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    1. YOHO I 新翼開幕真的很令人興奮,今週甜魔媽媽又約同好友連環踩新場;今天先分享在 王子私房菜 Prince Kitchen 的開心飲茶記,這頓除了是補慶三位八月壽星(包括我!)的生日午餐,又是其中三位日遊歸來的院友派手信時間,所以食物異常豐富!

       

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      YOHO I 的新翼可以連接西鐵站,真的太方便非元朗人到訪了!所以新翼開幕以來,一班院友已經先後到訪 Mango Tree Cafe(有人更來了兩次)、Glasshouse,這次則一起來 王子私房菜 飲茶。

       

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      元朗高級的酒樓不多,當日來到飲茶的食客非常多,還好一早訂了位,才可安然霸佔特大圓檯。以鐵觀音醒一醒神後,首先有番豆榴充當前菜,很適合愛吃水果打底的我~

       

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      不過,當日的打底水果並不止番石榴。下圖就是親愛又客氣的院友,由日本帶回來的麥茶、零食、杯麵、香印提子手信,陣容非常震撼!

       

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      我們老實不客氣馬上泡了麥茶來喝,同時也洗了香印提子來吃;大大粒的香印提子,肉質緊緻紮實,富有蜜糖清甜香氣,好好吃啊!

       

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      之後才慢慢來到同樣豐富的點心環節:海鮮荔芋盒 Deep Fried Taro with Seafood ($30) 雖然不太吃得出海鮮鮮味,卻勝在荔芋滑身、香脆不油,每人半件剛剛好。

       

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       天下第一包 Baked Barbecued Pork Buns ($35) 名字迷到了,原來即是叉燒餐包,味道可以的,但絕對不是天下第一包啦。 

       

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      喜歡香口美食的,應該也會欣賞這 春風得意腸 Steamed Rice Flour Rolls Filled with Vegetarian Spring Roll。同樣又是香脆不油,而且又是素食,建議不點醬油就這樣食用。

       

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      相比之下,吃時再點豉油的 韭黃鮮蝦腸 Steamed Rice Flour Rolls with Prawn ($40),皮雖滑但厚身了一點,可以改進。

       

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      腸粉不夠薄身,餃類卻做得不錯,雲南野菌山珍餃 Steamed Wild Mushroom Dumpling ($30) 是可見的晶瑩剔透很誘人,餡料也好吃。

       

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      王子蝦餃 Steamed Crystal Prawn Dumpling ($40) 也皮薄餡靚,有食友覺得蝦隻太鹹,但我那件又剛好。更好吃是 公主燒賣 Steamed Pork Dumpling with Crab Roe ($40),我原本不打算吃沒拍,但由於點了2籠,不想浪費吃了一件,又果然好得,值得推介。

       

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      同樣地,翡翠帶子餃 Steamed Scallops Dumpling with Vegetables ($30) 也不錯,而且每款餃都大大隻很足料,十分抵食,喜歡攪攪震,不,是喜歡吃餃的不妨來試試。

       

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      除了餃類,黃金流沙包 Steamed Egg Yolk Buns ($30) 也巨大飽滿、撕開也算流心,味道也非常香濃,個人挺喜歡的,但不排除有非甜魔覺得太漏。 

       

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      也推介這裡的 脆炸長春卷 Spring Rolls ($30),香脆不油同時,中間的餡料還十分鮮香,小孩一定會喜歡。

       

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      京城煙熏素鵝 Smoked Bean Curd Sheet with Shredded ($58) 本來也好吃,就是太鹹了。黑貝木耳 Black Fungus with Home-Made Vinegar Sauce ($48) 份量多得驚人,人多或有超級黑木耳粉絲在場,才建議點。

       

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      院友口癮點的 蝦籽扒柚皮 Braised Pomelo Peel with Shrimps Roe ($68) 也不錯,軟腍入味,醬汁沒有太濃太鹹,吃時還留有柚皮的清香。

       

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      接著還有估你唔到又爽又滑的 雞絲粉皮 Shredded Chicken with Bean Vermicelli in Sesame Sauce ($58),質感一流、非常好吃,希望不是偶爾撞彩。

       

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      反而 伊比利亞黑毛豬叉燒 Barbecued Spanish Iberico Pork ($168) 實在太腍又太濕,吃到最後也未能完成....

       

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      還有我沒試但院友都讚好的 中山王子鴿 Roasted Pigeon with Garlic ($68),連拍也沒拍的沙爹金錢肚、鳳爪等,飽到連壽包也吃不下沒點啦!

        

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      整體水準不錯,價位也合理,$1,200有找已夠六人吃到棒著肚子走,是元朗區不錯的飲茶地點,下週很可能會帶外地朋友再去。至於另一間 霸王川莊,就留待後天再分享!

       

      YOHO 新翼食集

      YOHO 搶先試 ✾ Mango Tree Café ✾ 清新園林泰菜驚喜

      YOHO 繼續食 : 再訪芒果樹 + URBAN Cafe Commune

      補記暑期生活 + 妹妹生日飯@ YOHO Outback Steakhouse

      YOHO 繼續食 : Glasshouse + Venchi + 打死不離三父女

       

      王子私房菜 Prince Kitchen

      地址:元朗元龍街9號形點一期1樓1045-1046號舖

      電話:23474988

       

      ** 想得知最新飲食情報,可追蹤 甜魔媽媽;欲得知甜魔一家消息,就追蹤 Matthew and Chloe 吧~~

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      After spending over five years in Hong Kong, I’m surprised that us blondes still have such a hard time getting our hair done in this city. Many of the “expat salons” charge a small fortune to cut and color blonde hair (or any colored hair for that matter) and taking a chance on a cheaper/local salon can be risky. Though I’ve used a local salon for a few years, I was looking for something more higher-end to breathe some life back into my brassy hair. If you’re looking for a great hair salon in Central, especially if you’re a blonde, look no further than O2 Hair Studio on Wyndham Street.

      O2 Hair Studio – Interior

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      I’ve walked past O2 Hair Studio multiple times thanks to its prime spot in Central, but never realized how big it actually is. Hands-down, it’s the largest hair salon I’ve seen in Hong Kong. Although the interior is a bit basic (the salon will be getting a complete makeover soon!), the staff are incredibly welcoming and I found the large space refreshing. While you’re getting pampered, you can enjoy a cappuccino or sip on a glass of bubbly.

      Highlights and a cut

      Owner and head hair stylist Rudy is exceptionally knowledgeable and has been working in Hong Kong for the past 22 years. Not only is he hilarious, he specializes in blondes and will work some serious magic on your hair.

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      I went into O2 Hair Studio desperate to get rid of my roots (I know: my hair looked tragic). I had previously gone to a different salon to have balayage done for the first time in hopes that when my hair grew out there wouldn’t be such a stark contrast between my roots and my colored hair. Unfortunately, it didn’t exactly grow out the way I had imagined (I was under the impression it was meant to not look so harsh when my roots grew out).

      Rudy recommended highlighting mainly my roots to avoid build-up on my existing colored hair. He used two different shades of blonde (one lighter and one more natural) and then combed them through after I had spent some time under the heated contraption and the color had set.

      As for the cut, I told him I loved my long hair and just wanted to get rid of the split ends. He respected what I wanted and didn’t press me to cut it shorter (despite later confessing he would have liked to chop a few more inches off) or give me more layers.

      The results

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      I love everything about my cut and color. Rudy understood exactly what I wanted (a blunt cut and natural-looking highlights) and my hair came out looking fantastic. Because I don’t get my hair done often (it was literally almost a year since I had my hair cut last – terrible, I know), I try to stick to a natural look as much as possible. Rudy was able to blend the highlights he did at my roots with the previous color I already had in my hair perfectly, making me one happy customer.

      After-care products

      I’m always careful with what hair products I’m putting on my hair after I get it colored, since I want to preserve the color for as long as possible. O2 Hair Studio offers a range of products to keep your hair looking just as great months later. I’m currently using the PHYTO Paris intense hydration brilliance shampoo (PHYTOJOBA), the express conditioner (PHYTOBAUME), a repairing thermal protectant spray (PHYTOKERATINE), and Revlon’s blonde detangling leave-in conditioner. All of these products (and much more) can be found in the studio and the staff are able to recommend which products best fit your hair type.

      Price

      Highlights (full head) – HK$1800
      Cut – HK$990
      *Note: these prices are specific for my hair. Charges may vary depending on hair length, texture, stylist, etc.

      O2 Hair Studio 
      G/F, 38 Wyndham Street
      Central
      Hong Kong 

      Tel: 2529 6289

      O2 Hair Studio is open until 9:00 pm Monday – Friday (a rarity for salons in Hong Kong), making it easy to #treatyoself and get your hair done after a long day at work!


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      從小就對神秘的尖東有種情意結,雖不好杯中物,卻喜歡這裡的不夜天。

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      以往尖東以酒吧和夜總會居多,近年則愈多愈多餐廳進駐,而且水準都很不錯。LaVilla由主廚Matthieu Bonnier主理,他曾效力香港中環French Window Brasserie and Bar,我以前曾經嚐過他的手藝,水準非常不錯,當知道他加盟了LaVilla,當然要找個機會再一次拜會一下。

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      LaVilla位於尖東海濱旁邊,主打法國菜,店裡大部份位子都面向維港,早上觀景開揚,晚上則夜景醉人。

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      除了晚市,LaVilla還提供週末Semi Buffet Lunch,價錢是沒有想過的便宜,從12點吃到3點,只選自助,不要主菜,也只是$148,以當天所見,是全場爆滿。

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      自助區食物主要是放在兩張長桌之上,以小食和各式cold cut肉類為主,還有少許冷盤沙律。Shrimp Cocktail "LaVilla"應是大廚得意之作,爽口大蝦配上自家調製的雞尾酒醬,清爽口感配上美味醬汁,怪不得以店名為名了。

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      自助長桌的另一邊是新鮮沙律區,各款新鮮蔬菜和醬料橫陳,當中一款Black Truffled Potato Salad最令人印象深刻,不慍不火的黑松露香,和軟糯薯仔是天作之合。

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      吃過沙律,不妨來一客忌廉南瓜湯,配上無限量添加的Gruyère Toast,芝士多士與忌廉湯,大人和小孩都喜歡。

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      喜歡吃麵包,大可試試這裡的Fougasse葉子麵包,除了採用普羅旺斯傳統做法,還在製作過程中加入了乾蕃茄和橄欖等。麵包都在店裡自家製作,既新鮮又特別,中間不規則的小孔也是玩味十足。

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      麵包旁邊就是芝士和甜品區,芝士區款式大路,三款芝士應該能滿足大部份人的要求。

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      甜品區以西式為主,陣容比沙律區更強大,TiramisuLychee Mousse CakeCherry TartGreen Tea Panna CottaCrème BrûléeChocolate Brownies,全都小巧精緻,方便人客多試幾款。個人覺得Green Tea Panna Cotta和Crème Brûlée都很不錯,幼滑之餘又不失各自的奶香和蛋香,綠茶和焦糖的味道也能兼顧,好吃。


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      LaVilla麻雀雖小,但五臟俱全,自助區最後放著一輛雪糕車,提供四款I SCREAM gelato雪糕。之前在SOHO附近工作曾經大愛這品牌,這天重遇才發現很久沒再嚐過,我自然不會錯過今天這個機會吃個痛快。


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      自助餐最特別的,還有這即點即做法式Crêpe。從倒漿到烘成班戟,從成圓錐形到加添朱古力等醬料,全都在你面前準備。你也可自行加添雪糕,讓它成為特別的餐後甜品。

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      在廚房不忙碌的時候,主廚Matthieu Bonnier更會粉墨登場,他做的班戟既有姿勢也有實際。靜靜的等待完成的一刻,再一層一層的從外到內掀開圓錐形班戟,發覺竟是外脆內軟,吃時不同口感交雜,感覺非常特別,值得花時間等待。

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      想豐富一點,人客也可選擇多要一客主菜。這裡和坊間大部份的brunch不同,如果你自問胃口不大,又或是覺得自助區的食物已足夠,大可不選主菜,這樣就可以好好控制價錢,尤其是當同行大多是小朋友和老人家,這樣就更有彈性。主菜分為Daily PizzaDaily FishDaily RoastSpecial of the Day,大約只需多付數十元就可以。

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      當天的Daily Pizza夏威夷薄餅,pizza上大量的菠蘿和火箭菜,薄餅大小也不算細,只需多付$30算是十分合理。

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      Daily Fish則是小朋友最愛的炸魚薯條伴田園沙律,即叫即炸的炸魚薯條極為邪惡,不止小朋友,就連大人也會忍不了口。

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      食肉獸也不愁寂寞,Special of the Day燒美國肉眼扒配黑松露燒汁,炭香十足的肉眼能清晰地看到表面的網痕,恰到好處的火喉,配上黑松露燒汁,讓這肉眼色香味俱全。

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      這天的Semi-Buffet Lunch雖然已告一段落,但由於餐廳方面的細心安排,我們還可再多嚐幾款LaVilla的招牌菜。

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      以頂級Ossetra魚子醬作材料,LaVilla特式魚子醬混合了酸忌廉、蟹肉、烚蛋白蛋黃、乾蔥、辣根等,大約15克的重量已足夠讓人回味。近年香港人愈來愈注重環境保護,這款魚子醬原來是選用可持續品種,在取魚子時不會殺掉瀕危的母魚,按摩母魚取子後再把母魚放回海裡,這樣就可以吃得更安心了。

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      另一款個人十分喜歡的是家鄉特式煮青口。和一般的白酒煮青口不同,這道菜加入了風乾香腸、油封鴨腎等,配合翠綠色的香草牛油汁,所以味道偏向濃郁,卻是開對了我的胃口,尤其是油封鴨腎沾上醬汁味道真是超讚,麵包粒吸收醬汁也極美好。據說這做法是主廚Matthieu Bonnier家鄉的配方,真心慶幸他把這道菜帶來香港呢!

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      另一大愛的,是西班牙海鮮焗飯,除了大量的海鮮,還有風乾香腸等作材料,海鮮的鮮味和火腿的咸香浸進飯粒之中,味道極佳,這個海鮮焗飯,飯粒永遠比海鮮精彩。

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      斧頭肉眼和牛排,是這天的最後大魔王,名義上是二人份,但實際卻足夠四人分享!斧頭排燒好後已經預先切好,西冷和牛柳兩邊處理大不同,前者鮮嫩艷紅,後者焦香撲鼻,還有出色的焗原隻蒜頭、焦糖洋蔥、風乾車厘茄、法國長荳角等配菜,未吃已經垂涎。最後,還記得之前提過的Special of the Day嗎?這斧頭排也配備同一款黑松露肉汁,另外還再多配藍紋芝士汁!這把邪惡斧頭,真是正中我的食慾死穴!

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      豐富的用餐需要甜品作結,LaVilla的甜品和主菜一樣精彩,甚至過之而無不及。一米甜品板上共有六款特色甜品,足夠四至六位享用。

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      六款甜品分別是法式焦糖布丁蘋果薄批Grand Marnier香橙梳乎厘朱古力心太軟浮島甜品拿破侖蛋糕,六款甜品相信大家都耳熟能詳,難免會和坊間出品有所比較,但個人認為LaVilla普遍都做得頗出色,味道不會死甜,尤以梳乎厘和心太軟最令人印象深刻,無論蛋、朱古力和雲尼拿香都極為鮮明突出。

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      愉快的一天終於到達尾聲,離去之時,得知LaVilla原來設有private room,活像法式小別墅,更有專業的廚師團隊為人客服務,尖東,真是一處派對的好地方。

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      無論是白晝或夜晚,LaVilla都提供出色的美食和貼心的服務,就像一家法式的小別墅,讓人客可以好好的放鬆一下心情。有機會我也想晚上再訪,邊看著尖東海旁景色,邊享受LaVilla的美食,過一個法式浪漫晚上呢。

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      LaVilla
      日期:2017/09/02
      地址:尖沙咀麼地道66號尖沙咀中心G1-4, 22-26, 28-32 & 33A號舖
      推介:8/10

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    • This is my first time to visit Lai Chi Kok. I would like to use a word to describe this area, fusion. This place are very modern, you can see the modern side of the Hong Kong, such a nice place. This time, I have chosen a Japan restaurant called Sushi Geikan, this restaurant is quite different to others as I have visited because the environment is very special, they have used drawings to decorate. One more special thing would be the famous dishes here, running noodles, Hong Kong does not have many place can taste this kind of dishes. Nice one!!
    • Hey Thao. This plan is quite good.   There are many special walls that were painted in Soho district in Central.  It is good to take photos there. Will you plan to go to the bar for drinks on Day 4 at night? I suggest a Bar call "Bar pacific". The price of food and drink is relatively reasonable in HK. And there provide darts. The atmosphere was so good there. It has many branches in HK like in Shatin, TaiPo, Hung Hom, etc. I suggest you can go to Hung Hom Bar Pacific that night cause it is near to Tsim Sha Tsui. Lastly, i would recommend you to eat "DimSum" which is a traditional food in Hong Kong. And you can find a lot of DimSum restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui too. One of restaurant I would recommend is called "Social Place". I hope you enjoy your trip to Hong Kong.
    • Just discovered Open Rice has nominated Social Place for Best Restaurant award 2017 right before the deadline and casted my vote! Even though it’s over, and I can’t tell my friends to vote for them now, I still have to tell everyone about their amazing food. First off, I have to recommend their FANCY dim sum! The cute truffle mushroom bun that looks just like real mushrooms with truffle and mushroom filling, tasted awesome. The turnip cake was crisp outside, soft inside. The creative rose bun, which was shaped like a rose actually has rose fragrance! The tofu with egg just melted in my mouth, and the “fun pei” is a must try. Mmmm~ Other dishes that you cannot miss are: the black vinegar chicken, the roasted baby pigeon and the drunken chicken. They also have happy hour serving beer and wine at half priced which is a huge plus. I am definitely gonna be a regular. Highly support this awesome restaurant  
    • Hi Shirousa Thank you very much for your advice ??????
    • Hi Thao, welcome to this forum and to Hong Kong! Your itinerary is actually quite well planned and just a bit suggestion/advice to you are that TVB City is not opened to public, so you may not be able to get in without a permit; another thing is on Day 4, in case you don't have much spots to visit in Wan Chai,  you may consider visit Nan Lian Garden near Diamond Hill MTR station (http://www.nanliangarden.org/home.php?eng) after your visit to Kowloon Walled City and before Wan Chai. Just shut if you have more questions