I didnt sleep a wink at all (again) last night. Two sleepless nights in a row. Terribleee~
Breakfast at Tsui Wah Restaurant. This can be considered my third time here. But dint manage to dine here on my second visit as they were closed for renovation. Check out the newly renovated restaurant -->
I dont know why the picture turned out so foggy. ha ha.
Basically, we shared a bowl of wanton soup, which i thought looked like oversized bloated sperms swimming in murky waters. Shared a bowl of fishball soup as well.
Dont be fooled by those brown triangular things! Tau poks? No No. They are actually tau-pok-look-alike-fish-cakes. Pretty tasty too. =)
And the star of the day -->
Crispy butter buns drizzled with condensed milk!!! To be able to make me, the lazy bummer, come all the way to this restaurant for it, it jolly goodie well be honoured. Its the ultimate! Its da Bomb! It beats any bo lo baos hands down. Guaranteed to give u maximum satisfaction. =P
Looking at the picture alone is enuf to get me salivating.
We had milk tea and yuan yang too. A good way to kick start a great morning. =)
After a heartilicious breakfast, it was time to head down to the ferry terminal!
Up next, MACAU!
Its my second time here and i'l always remember this place for its highly bike conjested roads, its never-ending long and curvy highway, the casinos, almond cookies, portugese eggtarts, and how could i not forget, the extremely HOT weather. Enough to charr the once crisp and juicy sio bak.
Took some pics with my aunt, kengy, that's my name for her, haha, on the MTR and on the ferry too!
Our first stop in MACAU, New YaoHan Shopping Mall. Whilst waiting for my uncle to try on some jeans, my aunt jo took some silly pics of ME in the kiddy disney toys section. LOL.
Tigger actually blends well with my top! Cuteee.
After one hour or so, our stomachs, or maybe just mine, started to growl for food. So we bused down to the city area to hunt for some cheap local eats. There werent many choices and so, we settled for this restaurant anyhow.
To be frank, i really have no clue what this restaurant serves. It just happened to be the first one on the street. Just Whack la huh.
And thank God it isnt a restaurant that whips up weird dishes like dogs' meat, rabbits brain or pigs' tongue. It turned out to be an ordinary dimsum restaurant! Safe! Phewww~
We ordered a few items here and there. There aint much variety as compared to those offered in Hong Kong. The dimsum items are also slightly different. Tastewise, i still prefer HK dimsum. =P
Clockwise from top left : Century egg lean meat porridge, green chili tingy, fried beancurd skin with shrimp, steamed rice with pork tingy, char siew and prawn cheong fun, custard + SALTED EGG YOLK <3! bao, chicken feet and shrimp dumplings.
The one and only dimsum item which got me raving about and cravin' for it is none other than the custard + SALTED EGG YOLK baos! OOOOO!!!! I guess all of u by now should noe how big a fan i am of salted egg yolks. This one in particular is one of the bestest bestest salted egg yolk combi ive ever had.
It blends so well with the custard! U can even feel the rough tiny bits of mashed salted egg yolk on the surface of your tongue! Best of all, the mixture of custard + salted egg yolk is in liquid form! I love it when something oozes out of SOMETHING. Indeed sinfully appetizing for your mind soul and body.
Enough about salted egg yolks.
Went to the city area to buy some ginger titbits for my family back in Singapore.
The shop we always go to.
My dad will always request for these whenever i travel to HK, but sadly, his daughter doesnt know how to buy them. Ha Ha Ha. So tt's y he only gets it when i travel with my aunt. Hence, made it a point to buy tons and heaps of it. Enough to last him for a year at least. Hopefully, he'l be so sick of ginger that he'l stop asking me to buy him the same ol' stuff everytime im in HK. Ha Ha. Just teasing. =P
Took a few pics here and there.
Sunset in Macau
Some shots of Macau
Dined at HF's restaurant. This is one restaurant which i will recommend to anyone of you going to Hong Kong anytime soon. Its located at Tsim Sha Tsui, straight down from Humphrey's Street, along Prat Avenue. Prices here are truely reasonable for such food of good consistant standard. That also explains why i dined here almost everyday during my last trip to HK in dec.
My recommendation? Everything. Be it french toast, bo lo baos, porridge, meat, veggie, noodles, fried rice bla bla bla. All yummilicious. Did i mention that this place also whips up a mean teh-o-peng?! One word. POWER. Beats the bestest teh-o-peng from Sg.
We had green leafy veggies, roasted goose, HK style Horfun, and beef. The green leafy veggies were stir fried with century eggs, thus, giving the gravy a greyish murky color. It contained bits and pieces of salted egg yolks too! Ummmm.
Doesnt it look tantalizing? It sure taste better than it looks. The skin is uber crispy. The kind that explodes with oil upon each bite. The meat, tender and juicy. Heavenly~ Their other meat items like char siew are pretty good too! Had it once for lunch last time and i fell head over heels in love with it with each bite. Unlike in Sg where char siew is thinly sliced, here, in HK, u get lego blocks of well marinated char siew! I wonder y i didnt order it this time round. Ha Ha. Watching my calories of course. But roast goose? Ha Ha. Different story altogether. -bleahz-
The beef slices were nicely cooked as well. Stir fried with onions and some other greens drenched in some unidentified black sauce. Satisfying~ My guess is that in HK, any dish that has gotta do with BEEF shouldnt go wrong. I hope im right. *Crosses fingers*
The horfun was not too bad. It just lacked that oomph. Thought it was a little too plain.
But no choosing! No complaining! I love my dinner anyhow! Whheeeee.
& Thats how i spent my second day in Hong Kong-a foodie paradize!
mai dong xi chi dong xi mai dong xi chi dong xi.
....arrggghhhh. Pam hates pimples. If only i could make them disappear like how Jessica Alba does it in Fantastic 4.
Cabbed to the airport at 5.45am. There wasnt much of a queue, so the process of checking in our baggages was a breeze. Breakfast at Wang Jiao. We all shared kaya toast, soft boiled eggs and drinks.
Boarded the plane at 7.30am sharp. Took many beautiful pics of the scenary too. =)
View from the plane
Plane about to take off...
Clockwise from top left : Plane travelling at high speed on the runway. Whee! I see Expo! Going higher and higher. Yea, we're way above the clouds now! =Pp
Isnt it beautiful? Looks like Heaven to me. Ha Ha
Airplane Food. Only had the omelette. What i like about Cathay Pacific airlines is that they give u ice-cream for dessert on ur return trip. =Pp
Touched down at Hong Kong International Airport at 11.45am. A long snaking queue greeted us at the immigration checkpoint but thank God we dint have to wait very long for our turn as the queue was pretty fast moving.
Boarded the bus, which would transport us to our hotel, about an hour later. The guide was a young chap who understood a teeny weeny bit of english. I like him for his patience and humble-ness (If there's sucha word). These kinda guides, i don mind tipping but since i tot he resembled Lex, i started having second thoughts. Ha Ha.
Last time, i didnt know tour guides were called "Dao You" in chinese. N when ppl frequently used that word on tour groups/buses, silly me wondered what all the hype about soya sauce was. Soya sauce! Riteee.
It took us about 50mins to get to our hotel. Meanwhile, i cam-whored with my aunt on the bus. Hee Hee.
We not only got connecting rooms, the hotel even upgraded us to a bigger and much better room on the spot! God's favour was certainly upon us. =)
Lunch was at Shen Ji Zhou Mian. This is a restaurant which specializes in porridge, as the name says, duh. They sell noodles too. In case you dont noe, this was my very last meal stop during my previous previous Hk trip in June 2006. And to think that this has become our number 1 meal stop, 1 year later, in June 2007. Interesting.
The porridge here is exceptionally GOOD! The texture is right, the ingredients are aplenty and for $3.80 a bowl, u get a bowlful of wholesome porridge whose standard is on par, if not better, than Crystal Jade's!
I kinda like HK beef. Or maybe, i kinda like their style of cooking them. The noodles served with it was acceptable, just like any typical hong kong wanton mee noodles but the beef, WHOO, certainly blew me away. It was tender. it was juicy, It was yummy. I love it!
Time for some shopping after lunch! Need a walk to digest m
y lunch. Tried lotsa clothes from most of the shops located along Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. I think trying clothes is fun. Ha Ha.
The last time we were at Granville Road, we spent more than half a day there. But this time, we're improved and barely spent 3 hours there. He He.
Mind you, Granville Road isnt one big shopping district, its just a one way street! There's just so many things to see and buy there! Most of the stuff you cant find in Singapore. So its a matter of whether you really need the item despite its price, or whether ur willing to splurge just because you can nv find it in Singapore. Im usually the latter. Ha Ha. But thankfully, i have my aunt by my side to control my expenditure.
This shop, Bauhaus, sells nice belts! But for $60? Sighhhhh
After much walking and bargaining, we decided to rest our poor aching feet at the nearby Indonesian Restaurant. My uncle popped in without much hesitation upon seeing the word CHENDOL on the menu. Ha Ha.
Basically, we ordered 2 cups of lime soda, which was recommended by the waiter.
It was very thirst quenching! Just what we needed most! We ordered a cup of chendol and coconut juice as well. The chendol was not bad, kinda like the natural sweetness of the coconut juice. Definitely much sweeter than those found in Sg.
These humongous chocolate puffs reminded me of dar dar =)
This shop too! Cute.
Chilled at some Hong Kong Tea house right after. We had HK milk tea, which they call, nai cha, and also, Ice Lemon Tea.
I've realised that the standard of their milk tea varies from restaurant to restaurant and cafe to cafe. Some are really GOOD, some are just okie, acceptable, while some really CMI. The one we had here, happens to fall under the GOOD category. Sad to say, i've discovered that im acty allergic to HK tea, be it HK teh-o-peng, HK milk tea, or HK Iced lemon tea. Everytime i drink a cup, i'l start feeling nauseuos. It last for at most an hour. Really that bad.
The streets of Hong Kong.
Walked to Avenue Of Stars. Caught the lights show at 8pm.
It wasnt as nice as i remembered it to be. Perhaps i got bored after watching this 4 times - One time every HK Trip. Somehow, il still make it a point to come here, just to enjoy the sea breeze and magnificent HK landscape. Its a pretty romantic place for couples to take a stroll too - hand in hand. Sweet~
Bought a bag of JellyBeans from the Jelly Bean Factory. The roasted garlic flavour was yukky yuk yuks! I like buttered popcorn though. He He
Walked back down the streets for dinner! We dined at this restaurant called Ba Wang.
We had roasted goose, strained and steamed rice with crabmeat and shrimp roe, spicy beef ribs and steamed sliced squid with egg plant and garlic!
After mixing the rice...Ummm
The rice was sth i havent tried before. It had a nice unique pleasant taste. I like. The squid was very well done! Chewy and springy at the same time. The accompanying gravy + chopped garlic bits went very well with this white sotong. However, the beef ribs were too salty for my liking. The roasted goose wasnt too bad, it would have been better if the skin was much crispier. No doubt, HF's version beats it hands down.
And that marks the end of DAY ONE! Seriously, i've nv walked so much in my entire life before. Nor climbed so many steps. I need a leg massage badly. OSIM, where are you?