Category Archives: Hong Kong – Mong Kok

Pepper Lunch – Hong Kong

I asked my friend to pick a cheap place for dinner cause I’m broke from always eating out!  We ended up going to Pepper Lunch (which my friend has been raving about but I haven’t went yet)!

It’s a cheap DIY steakhouse fast food restaurant chain (originating from Japan)..

I ordered the Pepper Beef Rice (it’s the cheapest @ $39) and it comes with either soup or pop.  Since I didn’t know how spicy it’ll be, I told them to not add pepper to mine.. so Pepper Beef Rice sans Pepper! haha! But I did add a bit of pepper on the side just for the heck of it.  This is like DIY teppanyaki cause you mix the rice and beef together when the plate is still hot!  After mixing, the rice is pipping hot and very flavourful (sorta like fried rice?)  I didn’t even need to add their specialty steak sauce! The beef was ok cause I slightly over cooked it..  The only downside to this is that it’s extremely oily and the smoke from the sizzling plate made my eyes tear.  But nevertheless, I love Pepper Lunch so much that after that dinner, I went back with my friends for lunch the next day!


Pepper Lunch

F2, Level 4, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok

Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店 – Hong Kong

recap: tim ho wan is a dim sum restaurant in Mong Kok that received a 1 Michelin star..the chefs used to make dim sum at Four Seasons’  Lung King Hin (龍景軒), a 3 star Michelin restaurant.. for the same quality of food, tim ho wan is cheaper.. by a lot!

since last time’s visit to tim ho wan (添好運) was a COMPLETE FAILURE.. this time, we decided to go for early dimsum @ 10:30 am! tim ho wan opens at 10 am.. and by the time we got there at 1o:30am, our ticket was #38!  we waited till 11:20am and the number called at that time was #6! we went for a walk and came back 40 minutes later..the number moved up to 18!  anyways, since a lot of people left, the numbers went pretty quickly! and after 1 hour and 40 minutes of waiting.. we got our table!!!!

we ordered 14 dimsums! practically everything on the menu!

baked bbq pork buns…. this is probably my favourite dim sum @ tim ho wan… the outer crust is crispy and sweet.. the filling is fantastic! the bbq pork flows out.. juicy!!

steamed rice rolls with pig liver …. the rice rolls were thin and soft (but not as thin as Lee Garden, where the skin is near transparent)..i really like pig liver as the filling..tender and it didn’t have a gamey taste..

steamed rice rolls with beef …. same as above.. and the beef was tender and soft..

pan fried glutinaous rice…surprising not oilly and not salty! and the rice wasn’t soggy!! yumm!!

deep fried spring rolls with shrimp and cheese…. fried to perfection… but couldn’t taste the cheese..

deep fried meat dumplings (鹹水角).. fried to perfection again.. and the filling was really tasty and not dry at all! yumm!

pan-fried turnip cake… this is one of the better turnip cake.. unlike others.. it has a fair amount of turnip and wasn’t hard… (but my mom makes better pan-fried turnip cake!)

steamed dumplings with shrimp (ha gao)…thin skin.. the shrimp tasted fresh.. yumm!

steamed dumplings with shrimp and pork (siu mai)…quite normal .. but i like the siu mai at vancouver’s red star more.. because the siu mai @ tim ho wan isn’t as “bouncy when chewing” (dan ah in canto.. aka.bouncy tooth)

steamed Chiuchow dumplings…not really my thing.. but the skin’s really thin again..

steamed fish maw, mushroom and chicken….like my friend said, the sauce is really different from the others and it’s really good! i think it’s because there’s a hint of garlic?  the fish maw is good quality and chewy yay! (not like the “nasal discharge” -like texture of crappy fish maw).. and the chicken was tender!

steamed Malay sponge cake….the colour is a bit weird here.. it’s brown.. unlike the normal golden brown… my friend said that it tasted like chocolate… i didn’t really like it.. i prefer the malay sponge cake at  Tai Wing Wah 大榮華酒樓.

steamed osmanthus jelly (桂花糕) … refreshing end to the meal!

I think that Tim Ho Wan is an once-in-a-lifetime food experience.. the food is great.. but i don’t think it’s worth waiting hours in line for..  next time.. i’ll try Lung King Hin and see if there’s a difference..


Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店

2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mongkok, Kowloon

Tel:+852 2332 2896

Tong Bak Fu 糖百府 – Hong Kong

i’m don’t like to eat ice or when my foodie aunt suggested to go to Tong Bak Fu (糖百府) ..i was

there was a lineup..and it was a bit cold (it was last march). and i wasn’t thrilled with the idea of waiting in the cold for ice..

to be safe.. i ordered the chocolate ice with red beans and mango… and omg! the ice didn’t taste like ice cause it tasted like ice cream!! it’s called “snow flake ice” so the ice flakes just melts in your mouth!! delicious!!

so now.. i’m obsessed with eating ice..and during our mong kok street food journey yesterday, we went to Tong Bak Fu and order green tea and guava!


Tong Bak Fu 糖百府

99 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, HK

Cup Cakery – Hong Kong

so… i decided to dedicate a new post for Cup Cakery.. which we found during our mong kok eating tour..

it’s a really tiny shop and the cupcakes are relatively cheap ($10 HKD for one.. or $8 HKD if you buy 4 or more)

we ordered 3 to try: pistachio, hazelnut and coffee

unlike other cupcakes, the icings were all of different designs and had an aesthetic appeal… aren’t the purple icing balls cute? and it had gold balls on top!!!

however, the cupcake cake wasn’t as good as the ones i had elsewhere.. the cake wasn’t soft and fluffy. and it didn’t taste as buttery… i think my mom’s cupcakes tasted better… but the icing wasn’t that sweet…so it’s a plus!


Cup Cakery

56 Dundas Street, Mong Kok, HK

Mong Kok street food – Hong Kong

we were supposed to go to Tim Ho Wan (the dim sum restaurant in Mong Kok that received 1 Michelin star)..we wanted to avoided the long lineups during meal times.. so decided to go at 3:30pm… but no… i got there and asked for a ticket and the guy’s like..” sorry.. we passed out more than 500 tickets..and we’re not giving out anymore.. maybe at  7 pm”.. ~!@!$#!$#@%$^T%Y&^%&$^%*&U%#%$@

so we ended up wandering around mong kok and eating street food!!

1. roti prata…ordered a lamb one and a cheese with vegetables.. pretty good.. but singapore has better ones cause these were crispy enough.. but the fillings were good

2/3. japanese octopus balls….. my friend says it’s the best in mong kok.. and i think so too! and there’s real octopus meat inside.. and it didn’t taste doughy

4. bread/dough with meat? kinda like pizza.. pretty good… but the meat wasn’t juicy enough

we also ate some other food.. see next 2 posts!!

just realized today that mong kok has great street food! i’ve never really had street food in hong kong before.. but thanks to my friends who recommended it today!!


Mong Kok, Kowloon