Hong Kong Restaurant Week Spring 2017

Hong Kong Restaurant Week Spring 2017

  • February 17, 2017

One thing I love about Hong Kong is that this amazing city is always coming up with impressive restaurants and bars that I’m forever spoilt for choice. Dining out regularly in Hong Kong can be pricey, so I’m very excited whenever the coveted Restaurant Week is back!

From 17 February to 26 February, Dining City’s Restaurant Week is a perfect opportunity to try out new restaurants that I’ve yet to dine in at unbelievably good prices. With 3-course lunch starting from HK$118 and a 3-course dinner starting from HK$298 at over 100 best restaurants in Hong Kong, this is one festival that foodies won’t wanna miss.

BRB – I’m going to try out some of the restaurants and share my experiences here.

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Image Source: www.restaurantweek.hk

HONG KONG RESTAURANT WEEK SPRING 2017
When: 17 – 26 February 2017
Where: See full list of restaurants

 

5 Instagrammable Heritage Gems That You Need to Visit in Hong Kong

  • February 13, 2017

Eating and shopping on repeat – we’ve all done that in Hong Kong, haven’t we? In fact, Hong Kong has more to offer. This month, I explored the hidden gems of Hong Kong’s heritage that are not only instagrammable, but also imbued with rich history.

1. Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail (New Territories)

Fresh breath of air, birds chirping, and a slower pace of life – I found myself in a different world when I first arrived at Lung Yeuk Tau (aka ‘Mountain of the Leaping Dragon’).

Located in the New Territories, this is neighbourhood is the home ground of one of Hong Kong’s most powerful clans – the Tang clan. You can learn about their history through this scenic trail. Traditional village customs are still practiced by the Tangs who are living in the neighbourhood.

Address: Shung Him Tong Village, Lung Yeuk Tau, Fanling

How to Get There:

  • MTR Fanling Station, Exit C. Follow the signs to Luen Wo Hui. Turn left and go downstairs to the minibus station. Take minibus 54K to Lung Yeuk Tau. Alight at Shung Him Tong.
  • Or take a taxi.

2. Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees (New Territories)

Make your way to this 700-year-old village and make a wish by writing your wish on a placard and throw it onto the tree. It is believed that the higher the branch it landed on, the more likely that your wish would come true. I had to throw many times before my placard successfully landed on the tree – It probably means I need to try very hard for my wishes to come true!

Hong Kong Well Wishing Festival is one of the most popular Lunar New Year activities. It’s always jam packed with locals, expats, and tourists. Hence, the original wishing tree has been substituted by an artificial tree in order to protect it from wear and tear these days.

Address: Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, New Territories

How to Get There:

  • Bus 64K or 64P at MTR Tai Po Market Station, get off at Fong Ma Po Station.
  • Minibus 25K and get off at Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees.
  • MTR Tai Wo Station and take a taxi.

3. Che Kung Temple (New Territories)

Built in the honour of “Che Kung”, a military commander of the Southern Song Dynasty, who was revered for his power for successful suppression of uprisings and clearing epidemics wherever he set foot on.

Each year, there are 4 Che Kung Festivals in Hong Kong. The busiest festival is the 2nd day of the first lunar month when people visit the temple to worship Che Kung. People would turn the fan-bladed wheel of fortune and beat the drum 3 times to ensure good luck for the rest of the year.

Address: Che Kung Miu Road, Tai Wai, New Territories

How to Get There:

  • MTR Che Kung Temple Station Exit B, follow the signs and walk for around 10 minutes.

4. Pak Sing Ancestral Hall (Hong Kong Island)

Tai Ping Shan is a tiny urban neighbourhood in Sheung Wan where the “new” meets “old”. You can easily find hipster restaurants, art galleries, funeral shops, and temples all in the same area.

“Pak Sing” means “100 Surnames”. It was a temple for people of all walks of life. In the 19th century, it used to store coffins awaiting burial in China and served as a public ancestral hall for people who could not afford bone repatriation services, by storing their commemorative tablets for their relatives to reclaim and carry back to the mainland.

If you step inside Pak Sing, you can still feel an eerie atmosphere, as there were hundreds of tablets that were never reclaimed.

Address: 42 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

How to Get There:

  • MTR Sheung Wan Exit A2, follow Google Map. 10 minutes walk.

5. Man Mo Temple (Hong Kong Island)

The Man Mo Temple is a tribute to the God of Literature and God of Martial Arts.

It’s the largest Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong since 1847 and is preserved as a Declared Monument. This picturesque temple is the located along Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan.

There is an interesting shop nearby which I stopped by a shot too.

Starting the year with shorter hair! What colour should I try next?

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Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

How to Get There:

  • If you’re walking from Pak Sing Ancestral Hall, walk along Pound Lane and Hollywood Road. You’ll arrive Man Mo Temple in about 6 minutes.
  • MTR Sheung Wan Exit A2, and follow Google Map. 7 minutes walk.

Surprised My Girl With Delicious Art Painted In Front Of Us – ATUM Desserant Review

  • February 4, 2017

I’m fond of surprising Joanne whenever I can. I always have something good up my sleeve.

Our monthsary means a lot to us. It’s the time when we celebrate our big/small relationship milestones, count our blessings and look forward to our future together.

Even though I’m not a fan of sugar and sweets, Joanne is. So this was a perfect place for me to bring her. I did my research. The desserts shown on ATUM Desserant‘s Instagram look impressive and their reviews are generally positive. Since we love experiencing new things together, this was definitely a place to visit!

This contemporary dessert bar is located at The L. Square and it’s only 3 minutes away from Causeway Bay MTR Exit C.

Our reservation was at 4.30pm and we ordered the “Improvisation for 2” dessert (HK$348 + 10% service). We had our welcome drinks served in test tubes and the choice of coffee or tea for two that came with the Improvisation set.

PRO TIP: Have your desserts before a proper meal. Chances are, you don’t need the proper meal after that.

We were served by a cheerful artist named Shirley. She’s an interior designer by profession and she enjoys creating edible art pieces at ATUM Desserant during weekends. We appreciate her warm personality and attentive service. She made us feel at home.

I was glad that this didn’t turn out to be a gimmicky place. The desserts were well-executed and reasonably priced. Their service was good and we especially enjoyed watching how our “Improvisation” was created.

This is a great place for anyone who wants to celebrate their friendships, anniversaries and birthdays.

PRO TIP: Want great looking photos on your Instagram? Book your reservation time before 3.30pm. The natural lighting is perfect.

For those who opt for the “Improvisation” dessert like us, you’ll get to sit at the bar and witness the edible art painted right in front of your eyes.

PRO TIP: Want more time at the dessert bar? Book your reservation time at 4.30pm like us. This is when the sun is about to set and it’s near dinner time when your dessert is complete. You might even get the whole place to yourselves during this non-peak period!

Have you been to ATUM Desserant, or know somewhere else interesting? Share with me your experience and thoughts in the comment box below, or email to foodtravelbabe@gmail.com.

ATUM Desserant
Address: 16/F The L.Square, 459-461 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
銅鑼灣駱克道459-461號The L. Square 16樓
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 14:45 – 00:00, Fri-Sun 13:00 – 00:00
Tel: +852 2956 1411 / +852 2377 2400
Email: info.atumdesserent@gmail.com
www.atumhk.com 

Napue – The World’s Best Gin & Tonic is Finally Here in Hong Kong

  • November 21, 2016

Napue Gin

Sweet as Finnish misty morning meadow, flaming like the midnight sun and cool as the Finnish night, Kyrö Napue is a gin like no other.

In 2015, Napue won “Best Gin for Gin and Tonic” at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). This award is considered among the highest recognitions you can get in the global wine and spirits industry.

Here’s the story behind the world’s best gin for gin & tonic:

Story of Napue Gin

From a rural village Isokyrö in Finland, Kyrö Distillery is the world’s northernmost gin & whisky distillery focusing on whole grain rye distillation. Kyrö Distillery’s roots are inextricably tied to Finnish wild nature, fauna and history.

Isokyrö means the great fire in Finnish. This village has an intriguing past. It has survived two great wars: the Cudgel War that marked the famed peasant uprising against Sweden at the end of the 15th Century, and the Great Northern War where Fins fought against Russians in the notorious Battle of Napue 1714.

The resilient spirit, baptized by fire, and immortalized by its medieval church and monuments, is what gives Napue Gin its unique charisma.

Taste of Napue Gin

Wholegrain rye is difficult to distill but its worth it as it creates a gentle warmth and spice unique to rye spirit. Using fresh botanicals foraged from the old Napue battleground, Napue rye-based gin boasts the scents and flavours of the quintessential Finnish forests.

Think sweet meadow, sea buckthorn, cranberries and birch leaves. The low northern sun and length of day in the Finnish summer creates a special intensity of flavor in the wild botanicals.

napue-gin-tonic

Now, beyond Finland, you can taste this charisma in the world’s best bars in Shanghai, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Cape Town, New York and it’s finally in Hong Kong.

 

Can’t wait to try the World’s Best Gin & Tonic in Hong Kong?

After having to taste the best gin & tonic myself, I’m excited to share that it’s now available at the following bars:
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Momotaro
UG/F, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
中環威靈頓街198號高層地下
4-min walk from Exit A2, Sheung Wan MTR Station
Tel: (+852) 2865 0005
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Three Monkeys
G/F, 151-155 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
上環荷李活道151-155號地下
8-min walk from Exit A2, Sheung Wan MTR Station
Tel: (+852) 3151 7771
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Djibouti
G/F., 2A Landale Street, Wan Chai
灣仔蘭杜街2號地下A舖
8-min walk from Exit B1, Wan Chai MTR Station
Tel: (+852) 2668 6069
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Deligator
Shop G, G/F, 2 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
灣仔莊士敦道2號地下G舖
6-min walk from Exit F, Admiralty MTR Station
Tel: (+852) 3708 8508 / 9449 0777

What Wine Lovers Can Do At Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2016

  • October 28, 2016

If you’re a food and wine lover and happen to be in Hong Kong this weekend, you might want to include this on your list of things to do and places to go.

With over 400 booths of locally inspired and international delicacies, street food, wine and spirits, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this year’s Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival.

Into its 8th edition this year, the four-day event is running from now until Sunday on Central harbourfront.

Whether you’re a foodie, cocktail aficionado, wine connoisseur or a discerning diner, there is something for everyone at this massive gastronomical event.

Because the event is so massive, here are some of the “must-drink” highlights for the festival:

Live the “high life” at the Grand Pavilion

Get the Grand Wine Pass and you’ll be away from the hustle and bustle at this exclusive space. It features the most premium wine collections and selected trendiest restaurants in Hong Kong all at one go.

Be sure to taste the 100-point fine wine and awake your senses with highly innovative dishes created by the up-and-coming chefs at A LA Maison XXL Seafood & Grill, Bibo, Chez Ed, Harlan’s, Jinjuu, Little Bao, Mercedes me, The OCEAN and TRi.

Chef May Chow of Little Bao also pays tribute to the humble rice roll, and elevated this Hong Kong comfort street food in her signature Wagyu Steak and Egg Rice Roll.

1. Sip your way around the world at Country Pavilions Sip your way around the world at the Country Pavilions, with over 120 booths of fine wines from France, Europe, Bordeaux, Germany, Georgia, USA, Latin America, Italy, Australia and Spain.

Photo: Royal Plaza Hote

You can pair your wine with hotel delicacies such as the Stir-fried Lobster Tongs with Garlic and Chili by Royal Plaza Hotel at the Hotel Delicious section. Besides Asian and local food delights, there is also a strong line-up of European gourmet.

2. Take it easy at the Everyday Cheering Zone

If you prefer wine for casual drinking, check out the Everyday Cheering Zone. You’ll get to enjoy a wide variety of champagnes, sparkling and dessert wines.

Walk towards the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and you’ll find the Street Eats section, which is a new addition at the festival this year.

3. Expand your wine knowledge

Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

Get a chance to meet wine masters and view cooking demonstrations by award-winning chefs at Riedel Tasting Theatre. You can also experience professional wine selection services and tasting tips from sommeliers and overseas wine cellars owners, as well as rare wine selections.

You can also find Instagrammable food such as the Rainbow Grilled Cheese Toast, Happy Penguin cuttlefish ball, and Sweet Potatoes Cheese Toast here!

4. Find out what’s hot in Hong Kong at the Discovery Zone

Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

The Hong Kong Bar is the must-go place for cocktail aficionados. The city’s most talented mixologists have created eight different HK-inspired cocktails for this event.

Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

Cha chaan teng (teahouse)-inspired drinks Envoy’s Haig-a-Horlick combines whisky with malted milk – turning childhood memories into an adult indulgence.

Discover popular whiskies and award-winning craft beers, sakes, and rare and special wines such as Croatian wine aged under the sea and wines from Jerusalem at this zone.

All in all, it’s easy to spend at least 4-5 hours at this massive gastronomical festival. So put on your comfy shoes, bring along a water bottle, extra cash, and arrive early! You might find yourself in a long queue to get the admission tickets or passes at the beginning. But the initial wait will be worth it.

Visit Discover Hong Kong for more information.

Originally published in: http://news.asiaone.com/news/soshiok/what-wine-lovers-can-do-hong-kong-wine-dine-festival-2016

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Hong Kong

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Hong Kong

  • August 30, 2016

I love Hong Kong – I’m often told that Singapore and Hong Kong are very similar, but is that really so?

These days, I travel regularly for work and I spend most of my time in Hong Kong. I’ve learnt to be creative with the smaller living space, picked up basic Cantonese, and met new people from all over the world.

There are many reasons why I love Hong Kong and these are my top 5:

1. Vibrant City with Great Outdoors

Hong Kong is the New York of Asia. It is the city that never sleeps. It is fast-paced, intense and full of energy. Even though it took me a while to get used to the smaller living space here, it comes with its perks. Lesser space means lesser unnecessary stuff, more mindful shopping, lesser time required to clean and tidy, and ultimately, more time to stay out and enjoy the city and its great outdoors.

One minute you’re hustling in the bustling city and the next, you’re exploring the outlying islands, beautiful beaches, quaint villages, and hiking trails. I haven’t had enough of the great outdoors in Hong Kong. There is just so much to explore!

2. Food & Dining Experiences

When you think of food in Hong Kong, dim sum, street fish balls, and wife cakes (老婆饼) may be the first few that pop up in mind. But is that all? Fortunately, Hong Kong is more than that. You can enjoy a wide variety of quality food and cuisines from all around the world, in this city.

Hong Kong has no lack of street stalls, interesting bars, and Michelin-starred restaurants. Till date, I’ve never ran out of places to discover and eat. There’s always a new kid on the block and another long-standing restaurant that I’ve yet to try.

3. Convenience & Efficiency

I love the public transportation in Hong Kong. Because this city is so compact, I can walk to the nearest MTR station, bus/tram stop, supermarket, laundry shop and eating place just within minutes from home.

The Octopus card is very much all-in-one. Not only can I use it to pay for public transport, I can also use it to pay for my food, groceries, bills and even online shopping.

Even though most taxi drivers can be rather curt and impatient in Hong Kong, they’re very efficient. Most of them have no interest to make small talks but to send you to your destination as quickly as possible.

Services are generally very fast and efficient in Hong Kong. Time is money and nobody wastes time here. You can get a lot of things done very quickly in this city.

4. Changing Seasons

Coming from a 24/7 sunny Singapore, the changing seasons in Hong Kong make a significant difference to my life here. I can finally shop for autumn and winter outfits! Having the chance to wear and layer different outfits every day throughout winter is a different experience from a typical winter holiday. Although there is no snow in Hong Kong, the cold weather is refreshing. I’ve learnt to appreciate summer better too.

5. Location

Need a quick getaway? Hong Kong is within 40 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes away from Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Myanmar, Brunei, South Korea, Malaysia, Bhutan, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and Mongolia – You get my drift.

Airlines like Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Express, Hong Kong Airlines, EVA Air, Vanilla Airlines offer great deals to these places. You can even skip the ferry and take a helicopter to Macau if you’re feeling fancy.

Because Hong Kong is so close to China, I receive my Taobao goods very quickly, with minimum shipping fees too. In fact, I only discovered the true value of Taobao after moving to Hong Kong. Who doesn’t enjoy beautiful and quality products that look expensive, yet cost a fraction of the price?

So these are my top 5 reasons why I love Hong Kong.

What about yours? Do you feel the same as well? Or are there other compelling reasons why you love Hong Kong?

Share your thoughts with me by leaving a reply below, or share this with your friends!

Hello!

  • June 28, 2016

And so our journey begins… and we are STOKED! We have so much to talk about and document, but we are just going to keep this simple and useful – for ourselves and for our readers.

Most importantly, we want to keep this real. We will share with you things and places close to heart, what we like and maybe even what we don’t. If you like our jam, join us as we take this leap of faith and embark on an exciting journey!

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