February 12, 2012

Stanley Market, Hong Kong…two words : Tourist Trap

Stanley Market is is a cluster of about 150 shops which sell a variety of items mainly clothes and accessories. I have got only two words for it: Tourist Trap.

A downside is that it is really very far away. Getting there is easy: I took express bus number 260 from exchange square, Central. The bus ride back is very challenging. Return buses were 260 to admiralty or number 6 or 6x but there were monster queues everywhere. Taxis were going to be too costly as Stanley Market is a world away from the megacity on the other side of Victoria Peak.

That hassle aside, is it worth all the trouble? I do not need to hesitate on the answer: NO. Stanley Market is frequented by tourists, so you’ll probably pay more than elsewhere. There are better place to shop if you want those lower prices. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

February 11, 2012

Shamiana, Mumbai…..WAAAAAY below standard of the Taj Mahal Palace

Sad to say this was a very disappointing dining experiences in recent memory. The service was very slow and the servers un-interested. Repeated reminders for coffee to be serve were futile for 20 minutes until we stood up to leave. The spread was the usual, nothing exotic – there were some Gujarati starters, few regular vegetarian and non vegetarian vegetables, breads, rice, yellow dal and biryani.

WAAAAY below the standard of Taj Mahal Palace. What a waste of money. It’s just not worth what they charge. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

February 5, 2012

Restoran Soong Kee Beef Ball Mee, Kuala Lumpur…an intoxicatingly delicious beef noodle meal

This is a nice air-conditioned little shop in Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin located near Chinatown that serves Beef balls.  The dry version is awesome! The springy thin Hakka wantan-mee style noodles topped with tasty trademark finely minced pork crowned with the family’s secret concoction of rich savoury, aromatic mix of  herbs and spices  makes this an intoxicatingly delicious meal. And we haven’t even got to the juicy homemade beef balls yet. 

 And then the pièce de résistance… the Beef Balls – an explosion of beefy, almost buttery flavour, smooth in texture yet springy. Perfect when dipped into their home-made chilli sauce .

Happy days.

This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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