DoesThatHelp

When you just don't know what to do with that stuff

Archive for the ‘Hong Kong’ Category

A pleasant surprise after a big disappointment

leave a comment »

On the previous visit to Hong Kong, enjoyed dim sum at Maxim’s Palace, an amazing restaurant with those traditional food trolleys rolling around loaded with delicious small plates; on the most recent visit, received a tip on a dim sum place in the Sheung Wan district.

Upon arriving, it was a bit daunting, located on the second floor, it was crowded and was sharing a table with a couple other parties. With no employees making eye contact and unsure of what even to say if one was called over, backed out and scoured the neighborhood for a new spot.

After walking for a couple blocks, even wandering into a food center without anything terribly inviting, found a small restaurant tucked away along a side street. The menu had a variety of choices and, by that time, was very hungry.

Among the selections, ordered some fried noodles, rice, a large beer, and fried shrimp.

Ordering fried shrimp on a menu, had an image of the typical, western-style, shrimp with breading – maybe even something along the lines of popcorn shrimp (living in a place where cutting corners in the food industry is the norm, it has unfortunately now shaped one’s instincts).

As a pleasant surprise, a plate arrived with these large, beautifully-fried shrimp, atop some steamed broccoli (have been told, anything broccoli is not authentic Chinese, but it was a nice presentation). Grabbed one immediately and upon separating the head from the body, the juices that ran out was incredible, lesson learned for the next one. The breading was wonderfully light, the juices were marvelous, and the shrimp was delicious and meaty.

Dad says, finding Crowd Restaurant was probably meant to be, considering the original destination was a bust.

Arrived at the restaurant, unaware they were about to close lunch service, but they didn’t seem bothered too much. They may have turned off the lights in the unoccupied portion of the restaurant, but in no way was there pressure to eat faster and get out – professionals.

Arrived at the restaurant, unaware they were about to close lunch service, but they didn’t seem bothered too much. They may have turned off the lights in the unoccupied portion of the restaurant, but in no way was there pressure to eat faster and get out – professionals.

Advertisements

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 5, 2016 at 10:50 PM

Encountering a sweet monster in Hong Kong

leave a comment »

Wandering Mong Kok, meandering through the market stands just opening up for business, walking in and out of the endless shoe stores, and perusing menus of all the restaurants lining the shopping avenues in the area, attention was grabbed immediately while passing a shop covered in cartoon monsters. Took a closer look and it was a soft-serve stand.

Amongst the bright colors and caricatures, there were a variety of toppings offered for, what appears to be, the standard delicious soft-serve ice cream.

Of course, with a soft spot for peanut butter, it was the first choice – did spend time going back and forth, but it is always good to stick with instincts.

Watched the attendant gather a healthy portion of ice cream into the cone, decorated with the shop’s monsters, followed by sprinkling on powdered peanut butter and garnishing with a pretzel, it looked exactly like the picture on the wall. There was no doubting how amazing it would be and it was exactly what was needed after hours of window-shopping.

cof

Peanut butter soft serve in the middle of Mong Kok, Kowloon.

Visiting Hong Kong for the nachos

leave a comment »

On a previous visit to Hong Kong, stayed at a hotel in the Wan Chai district and, in doing so, became very acquainted with the neighborhood from the regular jaunts looking for a breakfast spot or an afternoon pub to take a breather. While walking around, found a Mexican-themed bar called Coyote. Before, it was just stopping in for a beer or two before heading to the next spot. However, there was always a sighting of this mysterious meat dish served on a wooden block – it looked amazing.

Determined to visit the place again when in town last month, was reunited with the bar one afternoon. Immediately asked for a menu but couldn’t find anything that sounded like the lovely sight from last time. Was feeling a bit hungry and still had some time before dinner and decided on a plate of nachos.

It has been a while since enjoying quality nachos and when this mammoth plate arrived at the bar, there was no doubt the chili nachos were a fantastic choice.

The toppings were piled high, chili, pulled pork, jalapeños, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, and pico de gallo. Clearly, topped off with a few seconds in the salamander, everything was beautifully melted and chips were still deliciously crunchy.

Enjoyed a lot of food in Hong Kong, but did not expect nachos would also be one of the memorable meals.

Coyote Bar is located along Lockhart Road in the Wan Chai district, Hong Kong.

Coyote Bar is located along Lockhart Road in the Wan Chai district, Hong Kong.

Written by Paulo Loreto

October 10, 2016 at 3:38 PM

One of the greatest dishes in the history of food

leave a comment »

Have been to Hong Kong and Macau on two prior occasions, and visited Shanghai and Taipei previously, yet never in any of those instances was there the opportunity to sit down and enjoy the glory that is Peking Duck. On this most recent occasion, it was a priority to sit down and enjoy the ever-revered dish. And, contrary to popular belief, this is a much different entrée than the typical roasted ducks everybody sees hanging in the windows of many Chinese restaurants – still delicious, but Peking Duck is an entirely different beast.

It was on the day of arrival in Hong Kong that the dinner was already planned. Flew into Hong Kong International Airport aboard Cathay Pacific around 3:00 p.m. and made a beeline for the train heading downtown.

Staying in the Tin Hau district, it was a quick ride on the Hong Kong MTR to Central Station and, even before heading above ground, there it was – Peking Garden in Alexandra House, a one-Michelin star establishment.

Even though reservations are required, arrived a bit before the dinner crowd and was asked if it was possible to finish the meal before 6:30 p.m., it was around 5:15 p.m. – said it can be done and was seated right away.

Immediately, was served tea from a very ornate tea set and snacks of pickled vegetables and bean curd; opened the menu and dug around for the Peking Duck.

Putting in the order, the duck came out very quickly – assuming the place expects nearly every table to order at least one – and it was marvelous. The first server came and asked if there were a preference to separate the skin or not, went with keeping skin and meat together, he then left to carve the duck on the other side of the room. Another server arrived with plates of vegetables, sweet sauce, and steamed rice pancakes.

The duck spread across two gorgeous plates.

Before anything, had to try one piece on its own, to savor the dish that everybody and their mother raves about, and it was magnificent. Juicy and flavorful meat and crispy skin, a travel show on Korean network TVN called the taste unforgettable, it’s also indescribable. Started putting together little rolls of the duck and all the add-ons wrapped in the rice pancakes and it was nothing short of heavenly.

Doubt there will ever be another trip to Hong Kong without at least one night sitting down to a plate of sumptuous Peking Duck.

Peking Garden has several restaurants across Hong Kong, the Central location is in the basement of Alexandra House, at exit H of the Central MTR station.

Peking Garden has several restaurants across Hong Kong, the Central location is in the basement of Alexandra House, at exit H of the Central MTR station.

Hot Star

leave a comment »

Wandering around the markets in Hong Kong, one can’t avoid the multitudes of street food options available. All varieties are scattered throughout the city, from the local to the foreign. One of the most universal foods is fried chicken and the large fried chicken sold by Hot Star is one of the standouts.

A simple concept as fried chicken takes on a super crispy and juicy form from the Hot Star street stand. The chicken isn’t a typical wing or drumstick, but a pounded-out chicken breast, coated with a delicious breading that shouts flavor with lots of salty hints with every bite.

While enjoying the chicken, the entire generous serving is crunchy and the flavor is unbeatable for a grab-and-go.

This Hot Star branch is located a couple blocks from the night market in Kowloon.

This Hot Star branch is located a couple blocks from the night market in Kowloon.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 25, 2015 at 6:52 AM

Egg Waffles on Lantau

with one comment

Walking through the commercial village between the cable car station and the foot of the Tan Tian Buddha, you encounter a variety of shops welcome you selling everything from souvenirs, chopsticks, ice cream, Buddhist trinkets, along with a 7-11 and a Starbucks. One shop offers an array of local snacks, including freshly made egg waffles. With both original and chocolate varieties, the snack is warm and crisp once the cashier hands it over straight from the cooling rack. Essentially, it’s waffle batter that cooked into these bubbles that are light and flavorful.

If making your way back from the temple and the big Buddha, the shop is a tiny stroll back to the cable car station, and a quick step to the side offers a view of the beautiful landscape, along with Buddha in the distance, of Lantau Island; a veritable escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.

While egg waffles are available all over town, Lantau Island offers a different landscape to accompany the delicious snack.

Egg Waffles

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 26, 2014 at 3:29 AM

Hong Kong Soul Food

leave a comment »

A random afternoon on holiday in Hong Kong, decided to meander and see what was nearby when the hunger pangs started. Began the hunt for a place to eat around the Sheung Wan area of town and stopped at nearly every window to scope out the menu. With the variety of places scattered all over the mix of business and retail, found a tucked away shop that claimed to be “Sichuan Soul Food.”

A place called Dandan. It’s small, looked more like a lunch spot than dinner (or close to dinnertime), and, basically, empty upon arrival, which usually makes for some apprehension in deciding to dine there. Walked in, seated immediately (there was nobody there) and ordered one of their meal sets – cold peanut sesame noodles with a side of pickled vegetables and homemade tea.

Cold peanut noodles have always been a favorite of mine, the local Asian market used to sell them prepackaged and loved having them as a snack. It was the first thing that popped out on the menu and had yet to try that style of dish in Asia. It did not disappoint. The noodles are pulled in-house and the sauce was a perfect blend of peanut salty sweetness with some heat.

By mid-meal, there were a few other customers, and expectedly so. The food was good, prices were decent, and would definitely stop by again next time I may be around looking for some cold peanut sesame noodles.

Dandan

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 5, 2014 at 4:33 AM