Hong Kong’s Michelin star Roast Goose

Only in Hong Kong would you find roast goose that is worthy of earning a one-Michelin star. While I grew up on roast duck since my aunt does a fantastic platter of of roasted meats at her Cambridge Rd. Hong Kong Roast Pork stall at Pek Kio Market, there’s just something about that plump, supple meat of the goose that makes HK’s option even more appealing.

Which is why you MUST, promise me, to visit Yat Lok Restaurant when you’re in Hong Kong. Their roast goose won them a Michelin star, and it’s easy to see why, once you’ve tasted their roast goose. Appearance-wise, this might not look like much, but just bite into the meat and you’ll uncover a juicy, succulent bird that is incomparable to any duck out there. This was so good, that we polished it off within 10mins despite having a meal at Mak’s Noodles right before that. The char siew (caramelised pork belly) was deliciously tender as well. And those vegetables!!! You wouldn’t think that I would even mention those unassuming green stalks, would you? But they were so naturally sweet, that all they needed was a drizzle of thick dark sauce, and voilà, your meal is complete.

Address: Conwell House, G/F,, 34-38 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Central
Open 10am-9pm (Mon-Sat), 10am-5.30pm (Sun)

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Another Michelin-starred establishment is Kam’s Roast Goose, which was opened by the 3rd generation owners of Yung Kee Restaurant (another famous roast goose shop). We visited Kam’s with high expectations following our good experiences with roast goose, but we were unfortunately, sorely disappointed by the quality of its signature item. It was skinny, and drier than duck, which made it rather tough to chew on. What a letdown! Thankfully, a saving grace came in the form of the Soya Chicken, which is an item that we don’t typically order, but we were so glad we did here. It was soft, yet firm, and the flavour was so well-infused into the meat that every piece was so tasty! Definitely order the Fatty Char Siew specifically (don’t make a mistake, there is the “normal” version as well, which I assume is leaner meat), and the gratification will be worth all those extra calories.

Where’s the next Michelin-star in Hong Kong that I should hunt down? Let me know in the comments below!

Address: Po Wah Commercial Centre, G/F,, 226 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Wan Chai
Open daily 11.30am-9.30pm


Move over, froyo. The cool new kid on the block is now – froco. Say whutttt?

Inspired by the best recipes from the bustling streets of Bangkok, Froco (frozen coconut) blends nutrients from the freshest young Thai coconuts into the perfect ice-cold swirl. For those who love coconut as much as I do, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that froco is so much more amazing than froyo once you try this! Don’t get me wrong, I really like froyo and my “healthier choice” for dessert is always yami yogurt/llaollao/red mango and the likes. (Yes I know it’s not actually healthy and I’m just self-delusional that way).

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetBut back to froco. Can this really be the new “healthy” dessert out there? With less than 1% of dairy content, less than 4% fat per serving and a lean ~100 calories, I could eat this every day! Plus, its incredibly refreshing and tastes amazing. You know that feeling of drinking cold coconut water on a hot day by the beach? Take that, blended into a gratifying ice-cold swirl, and there you have the perfect dessert for our sunny weather.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetA small cup starts from $3.80, and you can choose from a plethora of toppings at $0.80 each. Ideally, a small cup should go with a single topping, but I was greedy and chose two. I understand why they recommended one though – the froco swirl is so generously portioned that my toppings had a hard time staying in the container and kept falling out! I really liked how fresh and sweet the mango was though! And the granola was delicious as well.

Besides their froco on its own, they have smoothies blended with froco as well! HUSK’s mission is to bring the #husklife to each individual, hence their three groups of smoothies are targeted to different palates. Prices of smoothies range from $6.20-$6.80.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetFor the classic sweet-tooth, the Fruity range of smoothies include Aloha Dance, Jumping Jack and Round-house Kick. Aloha Dance takes you straight to Hawaii with its blend of pineapple and banana. For those who enjoy the pungent flavour of jackfruit, go for Jumping Jack for a revitalising boost. Round-house Kick is packed with Vitamin C goodness with kiwi and apple.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetThe gym buffs will appreciate the substantial Power range of smoothies. And my favourite smoothie out of the 9 we tried was Pump It! It might have been the least photogenic with its greyish colour, but I loved the combination of flavours in this one! The blend of honey, banana and granola was the perfect complement to the froco, and I loved the textural dimension provided by the crunchy bits of crushed granola. Some might find it a tad sweet, but I really liked the flavour of the 100% natural honey. Other smoothies in this range include Can’t Touch This, which contains coconut water with immunity booster and The Bruce Lee which had a yummy crunch as well thanks to the muesli in it.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetAnd for the really healthy ones – the Green range. Now, the smoothies in this range might sound cringe-worthy to some, but guess what! They really weren’t as bad as they sounded, and in fact, I would say that I quite liked a couple of them from this range, more so than the fruity range which was a bit too sweet for me. The only one I couldn’t quite get over was Just Beet It, which even the most hardcore fans of beetroot commented that the taste was a bit too strong. Secret Garden contains cucumber, celery and spinach. And before you wrinkle your nose at the ingredients, trust me and give it a try. It was a great balance between the vegetables and the froco, which allowed the coconut flavour to emerge victorious in this clean-tasting, yet delicious smoothie. Freshly Minted was another one that I liked, with its fresh minty feel and zesty body thanks to the orange and lemon in it. For a body-cleansing drink after a heavy meal, you gotta go for these Green froco smoothies.

I can totally see myself HUSK-ing often, in place of my usual frocos, and I really look forward to their expansion plans so that I can get my hands on these more easily! For now, they’re located at Plaza Singapura #B2-49, so do check them out and let me know which smoothie is your favourite!

Battle of Hong Kong’s Egg Tarts

There is no excuse to come back empty handed from Hong Kong without some goodies in tow, because there is no lack of options to choose from! Bo lo bao (pineapple bun), lau po bing (“Wife’s biscuit”), egg rolls, and the likes, there are so many of my favourite baked goodies there! Despite stuffing myself while I’m on holiday, I still can’t resist bringing a slice of happiness back to enjoy at home.

One of my top picks to bring back would be Hong Kong’s famous egg tarts! True, it can be found all around Singapore, but those from HK are just different, totally unbeatable by our standards. And now we’re lucky to have the top egg tart brands in Singapore, but they’re way overpriced here compared to their HK counterparts. On my trip to HK this year, I went to suss out the Top 3 Egg Tarts which you should definitely check out when you’re there!

1. Tai Cheong Bakery

We unanimously pronounced Tai Cheong as the winner of the egg tarts battle. The picture above actually pictures Tai Cheong (in the aluminium holder) and Honolulu, which came in a close second. We preferred the egg-filling of the latter, which had a deeper, more pronounced body. And we liked how the firm crust had a tinge of saltiness to it, which brought out its flavour and complemented the wobbly interior.

There are many outlets scattered over the Hong Kong Island side of the city, so definitely drop by to get your hands on some of those freshly baked tarts.

2. Honolulu Coffee Shop
If judged alone, Honolulu’s egg tart is thoroughly enjoyable as well. The filling of this egg tart was slightly sweeter, with a lighter-hand on the egg flavour. The crust is also delightfully crumbly, if that’s what you prefer.

Address: 176-178 Hennessy Rd, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Wan Chai
Open 7am-2am (Mon-Sat), 7am-12am (Sun)

Address: 33 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Central
Open daily 7am-11pm

3. Hoixe Cake Shop

Hoax’s egg tarts were pretty sweet as well, with a lighter, flaky crust. It might pale in comparison to the other two obvious top choices, but when it’s so affordable (HKD$4), imma bring back a whole box of it anyway.

Where else can I find the best egg tarts to bring back from my next trip from Hong Kong? Do drop me a comment and let me know!

Hong Kong’s Must-Visit Cha Chaan Tengs

No trip to Hong Kong is complete without queuing for a coveted seat in a crowded “tea-restaurant”, and subsequently be pressured to leave the moment you finish the last spoonful of your meal. Hong Kong cha chaan tengs are not known for their stellar service, but once you accept the fact, you would find that you’re able to find peace in dining in these establishments that are characteristic of this city’s culture. Not to mention, the food itself is obviously a huge draw.

So here are the 5 cha chaan tengs to get you started on your food journey in HK:

1. Capital Cafe

12357435_952400864852519_1112964749_n_zpsp2iismjwFor some of the best scrambled eggs in Hong Kong, Capital Cafe would be the place for it. Peanut butter and Condensed milk Toast is a classic combination that always works, and don’t forget to try their signature Principal toast, which was a delicious fried french toast topped with butter.

Address: Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Wan Chai
Open daily 7am-11pm

2. Australian Dairy Company

One cannot visit Hong Kong and not pop by ADC. A perpetual queue is almost always expected, but their scrambled eggs and steamed milk are well worth the wait. This is possibly the most iconic cha chaan teng in the city, famed for shooing customers once you’re done with your meal, but there is just something that keeps people coming back for a traditional HK breakfast.

Address: 47 Parkes Street, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Jordan
Open daily except Thurs 7.30am-11pm

3. Chau Kee

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The salted lava craze has infiltrated Hong Kong as well, and we travelled to a far end of the MTR to get our hands on this lava french toast. Other popular items include the Shrimp Toast with Sesame and Fried Rice Rolls with XO sauce.

Shop H1, G/F, Tung Lee Mansion, Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District
Nearest MTR: HKU
Open Tue-Sun 6am-5pm

4. Mido Cafe

We were surprised to see that the cafe was completely empty at the first floor when we first reached, but after proceeding up a narrow staircase, we were greeted with a bustling space on the 2nd floor. Their specialty is the Baked Spare Rib in Tomato Sauce, and we loved the thick tomato sauce with a layer of cheese.

63 Temple Street
Nearest MTR: Yau Ma Tei
Open daily except Wed 8.30am-9.45pm

5. Tsui Wah

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This dining institution in Hong Kong is one that you can find easily almost everywhere you go. Despite the fact that it has so many outlets, it still remains as one of the go-to places for some good ol’ local food, with a mix of other western options too. Their menu is so comprehensive, and there is something for any palate, but the must-order here is the Condensed Milk bun, which is simple, yet incredibly delicious. Grab a bottle of their bottled milk tea as well! It’s one of the best I’ve tried.

Are there any other cha chaan tengs that you would recommend? I’d love to hear about it!

Food Tripping through Hong Kong

I visited Hong Kong twice in the past year. Whether that was necessary is a question that I don’t quite have an answer to. But it was definitely a gastronomic experience that I wouldn’t miss for the world. Both trips were packed around tracking down the next food place we were to visit, and we set a record of 10 meals in a day. It might sound rather unbelievable, but when you think about all those snacking in between while we were heading from one place to another, you’d realise that it is actually plausible. Sharing of food is a must of course, and that’s the best way to ensure that we made the most of our trip.

From traditional breakfasts at the many Cha Chaan Tengs, lunch at the next noodles spot, to Michelin-starred Roast Goose and Dim Sum, and the numerous dessert options – our tummies were thoroughly pampered and full to bursting the entire day. Oh, and I haven’t even gotten around to those egg tarts, and cheese tarts! Bring an extra stomach or two to Hong Kong, because you’ll be food-hunting down the MTR line throughout your trip.

Both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon have their fair share of options. I stayed on different sides of the bay for my two trips, and both were just so easily accessible with the MTR. If you’re thinking of staying in an Airbnb for your trip, I would highly recommend Joe’s apartment! By Hong Kong standards, it’s spacious for a family of 4-5 pax, and it was well-equipped with all the amenities we needed, and more!

For the hardcore foodies, you’ll know that Macau is not just about casinos and gambling. It’s worth a day trip if you’ve never been there before, even if it’s just for those ah-mazing Portuguese egg tarts.

I’ll be posting more details about all the food I tried in the next few weeks. But just to get you started, here’s how your tummy can lead the way along Hong Kong’s MTR line:

Kowloon (North > South)
Prince Edward: One Dim Sum
Yau Ma Tei: Yee Shun Milk Company, Mido Cafe
Jordan: Australian Dairy Company
Tsim Sha Tsui: Sun Kee Cheese Noodle, Hui Lau Shan, Via Tokyo

Hong Kong Island (East > West)
HKU: Chau Kee
Sheung Wan: Oddies Foodies
Central: Mak’s Noodles, Yat Lok, Urban Bakery Works, Tsui Wah, Tai Cheong Bakery, Honolulu Coffee Shop
Wan Chai: Sun Kee Cheese Noodle, Capital Cafe, Honolulu Coffee Shop, Kam’s Roast Goose
Causeway Bay: BAKE Cheese Tarts, Via Tokyo
Tin Hau: Sister Wah Beef Brisket

Enjoy your food trippin’! And do share with me if you’ve tried something good that I should know about too (: Stay tuned for next week’s post on HK’s Top 5 Cha Chaan Tengs!