Month: April 2015

3 ways to cook flavourful and healthy chicken breast

With the growing number of burger places and steakhouses opening up all around Hong Kong, not only am I eating out at least 10 times a week, these dining out meals are getting increasingly oily. In an effort to extend my Make healthy Mondays a habit, I’ve been trying to dish out more healthy lunch meals for weekdays (2-3 per week), giving myself a little more burger-eating quota without gaining 100 pounds. Meal preparation takes a huge amount of effort (3 hours on a Sunday afternoon), so I’ve come up with three different ways to make the same meat (chicken breast), in attempt to introduce some variety into my lunch boxes, without the effort of making something totally different every day. Where to buy your herbs and spices Herbs and spices are key to adding colour and flavour to meals (without adding unhealthy ingredients like sugar, salt or soy sauce). I recently discovered better quality spices from online store Regency Spices and found they are much more effective in flavouring up a piece of meat, compared with the ones …

Tasmania: Breakfast with fresh local produce and the best coffee at Blue Bar Cafe

In general, fresh food is good food and Blue Bar Cafe exemplifies this rule. They use the freshest ingredients in their dishes and then cook it to perfection too. That, along with the fact that they served the best coffee of all the places we went to over our 9-day adventure in Tasmania (that must equate to more than 15 different coffees…), is why it’s the most unforgettable cafe we visited during our trip. Smoked salmon on homemade sourdough toast and scrambled eggs You can see the smoked salmon was unusually thick cut; it also tasted different from the ones we usually get in Hong Kong (usually Norwegian or Scottish). But most importantly, it was super fresh, to the point that it wasn’t weird that they didn’t squeeze some lemon juice on top. Served on top of a delicious sourdough toast and next to creamy slow cooked scrambled eggs, this must have been the best quality gourmet version of my favourite breakfast combo, I love to spoil myself with at home. Proscuitto and herbs croquette with poached eggs and asparagus We …

Try this: Order LeTAO cheesecake online from Japan to Hong Kong

My colleague came to my desk one morning describing this Japanese cheesecake to me with the most exagerrated enthusiasm, repeatedly alluding to how sooooooo yummy!!! it was. I’m pretty easily sold by references to yummy, cheesecake or food, so I automatically matched the enthusiasm with an omg I want it!!! She ordered the LeTAO Fromage Double via this online Japanese supermarket which delivers to Hong Kong. When it arrived a few days later, I was a bit disappointed at its looks. Considering I paid about HK$200 for it, it was small and did not look fantastic (i.e. not that instagrammable). Thankfully, the moral of the story was the cliche of not judging a book by its cover. The cake has two layers. The top is light, refreshing and ice cream-like, while the bottom is a more intense and dense creamy cheesecake. Given how light the overall texture was, the taste was surprisingly strongly cheesy. Most importantly, it definitely tastes much better than it looks! Actually all of us in the office ordered another one each …

Satisfy your truffle fries craving at these 3 restaurants

There’s something about that strong distinct smell and taste of truffle that seems to be able to spice up almost any slightly pedestrian dish. Truffle carbonara, truffle cheese and truffle oil are among the delicious combinations that come to mind. But of course, without having to splurge big bucks on those expensive shavings, the crowd pleaser has to be truffle fries, whether they just serve standard fries with truffle mayo or mix the truffle into the fries, that extra oomph just makes french fries that much more addictive. Here are three places in Hong Kong where you can order a good bowl of truffle fries that won’t disappoint! Glasshouse – they’re as crispy as they look! Glasshouse Featured as No. 2 (not a ranking) in 10 restaurants in Central for lunch dates, I love Glasshouse for their creative selection of Asian-Western fusion dishes – the Thai-style spicy mushroom ravioli with shrimps being one unforgettable dish. They also make the best truffle fries I’ve had to date. The fries are appropriately very crispy with the right portion of potato meat inside and they always serve …

Tasmania: Learn real pasta skills at Red Feather Inn Cooking School

I often like to join cooking classes when on holiday and it was even more of a must-do when visiting Tasmania as there are two renowned spots which promise to bring a memorable experience: Red Feather Inn near Launceston and The Agrarian Kitchen near Hobart. Unfortunately, The Agrarian Kitchen was fully booked so I couldn’t try that. Actually, Red Feather Inn was too, but luckily for us, they kindly held a private class for the two of us (at a higher price of AUD250 v. the group class which charges AUD195). So if you are keen, book as early as you can. The Chef Chef Lewis works at the Red Feather Inn’s restaurant and teaches their cooking school classes too. With over 25 years of experience in London and experience from cooking schools around the world, a lot of important cooking insights or ‘tricks’ is what you’ll definitely be getting out of a class here. First course: egg pasta with bolognaise sauce Perfect Pasta class to learn real skills and tricks We decided to go with the “Perfect Pasta” …

The Diner: American-style brunch and legit milkshakes

Many Saturdays I wake up feeling hungry and lazy; it’s one of those days when eating becomes the only activity I accomplish. One of my favourite brunch spots has to be The Diner. There’s not much fancy to it, but it’s where I know I’ll get a satisfying (though fattening) brunch, with really good coffee and milkshake. I posted about Blue Butcher’s brunch a few months ago and labelled it the best brunch experience (in Hong Kong). That is still largely true though in a different way. Blue Butcher’s brunch serves Coffin Bay oysters and freshly made waffles at their (semi-)buffet. But it’s not the kind of place you’d get your traditional “full breakfast” at and it’s also too pricey to go have on a random weekend (I think it’s about HK$500 per person). Cookies and cream milkshake (HK$68) *must order* One of the reasons I keep going back to The Diner is because they are one of very few places in Hong Kong that serve legit American-style milkshakes. Their cookies and cream one is classic and always …

Tasmania: Where to eat the best fresh oysters?

I loved Tasmania for its fresh seafood and local produce – I randomly bought one tomato from Woolworths supermarket to eat with a salad and it was, no exaggeration, the best I’ve tasted. But I’d be casually citing cliches if I said it was “hard to name the best” food or meal I had in Tas – the most epic and memorable was no question the oysters! Between two of us, we ate exactly 11 dozens (121) of oysters during our 9 day trip. Actually, that number is not impressive at all, considering how fresh and cheap they were. In Hong Kong, oysters from the supermarket cost about HK$30-70 for one. In Tasmania, they’re as cheap as HK$7 for one. Now you might start to understand why I regret not stuffing myself more during my trip. To be honest, anywhere in Tasmania, the oysters will probably taste amazing simply because they are fresh. Anyhow, here’s a quick list on where to get the cheapest and freshest oysters, which may even tempt you to visit Tasmania for yourself too. 1. Get …