Category Archives: Hong Kong – Wanchai

The Flying Pan – Hong Kong

The Flying Pan is Hong Kong’s Denny’s.. the all day breakfast joint!

We went there for dinner so the place was kind of empty.

I ordered the eggs benedict and it was a bad choice. ¬†The eggs weren’t runny ūüė¶ I paid an extra $20+ for a set (choice of 2 sides and a small drink).

My friends ordered the¬†Flying Pan…..

and maybe Hong Kong’s largest burger!

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The Flying Pan

3/F Empireland Commercial Centre Lockhart Road, Wan Chai

Tel: 2528 9997

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La Cr√™perie – Hong Kong

For a mini-high school gathering in Hong Kong, my friend picked La Crêperie.  La Crêperie is an authentic French restaurant specializing in buckwheat flour savory galettes and sweet crêpes from Brittany.The restaurant has a nautical décor, with photos of boats hanging on the walls and salt and pepper shakers shaped like lighthouses!

crêpe with ham, sunny-side up egg, topped with salad and sauteed mushrooms

another cr√™pe with cheese, ham and topped with salad. ¬†I didn’t like the taste of the cheese…

The crêpes are thin and crispy but the bottom was slightly burnt, leaving a hint of bitterness.

La Crêpe Suzette (orange marmelade, sugar, lemon juice, flambée contrieau).. The crêpe was flambéed in front of us! The marmelade and juice made the crêpe a bit soggy but nevertheless, this tasted delicious!

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La Crêperie

1/F, Kui Chi Mansion, 100-102 Queen’s Road East,¬†Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Bo Innovation – Hong Kong

Hong Kong had its first ever Restaurant Week this year from July 11- 17. ¬†There were 2 restaurants I really wanted to go to: Bo Innovation and Fofo by El Willy. ¬†My parents and family friends were in town so Bo Innovation should be a good choice to introduce them to Hong Kong’s culinary scene. ¬† I don’t have an American Express card, so I wasn’t able to have priority booking. ¬†I only managed to snag a reservation at Bo Innovation (1 Michelin starred) and Azure.

3-course menus were offered at 158 HKD (lunch) and 298 (dinner) and an additional $50 for lunch and $100 for dinner per Michelin star.  This is different than Dine Out Vancouver where 3-course menus are offered at $18, $28 and $38.

Bo Innovation is famous for its molecular reinvention of tradition Chinese cuisine.  This was my first time experiencing molecular gastronomy and I embarked on a whole different foodie journey!

Since Bo’s also a fusion restaurant, egg waffles were served instead of bread..well, not the regular¬†ťõěŤõ蚼Ē cause these were filled with Iberico ham! ¬†A gastro-twist on the street-vendor snack I love!

century egg ¬†pickled ginger…. Instead of serving the actual century egg with ginger (picture below), Bo opted to serve this dish by mixing liquid with dry ice! You’re supposed to eat the bubbles and it tasted exactly like the tradition century egg with ginger!

foie gras ¬†“mui choy”.. this was foie gras paired with mui choy (pickled vegetable) ice-cream. ¬†The foie gras was nicely seared so it had the “melt-in-your-mouth” texture. ¬†The ice-cream actually tasted like mui choy.. including its saltiness! It’s best to have a bit of ice-cream and foie gras in the same bite!

molecular xiao long bao… ¬†xiao long bao is one of my favourite food and I was amazed with this molecular version. ¬†I took a bite of this jelly ball, which is topped with a single thin slice of red ginger, and it exploded in my mouth…The effect and the taste were just like the traditional xiao long bao but there’s no meat to be chewed!

har mi lo mein, chili, sage… ¬† This dish is a twist of one of my favourite Chinese noodles, the shrimp roe noodles (ŤĚ¶ÁĪĹťļĶ). ¬†The lo mein was tossed with chilli, sage and dry shrimp oil ¬†and you have an option of sprinkling the noodles with shrimp powder. ¬†The shrimp oil and powder made the noodles extremely flavourful. ¬†Unlike the regular menu, this dining week menu dish is served without the prawn.

Next came the main courses, which you can pick either the cod, suckling pig, scallop (additional $100) or beef (additional $450).

scallop crispy woba, pea, sichuan jello … this was tasty but nothing spectacular.

suckling pig chinese vinegar, egg.. the meat was tender and the sauce was flavourful.. but again, nothing too spectacular/molecular…

cod saffron, miso, sauterernes, seaweed.. This was a tiny main course! Nothing special.. well, the fried seaweed tasted pretty interesting.

Pineapple bun, white chocolate latt√©… For dessert, it was a deconstructed version of my favourite pineapple bun! There’s the pineapple bun crust (crunchy!), butter-flavoured ice-cream and a slice of a real pineapple (which is missing from the traditional version! ¬†pineapple bun is such a misnomer! )

This meal was a good introduction to molecular gastronomy and I was amazed at how inventive the dishes were. ¬†The¬†Restaurant¬†Week menu price is a real deal compared with the regular price but as a dining week lunch, $300 is a bit too much. ¬†One thing I noted was only 3 tables out of the restaurant were designated for Dining Week and had only 1 seating for lunch.. which is probably why Bo was fully booked nearly right away. ¬†The next Hong Kong Restaurant week is Feb 20-26 and hopefully, I’ll be able to get a reservation for Bo Innovation for dinner and Fofo!

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Bo Innovation

Shop 13, 2/F J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Xi Yan Private Dining – Hong Kong

after the amazzzzing mini meal at Xi Yan Flavours… i decided to go to Xi Yan Private Dining (the original restaurant.. before Jacky expanded Xi Yan)

nice arty asian decor.. anyways.. they have a super value set lunch for $88 (including a soup, an entree dish, vegetables, rice and dessert) .. well.. comparatively cheaper than their dinner set.. so i “treated” my mom..

Crispy tangerine peel spareribs again!! cause i love it!

crispy stuffed duck with glutinous rice … it was kinda dry in my opinion…

and yes.. i couldn’t resist and ordered the uber expensive tomato… but look!¬† it’s 2 tomatoes! they kitchen said the tomatoes are smaller than normal.. so i got an extra one!! woopie!! but i couldn’t really tell that it’s smaller..

banana icecream.. nothing special.. i like the lycee icecream more…

..a high quality contemporary asian set lunch.. yah!

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Xi Yan Private Dining

3/F, 231-233 Queens Road East

Wanchai Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 9020 9196

Yo Mama – Hong Kong

i’ve never liked yogurt .. even when i was sick and the doctor told me to eat yogurt… i ate a spoon.. and discarded the rest..¬†¬†¬† why? it’s because i don’t like the sour taste…

so i was kinda skeptical @ first when i heard about how good Yo Mama’s yogurt was… i gave in.. and for the first time in my life.. i was willing to try yogurt..welll. fro yo in this case..

the yogurt comes in 2 flavours (regular and green tea) and then you can pick your toppings!!

that day when i went, the green tea machine was broken.. so i had the regular flavour…and i picked oreo bits and nata de coco..

i had my first spoon of the fro yo and i fell in love!!! the yogurt wasn’t that sour.. and it taste pretty good..

now. i’m addicted to Yo Mama’s fro yo!!

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Yo Mama
16 Wing Fung Street
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2865 5600