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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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Six Senses dinner.

As we arrived quite late our first night into Nha Trang we ate dinner pretty much by ourselves in the main restaurant.

After all of the traveling it was time for a nice stiff drink to really set off the vacation mood properly.  Normally I’d stick with the usual: Jack & Coke, but I was feeling a bit festive and decided for a long island iced tea.  When the drink arrived I was quite happy that it was my first!

 

HOLY TILTY GLASS BATMAN!!!

The drink was made perfectly, just the right balance of alcohol and sweetness from the coke.

 

Next we got started on the food when I decided to have a light starter of chicken salad with peanuts, white basil, and cilantro.  This was all tossed with a light tangy sauce made with lime and the local favorite fish sauce.

 

 

Last but not least of course was the main course.  Here I opted for the black cod grilled in banana leaf with black bean and ginger sauce.  Unfortunately as soon as I unwrapped the fish it magically disappeared before I could snap a second shot.  This could have something to do with the amazing aroma that the sauce put into the air.

 

One of those meals where I wish I had a bit more room to Keep on Eatin’.

 

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Fun With Leftovers

Is it just me or is cooking a meal for 3 a nightmare?  Even cooking for myself tends to be a challenge.  I always make waaaay to much.  I can cook for 2, and anything 4+, but 1 and 3 seems to be extremely difficult for me.  But I suppose without this dilemma I would never have a chance to play with all the leftovers 🙂

Today I got hungry a little early so I headed down to see what there was, and might I just say, why is it that when we open the refrigerator we always expect something new and fun to be there even though we were the last ones in there?  Anyway, I was greeted by an abundance of Tupperware containers filled with random goodies and decided to have some fun.

I found some chicken which I sliced up and microwaved to heat up.  I also found some tortillas so I put my hot chicken on the tortilla, sprinkled with with shredded cheese and back into the microwave it went.  Once everything was nice and hot I spooned a bunch of salsa on top and called it a meal.Leftovers

Now, if you know me at all you may be tempted to call me a hypocrite for using a microwave to cook my meal but I say neigh.  I merely used the microwave for one of my3 approved purposes which is reheating.  The other two are of course defrosting and making popcorn.

This was just a simple tasty meal with limited clean up all made from leftovers.  Ah living to eat is so much fun.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2009 in food, Lunch, What I'm eating

 

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Local Food

I’ve been in Hong Kong for almost a year now and people are finally taking me to the “real” local food joints.  Unfortunately I cant tell you the names of the places I’ve been to as they are all in Chinese characters that I am unable to read.  On the bright side though I do have some pictures and thoughts to share 🙂

Braised Chilli ChickenGarlic & Chilli Chicken Legs

Some friends took me to this place in Causeway Bay a few weeks back.  At first I thought we were going to eat outside at one of the little places on the street but instead they took me up to the 2nd floor where we were greeted by the sweet smells of local cuisine and the loud conversations being held over the even louder dice games.  This place was great because not only was the food delicious, it was cheap too.  For the 2 dishes you see plus a HUGE bowl of oyster congee and six 22oz beers the total came to a mere 280 HKD  You’d pay more than that for 6 pints down in LKF let alone the food.

The Braised Chilli Chicken was quite spicy as you can imagine with all the peppers laying right there on top.  Among the chillies was a pleasant surprise of juniper berries, the dish was full of them and their pungent aromatics played a heavy role in making this dish as delicious as it was.  The chicken was very tender and flavorful as well.

The garlic & chilli chicken legs were drumsticks that had been roasted to a perfection of crisy skin and juicy meat that was only made more amazing by being covered with fried garlic, chillies, and fermented beans.  This dish had really deep and rich flavor from the mountain of garlic.

I cant wait to have more local food!!

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2009 in Beer, Dinner, food

 

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Mexican Food in HK

I know what you’re thinking…there are maybe two or three restaurants and they are all terrible…well my friends, the times have changed.  I will start off by saying that although I haven’t had Mexican food in about 3 months, I wasn’t having such large with-drawls for my opinions to be altered just because of a craving.  With that said….

If you’re looking for Mexican food in Hong Kong (Central in particular) then you have to go to Tequila located at 11 Old Bailey Street.  It just happens to be the next restaurant up from another amazing restaurant, The Flying Pan (or as my friends and I call it: The Pan), but that one will have to wait for another posting.

There are two sure fire ways to test a Mexican restaurant for quality without ever having to order an appetizer.  First, the Margarita.  Now if this is anything close to a decent place they will have a margarita list (much like a wine list only more dangerous) but for the test you have to order either the house margarita or for a level playing field, the gold margarita.  I always get mine on the rocks with salt and this , while not PERFECT, was a delicious balance of sweet and tangy orange, lime, and lemon along with a slight taste of the tequila.

The second test is the chips.  EVERY Mexican restaurant should serve tortilla chips with salsa no matter what you’ve ordered.  These chips were hot, crispy, and lightly seasoned to perfection and the chipotle salsa that came with it was amazing.  If your Mexican restaurant of choice fails in both of these categories, run.  Do not walk out, run for the hills and never come back.  The meal you are about to embark upon is going to be a bland, poorly prepared pile of spicy crap on a lukewarm plate.  If only one of the categories flop its up to your discretion…if you stick around for the meal you may be pleasantly surprised by a wonderful experience…or another failure, at that point its all what you make of it.

Back to Tequila…the restaurant….

I started off with a gold margarita (explained above) and shared a plate of fried jalapenos with my dad.  YUM!  Sorry there is no picture but they didn’t last that long.  Fried to a delicious golden brown, LOADED with gooey/melty cheese, and packed with just enough heat to make you flush.  AMAZING!

I then moved on to a chicken chimichanga…Chicken ChimichangaAh…words can’t describe the joy I was filled with (after the burning sensation went away) from my first bite.  *WARNING* A chimichanga is deep fried and all that steam pouring out once you cut into it is probably a good indication that it is REALLY hot inside.  Once I could taste again this was scrumptious.  The beans weren’t overcooked at all, the rice was well seasoned and dry but not so much that it turned crispy five minutes after you get your plate.

And for dessert…

Apple Chimichanga

Apple Chimichanga

I must have needed some fat in my diet because I went with the Apple chimichanga.  This was tasty, but I’m not a huge fan of raisins mixed with anything moist because they suck up some of the juices and become these slightly shriveled, dry but oddly moist grape things that just don’t belong in my mouth.  Other than that the flavor was great and anything served with vanilla ice cream makes me happy.

Well there ya have it.  Mexican Food in HK can be done and is being done well at Tequila.

Finding your favorites…another reason to Live to Eat.

 

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My Meals: Garlic Chicken Sausage w/ Broccoli Alfredo

Last night, at the request of my step mother, I made alfredo.  She loves cream sauces and my alfredo happens to be quite good.

I started by pan frying 4 garlic chicken sausages, removed them from the pan and added two heads of finely diced garlic.  While that was sauteing away I sliced the sausages and added them back to the pan.  I then added about 1/2 cup of heavy cream and lowered the flame to about medium.  Once the cream became hot I added two handfuls of parmesan cheese and about 1Tbsp of freshly cracked pepper.  Once the sauce was thick I tossed in the broccoli I had previously blanched and the spinach & ricotta stuffed raviolis that had just come out of the boiling water. 

This is probably going to become a regular meal around our house because it was really good and really simple to make.  Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much as we did.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2008 in food, My Meals

 

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