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Jumbo coming in.

imageDuring our last visits funnily having weird random food at ‘Tsui Wah Eatery’ has become part of the normal schedule. This time we didn’t really get around to it during our stay but were given a last chance at their airport branch which I had never recognized before.

I ordered their ‘Jumbo Frankfurter Hot Dog‘ which I remembered being not too bad. Actually it was better than my memory suggested, humongous indeed with its’ 11 inches and with great flavors. The sesame bun was nicely toasted and held up it’s part of the deal pretty well. The frank bedded in crunchy lettuce actually was great too, it was pretty well seasoned and the casing snapped perfectly. So far this was a good yet still ordinary dog but what made it truly delicious was the mix of condiments they used, sweet tomato sauce – or “ketchup” as I would call it – a sweet and sour mustard pickle relish and a brilliant nose -hair-curling horseradish cream. Totally satisfied.

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Tsui Wah Eatery 翠華餐廳
Hong Kong International Airport Chek Lap Kok Terminal 1
Shop 8T007 East Hall 赤鱲角香港國際機場一號客運大樓第7層離港層東大堂 (禁區)
Lantau
Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Tel: +852 2261 0306
http://www.tsuiwah.com/en

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Spicy noodles made it to the island.

imageThis is not going to be a full review as I have already posted about their location in TST but this is great news I thought you should know. They have opened another shop in the Food Republic at City Plaza in Tai Koo and this is awesome for many reasons: First the trip to have spicy noodles is much shorter now when you’re staying on the island and secondly this is a much cleaner setup. The latter comes together with a loss in character, so no manga paintings on the wall, no grumpy waiters and no sticky tables (not overly sticky anyway) but on the other hand the ingredients seem to be much fresher and taken care of here, especially the greens like coriander are actually green and heaps compared to the small welk portions you get at the original shop nowdays. So up to your preference but I for one had enough character experience at this place and will probably visit this new and “fancy” shop more often from now on. Thanks RJ and CL for pointing me into the right direction. Yeah!

P.S.: Was fiercely reminded that medium spicy should be my absolute limit and tried the dumplings for the first time, they’re awesome

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Sing Lum Khui Rice Noodle House 星林居雲南米線餐廳
Shop No.308 Cityplaza I
18 Taikoo Shing Road
Tai Koo
Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China

Shanghainese folklore.

imageOur friend brought us all to her Dad’s favourite Shanghainese restaurant in Wan Chai tonight for some pure and traditional food.

The ‘Scallion Pancake‘ was awesome with a nice toasty crust and some chewy dough inside, fitted with enough scallions and sprinkled with loads of sesame. The french beans with minced meat were also tasty, savoury and rich from the meat and gravy with a snappy texture from the beans.

imageI really liked the beef dish here, not particularly because of the meat, nor because of the peppers but rather because of the bamboo that was so thinly slices it came across like noodles and made it all really nice. I was slowly starting to think that every dish here comes with a very similar gravy, thankfully a very tasty one.

imageAfter a plate of lovely chewy stir fried rice cake finally their signature dish – ‘The Lion’s Head‘ – showed up at our table. I had never heard of this before but it was pretty much an oversized, softly tender Chinese meatball covered in bok choy and the same delicious gravy that we knew so well now.

‘Lao Shang Hai’ is no thrills for sure but offers great and solid homecook style Shanghainese fair with highly friendly and dapper waiters in a traditional atmosphere. Pretty good.

Hong Kong Lao Shang Hai Restaurant 老上海飯店
UG1 Novotel Century Hong Kong
238 Jaffe Road 5-7號大會堂低座3樓
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Tel: +852 2827 9339

My first Peruvian.

imageSince in Hong Kong we wanted to go back to ‘Brickhouse‘ in LKF but since they still had a 1.5 hour waiting list at 9:30 p.m. we continued further hunting on the hills. We wanted to have some sort of tacos though and apparently fate was in our favour tonight as some people didn’t show up for the booking at ‘Chicha’ a Peruvian restaurant on Peel Street and without further ado we snatched it away.

I never would’ve thought that I like hardshell tacos but these ‘Fish Tacos‘ were brilliant, a bit difficult to eat but super flavourful with the fried moist fish, the crunchy coleslaw and the fruity and sweet mango salsa, delicious. We had the fried ‘Chicken Tacos‘ as well but those unfortunately were a bit dry and not as much fun.

imageWe couldn’t decide which ‘Ceviche‘ to take so we ordered the tasting set with three smaller sized portions of all. My favourite was the one with seabass (‘Corvina‘) on the left, the fish was fantastic fresh and had a pleasantly firm texture. My second choice was the ‘Mixto‘ which had everything in it – shrimp, octopus, scallop, squid – mixed with some fruity passionfruit and honey, a nice mix of textures as well. The ‘Tuna‘ version was also good but a bit of a weird combination with the watermelon and the fish actually was a bit tough to chew.

imageThey also have some dishes which they call ‘Hot Ceviche‘ which of we had the scallops. This could’ve been outstanding with the extremely awesome humongous scallops and the mix of butter, lime, soy and honey if only the cook would have taken it easier on the salt (a german saying suggests he was in love). Still good but mouth-drying salty which unfortunately overpowered the other flavours too much.

imageNext up we ordered a selection of the ‘Anticuchos‘ (grilled skewers), the ‘Oh My Cod‘ would have been the shining star if they weren’t prepared by the same Romeo cook as the scallops; super tasty moist fish, miso glazed that took an extensive salt bath. Well the sweet potato with the quail egg was okay but still only sweet potato, however the beef hearts again were amazing, perfectly seasoned, not too gamey, just pure muscle with a strong beef taste.

imageAnother ‘Hot Ceviche‘ we tried was ‘Crab Claw‘ which was, as the name suggested, a huge plate of pre-cracked crab claws in an extremely sour sauce. The crabs were nicely fresh and no hazzle easily sucked off the shells but the sauce was just too acidy for me to enjoy it fully.

imageWe were already pretty full but had one more thing coming up, their suckling pig sliders which were super good, suckling meat indeed sitting on a thin slice of sweet potato and topped with some pickled onions and gooey cheese. Great buns too and the whole thing reminded me a bit of the pork buns you get in the old town of Duesseldorf even that this here was a way more delicate and less greasy version.

I totally loved ‘Chicha’, the staff was great and obviously had some romantics amongst them, the food, besides the extreme overdosing with salt of some dishes was delicious and really something special and all in all we had a lovely evening with a nice atmosphere. Oh, they also do some quite decent cocktails here as well.

Chicha
G/F 26 Peel Street 中環卑利街26號地下舖
Central
Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Tel: +852 2561 3336
http://conceptcreations.hk/chicha/chicha-central/

High Tea at City Hall.

imageFinally it was dim sum say and our host took us to City Hall to go to ‘Maxim’s’ as I turned out a great place for high tea. The queue was massive and we had to wait for a good hour before we could get a table. The place is elegant, a huge bright room with hundreds of people sitting and eating and running around in between.

We tried heaps and heaps of baskets of which the first was the above with the steamed ‘Prawn Dumplings‘ which were stuffed ’til bursting with big prawns. I always find their texture really odd but tastewise they were fantastic.

imageThe pork filled pockets were my and everybody’s favourite, the dough was super chewy and stuck to your teeth and the meat gravy filling was delicious too.

imageAnother bbq pork filled option were the pastry buns which were good but together with the glazed pork inside the sweetish pastry was just a little bit too much. I didn’t really like the ‘Shao Mai‘ but then I never actually do cause their awkward pork-prawn-mix that weirds me out.

imageThe vegetarian option for the day were the steamed mushroom dumplings that had some lovely crunchy texture and the above waterspinach version that was fresh, juicy and simply delicious.

This was a great place to get dim sum, the nice ladies with the trolley’s full of goodies hovering around and just really really good food. Recommended.

Maxim’s Palace Chinese Restaurant 美心皇宮
3/F City Hall, 5-7 Edinburgh Place 中環愛丁堡廣場5-7號大會堂低座3樓
Central
Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Tel: +852 2521 1303
http://www.maxims.com.hk

Mango Mania and Chewy Balls.

imageI wasn’t too excited when our friend suggested some Hong Kong style dessert after dinner because I thought everything would be filled with some sort of beans or corn or whatever but boy, was I wrong. She brought us to Hui Lau Shan (許留山) and it was a-mazing. Everything seemed to be made out of Mango and I went for the ‘Mango Chewy Ball’, a nice mixed bowl of sweet fresh mango, funny chewy glutinous rice balls, mango ice cream and an amazing cold mango mousse. Even though it might not have been, everything tasted natural, fresh and sort of healthy. My new favourite dessert place that is.

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Hui Lau Shan 許留山
G/F 2-6 Yee Wo Street 銅鑼灣怡和街2-6號地下3號舖
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Tel: +852 2972 2292
http://www.hkhls.com/

Dan Dan surprise from Sister Wah.

imageI’m always up for some brisket noodles and since the ladies felt a bit sick today I ventured a couple of MTR stops out east to pickup some ‘Brisket Noodles‘ from ‘Sister Wah’s’ at Tin Hau. When there, I realized they also had some ‘Dan Dan Mian‘ on the menu, so in the cart with it and back home.

The ‘Brisket Noodles‘ were okay but a bit watery so nothing too exciting. The brisket was tender though and not too fatty and I appreciated the many chives they had sprinkled over it but the winner of this takeout clearly was the ‘Dan Dan Mian‘. The noodles were the same but as this was a dryer version they had a much better bite and texture and the thick gravy had a mild heat and was wonderfully rich in sesame flavour, delicious. The beef shank wasn’t too bad either but could’ve been leaner. The shop was pretty basic and oldish but the people at the counter were super helpful and the food was decent. Great stuff.

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Sister Wah 華姐清湯腩
G/F 13A Electric Road 天后電氣道13號A地下
Tin Hau
Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Tel: +852 2807 0181