All posts filed under: Kowloon (ex TST)

Rustico: Traditional Spanish Gem in Lai Chi Kok

Of all locations in Hong Kong, few would have guessed that Lai Chi Kok would be home to one of the most authentic Spanish restaurants in Hong Kong, serving traditional comfort food. I must admit I heard mixed reviews about this place and indeed there were hits and misses. But overall the Iberico ham, garlic soup, Iberico presa salad, roasted suckling pig and dessert were unforgettably unique and delicious. And I’d say that’s a list long enough to bring me back again! Award-winning world champion carving ham master, Jose Manuel, visits the restaurant in May 2015 Excellent quality Iberico Ham Iberico ham is signature to Spanish cuisine and is indeed featured throughout the menu at Rustico. The Iberico ham itself was surprisingly juicy and tender, compared to the much dry-er versions I’ve tasted in the past. You can definitely taste the fact that they’ve used less salt during their curing process and hence some would judge the ham as having a little less taste. But I definitely approve of the lower salt version, given how sinful Iberico ham already is! …

Mak Man Kee: Must try wonton and shrimp roe noodles in Jordan

I missed my stop to Tsim Sha Tsui one lunch time and randomly ended up in Jordan. There were many restaurants to choose from but for no particular reason, we ended up at Mak Man Kee Noodles. The place got super packed after sitting down for 10-15 mins. When our wonton noodles came, we had a feeling this place was a lot more popular than we had known! Shrimp roe noodles *must order* I always purposely go to one cafe in Macau (皇冠小館) that famously serves delicious shrimp roe noodles, so I was excited to see this on the menu at Mak Man Kee Noodles as I rarely do at my usual go-to wonton places in Hong Kong. Actually, these tasted pretty similar to the one I had in Macau. Shrimp-only wontons On the menu, these are called shrimp-only wontons, but I have a feeling a teeny bit of pork was in it, just to lump the whole thing together. The shrimp in the filling was pretty massive and had a welcomed crunch when bitten into. It was wrapped …

Exotic fruits from Yuen Hing Kowloon City

A typical fruit stand from afar, this store in Kowloon City sells some of the top quality exotic fruits freshly flown in from around the globe. Some of these fruits can be spotted at higher-end supermarkets (like City super or Three sixty), but the freshness and quality of the ones sold at this particular store are unparalleled. Kumquats from Japan 日本 (鹿兒島) 柑桔 Kumquats (sort of like mandarins) are usually ridiculously sour and I used to deem them inedible. But not only are these sweet, you can eat the soft skin on these Japanese Kumquats and it tastes incredibly good! You simply bite into the skin and the centre is soft and fibre-y (like an orange). There’s a hint of sourness but most of them are very sweet. Some supermarkerts sell similar ones in similar packaging – but I tasted one before and the texture and taste turned out to be completely different! A box of 32 costs close to HK$600. Snow pink strawberries from Japan 日本 (佐賀) 雪之粉紅士多啤梨 You’d think these are strawberries gone bad, but they are …