Avocado Breakfast Bruschetta

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For the past couple weekends, I’ve been exploring different breakfast recipes, and I got to admit most of them weren’t all that healthy (eggs Benedict, pancakes and egg+cheese+bacon cups are a few examples). They were all certainly yummy, but the amount of butter and cheese I used in some of the recipes were alarming. So I was keen on trying something healthier. This past weekend I came across a recipe in November’s issue of the ABC delicious. magazine for an Avocado Breakfast Bruschetta. Normally I am not a fan of avocados, but the vibrant colors of the feature photo was just too tempting not to try.

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Lunch & Dinner at An Nam

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I guess there is no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants in Hong Kong, but you would probably agree there aren’t many upscale ones. An Nam (安南) opened up in Causeway Bay recently, and is filling the gap of absent good quality Vietnamese restaurants in HK. Read more >>

Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

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Siu mei (燒味) is a generic term for Cantonese roast meat and there are many varieties of this Hong Kong favorite,  examples include roasted goose (siu ngo/燒鵝), roasted duck (siu arp/燒鴨), BBQ pork (char siu/叉燒) and crispy skin roasted pork (siu yuk/燒肉). Quick and yummy siu mei rice boxes are very common meals for Hongkies, and I’ve definitely had my fair share over the years. Siu mei is also common as an additional take-out dish for family dinners.

I suppose char siu is one of the more iconic roast meats as it can be simply eaten over rice or can be used in many dishes such as fried rice or BBQ pork buns. Char siu is definitely my favorite roast meat. Read more >>

Nigella Lawson’s Pancakes

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There is nothing better than having hot and fluffy pancakes with your Sunday brunch bacon and eggs, at least that’s what I believe. That being said, I’ve never tried making pancakes myself. It was always a treat we had when we went out for lazy Sunday brunch at The Flying Pan. Read more >>

Steamed Eggplant with Minced Pork

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Up until now, most of my recipe posts on this blog have been very western style. And I was starting to worry that you might think I’m this gwei mui jai who knows nothing about her Chinese food. For those who know me, you would know that couldn’t be further from the truth. I could easily blend in as a Hongkie, and it always gives me great pleasure when people tell me they think I’m local. I don’t know why, but I feel very proud when I’m told that.

I love Asian cuisine and especially Chinese food. I grew up eating home-cooked Chinese meals every night, despite living in Canada. My mom who worked full-time, always put up a delicious meal for us every night. She is the one who inspires me to cook, even with my crazy working hours. [Mom, you’re really amazing and I miss your cooking everyday]. Read more >>

A Rainy Day @ Island East Markets

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I’ve been wanting to go to Island East Markets for a while, and I finally made it out there this past Sunday. I’m sure many of you have heard of this farmers market located in Quarry Bay. At first I wasn’t sure how there would be a place for a farmers market in an urban area such as Quarry Bay. But to my surprise, the location was perfect. A few minutes from the MTR station, it is located in the open space below the commercial buildings of Island East (next to Taikoo Place Dorset House). Parking is also available close by. Read more >>

Crazy for Ramen? Try Ramen Jo

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I’ve come to the conclusion that Hongkies are crazy about Japanese ramen. If you live in Hong Kong, you wouldn’t need to ask to know how I came up with this. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m referring to the long queues of people waiting outside of ramen shops at all hours of the day. Ichiran Ramen, Butao Ramen, Hakata Ippudo are examples of ramen shops that you can see long queues of hungry Hongkies waiting for a hot bowl of Japanese ramen.

I’ve never been a fan of queueing for hours for food [in fact, I’m not a fan of queueing for anything], so I prefer ramen establishments with shorter wait times. If you’re not in for waiting for 90 minutes at 8am for a good bowl of ramen, I recommend trying Ramen Jo. Tucked away in Causeway Bay on Caroline Hill street, this little ramen shop offers tasty noodles with short waiting times. I’ve never had to wait for more than 15 minutes out of the few visits I’ve made to this ramen place. Read more >>