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Ktown’s Waffling Bean – vegan brunch food

My only take away from Waffling Bean is all the waffles are savory rather than sweet.  For brunch food I would much rather prefer a sweet waffle.  Each waffle set will set you back about $80.

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Waffling Bean – brunch food with blue cheese

It’s also open for dinner.  They have a small outdoor area which is dog friendly.

If you are allergic to the changing of the seasons (hayfever), consume honey.  It loads your body with pollen so you no longer have to adjust on the fly as your body has developed the immunity to it already.  This only works if you consume local honey.  HK honey will have the HK pollen in it.  If you consume honey from regions outside of HK, the pollens found inside will not be of the same variety found in HK; therefore, useless.  The honey must also be unpasteurized.  The pasteurization process kills the enzymes making it just sugar, bad.  A jar of honey to mix into your drinks is cheaper than making your body depend on antihistamines.

honey

Raw honey is extremely beneficial to your health.  Health benefits: natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (sore throats), regulates blood sugar, low GI index, helps digestion, dose of prebiotics etc.  It’s good for you so make sure you consume it.

I use to keep a jar in the office to mix with my tea, now I put it into oatmeal so I get the sugars into the body first thing in the morning.

This is a $188 grilled cheese sandwich.

cafe landmark grilled cheese

why is there sandwich ham in my grilled cheese?

I guess they had to put a slice of ham into the grilled cheese so you don’t complain over the fact they may be charging a smidgen too much.  Never again.  This is one cafe restaurant to avoid while shopping in Central.

 

Go with the steel cut rolled oats variety rather than instant oats, the less processing the better as the oatmeal retains its slow digestion properties keeping blood sugar low.  It lowers cholesterol levels so a lot of older people eat it.  If older people eat it, you know its good for you so you better do it to yourself now rather than be forced to do it later on.  Cooking it makes the oatmeal easier to swallow and faster absorption but I will eat it raw like cereal.  I prepare it the night before leaving the oatmeal to soak in water in the refrigerator with cinnamon and honey.  Peanut butter, raw almonds and fresh fruits (bananas to pomegranates) go in to add texture and mouth feel keeping it healthy.

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Giant box of Quaker Oats, 10 pounds for $84 @ Bestmart

Oatmeal is also great as a dessert if you make it sweet.  It’s sweet congee, red bean soup etc.  I have 10 pounds to work through so I will see how many different iterations of oatmeal I can make before I fall sick.  Oatmeal is a great per-workout meal as the complex carbohydrates slowly digest in your stomach giving you constant energy through the activity.  There’s no sugar in it so you won’t suffer the sugar crash during the workout allowing you to exercise at a constant rate – longer and faster.

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oatmeal with dried blueberries

Oatmeal is also great for dogs.  If your dog sees you eating it, they will want it too and I am happy to oblige.  I may have to try this trick for kibbles.  You should be able to feel the effects of the addition of oatmeal into your diet immediately, you will not be lethargic after eating.

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oatmeal with honey, chia and raw almonds

Stay away from the instant variety of oatmeal as the manufacturers add flavouring and sugar to make it more palatable.   Read the label, if it does not have any additional additives, instant oats are solely cut to a smaller size making it quicker to cook.  It doesn’t taste like anything making it easy for everyone to eat.  Try adding it into your diet.  I found oats in my museli and thus my quest right off into the deep end of oatmeal with a 10 pound bag purchase.

oatmeal.

my next big oatmeal purchase. Bigger will always be better right?

 

 

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bread making ingredients

I love carbs.  Bread in particular is tough to make as the weather conditions are not conducive for cooperation.  I eat Subway whenever I want a carb fix as the bread is similar tasting to home.  It’s static in its consistency.  GF figure she can improve the Subway Honey Oat bread.  Korean bread flour available at 759.  Wheat germ to make it healthy.

Put all ingrediants into a mixer.  Bread Flour, wheat germ, yeast, egg and butter.

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shiny stuff is honey

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oats going on top

Did it taste better than the Subway’s honey oat bread? Yup.

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honey oat bread

GF had a black banana fermenting in her fridge.  It had a distinct alcohol taste making it a perfect recipient to compliment a baked food.  Muffins is the logical choice as she only had one; more and she would have made banana bread.  Muffins are quick and easy.  It is very similar to making bread without the long preparation time.

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flour, sugar and flax seeds

Home made muffin mix.  It is very similar to bread except you sub out the yeast.

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banana into the egg mix

blueberries into the mix

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mix everything by hand to get a workout

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partition into tray

Into the oven for 30 minutes

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VOILA. Magic in these guys.

Wui Bo Kitchen is a cantonese dining restaurant in Ktown.  It stands out as a gathering place for dog owners in the morning as they have outdoor seating for over 10+ people.  It’s one of the few places which can allow dogs to congregate, the food is decent as well.  Pricing is affordable and the menu offering is exactly what you expect from cantonese fare.  It beats paying the expat premium at concept type chain restaurants that are sprouting up all over Ktown.

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lunch special – braised vermicelli with beef

I am a big fan of their lunch specials.  Lunch specials range in price from $35-$45.  Order the fresh fish for $45.  You will receive one of two depending on the day.  You will need to order it as soon as you sit down as it takes 10-15 mins to prepare.  The other dishes will arrive in under 5 mins.  Lunch specials have the choice of daily soup or a drink to accompany the meal.

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smaller of the two daily fresh fish option, looks like a piranha

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larger of the two, sadly one does not get a choice. This is the fish that brings a smile to my face.

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Dog Friendly. The cutest dog in the world.

Breakfast options are a mix of western and chinese cuisine.  Price range is $20-$30.  If you can hold out, wait for the lunch menu.  Soup noodles with a fried egg and toast on the side.  Most of the people eating outside feed the toast to their dogs.

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duck breast and instant noodles for breakfast $25

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noodles come with a side of eggs and toast. Eggs for you to add to the soup noodles or eat on their own.

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pickled veggies and minced pork in soup noodles $25 – comes with toast and fried egg

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tomato sauce and italian noodles with fried egg and toast $28.  Canned tomatoes never tasted better.

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the cutest dog in the world in her element

Ktown is home to many family run restaurants and the gentrification of the area will undoubtedly force them out.  I support family run restaurants to the fullest.  A meal for two people will cost under $100 which at a expat joint would be the price for a single alcoholic beverage.  I know family run restaurants put the money back into their community which is more than I can say for supporting a large chain where the owner arrives to do spot checks in a Bentley.  The new MTR station is in Ktown is due to open so I only hope the local nuances of the culture and restaurants can persevere.  Please give this restaurant a try especially if you are a pet owner.  It’s tough for restaurants to be pet friendly in HK.  It’s best to support local.