pho; while here in Vancouver, we are in dire need of authentic Vietnamese Food.
Nha Trang has a wide variety of fancy Vietnamese dishes aside from salad rolls, skewers, noodles, grilled seafood, etc. Nha Trang Vietnamese Restaurant has a few locations around Hong Kong (Central Wellington Street, Tsim Sha Tsui Ocean Terminal, ShaTin New Town Plaza I). Maybe I am a bit of a tourist, but I prefer Harbour City Ocean Terminal because of the amazing view the city has to offer. If you are lucky, you may get the table overlooking the Hong Kong Cityline view.
CUA LOT CHIEN CUON 會安軟殼蟹卷 SOFT SHELL CRAB ROLLS 58: Crispy deep fried soft shell crab wrapped with herb salad in a roll. It is paired with crunchy cucumber. This medley of texture is delicious! I love the soft chewiness of the rice roll against the crispy crunchiness of the deep fried soft shell crab. Amazing!
GOI BO NUONG 燒牛柳沙津 GRILLED BEEF SALAD 80: Stir fried slices of marinated grilled beef, charred at their edges. Tossed with chopped cucumber, onion, tomato, chilli pepper and fresh herbs finished with a lemongrass, crushed peanut and lime dressing. This was a very flavorful dish with some heat, acidity and bite. The lime was bright with lemongrass, cilantro, and other herbs.
THIT BO/GA/TOM NUONG XA 香茅串燒 雞 / 牛 / 蝦 GRILLED LEMONGRASS CHICKEN / BEEF / PRAWN: It wasn’t easy to tell everyone to stop eating to let me take a picture. Good thing I am with family. The skewers are infused with lemongrass and a sweet marinate. A mild nutty satay dip is served on the side. The prawns were delicious. Chicken were tender. But the beef was on the chewy side.
BUN CHA CA 河內魚餅撈檬 COLD VERMICELLI BOWL WITH HANOI FISH CAKE: Minced fish cakes are popular Northern Vietnamese appetizers. The fish is minced and mixed with chopped fresh water chestnut and is seasoned with fresh dill. Served with fish sauce and cold vermicelli underneath. It is a refreshing dish amidst a lot of hot, spicy dishes.
BANH CUON 清沅蒸粉卷 VIETNAMESE STEAMED RICE RAVIOLI 65: Thin translucent rice-flour sheets wrap a filling of seasoned minced shrimp and pork steamed parcels. Once steamed, it is topped with deep-fried garlic flakes. All can be wrapped in accompanying crisp lettuce leaf and dipped in our house nuoc nam fish sauce. I’m really looking forward to try the Grilled Beef Wrapped in Pepper Leaves Bo La Lot made with marinated sliced beef grilled in pepper leaf and served with pickled plum and lime sauce.
GOI BUOI 邊和燒大蝦柚子沙律 POMELO AND GRILLED PRAWN SALAD 80: Two jumbo char-grilled prawns, peeled pomelo, shredded cucumber, sliced red onion, toasted cashew nut and black sesame seed, sprinkled with fried shallot and garlic flakes. The pomelo was not bitter and had just the right amount of citrus acidity and sweetness. Everything mixed together was so refreshing against the hot stuffiness lingering in air.
MUC NHOI THIT 香煎釀墨魚 PAN-SEARED STUFFED SQUID 78: Fresh young squid are filled with a pork, chopped squid, garlic and ginger stuffing before grilling. The squid is tender and not chewy. This is one of my favorite dishes from Nha Trang. I love the slightly charred grilled squid flavors.
COM TAM 越南碎米飯 BROKEN RICE PLATTER 70: I love myself a mean rice platter of broken rice. Broken Rice means grains that are not whole, but broken. The texture is less fluffy and a bit nutty. This a popular Southern Vietnamese rice dish and is usually served with barbecued meats and egg dishes. Nha Trang rice platter includes ground toasted rice, shredded pork, grilled lemongrass pork chop and steamed frittata egg foo young.
Have you found that perfect bowl of pho yet in Hong Kong? Please let me know. I’d like to try it on my next trip back.
Nha Trang Vietnamese Restaurant
Hours: Mon – Sun: 12:00-23:00
Shop G51, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
We spend a leisurely afternoon playing tourist at the Stanley Market in Hong Kong. It was a nice sunny day with a few clouds in the sky. It takes about 30 minutes to get here from Central. We wanted to get away from the city…
Tei Mou Koon 地茂館甜品 in Kowloon City is one of my go-to places for dessert. They have all sorts of goodies like tofu pudding 豆腐花, mango pudding, mango sago pomelo soup 楊枝甘露 , sesame soup 芝麻糊 , walnut soup 合桃露, and of course your standard red bean soup or…
Rabbithole Coffee and Roasters is a tiny cafe on Cochrane Street in Central, Hong Kong. Finding the Rabbithole was not an easy task. “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” Look for the green sign to Iyara and the place that sells snake stew and go up two flights of stairs.
We found a little open patio balcony in the back of the apartment overlook other apartments and even someone lazying beneath enjoying the concert forest. For us it was to relax and play catch up. The waitress welcomed us and presented the menus with brewing methods and ratios. I’m glad they were friendly (without the arrogance) and wasn’t esoteric.
The selection all pointed to a fruity-sour note and I wanted something that was more earthy, more nutty. When I asked the server she didn’t seem to have a clue what I was talking about? I switched channels from English to Cantonese and still it was like I was speaking alien. I went with Fairtrade Indonesia Sumatra Permata Gayo. It was fair, not rich but had a earthy body with a leathery taste.
Latte: with Fair Trade Honduras blend of dark chocolate.
Iced American Espresso: presented with a giant ice cube with this fruity tasting Ethiopia Yirgacheffe blend.
At this point I questioned myself why I didn’t option for an ice drink under this sweltering humid heat.
As I am waiting for my coffee to cool down, my eye drifting at the busyness of Hong Kong, where people dashed from one place to another, much like in Chungking Express. I am thankful to be on vacation. I can shut down my brain. I do not have to worry about popping into the nearest Starbucks to check my email.
Rabbithole Coffee and Roaster Hong Kong
Cuisine: Coffee, Coffee Roaster
Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Weekend and public holidays: 9:00am – 8:00pm
26 Cochrane St Hong Kong
+852 2581 0861
Bricklane Gallery Restaurant and Bar located in Tsim Sha Tsui by K11 (not too far from Vibes lounge in The Mira Hotel) is a little hideaway that reminiscences London’s East End and a little bit of Vancouver Gastown restaurants with its exposed brick walls.…
Vibes at The Mira Hong Kong Hotel is one sexiest hookah / shisha lounge I have ever been to in a while. The rooftop patio space is gorgeous outside the 5th floor courtyard with a lush outdoor foliage. I love the garden, fire pit…
Kam Sha Kok Hong Kong Outdoor kitchens 金沙角大牌檔 aka 大牌檔 are as iconic to Hong Kong’s history is Hong Kong’s famed and famous futuristic skyline and the Peak. Outdoor Kitchens are nostalgic and has a casual, careless environment for gatherings over a few beers and late night grub. Warning! Not for those with a glass stomach. Start your meal off with some local craft beers – Blue Girl Pilsener Lager is light, crisp and refreshing!
There are still a few places for outdoor kitchens in HK, but our friends took us to Kam Sha Kok Hong Kong 金沙角大牌檔 in Sha Tin. Sha Tin is famous for pigeon squab. The color of the skin is bright, crispy yet slightly oily. The meat is tender and moist.
Lamb brisket hot pot: clay pot comes on a propane burner with a hose attached to a mini propane tank – something that would not pass health and safety inspection here. Tender lamb pieces are cooked with plenty of bean curd and vegetables. It is rich, filling, flavorful but not gamey.
Salt and Pepper Calamari: How can you be eating outdoors and not get your fix of peppery calamari on? These lightly battered and succulent tender squid goes well with a beer!
Jelly fish and shredded chicken: cold appetizer marinated in sesame oil and pickled carrots and radishes are refreshing on a hot summer’s night. The chili flakes adds a good kick.
Gold and Silver Egg and Seasonal Greens: Salty egg and preserved century egg with egg white are gently cooked and serves as a sauce over some seasonal snow pea tips.
Roasted Chicken: Like the squab the skin is crispy and not too oily while the meat still retains its juicy moisture. Served with prawn crackers.
Kam Sha Kok Hong Kong Outdoor Kitchen 金沙角大牌檔
Cuisine: Chinese, Dai Pai Dong
Mon 6:00 pm – 4:00 am
Tue 6:00 pm – 4:00 am
Wed 6:00 pm – 4:00 am
Thu 6:00 pm – 4:00 am
Fri 6:00 pm – 4:00 am
Sat 6:00 pm – 4:00 am
Sun 6:00 pm – 4:00 am
Kam Sha Kok Hong Kong
Sha Kok Estate
Sha Tin, Hong Kong
港鐵沙田圍站 A 出口, 步行約2分鐘
Nearest MTR Station: Sha Tin Wai Station MTR Exit A
Wai Kee Noodle Cafe Hong Kong 維記咖啡粉麵 is a tiny café serving foodies and locals with infamous pig liver instant noodles 馳名豬潤麵. Although they also offer French toast and jam toast, but it by no means draws in the crowds. Pig liver instant noodles 馳名豬潤麵…
Mini Bangkok Hong Kong 小曼谷泰國美食 is located in the old school streets of Kowloon City, a land of many delicious eateries. The assuming facade offers anything but. Each dish has a kick and flavors are not diluted to suit the unadventurous. Mini Bangkok Hong Kong is…
Minimani Myeongdong is a Korean restaurant in Myeong-Dong that specializes in BBQ and raw octopus. Raw octopus is one of the must eat items whenever you visit South Korea, Seoul. The modest restaurant and the hostesses does not speak English. Minimani Myeongdong serves up one mean Sannakji: raw live octopus cut into small pieces and served immediately; seasoned lightly sesame oil and also spicy kimchi.
Clear Clam Soup: Clear broth with some green onions. Tastes like sea water.
Typical ban chan (Korean side dishes) are served: Kimchi, anchovies, side salad, seaweed, potatoes, etc.
Sannakji: The live octopus cut up in front of your eyes. The tentacles still skrimming on the dish like little worms. They are springy, chewy, and the suction cups when stick to your roof tops, tongues, gums… Just chew a few more times. There are two ways to eat sannakji: 1. light wasabi sauce for dipping 2. pan fried with spicy chili kimchi sauce. Both ways are excellent, but I may prefer the light wasabi sauce more because it doesn’t overcrowd the freshness of the octopus! It’s like eating takowasa pretty much.
I should put up the video we have on this experience at Minimani Myeongdong soon!
199-44, Euljiro2-ga, Jung-gu,, Seoul, South Korea
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The first concept retro-vintage concept Starbucks mirroring 1940’s Hong Kong style cafe opened on Duddell Street (just down the staircase from Ice House Street). Now a second retro themed coffee shop opened in Mong Kok 旺角 on Sai Yee Street 洗衣街. …
After our visit to Tosokchon (the best Ginseng Chicken) and Gyeongbokgung Palace how could we not tour Ewha Womens University Fashion Street and see where our good friend Dee works. On the way there, we passed by this recently built mall YES APM which also had…