Food Hunting in Macau

Ask me to choose between Hong Kong-style egg tarts and Portuguese egg tarts and I wouldn’t be able to give you an answer to that. They’re similar, yet different, and both are irreplaceable to me. I’d make a trip to Macau just for those Portuguese egg tarts. Okay, I’m just kidding. But they’re really, really GOOD.

img_4493_zpszxow7pgtSay hello to these babies!!! Macau has many places that sell Portuguese egg tarts, but by far, Lord Stow’s are the BEST. They’re also more convenient to get to, being situated in the famous The Venetian Macau hotel/casino/shopping centre. The egg tarts are in the shopping centre portion of the huge compound, and it might take some time hunting it down, but it’s totally worth it. The egg tarts are piping hot, and the interior is milky and eggy and all-things-yummy, paired with a flaky crust that just shatters once you bite into it. One is not enough.

Address: 870, Mask Street, Level 3, Shoppes at Venetian
Open 10am-11pm (Sun-Thu). 10am-12mn (Fri-Sat)

img_9262_zpsgzf48dkhAnother place that is popular for their Portuguese egg tarts is Margaret’s Cafe e Nata. This is located nearer to the Ruins of St Paul’s and is harder to get to (you’d probably have to take a taxi). It was pretty good too, but considering the amount of effort to get there in comparison to Lord Stows, I’d recommend you go for the latter.

Address: G/F, 17A Rua Alm Costa Cabral R/, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
Open daily except Wed 6.30am-8pm

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetSomething else that you have to try in Macau is the pork chop bun from Tai Lei Loi Kei. It didn’t sound like anything special to me, and I’ve never been crazy about pork chop. But gosh, I was surprised! The thick slice of pork chop was so succulent and juicy, and I’d recommend that you go for the bo lo bun version because it completes the flavour of this dish perfectly. There are a few outlets scattered around Macau, but I would suggest going to the one in Taipa Village because that’s where the original outlet is. I tried the stall in the food court in The Venetian, and it was awful! So do yourself a favour and visit the authentic one. There is also an imitation stall called “Macau Famous Pork Chop Bun”, but that isn’t it! Also note that the original classic toasted pork chop bun is only available after 2pm, hence we did not get to try it because we reached too early. Nevertheless, the pork is the highlight, and the bo lo/soft bun version was good enough for us!

Address: 35 Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa Village, Macau
Open daily 8am-6pm

I’ve finally reached the end of my HK posts!! Hope you found it useful. Check back next week for posts on my UK trip!

One Dim Sum

So I’ve talked about Cha Chaan Tengs, roast goose, noodles and desserts. But ultimately, the one thing that defines Hong Kong is that it’s the land of dim sum! Tim Ho Wan has gotten tonnes of publicity with its Michelin-star award, and famous char siew bun. I absolutely love that char siew bun, but since THW can be found in Singapore now, we decided to check out someplace different instead.

One Dim Sum was a Michelin-star awardee previously as well, and the long queues are evident of its popularity. The outlet is pretty small and very cramped, which explains the long queue. But they have got their efficiency down pat – you get to browse through the menu and place your orders while waiting, and they toggled between seating customers and fulfilling take-outs so fluidly that it was quite mesmerising to watch.

img_9238_zpsteb12qx0The menu offers a decent, though concise selection. And their focus is really on the quality of all their ingredients. Every item we ordered was so well executed, it was simply amazing! From the fresh and juicy prawns in the har gow (prawn dumpling), generously-filled chee cheong fun, and sweet, saucy barbecue meat in the char siew bun, all of them were crafted with pride. Our favourite item had to be the dan san, which is a typical Hong Kong dim sum item that for some reason has not made its way to Singapore. It’s somewhat like a fried egg pastry that is drizzled with honey and topped with a pile of desiccated coconut. It’s mind-blowingly yummy!!!

One Dim Sum is a must-try for any dim sum lover for its affordable and quality offerings. I’m always on the look out for dim sum in Hong Kong, so let me know if you have any suggestions!

Address: Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion, 15 Playing Field Road, 
Nearest MTR: Prince Edward
Open 11am-12.30mn (Mon-Fri), 10am-12.30mn (Sat-Sun)

Noodles Oodles in Hong Kong

I was surprised to discover that other than the ubiquitous instant noodles that can be found in almost any cha chaan teng in Hong Kong, they actually do have a variety of other options to choose from! Here are three that I tried, and you could consider checking them out on your next visit to HK:

1. Mak’s Noodles

img_4328_zpsutio0hyf Hong Kong is well-known for its wanton noodles as well, and Mak’s Noodles is the most famous of them all. You squeeze into your seats in the restaurant and are greeted with a plethora of choices on the diverse menu. Most people would tend to zoom in on the wanton noodles, which is served in a tiny bowl which does not justify its price in my opinion. HK’s wanton noodles is springy, and Mak’s does this well. I’m not quite a fan of this kind of noodles, so what stood out for me was the wantons, which had a delicate skin encasing a fat, juicy prawn. Would I pay for this again? Nope. But there are many people who love is as much as I don’t, so give it a try and decide for yourself!

Address: G/F, 77 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
MTR: Central
Open daily 11am-9pm

2. Sister Wah Beef Brisket 

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetThis place requires a bit of travelling as it is all the way at a corner of the MTR line at Tin Hau station. They’re famous for their beef brisket noodles among a selection of others as well! The beef brisket lived up to its reputation of being perfectly tender – the soft bones were stewed for so long that they were of a jelly-like texture and absolutely delicious! I loved the dan dan noodles as well, which had a delicious, piquant broth. And to add some variety, you can order a serving of the chilled drunken chicken, which had been generously steeped in rice wine and was very flavourful.

Address: G/F, 13A Electric Road
MTR: Tin Hau
Open daily 11am-11pm

3. Sun Kee Cheese Noodles

12383291_932992556777694_1303848481_n_zps5o3hc8z5Does the amount of cheese look scary to you? It did to me, but trust me on this – it’s 100% delicious, and so addictive that you’ll forget the creaminess, or rather, grow to embrace it. It’s instant noodles, sure. But only Sun Kee can make it taste SO GOOD. That cheese, egg and braised pork cheek all together in a bowl is comfort food that hits all the right spots. The pork cheek is beautifully soft and nearly melts in the mouth. And the savoury flavour of the cheese really makes it super palatable. You have to try it to know it!

Address: Champagne Court, Kimberley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui
Open daily 7.30am-3pm

Address: 3 Burrows Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Wan Chai
Open daily 7.30am-11pm 

There’s also Kau Kee Beef Noodles and Sheng Heung Yuen tomato noodles which I haven’t had the chance to try on my trips. Let me know if I should, or what else you would recommend!

My hunt for Cheese Tarts in Hong Kong

BAKE Cheese tarts landed in Singapore and took everyone on a wave. I yearned to try one of those amazing sounded tarts, but the prospect of queueing simply deterred me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a true blue Singaporean who doesn’t mind queueing for stuff once in awhile (especially food, haha). But several hours in a queue?! I don’t quite have the patience for that. Which is why I’ve been resisting till the time I travel overseas so that I can get my hands on those goodies without the queue.

img_9203_zpsy0g5ezobAaaaand my patience paid off!!! Finally, I managed to try these amazing cheese tarts. They don’t come cheap at all, but they were so, so good! Despite carrying them around for hours while I was shopping, they still tasted yummy. I really couldn’t get enough of them, and I will definitely try it freshly baked the next time if possible. And the best thing? Barely any queue (if you consider moving from the end of the “queue” to the counter in less than 5mins).

Address: #B2-16, SOGO, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, HK
Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay
Open 10.30am-10pm (Sun-Thu), 10.30am-10.30pm (Fri-Sat)

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetMore easily available are the cheese tarts by Maxim’s Cakes. The Maxim’s brand of bakeries can be found in every corner of Hong Kong. We spotted counters in almost every MTR station, but it was only in a slightly bigger bakery that we saw these gorgeous, baked cheese tarts on display. They looked so good, lightly browned and fresh out of the oven that we could not resist buying one despite being so full from our previous meals. The warmth enhanced the flavour of the mixture of different cheeses within, and the crust crumbled easily with a bite.

I’m in love with cheese tarts! Do you know where I can find the best cheese tarts in Singapore too?

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.

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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