# Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Just a few blocks away from Jade Garden Causeway, you can find another restaurant mentioned in Michelin Guide - Tai Woo. I have discovered this restaurant years ago but I was truly surprised that the restaurant makes it to an International Gourmet Guide, not because its food is not great, but because such an simple looking restaurant got noticed.

The ha gau there is very good, the fried shrimp roll is one of my favorite, I do not especially like the way they roasted the pigeon anyway, but I think their biggest strength is in seafood dining, which I had experienced more than an year ago, overall I would say this restaurant offers above average food, not the best but very good for the money. The issue with them though, is the environment, poorly designed and inconvenient seated for some, if you want a dim sum restaurant with good balance of comfort, food quality and price, I would rate Jade Garden better unless you are in for seafood dining.

The environment: I was assigned a not so good place, quite not comfortable

The food: - Very good Ha Gao, tasty Fried Shrimp Roll, and a very different fried pigeon.

Tai Woo Restaurant (Causeway Bay) 太湖海鮮城

Address in Chinese: 銅鑼灣波斯富街27號
Address in English: 27 Percival Street, Causeway Bay 

Tel: 2893-0822

Google Map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=114499201820180881946.000463d25b524e2ce06d1

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:03:39 PM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, May 6, 2009

It is great that the health crisis seems to be under control now, while we should not forget about maintaining good personal hygiene, it is time to focus on where to eat good food again.

Some local critics in Hong Kong laughed about the Michelin Guide because most of the restaurants recommended are comparatively expensive, they feel that many great local eateries that deserved the honor are not included simply because their environment is not good enough. While I agree that there are indeed great food served in those eateries, majority of the tourists may not feel comfortable there, I'll try to mention one of those restaurants someday, but personally, I think the best places to go are those restaurants that strike a good balance among food, environment, and price. And I would consider Jade Garden (翠園) as one of them.

Jade Garden has quite a few branches, the one mentioned in Michelin Guide is located in Causeway Bay, since I live around the area, it is also the one that I frequently go to. A few things I like about it aside from food quality:

- The dim sums are served in trollies (點心車仔) which are being pushed around, you can look at the plates (or look at the actual thing) and choose instead of ordering the items on a form, this is the older and original form of dim sum eating, but now most restaurants prefer the more effective order form. The disadvantage of trollies is that you may need to wait patiently for the right thing to come, however, in Jade Garden the trollies are moving around frequently enough, with sufficient goodies on each of them of course.
- The tea set used there is quite good and the tea quality is also fine
- I feel good in the environment, not too elegant but just good enough to make one feel at ease

Some of the best dim sums there:

- Ha Gau, one of the best in Hong Kong

- Fried Scallop (帶子芋蓉酥) - not offered in many restaurants and this one is superb

- Abalone SuiMai - very food

But Jade Garden has another delicacy, which unfortunately is not available in the Causeway Branch, the shark fin soup dumpling there is the traditional ones, which holds the soup inside the dumpling instead of putting the dumpling in the soup, which may be good but not my preference. To have the one I want, I need to visit Jade Garden TST branch, which is near the Ocean Terminal and Star Ferry, I like to mention  that Jade Garden TST has good views too if you can sit near the windows. I think they offers the same quality of food and service like the Causeway Branch, so if that location is more convenient to you, you can choose the TST branch as well.

Jade Garden Causeway Bay

Address in Chinese: 銅鑼灣駱克道463-483號銅鑼灣廣場二期3樓
Address in English:3/F, Causeway Bay Plaza II, 463-483 Lockhart Road (Causeway Bay)   

Tel : 2573 9339


From Jade Garden TST (Tsim Sha Tsui) 尖沙咀:

Shark fin dumpling in soup 魚翅灌湯餃

Address in Chinese: 尖沙咀梳士巴利道3號星光行五樓
Address in English: 5/F, Star House, 3 Salisbury Road (Tsim Sha Tsui)   
Tel: 2730-6888

Google Map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=114499201820180881946.000463d25b524e2ce06d1

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 8:02:52 PM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, May 2, 2009

I went out today and found out that people are generally calm about the H1N1 virus case found in Hong Kong. The shops and restaurants are still full of people and only few are wearing face masks, while I feel that we should remain alert and keep good hygiene, there is no need to panic indeed.

By the way, Vitamin C is important for health, I bought some juicy and truly sweet oranges today, these PureSpect oranges are said to have guaranteed sweetness of 12 degree by the local supermart (though I am not sure about how sweetness is measured), but I have not found any info at their web site about sweetness measurement, though there are quite a lot of information and I learnt that the fruits are selected through near-infrared devices. I feel that these oranges are quite good and taste fresh, compared to the sunkist oranges that we usually eat, they contain relatively more juice, so I am not disappointed. Sold at HKD $18 (USD $2.3) for 4 pcs, I think it is reasonably priced.

Saturday, May 2, 2009 2:55:13 PM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)

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, May 2, 2009 8:42:14 AM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)