Saturday, November 4, 2017

Du Hsiao Yueh 度小月 (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

It's been months since I heard about Du Hsiao Yueh (度小月) opening in Ocean Terminal but somehow I didn't really feel motivated to give it a look, until this weekend.

They have the same type of noodle booth they had in their Taipei flagship restaurant at the entrance of the restaurant with a number of chefs preparing different kinds of noodles behind the scene.

I have to admit, the dining area at this Hong Kong outpost is a lot more comfortable (and spacious) than what they have in Taipei. I even had enough room to fit my little nuggets' toys.

Dan Zai noodles (擔仔麵) ($28) and Dan Zai rice noodles (擔仔米粉) ($28) - These tapa-sized noodles were perfect as afternoon snacks. The broth was pretty authentic and we got the feeling like we were actually in Taipei!

Stewed crispy intestine (滷豬大腸) ($48) - I haven't had intestines for ages so this was long overdue. I thought they were pretty tasty. The inner lining was so fatty and rich, which was just perfect! 

Deep-fried baby oysters (蚵仔酥) ($68) - Another signature dish here and it certainly didn't disappoint.

Everything tasted exactly the same as they were in Taipei. My only complaint was their shortened food menu which failed to cover even half of their entire repertoire (for example, the dessert section of the menu was entirely missing). That was a little disappointing.

Food Rating: 4/10
Price: $$$
Address: Shop 31, 3/F, LCX, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 8300-2001

Myung Ga Korean Restaurant iSquare (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

When it comes to Korean barbecue in Hong Kong, there are only two places I trust - Myung Ga Korean Restaurant (名家韓國餐廳) and Seorae (喜來稀肉).

And if I don't want to get my hands dirty that day, I would normally go with Myung Ga, who has been my go-to Korean barbecue restaurant for years.

The harbour view certainly scores some extra points.

Galbi Jjim Jeongsik ($125) - It looks like they've raised the price a little bit since my last visit but considering the generous portion, the new prices still look pretty reasonable.

For lunch, this is the one I would order most of the time - braised beef short ribs in sweet soy sauce. The short ribs were again very nice and tender while the sweet soy sauce rich and flavorful (Love the date, chestnut and ginkgo fruit in there). 

Dolsot Bibimbap Jeongsik ($85) - Sizzling stone pot rice with chicken, vegetable, egg and Korean premium chili paste. Not bad.

Sundubu Jjigae Jeongsik ($85) - Jelloman wanted something spicy and this spicy soft tofu stew with pork made her a real happy camper.

Surprisingly, no one wanted barbecued meat this afternoon, which prompted me to ask, why in the world did we decide to go to a Korean barbecue restaurant!?

Food Rating: 5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Shop 2702, 27/F iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2369-1177

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Kai Kai Dessert 佳佳甜品 (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

After spending a week in Shanghai, I know I will be craving for a lot of local food when I came back. While pantyhose milk tea, French toast and curry fish balls all look extremely tempting, I ended up going a different route instead.

I've decided to visit Kai Kai Dessert (佳佳甜品) to get my fix for tong sui ("sugar water") this afternoon. This is my first visit to Kai Kai since they got their Michelin recommendation. In case you haven't heard about their story of the "Michelin curse", they got forced out of their original place due to skyrocketed rent following Michelin's endorsement but it's nice to see that they've finally settled into their new digs.

I'm getting my usual black sesame soup ($21). This was pretty darn good. 

But their bread and butter has always been their "tong yuan" or glutinous rice balls. Always love the ultra thin dumpling skin and the sesame fillings are always spot on.

Food Rating: 5/10
Price: $$
Address: 29 Ning Po Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Jordan
Tel: +852 2384-3862