Giving you the perfect reason to sleep in and get up at noon, Melbourne prides itself on its brunches through its thriving cafe culture. Much of these cafes are tucked away in laneways but are bustling with people enjoying the perfect cup of a flat white over poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Because I’m already on summer, the Labour Day weekend didn’t really make much of a difference to my week but it was very refreshing having Tita Issa in town. She arrived Thursday evening late past midnight (note: goodluck getting home on a blue taxi past midnight from the HKIA!). The following day we had lunch as per her request at Handi Indian Restaurant.
I first learned about Handi when I was still in high school. They’d deliver to school and on top of that, it’s five minutes away from home so we’d get takeout there every so often. There’s quite a number of Indian restaurants in our neighbourhood but Handi is by far, my favourite. We started off with their Samosa’s which came along with three sauces: chutney, yogurt and mint. Then ordered Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Biryani and my personal favourite: Butter Chicken with Garlic Naan. The naan went along so well with the sauce! Really love the food at Handi and would definitely recommend it if you’re in the Tung Chung area. They offer a free car service from the Tung Chung MTR station to their restaurant.
The following day I had to drag myself to work but afterwards we headed to Mong Kok to do some shoe and food shopping. Mong Kok on a Saturday is not the best idea but that’s Hong Kong. We had initially wanted to eat at Eat Together, a local restaurant that we’d tried last month which turned out to be surprisingly good! But we ended up eating at Ippudo (my favourite ramen place!) as she hadn’t tried it yet and there’s still very long lines for it in Manila.
I ordered my usual: the Shiromaru Motoaji, which has such a nice soup base – some might find it salty but it’s perfect for me. It comes with lean slices of pork with thin noodles to your liking (soft, medium, hard). We also ordered the Special Shiromaru Motaji which is the exact same as what I had ordered except with more toppings: seaweed, soft boiled egg, pork and wonton. I’d say this is a good alternative if you like the extra toppings on your ramen.
So to some it up it was a very foodie weekend which I am not complaining about. Who doesn’t love a good food weekend! Hopefully on her next trip, we’ll be checking out coffee shops in Hong Kong.
Handi Indian Restaurant: G/F, No.8, Ha Ling Pei Tsuen, Tung Chung Road Tung Chung, Lantau Island. N.T
Eat Together: No.5, G/F, Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok
Ippudo Hong Kong: Shop 5, Level 4A, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong kok
Eggettes, egg little, ‘gai dan zai’ or 雞蛋仔 – take your pick in how you call one of Hong Kong’s best street food classics.
As a young girl, this was always my favourite street food snack. Eggettes are miniature egg-shaped balls made of a special eggless batter. These egg-shaped balls are formed on an iron skillet with a particular mold – almost resembling bubble wrap…! And are a staple to every street food stall all over Hong Kong.
Located in Wan Chai, ’利強記北角雞蛋仔’ (lacking an English name I assume), is known to be one of Hong Kong’s best eggettes stalls as celebrity photos are plastered all over the stall with dozens of people enjoying street food around.
One order of eggettes was HKD$15. A little on the pricey end for street food (fishballs and siu mai had a buy one get one free deal – two sticks costing only HKD$8!!) but would have to say the eggettes had a great outer layer of golden crisp as compared to others I’ve tried in Mong Kok where the balls were pretty much hollow.
Wouldn’t say it’s particulary, extraordinarily amazing but it’s not bad and I’ve tasted worse. If you do happen to pass by, I’d still say give it a try.
Photo: Blueberry and Honey Ice Cream on Toast at Teawood Taiwanese Cafe & Restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui (Photo from Nelson)
Had a super lovely afternoon today after my first lecture of the week, but also last Monday lecture of the semester (thanks to the long weekend holiday for Easter!). I needed to attend my evening seminar today (Note: I’ve been skipping for the past four weeks because the tutor herself excused me from going because it’s irrelevant to me as I’m a non-Chinese speaker) Anyway so my friends and I went to TST to get something yummy to eat since we are no longer fans of the canteen and their $20 spaghetti and BBQ pork set.
The ice cream was not the typical store-bought ice cream which was nice but I think the craze over this dessert is because of its looks. I mean, I myself was very excited to try it after seeing pictures but it really just is ice cream on toast. But I would still recommend it!
We also had “Handmade Pasta with Creamy Truffle and Mushroom” – sorry, no photo, we were too hungry! I expected it to taste creamy but it actually resembled ho fun (乾炒牛河), a local Chinese dish here.
In other news, I would just like to say how thankful I am for the people I have met this past year. It has really only hit me recently but I am very, very pleased to say that I am genuinely happy.