All posts tagged: chocolate

Aberdeen Street Social: A Simple Satisfying Set Menu (8-31 Aug 2016)

I’ve heard many good things about Aberdeen Street Social. I knew it was a perfect spot for after work cocktails, especially given its casual relaxing vibes within PMQ, which kind of takes you away from office-building-vibes. But since “casual British dining” is rarely my craving, I had only managed to visit for drinks until recently.   Feedme Guru’s Exclusive 6-Course Menu for HK$450 When Feedme Guru started promoting their exclusive menu here, it almost looked like a set menu tailored for me! The items and ingredients seemed straight forward, yet are the types of food you actually want to eat: scallops, steak and chocolate-intense dessert, to name some of the components. It was a casual meal, and although comprised of ‘6-courses’, it wasn’t at all intimidatingly long. In fact, the first and last course are nibbles and petits fours, so it’s more of a 4-course meal. They’re only serving this menu til 31 August 2016 – so see the full details here and book now! English Heirloom Tomato Salad It might be the weather or stress, but I’ve been …

FINDS: Nordic Restaurant featuring Healthy Omega 3 Pork

I’m with the meat-eating camp who believe that fat meat=yummy meat. It’s not exactly the most health-conscious choice, but fattier cuts tend to be more flavourful, juicy and tender, which is why I always order ribeye steak and why Hong Kong-ers love chicken thighs so much. So although pork is rarely my first choice of meat, I was curious to learn about the Flodins “Omega-3 Pork” because it is extremely tasty and tender, yet has a healthier composition to regular pork, i.e. lower percentage of saturated fat, four times the Omega 3 of normal pork and the perfect ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. They say, you are what you eat, and no doubt the same would be true for pigs – this healthier composition is resultant of a special diet. This type of pork was innovated by leading Nordic meat expert, HKScan, after 5 years of research and after a very porky tasting menu, I’d agree it’s pretty revolutionary. Tasting menu with Flodins Omega 3 Pork at FINDS The Flodins Omega 3 pork is available at FINDS …

Recipe: Sugar-free Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I often encounter phases in my life where one cookie ingested leads to a continuous daily craving for more, usually at 4pm in the office. But anyone who’s actually watched cookies being made, will know how bad it is to give in to that craving everyday. There is so much sugar involved. Sugar-free Natvia So when I found out that Natvia‘s 100% natural sweetener, made of Stevia, had a “baking” version, I was excited to see if making delicious “guilt free” cookies was at all possible. I’m aware of the other healthy sugar replacements such as coconut palm sugar. But it definitely seems to be marketed as way more “healthy” than it actually is. According to this article, coconut sugar is still 78% sugar, so it seems to me we really shouldn’t be using it as liberally as its marketing suggests… I’ve still got a pack at home I haven’t opened for precisely this reason. On the other hand, Natvia is not only derived from 100% natural sources, it’s also totally sugar free and almost …

Cafe Greenprint: New Green-Conscious “Realistically Healthy” Spot

Comfortable light green shades, wooden furniture and quotes dotted on the walls – I was already sensing that this would be a cafe worth writing about when I saw the entrance. Of course the “healthy” concept was the selling point which attracted me here in the first place, but it’s the, I would say “realistically healthy” or “sustainably healthy” food, that left me impressed in the end. What I mean is that, they don’t exactly serve organic-only food, nor do they focus on superfood salads, raw diets or any of those detox fads that have become so popular in magazines and the internet these days. They added a bit of imagination to real food, and made sure every meal is nutritious. And the food was delicious. Set lunch is served from 11:00am-2:30pm and includes an appetiser, main course, quinoa & red rice and hojicha. The price tag of HK$100-140 is definitely not super appealing, but for the quality and taste of the food, this would definitely be my regular lunch spot if I worked near Taikoo. Tofu Coconut …

Grand Hyatt Steakhouse: The Ultimate Steak Experience

I always knew Grand Hyatt Steakhouse was one of the most “must-try” steakhouses in Hong Kong. After such roaring reviews, inevitably came the skeptics who felt it didn’t live up to expectations or that it was too expensive. Apart from other people’s disappointment, one reason I procrastinated my visit was because they do two sittings on weekends; I didn’t want to rush a HK$1500 dinner (return the table by 8:30pm) nor dine at an awkwardly late 8:45pm. But I finally gave in. When I compiled the Top Classic Steakhouses in Hong Kong, the “What about Grand Hyatt?” comments were bound to come. Given that I do sometimes disagree with restaurant reviews out there, I needed to give this place a try for myself. Expectedly Excellent Service We came as a big group of 8 on a Saturday. Traffic was unexpectedly smooth and we arrived at 8:15pm… 30 minutes before the start of the second seating at 8:45pm. But the service was great (as maintained throughout the night) and the table was ready. We were sat …

FRITES Belgium on Tap: Laksa Mussels? Yes Please!

FRITES has been around in Hong Kong for a few years. But the dramatic number of new restaurants opening up each month (or week) in Hong Kong means that some of the older ones don’t get much attention. That can sometimes be a huge mistake though… Especially if laksa mussels and deep fried camembert cheese are involved! Steak tartare – HK$175 I used to have a lot of good steak tartares in London. But the yummier ones I had in Hong Kong just happened to be the fusion type (at Viet Kitchen and Le Garcon Saigon). In the more western scene, the one at Frites is definitely among the best so far. The meat quality was excellent and fresh, while the spices used were right and the toast was crispy and buttery-ly delicious! Crumbed and fried camembert – HK$135 *must order* The menu at FRITES is heaven for meat lovers (i.e. me) so we were extremely stuck on what else to order… There were 3-4 competing choices just on the starters section. We had hugely mistakenly overlooked this non-meat …

Do Mug Cakes Actually Taste Good?

If you follow any food blogs, accounts or websites, you must have seen all the viral posts on “mug cakes”. It’s an easy sell for modern busy/lazy people, because it’s a quick cake recipe that’s supposed to take no longer than 5 minutes, including microwave time. So I’ve always been curious as to whether mug cakes actually taste good. Even though many of them sound horrible – come on, you can’t expect real cake with just 3 ingredients, some actually look amazing. So I browsed a while for relatively complex mug cake recipes. Plus I was hoping that adding in some characteristics of actual good cake could give me a better shot of churning out a decent tasting cake. That’s why you’ll see the ingredients list I used is so long. Recipe for Chocolate Mug Cake Ingredients: 1/8 cup flour 1/8 cup sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/8 cocoa powder pinch of salt 1/8 milk vanilla essence 1 egg 1/8 oil Method: Mix the dry ingredients then mix in the wet ingredients. Pop it in the microwave on “high” for 1.5 …