Steam Pot Dinner at 潮福蒸氣石鍋⁠⁠⁠⁠

September 19, 2017:  For dinner that night, we went to Hai Fook 潮福蒸氣石鍋 in Tai Po for steam pot dinner.  Steam pot meals started getting popular in Hong Kong at least since last year in 2016 when I was visiting but never tried it.  I had tried it in Toronto last autumn but this was my first time trying it in Hong Kong. Continue reading


Black Truffle Mascarpone Cheese Pizza at Golden Captain’s Restaurant

Golden Captain Restaurant

Golden Captain Restaurant (金船長餐廳) located at 55 Tai Tsun Street, Unit 3A, Tai Kok Tsui

September 19, 2017:  Yesterday for lunch, I again consulted OpenRice for some good eats around the area.  It showed me Golden Captain Restaurant (金船長餐廳) which specialized in Italian cuisine and had a specialty pizza which almost all the reviews were about.  Thus, we went there to check it out.

Golden Captain Restaurant opened at 11 a.m. and we arrived around noon.  There were lots of people dining in and taking advantage of their favourable lunch combo.  Most of the diners were of the younger crowd.

We ordered the Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China. September 2017

After walking across the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge this past week in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, this was one of the views that greeted us.  There were layers among layers of mountains and forests and fog/pollution all around us.  These were some characteristic and unforgettable layers!   Continue reading

Day 1 in Changsha, China 2017: Arrival and Noodles

noodles in Changsha

First meal in Changsha, China

September 13, 2017:  I’ve never been to Changsha before and I was inspired to go after seeing photos online of the historic and mountainous regions.  It is also the area that the movie Avatar was filmed in.

This tour was part of the “Beautiful China” tour subsidized by the Canadian government for only $99 per person for 6 days of sightseeing.  Hotels stays and majority of the meals were covered, but tips for the tour guide and driver as well as certain admission fees were priced separately.  Flight to and back were also our own payment too.  It was such an amazing deal to see parts of China in a guided tour!  I previously went on a Continue reading

Hotel Review: Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong

Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong exterior

Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong located at 88 Tai Kok Tsui Rd, Tai Kok Tsui in Hong Kong

I really liked this hotel!  We stayed at Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong for a couple of days and checked out on September 13, 2017.

We knew of this hotel thanks to a family friend who recommended it to us based on its cleaniness, affordability, and convenience.

It’s very close and convenient for transit.  There is a minibus, number 12A, that goes to the Mongkok East station just around the corner of the hotel (ride takes around 5 minutes).  The A21 airport express bus is also available just 7 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

It was affordable and convenience came with a Continue reading

Breakfast combos at Cafe de Coral

September 13, 2017:  For a quick and speedy meal before we headed to the airport to Changsha, we went to the classic Cafe de Coral (大家樂).

I hadn’t dined in a 大家樂 in a while but the food is standard and affordable.  It’s a fast casual restaurant; you order the food from the menu in the front of the restaurant, pay, and receive your order at the counter.

Since it was still breakfast time when we arrived, we ordered two of their breakfast combos.

One had dried fish and peanut congee with fried Continue reading

Congee at 大師傅粥品

大師傅粥品 congee

大師傅粥品 located in Mongkok, Hong Kong

September 12, 2017: 大師傅粥品.

For a brunch today, I was feeling for traditional congee so we went to 大師傅粥品 near our hotel.

This restaurant ranked highly on OpenRice and indeed it was fairly good.

Similar to other congee restaurants in Hong Kong, you sit yourself inside, take a look at the menu, and the Continue reading

Hot Pot Dinner at Garden Restaurant

Sept 11, 2017: For dinner at night, we went to Garden Restaurant in Yau Ma Tei for hot pot!  This hot pot was in a comfortable restaurant on the upper floors of the restaurant that also serves dim sum, a la carte dinners, and more. I remember eating dim sum here at the restaurant with my family as a kid.

It was a good deal for hot pot of $198 per person before the 10 p.m. time Continue reading

Classic Cha Chaang Teng fare at Christy Cafe

Christy Cafe

Christy Cafe located in Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Sept 11, 2017:  Today we went to a classic Hong Kong style cafe for breakfast and lunch called Christy Cafe in Mong Kok (although it also shows up as “Capital Cafe” online..).  Since we were staying at a nearby hotel, we actually got 2 free meal vouchers to Christy Cafe.  Yay!

We got there today just at 11:55 a.m. which was enough time to enjoy their breakfast (their breakfast hours were from 7 to 12 p.m.). We ordered the traditional breakfast which included macaroni with ham, two eggs and buttered toast, and a Continue reading

Amazing Hainanese Chicken Rice at Mandarin Chicken Rice (Singapore) in Hong Kong

Sept 10, 2017:  Amazing lunch today!!  I used the OpenRice app to find a good lunch place near our hotel and this place popped up (I also noticed it when we took the minibus the first day here).  I also wanted to eat rice in the morning so this was the perfect place to try.

It was called “Mandarin Chicken Rice (Singapore)”.  It opened at 11:30 a.m. and we arrived there ten minutes after it opened.  It was a relatively large restaurant and of which its seats filled up quickly as more customers came in too after Continue reading