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My Favorites: Fried Chicken

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Finding yourself at the end of Kimberly Rd in Tst after dark can be a bit sketchy. It’s definitely not the dirtiest place in town, but it’s not where I would typically send my readers for a great bite. Yet here we are. Just on the corner you’ll see the grey blue walls sticking out like a sore thumb. Just slide open the door and you’ve reached fried chicken heaven! Or have you? I doubted it the first time I was brought here. The majority of the staff don’t speak English, or Cantonese. If you happen to know a bit of Korean or Japanese you’re in luck! Otherwise you’ll be going over your order a few times. Just order like this: “I would like an order of the fried chicken with no sauce.” It also helps to point at the first picture on the fried chicken page of the menu. Once they confirm your sauceless chicken you may request mayonnaise and/or spicy sauce on the side. I’m simply a purist and will have beer as my only condiment, thank you. With kpop videos blaring away, crispy juicy fried chicken in one hand and an ice cold glass of Hite in the other you too will be saying, “move over Kentucky, Korea has this fried chicken business on lock down!”

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*Caution* The rest of the food isn’t really up to par and the chicken is enough for two.

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Beer, food, My Favorites, Restaurant Review

 

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Main St. Deli

Happy Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day!

I was quite concerned that I would have to find some round about way of celebrating this holiday due to ingredients being so hard to come by sometimes.  Fortunately for us all (mostly me) there is a place called Main St. Deli which will from now on will be the go to place for all of my deli needs.

Even John Jr. was happy to be there!

 

 

Main St. Deli is one of the F&B (food and beverage) outlets at the Langham Hotel and they do the deli market justice.

First of all, my menu was my place mat.  Just look at it in all of its paper glory.  They had everything from pizza to buffalo wings to Hot Pastrami Sandwiches!

I’ll be back to Main St. Deli at least another 10 times just to try the rest of their sandwich menu!  It was so hard not to go for the reuben right away.

Before I even place an order the server brings over a good portion of sauerkraut and a giant sweet pickle!  Unfortunately I was a little distracted with the baby and the menu to get a picture of that though.  I finally drool over the menu long enough and ordered a Paulaner (German beer), a pastrami on rye, and buffalo wings.  Yes, I was hungry.  Also, it is quite difficult to find decent buffalo wings in this city so I had to go with my gut and give these ones a go.

         

With great food and great beer the next thing you’re going to hear is that the service sucked right? Wrong.  Dining with my two and a half month old was a pleasure thanks to the great staff who were extremely attentive without hovering over me the whole time.

What a happy hot pastrami day indeed!  How are you going to celebrate today?

 

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Don’t be such a Brat…

Don’t be such a Brat…

Yes,  this post goes out to you sir.  The gentleman that I so rudely interrupted from his conversation with the young lady he works with by walking into this establishment.  I understand that in the empty restaurant you must have been quite busy gossiping and me wishing to add a second condiment to my dog is an extreme inconvenience to you.

I’ll cut the sarcasm short here as I’m sure you get the point already and I would hate to write a completely terrible review of this “Hot Dog” joint as they do have a few excellent qualities.

Speaking of which…CHECK OUT THE MINI FRYER BASKETS!!!

This is probably the greatest way I’ve ever seen french fries presented.  The fries in the basket weren’t anything super special but they were good.

 

At Brat you can expect to find quite a decent beer selection to help wash down your sausage and fries. On this visit I enjoyed a Karmeliet which was refreshing and delightfully crisp.

 

 

We now move onto the meat of this review.  I must admit, although there was a bumpy start to the meal with the service, after the fries arrived and I’d had a few sips of beer I was at ease and really excited to bite into one of these highly touted sausages.

These sausages themselves are really good.  Upon first bite you can just hear the snap of the casing before the juiciness of the meat floods your mouth with a savory tsunami sending your taste buds on a surfing adventure.  The rye bun felt and tasted as though it were a day old and a bit stale, having lost all crispness in the crust.  Their classic bun, also felt a bit old, but the crust had a great crunch left in it.

If you make your way to Brat, heed this final warning.  Stay away from the Mac n’ Cheese.  A baked macaroni and cheese with a bread crumb topping can be on of the most delicious side dishes, but without enough sauce it easily becomes a dry, bland, doughy mess.  Unfortunately this was the case on my trip to Brat.

Despite the disgruntled employee and the lack of awesome sauce for the baked Mac, I would like to head back to Brat soon to see if I can purchase some of their sausages to cook at home and enjoy a cold brew while they pack it up for me!

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Beer, food, Lunch, Restaurant Review, Where to Eat

 

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Monster Hands

Please give a scary looking hand to my newest mystery meat.  If anyone out there can tell me what this thing is actually called I would greatly appreciate it!

Angie’s dad has come home a few time now with these tasty little morsels.  He apparently goes out to his secret fishing spot and literately scrapes them off of the rocky walls with a putty knife by the bucket full.

Their flavor resembles that of a mussel or a clam and has the texture close to squid.  To cook them he begins by soaking them in water then rinsing thoroughly, repeating this process 2-3 times.  This is to try to remove as much sand as possible.  They are then once again put into a pot full of lightly salted water and brought just to the boil.  Drain off the water and these little guys are the perfect little snack.  Move over bowl of peanuts…these monster hands go way better with a pint of beer.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Beer, food, Recipe, Snacks, What I'm eating

 

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Burgers in Lan Kwai Fong: Hong Kong Brew House

The long awaited second posting to the Burgers in Lan Kwai Fong series!!

I was on my own for lunch today and decided a burger and a beer would hit the spot.  Hong Kong Brew House is an intersting place.  During the weekends, every seat is filled at night.  During the daytime, I never see anyone in there and cant figure out why.  They import beers from all over the world, give you free peanuts, and have pretty decent burgers too.  They also have a happy hour (as does just about every place in Hong Kong) which this time featured Mexican beers.

My burger (ordered medium) came out quite quickly.  At first I thought this was because the place was completly empty but soon found out it was because my burger was cooked medium rare.  I love a good steak medium rare, but something about the gooeyness of a medium rare burger gets my stomach turning.

The brewer’s burger comes out in two pieces as do most burgers.  And like most burgers once assembled becomes a tower.  This burger was exceptionaly tall due to the chunk of iceberg lettuce, and two thick slices each of tomato and pickle.  This is all fine and dandy, except unlike most burger towers this one would not squish to an eatable size.  After removing half the lettuce and a slice of tomato and pickle, I took my first bite.  Instantly my hands and mouth were drenched which I find to be a good thing.  I don’t go to a bar to have a burger and a beer so I can stay clean.  Bar burgers and supposed to be sloppy and delicious and this one was no exception.  The burger even had grill marks which add that much needed smokey touch to a good burger.  My burger also came not only with fries, but onion rings as well.  Both were good but nothing special.

Overall I give Hong Kong Brew House’s burger 3.5 out of 5.

-1 for wrong temperature, -1 for being to tall, +0.5 for the grill marks (a first that I’ve seen in Hong Kong)

 

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Burgers in Lan Kwai Fong: Bulldogs

For the past few weeks my father and I have made it our Friday lunch to grab a burger and a beer at Bulldogs in Lan Kwai Fong.  I’ve decided that we should check out the other pubs in the area to find out who has the best burger so keep checking back to find out who the winner is.

Bulldogs is a great place to belly up to the bar, grab a burger and a beer, and watch the game.  They have two bars so at night the place is also a great place to get together with a couple of friends to grab a pint.

I’ve had two of Bulldog’s burgers and wasn’t disapointed either time.  What makes their burgers so great isn’t so much the burger itself, but the toppings.  They don’t hold back when it comes to the cheese, mushrooms, or barbeque sauce depending on your burger selection.  Their fries are also seasoned quite well.  Grab a pint from their wide selection of tap beers and I guarantee you wont leave hungry.

Bulldogs burgers: 4 out of 5

-1 for the beef itself lacking in some flavor.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2008 in Beer, food, Lunch, Restaurant Review

 

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Hit me with your best shot!

I had night out on the town this weekend.  I started at Bulldog’s in Lan Kwai Fong which is an English style pub/sports bar.  They have some great burgers and about six beers on tap.  (I believe they are all English beers as well including Carlsberg)  I ran into some friends while I was there that I met through www.geoexpat.com and we hung out for the rest of the evening.  After a few pints at Bulldog’s we decided to make a run for the door after 2 guys wearing boxes they had cut into horses began a weak attempt of hitting on my friends.

We bar hopped two times before winding up at Soda.  Soda is an interesting bar/pub in the fact that they have a pole for your entertainment.  Although they don’t hire someone to dance on it, there is a point through the night in which people will do it voluntarily.  While at Soda I was served my beverages by Tim Murphy who is the inspiration of this posting.  Tim was very personable and made sure my friends and I had a good time while we were there.  Although he was unable to produce a beverage we asked for because he wasn’t familiar with it, instead he created his signature shot which he calls “Slimer’s Primer”.  With a funky name like that how can you not want to try it?  I didn’t quite catch everything that went into it but I did notice him muddling away on some cucumber.  I’m typically a whiskey shot kind of guy so I tend to stay away from the girly drinks but I was with two ladies and we all wanted the same shot so why not?  Slimer’s Primer aroma reminds me of cucumber melon lotion or body wash, it simply smelt fresh and delicious.

After bottoms up, the shot went down extremely smooth with barely any burn afterwards followed by a cool and refreshing aftertaste.

So if you’re looking for a new place to hang out for the night, get some friends together and head to Soda on Wyndham St and be sure to ask for Tim Murphy to get a taste of his Slimer’s Primer.

 

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