For my birthday, I was sure of two things – food and travel.
To begin with my version of the hunger games, on the day itself, I went to work and my FlySpaces team surprised me with pizza, chocolate, and cake. Later that afternoon, Pat surprised me with flowers and a Japanese bike! I’ve always wanted to have a vintage-looking bike to ride on to work or just go around the city. Imagine my excitement to redesign it and take it on the road. For dinner, we tried Yokohama for the first time and wasn’t disappointed at all. Then that weekend, I took my family to Lazy Bastard and ABV for an incredible burger and hotdog feast. After taking them home, I went back to ABV to be surprised by the team with an awesome two-tier vanilla cake.
And, it’s not yet over. That same night, we packed our bags and got ready for an early morning flight to Hong Kong. You know the feeling when you’re about to go back to your favorite buffet restaurant with a strategic plan to stuff as much food as possible without dying because you already know the floor plan very well? Not that I know where to go, but I had places in mind to go back to. So, here’s what our tummies had to happily go through:
Because they claim to have the best wonton noodles, we couldn’t miss it. Even if they served both our Wonton Noodle Soup and Beef Noodle Soup in cute small bowls, they were enough to fill us. I must say, they have the tastiest and inexpensive noodle soup in Hong Kong.
G/F, 55 Parkes Street, Jordan Hong Kong
Lee Keung Kee (LKK)
Again and again, I will keep coming back to LKK for a good, warm, tasty snack of Egg Waffles or Eggettes (HKD18), as how they call it. I begged for a Nathan-Road-walk because I wanted to get eggettes so badly. Minutes after, Pat saw the kiosk and luckily we didn’t have to fall in line.
178 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong
Pat said he had to. As much as we wanted to stick to HK food that day, The Diner seemed so inviting. His excuse was, he had to “research” and “study” when all he meant was to try the Skirt Burger. As what it stated, they placed a humongous grilled cheese “skirt” in between buns securing the patty, caramelized onions, dill pickles, tomato, and lettuce from falling off the plate. What we did was, we tore the crispy cheese apart and munched on it first before killing the burger itself.
I ordered the Sunshine Burger which was a basic burger, only with bacon, fried egg and crispy onion string. I upgraded the fries to Pulled Pork & Cheese Fries to make it somehow extraordinary.
G/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central Hong Kong
Now this was good stuff. We had a hard time locating the store, but it was worth the hunt with every spoonful of goodness from this cup. What I thought were the best eggettes come from LKK, Oddies Foodies raised the bar and had me experience the bestest eggettes in Hong Kong. The store was tiny. A takeaway spot where you order, claim, and leave the place with so much joy in your heart.
We ordered Night Wolf (HKD52) which was an Italian low fat yogurt twist soft gelato served with butter crumbs, caramelized banana ice cream, passionfruit panna cotta, brownie and chocolate chip eggettes, and sprinkled with crunchy flakes. In short, heaven on earth.
Shop 1F, G/F, 149 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai Hong Kong
I swear there was more steak than what was on my plate. Here, you have to free up a lot of space before stuffing yourself with overflowing fries. La Vache! has a fixed charge of HKD278 per person, and each will be able to enjoy a trimmed entrecote steak with special house sauce, unlimited French fries and green salad with walnuts. And that’s it. One dish on the menu. The good thing about it was it helped me and Pat decide (or not decide at all) on what to get. It’s a place where you get to enjoy food, conversations with company and authentic Parisian dining experience.
48 Peel Street, Central Hong Kong
Looking for a spot to flush everything down? Along Wyndham Street in Central Hong Kong is an industrial looking bar with a bath tub as its signature symbol. Specializing in gin, we tried three cocktails and one of them was KGB. It’s Kyoho grapes martini served in a special tea bubble bath, gin, Kyoho liqueur, lemon & lime juice, grape juice and Elderflower syrup with a treat of Earl Grey tiny bubbles and a lashy rubber ducky on the side. Playful, wasn’t it?
G/F, 48 Wyndham Street, Central Hong Kong
Spicy Crab Restaurant in Jordan Hong Kong
There were a lot of them. This restaurant wasn’t properly labeled because all it said on the signage was “SPICY CRABS”. So, since they were pretty much all the same and located in one area, let Jordan be your place for spicy crabs and more street food.
This area is one of my favorite spots in Hong Kong. They have the night market at Temple Street, similar to Ladies’ Market in Mongkok, and it’s where the street food scene is alive.
We had two spicy crabs and oyster cake with fried rice for HKD500+, which was way pricier than any other street food places we’ve been to. But, all for dear crabs.
Ning Po Street and Temple Street, Jordan Hong Kong