Year: 2014

Best of food, travel and lifestyle in 2014

– Food – 1. Best dinner: Fine dining at French grill (JW Marriot, Hanoi) A recommendation for all! This is still the best meal I’ve had in all of 2014 (and in my life maybe!). Perfect food, amazing service and comfortable ambience. It was great value-for-money too! 2. Best guilty meal: American brunch and milkshake at The Diner (Hong Kong) The good and the guilt… All accurately summarised by this photo! 3. Best discovery: Dutch baby pancakes at Wired Cafe (Hong Kong) Hot and fluffy! I’ve been back more than 5 times since I first discovered this place. – Travel – 1. Best adventure: Sapa, Vietnam It was an 11-hour train ride up to this town and a 5-hour muddy hike through tribe villages. The sight was worth all the dirty hours! 2. Best hotel: The Naka Phuket, Thailand Secluded seaview, quiet and uniquely designed – the most relaxing trip of my 2014! 3.Best photo: Angkor Wat, Cambodia I’m pretty sure this won’t be the typical scene you see of Angkor Wat. The beauty of …

Nostalgic of Bangkok: Best coffee and brunch at Roast

Even for a three-day trip, it’s ok not to eat Thai food every meal you’re in Bangkok for. This city has so much personality that goes far beyond a good meal of local food. Among my first impressions, I thought the city must be made for (and made by) foodies and hipsters. The originality of the coffee shops, dessert cafes and restaurants was truly inspiring and my shallow experience makes me believe that it’s something best experienced through eating “normal food” rather than “authentic Thai”. I mean as a local in Hong Kong, eating “authentic Cantonese” is rarely on my agenda. So in the first part of “Nostalgic of Bangkok”, I take you through the best ever coffee and brunch meal I had at Roast Coffee & Eatery! It’s definitely the place I’m missing most right now.  Roasted tomato soup *must order* This was my second visit to Roast and this soup was the one and only repeated food order from my previous visit. It’s so flavourful and the roasted smell was very pleasantly strong. But my descriptive …

Discovering the perfect plate of spaghetti carbonara

I’m a die hard fan of carbonara. I love the thick creaminess and crispy bacon, mixed into a lot of CARBS! So I’ve had my fair share of the pasta and also the often resultant disappointment. But the three plates of carbonara in today’s post definitely wow-ed me and made me wipe my plate clean of any sauce! Perfectly classic carbonara at Caffe Habitu Of chain cafes, Caffe Habitu ranks highly for me as they actually make quite decent food at a very reasonable price. This classic carbonara and their truffle carbonara (offered as part of their lunch menu before) was more than decent though – so perfect! The cream is sufficiently but not abundantly thick, with a slight eggy taste. Of course, pasta is cooked al dente. Under HK$100! I had this at Caffe Habitu The Table at Elements (West Kowloon). Japanese fusion carbonara at Wired Cafe I’m often not a fan of fusion food because it’s often mediocre. But in my previous post, I did mention that the Jap-style carbonara with onsen egg here …

Best street food in Hong Kong when it’s cold

Winter is the perfect time to snack on street food; keeping your waistline thin takes a little lower priority and the stomach just keeps yelling for more! I’ve had my fair share of street snacks lately and here are the best 5 choices for cold weather! 1. A bag of spicy deep fried popcorn chicken (香香雞) Hot star is known for selling their enormous piece of fried chicken, but I love snacking on their spicy popcorn chicken instead (good for sharing!). The meat is very tender inside and they always make it fresh to order, which means it’s piping hot when served! It’s only HK$20/28 (half/full portion)… But warning: this stuff is addictive! Hot star is located in several locations around Hong Kong, such as Sai Yeung Choi South St (Mong Kok), City One plaza (Shatin), Sai Kung Town and more. 2. Freshly made hot egg waffles (雞蛋仔) This is one of the oldest snacks in my memory of being in Hong Kong and definitely a must-try specialty for any tourists in the city. They sell …

Recipe ideas for a beautiful and delicious breakfast

I love weekend mornings for being peaceful, giving me the time to think and prepare the perfect breakfast. This weekend, I thought I’d share two ideas for toasted sandwiches – one savoury, one sweet. Share your breakfast or sandwich ideas in the comments section below! Grilled sandwich with smoked salmon omelette Butter up the outer side of two slices of wholewheat bread Pan-fry the buttered side of bread until golden brown (as pictured), set aside Pan-fry a tbsp of onions and chopped up smoked salmon (~50g) Add in 2 eggs on low fire, shape egg to fit sandwich Nutella french toast with bananas Spread a generous amount of Nutella on one side of each two slices of bread Soak the Nutella sandwich in a bowl of beaten eggs Heat up the pan, butter it, and place the sandwich in the pan, until both sides golden brown Top with sliced bananas And of course, enjoy all of this with a nice cup of cappuccino! Have a great weekend everyone!

Cheap Burmese-style noodles in Macau worth the trek

On the non-lunch hours of a Monday afternoon, this Burmese-style noodles shop in Macau was full, with three other people waiting for their takeaway orders outside. We started talking to one lady, and she mentioned how busy this place always is, recommending the fish soup noodles. We really came here for the coconut chicken curry noodles though. So we tried both. Fish soup ho fun noodles You can see the soup base is very thick; it’s very rich in fish flavour, which is also why that lady suggested ordering it with ho fun noodles rather than egg noodles, as the former can better soak up the fish taste in the soup. I’m a huge fan of fish, so that was a good call and this was my favourite one! Coconut chicken curry egg noodles This is what we came for and it definitely lived up to our high expectations (having travelled MOP80 on a cab for it…). The soup is as flavourful as it looks, though the chicken meat was not excellent. I wouldn’t have expected it to be …

Mixed feelings about Dalloyau’s afternoon tea

Fancily located in Harbour City (Tsim Sha Tsui), Dalloyau offers two types of afternoon tea sets, one is a “fine dining” option and the other is the “cafe” option. Since we “walked in”, the latter was the only option for us. The HK$536 (for two) price tag did put us off, but we decided to be baller and see what this was all about anyway. Sorry, no switches I have very mixed feelings about this place. Well, I don’t like foie gras, and so when ordering, I requested to exchange the foie gras sandwich for something else. The waiter told me that the tea sets are all pre-made and no switches can be made. “Can’t you make me anything else?” No because nothing else they make is small enough to place on that golden tea set rack. Hmmm, I didn’t want to say anymore, I’ll just take the foie gras then. Finely delicate lobster and truffle sandwich Aside from my biased dislike of the foie gras, the other sandwiches were all very good! My favourite was the lobster and …