Friday, July 29, 2011


So the posts I just put up are a little out of order... or something like that. I got confused... aaaaaaannndddd.... I think I still am, a little. I think.

In any case, if there are repeats of numbering issues, just pretend they're not there :)

Hong Kong Eats - Part VII

Look at that tree...

How did it grow that way...?

We're at the Landmark Cafe. 
Iced coffees and smiles all around!

My sister got scones which also came with cream and jam, which I forgot to take a picture of. 

I got smoked salmon on toast with dill. 

Mmmm... Salmon....

Luke got a Club Sandwich that came with killer fries.

Avocadooooo! Love avocados!

This is the walk we take from the Landmark to HK Park :)

And this is a view of HK from the Peak :) It was super foggy that night.

We fed the feral kitties of the peak. They little guys were super skittish and very hungry.

Sadly, the kitty did not want to be friends.

Even the tram station was obscured by the fog O.O Looks spooky!

McDonalds is surprisingly nice in HK. They look more like what we'd expect Starbucks to look like.. which was kind of surreal in a way..

I met my father at the Landmark again a few days later. 
Mmmm... Cappuccino... 

This sounded interesting: A chocolate cake with ganache, cream, bitter orange and rosemary.

It was pretty good, but suuuuper rich. Chocolate is nice, but I usually have it in tiny doses. 
I do like the flavors, though. 

The rosemary was a nice contrast to the chocolate and complimented the orange. 

There were these tiny, crunchy little balls hidden in the mousse that gave it a nice crunch. 
With all the other components being so rich and creamy, the little bobbles were a nice surprise.

Random Hong Kong cat and my sisiter.

Another kitty and Luke.

Ahhh... Hong Kong at night :3

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hong Kong Eats - Part V

When I was in HK, Dad and I would get up pretty early (around 5-7 each morning) and we would go for walks. 

We were right by the coast. I loved the smell of the ocean in the morning. 
It was windy and there was a little chill, but it was a wonderful way to start the morning. 

We were staying at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, so for breakfast, we headed for the cantina. 
I wish I had gotten some more pictures. The two eating areas they had at HKUST were really very nice, clean and served realllllllly tasty food.

We each got soy sauce noodles, jukk (Chinese rice porridge) with pork, peanuts and thousand year old eggs, and milk tea. 
Milk tea is pretty strong and a great substitute for coffee. I actually prefer it. 


This is not Sparta, it's a chocolate shop. And a pretty popular one.

Sky walks, pretty much like sidewalks, but above and over the traffic to ease congestion. 

Strawberry smoothie.

Coffee. We needed the caffeine kick. 
Lychee iced tea and a coconut iced thingy. Both very refreshing. 

Obligatory "V" picture. 

Purcuitto and melon: a winning combination!

Smoked salmon plate. The sauces were creamy and tangy and the bitterness of the greens were a nice way to break through the richness of the salmon and creams. 

And of course we need dessert! There was a tiramisu, a chestnut creme brulee, molten chocolate cake, cheese cake and that triangle thing is actually ice cream. 

We also got snake wine! More for the novelty than anything else.
 I gave it as a gift to my boyfriend. 

And no. We haven't drank it.... YET.

Hong Kong Eats - Part VI

The hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay. We're going in search of spicy crab!

In Hong Kong there are many places that feature Spicy Crab. The place we're going to is called Under Bridge Spicy Crab. 

It originated as a small stall under a bridge, near a typhoon shelter. Around Causeway Bay there used to be a great deal of dancing clubs. I was told that when people came out they bought food from the vendors, one of them being Spicy Crab. 

Behold, crabs! 
Their claws are bound to their bodies, to there is no pinching or loss of appendages when they're moved or scuffle with each other. 

Mmmmm... Eel!

Ah, mantis prawns! They're also known as 'pissing shrimp'... but Mantis Prawn just sounds so much better.
They're weird looking critters and spiny and sharp, but damn, are they good. 


Inside the restaurant. I love the lanterns.

A gathering of family and friends!

Clams cooked up in spices and black bean sauce. The clams were very fresh and had tender, sweet flesh. The sauce was not too thick or thin, coating the clams perfectly. The little bite of spice at the end was nice. 

Water spinach with dried scallops and mushrooms. 
We needed some veggies on the table ^_-

Shrimp, very simply cooked with a little oil and salt. 
Quickly stirfried and served while piping hot. 

The best thing about shrimp being served whole is the head. 
I love, love, looooooooooove eating shrimp heads.

SNAILS! Boiled sea snails, simple and tasty. A little chewy, but tender and rich. 
Snails may seem a little off putting, but don't knock it till you try it. 
They're surprisingly good.  

You pull the little snails out of their shells with a toothpick. 

And it looks like this!
Then you eat it!

The shells really pile up...

TA DAAA!!!! Spicy Crab is made from live crabs, quartered, fried with chinese peppers and served underneath a HEAPING pile of deep fried garlic and scallions. 

It's a little hard to tell that there is a goldmine of sweet, juicy crab under there, but there is.
It's a hell of a lot of garlic. Delicious, delicious garlic... 


That's one massive claw. 

That's excitement right there! 
Or... something else... like hunger? Anticipation? Seafood euphoria?
In any case, she's happy to have it.

Mantis prawns served in a similar manner to the crab. The fried garlic seemed to have a lot more hot chilies than the crab. But that's good, I am very fond of spicy. 

His close-up.

Weird looking dude, huh?

The aftermath...!

To clean our hands we god bowls of tea with lemon in it. It does a good job, and your hands come out smelling nice, despite the seafood.

Fruit for the dessert is always nice. Juicy watermelon is a great way to end a finger licking meal.