Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Goose or Duck?

It would be insane to visit Hong Kong and not eat goose or so I assumed. That probably explained why we went to a lot of trouble to seek out roast goose.

I've never eaten goose before. I've eaten duck. I don't think I can tell the difference between goose and duck and guess what? I'm right.

Originally we wanted to go to Yat Lok (another famous roast goose place) at 34-38 Stanley Street (because it's cheaper). After forever, we found the tiny little space and there was a long queue outside it. The inside looked quite cramped and hubs said it didn't look that inviting to him. Plus the queue was really long. Serves us right for going right in the middle of lunch time. We decided to walk to Kam's Roast Goose instead. The restaurant was slightly larger and looked more pleasant. There was a far shorter queue. In fact we got in quite quickly after being issued a queue number. Don't ask the cashier how long it will take because she will say: don't know, don't know. But she spoke English! And yes, the menu has English translations.

Lemon tea in Hong Kong comes in all shapes and sizes. It's actually regular black tea with two slices of lemon and you put your own sugar. Our meals also came with one side dish each. We chose cucumbers and fungus.


I was craving something soupy and ordered noodles. Perhaps it was a mistake because wet roast goose is just wrong.

Hubs ordered his with rice. In Singapore roast duck rice is something we can find in most food courts.

 Not a cheap meal.

Hubs and I couldn't tell the difference between goose and duck. It's like we have no taste bud. There's a Kam's Roast in Singapore but it sells duck instead of goose due to import issues I'm guessing. We're definitely going there one day.

Address:
G/F Po Wah Commercial Center
226 Hennessy Road, Wanchai

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mido, Mido wherefore art thou?

The only reason hubs and I went to Mido Cafe was it was in the lonely planet guidebook on Hong Kong. It is "Kowloon's most famous tea cafe despite passable food and service."

Since it was near my hotel, Silka Seaview Hotel, we had to eat at least one meal there. We decided to have breakfast there before our trip to Disneyland.

With the help of google map, we set out looking for it. On google map, it was only 100 metres away. We walked and walked and couldn't find it. Finally hubs said we should go back to the hotel to re-orientate ourselves. We started on our route once more, starting at the hotel. We walked past our hotel, took a few more steps and stopped because hubs wanted to check something. Suddenly hubs looked up and Mido Cafe was right in front of us!

Apparently, Mido Cafe is right next to our hotel. It was so funny. If hubs hadn't looked up we would have walked round and round and never found the cafe.

Mido Cafe is a very old cha chaan teng. The interior has the mosaic and old-world vibe, like time stood still. It could do with a major cleaning or two. It has two stories. We were told to go to the second floor. The cashier is on the ground floor.

 
Everything is good here. The staff speaks English and there is a English menu as well. Although the cafe sells a large variety of food, we opted for a fried breakfast special. It was good but I felt the chicken wings were a bit old. Hubs couldn't tell the difference. I particularly loved the french toast. Speaking of which, I'm craving for some french toast now.

Address:
63 Temple Street
Yau Ma Tei exit B2

Read about my trip to Hong kong here:
4Days 3Nights in Hong Kong
Tea at Australia Dairy Co
Breakfast at Capital Cafe
I heart Dimdimsum
Tsui Wah Everywhere

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tsui Wah Everywhere

On our Hong Kong trip, we went to Tsui Wah restaurant not once but twice. It wasn't because the food was that fantastic. There were outlets everywhere and the first one we went to at Mongkok was open 24 hours. How convenient is that?

Tsui Wah restaurant is not a small business. It is owned by a company which is listed in the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. It has a website which recommends its own Top 10 dishes to try! The prices, unfortunately is pricier.

This is the 24hour branch at 244 Portland street we had our dinner at. It took us a while to find it. The menus had photos and English translation and the waiters speak some English. I thought we had struck gold.

Then I was delivered a wrong order. I had ordered ice lemon tea but was given a iced milk tea. I really dreaded having to communicate this with one of the staff. Then I saw a waitress returning a glass of ice lemon tea grumbling the kitchen crew had made a mistake. The guy in the photo above heard about it and he started scolding the kitchen crew. I was thinking that's my lemon tea! I brought my iced milk tea to the waiter and told him I had ordered iced lemon tea. I was thinking, isn't it so clear our orders were correctly made but handed to the wrong tables? But the waiter was possibly tired. Instead of acknowledging a mistake was made by his crew, he was quite rude to me and only became convinced I was given the wrong order after I showed him the order chit. He took the iced milk tea from me and said OKAY-OKAY to me rather loudly. Man, I was pissed. Anyway, I kept an eye on him and true enough, he gave me the exact same iced lemon tea that was returned by another customer. Yup, I drank it.

The iced lemon tea was delicious by the way. It's quite different from iced lemon tea in Singapore which is usually very weak in taste.

Hubs ordered the pork chop burger which he has already tried in Singapore. I guess he thought it would be different in Hong Kong. It's just pork in a burger bun.

I fell prey and ordered the Swiss Sauce Chicken Wings on the top 10 list. It should be removed from the list, in my opinion. I'm quite a terrible cook but I believe I can cook chicken wings way better than Tsui Wah's. The wings were also cold.

I ordered the Sizzling King Prawns fried noodles, also on the Top 10 list. I rather enjoyed it until the sauce ran out and the noodles don't taste good without sauce. The prawns didn't taste fresh but I countered that with low expectations.

You needn't wear gloves to eat the noodles. But very necessary when you eat the chicken wings.

On another late night, we went to a Tsui Wah branch on Hong Kong island with my nephew.

He said we had to try the crispy bun served with condensed milk and he was right! It was so delicious. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. It made me rather full though.

I also ordered this Kagoshima style pork cartilage with instant noodles because we hadn't had dinner. I didn't like it at all but hubs liked everything at Tsui Wah. So he finished it for me.

This was hubs' order - Malaysian beef brisket curry with rice. He seemed to enjoy it.

This was our Tsui Wah experience, not too bad in my opinion. A wide variety of menu selection and branches everywhere.

Read about my trip to Hong kong here:
4Days 3Nights in Hong Kong
Tea at Australia Dairy Co
Breakfast at Capital Cafe
I heart Dimdimsum
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