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.

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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.

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Mango blended ice with aloe Vera

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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.

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Cold steam milk curd

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Cold Chocolate steam milk curd

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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.

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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.

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Hot Milk Tea

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Satay beef with vermicelli

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Pineapple bun fresh out from oven

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

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Chocolate fondant with green tea ice-cream & almond flakes

 

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

 

 

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Sitney Thai Restaurant, Parramatta

www.sitneyrestaurant.com

Ratings
Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $7 – $15
Main: $15 – $20
Dessert: $7.90
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $2.5 p/p
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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Out of all the the south East Asia cuisine, Thai is one of my favourite. The reason being is the fresh ingredients, spicy yet sour, lovely curries and lovely stir frys in Thai food. They don’t use a lot of ingredients but yet the flavours are complicated and delicate.

Thanks to Food morning, I scored two vouchers to dine at Sitney Thai Cuisine in Parramatta. It’s always such a lovely feelings to be having a good dinner with some lovely food bloggers that live in the same area like Mel and Tammi. But I am even more honoured that Sara made it all the way from South to attend the dinner.

There was endless chatting involved so I went straight in to the menu and said “hey let’s order food I am starving!!” A bit embarrassed by my own words but hey what’s the purpose of a food blogger dinner if there is no food right? Hehe

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Duck Herbs – Popular Thai mini dish of finely chopped roast duck tossed with red onion, mint, sliced shallot, roasted rice and chilli-lime dressing served on cos lettuce leaves.

The vouchers entitle us to order four entrees, four mains and four desserts. At first I thought we must have a lot of leftovers but at the end we cleaned all the plates. As part of the condition of the voucher for entrée, two choices out of the four needed to be either curry puffy, spring roll or satay chicken. We opted for the duck herb, spring roll, Satay chicken and golden money bag.

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Tung Tong – crispy fried pastry and fillings of chicken, crunched peanuts, green peas and served with sweet chilli dipping

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Springs Roll – Golden crispy vegetarian springs rolls filled with mixed veges and served with plum sauce.

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Kai Satay – Grilled marinated chicken skewers served with toasted peanut sauce and cucumber relish.

We all agreed the duck herb was a very good dish with the presentation similar to that of a San Choy Bow. There were heaps of spice and herbs that have been chopped finely mixed in the duck mince such as red onion, mints, shallot, chilli and garlic. I found the chicken was just cooked as I can still see a tiny little pinkish in the middle but I still enjoy it a lot because the meat used for the skewer is a thigh rather than a breast. It was juicy and succulent. Money bag and Spring rolls were piping hot which nearly burnt my tongue. The pastries wrapped outside were both crispy and flaky. I really enjoyed every entrée on the table.

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Pad Thai with seafood – Stir fry of thin noodle tossed with mix of textures including dry shrimp, diced tofu, bean sprouts, garlic chives, crushed peanuts and sliced red onion.

I’ve eaten a lot of Pad Thai including the authentic one from Thailand. A good Pad Thai should not be overly sweeten and soggy. Sitney Thai’s Pad Thai was certainly not one of those. It was generous in portion and tasty.

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Massamun beef curry – with sweet coconut broth and completed with sprinkle cashew and fried red onion

I choose this curry as a main because the weather on that night was cold and windy, the Massamun beef curries was hearty and chucky. It goes well with the steam rice. It wasn’t overly sweet or heavy, strong taste of herbs like star anise and cinnamon really boosted up my appetite.

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Stir fry chicken with limes leaves and peppercorns sauce

This was the dish I thought that is not spicy, but turns out to be the most spicy. I like the vegetables and the flavours but the let down for me was the chicken meat. It was a bit dry and tough to chew.

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Som Tum – green papaya salad with carrot, tomato, green bean, roasted peanut and dry shrimp drizzled with chilli-lime dressing

I actually learnt making this salad in Thailand when I went to Bangkok last year and joined a cooking class. It is simple yet packed with a lot of flavours. The one I made doesn’t have soft shell crab. But this one here certainly is an icing on the cake. It was crispy and fried to golden brown.

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Coconut milk with sago and rockmelon

For dessert there is only one option so all of us had the same thing. This was a familiar dessert to me because in Chinese dessert we cooked a lot with sagos. The only bit I wasn’t used to is the slight salty taste of the coconut milk. It is similar to mango sticky rice where salt will be put into the sticky rice.

Conclusion: Great food, service, and beautiful decor-dim mood light with a modern funky interior. The menu is extensive and their foods are packed with lots of authentic flavours.

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Address:

277B Church Street, Parramatta
opening hrs: Mon – Fr: 11:00 to 15:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00 to 17:00, Dinner everyday: 17:00 to 22:30
Ph:+612-9633-3226
Web: www.sitneyrestaurant.com

Getting There:

Parking: Church Street or Phillip St
By train: Parramatta Station

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7-Eleven dollar day – 23rd of September ( don’t miss out)

 

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Thanks to 7-Eleven a Dollar day, our cabinet has now filled with junks food and have to remember to watch our head when opening it because it will just fell out uncontrollably. Although the website says maximum 8 items per customer but as you can see in the pic we bought more than that and nobody questioned.

the rumours are indeed true, $1 day is back this Thursday (AGAIN !) the 23rd of September only at 7-Eleven. The following items will be available for $1 for the entire day:

– Monster 500ml energy cans
– Nestlé Medium bars
– Twisties, Burger Rings & Cheetos 90g
– Nestlé Drumstick Ice-creams
– munch Cheese & Vegemite scrolls
– Four ‘N’ Twenty Snack Sausage Rolls
– Donuts
– Golden Circle LOL! Juice
– Berocca Twist ‘n’ Go
– V Isokinetic (NSW only)

 

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7-Eleven dollar day – 23rd of September ( don’t miss out)

 

For store locations click here Store Locations

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Thanks to 7-Eleven a Dollar day, our cabinet has now filled with junks food and have to remember to watch our head when opening it because it will just fell out uncontrollably. Although the website says maximum 8 items per customer but as you can see in the pic we bought more than that and nobody questioned.

the rumours are indeed true, $1 day is back this Thursday (AGAIN !) the 23rd of September only at 7-Eleven. The following items will be available for $1 for the entire day:

– Monster 500ml energy cans
– Nestlé Medium bars
– Twisties, Burger Rings & Cheetos 90g
– Nestlé Drumstick Ice-creams
– munch Cheese & Vegemite scrolls
– Four ‘N’ Twenty Snack Sausage Rolls
– Donuts
– Golden Circle LOL! Juice
– Berocca Twist ‘n’ Go
– V Isokinetic (NSW only)

 

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Banana-and-Chocolate Roti,Chiang Mai

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Today I will take our food lovers to experience the famous Thai tourist dessert – Banana and Chocolate Roti.  Have you tried roti with chocolate and condensed milk? Thailand has these amazing little street food carts that goes by just cooking sweet Roti. You have the options by topping it with banana, chocolate, or plain one and just rolled up on a piece of paper. Cost about 20 THB = 70 cents?

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To make the roti, the vendor takes a small lump of dough that he slaps onto the counter repeatedly, until the dough is paper thin and stretchy. Then he adds a HUGE amount of butter and oil onto a large flat wok and let it sizzle on it. Lastly, chocolate and sweetened condensed milk is poured onto the dough.

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Just one bite and I fell in love with it. It was a truly OMG food moment, the crispiness and banana inside just made me ate until I was beyond full.

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