Saturday, December 27, 2008

Chicken Noodle - Tea Time Special

In Hong Kong, if you want to eat at low price at reasonably nice restaurants, you can play around with timing. Today I have a late lunch (local restaurants call it tea time after 2pm) and enjoyed a very low price lunch - I believe half price as that of peak hour. Our six course dim sum lunch costed only HK$40 (US$5.1) for each of us, all inclusive.

Chicken Noodle - HK$9.8 油鷄米線
(only available after 2pm)
Amazingly low price !
Duo Rice Roll - HK$8.8 炸兩
Typical Hong Kong breakfast dish,
usually served with plain congee.
But it is also available as dim sum in many restaurants.
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Chicken Noodle

Friday, December 26, 2008

Boxing Day Special Price Lunch

I came across Hangzhou Restaurant in Wanchai offering very special deal on Boxing Day, so we decided to try this restaurant which is new to us. It was really good. Not crowded at all, nice environment and friendly services. Hangzhou cousine is quite rare in Hong Kong, but we found that their menu is very similar to Beijing and Shanghai. Our special price lunch cost only HK$110 (US$14) only for the two of us.

Dan Dan Noodle - HK$38 担担面
Xiaolong Bun (Juicy Bun) - HK$12
wow, what a low price! 小籠包
Hot Pot Wanton Chicken Soup - HK$48
沙鍋云吞鷄, 共六只云吞和1/4隻鷄
Quarter chicken - very attractive price
There should be 6 wantons and more vegetables,
but some of them already eaten by us, because
the waitress served too efficiently,
before I managed to take a photo.
Very Yummy !!
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Shanghai

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Dim Sum Lunch

I bought my family dim sum lunch on Christmas day. A very good deal at Hoi Tin again. 14 of us costed only HK$770 (US$99)

These are only part of our Christmas feast
嘩好多點心 !
Tampura Fish 天婦羅白飯魚
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Dim Sum

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Home Made Salad Rolls

My brother invited me to have dinner at his house, because it is Winter Solstice tomorrow. It is quite an important Chinese festival. I managed to take a photo of how my sister in law did her home made salad roll. We called it salad roll only because we ate with salad dressing. It was minced fish and prawn inside. We all had our thumbs up because it was really delicious. Thanks to Susie Wong, the TV cooking star who showed us how to do it.

Home made deep fried salad rolls
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Home Made Dishes

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Anti-Inflation Delicious Banquet

Dinner date: December 15, 2008
Occasion: Anna’s Family Winter Solstice Gathering

Number of People: 15
Cost: HK$2008 (US$258), all inclusive

Restaurant name: Hoi Tin (Asia) Harbour Restaurant
Restaurant address: 72 Lokhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Restaurant telephone: 852-2520-1898
Anna's comment: We have been actively looking for good food with good service and environment together with exceptional low price. We found one at last. A nine-course banquet plus dessert duo cost only HK$2008, averaging HK$133 per person. I am sure this is the best deal in town. Here are some of some most favourite dishes.

Lobster Noodle 龍蝦球伊面
This is my most favourite dish -
lobster meat only, without shell,
makes eating easy and yummy
Crab Meat on Bean Sprout 蟹肉豆苗
Fuzzy Melon Stuffed with Dry Scallop 玉環瑤柱甫
Steamed Garoupa 清蒸大海斑
Roast Chicken with Stir Fried Garlic 風沙鷄
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Cantonese Banquet

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tofu Hot Pot

I don't always have luck. This tofu hot pot is an example. In cool winter days, Hong Kong people like to go hot pot, either on real fire or dishes serve in a very hot pot.

This hot pot is actually called "salty fish with chicken cubes and tofu hot pot", and came in a set including a bowl of plain rice and a drink. It costed me HK$48, but I thought the shop owner got a net profit of HK$45. Salty fish isn't expensive at all, but I couldn't find more than 1 gram in it. And there was less than 5 grams of chicken. 80% of the whole thing was ginger, garlic and onion. Though it was very hot and kept me warm, but the whole thing was actually tasteless.

Salty Fish with Chicken and Tofu Hot Pot
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Fast Food

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mutton Hot Pot Dinner

Dinner date: November 25, 2008
Occasion: To celebrate my winning from Macau
Number of People: Four
Cost: HK$760 (US$97.5), including 10% service charge
Restaurant name: Foo Lum Restaurant, 73-85 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
Tel: 852-2528-2468
Anna's comment: I won some money from Macau casino. At the same time I notice a half-price special deal for shark fin soup, so I took my sister and brother to dinner. We had our favourite dishes of roast goose, mutton hot pot together with crab meat vegetable – a very good balance of diet. However it used up all my winnings.

Mutton Hot Pot 羊腩煲
We all love this, especially in chilly winter days
Roast Goose 燒鵝
Typical Hong Kong Cantonese recipe,
you must try one when you are here
Crab Meat on Vegetable 蟹粉豆苗

火朣鷄燉翅 - no photo
Shark Fin Soup, with Chinese Ham and Chicken
HK$688, half price at HK$388

Hong Kong Chinese Food - Cantonese Dinner

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Duck Soup 鴨湯

I made this Chinese/Italian fusion soup with the left over ingredients in my kitchen. It just took a few minutes to cook. Very strong flavour of porcini and duck with added fragrant with black pepper. It is very economic and the pot of soup is good for two persons.

Duck meat - take home from roasted duck dinner (foc)
Parma ham - half pack (HK$25 / US$3.25)
Porcini - half pack (HK$25 / US$3.25)
Bean curd - one cube (HK$3 / US$0.38)
Grinded black pepper

Duck Soup - 鴨湯
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Home Made Duck Soup

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Peking Duck Dinner

Dinner date: November 5, 2008
Occasion: Family gathering

Number of People: Six
Cost: HK$747 (US$95.7) inclusive 10% service charge

Restaurant name: Quanjude 全聚德
Restaurant address: 4/F, China Resources Building, 26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Restaurant telephone: 852-2884-9088
Anna's comment: My first time of having Peking duck at Quanjude in Hong Kong. Not sure if the duck chef is from Beijing, but we were all happy with the duck - crispy skin and meat without much fat. We even took the rest of the duck home to make duck congee.

Peking Duck (HK$280 for one whole duck)
北京填鴨 - 皮脆肉嫩

Peking Duck wrapping breads, warm and soft

Duck cutting in front of customers
Soup with Beancurd Sheets and Salted Pork
Cucumber 涼伴青瓜

Stir Fried Prawns with Egg 蝦仁炒蛋
(this is a Cantonese dish, but widely available in Hong Kong)
Copy Crab - Stir Fried Egg White with Dry Scallop 賽螃蟹

Yellow Bean Pudding - Imperial Dessert from Qing Dynasty

Hong Kong Chinese Food - Peking Duck

Friday, October 31, 2008

Seafood Pomelo Salad

Who said that pomelo salad is a Thai dish? Today, I made a multi-cultural seafood pomelo salad for my company's no-agenda-lunch. Every month we have three members of the staff volunteer to be the guest chef. In today's NAL, I am one of the chefs.

My pomelo salad is extremely yummy and sold out quickly.

Thai pomelos - three (HK$78)
Japanese dry mini sardines - one pack (HK$38)
Indonesian cooked prawns - one pack (HK$50)

Thai fish sauce - any desirable amount (HK$8)
Thai mini limes - two (HK$12.5)
Hong Kong Cantonese XO sauce - one bottle (free item from my sister)

Multi-cultural Seafood Pomelo Salad 海鮮柚子沙律

Hong Kong Chinese Food - Home Made Seafood Pomelo Salad

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Glutinous Rice Dumpling 糯米餃

In today's dim sum lunch, this looks interesting. There is glutinous rice inside the dumpling. But I just can tell whether it is Cantonese or Shanghaiese. It's nice anyway.

Glutinous Rice Dumpling 糯米餃
HK$25 (US$3.2)
Xiao Nanguo 小南國
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Dim Sum

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dumpling 糉

I missed dumplings in the last Tuen Ng Festival. Today I found it on the restaurant menu, so I ordered it. Actually you can eat dumplings in Hong Kong throughout the year, but more pupularly at Tuen Ng Festival. It is usually served with soy sauce and sugar, just up to your choice.

Dumpling 糉
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Festival Food

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wonton Noodle 雲吞面

Classic Cantonese snack. Ideal as a light lunch or tea time snack. Every Hong Konger love it. You must try one when you visit Hong Kong.

Wonton Noodle 雲吞面 HK$20
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Cantonese Wonton Noodle

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tandoori Chicken Fried Rice

I have invented this special taste fried rice. I have marinated the chicken cubes with tandoori powder. So my fried rice has a combined Chinese and Indian taste.

Fried Rice with Tandoori Chicken and Ham 鷄火炒飯
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Home Made Dishes

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Chung Yeung Festival Dinner

Dinner date: October 7, 2008
Occasion: Chung Yeung Festival Dinner
Number of People: Four
Cost: HK$360 (US$46), including 10% service charge
Restaurant name: Foo Lum Restaurant, 73-85 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
Tel: 852-2528-2468
Anna's comment: My brother bought me festival dinner. We went to the famous goose restaurant to enjoy roast goose. Cantonese eating roast goose is just like Beijingers eating Beijing Duck. If you happen to visit Hong Kong, don’t forget to try one. You can order one whole goose, half or a regular.

Roast Goose (Regular) 燒鵝 (例牌)
Fish Fillet in Corn Sauce 粟米班塊 Vegetable with Dual Styled Eggs金銀疍波菜
Steamed Beancurd with Seafood 翠塘豆付
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Typical Cantonese Dinner

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Chung Yeung Festival Lunch

Lunch date: October 7, 2008
Number of People: Two
Occasion: Chung Yeung Festival Holiday lunch
Cost: HK$200 (US$25.6), inclusive of 10% service charge

Restaurant name: The Queen’s Palace Restaurant
Restaurant address: 27/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Hong Kong
Restaurant telephone: 852- 2591 6338
Anna's comment: We found a new restaurant opened nearby our house, so we went on the Chung Yeung Festival holiday. Reasonably priced and the foods and services are fine. The view here is also very nice.

Braised Noodle with Chicken 嫩鷄煨面

Juicy Bun 小籠包

Green Onion Roll 葱油餅

Pan Fried Jiaozi 煎鍋貼

Sweet Pancake with Red Bean Pastry 豆沙窩餅

Hong Kong Chinese Food - Shanghai / Beijing dim sum

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Chinese Version Risotto

My Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinner

Does this look like Chinese style Risotto? I tend to cook Chicken A La King. However it was strange that chicken fillets are not available in the market. So I bought some button mushrooms together with the porcini in my kitchen and made a vegetarian dish.

Use half a can of mushroom cream soup and make it thick. Add in button mushrooms and porcini and pour over plain rice. Isn't it easy, simple, quick and healthy? Extremely ideal for working ladies like me who doesn't have much cooking time, however tired of eating out.

White Sauce Mushroom Rice 白汁磨菇飯
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Home Made Dishes

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Discounted Sichuan Dinner

We have a discount coupon from Tanyoto, so we went there for a Sunday dinner. Sichuan restaurant in a Cantonese society serves also some Cantonese dishes. We had a combination tonight. The Fish Fraquent Sliced Pork is only graded as slightly hot. The other Fish Maw dish is Cantonese.

A La Carte Six Course Dinner for Two:
Fish Fraquent Sliced Pork
Mushroom Fish Maw with Vegetable
Dan Dan Noodle
Sichuan Dumpling
Almond Tea
Coconut Pudding
Total cost: HK$285, less HK$50 cash coupon, we paid HK$240 (US$30.7) including tips.

Fish Fraquent Sliced Pork 魚香肉絲
There is no fish in this dish, why is it called Fish Fraquent?
Because Sichuan is a basin, people seldom had a chance to eat fish.
So they name it 'fish' just to imagine that they are eating fish.

Mushroom Fish Maw and Vegetable 北菇花膠菜苗
Hong Kong Chinese Food

Friday, September 5, 2008

Moon Cake 月餅

Mid Autumn Festival is approaching (September 14, 2008), so I buy mooncakes to eat. Traditional mooncakes are sold in four regular size in one big box. Nowadays single mini boxes are available for small consumers like me. I bought the most traditional mooncake with dual egg yolks.

Mooncake shopping tips: Must buy from traditional mooncake producers. Trendy cake shops wants to have a market share and make some so-call mooncakes which might look good but not taste well.

Lotus Seed Paste with Dual Egg Yolks

雙黃蓮蓉月HK$48 (US$6.15)

Mini Mooncakes in gift packs are also available

迷你月餅 (gift from my boss)

Hong Kong Chinese Food - Mooncake

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sai Kung Seafood Dinner

Dinner date: August 16, 2008 Saturday
Number of people: Nine
Cost: HK$2,900 all inclusive
Anna's comment: My brother bought me seafood dinner. We all went to Sai Kung and had fun picking our own live seafood. It wasn't expensive, and we were all happy.

Steamed Clams with Jelly Noodle and Smashed Garlic
頂瓜瓜,好好味 !
Lobster with Noodel Base 龍蝦伊面
Deep Fried Osyter 酥炸生蠔
Steamed Garoupa 清蒸老虎班,好新鮮,係遊水的
Steamed Baby Abalone 清蒸鮑魚仔
Stir Fried Prawns with Chilli 椒盐賴尿蝦
The food came very fast. It was even faster than fast food shop !
The table was full of food - very yummy, very happy !
Hong Kong Chinese Food - Seafood Dinner