Hong Kong Eat Out – Part 2

Arome cake shop www.aromebakery.com.hk

If you have follow my Hong Kong eat out part 1, here is more to come…during the time I was in Hong Kong, I discovered a really nice bakery/pastry place – Arome. I believe they are owned by Japanese, the taste and texture is very similar to Savoy in here. I especially love their chestnut cake also known as Mont Blanc, a dessert of pureed, sweetened chestnut topped with whipped cream, I am not a big fan of sweet things but this is one of my favourite dessert in the world.



chestnut cake from Arome cake shop

Hui Lau Shan www.hkhls.com

After a long walk around the streets, we needed some refreshment. We spotted a distinctive red and gold sign, there is the Hui Lau Shan. Hui Lau Shan was opened 50 years ago specializing Chinese style dessert such as herbal jellies, sago and fresh fruit drinks.



Mango blended ice with aloe Vera


Mango blended ice with coconut milk and sago

Yee Shun Milk Company

You must try Yee Shun Milk Company if you would like to enjoy some local fare. Famous dessert here includes steam milk curd, French toast, steam egg. You can eat it cold or warm with the dessert, I personally find the hot one more outstanding.



Cold steam milk curd


Cold Chocolate steam milk curd


Hot steam milk curd

We had dinner in Causeway Bay, I don’t remember the name of the restaurant now but I came here for a purpose, it is the BBQ roast Goose ! I never tried Yung Kee, which is renowned for its roast goose, but this place was fantastic! Taste similar to duck but with much more flavours, skin was extremely crispy that I couldn’t stop myself from eating.


Whole Roast Goose

The next day, we continue our eating journey. Typical HK style café for breakfast is a must, including pineapple bun, hot milk tea, satay beef with vermicelli, sunny side up with sausage and ham nomnomnom.


Hot Milk Tea


Satay beef with vermicelli


Pineapple bun fresh out from oven


Sunny side up with ham and sausage

Tsim Jai Kee

Wonton noodle soup in here is so awesome, big portion and reasonable priced. The menu has English, Chinese and Japanese, you can imagine how many tourist visit this place.





Wonton noodle soup with fish paste


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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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Golden Century, Sydney China Town


Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: $15 – $20
Main: $20 – $30, seafood over $100
Dessert: $2 – $5
Degustation: Banquet menu available from $38 to $60 p/p
Corkage: $5 p/p
Cakeage: Free

Ease of finding a car park: Extremely Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1 – 2 days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes




Every winter I will always go to Golden Century at least once, simply because of the seasonal menu – lamb brisket hot pot. Lamb brisket hot pot is a traditional Cantonese food which a lot of us will eat during winter time. Lamb not only is high in protein, it can also promote blood circulation and helps strengthen capacity to keep out of the cold. Another thing I love there is the Pipi, it is prepared fresh and cooked to order.


Complimentary pork and vegetables soup

This place is always packed, maybe because of the number of awards they have received in the past and it is listed on a lot of tourist guides. When you walk in it is almost like a multi-cultural day based on the different nationalities of people you see there.


XO Sauce pipi, $65/kg

Pipi is one of my favourite seafood, it is tasty and pair well with XO sauce. The Pipi in Golden century are very fresh, medium sized and well clean, I did not taste any sands in it. Some of the background information for the non-Chinese readers, XO sauce is a popular Asian seasoning made with chillies and dried scallop, shrimp, onion and garlic.



Lamb Brisket hot pot, $39.80


The Lamb hot pot came with a plate of veges and a gas device, so from start to finish your meal is still boiling hot. I guess they adopted this idea from Chinese steam boat. The lamb were juicy and full of flavour, the soup base are full of lamb flavour which further lifted the sweetness of the meat. The green is not the normal bok choy or choy sum, it is call the Shingiku or Tang Ho which is commonly used in Korean style hot pot as well.


Complimentary sponge cake and egg cracker


Complimentary orange


Complimentary sweet red bean soup

The service was impeccable, waitress are very attentive and even helped to cook our veges. After our main meals, we were absolutely stuffed, I was struggled to finish off the complimentary sweets and fruits.


very complimentary wine list, the most expensive wine I spotted was over $20,000

Conclusion: Golden Century is located in the prime location of China town, make sure you book in advance because this place is popular. Don’t expect great service or ambience because these are not the things Golden century focus on. I recommend going in a group to make most of the fresh seafood and to try a vast variety of dishes.


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393-399 Sussex St, Sydney  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 to 04:00 
Web: www.goldencentury.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Kent St or Pitt St
By Train: Central or Townhall 
By Bus:


Map picture

Golden Century Seafood on Urbanspoon

Ching Yip Coffee Lounge, Haymarket Chinatown

Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5-$7
Main: $10-$15
Dessert: $5-$7
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Free
Cakeage: Free

Ease of finding a car park: Extremely Difficult
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Normal
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes


Ching Yip Coffee Lounge pretty much summarised where I came from and the typical comfort food from my home town. I still remembered when I was young, this Hong Kong style café would be one that we visited once every month. It certainly brought back a lot of my childhood memories.


Grill pork chop and fried rice with tomato sauce, $10 extra sausage, $2

This place used to be my monthly meeting place with my uni mates, after years of tasting 90% items on the menu the grill pork chop and fried rice is my all times favourite. It is very authentic and cover with a neon orange colour glossy tomato sauce. The baked marks over the sauce was a prove that the dish has been place in the oven, don’t you just feel food taste better after it has been baked for a while? Underneath you will find the treasure hidden pork chop which has already been cut into stripes so you don’t need to get your hands dirty. And lastly, don’t forget to soak up all the sauce with every spoonful of the corn and peas fried rice at the bottom.


Fry Pork Chop with rice on the beach, $10

I don’t like going for the ordinary “Special Set Menu of The Day” type of thing, I hate routines and I hate ordinary haha. So instead, I have ordered something that is not even on the menu. I am not sure if this is how I should translate the menu back to English. But this dish does looks like a beach to me especially that lovely sunny side up egg ( which represent the sun I suppose) and pan fry pork chop (represents the sands) , ham and sausage (beach towel and air-inflated baseball bat ?)

Now you must be wondering why I can order something that is not even on the menu? Because once upon a time, I went to the café and saw the person next to me eating this so I decided I must give it a go this time, and not surprisingly 10 mins later the girl sitting behind me ordered the same food as mine after seeing me eating like a monster.


Ice cold Horlicks, $4.50



Ice Hong Kong style milk tea, $4.50

Hong Kong style milk tea is a class of its own, different from other forms of milk tea you are likely to encounter. Also known as the silk stocking milk tea, it gets the signature smooth and intense flavour from the action of straining back and forth through a long cloth sieve that resembles women’s stockings. Lastly, evaporated milk and little bit of sugar is mixed in to create the final cup of goodie.

Conclusion: Ching Yip Coffee Lounge is a good gathering place for native Hong Kongers or Chinese food lovers. They offer the kind of food which you would crave for at 3pm or 3am. If you are thinking about travelling to Hong Kong, pop in to this place have a try of what’s food in Hong Kong are like at a price under $10. Make sure you order a cup of HK style milk tea which is staple at every Cha Chaan Teng (That’s how you say HK style café in Chinese)


L2, Dixon House 413 Sussex Street, Chinatown
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 9:00 to 22:30
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Clarence Street or Kent Street
By: Train:  Town Hall/Central Station
By Bus:

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Map picture

Ching Yip Coffee Lounge (Dixon House Level 2) on Urbanspoon

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