Hong Kong Spicy Crab for Siu Yeh – The Real Deal!

I’ve been waiting to visit this place ever since I started writing this blog. I wanted to share with my readers, what it means to eat midnight snack, the Hong Kong way.

The restaurant I’m about to share is one of the true “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant that serves up some mean dishes. Choi Kei (財記) is located on the intersection of Marsh Road and Lockhart Road in Wanchai – they’ve been around for decades and like its neighbouring restaurants, that entire strip along Lockhart Road are littered with kitchens offering the famed spicy crabs (避風塘辣蟹); needless to say, my personal favorite is Choi Kei.

Just as an FYI, a lot of tourists and celebrities visiting Hong Kong are usually brought to this area for midnight snacks – how appropriate is it to write about this restaurant in blog?

I’ll let the photos do the talking:

Since my mates get off class / work late in the evening, we had dinner there at 10:30PM and I was already starving at 6! But this meal was worth every penny and effort to stave off snack prior to the meal.

The bill came up to HKD 1,150 for 8 people, although only 4 of us was eating the bulk of the food, but we order more than enough food + about 10 big bottles of beer.

Choi Kei Spicy Crab (財記避風塘辣蟹)
G/F., 1/F., 8-10 Marsh Road (and Lockhart Road) 香港灣仔馬師道10號地下
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 28919592
Open til late!

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Hong Kong-style Egg Waffle

On the way home from work, I decided to make a detour in Wanchai for some Hong Kong-style Egg Waffle or what’s more commonly known as “Gai Daan Jai” (雞蛋仔). Usually, they can be found in most street snack outlets serving next to equally famed curry fishballs – these two usually go hand-in-hand, although more in tradition than in the stomach, if you know what I mean.

During lunch and dinner time (after-work rush hours), don’t be surprised to see a long line outside this particular outlet. That’s right, the “North Point Egg Waffle” (北角雞蛋仔) apparently serves the best egg waffle in Hong Kong. I’ve never tried, but heard lots about it from word-of-mouth; turns out it really is true.

At HKD 11 per waffle, it is slightly more expensive than average. The prices ranges between HKD 5-10 / waffle but you’ll generally find most at HKD 10.

These waffles have just the right balance of egg, sugar, flour and milk (as odd as that just sounded) and are cooked so consistently, that every part of it is crunchy. And to top it off, the bags have little holes in them so as to prevent condensation from the heat, which would than make the waffles soggy. Talk about attention to detail and quality control!

You can find this store right outside exit A4 (facing Hennessy Road), make a left turn immediately, you’ll find this little shop right next to McDonald’s!

Enjoy 🙂

Tai Hing Roast

Chose Tai Hing Roast Restaurant for lunch with my partners today. One of my partners is absolutely crazy about their BBQ pork rice or more commonly known as “char siu” (叉烧) rice. I chose a more conservative half chicken, half BBQ pork rice (inset) – eating there never disappoints. You can always count on their consistency … and at HKD 41 / set including either a drink or daily soup, its a deal!

Tai Hing Roast Restaurant
Aberdeen Center Phase 5 G/F Shop A
Tel: +852 2552 9820
Opening Hours: 0700 – 2300

Magushi on Peel Street

Yakitori restaurants have been around for a very long time, but they continue to pop up in drove. Just recently, another one called Magushi opened on Peel Street in Soho so I thought I’d try it with my brother. Its about a 5 minute walk so I had greeted the folks at the restaurant in my semi PJ’s (街坊裝) … I couldn’t care less about my appearance, I was there for the food! FEED ME!

Let’s get right down to business. We got the ox tongue, chicken wings, meatballs made from lamb, beefballs, and Angus beef yakitoris. They were all very good, but if I can choose again, I’d get all ox tongue and chicken wings yakitoris! They were great 🙂

Apparently the restaurant was established by a group of 8 (or so) friends who share similar passion in sake (Japanese rice wine), which explains why they have such an extensive list of sakes to choose from ranging anywhere from HKD 180 to HKD 3,000 per bottle. What better to go with alcohol than fried / grilled food?

Magushi
G/F., 74 Peel Street,
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2868 1428
Email: info@magushi.com

Tasty Congee & Wonton Noodle

Hong Kong is known to be a Gourmet Paradise (美食天堂). In fact, if you Google the term in both English and Chinese, the first hit is almost always “DiscoverHongKong – Gourmet Paradise” – its probably commissioned by the city’s tourism board (HKTB) to have the results rank so high.

There’s an abundance of seafood, cuisines from all over the world, local “teahouses” (茶餐廳) and of course, local congee and noodle restaurants. 粥粉麪飯, which loosely translate into “congee, dough, noodle & rice” remains a daily staple in our diet. “Dough” here means of course, the end-result of everything made from dough. For example, the bread that makes the outside of pork buns (叉燒包) and all other types of bread, the shell that makes our dumplings and Shanghainese Xiaolongbao (小籠包) … well, you get the point.

Anyway, one restaurant that consistently ranks very high on my list of congee and noodle restaurant is none other than Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop. The one I visited today is located at the International Finance Center Phase 2 or more commonly known as “IFC2”. The original shop is located in Happy Valley. Rumour has it that they did so well, they were invited to set up a shop at IFC2 and business has been thriving ever since. Apparently, they spent over HKD 5 million just on renovation, and was able to recuperate their investments within 6 months of operation. Have a look yourself:

Tasty (IFC) Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop
International Finance Center Phase 2
Shop 3016-3018
Tel: +852 2295 0101 / 2295 0505 (take away)

Opening hours
11:30-23:00 Mon-Sun & public holidays

Hainan Chicken Rice @ Mandarin Oriental

Got an SMS from a friend yesterday, telling me the Hainan Chicken Rice (海南雞飯) at Café Causette in the Mandarin Oriental is second to none. Since I was having dinner out tonight with a few friends (and they can’t seem to decide where to go), I suggested that we try this place. To my surprise, when I called my friend to tell him where, his girlfriend’s first response was “Hainan Chicken Rice!” and then I thought “Wow, this place must be good”

Indeed, it was very good. Like most other places, the Hainan Chicken Rice set comes with a soup, 3 different types of sauce, the chicken of course (you can choose either the breast or drumsticks) and needless to say, those mouthwatering rice. And here’s our feedback:

  1. Soup was actual black-chicken plus red dates soup (as can be seen in the photo). It was REAL soup! Not MSG in hot water!
  2. Generous portions of chicken and they’re hot too. Most other places serve warm or even cold chicken! It wasn’t dry (very important) and was rested atop Bak Choi (白菜) and topped with some Chinese pepper and onions.
  3. Hainan Chicken Rice’s sauce is VERY important. Usually comes in 3 types: 1) Mashed or finely chopped ginger in oil; 2) Thick soy sauce; and 3) Chili with or without mashed ginger. This place gets all 3 perfect! Beware: Chili sauce is very spicy.
  4. Lastly, those rice. Its usually cooked in chicken brother, a bit of coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, garlic and shallots. Again, the rice was well balanced, but what’s the catch you ask? Unlimited refills!

BUT, the meal alone will set you back HKD 168 +10%. With a drink, you’re looking at slightly more than HKD 200. That said, however, I would still strongly recommend this dish. Here are some photos (quality’s not great):

Café Causette is located right next to the Mandarin Cake shop, which means Café Causette’s dessert menu is really good too. I don’t think you can go wrong with their Tiramisu and cheese cake.

Café Causette @ Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2825 4005
Email: mohkg-cafe@mohg.com

Daily: (6:30am-12:30am)
Breakfast: 6:30am-11:30am
Lunch: 11:30am-3pm
Afternoon Tea: 3pm-6pm
Dinner: (Monday to Saturday) 6:30pm-12am

Seafood in Sai Kung

I came across this while waiting for my ferry to visit Kau Sai Chau for my weekly golf lessons – I almost forgot people still sell seafood this way.

Sai Kung’s pier is one of the few traditional spots in Hong Kong, where locals and tourists alike can still get a good look at their seafood before purchasing, then bring them to a nearby restaurant to have them cooked. The other famous location is none other than Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village, situated near Hong Kong’s Eastern Harbour. Just thinking about it already have me drooling.