Archive for the ‘lunch’ Category

Miss Saigon has taken over the space of Shun Sushi on Forbes Street across from exit C of the Kennedy Town MTR Station.  Unless you can smell the grease from the constant frying of spring rolls or the hearty soup stock that is constantly boiling away in the back, don’t bother.  Miss Saigon is a case of don’t bother and keep walking.

The King of Pho at Miss Saigon.  It looked right but it lacked the taste of soup that has been boiling away for many hours, no depth in flavor.  My suggestion is to use a pressure cooker if you lack the time commitment to make hearty soup.

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Miss Saigon, King Pho.

I was expecting lemon grass grilled pork, fresh herbs and a meaty spring roll.  I got a deep fried pork cutlet and lettuce with the same deep fried quality of the appetizer plate.  A photo of real lemon grass grilled pork below.

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Miss Saigon, lemon grass grilled pork.  It’s deep fried.

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I was expecting this – real lemon grass grilled pork.

I don’t think I will go back.  20% off for the time being but there’s a 10% service charge.  WTF.  At least hide the cash grab?

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If you are wanting to venture into Kennedy Town for food, check to see if the restaurant is new.  If so, stay away.

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gf loves this dish for it’s simplicity and clean taste.

 

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Chicken and Wonton Soup

Half of a chicken, wonton and vegetables in soup.  It’s hearty and healthy.  The closest thing to chicken noodle soup.

got addicted to the chicken and wonton soup so I tried to re-create it at home using a pressure cooker.

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Restaurant is located at the end of Queens Road West inbetween Belcher’s Street and Yat Fu Lane.

Chefo Order is a HK website which matches ethnic lunch food to the office hordes.  They currently serve the following areas: Wan Chai, Yau Ma Tei, Kwai Cheng and Tai Po.  It provides a medium through which housewives can develop a cult following to their ethnic cuisines.  Lunch options are available before 11am.  The next day’s options are available at 3pm.  Cut off is 11am the following day and they email/call to confirm once a certain threshold of orders are put through.  It doesn’t make sense for the chef to take time out of their day for 1-2 orders so the threshold is set at 5.

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Chicken Biryani – $34

I enjoyed the heat, the spice builds up gradually.  I showed the picture to my Pakistan clients and they were able to identify it as Biryani right away so it’s authentic.  This is my first experience with home cooked Biryani and the only things I can say is I will be a repeat customer.

 

I ordered Aaloo Qeema the following day.  Paratha is very similar to a the chinese scallion pancake without the scallion with loads of butter.  Aaloo Qeema was delicious.  I would have loved to pair the aaloo qeema with rice rather than bread.  I had too much sauce left over.  I found it very different than the normal lunch options.

The WAN CHAI lunch options are from Chefo are of the Pakistan variety.  I thoroughly enjoyed the meals.  It’s great knowing your business goes to support the chef rather than paying ground floor rents.  Pricing is reasonable and within the normal expectation.  Pick up is always at the MTR station so it’s an excuse to get out of the office and put the legs to work.  I paid for all my own meals.  website is http://www.chefoorder.com

It’s tough finding authentic laksa in HK.  The owners and staff at this restaurant speak with the Malay/SGP accent so it is sure to be real.

Supreme Laksa for $89.  It’s spicy with a large coconut infusion.  Tastes similar to the best laksa instant noodles available in the supermarket but this version gets the flavours right over a large period of time.  Zero stomach problems so the food is clean.

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Katong Laksa Prawn Mee’s laksa supreme

 

Dried noodle supreme for $89.  GF found it too salty.  She would have preferred to order the Laksa.

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Decent laksa noodles for $89.  We will be back.  We find Laksa more rewarding than Ramen.  There is another Laksa joint across the street from this place.

HK’s culinary scene is still stuck in the past.  The best restaurants are located inside hotels.  Hotels still control the restaurants inside their premises compared to overseas where hotels generally lease out the restaurant premise to big name chefs that generate traffic.  It best to partake in the buffets available at the 5-star hotels.  The non-hotel buffets offer a better price but the crowds will scare away most people.

I had to take in the delight of over-eating.  Tiffin at the Grand Hyatt in Wanchai by the HK Convention Centre.  $400/person for lunch.

Cheese station, salad station with already made greek and caprese or help yourself to arugula and beets along with organic greens and a host of dressing.  For mains, we have roasted veal cheeks, deep fried veal, teriyaki sauce salmon and roast spring chicken.  On the Indian side, deep fried lentils and cauliflower in curry, curry lamb, chicken cooked in yogurt and curry chicken.  Papadum.  In the carving station, lamb shank and salmon wellington.  Desserts would be the highlight, ice cream everything.  They make their ice cream in house – vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter and honey, vietnam coffee chocolate and 2 fruit sorbets.  There’s also a cured meat station and appetizers ranging from smoked salmon to ham sliders.  The best part was the bread, all made fresh but going stale quickly.  Another highlight would be two choices for soup – chinese old fire soup or goulash.

I was able to hold down 4 plates of food before calling it a day at 2:30pm.

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The only place in Kennedy Town for a shawarma to celebrate binge drinking.  $50 and it’s delicious after a few beers.

HK's vegetarian lunch box $27

HK’s vegetarian lunch box $27

The food is delicious and a steal at $27 which includes a hearty bowl of soup.  There are some decent vegetarian joints with the fancy kale salads and hummus wraps but this is the China version of vegetarian and it’s cheap.  The red colour items are vegetarian BBQ pork, yellow is curry and everything else is a supplementary to fake meat.

vegetarian food in HK

vegetarian food in HK

I believe the items are all one form of gluten or another.