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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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My Favorites: Chinese Bread

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While western bakeries are busy pumping out flakey croissants and crusty baguettes that take hours and sometimes days to make, Chinese bakeries here in Hong Kong are making a single dough into every shape imaginable. They then stuff it with meats and cheeses and turn them into tasty soft bready goodnesses. My favorite Chinese Bread is the one pictured above. It’s filled with corned beef and cheese and topped with a crunch that I really have no idea what it is. Do you have a favorite baked good?

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in food, My Favorites, Photography, Snacks

 

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Ramen

Ramen

In honor of nutrition month I would like to show everyone what I like to do with ramen.  For me, instant noodles aren’t a meal.  I wouldn’t even really classify them as a snack because 10 minutes after eating them I’m hungry again.

I started playing with ramen around the time I was in 6th or 7th grade.  At the time I realized I was no longer satisfied with 1 pack of noodles so the first thing I tried was simply eating a second pack.  This worked for a time or two, but then my mind began to wander.  Now, I don’t suggest eating a lot of instant noodles as they really aren’t that great for you.  Yet on the occasion when you find your self being drawn in to their simplicity keep this post in mind.

Now that I live in Hong Kong there are quite a few more options for instant noodles and I have found a new favorite, but this can be done with any pack you prefer.

My pack of choice is the Ajisen Ramen.  The flavoring packs have a deeper taste to them and the noodles tend to have a nicer bite.

They also come in a two pack so it’s great for couples!

 

 

We simply begin by ignoring all of the cooking instructions and boil a pot of water.  (For a healthier version boil a pot of your favorite stock instead and ditch all the flavoring packets!)

Dump out the flavoring packs into a good-sized bowl that you’re planning to eat out of.  When the water (or stock) comes to a boil add about 1/2cup to your seasonings and stir to combine.

 

 

Dump your noodles into the boiling water and cook them until they just start to get tender.  Trust me on this one, if you wait until they are cooked through by the time we’re finished here your just going to have a pile of mush in the bottom of your bowl!  Remove the noodles from the water but keep the water in the pot either using chopsticks or a noodle spoon.

Top your noodles with a handful or 2 or greens.  Dark leafy veggies are an excellent source of nutrition and they are darn tasty as well!  You and boil up some asparagus, broccoli, choy sum, or bok choy ahead of time and add it at this stage as well for an even healthier treat.

My favorite thing to do when playing with ramen is to add an egg.  Today I decided to poach my egg as I’m feeling quite lazy and don’t want to dirty another pan but you can scramble, over easy, or sunny side up if you’d like!  Another option would be to have some hard-boiled eggs on hand.  They make a great snack as well!

If you’re going to poach keep the noodle water, add a teaspoon of vinegar, stir your water, drop in the egg and let it cook for about a minute to a minute and a half.

Scoop out the egg, top up your bowl with water (or stock) and enjoy!

*Side note* You may notice my ramen flavor today is pork bone broth.  This is about as close as this lazy chef was getting to a roast crown of pork to celebrate today’s holiday.  Happy roast crown of pork day!

 

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Chocolate Covered Peanuts

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Today I decided that it’s ok to take some liberty with this holiday and make it a bit classier so I have enjoyed the above chocolates.

The round ones with the crunchy topping are chocolate covered macadamia nuts amd the ones topped with flowers are black garlic chocolate truffles.  Y.U.M.

If you’re looking for a box of chocolates to give as a gift, that’s a little more special than the same box of Ferror Rocher everyone gives out, then I suggest stopping by Pastry Gems on the 9th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.  They have a great selection of these premium chocolates, not to mention their beautiful cake selection.

Happy Chocolate Covered Peanuts day!

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Dessert, Where to Eat

 

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5 flowers tea

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January is hot tea month! (yes, it is also soup month)
What better way to celebrate than to take part in some local tea. 

Chinese herbal teas are quite popular in Hong Kong with a shop selling their brews in just about every mall and MTR station.  Today at work they are serving 5 flowers tea which is probably my personal favorite of the Chinese herbal teas.

5 flower tea consists mainly of honeysuckle, crysanthamum, silk cotton, plumeria rubra, and pueraria lobata.  The combination can help to remove heat and dampness.  If you have a sore throat, insomnia, or indigestion this tea may be helpful for you.  Unlike many Chinese herbal tea, this one actually tastes good!

What is your tea of choice this month?

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Beverage, Specialty Drinks

 

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Wherefore art thou Marzipan?

Once again the game of the day in Hong Kong must be hide the ingredients!  Yet I will not let this hold me back.  Although the creative writing stylings of the day have changed significantly, I was still able to get my hands on a fair substitute for today’s celebration.

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This chestnut cream topped, cake filled chocolate cup from Chez Shibata was also filled with a marzipan praline! Now…normally I would never eat such a monstrosity as I prefer more savory flavors, but this cake was surprisingly good! It may even be quite fitting to actually have cake as part of the celebration, as if it were marzipan’s birthday.

How do you enjoy your marzipan?

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Dessert, food, Uncategorized

 

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Linguini Fini

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Yesterday I took Angie to Linguini Fini to find out what all the fuss is about.  Unfortunately we had just finished doing a ton of baby shopping so we had to head back home before getting there, putting us in the middle of lunch hour traffic. With that being said, the wait wasn’t terrible with a table being ready for us in thirty minutes.

Once seated service was quick for the most part. Something I don’t understand about eating in Hong Kong is how long it takes for the initial beverage order to hit the table.  We had bread (which is served in an anchovy can and I thought that was quite cleaver) and our 8 hour tripe (so good!) on the table before a bottle of water could make its way to us.  Normaly this would be fine, but not while it’s a million degrees outside!

Aside from the temporary drought, service was impeccible.   We both had set lunches with linguini, mine a dried shrimp linguini with spicy tomato sauce and Angie’s was plain linguini with basically a cooked caprese salad mixed in.  Angie’s was a perfect blend of texture & flavors. The first bite of mine was to die for.  Unfortunately I think they actually might have wanted me dead as every bite I took the fire in my mouth doubled in potency until all my taste buds could decipher was the tomato flavor, the dried shrimp having been lost to the flames.  I’m obviously exaggerating to make my story more entertaining, but it was a bit overly spicy.

Salads were good as well. Angie had the ceasar and I the roasted red pepper with mixed greens.  My favorite part about the salads is that they use mostly local veggies.  In fact they use a lot of local goods.  Check out their site for more information.

The 8 hour tripe deserves a paragraph of it’s own as it was the best I’ve had in years.  Tender slices of beef and pork stomachs in a smooth tomato sauce.  Only thing I want different from this dish is more!  I’ll have to find an excuse to order a second plate next time.

Overall I really enjoyed our lunch at Linguini Fini.  They’ve a great vibe going on over there, just check out the chef pants if you don’t believe me!

 
 

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