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Hong Kong trip report (thus far)

Not sure if it was available but the new ‎流奶黃金牛 croissant is out of this world good. There's also a creme brulee that is quite good.

I always go to the Hysan location because I can grab them myself and pick the ones that feel crunchier on the outside. Not sure about the other locations but you cannot do that at the one in Mongkok.

Can't disagree that these croissants are as enjoyable as the ones from France - in fact, the croissants I've enjoyed the most are from Seoul, HK, and Tokyo, though the ones from Pierre Herme main store are really good too. I guess at some point it's just a matter of preference.

Hong Kong trip report (thus far)

hi K K,

Haven't posted for years but saw yours and thought I'd share the following:

民豐粉麵行 (荃灣) - 花生糯米糍 best I've ever had. I go here about 1x month, which is pretty frequent for HK!

祥興記上海生煎包 (荃灣) - right around the corner from 民豐粉麵行; 生煎包 is really, really good (and basically all they do)

新志記海鮮飯店 (太子) - 生炒糯米飯 v good; I always get it to go

好德來小籠包店 (佐敦) - 蟹粉小籠包 is my favorite, but I'm not sure if they still have it cuz it's seasonal. 黃橋燒餅, 三色素菜卷, 芝麻湯圓 r also v good. I also go here about 1x month.

尚囍 (天后) - 臘味粒撈飯(四人用) is really, really good. Lots of crispy rice. I don't get anything else so can't comment. Note they only have this at dinner. This place is right next to the new 甘飯館 where the 紅豆沙 is not bad.

PizzaZaZa (大坑) - linguine with hairy crab paste is amazing, but it's seasonal and I don't think they have it anymore; linguine with fresh and dried prawns is always on the menu and it's just sensational.

I'd call ahead to make sure these places are open at the time u want to go.

Enjoy.

Ask Sushi Man

Interesting. I thought one has to actually taste the food in order to comment on it. My bad.

Ask Sushi Man

You can certainly learn a lot about sushi without going to Tokyo, but how do you make a COMPARISON to what's in Tokyo if you haven't been?

Ask Sushi Man

How can one say "Yasuda would be considered high quality even by Tokyo standards" when one hasn't even been to Tokyo?

Antico Arco Buccatini all'Amatriciana recipe

Any updates? I'm in love with this dish.

Apr 01, 2012
hong_kong_foodie in Italy

Da Domenico refused to be review by food critic!

What is the address and details of DD in Rome?

Top 5 Dishes at Koi Palace?

Just call and ask.

5 hours in the Mission - an eye on variety.

The Chinese community would not waste its time on reviewing such a restaurant. Word of mouth is very strong in the Chinese community, and every Chinese person I know who has given this place a try has come out hating it - not because the food is not authentic but because the quality is terrible and wildly inconsistent. There's a reason you will find mostly non-Chinese/Asians at Mission Chinese.

5 hours in the Mission - an eye on variety.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I could care less whether the food is authentic. The problem with Mission Chinese is that the food is AWFUL.

5 hours in the Mission - an eye on variety.

And what exactly makes this salted cod fried rice incredible?

5 hours in the Mission - an eye on variety.

Yes, you should go to R&G in Chinatown instead. I recommend the two signature dishes: (1) salt & pepper crab and (2) soy sauce chicken. I also recommend a vegetable dish (ask them what's in season) and a bowl of steamed rice to complete the meal. Finally, I suggest asking for less salt, oil, and msg.

Unfortunately, most of the Chinese food in the US is a travesty of what you find in Asia. You will just have to come to Hong Kong sometime - there are plenty of places that are extremely upscale with Cantonese food that have the wow factor.

5 hours in the Mission - an eye on variety.

Mission Chinese is absolutely awful - and awfully inconsistent. Avoid at all costs.

Unforgettable PIZZA CRUST you ever eaten in Southern California

Well said Porthos.

Unforgettable PIZZA CRUST you ever eaten in Southern California

Mozza's pizza crust is very good indeed.

Porky is as Porky cart does

"I never saw porchetta hot in Italy, always room temperature."

But you haven't been to Italy in 20 years, so don't you think things could have changed?

It's like someone saying they only saw dim sum rolled out in carts in Hong Kong. 20 years ago perhaps, but any respectable dim sum house in Hong Kong today would not do such a thing.

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

But how does one even weigh in on this discussion if one hasn't been back for 20 years? I'm baffled.

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

So sample size = 1

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

How many times have you been to Mozza?

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

I absolutely, 100% agree with Porthos.

The Italian food in SF pales in comparison to what you find in Italy. I've been to Perbacco many times and it can't even compare to Mozza in LA, let alone all the places in Italy!

And no, the problem with Koi Palace is not the seafood and other ingredients.

Going to Yank Sing for the first time [San Francisco]

Wow, it's been a while since I've seen the skin on any xiao long bao that thick. No wonder people say the xiao long bao at Yank Sing holds a lot of soup -- if I were to use the equivalent of a rough rice sack for the dumpling skin, I would also be able to make it soupy!

Hawker Fare [Oakland]

That the chicken rice has no chicken flavor is a travesty of hawker fare all across Southeast Asia.

That Syhabout is Thai - and with one michelin star - but still can't recreate such a basic dish is an absolute disgrace.

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

I cannot agree more with budnball. The bay area is a good place for food, especially when it comes to the sheer variety, but it is definitely not Tokyo or NY. The price/quality ratio for produce is amazing though.

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

Ippudo is much, much better than Orenchi, and Yakitori Totto is much, much better than Sumika. Japanese in the bay area is leagues behind NY. There is conceivably a debate between LA and NY, but the bay area? Absolutely not.

need asian change of pace in paris

I wholeheartedly agree with Ptipois.

Jul 18, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in France

Etiquette for 3 star restaurants eg Ledoyen

jtandjb - did you ever post your photos etc? Also, what was *your* experience regarding ordering, tipping, and paying?

Jul 16, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in France

need asian change of pace in paris

The one place we always go to for our Asian fix is Lao Viet (which Pti also mentioned). It gets the stamp of approval from every Asian I know - from our Asian friends who grew up and live in Paris, to those like us who visit Paris regularly but must have an Asian meal at some point despite the great French food.

The one dish that is memorable is this ceviche-like pork fried rice. It has a lot of crispy/crunchy rice bits (think from the bottom of a clay pot) with a tangy flavored pork that is raw.

Lao Viet is a great dinner choice for Sundays, when just about every good French place is closed. Here is the website: http://www.restaurantlaoviet.com

Jul 16, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in France

Martin Yan/Koi Palace Alliance

There will never be a restaurant like Lei Garden in SF. The people here just don't understand high end Cantonese cuisine. That's the demand side of the argument.

Nor do places like Koi Palace know how to run a high end business. The level of sophistication required is well beyond their grasp. That's the supply side of the argument.

SF can't even put together a decent xiao long bao, and here someone is trying to sell xiao long bao with black truffles? Please.

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Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

Singapore family seeking help. Please advise and critique my list

RE: KP's 沙翁 - yep, I think so. At the very least, the Koi Palace version is hot whereas the Tai Cheong version is cold.

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Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

Ippudo HK

Hmm, I haven't had a lot of ramen in HK but the few places I have been to were not that good. I checked out 札幌元祖北海道拉麵 Sapporo Japanese Restaurant a while back and 達磨日式拉麵 Daruma Ramen House recently, both of which were pretty bad.