Oct 21, 2013

Hong Kong Travelogue: Tim Ho Wan ah! (Day 3-9 Jun 2013)

Pardon me for the zip-zappy posts for I was so excited about Hong Kong Travelogue that I posted it before the end of my Gold Coast Morib Travelogue. Now that it had finally came to the end of Gold Coast Morib Travelogue, I shall continue on my Day 3 of Hong Kong Travelogue.

Big "Tim Ho Wan" signboard at Sham Shui Po

After food hunting in Central and Mong Kok on Day 2, I was pretty much done in Central. The next day was pretty much another day of food hunting and sight seeing, sans shopping errands. This day began with a scrumptious breakfast at cheap Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan. They have plenty of branches around Hong Kong. The one I went was at Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok.

Highly Recommended: Crunchy Baked Char Siew Pau (HKD16)

Don't judge a book by its cover. This pale looking char siew pau might seems unattractive but trust me, it was the best char siew pau ever! Imagine the crunchy biscuit shattered into tiny little pieces as you sink your teeth in it and as your teeth sinks deeper, it reaches the juicy and flavourful char siew fillings; don't chew until you have part of the skin and some char siew fillings. It was simply heavenly!! I have NEVER had anything like this in KL.

Char Siew Fillings

Good thing is the fillings was not skimpy at all. I really love the combination of the textures between the biscuit-like skin and tender char siew sitting in a pool of pork essence. Gah, I want some right now!

Good Stuff: Fresh Prawn Siew Mai King (HKD24)

Talking about staple dim sum items, siew mai makes one of the top three items. What do you do when you are away from home and happen to be in one of the best dim sum places in Hong Kong? Of course I must try the siew mai and here we are talking about the bouncy prawn wrapped in a mixture of pork and lard.

Good but not Great: Crystal Har Gao (HKD24)

Besides siew mai, har gao is another staple dim sum that I must try. A glance at the crystal clear skin was promising. However, a bite into it invalidated my first impression. Prawns were all good but the skin was thicker and tougher than I thought it should be (i.e. thin and chewy).

Good Stuff: Beef Ball (HKD15)

Aside from Celestial Court in Sheraton Imperial KL, another thing you would not see it in Malaysia's dim sum places is beef balls. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to beef balls but to me, this was great! First of all, it was flavourful. Secondly, it did not smell strongly of a dead cow. Thirdly, the ratio of flour and beef was aptly so to present slight chewiness yet allow the beef to shine. Do you eat beef? If it is a yes, then you should try this.

Good Stuff: Peanut and Pork Rib Porridge (HKD16)

To begin with, I don't usually order porridge in dim sum shop but this is something you should try. The texture whispered a soft promise of smoothness and I was right. It was so silky smooth that it did not feel like porridge at all. Texture aside, it was very flavourful and to what it owed this flavour to? I reckoned it was the doing of pork bones.

Good but not Great: Ma Lai Kuih (HKD15)

To end my scrumptious meal, I thought a dessert would be great. It was slightly disappointing though when I tasted the first bite of this kuih. Being coarse and dry, the texture was just wrong. However, I was glad that it was not too sweet and fragrant. Worth the calories? Maybe not.

Mehhh Stuff: Chee Cheong Fun with Honey Glazed Char Siew Fillings (HKD18)

My disappointment was further exaggerated by this chee cheong fun. I thought that Hong Kong's rendition of chee cheong fun would be better from what I get in Malaysia's but I was wrong. It was bland, floury and thick, you might be better off ordering a plate of char siew.

There are always great discoveries and awful encounters. Guess it is part and parcel of being a food adventurer. I really enjoyed the char siew pao, beef balls and porridge and to those who plan to go Hong Kong, you just have to pay a visit to any of Tim Ho Wan's branches. You are less likely to be disappointed :)

Be adventurous!

Oct 1, 2013

Gold Coast Morib Travelogue : Hokkaido Mille Crepe at Cafe Indulge (Day 2-12 Aug 2012)

My encounter with Mille crepe was dated two years ago in the state of Malacca but both of us did not know each other very well. Little do I know where it came from, little do I know who is its inventor. However, I remembered well of its skinny layering, its generous cream spread, its fluffiness and sweetness. Nadeje has definitely done justice to Mille Crepe.

I did not have a clue when this Mille Crepe fever started but many shops claimed that they serve the "best" Mille Crepe. Sorry folks, I just don't buy that. The next best Mille Crepe I could get in Klang Valley was Humble Beginnings, until Nadeje decided to spread its love for Mille Crepe to the people of Petaling Jaya.

Winding back to August 2012, after we had our unusual Toddy and curry iguana lunch, we embarked on a journey back to the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Before we parted, we made a sweet detour to Cafe Indulge at Jalan Kuchai Lama for some Hokkaido goodness.

Chocolate Mint Mille Crepe
Chocolate mint mille crepe

I had the impression it would be decent. However, it fell short of my expectation. Take this chocolate mint mille crepe for example, it looked more like chocolate rice mille crepe to me. A bite was totally sufficient to prove its awfulness. It was horrifying. Thank goodness it wasn't my piece of cake!

Rum & Raisin Mille Crepe
Rum raisin mille crepe

I ordered rum raisin mille crepe for myself. I had to admit it was quite an adventurous option as it was easier to screw this up. As expected, it borne faint flavour of bitterness and mild sweetness. Alcohol much? Also, these supposedly thinly crafted crepe was about 5 times thicker than Nadeje's. I was not quite satisfied with the delivery.

Tiramisu Mille Crepe
Tiramisu mille crepe

Another mate of mine ordered tiramisu mille crepe. I must say it was a safer choice. Decent enough, but again isn't tiramisu should have more cream cheese? Moreover, tiramisu without alcohol is like a climax that never came true.

Chocolate Supreme Mille Crepe
Chocolate supreme mille crepe

Being a chocolate fan, anything like this would make me go hesitant without fail. Albeit I did not get this myself, I managed to get a bite of this. After all, it was not as SUPREME as it claimed. I was expecting more intensity in its flavour but it did not come true.

Chocolate Banana Mille Crepe
Chocolate banana mille crepe

Somehow this reminded me of my smoothies made of HL chocolate milk blended with generous filling of banana. In fact, I find my smoothies tasted much better than this mille crepe. That being said, this was not too awful compared to the chocolate mint mille crepe. The touch of banana was great. Perhaps a little more chocolatey would make this better.

The Birthday Boy
Raymond with his chocolate mint mille crepe

The Birthday Girl
Li Ling with her tiramisu mille crepe

Criticism aside, we had two birthday boy and girl here with us, which pretty much WHY we were here. Heh, that face was before he had his chocolate mint mille crepe. What did he has to say about it? I had no clue.

Hooray! We grew up!
One year older, yay!

Happy belated birthday to Raymond and Li Ling.
You two are two years older now, considering the delay of this post!

Much loves,
Hitomi Ng

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