Fish n’ Chips in Hong Kong

Whenever I need my daily fix of excess profanity and needless racism, Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare never fails to deliver.

Having watched Kitchen Nightmare  S5E1 a while back, it inspired me to look for the best fish n’ chips joint in town. Afterall, Hong Kong was once an English colony and I refused to believe there isn’t a good place for that here.

So, being the consultant that I am, I narrowed the list down to 3 “English Establishments”:

  • Aberdeen Boat Club (actually, I’m not sure if this is really “English” English);
  • The Chippy (heard of it for several years, never had the chance to try); and
  • Dickens Bar (basement of the Excelsior Hotel)

Check it out:

I wasn’t able to take any photos of the one from Dickens, but my final take was that all 3 of them were terrific. One stood out ahead of the pack though and that was The Chippy. The batter was very crispy and thin (very important!). You don’t want the batter to fill you up. The Halibut was fresh, and although I was a little disappointed with the fries, it won’t stop me from a return visit.

The ones from ABC wasn’t bad at all. Unfortunately, if you want to try, you’re going to have to go with someone who’s a member (THANK YOU JSU!).

The Chippy
Basement, 51 Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2523 1618
Fax: +852 2523 1718
Website: www dot thechippy dot com dot hk

Aberdeen Boat Club
Shum Wan Road (next to Aberdeen Marina Club), Hong Kong

Dickens Bar & Grill
Basement, The Excelsior
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Wedding Banquet at Grand Hyatt

So, what do local 5-star hotels serve at wedding banquets nowadays anyway? I was invited to one tonight and I have to say, I was expecting a little more coming from Grand Hyatt – not that the food was bad – but I was looking forward to a little more variety and more innovative dishes, rather than the following:

Barbecued Whole Suckling Pig
Baked Sea Whelk Stuffed with Assorted Meat in Mild Curry Sauce
Wok-fried Scallops with Yunnan Ham and Vegetable
Braised Vegetables with Conpoy and Bamboo Pith
Braised Shark’s Fin with Crab Meat
Braised Sliced Abalone with Chinese Mushroom and Vegetable
Steamed Fresh Garoupa
Deep-fried Crispy Chicken
Fried Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf
Shrimp Wontons with Chive and Ginger
Red Bean Cream with Lotus Seeds and Lily Bulbs
Chinese Petits Fours
Chinese Tea

The service and decor was great of course, but the food might’ve missed the par. I blame mass production (The kitchen had to make enough of the same thing to serve over 350 guests!)

Anyway, what do you think of the photos? I was just fooling around with my new Nikon D60 🙂 the quality of the photos are pretty good, no?

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Wanchai, Hong Kong

Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓)

Had dinner at Lin Heung Tea House for the first time. My previous visit (also my first) was during lunch time where they serve dimsum and tea (in traditional cups) and it was a much better experience.

Dinner wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exactly good either – except for the last dish, the crispy chicken we ordered after seeing what the table next to us ordered. To be fair, we probably ordered all the wrong dishes, so … this is definitely not the last visit.

I definitely appreciate the restaurant’s history, but the folks there has got to realize that doesn’t mean the waiters have the right to spit into buckets and walk around picking their noses. Luk Yu Tea House (陸羽茶室) shares a similar history, but they do a much better job training their staff. Then again, maybe people love Lin Heung for exactly the same reason.

Lovely.

Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓)
126 Wellington Street, Central
Tel: +852 2544 4556

The Peak Lookout

If you want to do a bit of outdoor activity and treat yourself to a nice meal, this is how to spend a Sunday morning in Hong Kong:

Start at the bottom of Hatton Road (the west end of Conduit Road) and walk up the trail until you’ve reached a small park. Make a left and walk the longer part of the new trail that circles the peak. There, you’ll get a good look at Hong Kong (on a clear day, of course) from the south side of the city, which also overlooks the entire Kowloon. Continue walking until you hit The Peak Galleria and on your immediate right, is The Peak Lookout, a colonial-style building from the British days.

The walk should take about 45-50 minutes (depending on your pace), which isn’t much of a work out. On a hot day however, bring a towel because you’ll sweat alot! Hopefully, you should have worked out an appetite by then.

At The Peak Lookout, ask for a table outdoor (preferably under some shades) and order your drinks. Try their fresh lime soda; its is very refreshing.

Here, we had the Caesar Salad as appetizers. My folks got the Singaporean Fried Noodle and Lamb Chop with Curry and I felt like a Spaghetti Bolognese. I’ve had most of the stuff on their menu and I haven’t yet spotted anything that was bad. I’d say most of the stuff you order would be pretty decent. It really just comes down to what you feel like after you’ve sat down.

See! What a great excuse to indulge yourself with some good food and not feel guilty about it because you’ve worked out 🙂 Enjoy!

The Peak Lookout
121 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2849 1000
Fax: +852 2849 4343

Roasted Chestnuts Anyone?

I don’t remember when the last time I saw roasted chestnuts sold on the streets in HK. Went to Shenzhen today and found this near Fu Tian Xin Kou’an (福田新口岸). Unfortunately, wasn’t really in a mood for it.

I was more looking forward to my visit to Shui Li Fang Guo Ji Shui Liao Hui (SLF International Spa Club). A. Very. Nice. Spa. My friends been raving about it. Its a very nice place to relax and pamper yourself (or your family) to some good sauna, spa, massage, food, etc.

Will definitely visit the place again!

水立方国际水疗会 Shui Li Fang Guo Ji Shui Liao Hui (SLF International Spa Club)
深圳市福田区渔农村港城华庭1-5楼
Tel: +86 755 82978888
Fax: +86 755 83450958
Website: www dot slf dot com

Beyrouth Cafe Lebanese

Time for another siu yeh recommendation!

After a long night of clubbing and drinking at Lan Kwai Fong and you feel like something other than Chinese food for supper (or siu yeh), try Beyroth’s kebabs at Lyndhurst Terrace.

Here, my buddy had the hummus (also spelled hamos, houmous, hommos, hommus, hummos, hummous or humus) with lamb with a flatbread / pita for dipping – Zohan-style! It wasn’t bad at all, not to mention the high nutritional value found in this chickpeas dip; perfect those those weight watchers.

Unlike my health-conscious friend, I chose a mixed-meat (chicken and lamb) kebab with garlic sauce and a lasagna to top that off. I didn’t eat the next day.

Beyrouth Cafe Lebanese
G/F., Lyndhurst Building, 37A Lyndhurst Terrace (next to HSBC)
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2854 1872
Fax: +852 2854 1882

Ireland’s Potato

When I heard that New York Fries might be entering the Hong Kong market, I was going NUTS.

That was, until I found out about Ireland’s Potato. They serve some serious made-to-order fries and apparently, they are also very serious about their potato. Here’s their slogan:

“There are two things in the world that can’t be joked: 1) Marriage and 2) Potato”

I dunno man … as much as I appreciate their attitude towards their product, and the fact that there might be some truth to the slogan, it just doesn’t resonate with me. Its one thing to try and be all cute and funny with a slogan … then again, I wiki’d the name and found out the name was based on a famine in Ireland, where the Irish people were so dependant on potato that everything went fubar when sheetz hit the fan … nevermind, back to the food …

During rush hour, expect to wait about 15 minutes, but its definitely well worth the wait. I hear the hotdog’s not great, but if you’re only got HKD 55 bucks with you, treat yourself to the Ireland’s Potato Special Cheese Fries and the Chicken Nuggets. Even if it means, you’re walking home.

You’ll thank me.

Unfortunately though, I also downed a 750ml bottle of water soon after. MSG overload? I think so. But hey, you can’t have it both ways.

Here’s what I’d like to say to New York Fries if they’re planning to enter Hong Kong: umm, think again.

Ireland’s Potato
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2151 0889
Website: www dot irelandspotato dot com