Sunday, April 22, 2012

Easter Macau Food

Although Hong Kong is such an international city, you do need to go to Macau if you want to taste some authentic Portuguese food.  Don't worry, it's easy.  Macau is only an hour boat ride from Hong Kong.  I used to work there and now I go there for a short holiday break frequently.  Below are some photos I've taken from my recent Easter trip.

Although I'm from the food paradise of Hong Kong, I can't resist the temptation of Portuguese food which are so delicious.  Here are some of my favourites.

A few dishes from the New Camoes at the Fisherman's Wharf.  As there were only the two of us, so there was a lack of varieties. 

Portugues Potato Green Soup

Baked Duck Rice - not bad, but not the best I have had

Stir Fried Cabbage with Bacalhau
Mind the fish bones!
I found something new this time.  I've noticed that they put up some set lunch menu which cost around MOP98 + service fee.  Dinner buffet is around MOP250.  May be next time we shall try it.

I really love this restaurant - New Camoes - very authentic Portugues interior.  It's newly decorated, and we can sit comfortably without having to eat in an crowded environment.

Not only inside, the whole building of New Camoes is of Portuguese style.  That's why I love to take photos inside and outside.
On the Taipa Island is the newly decorated, re-opended Cozinha Pinocchio.  I used to have great experience here but not this time.  I must say there is no equal mark between great name/famous/historical and good food/consistency.

Baked Mussels
Well, I can only give it a pass. 

Grilled Spare Ribs
Again, I can't say it's bad, but just can't say it's good.  I can still smell the taste of frozen meat.  Average food, expensive price!

The most famous and my most beloved Portugues dessert.
Cost only MOP7 if eat at street side, but here it's MOP28.  Well, we wanted to eat but didn't want to eat on a street, so we had to pay for it.  But mind you, the street side ones are far more silky smooth than this one. 
Although I've been to Macau countless times, some sightseeing is still needed in each of my trips.  The most famous landmark in Macau - The St Paul's Ruin

From the St Paul's Ruin, just a few minutes walk, we arrived the Fortaleza do Monte.  Up at a little hill, a good place to take a good look at Macau.  If you don't want to walk, you can take lift from the Macau Museum.  Of course you would need to pay entrance fee to visit the Musuem first before you can make use of their lift to save your walking time to the Fortaleza do Monte.

More Macau food photos from my outing blog

Friday, April 6, 2012

Japanese Buffet

Holiday is a time for me to binge.  Today is the first day of Easter holiday, I kick start my crazy eating by a Japanese buffet lunch.  To be accurate, it's eat all you can at a fixed fee.  The restaurant I go serves lunch buffet on weekends and holidays only.  Here is a summary of my Japanese feast.

Sashimi - there are over 10 types of fishes for us to choose
Beef and Vegetable
The Ox Tongue is my top pick of the day, very delicious.  The teppanyaki beef sheet (top right) simply melt in my mouth, very well done.
 Grilled Mackerel
 Fried Rice and Noodle
 Tampura - prawns, egg plant and pumpkin
 Pan Fried Assorted Mushrooms
 Vegetables and Dumplings in soup
 Soba and Cucumber Salad
 Deep Fried Oyster and Cheese
 The beautiful cheese cake wrapped up our buffet.
Actually I'm not that keen to eat the Hong Kong style Japanese buffet, although it has the advantage of 'cook to order' and the foods are freshly prepared.  However there is one big disadvantage that I don't like.  The food that they brought us are not 100% ordered by us.  At the same time, some of the foods that we order never arrive.  When I eat buffet in Japan, I just go collect food from the table, food type and quantity are fully controlled by me.  In terms of size, the bowl of fried rice was so big. Of course we tried our best to not wasting food, but we were unable to eat a lot after that.   So we ended up ate something we didn't order and missed something that we really love to eat.

After all we are quite happy with the food as they are really yummy, especially the tepanyaki beef and ox tongue.

74-80 Johnston Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: 2866-1128

Luffet buffet available on Saturday, Sunday and holidays 12:00 - 2:30
HK$158 (US$20.2) (Adult)
HK$128 (US$16.4) (Senior and child)
+10% service charge

Hong Kong Food Blog - Japanese Buffet