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Indian Food [Hong Kong]

It's fairly perfunctory, may be best saved for the next visit to ZamZam?

Some of my Goan friends say Murtabak is a Portuguese influence on Paratha, though I suspect that it's a claim on a popular dish more than founded in fact.

Feb 09, 2011
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Indian Food [Hong Kong]

There's a version in the foodcourt at HarbourCity, though it's not very good...

Feb 08, 2011
JamTam in China & Southeast Asia

Indian Food [Hong Kong]

Lol a London neighbour then! I think sagar and southall were winners from a value perspective. Where would you recommend in London these days then?

Feb 08, 2011
JamTam in China & Southeast Asia

HK Brunch - suitable for alcoholic vegetarians

Hello Chowhounds,

I've seen quite a few posts on brunches in HK since I've started viewing this board and wondered if anyone could recommend a good brunch for anglo/francophiles, one of whom is vegetarian (not even pescetarian) and all of whom are fully capable of knocking back three bottles of champagne a sitting.

I'd initially been hoping to book Whisk, but this seems to have changed drastically (no longer serving Roederer, the caviar, etc).

I look forward to your advice,

Feb 07, 2011
JamTam in China & Southeast Asia

Indian Food [Hong Kong]

Generally agree about a lack of amazing places in London but I do quite like Sagar (in Hammersmith, haven't tried the branches) for vegetarian. Southall had a few good places too, though could be slightly hit and miss. Chowki was normally fairly reliable as well, though, as you say, not amazing.

From a "finer" dining perspective, I do have a vague recollection of enjoying Chutney Mary as an undergrad (was taken there for a job interview) and I did like Benares on someone else's tab. Trishna was a massive let down, nothing like the original.

There are quite good curry houses in Manchester and Birmingham, though I tend to stumble into them rather than know where I'm going.

I have struggled in HK for good Indian. I think to date my best experiences have been in Chung King mansions (apart from the fear factor).

Feb 07, 2011
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CNY in HK - Yu Sheng/Yee Sang

Oh boo... when i was growing up it used to be so much fun. Not often you get an excuse to play with food and those rice cracker things make for good texture...

I don't know why the white fish was replaced ... I wonder if its for the same reason that its getting harder to find raw fish porridge (think it was the same fish but I'm casting back to my 6 year old palate).

Jan 16, 2011
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CNY in HK - Yu Sheng/Yee Sang

Hello everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone knew where I might be able to find a good yu sheng in HK at Chinese New Year?

Thanks

Tamara

Jan 03, 2011
JamTam in China & Southeast Asia

Viajante [London]

I heart Nuno and Viajante certainly meets expectations. The bar is also worth a visit if you can spare the time and belly space (great for lunchese with the crab banh mi and fish tacos).

I last went in November at lunch and the pace then was perhaps a little slow. Having said that, a long lunch is always a luxury.

With regards to the food restrictions - they are normally able to accommodate if you let them know in advance.

Dec 01, 2010
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Bo Innovation - do people seriously rate this?

The French Table is brilliant, and deserves that review. Definitely worth anyone's time to visit.

Dec 01, 2010
JamTam in China & Southeast Asia

Romantic Singapore restaurant?

Hi there,

you could try Halia at the Botanic Gardens. I think they still do live Jazz second and last Sunday of the month. It may cut it fine on the budget, but should be alright without alcohol.

Similarly Il Lido in Sentosa tends to hike up with wine but may otherwise be alright, and is great to watch the sunset from.

I quite like Flutes at Fort Canning for a colonial type feel. Though quality of food here isn't as good as at the other two.

There are lots of other places and also this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4661...

Dec 01, 2010
JamTam in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore: Which Hawker Center?

Hi Ting Ting,

next time you're at Tiong Bahru (and if there early) give the chee kueh a try. They can be a little stingy with the preserved veg but it's still (I think ) the best in Singapore. I'm flying in for one night only tomorrow and plan to hit this up first thing!

Oct 15, 2010
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Singapore - Lor Mee (Braised Hokkien Noodles) at Bukit Purmei

It's one of my favourite things for breakfast :) When I'm home there are a couple of must-have breakfast dishes and this is one of them. Also the chee kueh at Tiong Bahru market, white carrot cake at Havelock market, nasi lemak in Changi, etc.

Sep 29, 2010
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Singapore - Lor Mee (Braised Hokkien Noodles) at Bukit Purmei

klyeoh, I love you for this post.

Sep 28, 2010
JamTam in China & Southeast Asia

Dim Sum @ Royal China, Bayswater, London

Busaba Eathai has declined in recent months (I think Alan Yau may have sold it as part of this whole becoming a monk thing). Hakkasan has been suffering a bi since the decision to close Ling Ling and add more tables. I think it marked a shift in the mindset of the management.

I quite like Min Jiang for quality, and Hunan is good for value for money gluttony. China Tang can be a good bet but is a little pricey and has issues with consistency. Agree re Blue Elephant and Nahm for Thai.

There used to be alright laksa at the Holborn Hare & Tortoise. Kiasu was really good (opposite Bayswater Royal China) but had shut down (though I've heard rumours that it's back up now!). There's also a reasonable take away in Chiswick called Singapore Garden that does appalling mee siam but fairly good seafood hor fun and assorted dishes.

Sep 28, 2010
JamTam in U.K./Ireland

Michelin star or high end dining in Singapore, money is no object...

This link is pretty handy : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6472...

Sep 22, 2010
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Best BUFFET restaurant in Hong Kong?

Hi - got to agree with this. The Spanish style suckling pig, salmon tartare and cheese selection were especially good. I also liked the hot plates being served fresh so that there was no stewing in trays. The cocktails were also a nice touch. Roederer champagne is a good NV choice, and fresh watermelon juice ticks the teetotal box.

Sep 21, 2010
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