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.

Oct 8

Lunch time and it was drizzling in Bangsar… I picked up Ah Soh for lunch and we were rounding the old Bangsar trying to find parking but its just impossible… then we decided to just go to Bangsar Village 2 (new wing) as parking would be easier plus the rain is getting heavier.

So we ended up here and I took Ah Soh to Delicious to try the Duck Confit Spaghetti which me and my sister really like. Its not cheap, RM24.90 exclude tax, but heck, the place is packed and people are in line for a table, global recession? hehehe… not yet maybe.

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Anyway the Duck Confit Spaghetti are basically duck leg, cooked with it owns fat, its a complicated process, very hard to make, you can read about it here. It is served with spaghetti. The duck are crispy but meat are still ok inside, pretty neat.

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I got a absolutely delicious cheeseburger, that’s how they called it anyway… which also goes for RM24.90. You get a quite thick beef burger covered with melted cheese and some what looks like sourkaurt on top. The buns are toasted with butter and some greens to go with it. The sides of the burger are more greens, I think they added baslamic vinegar, really crispy frieds and tomato sauce they made themselves.

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Overall I enjoyed my cheeseburger a lot, its really nice, especially taking it with the greens and I really like the frieds with their own made tomato sauce ;)… yummy!

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Its a bit costly, but food here looks really good, especially cakes and desserts, but for lunch, I am already filled up. Thank you Ah Soh for buying lunch me a wonderful lunch ;). Oh ya, the other good thing, WIFI is free here!

Delicious @ Bangsar Village 2
GPS: N3 07.834 E101 40.288

Oct 7

Con’t from part 6…

From Pontian, we moved on to Skudai where we want to sample the all famous Skudai Duck Mee that we have seen on Axian AEC programme. It’s said that the duck are braised in a gravy that have been braising ducks for 37 years now! Imagine that, this semangat people actually kept the gravy going for 37 years already to braise their duck.

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With very high expectations, we got to Skudai Duck Mee (and narrowly missing head-on accident as blur blur me going the wrong way :P) and the owner here seems to be very friendly, he even posed for photographs but too bad Sky’s lost his pictures in JB :(. We ordered the duck with a load of others like “kai choy” (leaf mustard), braised pig’s head (chee tau pei), intestines, etc. to go with koay teow.

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With the name being Skudai Duck Mee… I would think the noodles and soup here are great… but ermm… its not… the soup are not tasty as I expected… its like those duck noodles instant taste. The braised pig’s head and intestines are ok.

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What is good here are the braised “kai choy” which I find to be very nice! The other good one of course its their duck, first impression the duck is a little dry but you have to dip it in the dark thick gravy at the bottom to get the good taste, after all, its 37 years old :).

Skudai Duck Mee
No. 29?Jalan Emas Putih Dua, Taman Sri Skudai, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Tel: 07-5563170
GPS: N1 32.790 E103 39.393

We didn’t ordered full portions for everyone as most of us are still overwhelmed by stuffing ourselves during breakfast. It cost a total of about RM90.00 for everyone.

When we were at the duck mee place, we spotted this bottle of pineapple preserved, Patrick then explains that these are pineapple enzyme which are basically pineapple, lemon and sugar left to ferment in a bottle. See video below:

We decided to give Patrick’s home in JB a visit and to take a short break there. Its basically shophouses with the family’s hardware business downstairs. Some of us took an afternoon shower there while some of us got into games of chor dai di, entertaining little Wai Wai or just watching TV.

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We then head to Stulang Laut to check out Elaine & Patrick’s school which is facing Singapore next to ZON. We went around to locate Restoran Woon Kiang after that which is recommended for their koay teow kia by Elaine’s mum unfortunately, they are only opened for business at 5pm. So to burn sometime, we went to ZON to shop with Sky and Ed contributing further to the Johor economy ;).

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Later back at Woon Kiang, we can already see cars pouring in for koay teow kia. We wasted no time and order braised pork, pig’s head, tofu, eggs, etc. with our koay teow kia. The soup is very tasty and the braised meats are a whole lot softer than what we had for lunch. But of course, these are different food but I think everyone really enjoyed our early dinner here. I really like their braised pig’s head here, superly soft and nice to eat, the tongue is not bad too but not many people fancy it as I noticed. It adds up to almost RM90 as well with 11 of us eating. A very good place for koay teow kia, thanks Elaine & Patrick for taking us here!

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Restoran Woon Kiang
No. 62, Jalan Stulang Darat, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Tel: 019-7690005
GPS: N01 28.325 E103 46.634

Con’t in part 8…

Links:

Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 1 – Day 1
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 2 – Day 1
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 3 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 4 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 5 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 6 – Day 3
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 7 – Day 3
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 8- Day 3 & 4

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