Author Archives: Razlan

The One With Souvla – My First Greek Experience in Hong Kong

It was only when I started to blog this that I realised that Souvla was my first Greek experience in Hong Kong… coz Greek wasn’t on my Food Category list!

Souvla Hong Kong

While I am certainly no stranger to Greek food, my usual encounters were usually restricted to the occasional Greek salad, of which I enjoy the feta cheese a lot. Souvla has been on my radar for some time since it was opened, thanks to its rather active Twitter account @souvlaemp. One wintry night my buddies and I were looking for a different dining experience in Central, so to Souvla we went.

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The One With Kitchen at W Hotel Hong Kong – A Star-Studded Service

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

It was a family-oriented Saturday afternoon, so you’ll have to excuse the lack of an ambiance with that many kids around. A consolation though was the sweeping view of the harbour. It helped that we were seated by the window.

I took one look at the buffet table and decided to go against the crowd mentality of everyone else whom were digging into the buffet line like there’s no tomorrow, and we went ala carte instead.

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The One With So Far, Seoul Good

Winter is now drawing to a close in Hong Kong, and I still remember vividly the bitter and biting cold of Seoul.

So Far, Seoul Good Day 3

It has been some months since that trip to Korea, and also some weeks since I last updated this blog. Over the years I have come accustomed to the various lapses in writing about my life (sorry, meals) that an excuse seems unnecessary to explain my absence. I am sure I have been missed but hey, the Internet is a vast, deep ocean of things to keep your insomniac nights occupied. By the way, have they found MH 570 yet?

It was my second trip to Seoul, this time made different and memorable because of my better half. I found that if I do not commit these memories into writing, they often fade into bits of information and flashes of memories that seldom made sense, so during the trip I force myself onto a chair every day to type these posts of what happened the day before, ready to be edited, beautified and published for all to see.

So Far, Seoul Good Day 2

Which I did, four months later. It’s late, it’s untimely and it’s unbecoming but, well, it happened. So here goes:

That seems like a long pre-amble to write something and flex my blogging muscles after some weeks of inactivity. Without wanting to make false promises, let’s just hope this post heralds another stream of blog posts – mostly food – to come in the upcoming days.

The One With Shun Kee Seafood – Typhoon Shelter Revisited

It has been more than a year since I last visited Shun Kee Seafood. I would have blamed that to my post-appendicitis trauma after the disgusting packed food holiday I had then (which included Shun Kee), but truth to be told I didn’t visit earlier because it was hard to convince friends to try this out. The location is hard to get to, there’s a fixed time slot, one has to book ahead… there are many reasons why the locals are not very enthusiastic about this place.

Shun Kee Seafood

So when some of my dear Singaporean friends came visiting and insisted that they have to give this place a try (they saw my earlier Facebook photos and subsequent blog post), I was only too happy to oblige. And I am happy to report that the menu was exactly the same and the food quality was consistently good. Of particular excellence was the chilli crab, which was stellar and had the entire boat eating in silence… just like the last time.

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The One With TREE Café – Chill Out Spot At Horizon Plaza

Horizon Plaza is a secluded shopping mall famous in Hong Kong for its floor after floor of designer outlets. Located at Ap Lei Chau, which could be quite a challenge to get to if you are not familiar, the mall is home to many famous brands, such as Joyce, Lane Crawford and Hugo Boss. I have heard of much of this place, but didn’t have a chance to visit until new year day, when we visited on a whim to shop for furniture.

If you are the type who gets claustrophobia from too much shopping, perhaps avoiding Horizon Plaza would be a good idea. I was stunned to see the twenty eight floors of shopping, which make the printed directory an indispensable tool as you navigate up and down the building. It was easy to see how people can spend hours here – it was the drop dead discount – and certainly, it would be a good idea to have a couple of decent food places for much needed rest as you give your credit card a rest?

Unfortunately, food isn’t big on the agenda for those whom took the meandering journey to Horizon Plaza, and that’s why when we discovered the Tree Cafe, it was like a God-sent.

TREE café

Tree Cafe is an extension of the designer furniture brand, Tree. You would guessed it – the entire store and cafe was created in a rustic, country-living style, with much homage to environment consciousness and saving-the-planet message. I remember loving brown color as a teenager, but for the adult me, this was close becoming a mild case of wood overdose.

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The One With Something Fresh – Vegetarian Home Cooking

It has been ages since I last caught up with vegetarian food blogger extraordinaire, Adaline Lau of Doufu Mafia. So when an opportunity to have a night of vegetarian home cooking courtesy of Something Fresh, I knew it was the perfect time to indulge myself with a night of vegan knowledge, food stories and delicious anecdotes.

Something Fresh

The ingredients arrived in large boxes. It was almost like I went berserk on ASOS and bought too many pairs of shoes! After the initial shock we dived in with glee at the colourful packaging for the food within.

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The One With Brunch Club Hong Kong – Surprising Second Encounter

They always say that your perception on a restaurant – or anything, for that matter – is often shaped by your first experience. As Brunch Club Causeway Bay (one of the two in Hong Kong) was located just a stone throw away from my office, it was my frequent haunt for a quick bite and coffee meetings. My encounter with its unenthusiastic staff and mediocre food has always just that – lackluster at best.

Which was why my second encounter – a proper full on lunch on a busy Saturday afternoon – was a huge surprise. Surprised not only because we were seated at a large table with cushy sofa, but also because the food was unexpectedly good. I know this kind of thing can be relative, but it wouldn’t be far fetched if I said I might have jumped the gun here in judging its food.

Brunch Club Causeway Bay

Our Greek salad with feta cheese brought back memories of me trawling up and down the cliffs of Santorini, enjoying the wintry sunshine while befriending the local stray dogs and work donkeys. The generous portion of salad provided that refreshing crunch one might look for in their greens, and the ample amount of feta cheese and just-right dressing made this dish as Mediterranean as it could get. I don’t always recommend salads but readers, you gotta get some of this.

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The One With Under The Bridge Spicy Crab – Fiery Claws Revisited

Under The Bridge Spicy Crab

It has become a fixture in our agenda whenever my Singaporean friends are in town.

The famous Hong Kong under the bridge spicy crab has captured the imagination of many. With ten levels of fieriness it was easy to be overwhelmed and ordered way beyond your capacity to enjoy these awesome crabs, but the key is to always go moderate.

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The One With Secret Ingredient – Hong Kong Home Cooking Re-invented

I have been keeping a secret.

For months now I have been cooking well at home and eating like a king. Friends were constantly amazed by my supposed culinary skills, whipping up dishes after beautiful dishes of delicious food in seemingly no time at all.

Chicken coq-au-vin with broccoli-almondine.

At first, I wanted to keep mum about my new found “talent”. But, like they say, joy shared is joy doubled, and who am I kidding? I am no whiz in the kitchen. Like many other happy fans and foodies, I have discovered the joy of the ever popular Secret Ingredient.

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The One With Vietnam Choi – Simple Fare At Causeway Bay

A stone throw away from the ever busy Ichiran Ramen store along Jaffe Road at Causeway Bay, I found a calm heaven of simple, affordable food. Like its namesake, Vietnam Choi boasts an extensive menu of all kind Vietnamese dishes executed in no fuss, no frill manner.

Which was exactly what I needed after dumping a small fortune on some new suits at a tailor nearby.

Vietnam Choi

“Pho Tau Bay” in noodle soup was a mixture of beef balls, tender meat and intestine in a bowl of delicious, rich broth with some of the silkiest flat rice noodles I have ever tasted. There was a certain depth to the broth which I enjoyed, and the beef was a delight to go with some sliced bird eye chilli offered by the enthusiastic owner.

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