All posts tagged: chicken

Hawker Chan (SG): Is the Cheapest One Michelin Star Worth the Wait?

Singapore’s food scene has perhaps been best known for its abundance of delicious cheap eats. A chicken rice at many hawker centres could cost as little as SGD2.5 (just over USD2 or less than HKD15). Despite its almost inconceivably cheap prices and simplicity of food, Hawker Chan has even earned itself a Michelin star. With the inevitable hype around what may be the cheapest Michelin star ‘restaurant’, I wasn’t surprised to hear all the mixed reviews: “don’t bother, it’s so overhyped” versus “it’s the best chicken rice!!!” I had to check it out for myself. There are two different outlets Hawker Chan was initially just a stall in the Chinatown Complex Food Centre – go up to the second floor and when you’ve located the long queue, you’ve probably found Hawker Chan. Since earning its Michelin star, they opened another outlet across the street. It’s a little more pricy, due to the improved seating arrangement and environment. We decided to go old-school and visit the original stall. 35 min wait on a Monday morning We expected …

Koh Samui: Fisherman’s Village Food Street

I didn’t expect a lot local food when planning my trip to Koh Samui. I’ve been here twice before (about 8-10 years ago) and back then it was all about edge-of-the-cliff restaurants, buying cheapy tshirts and drinking in Chaweng. Since then, I realised the view is pitch black if you’re having dinner, I never ended up wearing the Chang beer tshirts and I don’t really drink anymore. So this time we steered clear of Chaweng, except for the Tesco (likely a sign of aging…). 10 years ago, we toured around the whole island but it was generally uneventful outside of our hotel and Chaweng. But lots have changed on the island since… And one of my favourite newer spots is the “Walking Street” in Fisherman’s Village, Bo Phut, populated with stalls on Friday and Monday nights (6pm ish onwards). The line up of food and shopping stalls were endless – despite perseverance, I was exhausted and wanted to go back to the hotel by the time we realised we had only covered about 3/4 of …

Mike’s Chicken: Hidden Portuguese Gem in Sai Kung

I’m guilty for being a frequent visitor of Sai Kung but not noticing Mike’s Chicken until only a year after it’s been open! Though that’s partly because it’s hidden among the overwhelming number of seafood restaurants on seafood street (海鮮街) – which many people acknowledge as being overpriced tourist traps and avoid altogether by now. Despite it’s “hidden location”, the genuine food and friendly culture have helped this place garner a loyal customer base and it’s therefore pretty necessary to book in advance. Appetiser Platter *must order* Having tried the bacalhau fritters at Casa Lisboa, I was definitely tempted to order the ones here. With so many appealing choices on the menu, though not too fluent in Portuguese cuisine, we decided to order the standard appetiser platter for four. The highlight for me was the fatty spicy chorizo which went super well with their soft homemade piping hot baguettes, although they were admittedly a tad too salty. But everything else on the plate was just as memorable. Suckling Pig (requires pre-ordering) The suckling pig has to be pre-ordered and I would assume at least a …

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 …

Gourmet food delivered to your door or desk with foodpanda

Food delivery used to equate to regretfully eating one too many pizzas, KFCs or McNuggets. For the sake of health and my waist, that’s probably why I haven’t ordered delivery in years. But recently foodpanda has caught my attention; it’s an online food delivery service, where you can order restaurant food from a pretty impressively large number of outlets (at least around Central). They deliver it to your door (or office building, in my case). With the weather getting a little more unbearably hot, humid and stuffy by the day, I have increasingly less willingness to sweat 15 minutes in Central to find a good lunch spot. Ordering through foodpanda is one way to address my heat-averse problems. It’s also a great alternative for those who have to often eat at their desks. Ordering from Social Place (L Place) So the other day I ordered dim sum from Social Place and had it delivered to my office. The food quality was surprisingly close to what you’d get at the restaurant. I expected a little bit of sogginess (from the steam) in my bun …

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 …

Hong Kong food news and highlights (Mar 2015)

Feature: Best ice cream flavours from Lab Made I am addicted to nitrogen ice cream specialists Lab Made for their rotating and always innovative flavours which keep me coming back (too often)! Right now until 11 March (quick! It’s almost over), they are featuring some of the most appealing flavours, so appealing that I managed to try them all. My favourite is probably the B. salted caramel with chocolate crisps but I also can’t decide if A. HK crispy toast (peanut buttery) would top the charts too. For a less sweet and filling option, C. Purple sticky rice is definitely a must try. And D. mango and pineapple greek yogurt is a more refreshing though normal (boring) option. B. Salted caramel with chocolate crisps flavour from Lab Made Left: C. Purple sticky rice, Right: D. Mango and pineapple greek yogurt from Lab Made A. HK crispy toast from Lab Made Lab Made is located on G/F of Miramar Shopping Centre (next to Knutsford Terrace entrance), Tai Hang and Causeway Bay. New and noteworthy The Continental replaced Domani atop Pacific Place …