Month: January 2015

Korean food meets Italian at new restaurant Moyo

As foreign as an IBK “Italian born Korean” (one of the pioneers of Moyo) is to me, so is the union of these two cuisines. The results are intriguingly not strange though, definitely a credit to the successfully unique ideas this kitchen is cooking! Here are some of the delicious dishes I sampled on my visit. The restaurant is still in its soft opening though! Kimchi bruschetta *must order* How did no one else think of this? Ok maybe someone did but this was my first try at it and the combo is as delicious as it sounds! A spicy tomato toast, to put it crudely. Kimchi pancake Always my must order item at any Korean restaurant! This one was mixed with pork as well. The dish was unusually not my favourite of the night – the taste was quite normal and less fusion-y than the other dishes. All in all, still delicious (though be wary of my Kimchi pancake bias) but I thought it could be made crisper! Kimchi disco fries *must order* This was my …

Modern Thai flavours at new favourite Chachawan

I’ve visited Thailand four times in the past year… That’s proof of how much I love Thai food! Thai food in Hong Kong’s Kowloon City We sort of have a “Thai town” here in Kowloon City – here you can get a range of local Thai products (like the menthol nose inhaler I once got hooked onto) and of course, authentic Thai food too. Friendship Thai  is my favourite over there. The highly recommended Chachawan But a lot of people have been recommending Chachawan. Although the no-reservations policy put me off at first, in the end, I waited just a brief 15 minutes on a Tuesday night at about 9pm. Apart from the green papaya salads, all the other dishes seemed pretty untraditional – but in an absolutely great way. There was a bit of creativity in the dishes, but the strong traditional Thai flavours were definitely present. I loved the intriguing variety, that made me feel desperate to return only one day later. You can’t find these dishes in Kowloon City and that’s one of the reasons I …

Make healthy Mondays a habit

Were one of your New Year’s resolutions “eat healthy” (or eat healthier, for those who are a little more realistic)? I’m not as disciplined and goal-oriented to set actual resolutions, but eating healthy has been one of the few goals I’ve had in mind for the past year or two! But as with many in this city, it’s pretty hard to avoid dining out almost every meal – which probably means you’re overloading in sodium and oil. One relatively achievable step to eating healthier is to do it on Mondays. You’ve just spent the weekend binging on unhealthy food at dinner gatherings, so you’ll probably be most in the mood for some detoxing! Breakfast is the easiest It’s the most important meal of the day and often shapes the way you eat for the rest of the day. A healthy breakfast can also improve your mood! If that’s not already on your agenda everyday, at least make it happen on Mondays first. Yogurt and berries to feel refreshed This breakfast makes me feel good for the rest of …

Recipe for the perfect homemade lemon tart

In 5 best lemon tarts in Hong Kong, I mentioned my recent hunt for the perfect lemon tart (which is actually more thoroughly summarised by #questforperfectlemontart on Instagram). It was unintentional at first and now very intentional as I brought the quest HOME! The first few attempts were not “failures” but definitely made me less optimistic that the winner could be in my kitchen. Thankfully, the third most recent attempt can be said a success – the lemon curd was super smooth, with a tangy bearable sour taste and the crust was of perfect thickness (and finally not burnt!). I adjusted numerous variables in my few attempts and I’m quite confident I’ll be sticking with my latest recipe, aiming to primarily improve at its composition and looks! So I thought I’d share with you guys my latest recipe for the perfect homemade lemon tart, which makes 3 of these photographed medium sized tarts (which is a very small batch, to be honest). Ingredients Crust: 45g unsalted butter (room temp) 45g cream cheese 50g white sugar Pinch …

Scoop on Hong Kong’s best matcha green tea ice cream

You know how people say they have a second stomach for desserts? I’m not sure about waffles or cheesecakes, but a matcha soft serve ice cream definitely never feels too heavy, no matter how big your dinner was. It has the bitter but not-that-bitter tea taste which helps offset the sweetness of ice cream. Now with the growing popularity of these “green” desserts on Instagram or Facebook, this matcha craze is pretty irresistable! Let’s have a look at three matcha soft serve specialty stores today! 1. Via Tokyo Via Tokyo is my number one matcha ice cream store! The ice cream is smooth and strong in matcha taste – you pretty much can’t go wrong with any of the soft serve combos they serve here. Via Tokyo is located on 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay. There is often a wait for sit down – but you can get it to go too! 2. I Cremeria As one of the new parlours to enter the dessert scene, I Cremeria does impress. The taste and texture is distinct in that it’s intensely strong …

10 restaurants in Central for lunch dates

Whether your friend is counting on you to suggest a restaurant to catch up, it’s a new team member’s welcome meal or you’re just sick of your lunch choices lately, here are some convenient dining options to consider in Central. Mezze Maniche (with spicy sausage) 1. CIAK in the Kitchen Taste: 4/5, Environment: 5/5 Conveniently located in Landmark Specialise in Italian homemade pasta; pizzas are delicious too! HK$250 per person Mushroom ravioli with shrimps and cherry tomato – it sounds pretty normal, but it also had a nice fusion Thai style spicy kick to it! 2. Glasshouse Taste: 4/5, Environment: 4.5/5 Conveniently located on the rooftop of IFC Delicious Asian-western fusion; their calamari and truffle fries are great for sharing. HK$200 per person A pretty self-explanatory Japanese-style eel rice! 3. Sushi Kuu *must try* Taste: 5/5, Environment: 4/5 Located on 1/F of M88, 2-8 Wellington street Top notch quality sushi, sashimi and Japanese lunch sets (great eel rice!) HK$200 per person Wagyu beef with chimichurri sauce 4. Fofo by El Willy Taste: 3/5, Environment: 4/5 Located on 20/F of M88, 2-8 Wellington …

Best seafood restaurant in Sai Kung for lobster feast

People usually visit Sai Kung to get away from the city (go on hikes, junk trips, beaches etc.) or often also for the seafood restaurants its famous for. The mainstream seafood restaurants have disappointingly lost their quality with their gain in popularity (why does that always happen anyway?). I have recommended Chuen Kee before, although for their dim sum specifically, while their seafood is quite good too. But Sing Kee is definitely the best seafood restaurant in Sai Kung, having recently been awarded a well deserved one Michelin star. Most of the dishes here are made very well – except the only-mediocre deep fried salt & pepper squid (椒鹽鮮魷). But the lobster is definitely the reason I keep coming back and of course, the reason I’m writing this post! Lobster sashimi *must order* You can choose the size of the lobster you want and then they’ll make it into sashimi. They’ll ask how you want them to cook the rest of the remaining meat on the lobster and I’d highly recommend cheesy lobster noodles (芝士龍蝦伊麵)! At the risk of freaking some people out, the lobster head is …