Category Archives: Chinese

The One With Florinda Cafe – Macau Crispy Buns

If you have set sail for Macau from Shun Tak Ferry Terminal, one of the two in Hong Kong with ferry service to the land of casino fortune, chances are you would have noticed this char chan teng, which seems a little different from all the other that you may have encountered before.

Florinda Cafe Macau Restaurant (澳門茶餐廳) is somewhat a teaser of what awaits you at the end of your 45 minutes journey by sea… no, it’s not the casino; do you mind! But of its food.

Florinda Cafe At Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan

After all, this eatery, which can seat some 140 patrons comfortably, offers a wide selection of Macanese and Portuguese fare in a char chan teng setting. I was in the mall one Sunday looking for a photo shop in frustration (it’s a short story too boring to be told here, even as a P.S.), and as it was about brunch time, I decided to regroup my down spirit and have a bite.

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The One With Ten Thousands Buddha Monastery – Delightful Vegetarian Cuisine

As an avid fan of Lonely Planet which preached the spirit of spontaneity, I am always about straying into uncharted (or, in this case, unreviewed) territory as I explore new places. Sometimes, the mere act of hunting down a place to have dine out at a particular area is so exhausting, it took more time then the meal itself.

So during my Sunday’s excursion to Shatin and Taipo, imagine my surprise to discover a vegetarian restaurant right at the top of hill, in the midst of the complex of temples.

Shatin Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Then again, why should I be that surprised? With the number of tourists thronging around, someone gotta give them food, especially after the hike up the 400 odd steps. It can be grueling during summer days.

But to my (other) surprise, this place has not been reviewed on OpenRice.com. And not even on vegetarian websites. So here I am to introduce you to the pleasant discovery of Vegetarian Restaurant At The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery at Shatin.

(Yes, I don’t know the name of the restaurant. I suspect they don’t have one)

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The One With Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園) At Central

Char chan teng is but a culture that is somewhat inherent to Hong Kong. Everywhere you go, if you are craving for a simple local meal, just look out for any cafe-like but Chinese-run eateries around you. The culture is so pervasive that you can hardly distinguish one from another. A good one, a bad one, and everything in between melt into one big dizzying array of food to choose from.

That is until you come across Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園) located at Central.

Lan Fong Yuen @ Central

It was late one Sunday afternoon when my friends called me up for a spot of afternoon tea. I have heard of Lan Fong Yuen mainly from my friends’ Foursquare check-ins. Since it was a mild autumnal afternoon, the day was perfect for me to take a stroll from my house to Gage Street where Lan Fong Yuen is located at.

Needless to say, I was late. So we ordered in a haste what the locals would typically order. You won’t go wrong with that rule of thumb!

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The One With Yung Kee Restaurant – Nothing More Than A Tourist Spot

Yung Kee Restaurant (鏞記酒家), Central

It was the famous restaurant.

Countless tourists and locals alike sang praises for their famed roast goose and century eggs. Yung Kee Restaurant featured so prominently on my many friends’ to-do lists that it was a wonder how I have never stepped into the place before.

So when my friend and I were brainstorming (over WhatsApps, no less) on a place to go for dinner during his last night in Hong Kong, the choice is obvious. Yung Kee it was.

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The One With Ngau Kee – A Hong Kong Institution

Everyone seems to have slept through the thunderstorm that ravaged Hong Kong yesterday. Me, I stagger-slept for less than three hours. So by the time I hit the gym the following evening, I was hungry and sleep deprived. That can only mean one thing to compensate oneself after such a long day.

Food. Preferably something so tasty I can’t stop myself from having a second helping. Probably third. My answer: Ngau Kee Food Cafe.

Oh yeah, to hell to my diet (at least for today).

Ngau Kee Food Cafe (牛記茶室)

This rather nondescript Cantonese restaurant is located near my gym, and on occasion when I do walk past, there is always a queue of people outside. I was very tempted to try, but since I can’t read a word of Chinese (word on the street is that the entire menu, unfortunately, is in Chinese), I was way too intimidated to step in.

Tonight, I ventured in with confidence… because I have a Chinese-literate friend with me. Heh!

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The One With The Chinese Dinner At Dai Xiu Ye, Happy Valley

It is not everyday when you can equate Happy Valley with affordable Chinese dinner. It is also not every day that I ventured to this part of the town in the middle of the week, so I decided to make the best out of it and tried Dai Xiu Ye (literally translated as The Eldest Prince).

That, and also I owe my friend a dinner, heh.

Chinese Dinner at Dai Xiu Ye, Happy Valley (Dai Xiu Ye)

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