Friday, 1 August 2014

Hong Kong Trip Day 4 & 5

Day 4 Hong Kong (1/7)

I love how our hostel is just 1 minute away from the MTR station. So so convenient! Our hostel was at the 12th storey but somehow "13th storey" was imprinted on the wall and CC kept asking me, "what will you do if you see a ghost at the staircase?" -_- While waiting for the creepy-looking lift, I took this random picture..

Day 4 let's go!

First stop: Central.

We had a late breakfast (brunch?) at Lan Fong Yuen 蘭芳園 (2 Gage Street, Central MTR, Exit D2). This place supposedly sells the best stocking milk tea (絲襪奶茶). Thankfully, we waited for about 5 minutes before we got seats because when we left, we saw a queue outside the shop. 

After trying out a couple of milk tea in Hong Kong, I realize that HK-style milk tea isn't sweet at all and the tea flavour isn't as strong as compared to Singapore's milk tea. 

Chicken chop maggi mee with cabbage. Simple but delish!

condensed milk bun with butter.. SO SO GOOD!! Why is it so hard to find such a simple item done so well in Singapore? Condensed milk bun is certainly a staple food in Hong Kong and a must-try item when you are here.

We also had yummy french toast with butter. It was a really satisfying meal!

After Lan Fong Yuen, we went to IFC mall for some shopping and for the famous Pierre Hermé macarons.
Their macarons come in really lovely colours and unique flavours. They are really costly and a minimum purchase of 7 macarons is required. Pierre Hermé macarons are delicious and not overly sweet but I probably wouldn't buy them again as I don't think they justify the hefty price tags.

After exploring the various malls at Central, we went for a late lunch at Tsim Chai Kee.
沾仔记: 98 Wellington Street Central MTR, Exit D2

Tsim Chai Kee is listed as one of the Michelin's inspectors' favourites for good value. It is located directly opposite the very popular Mak's Wanton Noodles. They do not differ much although I find myself preferring Mak's slightly more. Tsim Chai Kee offers cheaper alternatives and their shrimp wantons are bigger than Mak's.

Shrimp wanton noodles. 
I don't really like my noodles in soup because the soup absorbs the taste of the noodles which spoils the original flavour of the soup. The wantons are good though. The skin is thin and soft, yet able to hold the big shrimp inside. The noodles have a springy texture and the soup is piping hot.

Fishball noodles. 
I didn't like this because I felt that the fishballs had a weird aftertaste.

Lots of good food can be found in Central so if you're here, explore the area and you will be in for a treat!

Outfit of that day along Cochrane Street with our Pierre Hermé's loots. We finished the macarons within a few hours. Even with the ice pack, they cannot last for long! 

Although we already had the stocking milk tea from Lan Fong Yuen earlier that day, we came back for more. Photo ft selfie couple in the background.

We went back to Mong Kok to shop at Sneakers Street (花园街) and Xi Yang Cai Jie (西洋菜街). I remembered about 3 years ago, the egglet that I had eaten in Hong Kong was 8HKD and it was crisp and good. This time round, the cheapest I could find was 12HKD and so far, all the egglets I had tried tasted disappointingly average (probably because they were not freshly made).

Dinner was at Ichiran 一蘭 (440 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay MTR, Exit C). It is the first outlet outside of Japan and being a fan of ramen, I included it in our list of must-tries.
I love the concept of Ichiran Ramen. We were there for a late dinner/supper and there was no queue. I heard that the queue can be quite frustrating during the peak hours so it will be best to go during off peak hours. At Ichiran, diners are seated in individual cubicles. I guess the idea is to allow diners to concentrate and enjoy their ramen with minimal distractions. Their toilets there are befitting of an authentic Japanese restaurant too.

There is even an individual tap at every cubicle.

They only have 1 type of soup base here but you can adjust the level of spiciness, oiliness, and whether  or not you want to add extra ingredients. I added the hard boiled egg which came cold but the yolk was runny and I love it although I still prefer Ippudo's egg as it is already seasoned. We also shared a kae dama, which means a refill of the noodles because we were famished. It is stated there that most customers did a kae dama because their ramen is simply too delicious.

So far, the best ramen that I have tried has got to be ICHIRAN's ramen. Their superb broth is unlike any! Thank you Ichiran for making our night!!!


Day 5 Hong Kong (2/7)

We had planned to go to Fook Lam Moon 福臨門 (Shop 8, 1/F, 53 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui MTR, Exit B1) for a late breakfast or early lunch because it only opens at 11:30am. We reached Tsim Sha Tsui at around 10+ a.m. and were quite hungry so we had a quick bite at KFC. We also tried the milk tea at KFC and it tasted quite sweet, unlike the ones we had at the hong kong cafes.

Fook Lam Moon has been awarded a Michelin star in the 2014 Michelin guide and it is not extravagantly expensive so we decided to give ourselves a treat.

Best pork belly ever! But ~$20+ for this... ouch!

Deep fried beancurd skin with fillings which I really liked.

Overall, Fook Lam Moon did not meet our expectations and we were more disappointed than satisfied. The service was really good though. If you're on a tight budget trip, skip Fook Lam Moon. Once a try is enough.

Milk tea from a random cafe which surprisingly tasted similar like our Singapore's milk tea. This was recommended by one of the waitresses at Fook Lam Moon. 

We explored the malls and streets of Tsim Sha Tsui next and chanced upon some museums but they were closed for the day. Here's outfit of Day 5.

Bought some curry fishballs from a random stall because I had to eat them again as our first buy was so disappointing.

At the Avenue of Comic Stars but we didn't explore the place because it was insanely hot.


Dinner was at Under Bridge Spicy Crab 橋底辣蟹 (G/F, 421-425 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay MTR, Exit C). 

Signature spicy crab!! I love crabs!!! Look at that crazy amount of fried garlic.. if it was less salty it would be near perfect.

Oyster porridge. The broth was so tasty and well-seasoned.

We saw many mantis shrimps being served and they were humongous but we had to resist ourselves. 

I wasn't feeling very well that day but after eating the crab, I felt better heh. Food solves everything.


After some crab-loving, we explored Causeway Bay.

Rested our feet at Agnès B. cafe at Times Square with a cuppa hazelnut latte. 

Back to Mong Kok for their cold noodles! This time round, I tried spinach noodles, corn, seaweed, and sausages. Their sausages tasted quite gross but I love the seaweed!

Supper was at Dian Dian Xin Dian Xin because we love the dim sum there so much that it rendered a repeat visit.

We saw this mushroom buns which were new on the menu so we gave them a try. They were just plain buns that looked like mushrooms. 

truffle xiao long baos

Of course.. how can we forget our favourite dish.. the fried beancurd with fillings, wrapped in chee cheong fun skin. So damn yummy!!!!!

Every day, we went back to our temporary home with a full stomach and ever ready to conquer the next day with more food.

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