Month: July 2015

7 Reasons Why Every Foodie Should Visit Tasmania

“Isn’t it boring?” was my colleague’s first reaction when I told her I was going to Tasmania over Easter. But even more unexpectedly, she wasn’t the last to give that exact reaction. Although one whole week (nine days for me) in Tas may not be everyone’s ideal holiday, it was one of my most unforgettable and enjoyable trips, filled with nature and of course food. For the seven reasons below, it’s definitely an amazing place for food lovers like me. 1. Eat oysters straight from an oyster farm Fresh oysters were the number one most unforgettable highlight of my trip to Tasmania. They were the freshest oysters I’ve had in my life and the cheapest too. The best were from Get Shucked, which cost AUD14 per dozen. Read about where to eat the best ones here. 2. Join a cooking class at the beautiful Red Feather Inn Everywhere in Tasmania is natural and beautiful. Located just out of the second largest (still very small) town of Launceston, Red Feather Inn retains historical charm and yet …

Bun Cha Vietnamese: Best Beef Pho in Hong Kong

See also: 3 Casual Spots for a Satisfying Bowl of Beef Pho Vietnamese food, specifically pho bo is one of my favourite kinds of comfort food. But coming across a good bowl of beef pho is not the norm when eating Vietnamese in Hong Kong. Usually you get served Chinese ho fun noodles that’s gone just a little too soft with a few slices of uninspiring overcooked beef. Nha Trang and Bep (featured in 5 Restaurants Worth Revisiting Again and Again) are probably among the tiny handful of Vietnamese restaurants in Hong Kong serving pretty decent bowls of pho. But the best one I’ve had (and it was only as recent as last week) has to be the one from Bun Cha Vietnamese Cafe & Restaurant. I think it’s opened by a Vietnamese woman (who you’ll likely see in there), operated by Vietnamese staff and all this authentic-ness shows in the taste of the food. Beef Pho *must order* It’s really hard to capture how good this pho bo tasted in a photo. Some telling factual descriptions include: they …

Coffee Journey from London, Nottingham to Edinburgh

If you’ve been following my Instagram or Facebook page, you might’ve realised I’ve been out of Hong Kong travelling around UK for the past 10 days! No doubt I would’ve been stuffing myself with Burgers & Lobsters, scones, cupcakes and really any kind of food, but coffee shop breaks were also called for everyday of our busy trip, from London, Nottingham to Edinburgh. Follow my caffeine journey below! Soho Grind (London) Touched down in London at 6am. We checked in at The Nadler Soho (highly recommended hotel) and walked to Soho Grind just in time for its opening at 8am. The coffee was great and latte was my favourite. But the piccolo was a disappointment, bearing a sour taste. I also tried their lemon drizzle which was pleasantly sweet and moist (also recommended). Workshop Coffee (London) I had just had brunch at The Modern Pantry (recommended), where I didn’t order coffee, saving my quota for the hipster looking Workshop Coffee across the road. To my disappointment, they were full and I could not have made six …

Duddell’s: Perfectly Crafted Michelin-starred Dim Sum

Expectations will always run high when dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant. In spite of that, none of the dim sums at Duddell’s were less than perfectly crafted. Though too fancy and a little pricey to become a regular yum cha spot for regular people like me, it’s definitely worth a try if you want to spoil yourself one weekend or impress some visitors. Alternatively, for dim sum that’s less fancy, see my Guide to Hong Kong Local Food, for genuinely good and local dim sum spots in Hong Kong (that won’t break your wallet). The most flavourful Har Gau Har gau (shrimp dumpling) and siu mai (pork and mushroom dumpling) are the two mandatory dim sums to order for any yum cha gathering. Siu mai is usually my favourite dim sum, but this super flavourful har gau had big, fresh and crisp shrimps inside with a strong mushroom flavour to it too, ultimately winning my heart from the “standard dim sum choices” (none of which were standard at all though). On the other hand, while …

#lollefood Monthly – July 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. I’m in London, Nottingham and Edinburgh this week – so expect some UK travel posts to come soon! See the previous versions here. New Braza Churrascaria (Lan Kwai Fong) does an amazing lunch deal, serving an antipasti buffet for HK$118 (which features good quality smoked salmon, tuna, salami and parma ham, among other delicious items) and unlimited meat (beef, chicken and chorizo) for an additional HK$50. The chorizo was my favourite! Porterhouse by Laris (Lan Kwai Fong) just opened on 1 July and the steak bites at their Grand Opening was one unforgettable highlight. I’ll definitely be back to have a proper sized steak here in no time. Nood food at Hutchison House (Admiralty) opened last month (as part of the new Pure Yoga centre) and the sandwiches served here are healthy and fresh …

Recipe for a Perfectly Creamy Tiramisu

Tiramisu has long been my favourite dessert and with this motivation, it became the first dish I ever mastered, to my own preference of strong mascarpone cheese flavours, high ratio of cream to lady fingers, not too sweet and no brandy. Although the proportion of ingredients help shape the taste of this cake, getting the technique right is also important to churn out a tiramisu with a thick creamy texture. After numerous iterations, the below recipe is one I’m most happy with! Ingredients: 5 egg yolks 100g of sugar 250g mascarpone cheese 350ml heavy whipping cream 1 espresso shot Lady fingers Cocoa powder Tip: Buying good quality mascarpone cheese, though expensive, is important. Method: 1. Combine the egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl and mix it over a bain-marie for about 10 mins. 2. Remove it from the heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Beat the mixture until it turns very light pastel yellow in colour (about 3-5 mins of beating). 3. Add the mascarpone cheese and beat until just incorporated. 4. In …

Get HK$450 of Free Food on Sugar (offer ended)

Update (9 Aug 2015): This promotion has now ended. Thank you all for the interest and stay tuned/subscribe for more updates, reviews and offers! I’ve been trying out a mobile app called Sugar for a few months now and it’s been a great tool for generating ideas on what and where new to eat. If you haven’t started using it already, now is the best time to do so as they are running a series of promotions, where any new user can get HK$450 of free credit (no strings attached, a limited time offer!). You can freely spend it on items at a wide range of restaurants and cafes. Plus, on the app, the food or drinks are redeemed at a discounted price so there really is nothing to lose! Step 1 Visit http://hk.wewantsugar.com/sugarlove Enter your mobile no. Enter this code: LOLLERL Step 2 Download the app on your phone (link) Step 3 Sign up with your mobile no. and a password How do I get HK$450? You will be sent a top-up code through SMS …