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Ippudo HK

Sometime July is the latest I've heard.

Bettys [Hong Kong]

I went there for lunch and had their "grandma" pizza slice. Nothing special. Fair play to them for trying to incorporate local produce but their "house made" mozzarella (made from curd not scratch) was pretty rubbery.

Can't comment on their dinner service but the menu looks a little dull.

Bettys [Hong Kong]

Not forgetting those making the baby milk powder run via Lo Wu. :)

Bettys [Hong Kong]

Well the guys behind Posto Pubblico seem to think they can make a fair go of it with Cantopop... :P

Hong Kong MUST EATS AND ALL TIME FAVORITES for 6 Days of eating!!

Ahh - Nathan road that's right...not Waterloo. Oops! My father was reminiscing just the other day about their cream puffs when he was a kid.

Hong Kong MUST EATS AND ALL TIME FAVORITES for 6 Days of eating!!

I think Queen's Cafe in Causeway Bay was one of the last remnants of the Russian influence on HK [edit but I understand it has closed]. There are several other outlets eg North Point and at Festival Walk (Kowloon Tong) which still serve Borscht.

btw there is a Cherikoff bakery nr. Prince Edward station but it has no discernible connection to the original on Waterloo Road.

Is going to Sai Kung worth it?

Strangely, the "signature" dish, if there was such as a thing, at Loaf On appeared to be the deep fried tofu. Although we didn't try it ourselves everyone else seemed to be ordering it by default.

Did not notice many (any?) orders for the salt pepper abalone, not that I was looking that hard. Good reason for a return visit it seems.The scallops w/ vermicelli seemed one of the more popular seafood choices.

Hong Kong- ้›ž่›‹ไป”/eggette/Hong Kong egg waffle/ gai daan zai pan?

There are lots of restaurant supply stores on Shanghai Street between Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok. I don't remember specifically seeing egg waffle pans (and therefore prices) there but if you are looking for one that'd be a good area to check.

Afternoon Tea in HK

Thanks for the tip re: clotted cream. That saved some disappointment for me right there. I can live without ornate patisserie but clotted cream + scones pretty much defines afternoon tea for me.

Dining Solo in Hong Kong

Second Old Hong Kong. Had a meal there a few months ago. Great Shanghainese food. Intend to go back some time soon.

Is going to Sai Kung worth it?

My first time back in Sai Kung today for about 7, 8 years (at least...)
Had dinner at Loaf On. Good seafood.
The calamari is as tender as others have mentioned in reviews etc. Great razor clams. Steamed fish was excellent. Mantis (pissing) shrimp was ok.
It's much smaller than the giants like Chuen Kee (which has expanded to two diff. locations on the same waterfront) so a reservation might be advisable if you're planning to go at peak times.

Cantonese Restaurant Reco for Hong Kong

My last experience there dates back over 10 years ago.
I'm sorry to hear it has declined since then.

Cantonese Restaurant Reco for Hong Kong

Wow I never remember Spring Moon being THAT bad. My grandfather used to take us there often when I was much younger, visiting in HK (quite a while ago!). I do remember it had great service and the steamed fish was always excellent.
Perhaps things have changed since then?
Hmm...didn't the executive chef of Tin Lung Heen use to be at Spring Moon?

Lei Garden in Hong Kong

Clearly this is a topic that we'll have to agree to disagree on. I personally feel it contradicts CH posting etiquette (and spirit) and I'm having a hard time understanding its relevance but who am I to dictate the direction of discussion? I guess I'll just take it for what it is :)

Lei Garden in Hong Kong

I agree with you. The knowledge that regulars have is certainly relevant and useful information here on CH. Their input is much appreciated!
However, special treatment that is ONLY afforded to regulars (ie "ordinary" folks or occasional customers could not hope to get the same service) is less relevant imo.

In transit in HK

Might also be the time of day (mid afternooon).

Lei Garden in Hong Kong

with regards to discussing VIP treatment on Chowhound I feel the opposite way. If it is a practice clearly stated as monetary exchange for "higher" service/food then it'd be a valid discussion since it could help determine whether it was worth paying extra $$$ at the restaurant.

However true or widespread it may be, the "long time customer" or even good ol' boys network is just simply not relevant imho. I daresay if Hu Jintao were to dine at Lei garden he'd also be given a special menu but how does that help CH'ers?

In transit in HK

Follow up:
I went to the Sham Shui Po branch today for a (very) late lunch. Quality was pretty much on par with the Mong Kok location. The har gow and chiu chow dumplings were a little on the soggy side (oversteamed?) but that might just be a daily inconsistency rather than an overall trend. Everything else was fine. Queue was much shorter than Mong Kok with seats provided for those waiting (oh the luxury! :D ). We only waited 20 minutes. Once inside, it was predictably crowded but no more so than you'd expect from a busy Cha Chaan Teng.
The location is basically equal walking time from Shek Kip Mei, Sham Shui Po or Prince Edward MTR stations.

Is Jamie Oliver Right or Wrong About Sugary Milk in Schools?

I don't think the calorific value of the added sugar in milk is the main issue with childhood nutrition. After all 8 tsps would be a whole 120 calories or so. Gasp!
From my own observations, I'd say one of the main problems is the tendency for children to avoid proper meals having consumed sugar-rich foods. I suspect it's as much an issue of nutritional deficit as it is sugar overload.

Apr 30, 2011
harryrodgers in Features

Truffle dumpings at Din Tai Fung

Oh great!
I should have read this before I trekked out to Causeway Bay today. I didn't try the truffle dumplings, just the regular pork ones. They were OK but not anything amazing. Still got hit with a >$100 bill for 6 dumplings + a plate of bok choy. Honestly, not feeling like I want to go back and try the other varieties.

In search of Hong Kong's 'BEST WON-TON NOODLE'

Charles speaks the truth.
Stopped by Man An Kee (Wing Kut Street) today having passed the place several times previously without going in.The won ton mein was excellent. The shrimp in the won ton had a nice "snap", the noodles had great texture (no strong soda taste). However what elevated the dish was the rich broth, man it was good! Everything was spot on. Definitely better than Mak's Noodle on Wellington imho.

In transit in HK

Good point. If queue time is going to be a major factor then the Sham Shui Po branch might be the better choice.
Speaking of Sham Shui Po, another 5 minutes walk on from Tim Ho Wan would bring you to Kung Wo (on Pei Ho street). Try their Dou fu fa.

In transit in HK

Man ga has no english signage that I remember.
Here's the openrice entry:

Their two most popular varieties are usually on top of the counter (one is flatter with pork and scallions in the middle while the other is a heftier stuffed bun. It's the same pork mixture in either one). They also have "toothbrush" buns but I've yet to try those ones.

Regarding the queue at Tim Ho Wan - yes unfortunately you do risk losing your place if your number has been called (I'm not sure how much lee-way, if any, they give on that). You can get a fairly good idea of how fast the queue is moving when you're there. The other places I mentioned are literally about 5 to 10 minutes away.

Oh, and not so near to the above but very close to Mong Kok East station (not Mong Kok MTR): Kam Wah Cafe (along Bute street where the goldfish market is). They are quite well known for their bo lo bao (pineapple buns) and dan tart. However, they may be sold out by the evening.

In transit in HK

re: Tim Ho Wan (Mong Kok location)
Queues get v. busy around midday but they operate on a ticket system so you don't have to "keep your place" in the queue. However, it's hard to predict how big a crowd there'll be.
I passed by there around 5:30pm on the way to Mong Kok MTR and there was no queue (although the place was full). However last week around the same time, it was pretty crowded.

Technically Yau Ma Tei is the closest MTR stop to Tim Ho Wan but if you're coming from Hung Hom, I suppose you could go to Mong Kok East (just one stop along the KCR East line). It would mean a bit of a trek though. Check Google maps for more details. As long as you find Dundas street you'll be fine.

While you're in that area you might want to check out some of the plethora of snack stalls/stands. My favourite stand is further along Dundas Street. You can't miss it due to the distinct aroma of "Stinky" Tofu that perfumes the air around it! (although I normally get their Ngau Jap). It's located right next to a branch of the Taiwanese fried chicken chain "Hot Star" (which looks dismal imho). Also along Dundas Street is Man Ga where you can find their signature pepper pork buns.

Hong Kong: New Territories and Outlying Islands

The more populous NT areas such as Sha Tin have plenty of choices. Not so many up-scale establishments. Lei Garden at New Town Plaza is very reasonable. I've yet to try Sha Tin 18 at the Hyatt but they have a reputation for roast duck which I intend to try soon. Fung Lum in Tai Wai is an institution and has been around forever (my father remembers eating there when he was a kid) - if you go there you must try the salt and pepper prawns!

Located on the Wo Che estate between Sha Tin and Fo Tan, there's a massive dai pai dong (Chan Kun Kee I think?) which gets really busy in the evening. Everyone seems to order the clams but the baked fish intestine, sweet and sour eel were some of the dishes I preferred there. Was actually going to eat there again a couple of nights ago but ended up changing plans at last minute.

Tai Po is worth exploring. Kwan Kee do an excellent brisket noodle (be sure to ask for Song Lam and/or Beef Cheeks). Be prepared to queue! Chan Hon Kee is known for its claypot rice and cheong fun (get the pork liver). Yat Lok, the roast goose restaurant of Bourdain fame is really not that great imho and also featured in the same Bourdain/No Reservations programme were the "bamboo noodles" which are served Ping Kee (Tai Po cooked food centre). While the noodles are fine, I thought the wonton were poor (mostly pork).

For seafood, Sai Kung is a popular choice but I've not been out there in quite a while (read: years!) Also, and while I haven't eaten at the seafood restaurants there myself, other CH'ers have recommended trekking out to Lau Fau Shan (take train to Yuen Long and then take a minibus to LFS).

That's off the top of my head... Hope it helps!

Lei Garden in Hong Kong

The siu yuk is pretty much a must-order imho. I've found Lei Garden to be a solid contender as a decent "mid-tier" restaurant.

Dining Solo in Hong Kong

It was on the lunch menu when I was there a few weeks ago but prices start at around HK$380 for a small crab. That was a little outside of my lunch budget, that day!

Must-eat in Hong Kong? A ravenous traveler inquires.

wrt Tim Ho Wan
It's a ticket system so you can just take a ticket and wander around Mong Kok for a while (grab a bowl of congee perhaps....).

[HK] Another dim sum thread


Just got back from dinner at Hoi King Heen and imho the smoked scallops aren't worth ordering.The smoke totally overpowers the scallops and the rose petals are just sugary eye candy.

Shortribs with papaya was excellent and the crystal/glass prawns were generous. The winter melon balls stuffed with salt-preserved vegetable were a very nice touch. The chiu chow dumplings are technically on the lunch/dimsum menu but after a long wait we did manage to get some for dinner - great combination of textures and flavours. Amazingly I managed to find room for a water chestnut / osmanthus ?egg-drop? soup for dessert - it was a little too sweet but nontheless excellent. The florals really came through.

Due to last minute reservations, we didn't get to sample the beggar's chicken but that's high on my list of dishes to try in the near future. FWIW the dish requires a 2 day advance notice.

In search of Hong Kong's 'BEST WON-TON NOODLE'

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