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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