Monthly Archives: November 2011

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The One With Top Marques Macau – Fast & Furious

Let’s face it, it’s not every day that a foodie gets to ride in a Lamborghini race car, still warm from its recent run at a real grand prix. But that’s exactly what happened to me last weekend, as I spent a day last weekend at the Top Marques Macau, the only live supercar show in the world! This world famous exhibition was held at the Venetian Macau.

Top Marques Macau 2011

The four of us bloggers attended not as any Tom, Dick, and Harry yo… as real VIPs, thanks to Elle (girl, you rock!!!).

Top Marques Macau 2011

So what does a VIP get to do? First of all, of course, you get a buffet food and (more importantly) bottomless champagne. This is key as a hungry foodie is not a happy foodie, especially after an hour of bumpy ride to Macau.

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The One With Lamma Hilton Shum Kee – Hong Kong Seafood Galore

There are many places to go for seafood in Hong Kong. What with being surrounded by seas and being in such close proximity to China, it is hardly surprising that seafood in Hong Kong in generally fresh. More often than not you get to see the live version of your dish before it gets cooked.

My all time favourite restaurant for seafood is undeniably the Lamma Hilton Shum Kee located at Sok Kwu Wan in Lamma Island. Being a good ferry ride away from HK Island, there is something almost magical about the place.

Lamma Hilton Shum Kee Seafood

But first, on to the food.

Deep Fried Squid with Spicy Pepper

Lamma Hilton Shum Kee Seafood

Perfectly spiced and succulent to the crunch. The deep friend squid was perfect to go with a bottle of beer on a hot Sunday afternoon. The dish would have been even better had the squid been cut into smaller pieces.

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The One With Garrett Popcorn – A Chicago Tradition, A Hong Kong Sensation

Have you heard of the latest craze in town? It comes in the all shapes and sizes, usually piping hot and so addictive you can’t stop once you pop?

I am of course talking about Garrett Popcorn which opened its first store in Hong Kong at IFC Mall, Central.

Garrett Popcorn

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The One With Ser Wong Fun – Virgin Experience With Snake Soup

I love a foodie night out. The gastronomical possibilities are almost limitless and a dining adventure to the unknown is almost a given. Especially so when you are with the pros like Brad (of Lady Iron Chef), Jason (of Jason Bon Vivant) and Rita (of Mochachocholata-Rita).

It was during our food trail around Central when I paid my first visit to Ser Wong Fun.

Ser Wong Fun, Central

Those in the know will tell you that this restaurant is famous for one thing, and that is snake soup.

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The One With Smirnoff BE THERE! Party

Who would have thought? Even thought Western Market was right downstairs from my home, and The Grand Stage which was located at the third floor never did appeal to me.

The night of Smirnoff BE THERE! party was the first time I set foot at the place. And boy was I in for a surprise!

Smirnoff BE THERE! Party at Grand Stage, Western Market

Who would have thought the sleepy Western Market was this happening? The crowd was decked to kill for the night too, so much so that I had to head home for a change of outfit!

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The One With Tokoro Robatayaki- A Feast For The Eyes & More

Have you heard? For the first time my food review was published in print! It was the winter edition of Good Eating by South China Morning Post, the company I work for. I joined the group of contributors of the custom publishing team and was assigned to review Tokoro Robatayaki, a contemporary Japanese restaurant located in Mongkok.

(The following review is reproduction of what I have wrote originally, unedited and not as printed in the magazine, with my own photos added on)

Tokoro Robatayaki

Elegant and laid back, with soft lighting for a relaxed dining experience. The robatayaki-style theatre allows you to witness its star chef in action, while the birdcage-like designer pods are perfect for group dining.

Tokoro Robatayaki

The star of the night was undoubtedly the US Angus beef. The tenderloins were grilled to the right degree of medium rare tenderness, served on a hot plate. Each cut was bursting with that distinctive flavour of good-grade beef, rendering the accompanying selection of salts and sauces rather unnecessary.

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The One With Gusto – All Things Hearty & Enjoyable

Update: Gusto is now no longer in operation.

Home comfort food. Hmmm. In addition to simply cooked but delicious food, a restaurant has to be set up “just right” to provide that vibe of comfort and homeliness for its patrons, whom may turn up as if they just got out of bed.

Hearty Dinner At Gusto

Not that I have seen any of sleep-ware while I was at Gusto recently. The small restaurant, tucked discreetly at Happy Valley, was a gem of a find. Literally. The signboard was discreetly displayed in dark colours (errr, why?) so it can be an adventure to find if you are visiting after dark.

Word from the wise: Bring with you the actual address.

And what a find it was. Comprising of two floors, the place was impeccably designed but not in-your-face kind of way. You get the feel that you are at a classy place, but you wouldn’t mind turning up in your slippers and a hood.

Hearty Dinner At Gusto

I particularly like the lighting fixtures. It was so… industrial, but classy.

Hearty Dinner At Gusto

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The One With Malaymama – Malaysian Comfort Food

Comfort food. The term itself made me all fuzzy with contentment. For me, comfort food is something that you can always rely on when you don’t want to decide on what to eat. Even if it is far from perfect, it is familiar and bring a sense of nostalgia… of something close to home.

One of my favorite comfort food spot is Malaymama at Mercer Street in Sheung Wan. Over many visits I have almost tried its entire menu. And since I am a Malaysian, I could authoritatively recommend what is good at this ma-and-pop joint.

Of highest recommendation is this yong tau foo dish. Basically it is a combination of bean curd, silky tofu, stuffed egg plants and the like, swimming in a bowl of soup.

Malaymama @ Sheung Wan

If you are like me and prefer your noodles not to be soggy from the soup, ask it to be separated, i.e. “lo meen”, like this.

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The One With Hong Kong Ocean Park Halloween Bash

Every year my friends will want to go for Hong Kong Ocean Park Halloween Bash. Rumours were adrift that the bash is really scary, out of this world (pun intended) and superbly fun.

But like all good intentions with my dear friends, clashing schedule and pure misfortune prevented us from setting foot into the bash every October. However this year, thanks to a stroke of luck (actually, not really, it was a photo contest which actually was more pain than fun, but that’s another story), I got myself a pair of tickets to this year’s bash!

Halloween Bash At Hong Kong Ocean Park

Because of the aforementioned photo contest, I got the tickets pretty late, and it wasn’t until the very last Saturday of the Halloween season when my better half and I managed to find time to head down to Ocean Park.

Like thousands of others. Oh my freaking God. Bloody hell, the tickets are not cheap, you know (even though mine were free). Where did these kids get the money?

Halloween Bash At Hong Kong Ocean Park

Putting my fear of long queue and sweaty teenagers aside, I bravely ventured in. And up the mountain we went! It was my first time taking the cable car at night.

Halloween Bash At Hong Kong Ocean Park

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The One With Cupping Class At Habitu Cafe – A Coffee Connoisseur Experience

Ten things I didn’t know about coffee, but I do know now.

Cupping Class At Caffe HABITU - Coffee Academy & Roasting Studio

#1 That cupping is not only a Chinese medical term. Nor only a dirty word. But it’s also a coffee tasting technique, where coffee samples are prepared and tasted one by one.

Cupping Class At Caffe HABITU - Coffee Academy & Roasting Studio

#2 That coffee is best tasted at its purest form; that is, without sugar nor milk. Like wine tasting, to best experience coffee, you gotta smell it, slurp it, drink it, and then breathe through your nose. Really.

Cupping Class At Caffe HABITU - Coffee Academy & Roasting Studio

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