May 12, 2019

Hong Kong Travelogue: All for Roast Goose Rice (18-20 Oct 2016)

18 Oct 2016: So the Typhoon landed in Hong Kong (well, duh...since we were stuck at Lantau Island)

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Rainy Morning
The next few days in Hong Kong was wet and rainy, of which the best place to be is cuddling underneath blanket while sipping a cup of hot tea.

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Roast Goose Rice @ Sham Tseng Chan Kei Roast Goose 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳
That being said, tummies need to be filled. What best time than now to try out roast goose from nearby Sham Tseng Chan Kei Roast Goose深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳? I must say Sham Tseng Chan Kei 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳 did not disappoint - roast goose was tender and flavorful, though rice was a little dry.

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Egg and Ham Sandwich @ Sham Tseng Chan Kei Roast Goose 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳
We ordered egg and ham sandwich at the side for snacking too. Just look at that fluffy scrambled eggs and golden crusty bread.

Total damage for 3 pax = HKD 192

After our late brunch, we ordered some take-aways from Qian Jiang Porridge Shop 钱江粥 and shopped for chocolates and snacks at Best Mart 360, before retreating to One SilverSea for the rest of the day.

19 Oct 2016: It was a rainy morning. Despite the drizzles, it did not stop the adventurous me to head out to Wanchai for some food hunting.

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Polo Bun (HKD 9) @ Kam Fung Restaurant 金鳳茶餐廳
My first stop was Kam Fung Restaurant 金鳳茶餐廳 for some Polo Bun, aka pineapple bun. By the time I located Kam Fung Restaurant 金鳳茶餐廳, trays of freshly baked buns were shuffled to the cooling rack. Warm and fluffy, each bite was a combination of crusty top, oozing butter and pineapple jam. This sure beats Kam Wah Cafe's!

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Egg Tart (HKD 8) @ Honolulu Coffee Shop 檀島咖啡餅店
As I was locating two other roast goose restaurants in Wanchai, I came across Honolulu Coffee Shop
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and couldn't help myself but grabbed an egg tart on the go - it did not disappoint. Compared to Tai Cheong's, Honolulu had actually kept up its quality over time.

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Roast Goose Rice @ Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝
Within 150m walk from Honolulu Coffee Shop 檀島咖啡餅店, I found Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝, the one-Michelin starred restaurant in 2015-2018. It was packed to the brim and there was a short queue right at its store front. Good thing was the wait was not too long. Ignoring the slightly charred skin, their roast goose was moist and flavourful. While the focus was not on the rice, I believe some sauce would surely help to elevate the overall enjoyment.

Total damage = HKD104 (one dine-in and one take-away)

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Roast Goose Rice (HKD47) @ Joy Hing Roast Goose 再興燒臘飯店
At this point, I barely had any tummy space for more roast goose rice but my quest for roast goose rice did not end here. Up next was a smaller establishment called Joy Hing Roast Goose 再興燒臘飯店, which is another 150m away from Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝. I would say Joy Hing's roast goose was comparable to Kam's, better still with a cheaper price tag! That probably explained why the diners in Joy Hing's was mostly locals.

With two packed roast goose rice in hand, I made my way back to One SilverSea and spend my evening chilling and packing luggages.

20 Oct 2016: Alas, today was our last day in Hong Kong. We had almost checked off all the must-try in Hong Kong, save for some classic curry fish balls.

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Curry Fish Balls (HKD 3) @ Long Jin Mei Shi 龍津美食
When we came across Long Jin Mei Shi 龍津美食, we knew that we must at least order some! Though it was not as bouncy and spicy as Malaysians are used to, it was.definitely worth a try.

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Ren Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和豆
As for me, I wanted to have another bowl of tau fu fa before we left to airport. So we made our way to Ren Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和荳品廠 in Mong Kok.


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Tau Fu Fa in Red Glutinous Rice @ Ren Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和荳品廠/td>
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Goodbye Hong Kong!
Alright, it was time to go now. Goodbye Hong Kong! Till we meet again...



In summary,

My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:
  • Ambiance
    • Sham Tseng Chan Kei Roast Goose 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳- 3/5
    • Kam Fung Restaurant 金鳳茶餐廳 - 3/5
    • Honolulu Coffee Shop 檀島咖啡餅店 - 4/5
    • Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝 - 4/5
    • Joy Hing Roast Goose 再興燒臘飯店 - 2/5
    • Long Jin Mei Shi 龍津美食 - 2/5
    • Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和荳品廠 - 2/5
  • Price
    • Sham Tseng Chan Kei Roast Goose 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳- 3/5
    • Kam Fung Restaurant 金鳳茶餐廳 - 3/5
    • Honolulu Coffee Shop 檀島咖啡餅店 - 3/5
    • Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝 - 2/5
    • Joy Hing Roast Goose 再興燒臘飯店 - 3/5
    • Long Jin Mei Shi 龍津美食 - 3/5
    • Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和荳品廠 - 2/5
  • Food
    • Sham Tseng Chan Kei Roast Goose 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳- 3/5
    • Kam Fung Restaurant 金鳳茶餐廳 - 5/5
    • Honolulu Coffee Shop 檀島咖啡餅店 - 5/5
    • Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝 - 4/5
    • Joy Hing Roast Goose 再興燒臘飯店 - 4/5
    • Long Jin Mei Shi 龍津美食 - 2/5
    • Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和荳品廠 - 1/5
  • Verdict
    • Sham Tseng Chan Kei Roast Goose 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳- Unexpected find. They serve plum sauce at the side, so it was a little unusual.
    • Kam Fung Restaurant 金鳳茶餐廳 - Nothing beats fresh out-of-oven pineapple bun!
    • Honolulu Coffee Shop 檀島咖啡餅店 - Grab it and you won't regret it
    • Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝 - Slightly upscale dining with air conditioning and solid seating
    • Joy Hing Roast Goose 再興燒臘飯店 - Cramped restaurant with make-shift tables and chairs. Locals seemed to love it here.
    • Long Jin Mei Shi 龍津美食 - Good place to get some snacks while you walk around
    • Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和荳品廠 - Never again


DINING INFO:

Sham Tseng Chan Kei Roast Goose 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳
427-427A Reclamation Street, Mong Kok
Operation Hours: 7am - 11.30pm
Tel: +852 23813636
Credit Card: Cash only

Kam Fung Restaurant 金鳳茶餐廳
G/F, Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai
Operation Hours: 6.45am - 7pm
Tel: +852 25720526
Credit Card: Cash only

Honolulu Coffee Shop 檀島咖啡餅店
G/F and Mezz Floor, 176-178 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai
Operation Hours: 6.30am - 11.30pm
Tel: +852 25751823
Credit Card: Cash, Octopus

Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝
G/F, Po Wah Commercial Center, 226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Operation Hours: 11.30am - 9.30pm
Tel: +852 54087740 or +852 25201110
Credit Card: Cash only

Joy Hing Roast Goose 再興燒臘飯店
Block C, G/F, 265-267 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Operation Hours: 9.30am - 10pm (Mon - Sat, closed on Sun and public holidays)
Tel: +852 25196639
Credit Card: Cash, Alipay

Long Jin Mei Shi 龍津美食
32 Mong Kok Road, Mong Kok
Operation Hours: N/A
Tel: N/A
Credit Card: Cash only

Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和荳品廠
28 Mong Kok Rd,, Mong Kok
Operation Hours: 24hours
Tel: +852 23959867
Credit Card: Cash only

Mar 31, 2019

Hong Kong Travelogue: Stuck at Lantau Island (17 Oct 2016)

I thought that weekends would be bad timing to go to Lantau Island but I was wrong. Monday was equally packed.

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Queuing for Tickets @ Ngong Ping 360 Ticketing Office at Tung Chung
I did not recall how long I was in the queue. It was probably past an hour when we got this close to the ticket counters.

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Crystal Cable Car Time
By the time you hit the counter, you would not care much except to get on the next cable car. Of course that usually means an upgrade, which in our case, return tickets for crystal cable car i.e. cable car with glass bottom, for HKD555 for 3 pax.

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Views from Cable Car @ Ngong Ping
All these cable cars simply could not fulfill all the anxious crowd back in the ticketing counters fast enough...

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Stairway up the Lantau Island
Along the 5.7 km ropeway, we came across these stairways climbing the mountain and occasionally a gang or two trekking along in their sports attires.

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Mom and Aunt being playful @ Ngong Ping Village
Our 25-min cable car ride came to an end at Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal on Lantau Island. Upon exit, you will find yourself in a cultural themed Ngong Ping Village, where you can shop, dine and keep yourself entertained.

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The Big Buddha @ Lantau Island
My objective, however, was to pay visit to the Big Buddha (aka Tian Tan Buddha).

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The Big Buddha @ Lantau Island
The Big Buddha is the second largest outdoor bronze seated buddha, sitting atop peak of Mount Muk Yue. Located ~10 min walk from Ngong Ping Village, you will find yourself at the foot of 268-step staircases leading up to the 3-storey pedestal for 360 degree view of Lantau Island and South China Sea.

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The Offering of the Six Devas @ The Big Buddha
Once you reached the 3-storey pedestal, you will find 6 bronze statues known as The Offering of the Six Devas surrounding the Buddha.

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Moo Moo Encounter @ Lantau Island
By the time I was ready to leave the Big Buddha, Typhoon weather alert came in, beckoning the crowd to wrap up before the storm.

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Wisdom Path @ Lantau Island
I wasted no time and headed straight to the Wisdom Path, which was ~10 min away from the Big Buddha. On these wooden columns are the inscriptions of complete verses of the Heart Sutra written. It was a shame that time was not at my side, else I could easily immerse myself in this seemingly endless path (no pun intended!).


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Excerpt I came to know from The Monkey King @ Wisdom Path
By the time I came down from Wisdom Path to Po Lin Monastery, drizzles came. I did not get my chance to visit the Po Lin Monastery before we made our way back to the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal.

Lo and behold! The cable car ride was stopped due to the bad weather, so hundreds of us ended up waiting in queue for hours for the alternate transport i.e. buses to bring us back to Tung Chung. The exhaustion, the humidity, the restless of the crowd - on hindsight, we should have just stayed at home.

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Har Gao @ Tim Ho Wan, Olympian City 2
To placate our weary souls, we stopped by Tim Ho Wan at Olympian City 2 to have some warm delicious dim sum in a comfortable setting.

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Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf @ Tim Ho Wan
I wasn't sure if it was the hunger talking but Tim Ho Wan sure lived up to our standard. Now, time to have a good shower, stretch my legs and have a good night sleep! Given another chance, I would have spent another day or two at Lantau Island, probably some trekking and exploring fishing village nearby.

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