Hong Kong Eat Outs – Part 1

Hai all! Sorry for being quiet for a while, there was some personal family issue which I had to fly back to HK urgently. About 3 weeks ago, my grandpa passed away. He was 93 at that time and the last time I saw him was 2 years ago. My grandpa has lived a remarkable life, he was a great grandpa and a great dad to my mum. My grandpa pursued his many endeavours diligently, and always rose to meet challenge, he used to own shares in a restaurant which from my memories, we always go there yum cha on a weekend. My grandpa lived in Wan Chai for all of his life ever since he relocated to HK so therefore I had a lot of food and restaurant memories in the HK Island. Grandpa, may you rest in peace & I love you forever and always.

Combining in a few posts, I would like to take you to some of the good food experiences I had in HK during the 2 weeks I was there, a lot of them are my comfort food and foods that I grew up with.

??? Café De Coral – Wan Chai

1st day of arrival, we grab a quick bite in Café De Coral, It is one of the major Chinese fast food chain which I highly recommend. As you may know, to try the local restaurant is not always easy because of language barrier and menu is in Chinese. In here, all menu are hang on the wall with Chinese on top & English on the bottom, most of them even have picture next to it (of course it is for reference only). Be warn though, this place is extremely fast pace, once you order take your ticket and line up to collect your food straight away.


From left to right: Bake pork chop rice, Deep fried fish fillet and cream corn rice


From left to right: Chicken & potato curry with rice, Lemon ice tea



??? Egg puff – Wan Chai

A very popular street snacks in HK, originated in the 1950s. It is made out of eggs, sugar, flour and evaporated milk cooked into an iron mold. Outside is hot and crispy, inside is soft like a pillow. Nowadays, you can find different flavours like chocolate, green tea etc. but I like the original better!



Hot & Crispy Egg Puff


???? Tack Hsin Restaurant – Tsim Sha Tsui

For some odd reason, HK people like to have hot pot 365 days in the year, no matter is 13 degree or 35 degree, I finally understand why hot pot is also my favourite too. I guess it’s a cultural thing. The air conditioning is so strong indoor that you can have a hot pot anytime you want. Tak Hsin is a popular place for hot pot and has several branches in the Kowloon & HK Island. Just the soup base there are 15 to choose from, we opted for a non-spicy meat base soup – beef brisket with white radish. It was sweet & delicious. This is a buffet style hot pot where you can tick off the dish you like and quantity you want on a piece of paper, several instance the waitress missed the order but doesn’t matter we just re-tick that again in the next round…

Massive range of condiments made me gone crazy, my beloved coriander, garlic, chilli, XO sauce, sesame oil. Mix your own sauce and the food is just about to come. We ordered mountain of foods, my favourites were fish paste noodle & deep fried fish skin!! Yummy!


All you can eat Hot pot & massive range of Condiments

Forgot to mention this was also a reunion night with my cousins, which one of them – Julia, we haven’t met for 10+ years ever since I moved to Sydney from Canada. It was a lovely gathering and I wish I could see her again soon.


Fish paste noodle & deep fried fish skin were my favourites







?? So sweetTsim Sha Tsui

A Good night is not complete without dessert, so we were walking around TST trying to find Honeymoon Dessert, which is a very famous dessert chain store but end up we find So Sweet. It was a very random find but I felt very lucky that we end up here because the dessert here is so awesome!

This store is open by a HK television actor call Wong Cho Lam, he graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for performing arts, and he is one talented individual. Although he doesn’t have a good looking face but because of his kind heart he managed to steal’s Leanne Li heart who is now his girlfriend. She is Miss Chinese international Pageant winner from Vancouver…anyway, enough of gossip.


So sweet is famous for fusion dessert, mixture of Chinese/western dessert in one plate. The menu has like over 10 pages (Just dessert!) and we had a difficult times choosing it. We ordered 4 desserts and share among us. Mango sticky dumplings was heavenly good, chewy and thin like paper sticky rice wrap around sweet mangoes, top with designated coconut, one each is just not enough!


Mango sticky dumplings with strawberry & mango sauce

Secondly came the mango shaved ice with explosive pearl balls. The moment you bite on them it burst out some juice, just like eating fish roe but in a sweet form… That is freaking creative I must say! Then come 3rd was another mango shaved ice but with vanilla ice-cream & herbal jelly this time. Lastly and my favourite was the chocolate fondant with green tea ice-cream. One of the best Chocolate fondant I have eaten, not overly sweet or biter, moist and gooey in the inside. Love it!


From left to right: Mango shaved ice with explosive pearl balls, mango shaved ice with vanilla ice-cream & herbal jelly


Chocolate fondant with green tea ice-cream & almond flakes


Stay tune for the part 2 of Hong Kong Eat outs!



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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lil
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 22:51:07

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandpa. I was actually in HK about 3 weeks ago for a similar family reason! Talk about coincidences!! Those desserts look amazing~ Wish I had had time to go looking for places to eat but we were really busy and our trip was short. However, we managed to squeeze in a meal at Cafe De Coral; it’s like a family tradition every time we go to HK XD


  2. Gastronomous Anonymous
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 09:00:49

    hey wendy

    sorry to hear about your grandfather. its always hard to lose a close one.

    i love hk! and the food it has to offer. i like hot pot but i cant have it in summer – its just too hot!

    can’t wait to head back to hk soon!


  3. Gaby
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 09:20:09

    Sorry to hear about your grandfather. It’s good that he had a meaningful life, especially because you remember him with love. 10 pages of just desserts? Crazy HK people 🙂


  4. Miss Piggy
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 14:50:53

    Sorry about your Grandad Wendy…it’s nice you have such fond memories, and memories of food too which is special.


  5. Vivian - vxdollface
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 00:19:03

    Your grandad sounded like he lived a full and happy life.

    Gosh seeing your pics makes me miss the food in HK! When I’m in HK I go to Honeymoon Desserts almost every single night 😀


  6. JasmyneTea
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 23:30:35

    My condolences about your Grandpa, but it’s lovely to have such memories of him!

    On a different note, those egg puffs are something I’d definitely like to try 🙂


  7. sugarpuffi
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 13:30:20

    ahh love the crispy egg waffle!


  8. muppy
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 22:01:00

    sorry to hear about your grandpa.
    The food looks amazing, i’d love to travel to HK oneday.


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