Thursday, May 30, 2013

HK Travelogue (II) & Food!

Here's the final blog entry for the Hong Kong travelogue after the first part on shopping
My favourites from HKG would be the dim sum, HK cafes, curry fishballs, egg tarts, milk tea and the list goes on and on! Most of the small eateries along HKG are nice too so you won't go wrong! Feeling so hungry after blogging this and spamming of all the breakfast/brunch/dinner/supper hahaha.

 These are my personal favourites & those highly raved! 

1. 糖朝 Sweet Dynasty 
100 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Directions: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Exit A1. Walk along Haiphong road, turn right into Canton road. 

My parents love this place and I always come back for its desserts. Not exactly cheap but it's worth it I thought. Heard that the standard has dropped but still, always long queue! It's few metres from Habourcity's H&M so it's hard to miss.

2. 鳴春飯店 Spring Deer 

1/F, 42 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Directions: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui East Exit P3

3. Australia Dairy Company 
47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan C2
Directions: MTR Jordan, less than 5 minutes walk

A must come place in the morning for its breakfast, especially the Scrambled eggs with toasts, Steamed Milk Pudding, and Egg Custard!!! -drools-

Too good that I came back for breakfast the next day!

4. Shan Loon Tse Kee Fish Ball山窿謝記魚蛋 
80-82 Old Main Street, Aberdeen

5. Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠华餐厅
G/F, 2 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 
Central, Wellington Street

The HK cafe that is everywhere and the safest choice! A must order is the crispy bun, milk tea and crispy pork slice!


6. Yung Kee Restaurant 
Central, Wellington Street 
Directions: Just opposite Tsui Wah!


The best goose I've ever eaten and it's not a Michelin star restaurant for nothing! The best!

Drools. It's TC favourite and we finished everything in less than 5 mins =x  

7. Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum 添好运点心专卖店 
Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station Podium Level 1, IFC Mall , Central, Hong Kong, China (Central)
Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, 2332 2896.

Long queue but it's worth it! The Mongkok outlet shifted so these are the current outlets now I think. I like it better than Singapore's outlet, maybe I'm biased!

8. Guang Dong BBQ Restaurant(Opp Langham Place)

Central, Mongkok and Jordan MTR

Introduced to this yoghurt brand by Gwen and it's really very yummy! Please add the house crumbs when you order!

10. Zoe Cafe (Causeway Bay)

Tried it with a buddy on the last day of the trip! Good place to chill with its photogenic cakes. Coffee is pretty average though.

11. Yokozuna Ramen
Directions: "Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit B, or look for the exit towards Salvation Army. Once out of the station you will see a traffic light, so please cross the traffic light. Once crossed, turn right and walk straight. Keep walking straight until you see a 7-11. By then you will see the ramen shop which is beside 7-11"
"One of the best ramen place which costs typically around 50-60 HKD for a bowl of Ramen and remember to add that Japanese egg!  A very small and quaint shop, please open the sliding door and get a q number. They will call your q number as well as your surname. Sometimes the queue can be quite crazy so you may want to roam around the area (say e.g. 7-11 and get a warm soya milk from the fridge)"
12. Four Seasons Claypot Rice & Oyster Egg
Add: 46-58 Arthur Street, Yau Ma Tei
Directions: "Yau Ma Tei Station, exit the same exit as place 1 & 2. Once you exit the station, turn a sharp right then walk straight. You should be able to see this convenience shop selling umbrella fruits drinks etc. Then you will come to this junction, walk straight and you should pass smelly rubbish chutes area. From there turn left, and you should see the shop already. If all else fails, just remember it is not along the main streets of Temple Street"
"Out of all the claypot rice at Temple Street, many say that this is one of the best. I agree with them since I tried almost all the claypot rice there. The shop interior is white, and not along the main streets of Temple street. Must order the oyster egg too! They use duck egg so I think it makes it extra savory. If I were to order the beef claypot rice I will usually order one egg too.. " 
13. Mui Kee Porridge
Directions: "Prince Edward Station, exit the one towards Flower Street. If you know where is Hua Yuan St (Flower Street), it is opposite the end of Flower Street. Look for a wet market beside a very big fishball restaurant. Its at the top level of the wet market"
"When in HK, must eat gao gao HK porridge too. I always patron this porridge place and order their meat ball porridge. They have a wide range of porridges for you to choose! Smooth and warm porridge is good breakfast on a Autumn HK morning. If you like to eat chee cheong fun, then order one plate too!" 
14. Xiao Fei Yang hot pot
Directions: Opposite Langham place walking distance. 
Famous for their ma la steamboat. Got buffet so you can try reserve via internet before heading down.
15. 奇趣餅家 Kee Tsui Cake Shop
Directions: "Its almost towards the end of Fa Yuen Street, or if you start at the end then it is at the front part of Fa Yuen Street. You must be confused now. If you get down from the overhead bridge from Mongkok, then this shop is at the front part. If you were to come from the Prince Edward station, then it is at the end of the station.
It’s a shop that we will never fail to visit when we are at Fa Yuen Street. Specialities are 豆沙燒餅、紅豆燒餅、光酥餅." 
16.  Wai Kee Noodle Café (維記咖啡粉麵)
Directions: Sham Shui Po Station, Exit D.  
They sell mainly noodles but if you want to get toast, you can too. It is awarded by Openrice HK and I always visit this place for either their pork or pork liver noodles. Abit noisy but they have three stores side by side. May need to queue for awhile, just awhile!
17. 公和荳品廠 Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong
Sham Shui Po Station, Exit D 
Famous for their kweys - 白糖糕、芝麻糕、紅豆糕!
18. 坤記糕品專家 Kwan Kee Store
Directions: Sham shui Po station. Easy to spot landmarks is the umbrella shop beside the store, and it is located right beside one of the sham shui po exits. 
Tau Hwey and their Tau Pok is super delish!! Best thing is it is all handmade by the owner/boss. If you can’t decide which to order, just order the mixed platter – it comes with I think 3 or 4 tau hu and tau pok. Tau Hwey with lots of red sugar is my favourite!
19. Honolulu 
176-178 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai – 2575 1823
Specialities: Egg Tart 
20.  泰昌餅家 Tai Cheong Bakery
Address: 中環擺花街35號地下
Best egg tarts!
21. Hong Kong Starbucks Retro Concept
Floor M2, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central

Retro ambience and slightly different from our usual Starbucks concept!

& More food pictures!

The die die have to eat curry fishballs with the egglets!

Egg tart place at Jordan MTR, near the Australian Dairy breakfast place. Cheap and really yummy!

We headed out for Dim Sum after our race and this was at Times Square!


Brunch at The Flying Pan, introduced by Gwen!

Huge serving but I had no appetite :(

Not a fan of the brand but every tourist has to drink this!

All thanks to Gwen & friends for inviting us to this local seafood place with cheap & yummy seafood! Okay this is really the most scrumptious meal I've ever seen. Like what Veron said, it's as if it was our CNY meal, or even better! I was too busy taking pictures because I had no appetite haha.


Group picture! :)

The "famous" dog at CWB! Really HUGE.

Ending the trip with bags & luggage!



Till the next HKG trip for more food & shopping hunts!
I miss HKG already :(

Monday, May 27, 2013

Monday; think happy thoughts! :)

Hello hello! Yes I know my last post is just yesterday but I'm back on a blogging roll right now!

Back to the Mundane Monday Morning :(
A fellow runner shared on Sundown Marathon's page that the way to beat Monday blues is to go for a Monday morning run which does a huge difference to the whole week. I usually do my morning runs on Tues & Thursday so I can sleep a little longer on Monday. Will try it maybe next month and see if it works. Another way would be to have a good lunch and give in your cravings. For me, it would be a cup of bubble tea which I am sipping right now while rambling on and on! Oh and retail therapy does wonders also haha! For me, I like jotting down my goals for the week (be it for work or personal) and when you cross them out line by line, it feels super shiok!

Speaking of Sundown Marathon, I've collected the racer-pack last weekend and the race would be this Saturday. First full marathon in 2013 and getting butterflies in my stomach again. The thing about marathons are the same as exams, you can do it for several times but still get nervous few days before even though you have prepared for it. Just hoping that my monthly cramps do not visit me this weekend though they always do so a night before the race (why oh why!). This week is a tapering week so I will stop any excessive running and go for yoga sessions instead. Good luck to all running the 10km, 21km and 42.195km, we can all do this and show our true colours! 

To be honest, I'm never a fan of sundown race tanks but this year was my favourite! My favourite design is still the Adidas 16.8km and 2XU Run. I love the new design with the pink trimmings in front and back of the shirt, really chic I must say! The material is much much better too! I've tried running twice in it and it feels pretty comfortable on the skin :)

The last longer distance last week and I caught the sunset unexpectedly

Tried doing a flea at Holland V few weeks ago since I've always done it at Scape.
 However, it seems that Scape has closed its Level 4 for an image revamp so it's time to migrate to other areas to sell our preloved & new clothes I guess. HV's response was not too bad considering I only brought a luggage. Left with less than 15 apparel so yay to clearance! The thing about flea is that always aim to clear, not aim to make money. You are already losing money anyway so selling them dirt cheap price is to make space for new clothes at home!

Not a fan of kitten (2-3 inches), but this pair was a must get with the studs & lace combination. drools!

Finally wore the LB peplum black dress which was in tags since last year?! Almost fleaed it but I renewed my love after wearing it that day. Gonna love the flattering cutting and it made me look slimmer even after a meal! :)

Going crazy over prints this May. The top's from Klarra and necklace's from Oh Vola!

I wore the unicorn skirt out the next day. Been wearing new clothes really fast these days teehee.

BKK top // Taobao Skirt // Melissa Flats // Lonchamp bag

In my favourite shorts and a striped tee for the weekend. In case you are wondering, the picture is edited with Camera 360's cartoon effect!

Printed pants!


Met up with Crystal & Wendy for our usual foodie hunts! 
Crystal is a food blogger so you can read her blog here. Love her honest reviews and she always brings us to the latest food joints in town!

Was so happy that day that I ended the monochrome ootd series with a loud printed dress with black accessories ;)

AND here we are at Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King at Bugis Village!

I've reviewed the one at Tanjong Pagar earlier and this is the new outlet located at Bugis. There was a long queue but we got in after 30 minutes. 

Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons 
158 Rochor Road Bugis Village 
Tel: +65 6333 5740 
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 
5pm – 10:30pm (Mon-Fri), 11:30am – 10:30pm (Sun)


I like the new outlet much better because it's definitely more spacious and more comfortable. Dining in didn't feel as squeezy as the rest so we enjoyed ourselves more. Still, it's not the place to hang out longer and chit-chat as the waitresses will usher you out once you are done with your ramen.

Yes, you still get your free flow beansprouts and eggs! Introducing our ramens that day that we savoured all - King Tonkotsu Spring, Summer & King! Mine as usual was the spiciest with all toppings. Love how watery the eggs are. You are able to choose how you want your soup to be or how soft your noodles are. I picked less oil for the gravy!

Pictures with Crystal while we queued!

Bright colours that day! ;)

I should probably do shorter entries so I can squeeze in more cheat updates in the week teehee. Anyway, have a good week and think happy thoughts! :)