Patrick Pang

One night at Shilin Night Market

Jun
19

It was drizzling when we first arrived in Taipei and it lasted through the night. We visited Shilin Night Market not knowing what to expect.


Walking along the streets and we decided to go to Shilin Night Market Food Court. In Singapore context, it’s like our food center with many different stalls. Most of the stalls sells seafood and what stood out was the fermented toufu (also known as Chou Do Fu). These toufu are not really that smelly, in fact, you will probably get the fermented smell when it’s in your mouth. Honestly, this was one of my favourite food in Taipei.


As you walk along the streets, there are many street food but the highlight would definitely be the deep fried milk. It’s crunchy on the outside but soft in the inside and it melts in your mouth. Be careful when you eat it because it’s hot. The stall is located along the main road so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find it.

What to eat in Hong Kong?

Aug
11

I’ve visited Hong Kong on a few occasions and have blogged about a number of food places. Here’s a list of places which I’ve compiled.  Some  of them date back to 2011 but they are still around as of my last visit.

Dim Sum

Breakfast at Lin Heung – Our first visit in 2011 was quite memorable and decided to go again when I brought my parents along in 2014. The standard of the food seemed to have dropped. Lin Heung Tea House is located at 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong and their contact number is 852-2544-4556. If you are traveling by train, alight at Sheung Wan MTR Station Exit A2.

The Push Cart Aunty

Cafes

Mido Café – First got to know about this place in 2011 and went back again in 2015. I like the ambience of the place and favourite has always been the baked rice. There have been mixed reviews but I feel its worth visiting. Mido Cafe is located at 63, Yau Ma Tee, Temple Street.

Baked Rice

Yee Shun Milk Company – My cousin recommended Yee Shun Milk Company to me and told me that its a must to try their steam milk. If you have tried Australia Dairy Co., you may find that it doesn’t taste as good.  But I think its always good to have more options and should give it a try. They have a few outlets and are located at;
Mong Kok – 246-248 Sai Yeung Choi St S
Jordan – 63 Pilkem St
Causeway Bay – 506 Lockhart Rd

Steam Milk

Australia Dairy Co. – During my visit in 2015, I remembered going on 3 consecutive nights  to eat the Almond Steam Egg Custard and I didn’t get tired of it. It was tasty but not too sweet and was really different from the ones served at Yee Shun Milk Company. It is located at 47 Parkes St, Hong Kong.

Almond Steam Egg Custard

Hokkaido Dairy Farm – If you are looking for breakfast which cost below HK$50, then you should consider Hokkaido Dairy Farm. It is locate at Shop A-B, G/F, 211 Johnston Road, Wan Chai.

Peanut Butter Toast

Hello Kitty Secret Garden Café – Looking for a themed café in Hong Kong? You will probably want to visit it because its a Hello Kitty Café, but if you are not a fan, then perhaps you want to give it a miss. The food is acceptable but nothing much to shout about. The café is located at 19 Ormsby St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong and is about 10 mins walk away from Prince Edward MTR on Hong Kong Island.

Hello Kitty Secret Garden Cafe

Lan Fong Yuen – They are only opened at 10am but the wait is definitely worth it as they serve one of the best milk tea and pork chop bun.

Lan Fong Yuen

Noodles

Mak’s Noodle – While Mak’s Noodle is now in Singapore, just like Tim Ho Wan but the food will definitely taste better from where it all begin. There is no char siew but just wantons! The noodles are springy and you will want a second serving after finishing your first bowl. Mak’s Noodle is located at 77 Wellington Road.

Wanton Noodle

Lan Fong Yuen

Nov
06

You can get milk tea any where in Hong Kong but to get a good one, you can drop by Lan Fong Yuen to try. This is yet another place where you can take your breakfast for just under HKD$50. However, if you may want to take note that they only open at 10am. Don’t try your luck to be there early because the building only opens at 10am.

Lan Fong Yuen

In Hong Kong, unlike Singapore, you can decide how sweet you want your milk tea to be because you will have to add the sugar in yourself. I ordered the milk tea, pork chop bun and bo luo bao. The milk tea was smooth and the pork chop bun was soft. The pork chop itself is not too hard and a little juicy too. As for the bo luo bao, I think its quite disappointing. It was too hard and tasteless, I was expecting it to be buttery.

Pork Chop Bun, Milk Tea and Bo Luo Bao

Is it worth trying? I certainly think so and you can visit them at Shop 26, LG, Chung King Mansion (Woodhouse), 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Hello Kitty Secret Garden Cafe

Nov
05

We had dim sum, toast bread and now probably a visit to a theme cafe, Hello Kitty Secret Garden Cafe. Its located at a quiet corner of Tai Hang. The frontage is quite eye catching and you will probably not miss it although there quite a number of hipster cafes in the vicinity which seems pretty interesting too.

Hello Kitty Secret Garden Cafe

The cafe is quite small, probably only able to accommodate about up to 20 people and its all things Hello Kitty. I had a Green Apple cake and Matcha. As for the quality of food, I think its acceptable, don’t think you can have high expectations since the intent was just exploratory. If you not been to any Hello Kitty themed cafe, I think its worth visiting it but otherwise, you may just want to give it a miss.

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The cafe is located about 10 mins walk away from Prince Edward MTR on Hong Kong Island and its located at 19 Ormsby St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong

Hokkaido Dairy Farm

Nov
04

If you are getting bored with dim sum in Hong Kong, you may want to try some toast bread and scramble egg at Hokkaido Dairy Farm. This is not your usual Cha Chan Teng but a modern eating place that serves breakfast at below HKD$50.

Hokkaido Dairy Farm

I ordered the peanut butter toast set which comes with scramble egg, ham and a cup of milk tea. The milk tea wasn’t too appealing because it came in a styrofoam cup. But as you can see from the picture, the peanut butter toast was the impressive one. It was thick and can even see the nuts. The scramble eggs were soft too. For the price that I was paying, personally, I think its worth it.

Peanut Butter Toast

You can visit their outlet at Shop A-B, G/F, 211 Johnston Road, Wan Chai. Please note that they have closed their outlet at Wellington Road.

Mido Cafe, visiting it again

Nov
01

My first visit to Mido Cafe was in 2011 when wifey did some research and suggested that we try out the food there. This time round, I was there alone and trying out the other food which I’ve never tried before. the place hasn’t change at all and everything there still look pretty much the same after 4 years. The only difference was this time round, there isn’t a need for me to wash the utensils.

Mido Cafe

I had Pork Chop rice previously so this time, I decided to try Pork Chop with Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti (with an additional egg). The standard of the food is pretty much the same and I feel that the serving is quite generous. The tomato sauce isn’t too sweet (I like) and the pork chop were chewy and not hard.

Pork Chop with Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti.

It is about 15 minutes walk from Jordon MTR and its located 63, Yau Ma Tee, Temple Street.

Australia Dairy Co.

Nov
01

When I visited Hong Kong in 2014, I was told to visit Yee Shun Milk Company as they serve good steam milk. At that time, some of my friends told me to go to Australia Dairy Co. because it was even better. I didn’t have any time then but this time I did.

My hotel was 10 minutes walk away so I decided to visit and give it a try. I went in the evening and on the 3 nights that I was there, I didn’t have to wait too long before being able to get a seat. But I understand and heard that queues in the morning can be pretty long (so be prepared to wait).

Australia Dairy Co.

What did I order then? I had the Almond Steam Egg Custard. You don’t have to wait long after you’ve ordered, in fact, its almost instantaneous. If you are someone who doesn’t really like almond, you may want to give it a try as the almond smell isn’t that strong. The steam egg custard is smooth and its not too sweet. This is definitely worth trying.

Almond Steam Egg Custard

Its conveniently located about 5 minutes away from Jordon MTR. During your next visit to Hong Kong, you can consider visiting them. Their address is 47 Parkes St, Hong Kong.

Our first family visit to Hong Kong Disneyland

Oct
06

This is my 3rd time visiting Hong Kong Disneyland but it is our first visit as a family and as expected, this was the most enjoyable day for the children. In fact, this was the only day which Ezanne walked the entire day and did not even ask us to carry her at all. Other than the 1 hour queue which we got ourselves into for taking a group photo with Mickey and Minnie, the queue were pretty short for the rest of the park.

Ethan, Ezanne and Evan with Mickey and Minnie

 

For me, it was quite an experience. I counted and we took about 8 rides together. Ethan was actually more adventurous than me and if not for him, I doubt I will try some of them.

We were on the Toy Story Parachute

 

Our arrangements in Hong Kong was such that I’m in-charge of Ethan so we were more bonded after this trip. Even during those rides, we spend most of it playing together. In fact, during one of those rides, he was “driving” me around.

Ethan "driving" me around

 

I truly enjoy these moments together and I look forward to our next family trip. Where to go next?

Mak’s Noodle

Oct
06

Other than trying roast duck or roast goose, another must try is definitely the Wanton Noodle. Each time when we visit Hong Kong, wifey will also give me a challenging to task, to find a eating place which is always so near yet so far. Mak’s Noodle is located at 77 Wellington Road. If you were to walk along Wellington Road from Central MTR, you would have difficulty finding the place because 77 Wellington Road is not located next to 76 Wellington Road. In fact, you will have to walk another 50m before you can see it.

Unlike in Singapore, the Wanton Noodle does not have Char Siew to go along with it. It is just wantons. The soup is tasty and the noodle are just right. Its a small bowl so if you are a big eater, you will probably need 2 bowls. But this is one of those places that we will visit if we return to Hong Kong again.

Wanton Noodle

On the way up to Ngong Ping

Oct
05

This is my 3rd time going up to Ngong Ping to see the Giant Buddha but I’m always looking forward to it. We travelled up to Ngong Ping via the cable car and decided to appreciate the scenery by taking the crystal cabin. The weather was excellent and we had a good view as we travel upwards.

View of the airport

 

While we see what’s around us, we could also see what’s beneath us as well.

See what's beneath usNgong Ping today seems to be a little more interesting. There are more shops around, though they are quite touristy, but at least it just gives you a reason to just stay there for awhile longer. But probably the highlight of Ngong Ping will always be the Giant Buddha. As the children were traveling with us, we did not attempt to climb up.

The Giant BuddhaAfter traveling so high up, don’t forget to head to the monastery to try the vegetarian food and try the soya bean curd. Its so good that you will not regret. Unfortunately I did not take picture of the shop as it was not allowed.