Month: June 2015

Try This: Warm Pecan Pie and Ice Cream from The Diner

I’ve written about The Diner a few times and even recently said it was one of the 5 Restaurants Worth Revisiting Again and Again. Evidence of that point, I’ve just had a laid back brunch there again over the weekend, which as always, promises a satisfying American style meal with lots of eggs, sausages and pancakes. I love the variety on their menu, their milkshakes and bottomless brew coffee! While browsing on Sugar, a food discovery app I’ve been using, I found that I could redeem their pie of the day at a discounted price – the perfect incentive to try something new (since I almost always just get their All-American breakfast). The pie of the day was a pecan pie which to be honest is not something I would usually order (if it wasn’t for the app). But it was a pleasant surprise and a good example of why we should always try new things! The pie was served warm, which is always amazing especially when there’s ice cream on the side. It had a soft and …

Recipe for Kimchi Grilled Cheese and Kimchi Carbonara

Asian fusion, especially kimchi-everything, seems to be strongly trending in Hong Kong these days. Having sampled such fusion dishes myself, such as the kimchi bruschetta from Moyo, I do understand the addiction. That’s why I’ve even gone ahead to try these kimchi-fused dishes at home! Apart from actually making the kimchi (I’m not Korean enough for that yet), incorporating it into everyday comfort food turned out to be pretty easy, straight forward and a great complement. See my two recipes for kimchi grilled cheese and kimchi carbonara below. Kimchi Grilled Cheese Ingredients: 2 slices of bread A handful of grated cheddar cheese A small handful of kimchi Butter Method: 1. Butter one side of each slice of bread 2. Mix the kimchi and grated cheese in an oven-proof bowl, shove it in the oven (I put it in my mini toaster oven) until cheese is melted (about 3-5 mins) 3. Spread the mix onto one slice of bread on the non-buttered side 4. Place on the pan on medium heat (butter side down), place other …

Plat du Jour: Affordable Casual French Food for Dinner

I definitely prefer French bistro-style food over the fine dining affair, merely because I don’t like being so formal. While there are a handful of really good French bistros in Hong Kong, such as Bistro du Vin and Le Port Parfume, you can’t get away with paying less than HK$600-700 for dinner there, which makes the whole thing a lot less casual. La Grande Bouffe is another one in Central I like, but would still cost about HK$400 per person. Knowing that affordable dinners don’t come by easily in this city, the menu at Plat du Jour was more than a pleasant surprise. They charge HK$195 for two courses and HK$245 for three courses, which I thought was extremely competitive for any dinner, let alone a French one. The down side is that they serve the same menu all day, so lunch would cost the same (as dinner) and hence comparatively expensive. Cheese Souffle *must order* Our meal got off to an excellent start. The starters section of their menu was populated with many appealing choices, that left us …

5 Restaurants Worth Revisiting Again and Again

You know when you try a new restaurant and you think, “the food is pretty good here!” but for some reason or other you never go back? For me it’s usually because it was more for the gimmicks, there are many even better alternatives or it was just not worth the money. Essentially, sometimes once is enough. But then there are also a handful of restaurants that I keep revisiting but still don’t get sick of. These are usually the ones which serve solid good food with excellent consistency and some variety too. The five places listed below are ones I’ve been to at least 4-5 times in the past year. Of course I visit my local yum cha spot and Sen Ryo 10 times more often than that, but you get the idea. 1. Bep When it’s done well, Vietnamese food is tasty, full of flavourful spices yet not too greasy and that’s why I crave it so often. While there’s no shortage of Vietnamese food in Hong Kong, I like Bep for being …

#lollefood Monthly – Jun 2015

#lollefood is the tag I use on Instagram for all my recommended food items devoured in Hong Kong. Every month I consolidate some of the new food discoveries I’ve made in attempt to give you all a basis for brainstorming your next dinner or snack outing. See the previous versions here. New restaurants Viet Kitchen opened in Nexxus building and is a convenient Vietnamese alternative for any IFC-dwellers. While things were generally quite good, the beef pho was underwhelming and I think I just prefer Bep or Nha Trang for Vietnamese food. Location: G/F Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central Ore-no Kappou opened earlier this year in the heart of LKF, Central and serves some of the best quality Japanese food I’ve had in a long time. The prices are not cheap but worth it for what you get. See the full review here. Location: 6/F California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, Central Double D Burger is another new (ish) burger spot close to LKF. The beef patty was super juicy and the bun was soft …

Secret to Making Very Al Dente Homemade Pasta

I’ve always been disappointed with homemade pasta served at restaurants because they’re never really “al dente” – soft on the outside, chewy at the centre. I began to believe that this was just a general feature of homemade pasta. But then I joined a “Perfect Pasta” cooking class in Tasmania and found that the secret to making homemade egg pasta very al dente is to work the dough. It’s not really a secret. I guess most restaurants don’t have resources to do more than the minimum kneading, but if you have about 2 hours in the weekend to spare, then give this a try at home. The key is to knead the dough until it looks and feels as smooth as a baby’s butt! There were no recipes at our cooking class, but it was so straight forward, I had unintentionally memorised it and was able to successfully recreate the pasta at home. I love my pasta chewy so we worked the hell out of it and I’m confident to say I’ve never had better …

Try This: Mentaiko Pasta for Lunch at Tabibito

I came here for dinner once and absolutely loved all the dishes we ordered, especially the Lobster Toastie. Given that dinners here can cost about HK$500 per person, coming here for lunch is one way you can taste their delicious Japanese fusion dishes on a more wallet-friendly budget. Of course, the menu is very different though. Lobster Toastie – Special item served during dinner I actually fell in love with mentaiko pasta at Baby Cafe in iSQUARE (now closed), which was featured in Fusion pastas that actually taste amazing. After being thoroughly impressed by Tabibito’s food during dinner one time, their mentaiko pasta definitely met my high expectations of being creamy, tasty and with a good amount of ‘crunch’ from the roe. It’s HK$80 for a lunch set with miso soup and they have a few other options on their menu too. Mentaiko pasta (served during lunch) The downside is of course that it’s quite inconveniently located in PoHo (upper Sheung Wan). See more “Try this” articles here. Tabibito 20 Po Hing Fong Sheung Wan Phone: 2547 2833 …