The One With Vinny Lauria – Chef Of Linguini Fini Hong Kong

After my last meal at restaurant, I was convinced that Linguini Fini serves up the best pasta in Soho. Apart from that, there are many reasons why I love Linguini Fini. Their nose-to-tail cooking philosophy. The no-waste method of running the restaurant. The wine honor system.

I also heard that their chicken wings are pretty kick ass as well, have you tried? I must do that some day.

So it is only a matter of time before I got personal with Chef Vinny Lauria, the mastermind behind Linguini Fini’s inventive and tasty menu.

Chef Vinny Lauria of Linguni Fini Hong Kong

Nose-to-tail eating concept is very ingrained in your restaurant, but to the novice, it can be quite a concept to take to. What would you tell them, and how best can they can experience the philosophy?

Our pappardelle nose to tail bolo is reflective of this philosophy (see a photo of this here). It is a classic bolo with veal pork and beef, but instead of just using the typical mince, we do it nose-to-tail using pigs head, veal loin and ox tail. The whole idea of nose to tail is to be more sustainable, using the whole animal instead of just the prime cuts.

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The One With Hong Kong Alfresco Restaurants – List Of Outdoor Dining Spots

Happy Valley Bar & Grill

I had always loved an alfresco dining experience, and yet whenever I fancied one I would have to rack my brain hard for ideas. And being the lazy bugger which I am I always ended up going to the usual suspect (like the one pictured above). But for 2015 I decided to make a change. I will make a list of all the Hong Kong alfresco restaurants and outdoor dining spots that I had visited, and then some, so that everyone can benefit from such a curated list.

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The One With Ichiran Ramen – Going Gaga Over Japanese Noodles

It has been more than a year since I last blogged about Ichiran Ramen. Back then, I was mocking those people whom spend hours queuing for a bowl of Japanese noodles.

Oh, how my tune has changed. Now I am one of those people who wouldn’t mind spending an hour in line just to be seated in one of those cramped booths for a speedy bowl of those – in my honest opinion – pure heaven.

Food aside, the whole experience itself is already very captivating. First, you are presented with this simple checklist so that you can customise you own Ichiran ramen experience:

Ichiran Ramen Hong Kong

There are many things you can specify about your ramen – from flavour strength, richness, amount of garlic, level of spiciness to noodle texture. There’s also a few ingredients you can top of your Ichiran Ramen with (not unlike street cart noodles), like green onion, slice pork, mushrooms and dried seaweed.

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The One With Still Alice – Winning Performance By Julianne Moore

Full disclosure: I’m a HUGE fan of Julianne Moore, one of the most fearless and versatile actresses around. Her most accomplished roles were those with characters who were not “perfect”, or even likable. Moore has the ability to humanise them, making them more relatable.

Still Alice

In Still Alice – a simple but effective film – Moore gave her all to portray a linguistics professor who was diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Instead of overplaying the effects of the debilitating disease, Moore chose a more subtle approach where her transformation was felt rather than seen, and hysterics were kept to a minimum.

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The One With Cova Hong Kong – Disappointing Valentine’s Lunch

On retrospect, I should have known better than to have walk into an available restaurant at peak hour on Valentine’s Day. We were out shopping for the day, and I had always wanted to dine at the posh looking Cova Restaurant at Pacific Place. The running theme was lobster, and I thought it would be an apt thing to splurge on for Valentine’s Day.

Oh, how wrong I was.

Cova Hong Kong

The lunch started off with some traditional and classic Italian antipasti from buffet table. Pretty standard stuff, and I particularly liked the cold squid and mozzarella cheese. However the buffet line was quite sad looking, with many of the platters of food nearing empty. Since it was lunch time, one would expect the buffet counter to be filled promptly, no?

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The One With Kronenbourg 1664 – Where To Get It On The Tap (Draught) In Hong Kong

Kronenbourg 1664

I have been on a quest recently, to find restaurants and bar serving Kronenbourg 1664 on the tap. I had always fancied Kronenbourg 1664, especially the blanc variety. To my delight, I started to see more and more places serving draught 1664 beer, which is really the only way to enjoy this French brew.

So for the convenience of (Kronenbourg 1664) beer enthusiasts out there, here’s a list of places serving them ice cold, on the tap. This list will be updated as and when I find more places.

Pavilion At Crown Plaza Hotel (my review)
8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
+852 3980 3300

SML at Times Square (my review)
11th Floor, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
+852 2577 3444

Beeger Hong Kong
Shop 1, G/F, Supernova Stand, 28 Mercury Street, Tin Hau
+852 2352 3508

Fringe Club Rooftop
2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2521 7251

Wildfire at East Soho
45 Tai Hong Street, Soho East, Lei King Wan, Sai Wan Ho
+852 2261 2999

G/F, 10 – 12 Staunton Street, Soho, Central
Tel : +852 2973 6611

Pastis Pastis
G/F, 65 Wyndham Street, Central
Tel : +852 2537 5702

SEVVA Bar & Cuisine
Prince’s Building 25th Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel : +852 2537 1388

Corner Jaffe and Luard Roads, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel : +852 31058990

G/F & 1/F, One capital Place – 18 Luard Road, Wanchai
Tel : +852 2804 2880

The One With Lunar New Year Market – Flower Galore In Hong Kong

It’s my sixth year living in Hong Kong, however it my first time going to the Lunar New Year market at Victoria Park, more commonly known as the “flower market”. I was planning to do a little CNY shopping and so was not at all prepared for the onslaught of humanity all desperate for flowers and festive goods.

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Market

Did the entire Hong Kong descend to the park that night? It was hordes of people trawling up and down several one-way lanes, often at snail pace. Budding young entrepreneurs from schools and universities competed with seasoned businessmen for festive dollars eager to be spent.

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The One With Ten Unusual (And Delicious) Hong Kong Hotpot Ingredients

Whenever my Singapore friends come to visit, a Hong Kong hotpot is never far from their list of things to do. I have to say, before I moved to Hong Kong, my knowledge about what makes a good hotpot dinner was woefully inadequate. And then I went to say that New Star Hotpot is the best place to have hotpot in Hong Kong.

Oh, the atrocity!

I have misled you, my dear readers. But since then, I have been to many, many more hotpot places and if you are to ask me now where to get a good Hong Kong hotpot, I can tick them off with my fingers.

But the point of this blog post isn’t as much to tell you where to find good Hong Kong hotpot (there are simply too many of them). I would like to share with you some of the most unusual ingredients I have came across that were used in hotpots here. This is, of course, relative. If you come from a city like Taipei with a strong hotpot culture, this list shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. Yet if you are a Westerner visiting Hong Kong, then let’s just say what I am about to tell you can be quite an acquired taste.

#1 Geoduck

10 Unusual Hong Kong Hotpot Ingredients

That’s quite a strange name for a shellfish. Geoduck is a species of very large, edible, saltwater clam originated from North America. It’s can taste rubbery and chewy, yet surprisingly exotic especially when dipped in the Hong Kong hotpot sauces.

(Photo Credit)

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The One With The Imitation Game – A WWII Story Everyone Must See

The Imitation Game is an important film because more people, other than historians and WWII enthusiasts, will learn about Alan Turing and understand his immeasurable contributions that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany.

The Imitation Game

Turing’s invention of the machine that cracked the German’s Enigma code not only cut the war short, thereby saving millions of lives, but also laid the foundation for modern computing. In fact, we have Turing to thank for many of the conveniences we enjoy as a result of technological advances.

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The One With Chinese New Year – And The Week That Went Awry

Hello there! Did you miss me? I have made a new year resolution that I will blog every day this year (let’s see how that might pan out), but I missed last week after a long blog post on Singapore Mega Sale. Truth to be told, I was being put off by the long weekend that was Chinese New Year, and then a sudden bout of food poisoning (it’s a long story), and so my blogging resolution took a hit for about a week.

But hey, I am now I am back!

Let’s talk about the Chinese New Year. It occurred to me that this year, I didn’t do or have many things often associated with the celebration. No CNY cookies. No lou hei. No poon choi. I had a good few gatherings with friends, but apart from the visit to the flower market (which is another story in itself), the past long weekend didn’t feel very CNY-y.

And on the second day of CNY, I craved for… McDonald’s pancakes. Maybe I’m really not a CNY person.

McDonald's Hotcakes

And then there was my CNY gathering at home with my better half’s friends. Now that was quite a riot!

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