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Kwan Kee Store 坤記糕品專家, Sham Shui Po

Posted by Northasian , in Location - Sham Shui Po, Food Paradise 10 April 2012 - - - - - - · 2,265 views
Dessert
Last stop of my recent food hunt in Sham Shui Po was this little humble store, Kwan Kee, which is renowned for its home-made Put Chai Pudding (砵仔糕) and array of Chinese steamed pudding & cake in different flavours. It's also frequently featured in local TV programme and definitely a must-visit shop whenever you're in Sham Shui Po.
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Put Chai Pudding (砵仔糕 HK$5) is a traditional Cantonese snack, which believed to have over a hundred year of history and Kwan Kee's for sure is one of the best in town. Some may criticise the small quantity of beans but for me it's just perfect. The pudding was soft as it's supposed to be, and the beans were also precooked to a soft texture, which blended so well with the soft pudding.
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White Sugar Cake (白糖糕 HK$5) is another old-fashioned Chinese cake originated from the Ming Dynasty. It is made of rice, white sugar, yeast and water, sound simple but it's not easy at all to make one without sourness and Kwan Kee's is the first that I tried without even a bit of sourness! Texture was perfect as well, which was firm but not too hard. Another must-try from the store.
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Red Bean Pudding (紅豆糕 HK$7) was slightly overpriced and quite a disappointing piece of cake indeed. It was way too soft and sticky like a rotten steamed cake or a piece of half-way-done jello. Despite the crappy texture, it's still tasted fairly nice with moderate sweetness and adequate amount of well cooked red beans to enhance the cake's flavour.
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As we arrived there late and some of the cakes were sold out, they've put the last batch of cakes & puddings into plastic bags individually...so standard of hygiene is acceptable. I think it'd be better if we could arrive earlier next time and try the fresh batch. :)
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Address : Shop 10, 115-117 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po
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Yung Kee 容記小菜王, Sham Shui Po

Posted by Northasian , in Location - Sham Shui Po, Food Paradise 08 April 2012 - - - - - - · 1,798 views
Chinese Cuisine
Don't get it wrong, it's not the Roasted Goose specialist, Yung Kee Restaurant at Central. This Yung Kee is located at Sham Shui Po with 2~3 separate shops down the same road. The queue starts on their main shop and you'll be assigned to the specific one if table is ready there. Just like those popular restaurants in Hong Kong, you shouldn't expect available table on time if you're there at dinner time and you have to queue! As clearly reflected on its name "小菜王" in Chinese, Yung Kee is famous for typical Hong Kong dishes that serve with rice and of course, they do have their iconic dishes that people are heading for.

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Compared to those with similar business background, I just couldn't be that picky on their service but out of my expectation, it was reasonably good! Personally, I was quite surprised to see their pricing tactic on the menu, it has wide price range between their signature dishes and other common dishes under the same category... Signature dishes don't mean they're exclusive but they're still common with fantastic popularity. As usual, we always dine out in duo, so sharing table isn't new anymore.
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Veggie Roll (招牌齋菜卷 HK$68) is one of the must-try, I would say it was a great dish. Even it was drenched with gravy, the crispiness of pre-deep fried rolls was still retained upon serving. The stuffed veggie was fresh & compact and the dish portion was a little too much for 2 persons. The roll was getting more flavourful when it soaked up the gravy in mid of our meal.
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Spare Rib with Salad Sauce (招牌沙拉骨 HK$68) is their signature dish and also a typical Hong Kong dish that serves in many places. It's not really spare ribs but pork chop indeed. Obviously, the pork chop was marinated with some curry powder beforehand and thus adding exotic flavour to the dish. Dressing it with salad sauce has given slight sourness to the dish and even without the dressing, the ribs tasted as good. I like it very much :P!
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By its name, Special Yung Kee Dish (小炒王 HK$68) has to be its super-duper signature dish and yes, every table has one and even more on sharing tables hahaha... These are Chinese Chives (韭菜) fried with flavourful dried shrimps. No doubt, it was a simple dish but was fried to a perfect stage of flavour. The chives itself was fresh, otherwise, it could be really stiff in texture.
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Another popular dish that we've deliberately left out of our order is their roasted pork (HK$128) as we overheard our neighbour customers saying it was "tasted bland and nothing impressive at all". Therefore, too risky to give it a try and moreover, these 3 dishes were more than enough for us~

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Remark : No service charge; Tea charge HK$2/head.
Address : G/F, 118-120 Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po
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Luk Lam Dessert 綠林甜品, Sham Shui Po

Posted by Northasian , in Location - Sham Shui Po, Food Paradise 25 March 2012 - - - - - - · 1,675 views
Dessert
Besides those big names like Honeymoon Dessert, Hui Lau Shan and Lucky Dessert that most of you would have heard, actually there are still a lot of humble small stalls offering cheap and good quality local dessert or Tong Sui in Cantonese that are yet to be unveiled. Continuing my food hunt in Sham Shui Po, our next stop was this down-to-earth place, Luk Lam Dessert, which offering very typical and traditional Hong Kong Tong Sui at a downright cheap price.

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The place wasn't packed at all during our visit at about 4pm on weekend and moreover, the place was neat, comfort and spacious.
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Sweet Crushed Chestnut Soup (生磨栗子粒露 HK$18) is their signature dessert, which is not commonly served in many dessert shops. This chestnut soup is only available in hot and it's really piping hot indeed! The soup was good in consistency and wasn't too sweet as it's mainly naturally sweeten up by the generous amount of chestnut. What I like about it was the crushed chestnut inside that carried perfect chewing texture.
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Another uncommonly served dessert was the Sweet Pumpkin Water Chestnut Soup (南瓜馬蹄露 HK$13) and we had it in cold, just simply wanna get a cold one 'coz it was a warm sunny weekend that day. As expected, it was refreshing and not thick at all as initially I thought it'll turn out just like chestnut soup. The water chestnuts were so juicy and crisp in texture and again, the sweetness was perfect. It'll be a very good dessert to wash away body heat on coming hot summer days!
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Website: http://www.facebook.com/LukLamDessert

Address: 77-79 Un Chau Street, Sham Shui Po

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Lau Sum Kee Noodle 劉森記麵家, Sham Shui Po

Posted by Northasian , in Location - Sham Shui Po, Food Paradise 19 March 2012 - - - - - - · 1,819 views
Noodle House
Spent the afternoon and night in Sham Shui Po on Sunday covering popular restaurants that haven't been featured in my blog. It was quite challenging to hunt down as much as possible in half a day given the quantity that my tummy could tackle. Our first stop was at this popular noodle house, which was declared by Chua Lam as one of his frequently visited restaurants. Long heard about their popular "Bamboo Noodle" (竹昇麵) from tv programmes, which is noodle made in a very traditional way by using a big bamboo and human weight to knead the noodle dough. Owner of Lau Sum Kee believes the best noodle should be made from traditional recipe of using duck egg instead of chicken egg, in that way, their noodle is excellent in texture and rich in flavour.

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Again, this place is packed with people at all time. There're about 4 people ahead of us queuing for sharing table at around 3pm, so you could imagine how bad is the situation at noon.
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Noodle with Prawn Roe and Beef Omasum (蝦子黑柏葉薑蔥撈麵 HK$34) is one of their signature dishes and was what we're after. Besides Beef Omasum, they also serve variety of dishes to go with their renowned noodle with prawn roe such as wanton, dumpling, pork knuckle, etc. The chewy texture of the noodle was superb as expected, it wasn't over boiled at all and the taste of potash was kept to minimal. The sprinkling of prawn roe has brought out a hint of seafood taste to enrich the flavour. Frankly, I don't really fancy of beef omasum that much as it was tasteless to me without much seasoning even eaten with the ginger & spring onion... That's why a small bowl of chili soya sauce was provided for dipping. Freshness & texture wise, it was good though~
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Look like alien skin...? :P Beef omasum is a part of cow's stomach, which is chemically treated before boiled to produce a chewy texture. It's also a kind of popular Hong Kong dim sum that's generally served in most Chinese restaurants.
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Prawn Roe Wanton & Black Pepper Beef Ball Rice Noodle in Soup (蝦子雲吞黑椒牛丸湯河 HK$34) was really good. Soup was great and not too salty at all, and the rice noodle was cooked to a right texture. The wanton wasn't that outstanding but surprisingly, I quite like the beef ball, which was strongly flavoured with black pepper and extremely compact in texture.
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Pickled Turnip (free) is available on all tables. It was surprising good and it served as my complimentary appetiser & dessert, haha... :D
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Address : G/F, 48 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po
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Wai Kee Noodle Cafe 維記咖啡粉麵, Sham Shui Po

Posted by Northasian , in Location - Sham Shui Po, Food Paradise 23 December 2010 - - - - - - · 1,896 views
Tea Restaurant
Finally get to start the last entry of my recent food hunt in Sham Shui Po. Whenever you get a chance to ask any locals of what to eat in this area, 9 out of 10 will suggest this in no seconds. Well, this shop is there for more than 50 years, and expanded from just one shop to three in a row along Fuk Wing Street with separate long queue respectively, Wai Kee has taken their instore signature dishes to the next level. My advice is, just choose the shortest queue to save time as their standard is of no difference... that's what I did! Again, sharing table for us... nothing new! Environment and surrounding wise, it's just another traditional HK style cafe.
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Food to be ordered is pretty much the same on all tables 'coz everyone is there for their signature dish, Pork Liver Noodles. I've ordered Pork Liver & Beef Noodles (HK$25), Kaya French Toast (HK$12)and a glass of Hot Milk Tea (HK$10). Their pork liver and beef are amazingly tasty and cooked to the right texture. Their freshness has also brought out the sweetness in soup and enhanced by a hint of ginger, which has impressed me so much. Some people may find the soup disgusting due to the layer of foam on its surface but for me, they're just awesome ;p. Yup, their instant noodles were cooked just right too. Choices of noodles are available in rice vermicelli, macaroni & spaghetti as well.
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Kaya French Toast is also another popular dish in their store. Judging the dish by its name, I felt a bit disappointed as apart from sweetness, I couldn't taste any coconut from it. Conversely, the flavour of egg was extremely strong, which has overturned my disappointment. Not bad to try but just don't put your focus on the Kaya when trying then it'd be fine. Their Hot Milk Tea is just ordinary.
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Lastly, their service is on average, not too bad. Pork Liver & Beef Noodles is definitely a must-try~

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Address : Shop D, G/F, 165-167 Pei Ho Street / G/F, 62 & 67 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po

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Hop Yik Tai Snacks 合益泰小食, Sham Shui Po

Posted by Northasian , in Location - Sham Shui Po, Food Paradise 20 December 2010 - - - - - - · 2,377 views
Local Snacks
Whenever visiting Sham Shui Po, I'll definitely pop-in to have their fabulous Cheung Fun (Rice Roll) without miss and also this shop in particular has always been featured in TVB food programmes, which makes me wanna leave a footprint of it in my blog. Not sure if it's true but rumour says they're the Cheung Fun supplier of Peninsula Hotel.. believe it or not!!! As usual, it's full of people inside with a long queue for take away Cheung Fun outside its corridor, and again table sharing for us at least :)
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My all time favourites: Cheung Fun + Fried Noodles + Spicy Curry Fish Balls + Soya Milk and without exception, I've ordered the same this time. Frankly, I've tried Cheung Fun from a lot of stalls around Hong Kong and Hop Yik Tai is always ranked the first on my list. It comes with 3 portions (HK$10, HK$7 and HK$5) and we've ordered the medium one, which is perfect for 2. Hong Kong style Cheung Fun is eaten with Sweet Soya Sauce, Peanut Sauce & Hoisin Sauce (also called Sweet Sauce in Cantonese), then topped with sesame seeds. Texture was so soft and the layers were not too thick, and to best describe my feeling... I don't feel stuffed even after finishing the whole plate. It was just YUMMY!!!
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Fried Noodles (HK$7) as well as Soya Milk (HK$5) are pretty much ordinary as those in any Hong Kong style stalls but their Spicy Fish Balls (HK$5/6pcs) are slightly in bigger size and more tasty as compared to the rest. For those of you from SE Asia will definitely find it weird as texture of Hong Kong street Fish Balls are not meant to be "al dente" at all, in fact it's kind of like stuffed flour...But that's the way it is!
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After all, go try it and you'll love it~ hehehe... Highly recommended HK snack!!!

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Address : G/F, 121 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po

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Kung Wo Soya Bean Products 公和荳品廠, Sham Shui Po

Posted by Northasian , in Location - Sham Shui Po, Food Paradise 18 December 2010 - - - - - - · 3,338 views
Local Snacks
Besides Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po is another must-visit food heaven if you're craving for really typical type of Hong Kong style food. It was last Sunday that my hubby & I were in an extremely good mood to hunt down some famous stalls in this area and kicked off with this Tofu master with history over a century. You'll be really surprised when you see all kinds of soya bean products all over the shop from selling fresh tofu for home cooking and frying tofu at the entrance to serving Tofu Fa and Soya Bean Milk inside. Feeling was like getting back to the 50's and were excited to try having food in kind of a wet market atmosphere and yes! This is Sham Shui Po~ Hehee...!!!
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It's really packed with people and were so LUCKY to get a SHARING table with others. Oh dear! Hubby got to squeeze himself a bit to avoid getting drained by Tofu Fa. Without a second thought, we've placed order for Assorted Fried Tofu stuffed with Minced Fish (HK$10/6pcs) and a bowl of Hot Tofu Fa (HK$7) right away. Let's talk about the Assorted Fried Tofu, it came with 2 kinds of tofu, one is normal soya bean curd, and another one is tofu puff. I can tell... you'll never want to leave this place after having your first bite. Just can't imagine why their Tofu was so mouthwatering and aroma of Tofu was so rich that I just couldn't resist.
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Fans always ask me where they can try a good Tofu Fa in Hong Kong, here you go! Their Tofu Fa was amazingly soft and smooth! Adding some yellow sugar on it was a perfect match! Highly recommended the hot one 'coz it's even softer and smoother!!!
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Service was not bad but in a really fast-pace. Ok! moved on to another food stall, which was.... to be continued in the next entry, so stay tuned ;)

Website : N/A
Address : G/F, 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po
Branches :
  • G/F, 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po
  • Shop 49, G/F, Harbour Crystal Centre, 100 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • 67 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City
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