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      Although Hong Kong sees dozens of new restaurants pop up every month, they’re often wallet-draining and oh so disappointing. That’s exactly why I love the concept of Test Kitchen. Every month or so, Test Kitchen hosts global chefs from around the world for a few nights who cook up a storm for a hungry group of foodies. These chefs showcase a range of much-loved dishes from their restaurant and/or worldwide travels to other kitchens. This month’s collaboration was with Rice Paper Scissors, a South East Asian-inspired restaurant from Melbourne.

      Vibe at Test Kitchen

      Test Kitchen is located in a quiet area of Sai Ying Pun on Connaught Road. The venue is three stories high, the set-up is focused on communal dining with a large 10-person dining table on each floor), and the staff are incredibly warm and welcoming. The open kitchen is located on the second floor, so I’d recommend sitting there if you enjoy checking out what goes on behind the scenes. Vincent, the founder of Test Kitchen, really pours his passion for enjoying great food in a unique and fun way into this concept. That alone makes me want to come back again and again.

      About Rice Paper Scissors

      Rice Paper Scissors is one of Melbourne’s hottest restaurants and is based on the hawker dining bars of South East Asia with the concept of shared plates (they’re all about #useyourhands). Both Chef Ross Magnaye and owner Rahmie Clowes were at Test Kitchen to bring diners bold Asian fusion dishes strongly influenced by Ross’s Filipino background.

      Starters

      test-kitchen-rice-paper-scissors-1-1024xKangaroo tartaretest-kitchen-rice-paper-scissors-2-1024xMarket seafood with traditional condimentstest-kitchen-rice-paper-scissors-3-1024xFilipino ceviche ‘kinilaw’test-kitchen-rice-paper-scissors-4-1024xSquid in its own ink

      We began with Rock Paper Scissors’ famous kangaroo tartare. This was the first time I had ever tried kangaroo and it tasted similar to other game meat I’ve had before. The spices and seasoning were fresh, giving the meat a lighter taste. The market seafood with traditional condiments was a fresh way to start our meal and the sauces were delicious, though I  can’t say the dish was all that memorable. The Filipino ceviche ‘kinilaw’ was my favorite starter. the pickled vegetables added a slightly acidic taste, while the fermented coconut sauce helped give the dish a bit of sweetness to balance everything out. Finally, we had a bowl of very tender squid in its own ink with garlic and coconut vinegar. The mild flavor of this dish allowed us to truly appreciate the fresh squid on its own.

      Mains

      test-kitchen-rice-paper-scissors-5-1024xDavao style bbq chickentest-kitchen-rice-paper-scissors-7-1024xFilipino style ‘caldereta’ (lamb shoulder)test-kitchen-rice-paper-scissors-8-1024xFilipino ‘lechon kawali’ (pork belly)test-kitchen-rice-paper-scissors-6-1024xSides: salad, ‘pinakbet’ vegetable stew with okra

      The davao style bbq chicken had an incredible flavor profile that tasted akin to the dressing often put on Vietnamese vermicelli noodles. Although I really did love the salad on top and the smokiness of the chicken, the texture of some of the pieces were a bit too tough to bite into. My favorite main was hands-down the Filipino style ‘caldereta’. This slow cooked lamb shoulder in a traditional rich tomato sauce was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Unfortunately, we found the Filipino ‘lechon kawali’ (crispy pork belly roasted in Cebu-style spices) to be far too fatty for our liking. To accompany these main dishes, a bowl of rice, a garden salad, and ‘pinakbet’ vegetable stew with okra and pumpkin (a very traditional Filipino dish) were brought out as well.

      Dessert

      test-kitchen-rice-paper-scissors-9-1024xMango floattest-kitchen-rice-paper-scissors-10-1024Mama Riza’s rich peanut chocolate cake

      Of the two desserts individually served, the mango float was by far my favorite. The fresh mango sat atop a layer of thick cream and was sprinkled with a peanut-like dust. The other dessert, Mama Riza’s rich peanut chocolate cake, was too dry for us to enjoy, although the dollop of custard underneath did help.

      Verdict

      If you’ve never been to a restaurant pop-up event before or have never been to one at Test Kitchen, I would highly recommend going. Not only do you get to try a range of dishes from a well-respected and popular restaurant from around the world, but the experience is unique and a tonne of fun. Most dinners sit around the HK$1000 mark, which includes 6 – 8 individual and/or sharing dishes and 3 – 4 alcoholic drinks. Be sure to check out Test Kitchen’s Facebook to see who will pop up next!

      Test Kitchen
      Shop 3, Kwan Yick Building 
      158A Connaught Road West
      Sai Ying Pun

      Contact: info@testkitchen.com.hk


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    2. 國慶日,送上超級姍姍來遲的旅記!話說某天返看 Facebook 舊相薄,重溫長達18日的2009意法蜜月之旅,看到不少有趣舊照;由於當時寫文沒那麼長,索性懶惰沒有放上 blog!

       

      該日,已經暗下決心,要將遊記慢慢搬上來,沒錯工程很浩大,但 Facebook 已有不少資料,所以應該不難~由於年代久遠,當時旅遊方式、消費及兩口子的模樣及身材(!!!!)都起了翻天覆地的變化,但這也是重寫遊記最有趣的地方,對不對?

       

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      當年自己在 Facebook 的相薄是根據旅遊地區,這次寫 Blog 也會一樣;為了方便起見,寫好的詳細遊記會 update 在 主網誌,讓大家清楚這18天的去向~

       

      Day 1 : 香港 -> 巴黎

      Day 2 : 巴黎 -> (意大利)佛羅倫斯 Firenze -> Siena -> 佛羅倫斯 Firenze

      Day 3 : 佛羅倫斯 Firenze

      Day 4 : 佛羅倫斯 Firenze 比薩 Pisa 

      Day 5 : 佛羅倫斯 Firenze -> 威尼斯 Venice

      Day 6 : 威尼斯 Venice

      Day 7 : 威尼斯 Venice -> 米蘭 Milano

      Day 8 : 米蘭 Milano -> Piacenza

      Day 9 : 米蘭 Milano -> (法國)尼斯 Nice

      Day 10 : 尼斯 Nice

      Day 11 : 尼斯 Nice-> 摩納哥 Monaco -> 尼斯 Nice -> 馬賽 Marseilles

      Day 12 : 馬賽 Marseilles -> 奧朗日 Orange -> 亞維農 Avignon -> 奧朗日 Orange

      Day 13 : 奧朗日 Orange -> 古堡區 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

      Day 14 : 古堡區 Châteauneuf-du-Pape-> 奧朗日 Orange -> 巴黎 Paris

      Day 15-18 : 巴黎 Paris -> 香港

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      除了以上簡單 Summary(這次沒有縮圖,因為那時還未有在 Facebook 即時出 feed), 今篇也會記載出發日(香港 -> 巴黎 -> 佛羅倫斯);很多年前,自己已經很愛旅遊,8月1日簡單教堂婚禮+晚上親人吃飯後,翌日8月2日已經出發渡蜜月。由於年代久遠,照片質素很差請見諒... Caption 也是轉貼 Facebook,較為口語化,配合年輕郭太心情! XD

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      我地搭早上10:25的機,為了可以遲點出發,我地預早做online check-in,仲有小禮物收,開心!

       

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      機上好乾,勁飲perrier,初時覺得好好飲,不過後來在歐洲飲到好悶

      又特別request了海鮮餐,原來同普通餐一樣麻麻,而每份餐都包括一舊芝士。

       

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      12個鐘的機食了2餐,依餐的軟芝士勁好食,後來在意大利都有返兜。

       

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      機上餐酒任飲,這支白酒飲到我幾乎醉;老公則愛紅。Cheers!

       

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      其實還有杯麵及 Haagen Dazs 雪糕批(沒拍,但根據留言對話我很不客氣吃了三件 XD),杯麵會比飛機餐好吃~

       

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      機上睡一陣,睇下movies,再開下netbook睇相,好快就到巴黎喇!!

       

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      時差關係賺了7個鐘,搭埋機場巴士到市中心 (auber) 都係7點未到~

       

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      巴黎所有 buildings 都好名勝look,打算搵的景點--大小皇宮、協和廣場、歌劇場一概搵唔到(按:當時還未流行 WiFi 蛋,Google Map 也是初步成型、尚未準確,找路主要靠地圖!!)....

       

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      意法都好興用依款垃圾筒...

       

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      搵唔到景點就算啦,反正遲D會再返巴黎。以HK時間計已經12點幾,累累地都係食野先啦~

       

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      (按:當時我還是真甜魔)揀黎依間連鎖扒房,主要係貪佢甜品特多!!

       

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      我地坐窗口位。當日天陰都幾凍下,約得廿度頭咋

       

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      餐前小食係薯片,唔脆

       

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      唔暖的麵包

       

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      老公的主菜

       

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      叫左medium但過了火,幸而肉質唔差

       

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      豐富的甜品menu就係吸引我的主因喇!!!  網上都有 menu 睇,不過只得法文~

       

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      好可惜,心太軟唔濃又唔流

       

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      菠蘿他他都唔新鮮,鍾意菠蘿的老公都食唔哂

       

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      Ben & Jerry's的雪糕叫做最好喇

       

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      歐洲第一餐以失望收場...

       

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      食飽搭地鐵去酒店。

      個個都話巴黎地鐵污糟,果然係真,仲要加上殘舊同混亂似迷宮

       

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      又好多人講火車站附近好旺,去到 Lyon-de-gare 就知係真,早知o係依頭開飯啦!!

       

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      老公影的酒店

       

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      第一晚的酒店,外牆仲裝修緊,搞錯!

       

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      幸而房間好靚好舒服

       

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      仲有大大間浴室,老公至愛

       

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      酒店奉送的小點心,成為翌日趕車早餐

       

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      第二朝7點唔夠就去火車站,又一個凍C人的陰天!

       

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      TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse 法國高快速列車) 既寬敞又舒服,兼超快超準時

      但係收費絕對唔比飛機平

       

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      黎張郭生郭太自拍照啦

       

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      俾老公偷影訓覺...

       

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      火車上的snack bar唔多吸引

       

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      搭左4定5個鐘? 火車到達意大利境喇~

       

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      無聊搞頭髮, 又俾老公偷影~

       

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      依部就係我同老公o係歐洲通訊的walkie

      (按:當時科技沒那麼發達,很多資訊都在 Lovely Planet 書上找!!)

       

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      到達米蘭火車站喇!! 但仲未到目的地, 仲要轉車

       

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      又見垃圾筒

       

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      買野醫肚先~ 

      用英文溝通唔到,唯有出動手指

       

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      panini好味,指錯隔離的果占撻就一般啦

       

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      雖然要趕下班車,都買杯咖啡先

       

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      Cappuccino勁香勁好味囉!

      一試後愛上依隻機,之後的trip都有幫襯~

       

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      抵達佛羅倫斯以及之後的行程,就要留意佛羅倫斯的遊記。暫定每星期分享1-2集,根據地點及站數,大概8-10集,希望順利在年底前完成!

       

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      ** 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~~

    3. Settled at the buzzing Harbour City inside LCX, it is the Korean bistro and restaurant, also the first overseas branch of The Joomak. It has a stunning harbour view with an edgy interior design, along with K-pop background music, it serves some Korean fusion cuisine.

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      The Joomak

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      The Restaurant View
      餐廳景色

      One of the restaurant signatures and must-have would be a Mate Tea 4C°C Noodle. It is basically thin soba noodle served with assorted sides including sliced cucumber, kimchi, Korean pear and a soft boiled egg; they also offer choices of meat (pork or beef) to vegetarian. Served aside a herb and yuzu sauce, it is sharp-flavored but very palatable.

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      Mate Tea 4C°C Noodle
      瑪黛茶 4°C 冷麵

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      Korean Shredded Beef Rib
      手撕韓式牛肋骨

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      Kimchi, Pear, Cucumber, Soft Boiled Egg
      泡菜, 香梨, 青瓜, 溏心蛋

      The menu offers a good selection of Korean fried chicken, and most of them comes with an unbelievable dressing. Such as an avocado and lime fried chicken, the sauce is thick and creamy with a hint of tanginess from the lime. The deboned chicken meat is juicy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, thickly battered and sprinkled with a particularly flavoursome cheese powder. 

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      Lime & Avocados Fried Chicken with Cheese Powder
      青檸牛油果麻藥炸雞

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      Lime & Avocados Fried Chicken with Cheese Powder
      青檸牛油果麻藥炸雞

      Self-grilled angus ribeye is another recommended choice. Served aside raw shiitake mushrooms, onion rings and cabbage, there are a few pieces of mozzarella for us to melt on the ribeye. The Angus ribeye is sizzled on the cast iron plate, to your desire doneness, it is indeed succulent and mouthwatering.

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      Sizzle Grilled Angus Ribeye
      板燒安格斯肉眼排

      Finally, a tiramisu with Movenpick tiramisu ice cream, ladyfingers and coffee is very satisfying. I also loved the fresh fruits yuzu soda made with that smoky effect.

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      Tiramisu
      雪糕, 提拉米蘇

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      Tiramisu
      雪糕, 提拉米蘇

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       Fresh Fruit Yuzu Iced Tea
      水果柚子茶

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      The Bill
      單據

      The Joomak
      Address: Shop 34, LCX, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
      Telephone: 2111 0851
      Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00-22:30
      Website: http://tjm.co.kr / https://www.facebook.com/thejoomakhk


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