Month: September 2015

#lollefood Monthly – September 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. This month… I’ve been hibernating in Sai Kung a lot and was surprised to discover some new great eats! I’m also travelling in Sri Lanka right now so be sure to stay tuned for some travel posts soon. See the previous versions here. New noc is one of the newest coffee spots to hit Central, located on Graham st (opposite to Pololi). There are so many of specialty coffee shops opening up but this is one of the better ones, I’d say. See more coffee shops in Exploring Artisan Coffee Shops in Hong Kong. Shoreditch is relative new comer to the becoming-hit Kennedy Town. The location and ambience is excellent for group gatherings. I tried their salt crusted pork belly and it was fatteningly heavenly. The sticky toffee pudding however is …

What to Eat in Kennedy Town?

Kennedy Town is not an area I logically visit often since I live on the other side of Hong Kong, beyond even the “dark side”. But this place is now blessed with a conveniently close by MTR station and a proliferation of new restaurants. Way ahead of me, were the guys at iPick who organised a genius Kennedy Town Food Tour with Foodie magazine. We sampled dishes across various restaurants in the area, and overnight spawned just as many reasons to visit Kennedy Town! So where should you eat? Laid back Comfort: Fish & Chick Fish & Chick is perfect if you’re in a group of 3-4 people and are looking for something casual. Their food is honest and delicious, while portions are quite generous too. We tried their crab croquettes salad, which had a thin crusty edge and very crabby interior. The roasted chicken and fish and chips were both super juicy – impossible to choose a favourite as they were all cooked extremely well! Where: 25 New Praya, Kennedy Town Phone: 2974 0088 …

Gradini: Fine Italian Food for Occasions

In Hong Kong, pasta can be associated with Italian food, cafe food and cha chan teng (cheap local eateries) food alike; it can be quite a casual affair. But it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking for a place to treat your loved ones for a special day or celebration and they love pasta (well, who doesn’t?), Gradini is one of few places which does delicious Italian food in an intimate yet fancy setting. Perfect Atmosphere I usually don’t put great significance to atmosphere/environment/service of a restaurant as long as the food is good. But realistically, those three factors are instrumental to ensuring a great dinner experience, when it’s important. Gradini ticks all the boxes. Located on the first floor of beautifully designed boutique The Pottinger Hotel on Queens Road Central/Stanley Street, Central, Gradini boasts an even more impressively fine yet cozy interior, perfect for an intimate gathering. Refreshing Seafood Salads To kickstart our meal, we had the seared king scallops with cherry tomatoes (HK$188) and the seafood salad (HK$168) – these were great refreshing starters for our meal and the seafood (especially …

Exploring Artisan Coffee Shops in Hong Kong

Coffee culture has no doubt become a “thing” in Hong Kong. It might only be a matter of time until the mass gets so spoilt by good coffee that they become Starbucks-averse. I mean that is probably why Starbucks didn’t work out in coffee countries like Australia right? There are so many great choices for coffee now and after trying a good bunch of them, I’ve come up of this list of worth-the-visit artisan coffee shops you could consider having this week! My best recommendations [Update] Also check out my current favourites, which are Why 50 (Sheung Wan) and Green Door Coffee (TST). Espresso Alchemy is my go-to spot if I want a nice satisfying cup of coffee and know that I don’t want to risk disappointment. The quality has been unparalledly consistent; you can rest assured that you’ll always receive a no less than perfectly crafted cup of coffee. Plus they also do good food. 18 grams makes a creamy cup of flat white and cappuccino and they’re also always consistent with the quality and taste …

Make Your Own Ricotta Cheese from Scratch with 3 Ingredients

I shockingly learnt from my invaluable cooking class at Red Feather Inn that you can easily make your own ricotta cheese at home with close to minimal effort and accessible ingredients too. It’s easy, cheaper (than buying it) and you can use it to make delicious ricotta hotcakes, mix it into your scrambled eggs to make it extra creamy or simply use it to top your salad. Here’s how… Ingredients 2 cups of milk 1 cup of cream Apple cider vinegar Method 1. Put the milk and cream into a saucepan and heat over low fire until it is “bearably hot” (I check by dipping my finger) or just as soon as you start to see a bit of steam. Turn the fire off. 2. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Mix and wait 2 minutes. You should see the mixture curdle into small lumps. Add a bit more vinegar if parts of the mixture are not curdling. 3. Strain the mixture using a soup bag (cheese cloth) to separate the cheese …

The Pudding Nouveau: Hong Kong’s Answer to Duck and Waffle

There are many things to love about Hong Kong. Despite how difficult (I can only assume from high costs, competition and saturation) it must be to start a restaurant, there is so much variety and individuality in the dining scene as long as you step out of big shopping malls and onto less frequented streets. Small restaurants have their unique qualities and expats can feel less home-sick because this city is home to restaurants serving all sorts of cuisines from around the world – even the very specific ones. The Pudding Nouveau’s take on Duck & Waffle *must order* The Pudding Nouveau could not have been a better characterisation of all of the above. It’s a small cafe-restaurant situated in the restaurant-dense area of Tai Hang and one of their signature dishes is Duck and Waffle. This may ring a bell for many readers, as it was essentially inspired by the famous Duck & Waffle in London. While I personally can’t judge the similiarities between the two (I was too busy cafe-hopping when I last …

Waffling Beans: Amazing Coffee and Everything Waffles

I do love my all-American greasy big brunches at The Diner, but one weekend I felt like something different and headed over to Hong Kong island for a waffle-ful brunch at Waffling Beans. The photos of their seemingly perfect coffees (later verified to be accurate portrayals) on Openrice was an additional, potentially stronger, motivation that successfully dragged me on a one hour commute all the way to Kennedy Town on a weekend. Savoury waffles that go with everything Brunch Almost all items on their menu feature waffles (hence the name) – we ordered the Waffles Benedict and All The Best (*must order*) off their weekend brunch offering. Everything on each dish seamlessly matched the waffles, evidence that much effort must have been put into creating a savoury version. I probably preferred the All The Best combo more, just because it was a relatively less common dish found at brunch spots and all the ingredients tasted good. There has definitely been growing Western waffle spots in Hong Kong, but Waffling Beans is one of the few (if not only) that serve Liege waffles which …