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August 31, 2013

Iberico & Co Kitchen & Bar, Hong Kong…Foodgasm

Filed under: China, Food & Beverage, Hong Kong, restaurant, Tapas — PEr @ 7:59 pm

Wow. This place really blew me away. Having been to Spain and fallen in love with both the culture and food I was definitely looking for a place to take me back. This is absolutely my new favorite restaurant in Hong Kong.

Dimly lit, the black metal arches and black-and-white mosaic floor gave it a great ambience. The restaurant has a high ceiling which is awesome.

The food was spectacular. The menu can be slightly intimidating due to the number of options available. I can’t even narrow down my favorite dishes because I loved everything. The tasting platter of cured cuts were slices of heaven.  I have never tasted anything more heavenly, it makes me smile just thinking about it. I took a bite of a small piece of cracked black pepper hanger steak with madeira  and it  began to dissolve into savoury bliss. Few food experiences have or ever will match it. The crispy cider roasted pork belly with apples was succulent, exploding with flavour and on point. You can’t leave this Spanish joint without tasting the fries with black truffle salt and white truffle oil – it’s good! Be sure you accompany your food with the beer mustard they serve here. Loved the flavours that were going on here…sweet, spicy, tangy and just delicious…a new favourite.

If there is a downside, the sparkling sangria blanca was OK at best.

Anyone that has been to Southern Europe will appreciate this place. Buen provecho! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

iberico cured cuts

August 18, 2013

Ching Ching Desserts, Hong Kong…rocked me to my core

I absolutely adore this place. Not only that the price is surprisingly reasonable, the uniqueness and quality of their product is quite the charm.

There are countless choices for dessert in Hong Kong but this is very local hangout has quite a selection of sensational desserts.  The refreshing milk pudding with fresh mango rocked me to my core. What makes it extra good is the fact that the milk pudding brings out and enhances the naturally robust sweetness taste of the mango, plus adds that touch of richness you’re looking for in a pudding. Eating the plain rice ball with peanut sand topping was like taking a bite of heaven.  Recommended are also the papaya with sago and grass jelly sago mango. ALL DELICIOUS.

Big love this one. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

milk pudding w fresh mango ching ching

August 11, 2013

Restoran Sunrise, Petaling Jaya…decent eatery that used to be better

This is an old school, hole-in-the wall roast duck joint.  The menu is very limited and revolves mainly around roasted duck, steamed rice, vegetables and soup. Overall Restoran Sunrise is a good spot for your coronary clogging carnivore cravings.  To each his own….

Walking into this humid shop, you hear the distinct sound of the cleaver slicing through the ducks with accurate precision. The roast duck here is tender and juicy with nice crispy skin.  I didn’t really care for the light dipping sauce it came with, but in all honesty, the duck didn’t really need it…it tastes quite good on its own.

Restoran Sunrise is a decent eatery that used to be better. I might return , but I do not think I’m going to be running back. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

sunrise

August 9, 2013

Huangcheng International Spa Club, Shenzhen…the massage was ordinary

I was debating between 3 or 4 stars, but I decided on 3 stars based on the fact that the main event of the visit – the massage – was average.

The atmosphere is nice and relaxing, in fact bordering on luxurious. The locker room was very clean, safe, and well stocked (e.g., hair dryers, shampoo, lotion, etc.), the attendant polite, friendly and very eager to serve. Heck they even send a chaffeur and car to pick you up from the hotel and send you back – for free. While the facility is nice I was totally disappointed with the services.   The massage was truly ordinary.  A total blah. The “International” in the name of this club doesn’t mean they cater to the international traveller. English is not spoken here too much.

Overall facility is very nice, folks were polite and felt that it was way cheaper than it should’ve been for what I got but my experiences here have been nothing outstanding.  And, I’m sure if I looked around Shenzhen, I could find a better massage. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 4, 2013

Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong…If I lived here, I would eat this everyday

When I was done with lunch at around 12.45pm, people were queuing to get a seat in this tiny restaurant at Northpoint where diners – a mix of Hong Kong families, elderly friends, and the odd solo diner – cram elbow-to-elbow. Michelin gave it a star in 2010, netting it the auspicious title of cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world. In this simple, no-frills eatery with minimum service and fuss, simply sit at your table and choose what you want by ticking the options on a sheet of paper, and let the staff do the rest.

It’s definitely worth braving the queue for the outstanding baked bun with BBQ pork (cha siu bao).  They are usually served steamed but, here, they are baked: the slightly crisp sugar glaze around the crumbling crispy pastry bun contrasting with a savoury gentle stew of pillow-soft meat chunks swaddled in slightly sweet sauce inside. The perfectly steamed rich and plump pork dumpling with shrimp (siew mai) were piping hot and so, so, so good. The chewy bouncy vermicelli roll stuffed with fleshy shrimp (cheong fun) were excellent too. Doused with a sweet soy sauce, I loved this dish.

The dim sum here is the best in its class: simple, fresh and generally light on grease. If I lived here, I would eat this everyday. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

baked buns with bbq pork - tim ho wan

cheong fun - tim ho wan

siew mai - tim ho wan

 

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