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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Carlsberg Christmas Tree So Far...

Remember about the Carlsberg Christmas Tree that I've blogged about here? Spending almost two days of my time like about 7 to 8 hours each day. My progress is...

Level 6 with 122 Trinkets and the Christmas Tree is 12



You will be able to see whether I added you as a Trinket by clicking the Explore This Tree button. Here are some of the Trinkets I've added.








I went to check out some of my enemies' friends' tree.

Jessica lol is not even close.





Emeryn, haha negligible.



Then I looked at some of the guys. To see how horny enthusiastic they are to win the contest.

Yat could put more effort. Tsk, tsk.




Tock Tock, no fight at all man.



Just when I thought that I surely will win the contest and can get my own private party with the FHM Girl Next Door Finalists...











I saw this...



OMFG. 1182 Trinkets @_@. Jun Jun Riko sure win lor like that. T_T
The contest closed on 28th Dec 2009 already, and I don't even have more than 1,000 friends wtf. Sigh. Still okay lah, Jun Jun you are my friend right? You can invite 50 of your friends to go to your private party mah. Put me on your guest list please, I promised I'll buy you a nice gift ;)

Lucky, I still can see the updated pictures of the FHM Girl Next Door 2010 finalists because I join the Carlsberg Nice One fan page. You can too. Now, Jun Jun remember to put me in your guest list if you really win the contest, okay.



Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mak Man Kee Noodle (麥文記麵家), Hong Kong

After buying the CDs and comic in Mongkok, my cousin Elaine and I took the MTR to Jordan Station (exit C2) and make our way to Mak Man Kee Noodle House (麥文記麵家) in Parkes Street. Elaine told me that this is one of her favourite place for wanton mee and their nam yue pork trotters (南乳猪手) HKD 42 is very good too.

The noodle here is hand-made using just flour and eggs(including duck eggs)1. So, the noodle will be very springy, and indeed it is very springy once a bite into my order of prawn roe dry noodle (虾子捞麵) HKD 34. The prawn roe is very tasty too, very 鲜. But I heard that the prawn roe noodle in Macao is the more famous one. I'm not that picky, the one in Mak Man Kee is already very good, especially if I mix it with the nam yue sauce from the pork trotters. Yummy.

Rating: 4/5


Prawn Roe Noodle (虾子捞麵) with generous amount of prawn roe.




The Nam Yue Pork Trotters is a must order dish here. I see every table will have a bowl of pork trotters. True enough, the pork trotter is not too soft or too hard, you can feel the collagen is still intact yet not too fat. The nam yue sauce was absorbed by the pork knuckle and tasted just with the right saltiness from the nam yue.

Rating: 5/5



Elaine ordered a bowl of wanton noodle (細蓉) HKD 24. Which is not too bad, especially when the noodle is so springy.



Elaine also ordered a plate of boiled kau kei (勼己)without the oil and oyster sauce. Even without oil and oyster sauce, the kau kei is naturally sweet. Healthy and delicious, quite a difficult combination.

Rating: 4.5/5



Mak Man Kee Noodle House is one of the few shops that still uses the traditional hand-made method to make their noodle. So if you really want to try old school wanton noodle, this is one of the restaurant that you should visit. Their nam yue pork totters is also a dish to die for.

Address:

Mak Man Kee Noodle House (麥文記麵家)
51 Parkes Street, Yaumatei, Hong Kong, China
Tel: +85227365561
(Business Hour 12 pm - 12.30 am daily)

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After such a simple yet wonderful dinner, we just walk a few steps to Australian Dairy Co. ( 澳洲牛奶公司) which is just beside Man Man Kee Noodle House to have dessert.



The dessert here of course is their famous steamed milk pudding (蛋白焞鲜牛奶) HKD 18. All I can say is that it's very milky. Not really a fan of milk but gotta try something new right when you're aboard. It's smooth and not too sweet. Not too bad really if you like milk.

Rating: 3.5/5



Elaine ordered steamed egg pudding (焞蛋) instead because she's lactose intolerance. Well, I tasted it and I can't really make a different between here and Yi Shun's.



Elaine can't finish her steamed egg pudding, so she gave it to me. I mixed it up and voila. I found the best combination.

Rating: 4.5/5


Looks like half-boiled egg lol.

Australia Dairy Co. is quite packed and I can't help but notice a lof of customer is eating macaroni in soup with ham (火腿通心粉) even during dinner time. Hong Kong people really has weird eating behaviour lol. It is advisable to come during non-peak hour if you don't want to be rushed when you're enjoying your meal here.



Address:

Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司)
47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong (Jordan MTR, exit C2)
Tel: 2730-1356
Opens from 730 am to 11pm daily

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tram Ride to Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Simon Says: OH! My blog is two years old already! Time to change header and background?

So, after a non-stop fulfilling time of eating in Central, Hong Kong. Elaine and I walked down the street to catch a tram to Causeway Bay. Central has a lot of hilly streets that's why we walk down lol.



On the way, Elaine wanted to stop over at Mannings (In Malaysia we called it Guardian :p) to buy some face cleaning stuff. There, I found something extra in Extra (pun intended). Not cheap though, about HKD 8.90 but it's very nice. Don't know when will it be available in Malaysia.


Wrigley's Extra Liquid Burst chewing gum.


After that, we finally boarded a tram that's going towards Causeway Bay. Taking the tram is the cheapest way to travel if you want to travel from Central to Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, or even Happy Valley. It only cost HKD 2 per ride.



It's my first time taking a tram ride even though this is my 4th time to Hong Kong. On the tram, one can take a look at the old buildings clearly because the tram does not move very fast. We passed through Dragon Gate Restaurant (龙门大酒楼) which has now stopped their operation due to financial problem. Elaine told me that on the last day of business people were queuing to have a last meal there before they close down. I guess the financial crisis hit it bad.


Dragon Gate Restaurant

I really like the feel of the old buildings around the district.






The ride will pass through Ngor Gan Kiu (鹅颈桥) the place famous for the ritual of "beating small people" (打小人).



I took a short video of the tram ride.




When we reached Causeway Bay, we went to Sogo to shop. I wanted to buy a pair of jeans. In the casual wear department in the Ralph Lauren Polo Jeans, I found the jeans and it's a bargain. The normal price is HKD 1299, discounted to HKD 499 and that day there's a special promo where if you buy 3 items an extra 50% discount is added to the 3 items. So, I grabbed two more T-shirts which is HKD 249 each. Total of the 3 items are HKD 499.50. OMG. The price of supposedly can get only a pair of jeans now can get two more T-shirts. Elaine paid for those, she said it's my Christmas present. Thanks 表妹 ;)


Alas, I got a pair of new jeans after like 15 years?


After getting the stuff we wanted in Sogo, we then took the MTR to Mongkok to look for CD and comic. They closed of some of the streets in Mongkok during weekend. So you can see street performer.


He'll sing if you drop some money on the notice he put.



We then saw a lot of photographer circled around a few girls. I thought got celebrity of something. Turned out it's models displaying Samsung Anycall new mobile phone, Corby.





After getting the comic and the CDs that I wanted. It's time for dinner. We took the MTR to Jordan to the famous noodle place. To be continued...




Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Non-stop Eating in Central, Hong Kong

On the first day in Hong Kong, which is a Sunday. My HK cousin Elaine don't have to work, so she'll be my tour guide of the day to search for the eateries that I've printed out. She too has a few recommendation on her mind. Hey, she's a local, when she's says something is good then you gotta trust her. From my list, she saw Yung Kee (鏞記) and one of her favourite noodle place is near the area too. So off we go to Central, Hong Kong. Our plan is to eat a bit in Yung Kee and then off to Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園).



We took the MTR to Central. I forgot which exit we took but I know that we came out in Queen's Road Central (皇后大道中). You'll be able to find which exit to go from the map inside the MTR station. You can click here for the map to Yung Kee. From there I see that the exit from the MTR station is D2.


Central is another place with branded shops besides Tsim Sha Tsui.

Just a short distance walk turning into Wellington Street (威靈頓街) and you'll be able to see Yung Kee. You won't be able to miss it because it has such a big sign outside the restaurant.



As expected on a Sunday afternoon, crowds. So we have to take a queuing number and wait to be seated.



We don't really have to wait very long. About 5 minutes, there's a table vacant and we were to go to the 2nd floor for our table. Once we seated, the waitress put a plate of century egg on our table and of course we said yes when she asked whether we wanted the century egg or not. I think the century egg in Yung Kee is like the bread & olive oil/vinegar in an Italian restaurant, it came as a default appetizer lol. Of course, one can always say no to it but who can resists such a nice looking century egg. The pickled ginger is especially good, there's also Chinese mustard and sour plum sauce to go with the century egg.

Rating: 5/5



When I am in Hong Kong, I always order Shou Mei (寿眉) tea. It's kind of hard to find in Malaysian Chinese restaurant. Maybe from Purple Cane one can find it.




Me, before I start to enjoy the century egg.


Since we're not eating much here, so we ordered just two of their specialties. Goose liver sausage bun and BBQ pork & roasted goose rice (even though in the menu there's no combination of meat rice but you can order it with any combination of your choice).


Goose Liver Sausage Bun


The goose liver sausage is a bit like the pork liver sausage except that it tasted much better. Not too much of the bitter taste that you'll find in the pork liver sausage. Liver sausage is an acquired taste not everyone will like it but I like it very much.

Rating: 4/5




Next came the BBQ pork & roasted goose rice. The BBQ pork here is unlike the one I've eaten in Malaysia, it's more to the salty version rather than the sweet caramelized version. I prefer the latter. The roasted goose here is of course very popular but it still lose to the one I had in Sham Tseng.

Rating: 4/5



Elaine also ordered a steamed fish lips. It's very smooth. Not too bad at all.

Rating: 4/5



Address:

Yung Kee Restaurant (鏞記)
32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong/香港中環威靈頓街32-40號
Tel: (852) 2522 1624
Fax: (852) 2840 0888
Website: http://www.yungkee.com.hk/


After the conquering Yung Kee, it's time to walk to Lan Fong Yuen, which is located uphill but not that up lol. Located in Gage Street, Lan Fong Yuen is your typical local Hong Kong restaurant (茶餐庭). So what's so special about this local HK restaurant. Well, according to Elaine her favourite is there "G dum dao low ding" (which means pork neck meat with dry Nissin Noodle)

There are actually two Lan Fong Yuen in Gage Street. The stall one is run by the father while the one in the shop is run by the son. So, if you want to try the father's one then come on weekdays because he closed on Sunday.


The father's stall.


The son's restaurant.

On the wall of the shop you'll be able to see photos of a lot of Hong Kong celebrities. You'll know that this restaurant is really popular.


Winner (the band where Alan Tam and Kenny B started from)

For drink, I of course try their pantyhose milk tea, which is voted top 10 best milk tea in Hong Kong.


Food is non other than the popular "low ding" (dry Nissn noodle). You can choose what sides to go with the noodle. Elaine recommended "G dum dao" lol, which is actually 猪颈肉 (pork neck meat). One bite and oh my god, I didn't know that instant noodle can taste this good. The noodle is cooked al dente, not too soggy and not too hard. It's like eating hand made noodle. The sauce is so good and mixed it up with the blended ginger and spring onion. The "G dum dao" is very good too. The texture of the meat is real good, even though the fat park is not that much but still it is pleasing. Be warn, this can be very addictive.

Rating: 5/5




Look closer at the "G dum dao"



The Macao Pork Chop bun here is also very different. It uses sesame bun instead of the harder bun that is normally use.



In Hong Kong, sharing table is a norm in the local restaurant because of the population and the space constraint. We shared a table with Kate from Guang Zhou that brought her friend Grace from Shanghai to try out Hong Kong restaurant culture. The Macao pork chop bun actually is their order, I just borrowed to take the picture. They are very generous to offer us the pork chop bun but we were too full already.



Address:
Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園)
4A-6?, 2 / 4A-6, Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2544 3895 / 2850 8683

Well, almost full that is. LOL. Next up, it's time to eat something exotic. We passed by Ser Wong Fun (蛇王芬) when we were walking up to Lan Fong Yuen. Since, I never eaten snake stew before so we back track and go here to have snake. ^^



This restaurant is recommended by Chua Lam (蔡瀾). So many nice eateries in Central and I only tasted like 5% of it?



Elaine says that the snake stew here is authentic because she remembered when she was small there's also some shredded leaves put on the stew. I can taste dried mandarin orange peel in there too. Chicken slices also there. The snake meat is a bit too little. Snake meat is a bit reddish in colour, so don't mistaken the chicken slices with it. Nevertheless, it's quite good amid the funny taste.

Rating: 3.5/5



There's ear fungi (木耳) too.



Address:
Ser Wong Fun (蛇王芬)
30 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong

After a exotic quick meal of snake meat. We walked around Central to look at the old buildings there.



I took this opportunity to try out the famous escalator going up hill here in Central. I think the movie Lavender was shot somewhere around here. I took a short video of the escalator ride.



This is also where I went to Goods of Desire (GOD) to buy the "fuk doi" (副袋). There's a lot of interesting stuff that you can buy from GOD, oh my God. (lame pun, I know)


As we were walking down to take the tram to Causeway Bay, we passed by the HQ of Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家). Elaine says that the egg tart and sha yung here is very good. Since there's always room for dessert, we bought two egg tarts. The sha yung (沙) sold out and the next batch has to wait.




I leave the queuing to Elaine while I took pictures. LOL.




Operation Hours: Mon - Sat 7:30 am till 9 pm, Sunday & Public Holiday 8.30 am till 9 pm.



Sha Yung only available after 11 am, so don't go too early if you want to buy sha yung.



The egg tart from Tai Cheong is very different from our Malaysia's Tong Kee. The skin of the tart is the buttery cookie version, and it's very buttery. The egg custard is more like egg custard lol. It's nice that it's freshly out from the oven where the egg custard is still warm and in a semi liquid form. I like both version former and latter.

Rating: 4.5/5




Address:

Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家)
35 Lydhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong / 中環擺花街35號地下
Tel: (852) 2544 3475

An egg tart ending to the eating spree in Central but the Central eating spree doesn't end here because next Sunday we came back for more. Next, we took the tram to Sogo, Causeway Bay. Time to "exercise" after so many food.