f Five Hundred & Eighty Four; Hong Kong local delights! {Tim Ho Wan, Hui Lau Shan, Dim Sum Bar, Chi Ji Wanton Noodles, Guangdong BBQ}


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Five Hundred & Eighty Four; Hong Kong local delights! {Tim Ho Wan, Hui Lau Shan, Dim Sum Bar, Chi Ji Wanton Noodles, Guangdong BBQ}

October 6, 2013 / , ,

I'm finally back to blog my last post for my Hong Kong trip!
Honestly, I did not have much leisure time since it was a work trip
to cover the Mary Kay event;
on top of that, plans to visit The Peak was cancelled due to the typhoon.
I didn't have time to explore a lot of good food as well..
(Missed out on Australian Dairy Company. BOOOO!)

I don't know if I mentioned this already,
Le Buddy & his family were in Hong Kong as well for a short trip.
Whenever I had some free time, I would try to join them.
So yessss, I still managed to check out some local restaurants:

-Chi Ji Wanton Noodles (池記雲吞麵家),
-Hui Lau Shan (許留山)
-Tim Ho Wan (添好運),
-Dim Sum Bar,
-GuangDong BBQ Restaurant (廣東燒味餐廳) 

We explored Times Square for awhile on Day 1, 
since it was near to our hotels (at Causeway Bay).

& honestly, there was nothing much to shop for at this shopping mall.
Unless you are looking for branded items..........

A lot of them were snapping pictures of these,
so I snapped two shots as well.

I was so looking forward to the 'chicken egglets' (雞蛋仔) before the trip.

& I managed to find one at a random stall on the street.
I was expecting myself to be able to have this everyday......
but no, this was the only one time I had it. :(

First stop for Day 1: 
Chi Ji Wanton Noodles (池記雲吞麵家)

We didn't know that this was one of the well-known wanton outlets,
& just randomly walked in because we were famished.
Apparently, this was my only one bowl of wanton noodles in Hong Kong too.
Le sigh..
So I can't really compare with the other famous outlets!

We ordered the set meal: A bowl of prawn wanton noodles + veggies = HKD$62 
I don't usually have my Wanton Mee in the soup version,
but it was tasty!
The soup had a tinge of sweetness,
& the prawn wantons were really fresh.
The serving for the noodles was small though.
Should have ordered an additional bowl of wanton soup (just the wantons!).

Tried the traditional soya bean milk.
A lil' on the powdery side.
Buddy didn't quite like it but I did!

Chi Ji Wanton Noodles (池記雲吞麵家)
G/F, 52 Russell St, Causeway Bay 

We moved on to the next location for desserts:
Hui Lau Shan (許留山)!

I've heard so much about this Hui Lau Shan,
so how could I give it a miss?!

Le buddy ordered this: Stewed Bird’s Nest with Harsmar in coconut.
I had no idea why he ordered this......
hahahhah. Not really impressive..
The coconut milk taste was a tad too overwhelming.
It was kinda soothing though!

多芒小丸子 Glutinous Rice Balls in Mango Juice with mangoes & mango ice cream.

Loveeee the chewy glutinous rice balls & the rich mango taste!

My favourite!
Mango juice + coconut + mini glutinous rice balls.
Sinful level: 10000000
hahahah but I had this for 4 days straight.
No joke.
I liked the combination of mango + coconut,
with the addictive chewy mini balls.
The trick: stir it once you receive it,
otherwise the rice balls will clutter & stick at the bottom.
You have to sip them together with the mango + coconut!

On Day 4, we tried the outlet at Mong Kok. 

Glutinous rice balls with fresh mango fillings
This was good!

Mango Sago with Pomelo
I just wanted to try something different from the past 3 days..
It was average.
Definitely not as bad as the sago drink I had at the Olympian City outlet!!

You see, the thing about Hui Lau Shan is,
the items are sold at different prices at different outlets.
& yes, the standards vary too.
I had the same drink for 4 days,
but each time it tasted kinda different.
The one I had at Olympian City on Day 2 was HORRIBLE.
I bought the mango juice drink with sago & couldnt even finish half of it.
The sago was REALLY terrible & the drink was diluted.
We ordered another cup with the glutinous rice balls this time,
& it was just as bad.
The glutinous rice balls were not of the right texture & clumped together badly.
So PLEASE, do not try the outlet there.

The usual
Which was still da bombz.

Some people think Hui Lau Shan is overrated..
I'll say.. you should just try it to gauge it yourself.
I do think they are a lil' on the pricey side,
more expensive than bubble teas for sure.

Hui Lau Shan
Various outlets.
Good luck, I hope you get to try the ones with better standard! 

Back to Day 2, we had dinner at the much-raved Tim Ho Wan,
at the newly-opened outlet at Olympian City.
Smaller in space as compared to the flagship store in Tsim Sha Tsui,
but less crowded.
We didn't have to queue at all!

The funny thing was.....
when we approached the people to ask about the direction to Tim Ho Wan,
many of them did not even know what is "Tim Ho Wan".
I found it interesting because apparently,
many Singaporeans rave about it......
but when in Hong Kong, I guess it wasn't that hyped up at all?

Never had the chance to try it in Singapore,
so we thought we should try the authentic one in Hong Kong,
which should be much better, right?

The service was efficient, because we had our dishes served soon after we ordered.

Baked Bun with BBQ Pork

& now.. I see why so many people raved about this legendary BBQ pork bun!
Sweet & savoury combination of the crust + tasty BBQ pork fillings,
served warm.
No wonder it's their signature dish.
I think I could finish 3 on my own easily!

Tim Ho Wan has 4 "Heavenly Kings".
Besides the Baked Bun with BBQ Pork,
the other 3 are:

Pan-Fried Carrot Cake
I loved how it was crispy on the outside with a nice slightly-burnt taste,
yet soft on the inside, with slices of radish.
Interesting texture!
The minus point would be.. it was too oily.

Steamed Egg Cake

Light, fluffy & not too sweet.
I've always loved steamed egg cake,
but I guess not many youngsters would appreciate this dish.

The 4th Heavenly Dish is Vermicelli Roll with Pig Liver,
but we ordered Vermicelli Roll with BBQ Pork instead.

We didn't think it was that heavenly though.
Just.. really normal.

Some other dishes we tried:

Glutinous Rice Dumpling
Huge serving.
The rice had a tinge of lotus leaf fragrance,
with chicken & shitake mushrooms as the filling.
Too much rice, too little filling though..
It was good, but not really worth the calories.
Order this only if you have many people to share it with,
so that you can just grab a mouthful or two. :D

Har Gow
The prawns were fresh & juicy, but I wasn't really amazed with the skin.
I was a lil' disappointed because I thought this should be one of the winners.

Custard Buns

If you are expecting the kind with custard oozing out of the bun.....

Sorry to disappoint. hahahah!
It was not the kind with salted egg yolk, which I really love.
Hit or miss?
I'll say.. miss.

Siew Mai
Instead of the usual meaty siew mais that we usually have in Singapore,
these were filled with succulent prawns.
I love this version!

Beancurd skin roll with pork & shrimp

Tim Ho Wan
Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui 

I didn't get to explore the local delights on Day 3,
because it was the Finale Day,
& we were really busy.

On my last day of the Hong Kong Trip,
besides some last-minute-desperately-squeezed-in-shopping & Hui Lau Shan,
we visited Dim Sum Bar @ Harbour City (Tsim Sha Tsui) for breakfast.
We wanted to try Australian Dairy Company but found out that it was closed on Thursdays.
JUST OUR LUCK. le sigh~

Baked buns with BBQ Pork.

It didn't seem as appealing as the ones we had at Tim Ho Wan at first look..
but to my surprise, I felt that the BBQ pork was really well-marinated & even tastier than the latter!!
The crust, however, paled a little in comparison.

The custard buns were better than Tim Ho Wan's,
in my opinion.

But still.. I prefer to have my custard oozing out of the buns, 
with the salted egg yolk :p

Vermicelli Roll with BBQ Pork & Prawns

The sauce was sooooo good.
and the vermicelli rolls were of the right thickness & texture.
I love the one with prawn fillings especially,
Generous serving of fresh & juicy prawns.

Xiao Long Bao

Siew Mai

Chicken feet with spicy XO sauce ( I loveeeee chicken feet)
I didn't really taste the "XO" sauce,
but I definitely preferred this version to the black bean sauce version.

Crispy spring roll with prawn & cream cheese sauce
This was an interesting combination, which went well (albeit a little too oily).
Hit or miss?
I'll say.. hit!

Modern & trendy ambiance, with reasonably good dim sum.
It was a lil' pricey than usual dim sum restaurants though,
but I think they have buffet, which you can consider!
Not too sure about the choices of dimsum available though.

Dim Sum Bar
Shop G103, G/F Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui

Spotted an ice-cream mobile van.
I bought one ice cream cone because I could pay with my octopus card.
hahahah forgot to snap a photo of the ice cream though.

Hong Kong street food besides chicken egglets?

Curry fishballs
The fishballs are not of the same texture as the ones that we have in singapore.
Instead of the springy/bouncy texture, the fishballs were soft & chewy.

Grilled octopus

We had our late lunch at a random restaurant, GuangDong BBQ restaurant (廣東燒味餐廳).
FINALLY,what is Hong Kong without roasted meat?
Do y'all remember the then-popular drama 真情?
If you do, we are of the same generation :p
Back then I really wanted to go Hong Kong for the roasted meat.

The restaurant was really packed,
& the service was pretty bad.
The staff were not exactly friendly, at all.............

We were still full from the dim sum earlier on,
so we ordered the meat without rice/noodles,
just to try them.

Roast Goose + Duck + Char Siew 
Big chunks of char siew
(unlike the ones we have in Singapore, which are usually sliced thinly)
were tender & juicy, but also very fatty.
hahahah but I think it's worth the calories to indulge in it once in a while.
Reasonably good.
(I know my review is very general,
but I didn't have the chance to try the other restaurants,
so I can't really make comparisons. Sorry!)

& finally....... an authentic milk tea.

GuangDong BBQ restaurant (廣東燒味餐廳)
43-49A Hankow Road, G/F Hankow Apartment, 
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

You'll see a combination of modern + old buildings on the same street.
Very interesting..

Ladies' market

It's like pasar malam.
& if you want to purchase anything,
be daring enough to slash the prices!!!
Tried & tested.
Be firm!!!

I think Hong Kong is pretty fast-paced & packed..
(at least the places that I went to)
I don't know if it was just because I visited during the China school holiday period.....
hence the packed & busy streets.
& honestly, the people we met (service staff especially....) 
didn't seem as friendly;
very different from the people I met in Taiwan for my graduation trip.
Maybe it was just because it was a work trip,
hence everything felt hurried,
so it didn't feel as relaxing..
To be fair, I didn't really have a good chance to explore Hong Kong properly,
& I would love to.
So.. I may want to visit Hong Kong again
(just not anytime soon), to try more local delights & visit Ocean Park.
During a quieter period for sure! :)

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