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
檀島咖啡餅店
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.

Mar 3, 2019

Hong Kong Travelogue: Yee Shun vs Australian Dairy, Mak Man Kee, Yat Lok, Yan Wo Dou & Man Fai (15-16 Oct 2016)

Day broke earlier in Hong Kong. By 5am, the sky was brightly lit. Say bye bye to sleeping in on a Saturday morning.

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Morning View from One Silversea
Since cousin was not working on a Saturday, she brought us to Golden Sands Restaurant at Tai Kok Shui for a typical Hong Kong breakfast. A typical Hong Kong breakfast is one of the things that you must do when you are in Hong Kong but in any case, steer clear from macaroni. I repeat, steer clear from macaroni!

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Signature Double-Skinned Steamed Milk (HKD32) @ Yee Shun Dairy Company 港澳義順牛奶公司
After breakfast, I took a train to Fitness First Platinum at Harbour City, Tsim Sha Shui, to squeeze in one-hour fat burning Body Attack class with my complimentary overseas access. Two hours later, here I was at Yee Shun Dairy Company 港澳義順牛奶公司 for some piping hot Signature Double-Skinned Steamed Milk. Compared to Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司's hot steamed milk, I found myself liking Yee Shun's more as it was more subtle in sweetness and lighter in texture.

Total damage for 1 pax = HKD32

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Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司 and Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家
Mom and aunt departed later from One SilverSea to meet me for early dinner at Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家 and dessert at Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司. Despite the sense of frustration and lost, I must commend my mom and aunt for navigating the trains in Hong Kong on their own.

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Dumpling Wan Tan Mee (HKD32) @ Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家
3 years ago, I ordered my first bowl of dumpling wan tan mee here at Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家 and fell in love with the springy noodle in clear soup and crunchy and fresh dumplings. 3 years later, I ordered the same thing again and they did not disappoint.

Total damage for 3 pax = HKD98

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Steamed Milks @ Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司
For dessert, we walked a few shops away from Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家 to Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司. The steamed milk in Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司 was as sweet and intense as I remembered 3 years ago. Good thing was we had more pax to share, so we ordered two different steamed milk for varieties.

Total damage for 3 pax = HKD67

Our night ended pretty early with us heading back to One SilverSea to chill and rest after our dinner and dessert at Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家 and Australian Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司.

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Store Front @ Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅
As Sunday comes, it was time for us to head out and hunt for more Hong Kong delicacies. This time round, we were going to Central for some roast goose.

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Hello Gooses @ Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅
I don't know about you. The first time I tried Yung Kee Roast Goose, I was disappointed with its quality and price point, so I had strike out Yung Kee Roast Goose.

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Roast Goose Noodle @ Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅
Mom and aunt, the two big noodles fans, opted for roast goose noodle at Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅. I must say while the goose fat did make the soup tasted much nicer, the thick rice noodles did do its part in making slurping it all the more delightful. Little did I know at that point of time that Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅 was Michelin 1 Starred Restaurant in 2015-2018!

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Roast Goose Rice @ Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅
I, on the other hand, did it the old school way (I think). Unlike Yung Kee's, Yat Lok's roast goose was tender, juicy and bursting with flavours. Just look at that sliver of fat underneath the charred skin - one word, heavenly! Another thing I appreciated much was the fact that Yat Lok served their rice drizzled with sauces.

Total damage for 3 pax = HKD169

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Graffiti @ Central
After our hearty brunch, we went around exploring Central. While I sure did not recall seeing any grafitti 3 years back, Central was now covered with graffiti across all the walls you could possibly spot. Not a bad sight at all!

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"Fashion" Alley @ Central
For those who explored Central on foot before, you must share the same sense of exhaustion after going up and down the slopes and staircases that did not seem to end. To ease our exhaustion, we stopped by Tai Cheong Bakery to grab a few egg tarts. I must say the quality was no longer the same as what I had 3 years ago.

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Pan Fried Tofu with Fish Meat (HKD16) @ Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和豆品专门店
After all the walk, we hopped onto a train to Causeway Bay and started our pre-lunch snacking at Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和豆品专门店. While it was not out of the world, this pan fried tofu with fish meat was quite a delight.

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Tau Fu Fa in Black Sesame and Tau Fu Fa in Ginger Sugar (HKD16 each) @ Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和豆品专门店
Their tau fu fa on the other hand was lovely! Fragrant and silky smooth, I simply could not resist, especially not when it came with my favorite black sesame dessert.

Total damage for 3 pax = HKD48

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Store Front @ Man Fai Noodles 文辉墨鱼丸大王
We went around Causeway Bay on foot, exploring the area without specific destination in mind. Not long after, we decided to make a pit stop at Man Fai Noodles 文辉墨鱼丸大王, which I came across in my research, though not enlisted in my to-do list.

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Clear Soup Noodles with Seafood Balls @ Man Fai Noodles 文辉墨鱼丸大王
While I would not particularly hunt for a bowl of clear soup noodles with seafood balls, it was decent and hearty. Don't get me wrong, I am still not a fan of processed seafood balls, but these were better than the factory made (duh!).

Total damage for 3 pax = HKD120

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Tramming @ Hong Kong Island
On the way back, we managed to get on the free tram ride across Hong Kong Island, which you could just hope on and off as and when you like. It was quite an experience to be able to see the city from an elevated view - best of all, it was free!

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Cheese Baked Fried Rice @ Mongkok Cooked Food Market

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Some Stir Fry with Rice @ Mongkok Cooked Food Market
We had so much venturing for the day that by dinner time, we unanimously agreed to settle at the nearby Mongkok Cooked Food Market. It was a huge mistake. The fried rice was horrible and the "cheese" tasted like bland milk powder. The stir fry was equally disappointing and I believe I can cook than this.

In summary,

My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:
  • Ambiance
    • Yee Shun Dairy 港澳義順牛奶公司 - 3/5
    • Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家 - 3/5
    • Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司 - 3/5
    • Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅 - 3/5
    • Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和豆品专门店 - 3/5
    • Man Fai Noodles 文辉墨鱼丸大王 - 3/5
    • Mongkok Cooked Food Market - 1/5
  • Price
    • Yee Shun Dairy 港澳義順牛奶公司 - 3/5
    • Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家 - 4/5
    • Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司 - 3/5
    • Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅 - 4/5
    • Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和豆品专门店 - 5/5
    • Man Fai Noodles 文辉墨鱼丸大王 - 4/5
    • Mongkok Cooked Food Market - 3/5
  • Food
    • Yee Shun Dairy 港澳義順牛奶公司 - 5/5
    • Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家 - 4/5
    • Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司 - 3/5
    • Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅 - 5/5
    • Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和豆品专门店 - 5/5
    • Man Fai Noodles 文辉墨鱼丸大王 - 4/5
    • Mongkok Cooked Food Market - 1/5
  • Verdict
    • Yee Shun Dairy 港澳義順牛奶公司 - If you are not a fan of coying sweet stuff, here is where you should go for some steamed milk
    • Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家 - Here for a good bowl of springy noodles and dumplings
    • Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司 - Good selections of food and snacks, I still prefer Yee Shun's steamed milk over Australian Dairy Milk Company's
    • Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅 - Hands down the best (and affordable) roast goose I have tried in Hong Kong 
    • Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和豆品专门店 - Must try their tau fu fa, though they could really use a little more sweetness 
    • Man Fai Noodles 文辉墨鱼丸大王 - Fairly good meal option for those who love seafood balls noodle
    • Mongkok Cooked Food Market - Horrible, never want to step foot into this place ever again!

My personal attractions verdicts for:
  • Central - Walking across Central is akin to walking through the passage of time where both past and present intertwined, which I personally find it intriguing but tiring (just look at them stairs and slopes!). Also, take the chance to get on free tram rides whenever you are on the island

DINING INFO:

Yee Shun Dairy 港澳義順牛奶公司
63 Pilkem St, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: 8am - 12am
Tel: +852 2730 2799
Credit Card: Cash only

Mak Man Kee 麦文记面家
G/F, 51 Parkes St, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: 12.00pm - 12.30am
Tel: +852 2736 5561
Credit Card: Cash only

Australian Dairy Milk Company 澳洲牛奶公司
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan
Operation Hours: 7.30am - 11.00pm (closed on Thurs and public holidays)
Tel: +852 2730 1356
Credit Card: Cash only

Yat Lok Roast Goose 一乐烧鹅 (Michelin 1 Starred Restaurant (2015-18))
G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central
Operation Hours: 10am - 9pm (Mon - Sat, closed on Weds), 10.00am - 5.30pm (Sun and public holidays)
Tel: +852 2524 3882
Credit Card: Cash only

Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong 人和豆品专门店
55 Jardine's Bazaar, Causeway Bay
Operation Hours: 11am - 11pm
Tel: +852 2808 4738
Credit Card: Cash only

Man Fai Noodles 文辉墨鱼丸大王
22-24 Jardine's Bazaar,, Causeway Bay
Operation Hours: 8am - 2am
Tel: +852 2890 1278
Credit Card: Cash only

Mongkok Cooked Food Market
2/F, Mong Kok Complex, 555-557 Shanghai St, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: 9am - 11pm
Tel: N/A
Credit Card: Cash only

Feb 19, 2019

Hong Kong Travelogue: Hello Tim Ho Wan, Kam Wah & Lan Fong Yuen (13-14 Oct 2016)

7 Jun 2013 marked my first time in the land of Hong Kong, also my first time travelling out of Malaysia. Fast forward 3 years 4 months and 6 days, here I was, ready to get on a flight to visit this familiar land once again. This time, I was accompanied by mom and aunt, mainly to visit my cousin in Hong Kong.

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Ready for Boarding @ KLIA 2
After our flight landed in Hong Kong at 1pm, we took a bus to Citygate Outlet for a quick window shopping and lunch at Golden Shanghai Cuisine. Apart from the terrible service at Golden Shanghai Cuisine, I couldn't recall what we ate.

Our first order of business at Tung Chung Station was to grab Octopus cards. Each Octopus card came loaded with HKD100 credit and HKD50 refundable deposit. Armed with our Octopus cards, we took a train from Tung Chung Station to Olympic Station to meet up with my nephew before shuttling to One SilverSea.

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View from One SilverSea
Look at the splendid view towards the open sea! I wouldn't mind spending the day sitting at the balcony with a bottle of wine (or two)...

Connectivity in One SilverSea was considerably good - you can either take a 5-min walk or take a shuttle to Olympian City malls nearby for groceries/train station. Another 10-min walk away you will find yourself at Langham Place, where we had our dinner with my cousin at the Jasmine Garden restaurant.

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Qian Jiang Porridge Shop 钱江粥品 @ Argyle Street
Nothing felt better than a night of restful sleep. Our first order of the day was to try out a nearby porridge shop, Qian Jiang Porridge Shop 钱江粥品, which my nephew personally vouched for.

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Fish Porridge (HKD19) @ Qian Jiang Porridge Shop 钱江粥品 
Qian Jiang Porridge Shop 钱江粥品 has a good variety of porridge - fish porridge, pork porridge, beef porridge; with or without century eggs; pork blood or beef blood. For the unadventurous me, I had a bowl of fish porridge. Served tongue scorching hot, thinly sliced fish was cooked the moment it bathed in the flavourful and silky smooth porridge base. I loved it.

We also ordered some cheong fun aka rice roll with char siew (HKD16) and savory bak chang (HKD16) to share. One thing for sure, I would not recommend the rice roll.

Total damage for 4 pax = HKD142

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Exploring Morning Market
After our breakfast, we went exploring the nearby morning market, checking out the fresh produce and dried goods, while taking away food or snacks before heading back to One SilverSea to chill.

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Siew Mai and Steamed Pork Ribs @ Tim Ho Wan 添好運
By 3pm, we headed out from our cosy place and headed out to Tim Ho Wan 添好運 at Sham Shui Po for dim sum lunch. It was not exactly easy to locate as it took us quite awhile and some walks, but being here again brought back fond memories of my first visit 3 years back.

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Crunchy Baked Char Siew Pau @ Tim Ho Wan 添好運
The most memorable piece was none other than the signature crunchy baked char siew pau. Time and time again, it did not fail to amaze me with its crumbly skin and savoury filings. It was so good that I could easily finish them all by myself. By far the best Michelin 1-star dim sum I have had in my life!

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Turnip Cake @ Tim Ho Wan 添好運
While the other dim sum here was not mind blowing, they did stand up for themselves in the absence of sweet and savory brown sauce and chili sauce that Malaysians are accustomed to. You might not find your local fried turnip cake here though.

Total damage for 3 pax = HKD102

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Mongkok Flower Market
To burn some calories off, we had a little excursion to Mongkok Flower Market and Yuen Po Street Bird Garden before making our way to Kam Wah Cafe for our afternoon tea.

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Kam Wah Cafe
Located in the busy Mongkok area, this Kam Wah Cafe at Bute Street was filled to the brim. Good thing was the turnover was quick, so we did not have to wait too long for a table for three.

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Polo Bun and Stocking Milk Tea @ Kam Wah Cafe
I guess the quick turnover could tell a thing or two. Apart from the smooth slab of butter and the crumbly bun at the top, there was not a hint of pineapple, not to mention it was dry too.

Total damage for 3 pax = HKD92

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Chu Zai Pao 猪仔包 (HKD 17) @ Lan Fong Yuen
Disappointed by Kam Wah Cafe, we needed some distractions, so we had our fair share of window shopping at the Goldfish Market, Fa Yuen Street Market and Sneaker Street before taking a train from Mong Kok East Station to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station for iSQUARE Mall.

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Random Noodle with Chicken Wing @ Lan Fong Yuen
The last time I visited Lan Fong Yuen at Central, it was just for a milk tea to go. This branch in iSQUARE Mall was probably a new addition, with more comfortable seating in air-conditioned environment.

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Curry Pork Chop Noodle @ Lan Fong Yuen
I couldn't recall what I had but it was outright mediocre and expensive (HKD52/set with coffee/milk tea). The only saving grace was the chu zai pao 猪仔包, which is basically a toasted version of bun without the crumbly top like Kam Wah's, drizzled with condensed milk.

Total damage for 4 pax = HKD175

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Ladies Market @ Mongkok

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Goldfish Market @ Mongkok
We took a bus back to Mongkok after dinner at Lan Fong Yuen. I must say it was an eye opening experience to be in a mini bus kind of transport, traversing the cross roads in the compact land of Hong Kong.

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Mobile Softee Truck @ Mongkok
While we were at it, let's have a Softee cone to end the night.

In summary,

My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:

  • Ambiance
    • Qian Jiang Porridge Shop 钱江粥品 - 2/5
    • Tim Ho Wan 添好運 - 4/5
    • Kam Wah Cafe - 4/5
    • Lan Fong Yuen - 3/5
    • Mobile Softee truck - 3/5
  • Price
    • Qian Jiang Porridge Shop 钱江粥品 - 4/5
    • Tim Ho Wan 添好運 - 4/5
    • Kam Wah Cafe - 3/5
    • Lan Fong Yuen - 2/5
    • Mobile Softee Truck - 3/5
  • Food
    • Qian Jiang Porridge Shop 钱江粥品 - 3/5
    • Tim Ho Wan 添好運 - 5/5
    • Kam Wah Cafe - 2/5
    • Lan Fong Yuen - 1/5
    • Mobile Softee Truck - 3/5
  • Verdict
    • Qian Jiang Porridge Shop 钱江粥品 - worth trying if you are up for porridge as breakfasts as it serves mainly locals and gets real pack in the mornings
    • Tim Ho Wan 添好運 - can't say enough for this affordable and awesome 1-Michelin star dim sum
    • Kam Wah Cafe - disappointed with the return visit, probably no next time
    • Lan Fong Yuen - just stay away for your own good
    • Mobile Softee Truck - must try but wasn't fantastic
My personal attractions verdicts for:
  • Mongkok Flower Market - interesting floras and decorations, definitely worth a visit for flower enthusiasts
  • Yuen Po Street Bird Garden - if you enjoy a garden filled with chirping birds, this would be the perfect place for you
  • Goldfish Market, Fa Yuen Street Market, Ladies Market, Sneaker Street - window shop for you? Sure, it does not cost a cent! Otherwise for sneaker heads, Sneaker Street is where you want to be


DINING INFO:

Qian Jiang Porridge Shop 钱江粥品
Shop E, 5 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: N/A
Tel: N/A
Credit Card: Cash only

Tim Ho Wan 添好運 (Michelin 1 Starred Restaurant (2015-18))
9-11 Fuk Wing St, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: 10am - 10pm (Mon - Fri), 9am - 10pm (Sat - Sun)
Tel: +852 2332 2896
Credit Card: Cash only

Kam Wah Cafe
G/F, 47 Bute St, HK, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: 6.30am - 11.30pm
Tel: +852 2392 6830
Credit Card: Cash only

Lan Fong Yuen
Shop 26, LG/F, Woodhouse, 36-44 Nathan Rd, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: 10.30am - 9.30pm
Tel: +852 2316 2311
Credit Card: Cash only

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