I was craving for congee and so on our last morning at Hong Kong Island, we made a trip to 生記粥品專家 Sang Kee Congee Shop. They also have a noodles shop along the main road, and the congee place is actually located in the little alley nearby.
It was a tiny place, but apparently very popular with foreigners, for they do provide English menu when required. We opted for 魚腩豬心粥 Fish Belly and Pig Heart Congee (HKD$52) and 牛肉粉腸粥 Beef and Pig Intestines Congee (HKD$48). However, because it was outside lunch hours, we got a discount 😀 (There is also discount for takeaways.)
The congee here was so delicious, and we wondered how it managed to retain its heat till the last drop. The ingredients were very fresh and they were quite generous with the ingredients. Nothing beats a lovely bowl of piping hot congee for breakfast on a cold morning 🙂
民聲冰室 Min Sheng Eatery is a 14-seater shop that is very popular, despite the very short menu (8 items for lunch when we were there).
We ordered the 咸旦蒸肉餅 Steamed Minced Pork (HK$42) and 叉燒炒蛋 Char Siew Omelette (HK$42). Both items came with a super generous mountain of white rice, which was absolutely necessary, because the food was quite salty.
The tender minced pork mountain had a good mix of meat and fats, and the whole salted egg yolk went very well with it. We were quite impressed that it was steamed so well. The omelette was runny and delicious too.
Note: There is a minimum expenditure per pax of HK$40 for lunch, and HK$80 for dinner.
After our morning hike, we were starving!
After some Googling, with our wobbly legs, we wobbled over to the nearby 興記雲吞麵 Xing Ji Noodle Shop.
A small eatery, the DIY menu and prices were pretty straightforward. We could choose up to 2 items, and there were 4 kinds of noodles for selection.
We quickly got ourselves a 招牌雲吞幼麵 Signature Wanton Thin Noodles (HK$17) and a 牛腩鯪魚球河粉 Beef Brisket and Dace Fish Balls Hor Fan (HK$22) to share.
The noodles was really springy, and the wantons were huge and fresh. The hor fan (rice noodles) was smooth and easy to slurp. The huge dace fish balls and beef briskets were delicious too. Unfortunately, the soup was a tad too salty for us, and we had to go in search of water after our otherwise rather delicious meal.
While having porridge for lunch earlier, we shared table with a friendly local who highly recommended that we try out 坤記煲仔小菜 Kwan Kee Claypot Rice. We were going to meet Mr D for dinner and he too mentioned that he failed to walk in without reservations few weeks back for this eatery, because it was just oh-so-crowded.
These led us to walk back to make dinner reservations there, haha!
We managed to make reservations for 3 persons at 6pm in Mandarin with a rather grumpy lady. Do note that there might be time limit for eating (ours was till 7:30pm).
We ended up having the 招牌猪豬煲 Signature Pork Bone Soup (HK$208), a 鴛鴦腸煲仔飯 Preserved Sausage Claypot Rice (HK$75), and 蒜茸炒西蘭花 Fried Broccoli with Garlic (HK$60).
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We had originally wanted to go to 坤記煲仔小菜, but they do not serve its famous claypot rice for lunch. We did a quick Google and eyeball scan, and 新嘗滿粥店 seemed to be a rather good option!
We shared a 炸兩腸粉 Rice Roll with You Tiao (HK$10) and 生滾魚腩粥 Fish Belly Porridge (HK$25). The silky smooth porridge was sweet and soothing to the soul, and the fish belly slices were all very fresh. The rice rolls were served cold with soft you tiao, but there was something magical eating it with the hot porridge.
This was quite a popular lunch venue, and we shared the table with a friendly local who recommended a few other eating places to us… and that was how we settled on our dinner venue for the day 🙂
- Location: 西環西營盤皇后大道西258號B舖 Shop B, 258 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Western District (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Sai Ying Pun Station 港島綫西營盤站 (Take Exit B1 and walk 2 mins)
- Hrs: 6am – 11pm
We finally visited Beijing!
Wanting to have a taste of old Beijing, our lodging for the first 2 nights in Beijing was very near 护国寺小吃街 Huguosi Street, aka Huguosi Hutong Snack Street.
This street was first formed in the Yuan Dynasty and was named after the former 护国寺 Huguosi Temple. It was reopened on 26 October 2011, after undergoing 2 years of renovations. It starts from 新街口南大街 Xinjiekou Nandajie in the west and ends at 德胜门内大街 Deshengmennei Dajie in the east, and forms an intersection in the middle with 棉花胡同 Mianhua Hutong towards the north, and 护仓胡同 Hucang Hutong towards the south. It is a popular street known for its wide variety of snacks.
Though the hotel staff recommended that we should take a proper meal before trying out the snacks (as she was not sure if we would like the flavours) we opted to just snack our night away. Do note that most of the restaurants are not authentic local Beijing food, as we were told that most of them were opened by non-Beijing Chinese.
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Sydney has become such a melting pot of cultures that we are now able to find yummy food from all around the world right in Sydney itself.
Tonight after a long walking day, we picked Pho Pasteur (just before it closed for the day) based on the recommendation from Ms I, as always. 🙂
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So we had just finished our 2.5-hour dim sum lunch nearby and was wandering around in Chinatown when we notice a fast-moving queue in front of this tiny shop selling Emperor’s Puff 帝皇餅 for 35 cents each, or a dollar for 3.
So… We simply had to queue and try one, right? The funny thing was we were so full from the lunch that we only wanted to order just one piece, but the lady behind the counter could not believe someone would just order one single piece, and hubby and her went through the order a couple of times to confirm! Haha…
This turned out to be a very sweet custard puff that helped to warm us up a little in the cold 😛
- Location: 96-100 Dixon Street, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia (Google Map)
- Directions: Take the Light Rail to Paddy’s Market Station and walk along Hay Street
- Hrs: 12pm – 9pm
We chanced upon the popular Harry’s (which was just around the corner of our apartment) while trying to figure our way to breakfast and decided that we needed pre-breakfast, hahaha 😛
Of course, we ordered their signature pie, Tiger (A$7.60), named after the founder Harry ‘Tiger’ Edwards. This was a chunky lean beef pie served with mushy peas, mash & gravy in distinct layers.
We thought that the pie itself was alright, but the mushy peas and mash were really delicious and we totally enjoyed this legendary dish from Sydney!
- Location: Hay Street, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: www.harryscafedewheels.com.au
- Directions: Take the Light Rail to Capitol Square. It’s on the outside entrance of Capitol Square Shopping Centre, next to Paddy Maguires Pub
- Hrs: 9am – 10pm (Mon-Tue), 9am – 12am (Wed-Thu), 9am – 3am (Fri-Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)
We have heard that Vietnamese food in Melbourne is pretty good, and the nearby Paperboy Kitchen seemed to have pretty good reviews!
A little shop that has around 20 high chair seats, it is also very popular for takeaways. Despite being lunch hour, the crowd cleared very quickly.
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