Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hong Kong, in December 2011...

On the way back to Melbourne from Stockholm, we did a stopover in Hong Kong (we were last here in China/Hong Kong around 2004).  We were expecting summer as December = summer for Australia, but it was quite cold in December and then we realised it's actually winter here in Hong Kong.. Not very smart on our part.  But that didn't stop us from eating our way around Hong Kong.  Unfortunately, nothing too touristy for us this trip.  We shop, we ate and we slept ;)

Our late night supper... I love the soup here in HK..  so nourishing and yummy
Mine was abalone, mushroom and shark fin soup with rice at the bottom.  I was starving by then and enjoyed every morsel..  Sorry for those who will frown at me disapprovingly at those shark fins.. (I think these ain't real anywaz ;) )
Unfortunately, what S ordered was not fullfilling for him, so, we stopover at the Big Yellow Arch (Maccas) where he enjoyed his McFilet!
Yum Yum
I had a taste of a sweet taro pie (similar to apple pie, but with taro filling instead)..  Interesting, but I think I prefer apple pie..
We caught up with a couple whom we met at the Bali Wedding.. Kelly and her husband, Norbert with their eldest son.  We had dinner at one of the towers overlooking the laser light which starts playing at  8pm every night.  Unfortunately the restaurant we were at were being catered for a huge wedding (we sat on the other end corner.. hehe) and the windows were really dirty.. but who cares, I was more concerned on the dishes surrounding our table..

More shark fins soup..
We had seafood, fried rice, beancurd, cold meat dishes... You name it, we were devouring them..  Thanks Kelly & Norbert!

Guess who is busy working away during breakfast... 

Roast pork, char siu and some red meat on rice...
Mine was roast pork and goose (the goose was cold cut meat and tasted funny... not a fan =( ) on rice.. with sour plum drink.  That's what I love about Asia.. Lots of sugary drinks! hehe
 Caught up with a couple of ex CGU colleagues in Hong Kong.  Such a small world, hey?  We went to Tai Ping Koon Restaurant and the food were just lovely..  The restaurant looks old but cozy..

We ordered one of their banquet meal and added a few dishes on top of the banquet meal.  The banquet meal (which includes the mixed veg salad, baked crab meat in shell, baked pork chop & tomato with rice and came with dessert (some jelly) and tea/coffee - HK$195

The Menu

Mixed veg salad - tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce etc with mayo (nothing to write home about..)
Vegetable dish (not sure if this came with the banquet or we ordered separately)..  again, nothing to write home about.. 
The surrounding..  Lots of diners..
One of their famous dish - TPK Style Chicken Wings in Swiss Sauce - HK$143.  OMG!!  The sauce was so delicious and I was licking my fingers and lips!  Dark and slightly sweet sauce, I thought it was kecap manis but was told it's not...  Definitely one of the nicest sauce..
Baked Crab Meat in Shell..  I think one of their famous dish.  Quite lovely



Slowly chipping away on the crab..  It was quite big!
We were struggling at this point ;)
Pork chop with tomato and rice (it did came with tomato, but not tomato sauce, but some dark sauce..  The chicken wings' sauce was much much better!

Fried  Rice Noodles with Beef and veg with some egg slices at the top
The jelly dessert

Us with our TPK style baked souffle - HK$108.  Definitely one of their signature dish.  It was HUMONGOUS and the inside was sooo soft... To die for.  If you are here, I beg of you, give it a try!
As you can tell I am thoroughly obsessed with food.  Every morning we had a HUGE breakfast at our hotel.. and here's some glorious pictures of them..
Day 1 - Stir fried noodles, mushrooms, tofu, veggies, and of course rota pratha with vegetable curry!

Day 1 - Can't go without my congee (pork and century old egg)  *dies*
Day 1 - Of course I managed to squeeze in something healthy - muesli with fruits..  That's just me being err.. ME! =P
Day 2 - Quite similar to what I had in Day 1, noodles, veggies, mushrooms and roti pratha with some vegetarian curry..    with a glass of juice
Day 2 - Managed to squeeze in another bowl of congee with a small side pork cheong fan..
S was more healthy.. He had some pancakes and fruits..
This is me 'trying' to be healthy - Muesli with fruits.. and a bun to go with my Hong Kong Tea.. Which I got quite addicted to when I was in Hong Kong.. I had one practically every morning!  I love this hotel! 
Managed to catch up with a High School friend (who was an exchange student to my school..  I met up with her and her bf at that time when we were here in 2004)..  This time they took me around to the craft area and spend some time taking us around shopping.. he

Grace & myself..
Her hubby, William
Enjoying our brunch (ok, my lunch, as I've had a HUGE breakfast before meeting up with them).  This is a typical fast food in Hong Kong..  Either spam pork or beef with either instant noodle/macaroni in soup with a mug of Hong Kong style tea..  Yum yum!
This chubby kid kept giving me the evil eye from across our table..  Maybe because I kept giggling about how cute he is and kept taking a picture of him.. Seriously, don't you want to pinch his cheeks???
At the airpot with Grace, William & S

The 3 of us..
Ok.. one last shot!! hehe
Loving you, Hong Kong...  Till our next trip!!