Friday, 17 November 2017

Grandma's Dumplings 婆婆家餃子館

Dah Sing Bank offers its cardholders birthday delights.  I took the beauty offer provided by Bioscreen. After the trial treatment I went for the restaurant recommended by the beautician, Panny. It is called Grandma's Dumpling婆婆家餃子館.

For the first trial, I picked a common and conservative dish: pork soup noodle which is one of the typical noodles offered in Shanghainese restaurant.  It's nice!

After my other facial treatment, I visited Grandma's dumpling again.  My picks were tomato egg soup noodle and half portion dumplings.  Dumplings were superb!  I didn't not mean that the noodle was bad, but a bit less appealing as the dumplings.

The choices of another two times:  sour spicy cold noodle and pickled cabbage fish filet.  Taste of both was a bit heavy for me.  I prefer lighted taste.  For pickled cabbage fish filet, I prefer the one at Sichuan Paradise 天府人家.

It is about the third time eating there I saw a big piece of grassland in front.  It is extensive and looks like in Mongolia. Psalm 133 is written on it. How beautiful it is!  God's people live together in unit y.  It is an utopia. The Chinese translation:


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Tic Tac Toe

It was a rainy night. Fion and I met at Tic Tac Toe. It was an accidental find when I passed by Tai Wong Street East one evening.  It was full.  I had a glance on the menu and prices.  Prices are friendly and reasonable.  So, when Fion called, I would like to try Tic Tac Toe.

There is a standard menu featuring drinks, snacks, pizzas, all day breakfast, desserts, etc. For dinner, one has to look at the blackboard for kinds of pasta, rice, burgers. We picked oxtail pasta and chicken with onsen egg pasta. Salad and drinks were included in the price.  Superb!

Waiters there were very friendly.  There were only a few guests on that rainy night.  They were always attentive, kind and never had a sign of pushing us away.  We enjoyed the night there.

Shop A, G/F, Wealthy Mansion, 7-11 Tai Wong Street East, Wanchai

About 5 minutes walk from MTR station exit B2.   Phone: 53813817

Friday, 20 October 2017

Uohachi 魚八日本料理

I was twice eating at Uohachi 魚八日本料理 which was totally unknown to me in the previous time. The first time was with Emily.  We were looking for a restaurant for lunch.  A ramen noodle shop nearby was full, with a long queue. From outside, Uohachi looked empty.  When we stepped in we were told that seats were available on the ground floor only.  OK, let's try.

We ordered dishes available on the lunch menu: pork ramen noodle and pork rice. The food tasted authentic Japanese. Like it! A mini dessert was served at the end of the meal. While we were waiting, we noticed that Uohachi won a prize of 'long lasting genuine restaurant' in 2016.  Oh good!

I took a quick look of the review about Uohachi.  Majority is positive. It is kind of small restaurant for small groups of friend chitchatting.  Price is friendly.

A few days ago, I paid my second visit, alone.  The same waiter.  I also sat downstairs.  Whenever the door was opened, hot air permeated inside. It does not diminish the appeal of the food.  When I saw sea urchin on the lunch menu, it's a no brain decision to order the sea urchin and scallop 4-colour sashimi rice.  It was very good!  No regret though it was 25% more expensive than the dishes priced at the next lower level.  I was happy.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Yokokawa Japanese Cuisine 沃川自家料理

Last year I subscribed a Prudential's insurance plan.  It works in a way that I put a lump sum money each year.  After five years of payment and wait another five years, I will have a lump sum of money each year until I die.   This year Prudential sponsored Hacken Lee Concert 李克勤演唱會.   My agent told me I could have two free tickets.  It accounts for why I write about Yokukawa Japanese Cuisine as Tsim Sha Tsui East 尖沙咀東 is the closest area to the Hong Kong Coliseum 香港體育館 (紅館) for snacks or dinner prior to the start of the concert.

I found Yokukawa at Open Rice. It is located at the South Sea Centre 南洋中心, on the first floor.  The floor was quite empty but not the restaurant. Fortunately, I booked two seats.  Our first order was grilled ox tongue. It was very nice and fresh. My sister loved it and still recalls it from time to time.

All dishes were served quite quick as most of the guests will attend the concert which started at 8.15 pm. The grilled miso tofu was special and delicious.  It was recommended by one of the waitresses. She was keen to know our feedback.

The next cooked dish was bitter melon and pumpkin tempura. They was good but pricey.  $12 each piece plus 10% service charge.

To end the meal and rush to the Coliseum, we had 4 different sushi: sea urchin 海膽, flounder 左口魚, prawn and swordfish 劍魚.  All were excellent!

Yokukawa provides a few VIP rooms. They were filled up when we visited.  No wonder some celebrities (e.g. 袁詠儀張智霖) are frequent customers.  They won't be discovered easily by reporters.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Cóm Bánh Mì by Chef Phuc Dat Bich

I walked passed Cóm Bánh Mì by Chef Phuc Dat Bich once or twice. Already the first time passing by I thought I should try one day.  But it took long till the first trial as it was a bit distant from my office. I went there alone. Inside is a nice ambient. The walls are painted blue. A few Vietnamese paintings hung on the walls. Lamps with characteristics and different oriental styles caught attention near the cashier.  Impression was great.

A quick lunch menu is posted at the entrance of Cóm Bánh Mì by Chef Phuc Dat Bich.  It contains noodle/rice/sandwich (bánh mi) as the main course, a snack and a drink. Prices are between HK$80 and 90.  It is a good offer in Wanchai.

My first dish at Cóm Bánh Mì was com gá, shredded chicken rice served with scallion sauce. It is similar to Hainan chicken rice which originated from the town in South China but also extensively served in Thai or Singaporean way.  The rice was fragrant. The chicken was tender and delicious. A big thumb up!

The next time at Cóm Bánh Mì I went for beef pho with rice paper roll. The roll had a soft bouncy wrap with tasty prawns and pork. The pho portion was small.

28 Tai Wong Street East, Wanchai.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Oriental Vegetarian 東方素

It's the one of the lunches I had with Karen Wong at work.  She brought me to Oriental Vegetarian. The restaurant provided fast food lunch and sophisticated vegetarian dishes like meat or private dinner with a number of dishes. Be it pure vegetables or imitated meat, both are very appealing to the appetite and taste buds. I decided that I would come back to Oriental Vegetarian.

As we reserved a table at Oriental Vegetarian, we must take a la carte.  The sweet and sour pork was excellent and so was the vegetable dish, vegetable with shark fin (vermicelli) with asparagus and egg whites. It left a deep impression. If we hadn't reserved a table, we would have gone for set lunch for HKD48. Once can have soup, 1 bowl of rice and 3 choices of dishes out of 6. Besides, guests were served, not like the rest of vegetarian restaurants in Wanchai which are on self-serve basis.

If you would like to have more decent food.  Here you go.  You can with go for a la carte or the private dinner menu.  More costly and more delicious!

And you should not miss out their BBQ pork with honey!  Everyone praises it.

Friday, 1 September 2017

MUGS Cuttlefish Master 神廚館-墨東東

I watched TV (尋便當 ) one weekend when I was doing stepping. It was a Singapore program but that episode showed Hong Kong food.  The first was about BBQ meat on the Hong Kong Island. One restaurant left an impression.  It is called Chef God Kitchen 神廚館. Mum improved the previous restaurant boss' recipe.  She had passion to perfect it and serve guests. Her daughter helped her mum to fulfil her wish. The restaurant attracted guests with its unique cuttlefish rice 墨魚餅飯.  It's love driving the restaurant which drew me to visit it.

I followed the address published at Open Rice in Tai Kok Tsui.  But the name has changed. Fortunately I could reach the restaurant with the phone number.  It has moved to a place nearby, at 61 Tai Kok Tsui Road and called MUGS Cuttlefish Master.

It provides food with cuttlefish but not versatile as reported previously.  Nowadays, cuttlefish alone or mixed with seafood for amazing burgers. The place is very small, a few tables only. The running model is order, pay and eat or take away.  I ordered the signature dish, cuttlefish dotted with seaweed, a sunny egg and rice.  I was advised to spray homemade sweet soy sauce. It was delicious!  The cuttlefish cake was piping hot. I had to wait and started with piercing the sunny egg, let the egg yolk throw into the rice. Back to taste it is bouncy, fresh and tasty!

During the meal, I heard a woman talking to her child. Though she was busy but her voice was calm. She was patient to instruct her child where the stuff should be put. At one time, she was close to me. I started to talk with her a bit, asked about the move. They were mother and daughter working in an area over 1,000 square feet. It is difficult to recruit workers, manage such a big place and numerous dishes. So, they decided to move to a smaller place, changed from diversified dishes and centring on cuttlefish which her mother perfect the production by hand. Some diners are quite mean of giving comments.  But if you know the story behind, you won't be so malicious to pick up shortcomings. For me, it is a hearty restaurant loyal to what they do best and stand there to serve guests good food.

Cuttlefish rice /bento continues to draw old and new customers.  At time, loyal customers said it's so difficult to get a seat, tried new dishes, revisited the place.  I hope I will come another time as Tai Kok Tsui 大角咀 is not my usual visiting area, neither working and shopping place.