Category Archives: Hong Kong – Causeway Bay

炊豕店 – Hong Kong

My foodie aunt took me to this new Taiwanese restaurant on Leighton Street.

The restaurant has a really cool vintage decor and is has less than 20 seats.

I ordered a Taiwanese pork chop with thick egg noodles, which also came with a choice of a soft drink.   The pork chop was pretty good.. very flavourful (probably marinated before deep frying) and was juicy. The noodles were chewy but tasted kinda plain because there weren’t any sauce…

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

炊豕店 

G/F., 122 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay

Tel: 2805 6665

Ichiran 一蘭 – Hong Kong

During the summer, Ichiran opened in Hong Kong with much enthusiasm from the public.  Since Ichiran is opened 24 hours.. there were lineups from 7am-5am!! Crazy! The lineups were on average 3-4 hours during peak hours!!!!

Obviously, I had to try HK’s Ichiran since I’ve been to the one in Osaka. I went on a Friday at 5:45pm and only had to wait 30 minutes!  By the time I left, the line was around 2 hours!

Basically, this panel is just a decoration because unlike Osaka, the staff in HK shows the customers to their seats.

 solitude- style dining…

a bit different from Japan.. the curtain wasn’t closed until the ramen was delivered.. so you can hear and see what’s going on behind seating stalls….. kinda ruins the whole solitary dining atmosphere…

tofu appetizer and dessert… this is only available in Hong Kong.  2 tofu puddings come with each order.

you’re supposed to eat the first pudding as is…. it’s really thick and has a strong sesame taste…

then you eat the ramen… which was extremely oily, compared to Japan…

and then have the last pudding, in which you pour the syrup… pretty good.. but for 20HKD… kinda expensive!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Ichiran 一蘭 

Ground Floor, Lockhart House, Block A, 440 Jaffe Road,Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣謝斐道440號駱克大廈A座地下H及I舖
Tel: 2152 4040 

School Food – Hong Kong

Another new overseas restaurant to land in HK is School Food.  School Food is a popular Korean fusion chain restaurant from Seoul and obviously, there are guaranteed lineups.

Got there before 6 and I had to line up for only 5 minutes. Score!

You can’t really see but the neon signs on the wall says the food served.. Topoki, rice, soup etc..

Bloomingmari .. I thought it was their tagline cause I see it in their ads.. but it turns out to be a Kimbap (roll) dish..

blooming mari (beef kimbap)…  love this fusion version.. egg wrapped outside, beef and pickles inside.  This was served warm.. never had warm kimbap before.  yumm!

squid ink mari….squid ink rice rolled around fried calamari and pickles and wrapped in seaweed…  this was soo yummy! slightly spicy though…

loved the presentation of the kimbap rolls.. so artistic! pan grilled butter bibimbap with pickles (soy)

deconstructed view…  usually bibimbap is made up of vegetables, pickles and meat but this version has egg, pickles and shredded meat…this tasted sooooooo buttery.. the butter made the rice taste very smooth while the meat and pickles gave this dish a crunch factor.. yummm

I love the fusion food at School Food.. I’ll probably go back in the near future to try out their fusion topoki (with carbonara sauce!)

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

School Food 

Shop 1302, 13/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay

Tel: 2480 3666

Coffee Alley 咖啡弄 – Hong Kong

One of the new restaurants with a foodie buzz and an insane lineup is Coffee Alley.  Coffee Alley is a popular coffee chain from Taiwan that opened in Hong Kong earlier this year.  Like always, I’m drawn to anything with a line……. but it took me 3 attempts before successfully finishing this line!

Let me tell you a bit about the lineup… most times, the end of the line is on the street, a few shops away from Coffee Alley’s building.  The lineup then snakes into the building and up a level of stairs…. My 1st attempt was around 1pm  on a Saturday in April and the end of the line was a shop away…estimated time was 2 hours!  About 10 minutes in, we gave up and went to another coffee shop.

The 2nd and 3rd attempt were on the same day.  It was right after our first exams and we decided to take a break from studying.  My friend had previously attempted the lineup 4 times but never a success.  We were DETERMINED to dine there as this was a weekday afternoon.  Got there at around 2pm and we thought the lunch craze should be over by then…. but no! The end of the line was 3 shops away.. with an estimated time of 3 hours.  We gave up.. and went to Din Tai Fung across the street.  After stuffing ourselves with xiaolongbaos, we went back to Coffee Alley and saw that the line was inside the building! We’ve never seen a line this short! Even though we were full, we lined up.. knowing that by the time we got a seat, we’ll probably be hungry again.  We ended up lining up for 2 HOURS in the hot and humid June weather!  To make things worse, I already had an headache from the exam stress and there was NO AIR CIRCULATION on the staircases.

Anyhoo.. 2 hours later.. we finally saw this sign!

We were so happy to be seated in an air-conditioned environment!

loved magazine layout menu

ice drip coffee … since this is named Coffee Alley, we had to try their coffee… it was pretty smooth and had a strong taste…

fruit tea…one of their famous drinks…tasted pretty good… but for the price, thought they could use better tea than the Lipton Tea bag….

oreo smoothie…. another famous drink… but seriously, this is nothing special. I guess it’s because I grew up in Canada and I’ve had Oreo milkshakes a number of times.  However, this was made to cater Asian tastebuds as this wasn’t as sweet… tasted kinda bland to me..

savoury croissant with ham and cheese… my mom can make this..

Their famous waffles with strawberry and custard…  their signature dish is SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT.  The waffles were not waffles but some kind of hybrid between waffle and cake. It was not crispy nor fluffy.. just a mouthful of dough. Microwave Eggo waffles tastes way better.  And it was COOL. Seriously, I have never tried cold waffles. The strawberry sauce tasted so ARTIFICIAL. The custard did not go with the waffles because the waffle is already so heavy.  The 3 of us couldn’t finish it and packed the leftover for our friend (he eats anything and everything).

one the the prettiest takeaway bags

Coffee Alley is not worth the hype nor the 2 hour lineup.. it was one of the dining experiences I regret.  We kept ranting about the Oreo smoothie and the awful waffles… and our neighbours were giving us quizzical looks.  I guess we Canadians have different foodie tastes cause we saw our HK friend lining up for the SECOND TIME …

FAIM? non non…..

Coffee Alley 咖啡弄

Room B1-B3, 1/F, Dragon Rise, 9-11 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣邊寧頓街9-11號登龍閣1樓B1-B3室

Tel: 2493 3033

Xenri No Tsuki Japanese Cuisine 千里之月鮨旬菜 – Hong Kong

I’m back!!!  Been really busy with school, planning for my South America trip (!!!) and spending Christmas vacation in Vancouver…. so the following posts are long overdue!

For the higher end sushi restaurants in Hong Kong, my favourite was Kenjo.  One Saturday, I made a reservation for lunch at Kenjo, got there and there was still a 30 minute wait! So instead, my foodie uncle took us to Xenri No Tsuki…..he’s been raving about it for about a year and it’s his to-go-to-restaurant in Hong Kong.

The fish.. fresh from Japan!

salad

sashimi with truffle oil…. interesting combination

sushi platter for 2… so fresh and yummy…. tasted better than Kenjo!

grilled ox tongue

grilled lobster….

Chawanmushi

coffee

pumpkin pudding

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Xenri No Tsuki Japanese Cuisine 千里之月鮨旬菜

6/F, Jardine Centre, 50 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2576 1880

Bang Bang Pan Pan – Hong Kong

Bang Bang Pan Pan is a Do-It-Yourself okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) restaurant. I’ve been wanting to try it out for the past 2 years but ended up eating elsewhere every time.

We ordered the $88  build-your-own-okonomiyaki which included 6 toppings credits (each topping is worth a different number of credits).

We had to mix our batter and pan-fry the okonomiyaki ourselves.

I’m not much of a cook so the staff had to come help.. or else we’ll end up eating a raw, burned okonomiyaki.

We added mayo, terriyaki sauce and dried onion flakes.. yumm!

My friend cooked the okonomiyaki himself and burnt it! Bang Bang Pan Pan is a pretty fun place to have dinner.  We get to mess around and don’t have to clean up the mess on the grill plate!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Bang Bang Pan Pan

G/F, Star Light House, 34 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay

2203 4009

Hakata Ippudo – Hong Kong

Ippudo’s the latest restaurant to hit Hong Kong’s ramen scene.  Ippudo’s Chef Shigemi Kawahara was the champion of TV Tokyo’s national ramen competition three times in a row from 1995-1998 and has earned an official title of “ramen king.”

The first branch in Hong Kong opened in Tsim Sha Tsui.  A month earlier, I went around 6:30pm on a Friday night and had to wait for 120 + tables! While waiting for our table, we had a tiny meal at Ding Tai Fung !  We went back to Ippudo and we still had to wait for another 30 tables!  Long story cut short, we missed our table 😦  .

The second branch of Ippudo opened recently in Causeway Bay.  We went during lunch hour and only had to wait for 3 tables! They have this cool ticket machine where you input your cell number and they’ll call you when your table’s ready!

BBQ pork bun (white bun stuffed with a thick slice of pork, lettuce, IPPUDO’s secret BBQ sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and mustard)….This is one of Ippudo’s famous snack.  The pork was soft (the melt-in-your-mouth kind) and I loved the bbq mayo!

Yuzu miso spicy ramen

Shoyu ramen

Miso ramen

Ippudo’s ramen is really good! The soup was flavourful and not too salty.. the noodles were chewy (not to soft, not too hard).. the pork was tender and had just enough fat.  Both Butao and Ippudo are tops in my favourite ramen list.. but Ippudo is slightly winning because the restaurant has air-conditioning!

O and Cheung Chi-Lam and his wife was sitting across from us!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Hakata Ippudo

2/F, 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Tel: 2892 2387