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April 19, 2018

Travel | HEXA 六公館 , Hong Kong

When in Hong Kong, we’re all for the cheap breakfast yum cha that’s available in pretty much all Chinese restaurants. Forget the dim sum specialist stores with long queues of tourists and tables crammed so tightly you can barely walk past the crowds to your own table- we’re quite content sipping tea and actually receiving service whilst downing a couple of steamers of food on a table that’s actually big enough to fit it all- and only costing a fraction of the price of Sydney Yum Cha.

But for something a little more extravagant, you’ve got to try Hexa.

HEXA 六公館

Yes, compared to our usual choices, Hexa is pricier, but for the price you’re paying not just for the quality of food (which is top notch I might add!) but also unobstructed 270 degree view of Victoria Harbour. And by pricier, I only mean Sydney prices. So really, it’s an absolute bargain!

HEXA 六公館

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings In Bamboo Charcoal Wrapping 黑金蝦餃 ($68HKD)

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October 12, 2014

Travel | What to Eat in Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Island Day Trip
 

Although I’ve visited Hong Kong numerous times through the years, I have rarely set foot on one of their many islands. Both because I’m not a huge fan of boat as a mode of transport, and also because the one time I do remember visiting an island (Lamma island), it consisted of countless hours of tiresome walking up and down hills. I wasn’t really too keen on visiting another island until a couple of TV shows and stories from relatives who visited convinced us that there was plenty of good food and fun to be had at Cheung Chau, so we decided to make a day trip of it!

 

It always amazes me how convenient transport in HK is. Getting to Cheung Chau is simple- take a train ride to Central, short walk to the pier and then a half to an hour’s ferry ride depending on which type you catch. The total trip takes less than the time it takes for me to get to uni, and costs around half as much as well. Oh Sydney transport…how I dislike you!

Drying Chickens in the Sun
 

The difference between the city and the islands is quite noticeable from the moment you leave the pier. It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere, much less noise and much less crowds. Unfortunately, I can’t say that the locals are too friendly, with an old lady screaming at us to move out of her way (who, might I add, was actually some 50m away from us) when we stopped to take a picture and the constant speeding of small trucks through the shared road without much warning than a hostile beep when you got too close. The shopkeepers were much more pleasant though!

 


Yum Cha

First things first- we needed breakfast!

Although the main road was filled with plenty of dining options, there was nothing we really felt like having for breakfast, so we wandered off to alley behind, running parallel to the main road which had a surprisingly large number of interesting options. We stopped by this old-style restaurant for some yum-cha, and were disappointed to find that it was packed, but luckily, there was additional seating in the adjacent cafe, which was run by the same owners.

漢軒茶樓
Siu Mai

 

Service is minimal, as there is no ordering of food- you simply hop out the front where all the steamers are, choose everything that you want, then the lady will stamp it off and you can bring your food back to your table. 
 
We were really surprised at the quality of the food here- it may not look it, but we unanimously agreed that this was definitely one of the best yum-cha’s we have ever had. The sui mai, one of our yum cha favourites was perfect- the right about of bounce, not too soft and not too dense. 
 
漢軒茶樓
Chive Dumplings

As they didn’t have har gow, we chose the chive dumplings instead, which were also quite enjoyable- generously sized dumplings with a soft, bouncy skin.

漢軒茶樓
Steamed Duck Claws
 
Instead of the classic steamed chicken feet, there are steamed duck claws here, which is great since I like them better anyway 🙂 They’re longer, bonier and have skin that’s not so soft and loose in comparison to chicken feet, and are cooked in a deep, flavoursome lu shui (鹵水)-like sauce. 
 
漢軒茶樓

 

Steamed Meat Balls
 
Although I’ve had many versions of these steamed meat balls in Sydney, none have been quite like these ones, with an bouncy texture, whilst retaining the slight chew of meat as well as the taste. 
 

In addition to the yum cha classics, they also offer some old-school yum cha dishes which don’t seem to be around much nowadays. These are what I like to call the ‘reverse’ sui mai- a small ball of glutinous fried rice, covered in the sui mai wrapping. Sort of like bite sized Lo mai gai (糯米雞).

 
漢軒茶樓
 
If you’re a fan of offal, then you must try the steamed tofu skin with pig stomach. I’m a huge fan of both tofu skin and pig stomach so it was no surprise I loved this- the combination of the too goes surprisingly well together!
 
After this satisfying breakfast, we headed off to find more food (and things to see), making a mental note that we’d come back next time we’re in HK, even if it were only for the yum cha!

Strongly recommended ‘must eat’ in Cheung Chau (if you like yum cha)

The restaurant is called 漢軒茶樓 (no english name) and is located on 58 Hing Lung Back St. Just enter second alley running parallel to the main street, turn right,
keep walk and eventually you should be able to find it!

 
 
We trekked a bit towards the Cheung Po Tsai Cave (one of the main attractions there), but decided against it when we got lost, realised that it was a long walk away, and although reception was good, both maps on iPhone and Android were nothing like what the roads were actually like there. 
 
We strolled around the main tourist area, and stumbled upon these homemade red bean pudding cakes (砵仔糕) by a friendly old man sitting by the waterside. Unfortunately, they weren’t as good as I had hoped, but it was still nice, especially since I hadn’t had some for quite a while!
 
 
We saw racks and racks of neatly lined seafood drying in the sun (I’m guessing the island gets quite a lot of sunshine compared to city!)- not sure if it would pass Aussie food safety standards though haha. 
 
 
There’s plenty of old-school things to be found on this island. These huge tins of cookies were apparently quite common when my parents were young. 
 
 
The beach isn’t a long walk away, and isn’t too busy, although it’s quite small and the water is all littered up. Not sure I’d want to swim in there, though I’d assume it’d be cleaner in summer when there are more people and people actually bother cleaning up.
 
 
On the walk back, there’s a couple of small stores and snack stalls. These japanese style red bean cakes at Hometown members club (which I later learn are quite well known) look quite interesting, though they weren’t as soft and as I’d hoped, probably because they weren’t very fresh (it seemed like a slow business day). 
 

 

There’s also a bar, which belongs to the b&b featured in one of the TVB dramas last year 😀

 

 

And of course we couldn’t come to Chaung Chau without trying their famed mega fish balls. You probably can’t tell from the picture, but they’re pretty big- the size of golf balls. 
 
 
We’d had them before, when someone brought them back from a trip to Cheung Chau, but fresh is so much better! They are nice and tasty, though not quite worth the hype they create. 
 
Mega sized fish balls aren’t particularly hard to find in Cheung Chau- they’re everywhere!
Definitely give it a go if you’re on the island!

Recommended ‘must eat’ in Cheung Chau

There’s plenty of fish ball places around the Island. This one is easiest to find because of its central location and huge signs/posters with celebrities on them. It’s called Welcome Food Court (時來食坊_ and located on G/F, 150 San Hing Back Street, Cheung Chau 長洲新興後街150號地下 and definitely hard to miss. 

 
 
We thought we’d have lunch before heading back home, so we walked around again looking for a place to eat. We see this cute little police car parked in the middle of the road- the local policemen are having their lunch break too, and we figured since they probably know the area best, we couldn’t go wrong trying the restaurant they chose too!

 

Stir Fried Noodles
 
It’s a small HK style cafe with your typical menu items, and we’re lucky enough to step in just before afternoon tea, so we’re able to choose something light from the afternoon tea menu (we were still pretty full from breakfast!). The stir fried noodles are good, with a good breath of wok, and strong taste, though it’s nothing amazing. 
 
 
I quite enjoyed the burger, with the soft fluffy white bun, crunch fried chicken fillet and plenty of mayonnaise. Be prepared to make a mess!
 
 
We saw lots of dumplings being made when we walked in so we ordered a couple to try. They take a while to come though as they are pan fried from raw, but it is worth the wait, as they are pretty delicious dumplings. It actually reminds me a lot of the ones we make at home 😉
 

The restaurant is called 為食堡 and is located on G/F., 10 Kin San Lane, Cheung Chau 長洲建新里10號海景樓B座地下. Turn right along the main street and keep walking down til you get to the intersection at the end.

 

 
And just when we thought we couldn’t fit any more into our stomachs, we came across this bakery selling egg tarts, coconut tarts and other snacks. 
 
 
How cute are these individual new year cakes! I love how everything is organised into beautiful neat rows. 
 
We couldn’t choose everything so we ended up only getting coconut tarts and egg tarts which were just as delicious as they looked!
 

Recommended Snack in Cheung Chau

Eat there on the spot if you have the stomach space or buy some to take home! Definitely try this if you’d like to try some HK style baked foods (they also do the Cheung Chau buns during festival season). The bakery is called 康蘭餅店 (no English name) and is located on 91 Praya St, Cheung Chau 長洲海傍道91號B地下. From the pier, turn right along the main road and walk for around 2 minutes until you see trays of baked goodies!

 

 
I’d been seeing these chip on a stick things all around the island since morning so I decided to grab one before I left. Yes, I know you can get them in Sydney too, but here, you can add your own flavouring onto your chip!. I sprinkled a bit of everything on, but my favourite was the seaweed flavour!
 
 
There’s plenty more snack stores on the way, selling all sorts of things from waffles to shaved ice. As much as we’re tempted to try those as well, we couldn’t really fit much more into our stomachs. Oh well. There’s always next time!
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January 11, 2013

Travel | Hong Kong: 2012 Trip Highlights

How late is too late to blog about something?

I usually keep my posts up to 6 months before deleting them, but this post has been sitting in my drafts folder for almost a year, easily setting the record for the longest post in the draft folder. On various occasions I’d considered deleting it, reasoning that it’s only about the food on my previous Hong Kong holiday- places that I’d no doubt visit again and could write about later.

Well, I’m almost off on another trip back, and I couldn’t bear deleting these photos and text, so I thought it’d be good to get this posted before I have more holiday eats to write about!

Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant, Sham Tseng

 

My mum has wanted to take us to Yue Kee for a while, after tasting the roasted goose there a couple of years ago which she describes as pretty amazing! It’s located in Sham Tseng, an area well known for its roast goose/geese, and I’m told that almost every roast duck restaurant here does a great roast duck. My dad tells me of how he used to come to this restaurant after bush walking in the surrounding area…which goes to show how old this restaurant is!

I don’t think I’ve ever had roasted goose in Sydney but to be honest, I can’t really tell the difference between duck and goose. I’ve been told by roasted goose lovers that goose has more of a depth of flavour (or something along those lines), duck lovers tell me that duck has more tender and succulent meat, but the only difference I can really tell is that goose is usually bigger and meatier.

But I think the one best things about this roasted goose is the super tasty and crispy skin! The skin is definitely one of the crispiest I’ve had on roast duck/goose, but not dry like the skin of fried duck. My mum didn’t think this one was as good as the one she remembered eating last time but I still thought it was pretty good!

Goose Liver

Of course, being a duck restaurant, they also serve up pretty tasty dishes of duck innards! I don’t think I’ve had goose liver before, but it tasted rather much like pork liver.

Goose Tongue
 

Duck/Goose tongue is another favourite of ours- I especially love the texture of duck tongue as it’s quite soft and a bit like eating chicken/duck skin, only much smoother! The goose tongue here does not dissappoint,  served in an incredibly addictive and tasty ‘lo sui’ sauce.

Clockwise from top left: Deep fried prawn meat balls, Stir fried Seafood combination with Cashews, Salt and Pepper Calamari
 
Their menu also offers a large selection of other dishes (at very reasonable prices too!), and we find them all to be really good, and to some extent, even better than the duck. The deep fried prawn balls had an incredibly bouncy texture and were definitely on of the favorites of the night.

 

力奇四季火鍋

Hot-Pot Restaurant with no English name….

We rarely have hot pot at restaurant in Australia, both because it’s much more expensive than we think it’s worth and the selection of food is quite similar to what we can do at home, but I don’t think we’ve had a visit to Hong Kong where we didn’t have hot-pot! With many Chinese restaurants offering heavily discounted prices after 8:30 or 9:00pm (often half price), and some of the freshest and tastiest meat and seafood we’ve had, a great hot-pot dinner only sets us back around $10-$15 AUD per person.

We’re invited to this hot-pot restaurant for my cousin’s birthday, and we can quickly tell that this restaurant is quite special, after searching around for it’s (almost literally ) hole in the wall entrance. The restaurant looks more like a warehouse with plenty of aged round tables packed tightly together, round chairs thrown under them (most of which are broken), but the restaurant still manages to be packed with people on an ordinary weekday night so the food must be something!

For the broth, we order everyone’s favourite- the pork bone broth, which also happens to be the most expensive one on the menu- and at ~$200 HKD (~$25AUD), it is easily the most expensive pork bone broth we’ve ever ordered. It doesn’t take us long to figure out why….

It’s the biggest pork bone broth we’ve ever seen!

We toss aside the mountain of super fresh veggies to have later, going straight for the pork bone. There’s plenty to share, and as we suckle on them, everyone agrees they are amazingly good, although leaving so full we’re not quite sure how we’re going to stomach the rest of the food.

Clockwise from top left: live abalone, beef, oysters and live prawns
 

But we do surprise ourselves and easily make our way through the dishes of incredibly fresh seafood, meat, veggies and whatever else we ordered.

Prawns are served live and skewered (which must be painful!) and I can’t really stand to put them straight into boiling water, though they do taste really fresh. Abalone is also live and quite interesting, especially for someone who’s never seen live abalone before (me), as they like to swivel around their shell every once in a while when it gets warm. Thin beef slices are interestingly served frozen in an interesting array of rolls, which make it seem like a lot more than there is.

Clockwise from top right: sea cucumber, sea cucumber (different part of it), fish, ?

The wide range of seafood on offer never ceases to amaze me, and I can never seem to remember which seafood is which. Woops?

小雪園

Shanghainese Restauarant With No English Name

Xiao Long Bao

We’ve walked past this Shanghainese restaurant a countless number of times on our last few trips to Hong Kong. Which is not surprising since it does lie across the road from the our most frequented bus stop! We finally decided to give it a try when we decided we were in the mood for some Shanghai food one afternoon, and walked in to find it quite full, not only for an early afternoon, but also for a restaurant with no lunch specials menu!

The menu is a bit on the pricey side, especially the xiao long bao were around $40HKD (~$5AUD) for a serving of four, but it was worth it- afterall, they are the reason this restaurant is amongst the highlights of my trip! The xiao long bao skin is incredibly thin, and is pleated beautifully around a very generous serving of pork filling. But it’s the amount of soup in within the dumpling which makes this one unique- it’s definitely the most soup I’ve ever seen inside any xiao long bao! Perhaps a bit too much soup for some people, like my parents, who thought it felt more like the soup was injected in rather than naturally coming out through the process of steaming.

Clockwise from the left: Shanghai Noodles, Stir Fried Yellow Eel, Spicy ‘Saliva’ Chicken, and Pan Fried Dumplings (War Tip)

The stir fries are done quite well, with plenty of ‘wok hei’ or breath of wok. Though I’m not a huge fan of Shanghai noodles, the eels were deliciously moreish and we have not trouble finishing the whole thing, sauce and all! The highlight of the meal for me is definitely the spicy ‘saliva’ chicken- beautiful tender chicken pieces bathed in a spicy red chilli sauce. Although I don’t usually can’t take chilli well, this version was not eye-watering hot (despite its appearance), but much more subtle- leaving the light tingling feeling you get with hot food, without the spiciness. It was quite an amazing feeling actually, one which I still have not found elsewhere!

Yue Kee Roast Duck Restaurant (裕记)
9 Sham Hong Road
Sham Tseng, New Territories.

力奇四季火鍋
G/F, 53 Kok Cheung Street
Tai Kok Tsui

小雪園
Shop CA3, G/F
Smiling Sham Shui Po Plaza
155-181 Castle Peak Road
Cheung Sha Wan

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February 25, 2011

Travel | Hong Kong 2010

It’s about time I documented what I did for a huge chunk of the holidays, which was, of course, going overseas -to a place I’ve been a billion times but I still LOVE- Hong Kong 🙂 I know I’d never get around to writing about everything during my trip so here’s a few of my more memorable meals, mostly for my future reference 🙂

Egawa Sushi (江川壽司)


Sashimi Rice $36 (~$5 AUD) with miso soup, seaweed and dessert (mochi)

One of our first meals out in Hong Kong was at Egawa Sushi, which we found after walking around the whole shopping centre just to find something to eat. It had an extensive illustrated menu but we stayed with the afternoon menu which was ridiculously cheap (by Australian standards anyway) and the food did not dissappoint either. We ordered a sashimi rice which was a deliciously colourful array of small sashimi cubes on a very big mound of rice, lightly flavoured with soy sauce and vinegar.

Pork Bone Ramen $34 (~$4AUD) with salmon nigiri and mochi

I ordered the pork bone ramen, thinking that the pork bone referred the broth – so I was surprised to find actually pieces of pork bones within the ramen! The soft bones tasted like hard tendons were really yummy along with tender and flavoursome pork meat.

Sam’s Place (天然居海鮮酒家)

Corn and Fish Cakes

Who could go to Hong Kong without having Yum Cha? With breakfast/morning specials (here, $11.8 HKD per dish), yum cha is extremely afforable. At the bright hours 10 in the morning (I’m not usually awake at this time if I’m at home…), the restaurant is fairly quiet, mostly with small groups of old grannies and grandpas. The system of choosing food by ticking from a piece of paper makes sure that everything arrives very hot and cooked to order. Unfortunately, it makes ordering a lot more difficult for people who can’t read chinese- thank goodness I have my mum 🙂

These corn and fish cakes arrive steaming hot. The golden brown fish cakes are essentially fritters of fish paste, dotted with kernels of corn. Both flavoursome and crispy, we have no problem gulping them down within seconds.

Steamed Thousand layer buns/cake

The layers on this are clearly countable and nowhere near a thousand but this is an addictive treat, with layers of steamed bun and yellow custard.


Fried Salad Rolls
One of my favourites are these rolls, deep fried with a thin crispy exterior, and a delicious salad like filling of prawns and various fruits in a pool of mayonnaise.

Tum Yum Thai

Thai restaurant
My uncle recommended this local thai restaurant to us which was popular with the locals due to the authentic and affordable food. We didn’t find the food that great but it did however turn out to be one of my most unforgettable meals, thanks very much to this fish.

Grilled Fish

This is basically a big fish stuffed with herbs, marinated with lots of salt and grilled until pretty much half burnt. The fish itself was tender but tasted quite ordinary- the crispy skin looks very appetisting but is covered in a layer of salt and is probably not meant to be eaten.

Yeh lam Kok (椰林閣餐廳)

Fried Vermicelli with Duck Breast
Vermicelli $24HKD (~ $3AUD) with hot drink
This small comfy restaurant is the perfect place for us to rest our sore feet after hours of shopping amongst the busy streets of Mong Kok. The vermicelli is fairly generous for its price and very flavoursome. Unforunately, the vermicelii is a little on the stiff side, leaving us wishing they’d cooked the whole dish a little longer. (We later ordered this again at another branch and it was much better)
Coconut Curry
Baked Coocnut Chicken Curry $25 HKD (~$3AUD) with drink
The coconut curry is a lot better, with its addictively delicious coconutty sauce and tender chicken pieces. We particularly like the edges, where the sauces has dried up and gone crunchy (if a little burnt).

A Shanghainese Restraurant with no english name :S

We stumbled across a Shanghainese restaurant whilst shopping at Diamond Hill. Not wanting to eat any thai, japanese or vietnamese (as we were buffeting at night) we chose something we didn’t eat often. The meal itself was memorable, both because of the fact that we rarely eat shanghainese food in Hong Kong and because it was delicious.


The xiao long baos (from memory which came with my la mein meal) were easily the best xiao long baos I’ve ever had with a thin wrapping and insides filled with water which didn’t burst too easily. We almost ordered anoter steamer of them!

Red Ant Restaurant


Noodles $40HKD(~ $5 AUD) with drink
I’ve always liked red ant restaurant, not for its food but more for it’s very pretty interior design which makes me feel that I’m eating at a much more expensive restaurant. We stopped here for afternoon tea after shopping and shared 2 meals between the three of us as we were going to dinner shortly after. The portions were pretty big for afternoon tea and weren’t dissappointing either!


Japanese Curry $40HKD (~ $5 AUD) with drink
This japenese curry tastes almost identical to the ones we make from the box sauces but it wasn’t expensive and I loved it all the same 🙂

Metropark Hotel (Mong Kok)

We had lunch at metropark hotel which was rather cheap for a hotel but also slightly dissappointing as I’d always imagined hotels looking much prettier and have a better selection of food. Still, it was a far cry from the usual RSL buffets in Australia and I had a great time!


I loved that they had baked snails because I hadn’t had them for AGES….but was dissappointed as they were not hot and the snails themselved were really chewy 🙁


The dessert selection was the highlight for me- I think I tried 90% of all the desserts. The cheesecake was delicious and it wasn’t only me who thought so- they dissappeared so quickly that my mum missed out 🙁 The chestnut tarts were also really good- they had a deliciously flaky tart shell with a sweet creamy chestnut cream filling 🙂

So, I’m not too good with long posts, so I’ll stop there for now…there’ll be more up soon!

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May 16, 2010

Hong Kong, Part 2: The enchanted garden =]

It was around 7 o clock, we were standing at the train station, waiting for the train to take us where we were going. The trains in Hong Kong are really fast- there’s usually one every two minutes or so. But this train was different. It was the only train which ran on this line. and this line only had two stations. It was a particularly freezing day and the wind was blowing on us- the wait was getting long. We were starting to feel slightly hungry. Since we’d known we’d be eating a buffet dinner, we ate ‘light’ly during the day. Only it backfired because by 4 oclock, we were starving and so we decided to have yum cha for afternoon tea. Oops.


Figured out where we’re going yet?
The train finally pulls in and the door opens, revealing the warm air inside the train, but more importantly, the beautiful interior of it. As we walk in, the magical sound of chimes comes through the speakers. “Welcome to…….we hope you enjoy the ride” Since it’s late, there is barely anyone on the train, and we are fortunate to have half the carriage to ourselves. The ride may have been long but we don’t notice- we’re too busy ooh-ing and aah-ing, and taking pictures inside the train.


We’re in Disneyland!!!
We are even more impressed as the train pulls in at the station, to reveal a beautiful station- it doesn’t feel like we’re in Hong Kong anymore! A couple more photos and we’re out of the station, scanning our octopus cards when we realise that the whole ride (which started halfway across Hong Kong) only costed $13 (~$2 AUD)! I’d happily travel on that train just for the ride anyday!
We make it in time for fireworks (yay!) and then we rush off to catch the (free) bus which runs between Disneyland and its hotels (there’s two!). It’s not as exciting as the train ride but the night view of Disneyland (not the theme park) is quite interesting- it really looks as if we’re in some other country!

The hotel was beautiful, as you would expect of a Disneyland resort. But the restaurant itself exceeded all my expectations (not that I had any in the first place…hehe). The name suited it perfectly- it really looked like a garden, with a water foundtain, white tables and fake green vines and leaves everywhere. Even the sky was painted like the sky!

But the most amazing thing was this:


There were disney characters walking around the place! yes, I tried to smudge our faces out……

And they weren’t just walking either- they came to each table separately, and took photos with you. But don’t be fooled- these are not the innocent little creatures they seem- they’re awfully cheeky too! Mickey and Eeyore had an ‘argument’ because eeyore had stepped into the photo Mickey was taking with someone. This was despite the fact that the characters made no sounds at all- but their body langauge said it all! Later, Tigger decided to pull of someone’s beanie halfway through a photo. When a little kid pulled Eeyore’s tail, Eeyore decided to scare the kid by glaring at him. It didn’t work- the kid ran away……

They were amazing- they turned every almost every adult in the room into a little kid! If I lived in Hong Kong, I would so get a job as one of these characters……it looks so fun!

Mussels

The food itself was not extraordinary, although definitely better than the usual cheap RSL club buffets I have in Australia….tehehe We start with the cold food- they have a large selection of delicious salads, sashimi and other cold seafood.

Crab Legs

Our favourite are these crab legs- they are very thick and meaty! I usually like my crabs hot and covered with thick, flavoursome sauce but this is an exception. The crab meat is so fresh that it is sort of sweet. I also love the fact that it has been cut up so that there’s no need to play around with nut crackers and all that……

Baked Snail with Potato Puree That’s what it says on the sign…….

The snails/escargots were delicious and were probably my favourite of the night, although this may have something to do with the fact that I love snails more than that it was cooked really well. Not that it wasn’t. The escargots were deliciously rich and garlicky and tasted really good served with smooth and creamy mashed potato. It was a tad oily and the potato was quite filling, meaning that I couldn’t eat too much…… Pan Fried Turkey Breast/ Roast Lamb
There was so much to try that eating just one small serving of each thing that I wanted to try left me very very full. I loved the roast lamb- it was nice and juicy. The pan fried turkey breast was one thing that I wished I hadn’t wasted my ‘quota’ on- it was simple piece of turket breast, coated with breadcrumbs and pan fried with a piece of cheese on it. It didn’t taste that great, the turkey breast was not tender and the blob of cheese was quite filling.

Mini Hot Dogs

Clockwise from top left: deep fried prawn, corn, brussel sprouts, potato smileys, mini hot dogs
The selection of finger foods, or little ‘snacks’ were appealing more to the little kids than the adults. I was excited when I saw the potato smileys because they reminded me of Australia- my primary school used to sell them =] The hot dogs were cute, although left mostly untouched throughout the night. The fried prawns were delicious- the prawns were wrapped in a long noodle-like thing (I think it was supposed to be potato) which was extremely crispy when fried.

Selection of breads

Indian Curries /Roti

The selection of curries, although I don’t make a point of remember what curries they were, were really nice. I personally find Indian curries appealing, although I rarely have them. They tasted really good, especially accompanied with soft and flaky roti.

Terriyaki Salmon

The selection of Japanese food was quite extensive, and I kept going back for more. The pan fried salmon was delicious- it wasn’t over or undercooked and the skin was slightly crispy. There was only a slight hint of terriyaki sauce, but I don’t mind because I love the taste of salmon.

Tempura

The tempura display is really pretty, and looks really good…..if only I could eat it! The problem I find with tempura and buffets is that the crunchy exterior softens quite quickly. But since I love fried foods so much, I can’t resist them, even if they look soft. Sure enough, they aren’t as crunchy as I’d like, but still have a bit of crunch in them and taste delicious.

Karrage Chicken
I love the presentation of the chicken so much that were it not for the presentation I probably would not have eaten it. That, and the fact that it’s untouched does make it very appealing. The chicken is freshly fried, and is therefore crunchy, which makes up for it’s slightly ordinary taste.

Finally onto the desserts!

By the time I’m ready for dessert, my stomach is bulging out and I can barely eat any more. But that’s okay- I have a second stomach, especially for desserts =] I’m pretty sure I do- no matter how much I eat, I can always find more space for dessert!The dessert is really the highlight of this buffet because not only do they have plenty of it, they are mostly disney themed too! Grab any dessert, and there’s about a 50% chance that there’s a mickey head on it =]

Chocolate Puff

We approach the desserts with a carefully thought out plan- during our first raid, we take at least one of everything there is. Then we share the plate between myself and my sister. The second time we go to the desserts, we only get the ones we like =]Of course, one plate was not enough to fit all the desserts (there were a LOT more than I photographed), and it took us quite a while to get through all the desserts. Especially since we had to take a break every couple of minutes to complain ‘I’m too full! I can’t eat anymore!’ Only to continue a while later. The chocolate cream puffs look really nice and chocolatey- especially with the piece of chocolate stuck on top of the puff. And it doesn’t dissappoint either- the puff is light and soft, and together with the cream filling is very very chocolatey!

( clockwise from top left) Mango dessert/ Chocolate mocha mousse/ Selection of little desserts (cupcakes and orange flavoured creme caramel)/Tiramisu

The mango dessert was one of the best- the vanilla flavoured filling which tasted slightly like a smooth custard, complimented the mango paste really well. The mango flavour was really nice- it didn’t taste fake, like some other mango desserts I’ve had before.The chocolate mocha mousse did not taste as good as it looked- although this may have had something to do with the fact that I don’t like coffee, and that it had a strong coffee taste. The chocolate pieces however, were deliciously chocolatey and smooth. The tiramisu cups were delicious, except for the ball of cream on the top (which I suspect has some kind of liquor inside it….). Surprisingly enough, this was the first time I’ve ever had tiramisu, but I didn’t like it that much.

Black and White chocolate fountain

The chocolate fountain was amazingly fun to play with- I love that all the fruits already had sticks in them! The fruits were very fresh and all really sweet. Since the buffet didn’t have any fresh fruits, we ended up just getting the fruits without dipping them into the chocolate. The slabs of sponge cake on sticks were also a really smart idea- the cake was extremely soft!

The dinner buffet is supposed to finish at 10:00, but I love that they were still bringing out desserts at 10:15……..unlike some other buffets, where they stop bringing food out 1/2 and hour before they finish =[ By then we were way too full to eat anything else, but we hung around until the place was almost empty – it felt so sad to have to leave the place!