Sunday, 4 October 2015

Ho Hung Kee 何洪記, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Here's another Michelin-starred cheap eats in Hong Kong. They sure have heaps of them!
Hong Kong and Macau with as many as 75 Michelin-starred restaurants
(Tokyo currently holds the most at 267) may not have the most stars but you can surely have the Michelin experience without breaking the bank.
Michelin star is all about service, food and ambiance. It's a hallmark of excellence,
a quest for perfection and a result of a long hard grueling job.
 The acquisition or loss of a star can make or break a chef. The pressure to maintain the status
 can be stressful and some chefs find it hard to cope.

Ho Hung Kee  currently holds a one Michelin star but it was not something that really wowed me.
 Although if there was one dish that really got me hooked, it had to be the Fish Carp Slices in Ginger and Spring Onions. That was astonishingly good! 

Fish Carp Slices in Ginger and Spring Onions

House Specialty Shrimp Roe Noodles

Noodles in Soup with Chu- Hau Brisket of Beef

House Specialty Wonton & Shrimp Dumplings in Soup

Fried Rice Noodle Rolls in XO Sauce

Ho Hung Kee
Facebook page
12/F Hysan Place, Causeway Bay

+852 2577 6060

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

La Galette Patisserie, Merrylands

When my family and I moved to Sydney, Merrylands was the first place we lived in.
It brings back so much wonderful memories. Merrylands was a quiet suburb, central to many things
and one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in Sydney but a lot has changed in the past few years. 
I miss going back to this place for its food, the festivals, the library and I really miss my friends. 

Merrylands is filled with Middle Eastern pastry shops selling delicious syrup soaked sweets.
I tell you they are very hard to resist and will leave you begging for more.

Pistachio Bourma

Basma Pistachio

Taj Al Malak- How can you resist temptation?


Beklewa (Pistachio & Cashew)


My family and I are huge fans of Lebanese breads. I used to buy them from this little shop called Milad Supermarket in Merrylands Road on my way to the library.
 I would also be filling my shopping trolley with delicious and authentic Middle Eastern spices, Afghan bread, pashmak (Persian fairy floss), pickled vegetables and whatever else I see that will satisfy my Middle Eastern food cravings. Typing this is seriously making me want to go back soon!

White Lebanese Bread

Afghan Bread

Pashmak or Persian fairy floss

La-galette Patisserie
169 Merrylands Road, Merrylands New South Wales 2160
02 9637 4441
  La Galette Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Moon Festival / Mooncakes

This year's Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival falls on the 27th of September. It is a harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people around the world. The festival is all about family, colourful lanterns, eating yummy mooncakes and gazing at the moon. 

Mooncakes remind me of my dad who never failed to buy me my favourite mooncakes every Mid-Autumn Festival.
Sadly, dad will never be here to surprise me with my favourite mooncakes again. 

Traditional Mooncakes by Kee Wah Bakery compliments of The Star Sydney. 

Mini Mooncakes 

Left (top to bottom):
Maltitol High Fiber Assorted Nuts, Date Paste with Pine Nuts,
Pineapple Paste with Yolk, Lotus Seed Paste with Yolk

Right (top to bottom):
Mung Bean Paste with Yolk, White Lotus Seed Paste with Yolk,
Walnut and Desiccated Coconut, Red Bean Paste with Yolk

Golden Lotus Seed Paste with Two Yolks

Snow Skin Mooncake is a non-baked mooncake that is quite similar to mochi ice cream. These snowy mooncakes were originally from Hong Kong but its popularity has expanded to countries such as China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Macau as well. The skin is made from glutinous rice and choices for fillings can be endless.
So tell me reader, what is your favourite mooncake filling? 

Snowy Mooncakes in Green Tea Chestnuts, Mango & Apricot and Caffe Latte fillings.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Chum Tang, Chatswood

One word: Delicious. Located at the podium of Chatswood interchange Chum Tang, which means "station interchange" serves classic regional Thai cuisine with a twist. The dishes are exotic and delicious and flavours intensely rich and powerful, just the way I like it. 

Sticky Rice

Jackfruit Salad
Green jackfruit, shreaded chicken, roasted coconut and chilli jam
I can't really say I'm a fan of unripe jackfruit but hubby thought it was delicious.

Yum Pak Boong
Crispy morning glory, tamarind, roasted chilli, dried shrimp and palm sugar

Muk Yang
Grilled calamari with green chilli nham jim

Ab Goong
Grilled school prawns, fermented fish sauce, chilli,  lemongrass, wrapped in banana leaf

Gaeng Hin Lay
Northern Region pork belly curry, tamarind and palm sugar

Chum Tang 
Facebook page
Shop P4, The District, Podium Level, Chatswood Interchange, 
436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9419.2872 

Chum Tang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Kam's Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝 , Hong Kong

Mr. Kam Shui Fai, the late grandfather of the owner of Kam's Roast Goose was the one who started it all. He began by selling siu mei at a da pai dong (type of open-air food stall once very popular in Hong Kong) and following its success he converted it into a restaurant now known as Yung Kee Restaurant on Wellington Street
in Central Hong Kong.  Locals and tourists alike flock to this once Michelin-starred venue
just to have a taste of their world famous roast goose.

Third generation Hardy Kam Shun Yuen opened Kam's Roast Goose in Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
just over a year ago and has already earned its much coveted first Michelin star.   
We came early for dinner and were so lucky we didn't have to queue at all. 
I raised my eyebrows with delight the moment my roost goose and suckling pig came.
It was surprisingly lean, tender and very succulent unlike most of the other ones I've tried.
It was excellent and a definite stand out.

Preserved Egg with Pickled Ginger

Jellyfish & Marinated Beef Shank

Roast Goose with Noodle Soup

Roast Goose with Rice

Roast Goose and Suckling Pig on Rice

Lemon Juice

Kam's Roast Goose
G/F Po Wah Commercial Center
226 Hennessy Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
tel: (852) 2520 1110