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Restaurant Review – Chen Fu Ji

Published April 13, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, I tell you what after having some awesome food in the US & Canada – coming back home for some home cooking meal certainly was a shock to the system. I’m starting to run out of food ideas of what to cook and my inspirations. So anyways, few days ago I decided to make a roast – not just any roast but one that was marinated differently. I always use rosemary & garlic they are my favourite. But I wanted to try something exciting. So I came across Curtis Stone’s easy to do roast – the marinate sauces were mustard & strawberry jam. Yup, you heard me mustard & strawberry jam. I generally don’t like to mix my savouries with sweets – but combining mustard & strawberry jam was bizarre!!

Anyways, I decided to be brave and gave it a shot and guess what – it taste great! The sweetness of the strawberry jam complimented the sourness of the mustard seeds. So there you go, be bold and brave when it comes to mixing different sauces. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos – but one of these days I will make it again 🙂

Ok I’m getting side tracked here, so here we are well rested at the pay in lounge – now we are extremely hungry so we started hunting for some food and came across this food court. Now we all know food in the airport are over priced and often don’t taste that good. So I had low expectation, now what caught my attention was this particular shop which was well-known for it’s hand pulled noodles. On the mirror show case, there was the cook hand pulling noodles from a blob of dough. How amusing so I stood there staring at the cook making hand pulled noodles and he saw me and gave me a smile, so I whipped out my camera and took a shot.

Chen Fu Ji

Chen Fu Ji

After being entertained with the hand-pulled noodles we decided to order some hand-pulled noodles. Both Pandabear and I ordered the pork minced ramen that came with a soup and for our drinks we had the authentic Hong Kong Iced Milk Tea. The noodle was fantastic, chewy, slippery – great texture. Now the sauce was kind of not what I expected a little bit sweet for my liking but it was still tasty.

Pork Mince Ramen

Pork Mince Ramen

Hong Kong Iced Milk Tea

Hong Kong Iced Milk Tea

After finishing our meal I came across these interesting doughy looking thing which reminded me of ‘Hum Jim Beng’ – which literally translated as salty pan fried biscuit. Savoury doughy bread. So I asked Pandabear to grab me one. They cut it in quarters I thought that was thoughtful, it tasted ok – a little bit too doughy for my liking feels like you’re chewy a whole mouthful of dough with no fillings. Anyways, it was a dessert for me 🙂

Savoury Doughy Bread

Savoury Doughy Bread

Ok here’s my rating:

Food experience: 4 star
Dining experience: well being at the air port extra points for fast food service 4 star
Would I recommend: YES

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Hotel Review – Pay in Lounge (Hong Kong)

Published April 13, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy friends, what a miserable weather tonight pouring with rain. I don’t really love wet weathers but it’s good for my vegie garden and great for sleeping 🙂 Anyways, I’ve finally got my act together to start updating my blog again. This time, I’m going to add in a new category Hotel Review. Since I love traveling around the world staying at nice hotels was also a high priority. So the ratings would be the same as restaurant review, rating out of 5 star.

So our flight from Perth to Hong Kong was around 5-6 hours we stopped over for about 8 hours and continue flying to San Francisco. Now we caught the midnight flight so we knew we were going to feel a little yucky on the plane and smelly to have continued our flight to San Francisco without a shower. So Pandabear came across this pay in lounge in the Hong Kong Air port. Now we’ve never been to the pay in lounge before so it was a first time experience. We paid for 3 hours of nap and shower. You can choose either to nap or shower or massage, we opt for the option of shower and nap.

My comfy tiny bed

My comfy tiny bed

Dry your hair place

Dry your hair place

So we arrived at the pay in lounge, the guy serving us was nice and friendly and asked us what time we would like to be woken up – Pandabear said 11.30am so that we can have a quick shower and grab a bite for lunch before flying out. So The guy showed us the facilities – tiny little single beds divided by curtains and blinds similar to Japanese futon beds. Then we were shown the shower facilities – clean comes with shampoo/conditioner, tower, and soap dispensers. There was also another room where you could blow dry your hair and put your make up on – large mirrors there. It was fantastic, the guy came to woke us up right on the dot and we went for our shower, feeling mightily refreshed and it was so worth it, not overly priced and it really made the difference 🙂

Here’s my ratings

Hotel service – 4 star
Hotel decor – 4 star
Would I recommend it? Absolutely YES!

Restaurant Review – Hong Kong BBQ

Published March 6, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy Friends, after coming back from dinner at Hong Kong BBQ and then followed by Icey Ice I was definitely tummy satisfied and adventurous about making some restaurant review post on Hong Kong BBQ which is situated on Francis Street Northbridge. This Chinese restaurant is one of my favourite in Perth. The produce is fresh, food waiting time is short and pretty good service.

They have recently been refurbished so there’s an upstairs to the restaurant, and we sat upstairs tonight. It was packed as usual. But to our expectation, the food was served straight away upon our order, 10 minutes later dishes after dishes came to our table. The presentation was immaculate, however the portion wise was a little disappointing. We had about 9 people tonight and would have preferred the serving to be a little bit bigger. The taste was however excellent, well cooked – in terms of colour, taste, flavour and the amount of salt added was perfect.

When you walk in straight away you see the live lobsters, live mud crabs and live cod…as you know I love animals to see them in these tight little tanks kinda puts me off from ordering them.

live mud crabs

live mud crabs

The stir fry fish with snow peas was nicely cooked, the fish was tender and snow peas was still crunchy and not too salty just right. Except the serving was too small

Stir fry fish with snow peas

Stir fry fish with snow peas

Honey King prawns was definitely well cooked, nicely deep fried and coated with honey. Except I find the taste of the prawns once you bite into it has a soapy taste for some reason. I’ve had this dish a few times, just to make sure I’m not going crazy but every time I bite into the prawns it has a soapy taste and I don’t know why? Maybe they have soaked the prawns into something else to make it tasty??

Honey King Prawns

Honey King Prawns

Hong Kong BBQ is well known for it’s roast – which includes bbq pork, roast pork and roast duck. They are all nicely done, the roast pork is my favourite as it has hardly any bones and the crackling is always crispy which gives it a good texture when you eat the whole piece together. Roast duck is also roasted to perfection with a crispy skin.

Roast Combination

Roast Combination

Sizzling Japanese Tofu with sweet chilli sauce is delicious as well, I love it how they pour the sauce when they placed the hot plate of tofu infront of you and it makes that nice sizzling sound…

Sizzling Japanese Tofu With Sweet Chilli Sauce

Sizzling Japanese Tofu With Sweet Chilli Sauce

The black peper beef stir fry was pretty nice too, except I find there’s a lot of onion pieces and not enough beef pieces. Even the beef pieces were quite small. So they should increase the serving size.

Black Pepper Beef Stir Fry

Black Pepper Beef Stir Fry

Overall, we were pretty happy with our meal – it would have been perfect if the serving was bigger. Otherwise food waiting time was only 10-15 minutes for all the dishes to come out. The waiters/waitress came and refill our teapot except we have to ask for it every time. We also had a fried crab meat Yee Mein, which was pretty plain and tasteless – so the down fall is the fried Yee Mein – not much taste. I think if you go there it’s best to order the Lobster Yee Mein as it gives more flavour.

Here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend: Yes!