Monday, March 31, 2014

Top 10 Places to eat in Hong Kong

imageimageLan Fong Yuen


2 Gage Street, Central 
中環結志街2號


Well, there’s something you should know when it comes to finding delish food in Hong Kong; Download “Openrice” from the app/play store. With that, you can search for any delish food, look at reviews (they’re mostly in traditional Chinese) and of course, indulge in food photos. This topped one of the lists while Cheryl and I were in Central the other day, so we had to try it. They have posters all over their shop, however, try their “La Ding Mian”! I personally liked it quite a bit, just that it may be a little on the pricey end for what you’re getting. We didn’t have to queue, but it really depends on your luck.


These are some of the Openrice’s recommendations: 絲襪奶茶 / 撈丁 / 金牌豬扒包 / 熱奶茶 / 奶茶 / 蔥油雞扒撈丁


imageTai Cheong Bakery


G/F, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central 
中環擺花街35號地下


This is pretty self explanatory. If you’re looking for some eggtarts to sink your teeth into, or something on the sweeter side, head over for Tai Cheong’s eggtarts. They’re one of the best in Hong Kong (or at least what Openrice and Foursquare users think). They have outlets all over Hong Kong, but this is just one of them! 


imageTemple Street Claypot Rice


Well, claypot rice is one of the best comfort food in Hong Kong during Winter, or even when it’s cold. Well, just hop off at Yau Ma Tei’s MTR station and look for signs towards Temple Street; Claypot rice are served throughout many stalls. One of the few famous stalls are Four Seasons and Hing Kee. Try not to miss out on their Oyster Cake as well!


 imageEl Taco Loco


G/F, 7 Staunton Street, SOHO, Central
中環蘇豪士丹頓街7號地下


A mexican western restaurant seated in the heart of SOHO, Central serves awesome burritos and tacos. If you’re craving for one of those meals with higher carb content, this is the place to go! However, beat the crowd! It’s a pretty small restaurant, so seats are limited. They do serve beer and drinks, so you’d probably see people drinking along the edge of it after working hours. 


imageimageSuperstar Seafood Restaurant (鴻星海鮮酒家)


Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion, 97 Nathan RdKowloon City


Located conveniently inside Harbour City at Tsim Tsa Tsui, it’s a dimsum restaurant that opens slightly before 11am, if you’re hungry on a Sunday morning. My dad and I went there once for yumcha in the morning, and the food were succulent and delish. So we brought my family that came in March again, the prices are a little higher than average, but nothing too steep if you’re sharing. Be careful with what you order for the seasonal food, or ask for the prices before you actually order! I really loved the porridge (variety) but my choice will always be Preserved Egg Lean Pork Porridge; and the Pig Stomach Soup. I’ve been away from home and that’s the only favorite that I miss having on a monthly basis. 


imageimageimageimageKarful Dessert Special Shop (嘉豐點心專門店)


G/F, 19 Kai Tak Road, Kowloon City 
九龍城啟德道19號地下


One of the hidden dim sum troves; that serves cheap, decent and yummy Dim Sum in Hong Kong. My family and I have tried the much-raved about Tim Ho Wan (添好运); however their service and food pretty much pales in comparison. If you live in Kowloon City’s vicinity, accessible via mini-buses, buses or taxis, hop on over! Do try their custard buns, cheong fun, siew mai, claypot rice, ma lai gou, and the wrapped rice in lotus leaves. I promise you it’ll leave you wanting for more. 


imageimageimageBrunch Club and Supper


銅鑼灣禮頓道13號1樓


It was pretty hard to find this place at first (I think the place located in Google Maps was pretty outdated), but if you do get lost, call the store to ask for directions. They do understand and speak English too! One of the most affordable brunch that Cheryl and I have eaten. We’ve ordered their egg benedict set meal, but it didn’t work out more than 100HKD per person, for both muffins. Well, the prices varies depending on the ingredients you pick, but the eggs and hollandaise sauce was in my opinion, pretty good. It’s almost too pretty to look at except for the cups that they serve. 


imageVia Tokyo


Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay 


A Japanese dessert restaurant seated at a corner in Causeway Bay, highly raved by everyone on Instagram and one of the Openrice finalist! Tina had a little craving for matcha, so we dropped by for some matcha. Ditto! It’s a small, quaint restaurant but you defo cannot sit there long to talk about random musings, long queues do form and takeaway is possible too! A little bitter (like how matcha tastes like), get some syrup over your dish. Well it’s a dish worth remembering. 


imageimageimageSushi One


1/F, Grand Tower, 639 Nathan Road,Mong Kok 
旺角彌敦道639號雅蘭中心1樓


The thing about Sushi One is that, you get 50% off your sushi menu after 10pm daily! The queues can get really long, and I’ve waited for more than 20 tables before; so one tip: Do go there early to queue, the restaurant is empty, so the first few in line gets seated really fast! They also have chains almost everywhere in Hong Kong, a little google could do the trick! The sashimis are recommended, actually everything is worth ordering for the price at 50% off. Bear in mind that other dishes (non sushi/ sashimi) are not entitled for the discount. They’re still cheap nonetheless. Minimum spending per pax is 80HKD! 


There’s so much more to Hong Kong than this list, but I’ll probably update it again whenever I have time :) 



Mana Fast Slow Food, Hong Kong


92 Wellington Street, Central 
中環威靈頓街92號
Mon-Sun: 10:00-22:00
Call: 2851 1611


I actually loved all of these 10s equally, so much that they’re worth introducing. You don’t have to try all, but they’re pretty food-worthy places that I would personally recommend. I’ve also wrote an entire blog post on Mana here :) Definitely a place I’d go if I was alone (or not) it doesn’t really matter. It’s worth giving them your bucks. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I can promise I'll try by Thought Catalog


All the winds go sighing, 
For sweet things dying. 


- The Cuckoo’s Calling



<I can’t promise you forever, but I can promise I’ll try>


Ju tagged me here, and I read it on the mobile on the way back, sending me home almost in tears. I just extracted the part that makes my heart ache upon reading; “to work tirelessly to give you the life I know you deserve, and make you hold my sweaty hands." You have been, and you have been doing so that gives me a life that is nothing short of amazing. And this I promise, with all of that sets us apart, I know at the end of the day, you’ll always walk me home on the same page. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Berkeley Contact Prints, 8.5" by 11"


It was how I felt, and how you’d see the world I see through my lens. Every single day it was the constant chasing of sunset, to watch the sun get replaced before night fall, and we take a slow walk back to the apartment. The adventures were stunning, and they were, once in a lifetime. That very day, I had projects with school, and I tried to help Shao film his music video and BTS sets. And now, I am missing all of it, just like it was yesterday. 


I miss my roomies. Are you guys with me? :(

Monday, March 17, 2014

Birthday week in Hong Kong

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This is definitely not for people with lonely hearts. 


The birthday week supposedly came and went, and alike all birthdays, we all have a story (or stories) to tell. It is a special day that belongs to you, that is pegged to everything about you. I am once again thankful, for the opportunities and people I have met throughout 23 years of my life; to watch me grow and change along the way. 4 days ago, my group of friends that I’ve met during my exchange in Hong Kong, has expanded. They’ve secretly designed a cake (themed Brown and Cony), bought and made gifts, wrote and drew cards, and in these 9 weeks, they know almost all about me. Thank you, I can’t thank you guys enough for making me feel so special, for going the extra mile and out of the way to accompany me and had one of the many best nights of our lives - One night that I’ll always remember. 


To these great people - Tim, Tina O, Tina L, Cheryl, Kevin, Roy, Selica, Joyce, Ian, Fei, Richard, Viv - Thank you for making that night so special. 



And then ju flew in on the very next day. I packed my bags with so much enthusiasm, only to catch a bus to the airport to pick him up. I waited in sheer anticipation, and saw him walked out of the arrival gates just like a movie star. The cold air gushed in my lungs, I took off from the spot that I stood glued at, only towards a warm-looking figure and the taste of familiar lips. It is what it’s like, when people describe, “a moment that froze in time.” It simply was. Following the next 4 days was just magic. 


I’ll leave that till next time :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lion Rock, Hong Kong

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The last picture could be my favorite picture of all. A couple seated at the edge of the rocks, with 2 bottles of drink brought for their hike; and it’s them against the world. Two weekends ago, my friends and I decided to hike Lion Rock in Hong Kong, it wasn’t that tough of a hike per se, but thanks to a travel blog that Kevin found, it wasn’t that hard to find the entrance; with a hella good time. I was on a 2-week cleanse from beer since Shanghai, but I had one at the peak. Chilly, breathtaking. Burp. 


I had a mid-term on a Wednesday the week after, but it did not deter me from anything to experience local HK on a Saturday. We even met up again at night for Korean Chicken at Chum Chum after. The app “Open Rice” is a foodie app here in HK, but I still prefer Foursquare because I get to check-in and earn badges. Is that what “lock-in” and “switching costs” are all about? 


Well, if you’re ever interested in getting to the top, take an MTR to “Wong Tai Sin” Station, walk past the temple, straight down to a mini bus terminal, take a left and go up the slope. I wished I could remember the link of the blog so you’d get a rough idea, but it’s too much history in our chat to sieve through. Have some luck!