Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Learn Restaurant Cantonese

Let's learn a couple of Cantonese phrases to speak in any Hong Kong restaurant. See if you can shock the waiters.

Mai Dan 埋單 - please give me the bill
mmm goi 吾該 - thank you / please

Now click on the video, and listen to how I say it. The card I am holding is a dim sum record card.

Chinese New Year is approaching. This year it falls on the Valentine's Day. When you are at a restaurant, waiters will say this to you:

Kung Hei Fat Choi 恭喜發財

You can also say this to anybody during CNY period in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Food Blog - Learn Restaurant Cantonese

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hot Pot Specialty Restaurants in Hong Kong

Restaurant name: Little Fat Cow小肥牛火鍋活魚專門店
Restaurant address: 141 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Restaurant telephone: 852- 25290660

Cost: HK$280 (US$35.8), all inclusive for two people

In Hong Kong, some hot pot restaurants have specialties. Little Fat Sheep is famous for lamp hot pot; Little Fat Cow is famous for beef hot pot; Tanyoto (Tam's Fish Head) is famous for giant fish head. If you want to enjoy a delightful hot pot meal, better go to specialty shops where their table settings and ventilation systems are all set.

There are other hot pot restaurants charging a fix price and you can eat all you can. Of course, you would have to comprise on food quality, service and everything.

The other day I went to Little Fat Cow. Their special offer was only HK$10. We ordered the best deals on the menu - local beef (HK$28) and beef in Huadiao wine (HK$18). You can also order beef from overseas like Canada, USA, Australia or Japan which costs up to HK$88 per dish.

Neck Beef - Special Offer HK$10 (US$1.3) 牛頸脊
Beef in Huadiao Wine - HK$18 (US$2.3) 花雕肥牛

Local Beef - HK$28 (US$3.6) 本地肥牛
We can turn this big lump of prawn's meat into
small balls to cook in the hot pot
Prawn's Meat - HK$55 (US$7) 蝦膠
For the soup base, I always go for vanilla,
although there were other choices.
Even so, I have tofu and some vegetable
as accessories in the soup base.

Cooking in the Hot Pot
Little Fat Cow has seven branches in Hong Kong.
Opens daily between 6pm and 3am (Wanchai shop).
Advance booking is advised.

Hong Kong Food Blog - Hot Pot Restaurants

Monday, January 4, 2010

500+ Healthy Chinese Recipes Cookbook

Enjoy cooking yummy Chinese food at the same time improves your health and weight loss.

Sounds good? Yes, this is all about the next cookbook I recommend - 500+ Healthy Chinese Recipes Cookbook by professional chef Nicholas Zhou. This cookbook has been sold about 560,000 copies since 1998.
His cookbook does not only talk about cooking yummy Chinese food, but how to improve your health and eat healthy and balanced food on a daily basis.

· 338 low carb recipes
· 289 low fat recipes
· 356 low calorie recipes
· 118 fruit, vegetable and vegetarian recipes
· 22 tofu (bean curd) recipes

His cookbook contains low carb, low fat recipes that have been personally cooked and tested by him. He only included recipes that he considered authentic and healthy according to his research. What interests me most is a free lifetime upgrade. Nicholas promised that he will keep adding new recipes and cooking tips to his book on a daily basis and he will offer free download for the updated version whenever it's available.

The cookbook contains the most famous Chinese recipes as well as all the secret recipes that couldn't be found anywhere else. Most recipes are quick-and-easy style and perfect for people who have a fast-pace lifestyle like me - which have saved me TONS of time and money.

For immediate download, the 543-page cookbook costs only $19.97.

About Nicholas Zhou’sNicholas began to learn cooking Chinese food from his mom when he was 9. When he was 12, he began to help his aunt in the kitchen (this was how he paid for my school clothes and supplies). His aunt was a very famous chef in town. Actually she was like the local chief chef and was invited to cook for all the major events, feasts and wedding parties held in town. She taught Nicholas everything about cooking - selecting ingredients, balancing nutrition, 6 key techniques in Chinese cooking, 8 Chinese cooking styles and even table etiquette. In memory of his aunt, he started his research and completed his eCookbook in 1998 and has since then became one of the best-selling cookbooks for Chinese food.

Hong Kong Chinese Food - Cookbook Review