Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Gastronomic feast

They say the best way to immerse in the culture of a nation is by partaking of their local cuisine. Eat where the locals eat to truly enrich your visiting experience. But after a while, your taste buds tend to savor something different than the usual fare. Thankfully, Hong Kong has an interesting mix of various cuisine to offer!

Since it was very chilly outside, hotpot where you cook your own food was a favorite hangout. This was taken at the Budaoweng HotPot Cuisine located at iSquare Mall, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is located at the 23rd floor of the mall so it offers a fantastic view of Hong Kong.

Ebeneezer's had really appetizing shawarmas. It has several branches all over Hong Kong. After we explored the Lan Kwai Fong area, we decided to take out from this kebab place. It was yummy!

We had Beijing cuisine at a small nook on Caine Road. The restaurant is called Hometown Dumplings and it served mostly mainland (Beijing) Chinese food.

I ordered this Hokkaido Scallop Ramen from AjiSen Ramen, a Japanese restaurant. It was huge but I was famished so I managed to gobble it all down.

We dined at Thai Pad on New Year's day. They serve authentic Thai food which aren't too spicy for our discriminating palette.

Naturally we had Portuguese food when we visited Macau. This oxtail stew at NOW Cafe was delicious!

We merely had to cross the street from my sister's flat and voila a hotpot restaurant for you! We loved it so much we ate at Ying Kee Hotpot Restaurant quite frequently due to its very convenient location.

This 3 kinds of roasted meat was one of our orders at a restaurant in Queens Road West. Until now we don't know its name since the sign (as well as the menu) was in Chinese characters. We had a difficult time communicating with the staff who didn't speak English and ended up ordering by pointing at the pictures on their menu!

It was German cuisine at King Ludwig Beerhall located at the Murray House in Stanley. Huge platter of different kings of sausages filled our tummy after a long day of exploring Stanley.

We had lunch at Cadogan Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant after hearing mass at St Anthony's church. We were too hungry to take pictures of the food and only remembered to snap a shot of the place after we stepped out into the cool breeze.

For Christmas lunch we ate at Bayi, a Mongolian restaurant. Their menu consists mostly lamb dishes like this lamb stew with cumin.

Here we are all smiles at The Corner Cafe in Disneyland, Hong Kong. Their American fare was quite filling (huge portions).

A few tips while dining out in Hong Kong:
1) Portions are quite big for one person. My hubby and I would normally just share one dish.

2) Most menus are in Chinese but some restaurants have English menus so always ask before you enter the premises.

3) Bring your own tissue paper because they don't serve napkins.

4) They don't have fork and spoon so you must learn to use chopsticks. My father never learned to use chopsticks so we always brought along a pair of cutlery for him to use whenever we dined out. At one restaurant, we completely forgot about it and it was cleared along with the dishes after we had finished dining. Boy oh boy, we had such a hard time explaining to the waitress (who didn't speak English) that the fork and spoon were ours. After several hand gestures and sign language she finally understood and ran off to the kitchen to retrieve the fork and spoon.

5) Lastly, bring along your sense of humor as well as huge amounts of patience because frankly the inability to communicate with the servers can be very very frustrating, annoying and quite irritating to say the least! hehehe


kayni said...

there was a documentary i saw recently about the food choices that hongkong can offer. i'd love to go there and taste their food :).

Daphn3 LaurA said...

Oh you definitely should include HK in your places to visit, Kayni :)
Go during the winter months :D