# Sunday, 29 August 2010
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The past week is a very difficult time for most of us here in Hong Kong, I was planning a family trip during Autumn but now  I have to seriously reconsider, not much because of the probability of any real threat during travelling, but it is more a psycho effect thing. General sentiment among friends is to appreciate how lucky we are to be living in Hong Kong, although not saying that nothing would happen here, most of us feel safe when moving around most parts of the city.

I was in New York last month and I was kind of concern with safety, but honestly there were not a single incident or sights of anything that made me feel unsafe, so a lot of cities in the world may be suffering from an image problem, indeed, it is always easy to create bad image but a good reputation takes a long time to build up, I hope our local authorities can keep up the good work and prepare for the worst.

Sunday, 29 August 2010 14:22:23 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 18 April 2010

It is a bad news to me that Shark's Fin City Restaurant (魚翅城) in Times Square Causeway Bay (時代廣場) will be closing down and today is their last business day.

With the growing awareness of the risk of driving the Sharks to extinction, eating Shark's fin is not a good thing to talk about, the restaurant's name could be hurting them, though to be fair, they offer many good food that has nothing to do with Shark's fin. But perhaps what's hurting them is something else.

The high real estate cost (thus rental costs) in Hong Kong is a well known fact, many business simply cannot sustain the constant hike in rental rates demanded by real estate owners, in good times the pressure can still be tolerated, but this makes the business so vulnerable, I think this is what is forcing the restaurant to close down the Causeway Bay branch.

Well, they do have branches at Kowloon side, I know there is one in New World Centre (新世界中心) in TST near the Avenue of Stars, and it is interesting to see how this restaurant will evolve in the coming years.

Sunday, 18 April 2010 14:01:42 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 26 February 2010

The weather in Hong Kong is getting very humid these days, not only that the washed clothes cannot get dry, even the floor can be slippery somehow, so I rushed to buy a Dehumidifier (抽濕機) this afternoon, which actually is long overdued since the old Dehumidifier was disposed.

Since I recall that the recent report from Consumer council (消委會) seemed to have positive reviews on Mitsubishi Dehumidifier (三菱抽濕機), plus some personal assessments, I made a quick decision to get the 25L model - MJ-E26CX-H, which is quite costly at HKD 4599.90!

I chose this high end model over MJ-E16AX-H and MJ-E22WX-H not because I am the kind of person who always wants the latest and best, while people usually make decision based on area size, I consider other factors:

- I can move this thing easily around, it has got roller wheels!

- It can send warm air downward toward the floor (向下送風), which is important to make the floor dry and thus, less slippery.

I don't really believe in the factor on area size unless you are talking about real big house, I think features can be more relevant.

And I tested it for a few hours, the effect on clothings is not too obvious yet probably because I cannot setup the places properly yet, but it does collect a lot of water quickly, and it is rather quiet, and the control is easy to use. I have good confidence in Japanese quality despite the recent issues in certain automobile brands (hmmm, are the cars manufactured in Japan anyway?), well, these Dehumidifiers (抽濕機) are made in Japan.

Is it worth the money? For an appliances that you use for years and is a necessity in such humid weather, plus the potential to help improve air quality, I think I can save money elsewhere, but not on this one.

By the way, Dehumidifiers are in big demand as I can see at the department stores, especially those from Mitsubishi (三菱), so if you live in very humid areas in Hong Kong and you think you really need one, better act now.

Friday, 26 February 2010 01:04:18 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 19 February 2010

I noticed that in recent years there are more tourists around the neighborhood, I guess that's mainly because of the few hotels nearby, Tin Hau is a special area that has several advantage, it is only a few minutes away from Causeway Bay, but is relatively quiet and not crowded, it also offers big convenience in transportation, you can take MTR (Tin Hau station), bus (there is a bus terminal beside MTR station with routes to airport - E11 - which is slower though), plus another bus station for riding to famous destinations such as Stanleys, and A11 to airport, which is faster than E11), taxi (there is a taxi station at Electric Road) or even the slow moving tram (The station going West is just in front of MTR station). All these transportation options are close to each other, within a few minutes walk away from the MTR station, and L'hotel is the most convenient one as it is just on the opposite side of the station.

So I am happy to live in such an area, and if you live in L'hotel, I think you would find the area ok, but regarding food option, I think Tin Hau offers more for local people than for tourists, my favorite is Sister Wah (Wah Tze)'s beef noodles (華姐清湯腩), it is consistently good, but I am not sure if foreign visitors will find the environment fine, as this small eatery will expect quick turnover, and try to pack as many people as they can, so if you really wish to try it, find a time when few people will be eating there, avoid lunch hours especially.


My favorite - I like to have it this way, noodle separated from soup (牛腩撈麵)


Beef Noodle in Soup - 清湯牛腩麵 - nice


This Marinated (滷水) beef is one of the best in town

Address in Chinese: 天后電氣道13號A地下
Address in English: Ground floor, 13A Electric Road, Tin Hau
Tel: 2807 0181


There is also a restaurant just beside MTR station (Viking seafood), I actually treated my relatives there during this Chinese new year gathering, honestly, I chose it not because of anything except easy booking and convenience (near my home and it was raining, plus my relatives parked their car nearby), but as expected, there are always something from them to disappoint me, and this time was the chairs, well, yes, they ran out of chairs, and one waiter had severe foul body odor that was extremely offending, the food was average to below average as I have known all along, so I think unless you are facing the same situation as I did (bad weather, no time), try others, in fact, if you are willing to take a short ride, you can find much better dim Sum restaurants in either North Point or Causeway Bay.

Friday, 19 February 2010 16:31:05 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 13 February 2010

Going to the flower market (花市) is not just a tradition, it is really fun if the crowd is not too big yet, I went there again this morning with my family, and there were not a lot of people yet, I saw a lot of passionate young people selling a lot of cool stuffs, so go there and I am sure there must be something for you!


Nice flowers sold at HKD 15 per set


Very nice Gold fish balloon!


My Favorite Balloon of the year (of Tiger!)

 

Some of the photos I took the other day, not sure if the stuffs are still available, good items seem to be sold out early.

The 2010 Chinese new year Flower Market is happening now at Victoria Park (will end a few hours after midnight I think), you can ride MTR and get out from Tin Hau exits or Causeway Bay exits, I think Tin Hau exit is a better option, the weather condition is not so fine today, but the rain is thin and I doubt if it would really discourage people from going there. But if you have small kids with you, you may need to take extra precaution though.

Wishing everyone a prosperous year of tiger!!!

Saturday, 13 February 2010 14:00:39 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 10 February 2010

This is probably the last of my recent recounts of my North Point gourmet experiences, there was a comment asking about restaurants in City Garden Hotel, while the word-of-mouth of the restaurants there are general ok, the one I have tried is Yue (粵), I rarely eat there and that was a dim sum lunch a few months ago.

Yue is quite impressive to me, although they may not be as good as Lei Garden, or as good value as Shark's Fin City, they represent a new style of dim sum gourmet, there is no complaint on the things I tried there, though I would not say they are the best in town, especially when the pricing there is quite high. Environment wise the restaurant is expectedly good, the people I met are quite professional that day but I think they need more hands to serve everyone during peak hours. Overall, I would say this is worth trying once if you stay in the hotel or near the North Point area.

Yue (粵)
Address in Chinese: 北角城市花園道9號城市花園酒店1樓
Address in English: 1/F, City Garden Hotel, 9 City Garden Road, North Point
Tel: 2806 4918

There are quite a few budget restaurants nearby that serves dim sum at lower price, especially during non-peak hours (morning or late afternoon - after 2:30p for example), my personal classifications for these are as followings:

Metropolitan Restaurant (新都會大酒樓) - Good for business lunch when you are the one to pay and wish to spend averagely for guests of average importance, the environment is good and spacious, but the price tag is acceptable, food quality, in my opinion, is also average only.

Star Seafood Restaurant (明星海鮮酒家) - I have not been there for a long long time, somehow it co-relates hassle and noise to me. You don't have to treat my comment seriously, but you may want to take a look yourself.

Hok Ka Hut (客家好棧) - well....I would never eat there again, this oily and strangely tasted fried shrimp roll scared me:


And I almost forgot, some may feel that there seems to be no Japanese restaurant in North Point, but in fact, there is one which is quite good, also at the basement of Island Place (港運城) - it is a restaurant and not just a counter at food court - OEDO Japanese Restaurant (大江戶日本料理) is very ok to me, I especially like their Teppanyaki (鐵板燒), good in content, great taste (especially the sauce), and reasonably priced, the only caveat is that the food is rather too salty.

OEDO Japanese Restaurant (大江戶日本料理)
Address in Chinese: 北角英皇道500號港運城地庫B10
Address in English: Shop B10, Island Place, 500 King's Road, North Point
Tel: 2960 0099

You may also check out my previous blog entry on my North Point favorite at: http://www.biginhongkong.com/2010/01/27/LookingForPlacesToEatInNorthPoint.aspx

Wednesday, 10 February 2010 23:25:50 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, 08 February 2010

There were quite some discussions around a small eatery reaching michelin star status, I have never tried Hung's Delicacies (阿鴻小吃), and perhaps will not try it for quite sometime, I am not saying that the food there is bad, my friends say that it is really nice, but perhaps I won't be able to taste it myself soon, as after the Michelin blessing, it must be full and crowded with people all the time.

If you have never tried these type of small eateries in Hong Kong, please note that because of the small area and high rental rate here in Hong Kong, turnover rate is very important for eateries to maximize profit, and that's one big reason why I am precarious about this type of eatery, you can be expected to eat fast and get out of there soon, or else....well, I am not sure if that's the way Hung's Delicacies works, and I'll find out perhaps a few months later, there is really no driving force for me to rush there just for what Michelin guide says.

I heard that one strength of Hung's Delicacies is their Marinated (滷水) food, there are many restaurants in Hong Kong that serves that, especially those who serve Chiu Chow dishes (潮州菜), in North Point (where Hung's Delicacies is located), there is one at Fit fort (健威坊) named Chao and Hak (潮客) just beside Island Place (港運城), I just tried their marinated beef and pork instestine recently by chance (take out order only), well, not bad, but no surprise either, and I am curious about how good those from Hung's Delicacies can be for it to get a Michelin star. In fact, one of the best marinated food I have is located in Wan Chai, I may talk about it next time.

From Chao and Hak (潮客), average only:


By the way, the flower market opens today, when I passed by there this morning, it was in set up stage, I'll look for a right moment to get there, main objective: avoid the crowd....

Monday, 08 February 2010 23:08:38 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 27 January 2010

North Point (北角) is a district in Hong Kong that is quite less likely to be part of a tourist's itinerary, but many tourists related to Fujian (福建) province of mainland may prefer to stay there as that district has a big concentration of population with Fujian origin.

If you happen to live in a hotel in that area, I think there are a few eateries that you should not miss, and my recommendations today are also the choices of a prominent figure in Hong Kong circles - Mr. Chua Lam (蔡瀾), he has a rich and colorful background and has been hosting a number of TV shows about enjoying life and great food, which I truly enjoy watching.

The first one I would mention is Fung Shing Restaurant (鳳城酒家), this restaurant is kind of unique, at entrance at ground floor, you will see religious offerings and smell incense, they do not have carefully designed Chinese style deco, but it does make me feel something related to the 70s.

The dim sum there is excellent, I like the beef ball, sui mai, and especially their fried shrimp roll (鮮蝦腐皮卷), they also offer a traditonal style of soup dumpling (灌湯餃), which wraps the soup inside the dumpling instead of the other way around, well, although I am not really in favor of this style (could it be why it is disappearing?), but very few restaurant in Hong Kong is doing them, so it is worth a try, as you may like it.


Traditonal style of soup dumpling (灌湯餃)

Fung Shing has a few branches elsewhere, but I would not recommend them, the quality and services of other branches strangely are not as good as the North Point branch, I particularly feel bad about the one in Causeway Bay, I experienced low quality service a couple times there.


Address in Chinese: 北角渣華道 62-68號 高發大廈 地下及1樓
Address in English: Ground Floor & 1st Floor, 62-68 Java Road, North Point
Tel: 2578 4898

SNACKS
If you like to take a snack, there is one that you need to try, well, the shop may look a little cheap by any standard, but the taste definitely is not! This is one of my entire family's favorite (as well as the favorite of many many locals I believe, as the queue is always very long most of the time), the little egg cake (雞蛋仔)


No long queues at this hour, so rush to buy


Eat while it is hot!


Don't worry, it is hygenic, very quick turn around time

Well, I am not sure on how to translate this shop name into English, but they also sell spicy fish ball, so the name has something to do with being the best in spicy and sweet clan, it is near a new building known as Island Place (港運城)


 
勁辣派甜甜掌門(北角雞蛋仔)
Address in Chinese: 北角 英皇道 492號
Address in English: 492 King's Road, North Point
Tel: 2590 9726 (you may not need it, just go there and buy)

And finally, if you like Beef Pho, you can try out a Vietnamese restaurant at the food court of Island Place (港運城), they may not be the best, but not bad for a quick snack if you are running out of time, want something hot and nice, or if you want to eat early in the morning in order to catch a flight, but most of the restaurants are not opened for business yet.

I think their soup base is ok, beef quality is nice too, but as fast food style, may be the overall quality would fluctuate, but at such pricing, I think it is worth giving a try!  They also have branches in Taikoo Shing and TST I believe.

味佳居越南美食 Yummy
Address in Chinese: 北角丹拿道51-61號港運城地庫K4號舖
Address in English: Shop K4, Island Place, 51-56 Tanner Road, North Point
Tel: 3526 1508
 
Don't get me wrong, there are many other good eateries in North Point, but these are what I just had recently, and it happens that Mr. Chua Lam recommended them too (蔡瀾推介), I may talk about more North Point gourmet options next time.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010 15:28:21 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 21 January 2010

Din Tai Fung (or Ting Tai Fung - 鼎泰豐) is a very famous Taiwan chain restaurant known for its Xiao Long Bao (小籠包), it used to have branches in Hong Kong but only in Kowloon side, recently (in December 2009) they opened a branch in Causeway Bay, and as expected, it becomes a hot restaurant with crowds going there everyday, it took us 30 minutes to get a table.

Are their Xiao Long Bao (小籠包) really that good? The answer is yes, thin skin and juicy, although I would say Crystal Jade (翡翠拉麵小籠包) and Modern China Restaurant (金滿庭) offers equally good quality Xiao Long Bao, Din Tai Fung has other varieties beyond the commonly available Ordinary ones or crab paste ones (蟹粉小籠包), I also tried the Taro version (荔芋小籠包), and they are excellent, just sweet to the right extent, very special!


Taro Xiao Long Bao  (荔芋小籠包) - It is so attractive that I can't ask my guests to wait for my photo taking (2 taken out of 6 immediately)

Other recommended dishes:


紅燒牛肉麵 Braised beef noodle soup - Great!


蒜茸油麥菜 Yau Mak Choi - Not having it at home before, it is good!


蛋白蝦仁炒飯 Fried rice with eggs and shrimp - My kid likes this very much


蝦仁餛飩麵 Shrimp and pork wonton noodle - My favorite!


乾拌麵 Dry noodle with special sause - Very simple but tastes great

 

But not everything is great there for everyone, there are things that does not work for me too:


擔擔麵 Taiwan style Dan Dan noodle (Noodles mixed in sesame and Peanut) - I don't like Dan Dan noodle as peanut + noodle is not a combination working for me, my guests likes Dan Dan noodle but they were not excited by this one either. However, this one is very popular and we could be wrong. If you love Dan Dan noodle there is no reason not to try them.


The only thing that is disappointing is the Steamed shrimp and pork dumpling (蝦仁燒賣), very expensive but so so only - it has good looks, but does not taste great. The Cantonese style dim sum will do better for this one.

The restaurant is excellent but the crowds can be an issue, if any nice Xiao Long Bao (小籠包) and noodle soup is fine for you, you can consider  alternatives such as Crystal Jade (翡翠拉麵小籠包) or Modern China Restaurant (金滿庭) if the queue is too long, but if you can get there early (get there at 11:30a will be helpful) Din Tai Fung would be an excellent choice. By the way, it is located at Regal Hotel, so if there are too many people there, you can try the other restaurants there, Regel Palace is on the third floor (I have a review for Regal Palace at http://www.biginhongkong.com/2009/06/08/RegalPalace.aspx, and I think Fu Sing also opened a new branch there as well.

Another great thing about them is the service, the attitude and service quality is not what Crystal Jade or Modern China can offer, in fact, I just had a bad experience in Crystal Jade branch in Causeway Bay World Trade Center, in contrast, Din Tai Fung's stuff were very polite and considerate, they even have nice eating ware for kids! And for efficiency purpose, they would provide a order form to you while you are waiting for table.

Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) is as good as it says it is, but wonder how many other similar restaurants the New York Times writer had tried and compared.

Official Din Tai Fung Web Site (Taiwan): http://www.dintaifung.com.tw

Address in Chinese: 銅鑼灣怡和街68號地下
Address in English:G/F, 68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay

Tel 3160 8998

Thursday, 21 January 2010 15:09:28 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, 14 December 2009

This is the 44th Expo and shall be held from Dec 12, 2009 to Jan 4, 2010, it is always a good chance for us to buy bargain local products, since I live near Victoria Park, I don't have to worry about the hassle of carrying the items back home, but I would always focused on value items by quality instead of quantity, as even if my home is nearby, carrying purchased items around inside the venue can be a challenge, there are just way too many people there, even I got there today at non-peak hours, some shops were still having lots of people in front of the store.

紹香園 is popular for its walnuts, as well as preserved fruits, unfortunately my favorite 話梅肉 (some sort of preserved Chinese plum meat) is not available, and when I tried to ask, I was edged out by a few elders, whom I believe are definitely more than 60 years old.

Another store that I would patronage year over year is Comvita Manuka honey, this year they offer package of 4 bottles of 250g UMF 15+ plus free Huni skin lotion for HKD 999, or 3 bottles of 500g UMF 10+ also plus free Huni skin lotion for the same amount, I have not yet decided on which to take, but sure I would buy either one of this offer.

 

Another of my favorite Koi Kei Bakery 鉅記手信 has an impressive shop "building" there, quite inline with the Central library at the background, quite an ingenious design! But I did not see my favorite Flossy Pork Egg Rolls (肉鬆蛋卷), and I am not sure if the prices are really attractive, I do not buy anything there, they now have a store in Causeway Bay, quite convenient in case I need to buy something from them.

 

But the real value of my visit there today is the food, Farm House Chinese restaurant (農圃飯店) is a popular but expensive restaurant that I have tried only twice in the past, but today at the 工展會 expo, I can order four pieces of 蟹粉小籠包 (Hairy Crab paste Xiao Long Bao) for HKD 30! Their Almond juice Pig Lung soup (杏汁豬肺湯) is truly excellent, this is really an excellent chance for us to try out this restaurant's high quality food at very reasonable price. Again, I am lucky to be living close to the venue, so I can order take home and eat them while they were still hot! A word of caution though, if you order and eat there, it can be quite a hassle.

 

SuperStar also has a counter there, but their crab paste garlic toast (蟹粉蒜茸飽) was a little disappointing even at HKD 15 for 2 pieces, the crab stuff seems to be not very fresh, I would not recommend it. But you should buy their Crispy Whitebait with peanuts (脆脆銀魚) at HKD 50 for 6 packs, as it is a really a big bargain! The abalone seems to be quite tempting, but I did not get it.

By the way, the entrance fee is HKD 10, reasonable enough. But the true spending is not that amount, but the hassle of moving around the crowd, and your time. If you can get there during week days, it would be better, going there during weekends or holiday could be a nightmare for some of you.

Monday, 14 December 2009 21:00:01 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 09 December 2009

Before I watched the movie I had read about some criticizm about it, mostly on the scientific inaccuracies and miuse of the Mayan legend, I think these remarks do have points, but if we see this movie from a pure entertainment perspective, I think it is a great production that should be deeply appreciated.

One great function of a movie can be to help us visualizing something, sometimes when we read or learn about something, the understanding can somehow be limited by our own capability to imagine. For example, for people who had never experienced earthqakes, tsunami or volcanic explosion, they can only have a somewhat imagined feel of what the damage, or fear would be like. After all, you won't be seeing the deeper part of the terrible things on TV News or News paper. A movie, especially one with today's computer technologies, can bring that experiences vividly through the big screens and sound systems in modern cinema. This movie's special effects is the best I have ever seen, it is amazingly realistic!

The storyline is not bad overall, though I do have conservation on some of the ideas, I think ignoring the right of ordinary people in such situation is very bad, but being too emotional and jeopardizing the whole plan is not a good thing either, and I always dislike the idea of having everything hanging on the luck of a single individual, if that should be the case, it should be something to be avoided, and not glorified.

One interesting thought that comes to my mind is, if indeed a doomsday is coming, how would the governments of the world handles it? Would they risk chaos and let the whole world knows about it? Or just prepare to save those who are "worth saving"?

This movie is best seen at Cinema, I watched it at IFC and the facilities are good, I wish I can see it in IMAX, but even I have seen it at Cinema, I plan to get a Bluray copy when it is available, it is worth being a collector item. 

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 14:40:15 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Tuesday, 03 November 2009

During Hairy crab (大閘蟹) season, most Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong would offer dishes out of this seasonal delicacy, Jade Garden is not known for this, and my trial on two of them makes me feel that I should stick to this restaurant for dim sum better.


Official name from menu: Tofu broth with hairy crabmeat and coral (豆腦蟹粉羹)


Official name from menu: Noodle in shrimp with hairy crabmeat and coral (蟹粉伴麵)

They are not really that bad, but there seems to be too much flour in it, and the taste is not rich enough, since the price is relatively low at only HKD 28 (USD 3.5) per serving (you can order an one person serving for trial, which is good), it is understandable, if you have a couple people dining there together, it is ok to order a few of these hairy crab dishes, may be there are nice surprises in the other ones.

Tuesday, 03 November 2009 15:33:12 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 29 October 2009

The hot humid days of Hong Kong summer seems to be over finally, now comes one of the best season to visit Hong Kong, plus being at the right time for eating hairy crab! Talking about hairy crab, I had my first 2 for this season yesterday, gonna blog about it tomorrow, it is a busy day today and extremely tired...

Thursday, 29 October 2009 23:11:46 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 01 August 2009

Aside from eating, another kind of fun that I always enjoy is playing Lego, may be there are misconception that Lego is for kids only, many adults actually uses Lego to express themselves, I went to a local event yesterday (ani-com) and was deeply impressed by this Lego representation of my other favorite: Dim Sum

By the way, if you play Lego as well, please check out my Lego blog at: http://brickand.me

Saturday, 01 August 2009 22:53:00 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 12 July 2009

Starting July 7, 2009, Registered retailers in Hong Kong will charge customers not less than HKD 0.5 for each shopping bag with handles if they demand it, these retailers are mostly department stores, supermarts and other bigger retail outlets.

http://sc.info.gov.hk/gb/news.gov.hk/en/category/environment/090524/html/090524en04002.htm

While some people get away with it by getting plastic bags with no handles, most local residents do bring their own eco-friendly shopping bags. I admit that this can cause some inconvenience, but for the cause of protecting the environment (protecting ourselves - human - actually, as the earth will survive after all), I believe that if under situation where bringing a bag is not feasible, paying 50 cents is acceptable too.

Talking about environment protection, not sure if many are aware of a UN report telling us that Livestock is a major threat to environment, and it generates more greenhouse gas emissions than the transportation sector!

http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html

While becoming a total vegetarian is not easy, enjoying a nice vegetarian meal more often can now serve one more purposes: Save the planet, and thus saving us.

Sunday, 12 July 2009 18:33:27 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 25 June 2009

INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is named the World's Best Airport 2009 by Skytrax survey (http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards_2009/Airport2009.htm), Hong Kong International Airport was last year's winner and still manage to get the No. 2 spot. But for best airport dining, Hong Kong is still the best(http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards_2009/Categories.htm#dining)! In my last blog entry, I did mention the rich varieties of dining options there.

This is a great achievement that we local folks should be proud of, and we should also do our part to help Hong Kong remain competitive, a good start is to be polite and friendly to foreign visitors, and sharing more helpful information on the web.

 

Thursday, 25 June 2009 10:45:31 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 02 May 2009

Although expected, it is still a little unpleasant to know that the H1N1 virus finally hits Hong Kong, but it seems that the government is doing a good job so far: the people are being tracked, the hotel being isolated. But obviously a few people who had contacts with the patient have already been out there among the community, and there can probably be some infected travellers who haven't shown any sign of sickness.

Hong Kong was hit hard by SARS in 2003 so the government agencies, medical institutions and even ordinary citizens are prepared well for the crisis, if everyone would do their part, we can get over this with minimal damage.

May be many of our foreign friends do not know, Hong Kong has some of the best medical professionals in the world, not just for their expertise, but for their bravery and dedication to their work, during SARS, many of them sacrified while standing firm to their post, I hope no one will be lost in this crisis.

Saturday, 02 May 2009 08:42:14 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Unexpectedly, a health crisis suddenly hit the world - The Swine Flu - 豬流感 - (or may be under a new name as some countries are asking for it) reminds us on the bad days of SARS. But aside from the hot sales of masks, there is little sign of panic among us here in Hong Kong, restaurants are still packed with people and few are wearing masks, I hope the situation worldwide will soon be better, but no precaution is excessive, and keeping good personal hygiene is what each of us can do to help.

I remember how it was like during the days of SARS, much less people would had dined outside, I was relatively a risk taker during those times and still patronaged a number of good restaurants, I felt it was pretty safe with good safety measures, besides, not many people were around so the chance of getting infected was small. I wish the same situation will not happen, the real condition should probably surface in the next couple of days.

But what if a pandemic really happens? Well, as long as some good restaurants would still operate, and is willing to offer bargain prices, I guess I would still go for it.

A Chinese proverb says: "human would get killed for money, birds would get killed for food" - 人為財死,烏為食亡 (the teaching is to ask people not to be greedy), I hate to think about people getting killed for food as well, especially if just for getting better tasting ones. Well, just wish human will prevail in this battle and this Swine Flu thing will be over very soon.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009 17:44:44 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 24 April 2009

May be many would wonder about the impact of the financial crisis on Hong Kong, I think that the damage is not as bad as during the times of SARS in 2003, but as far as dining is concerned, quite a number of restaurants made encoruaging price adjustments, and for visiting tourists, I think it should be easier for them to book tables as local folks tend to be dining out less nowadays.

So may be this is a good time to visit Hong Kong and have some great food if you have been thinking about it, if you have questions please feel free to leave a comment here.

Friday, 24 April 2009 20:00:16 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 10 April 2009

If you have a specific restaurant in mind that you wish to read a review but cannot find, just feel free to leave a comment here. I love great food and would be happy to help (if it won't cost me too much :-))

Of course, I have tried so many restaurants here, perhaps I can give quick feedbacks as well.

Friday, 10 April 2009 00:21:30 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 28 February 2009
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Welcome! As a food lover I am fortunate enough to be living in this city known as Hong Kong, where you can find a rich variety of fine restaurants, and because there are so many of them, it is obvious that visitors often face a big challenge, which is how to choose among so many good choices.

On the web there are rich sources about great food in Hong Kong, but those with real local experiences are usually in Chinese, I am not saying that prestigious sources like the Michelin Guide cannot help, but in general I think they are not able to fully reveal the true essence of gourmet experiences in Hong Kong (as evident by articles like this http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/02/asia/hong.php and this http://gohongkong.about.com/b/2008/12/05/michelin-guide-hits-hong-kong-and-hong-kong-hits-back.htm), as a local, I do have something to say about the guide's recommendations, and that will be quite a focus for my blog at this time.

But of course, Hong Kong has much to offer other than great food, and I'll try to share that as well, but for the meantime, let me start by sharing some of my views of the restaurants that Michelin Guide recommends.

Since I'll be writing in English, it is also obvious that I intend to share this with friends from other parts of the world. But of course, if you happen to be a local folk, I'll be glad to hear your comments as well.


Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll find something useful here.

Cheers!

Saturday, 28 February 2009 21:35:42 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)