Oct 16
Hong Kong, October 2008: Retracing my favourite Hong Kong food ;)
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Its been 2 years since my last visit here, although its for work, I still need to eat right? So, I got into a mood to retrace back all the food I like to eat in Hong Kong.

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The first thing I had is a superbly yummy bowl of beef tripes noodles, which I had in a small shop with no signboard at Thomson Street in Wanchai. How small is the shop, imagine its a half shop (Hong Kong standard is half Malaysia) and half of it is kitchen and the other half is dining area. The shop fit a max of no more than 8 person, I was the 7th when I got it.

Sharing table is a norm there, most of the time, you need not as, just sit down if there is no one there and they understand, because that’s how their system works. So I ordered my noodles, unfortunately they ran out of “hor fun” (koay teow) so I went with meehoon instead. The meehoon here are the vietnamese type, which are thick.

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The broth of the is just amazingly nice… sweet from the flavours of the beef and a nice mix of aroma from herbs in it. The beef are tender, nice and quite a generous portion. It cost HK$22.00 a bowl and this is consider cheap over here as bigger shops may charge more. Add another 7 bucks and I got a nice cup of ice milk tea, which is a must if you are in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, as I was rushing for my meeting and I had only 10 mins to enjoy it.

For dinner, I decided that I want my roast goose (siew ngor)! Roast goose are roast duck like, must the meat are softer and more tender (fats too). I had mine with bbq pork (char siew) as well and it comes with some vegetables and rice. That cost me about HK$35-40.00 I think, can’t remember, excluding drinks!

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One of the bread I like in Hong Kong is known as Life Bread, Honey & Egg flavour. Its plain lightly flavour bread and I like to take them plain. A loaf will cost HK$10.00 and you can get this in any supermarket and I find it just lovely to take with a cup of hot coffee or tea :).

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Next on my list is a very simple dish, fried luncheon meat with eggs on rice! Its kind of a chinese fast food, you can have this in like most “char chan teng” (coffeeshop). As I was tired and sick after my meeting, I decided to pack and eat in at the hotel. I got mine from Ka Ka Lok in TST in Kowloon, just a short walk from my Hotel.

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Its HK$29.00 and comes with free soup! You can either take this dish with just soya sauce on top, or they have sauce like curry, black pepper and tomato to top it. I took mine with black pepper this time and it’s just nice and simple. But the only thing is, there is really not a single tiny bit of vegetables on it, it really means only rice, luncheon meat and eggs!

I went for a set breakfast, its always a value to go for it. For HK$22.00, I got a macaronni with ham, 2 fried eggs and piece of buttered bread plus a hot drink, this can filled you up past lunch time!

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Egg tarts, costing HK$4.00 one is also on my list and I took it with a nice cup of tea! Egg tarts are soft and melts off in your mouth but the pastry can be a little heavy in butter though.

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Unfortunately, this trip, I was down with flu midway and wasn’t really in a mood to travel to eat or hunt for my favourite food… things like claypot rice, curry fishball, wanton noodles, steam rice, teng chai porridge,  pork chop rice, all sort of desserts, etc. So, technically, these are my breakfast, lunch and dinner that I had in between work :(.

Just before leaving Hong Kong, I thought I try something new and while I had sometime at the IFC where I am taking the train to the airport, I try out the Soup Cafe. They had all sort of set meals here but not very local but I saw a Drunken Wings & Duck Glizzards for HK$25.00.

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I gave that a try, its basically chicken wings and duck glizzards, served as a cold dish with a heavy cooking wine tasting sauce at the bottom. To my surprise, its quite nice and I like it ;). But it doesn’t comes with rice or anything, so I found another interesting thing to try at the airport. Oh, while waiting for the train to the airport, I saw this handphone charging station, quite cool, support most phones. The charger fits my phone, but don’t work la… written there O2 and HTC 🙁

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QQ rice, is supposed to be some kind of healthy rice which you can either choose your fillings and rice type or go for the standard recommendations. You can choose from brown rice, purple rice, red rice, etc. with a load of fillings. Check out their menu here.

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I took the double pork purple & red rice which is supposed to only have 270 calories at HK$21.00 without drinks or HK$26.00 with a bottle of healthy soya milk. The filling is tasty but the rice is tasteless, so you gotta eat them together la. Its something interesting to try but heck, I won’t eat it again, haha… healthy food don’t taste as nice I guess :P.

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Anyway I am glad to be home where I am able to drive to work and not get sardined in MTR and people rushing everywhere and having my nice bowl of prawns noodles for lunch.

Sep 26

I have heard about this place months ago, being told that the char siew here is excellent. I googled a little and found out that its actually Meng Kee Char Siew, same as the famous one in Tangkat Tong Shin in KL.

Finally I had a chance to go and try today, if you are heading to Shah Alam from Old Subang Airport road along Glenmarie, its located at the shops on your left (then 2nd right) after the Shell station. This place is packed and parking is really tough during lunch time, advise to go early.

Its a corner shop, looks like there are a lot of food choices in the area too. The floor is quite oily from the dripping char siew as they brought it out from the kitchen behind, so do take care when walking.

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We ordered for 7 persons which includes char siew (bbq pork), chinese sausages (yun cheong – the really dark one), roast and white chicken plus a plate of taugeh. It was really delicious, fatty as it should be the char siew but it did not kick in as much as it should be, expectation too high maybe? But we still ended ordering another 1 person’s portion of the char siew and this time, it taste much nicer, when the char siew melts in your mouth feeling, simply because its still hot! So, looks like the only way to enjoy this char siew is to have it while its still hot ;).

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Some of the makan kaki-s still prefer the char siew at Famous Seremban Favourites, had to agree with them la. Bill came up to RM80.80 for 7 of us plus rice and drinks, pretty standard pricing. Overall, I would say nice, at least better than the char siew I make ;( and worth the visit if you are in the area :). Give it a try!
No.20 (Ground), Jalan Pekedai U1/36,
Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park, Shah Alam, Selangor.
Tel No: 019-3793629

GPS:N3 04.891 E101 33.605

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Jul 14

I thought that simple things like char siew rice will be universal and same throughout the country… but here in Melaka, they eat it differently. Firstly, when they say ‘char sau fan’ (bbq pork rice in Malaysia) it means roast pork or siew yok in Cantonese. Anyway, its a combination of everything anyway, so what is everything?

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First of all, you gotta make your way to Jalan Bunga Raya in Melaka town, look out for Medan Makan Bunga Raya. When I was there that day, there are 3 stalls selling the same thing. The crowd puller are the 2 main stalls in front.

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The stall on the left (once you enter) opens earlier while the stalls on your right only open at 12pm. I was there at 11 plus, so I ordered from the left stall. We got a mix, which is roast pork, bbq pork and eggs. Its basically fried eggs, chopped to big slices with the meat. Some gravy is added and the boss will ask if you want curry on it. We opted to have the curry on a separate bowl plus some sambal to go with it. The curry is similar to those I had at the Hainan Curry Rice in Klang or the Malim Jaya Curry Rice style. But I prefer to take it with the sambal, very different and interesting! The are also other choices like vegetables, etc. you can add, all unique to the stall. For the one we had is RM3.50 per plate, catching up with KL soon but still cheaper :).

As we were eating, the stall on the right finally opens at about 12, the boss wheeled in the dishes on a three wheeled bicycle and started placing the roast pork, bbq pork, roast duck, sausages, vegetables, etc. on the stall. As this is happening, people started coming out of no where to order! The moment the boss start chopping, he doesn’t stop! Kiasu me order some siew yok (roast pork) for takeaway. Its really different, the meat is tender, the distribution of fat and meat is good plus the skin of the roast pork is very tasty, almost like a good rub of bbq pork sauce on top *thumbs up*, yummy.

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The thing that amused me the most is that, at like sushi bar, we go and sit at the counter and watch the chef make the sushi and serve to you. Well here, its the same style, just that its roast pork and bbq pork rice, many locals just grab a stool and sit at the stall to dine :).

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I would really recommend to give it a try, both stalls have their own customer base on different preference but I like the right stall better :).

GPS: N2 11.883 E102 15.067

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