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Little Bao – Best Brunch in Hong Kong?

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Fusion food is in in Hong Kong, and Little Bao still remains as hip as ever since its opening in 2013. This swanky diner gives western food an Asian spin, with the focus centered on the Chinese bao. They’ve also started to open for weekend brunch.

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No coffee here at Little Bao unfortunately, but they do have a rather good cocktail selection. For something more pleasant and less strong, opt for the Chris Lemonade (HKD$85, SGD$15.5) – 42 Below vodka, chrysanthemum, honey, rhubarb bitters or Yakult Fizz (HKD$85, SGD$15.5) – Broken Shed vodka, absinthe, Yakult, egg white.

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I’ve always thought that only truffle fries which are heavily laden with truffle oil and truffle salt make a good plate of truffle fries, but Little Bao’s take on Truffle Fries (HKD$98, SGD$17.9) has opened a new dimension of what a good plate of truffle fries can actually be. Their version involves shitake tempeh and truffle mayo paired with shoestring fries and resulted in an addictive side dish. And I usually do not eat mushrooms, mind you. The fries are also served with pickled daikon on the side.

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We also had another side to share – the Roasted Pork Cheek (HKD$128, SGD$23.4) which was cumin-spiced and came with fennel and burnt apple puree. The pork was sufficiently tender and moist and not fatty at all.

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Pork Belly Bao (HKD$78, SGD$14.3) – slow-braised pork belly, leek and shiso red onion salad, sesame dressing, hoisin ketchup

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For myself, I had the Szechuan Fried Chicken Bao (HKD$78, SGD$14.3). The Szechuan fried chicken may be a tad oily, but was slathered in a delightful combination of sweet Chinese black vinegar glaze and slightly spicy Szechuan mayo.

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Beef Bao (HKD$88, SGD$16.1) – grass-fed organic beef, tomato jam, roasted onion sesame mayo, shiso, cheddar cheese

Just as we were finishing our baos, a family with children sat on the bench outside the restaurant, ordered the ice cream baos, and devoured them without complaint in the light drizzle (restaurant was running full house at that time). A reminder that dessert here should never be skipped.

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The LB Ice Cream Bao (HKD$48, SGD$8.8) comes in two flavours – green tea ice cream with condensed milk and salt ice cream with caramel. Personally, I preferred the green tea bao for its distinctive green tea flavour. The salt ice cream felt more like vanilla ice cream with a muted vanilla taste. Nonetheless, the warm, crispy fried mini buns, together with the ice cream, ended the meal on a high note.

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Generally the baos are pretty small so it’s highly recommended to get some sides to share, followed by the savoury and the dessert baos for the full experience. Best brunch in 2015? Yes, I conclude.

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G/F, 66 Staunton St

Mon to Fri 6pm – 11pm

Sat 12pm – 4pm, 6pm – 11pm

Sun 12pm – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm

Sheung Wan MTR Exit A2

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Hong Kong 2014

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As one of the top travel destinations for us Singaporeans this year, Hong Kong needs no introduction, I presume. Memories of my last time here (when I was still a child) are already a blur so I was determined to come up with a good itinerary. On hindsight, Hong Kong may seem like a bore to some since all you can do is eat and shop. Indeed, those were all I did. And I was enjoying them so much that returning home was absolutely dreadful…

This time round, I’ve taken less photos compared to my other trips but I still included a guide to nearly all the places I’ve been to dine at! Hope they’ll be of help to anyone at all. I also headed up to the overrated-but-still-amazing Victoria Peak via the Peak Tram. I was actually more fascinated by the sunset over the trees on the other side of the observatory deck than the urban density.

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Kau Kee Restaurant – according to reviews, this place serves the best beef brisket noodles. I had the Beef Brisket in Oyster Sauce with Flat noodles served with broth (HKD$50) and the beef brisket sure did not disappoint. Portion sizes are huge as well. At 10pm, half an hour to their closing time, there was still a line of people queuing to get a seat in the house!

21 Gough Street

Daily 12.30pm – 10.30pm

Sheung Wan MTR Exit A2

 

Little Bao – essentially an American diner in Asian style. This was perhaps the most memorable meal for me. I really wanted to do a separate post for this place initially but I was rather hungry from waiting half an hour to get seats so I just went ahead and dug in. Plus, the food here was so good, I could barely stop to snap some crappy photos on my iPhone. Over here, I ate the best Truffle Fries (HKD$98) I’ve ever had. Instead of simply frying the fries in truffle oil and salt, the ones here come with a unique truffle mayo with shitake tempeh and pickled daikon. Who knew a mushroom-infused truffle mayo sauce can make truffle fries taste so damn good?! The Orange Chicken (HKD$98) is more of an acquired taste because of its salted egg yolk though. Their baos take the center stage here. We tried the Pork Belly (HKD$78) and Chicken (HKD$78), both were superbly tasty. Don’t leave without trying the LB Ice Cream Sandwich (HKD$48), which comes in flavors like green tea and vanilla.

66 Staunton St

Mon to Sat 6pm – 11pm

Sheung Wan MTR Exit A2

 

Lof 10 – this one’s for the hipsters who are in need of some caffeine intake. I am absolutely in love with the small, minimal space of the cafe.

Flat B

1 U Lam Terrace

Daily 10am – 7pm

Sheung Wan MTR Exit A2

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Mido Cafe – this two storey cha chaan teng is full of nostalgia, it’s like you’re transported back in time. Sitting next to an open window with a cool breeze flowing in while having their Iced Milk Tea (HKD$17), Pineapple Bun with Butter (HKD$12), Condensed Milk and Butter Toast (HKD$10) and Ham and Macaroni in Broth (HKD$30)… I don’t ever want to move an inch from my seat. Unlike the more touristy cha chaan tengs, there is no need to share a table with others, be squeezed to discomfort in a small corner or be pressured to finish up your meal and go.

63 Temple Street

Daily 8.30am – 9.30pm

Yau Ma Tei MTR Exit C

 

One Harbour Road – getting into an “atas” Chinese restaurant is also a must in HK. Originally, I wanted the all-time famous 3 star michelin Lung King Heen, but since there were only the two of us I thought it might be better to go with a bigger group another time. Dining at merely the 7th floor of the Grand Hyatt hotel may not sound as impressive, but we had a great view overlooking Victoria Harbour by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Service is impeccable, and I was surprised that they have an attendant in the toilets to greet you and hand you paper towels to dry your hands. Some memorable items from the dim sum menu we tried include the Steamed Honey Roasted Barbecued Pork Buns (HKD$66) and the Baked Turnip, Minced Pork and Pepper Puff Pastries (HKD$66). We also had a mouthgasmic Minced Beef and Egg Fried Rice with Black Truffles (HKD$218). Best fried rice I’ve had.

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

7-8/F

1 Harbour Rd

Mon to Sat 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm

Sun 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm

Wan Chai MTR Exit C

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Pierre Herme – I got the box of 12 at an astounding HKD$350. Well, it was worth every cent. You have to get the White Truffle with Piedmont Hazelnut macaron and the Chocolat and Foie Gras macaron. Nuff said.

IFC Mall

Podium Level 1, Shop  1019C

8 Finance Street

Daily 10am – 9pm

Hong Kong MTR Exit F

 

Syut by Tfvsjs 談風: vs :再說 – the most “concealed” place I went on the trip. This restaurant set up by their local band is hidden in one of the several nondescript factory buildings, you would think that nobody would ever find their way here. Fact is that this modern industrial themed restaurant was nearly full for lunch. The Chicken Risotto with Walnut Oil (HKD$86) was not overly cheesy while the Veal Sausage Cassoulet (HKD$98) came with a special 64°C egg and balsamic shallot chutney.

Gee Luen Factory Building

Unit B, 10/F

316-318 Kwun Tong Road

Mon 6.30pm – 10pm

Tue to Sat 12pm – 3pm, 6.30pm – 10pm

Ngau Tau Kok MTR Exit B6
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Tai Cheong Bakery – Egg tarts!! The custard is smooth, eggy and comes with a tinge of sweetness, and the crust is flaky and light. HKD$6 each.

35 Lyndhurst Terrace

Mon to Sat 7.30am – 9pm

Central MTR Exit D2

 

The Coffee Academics – the original, larger flagship store is in Causeway Bay, but I went to the newer branch at Wan Chai instead. Coffee was pretty smooth, and you have to get their Mile High Blueberry Pancake Dessert (HKD$78) for sure. They don’t look as aesthetically pleasing as the ones we have in Singapore but trust me, they beat most places hands down.

35-45 Johnston Road

Mon to Thu 8am – 10pm

Fri 8am – 11pm

Sat 9am – 11pm

Sun 9am – 9pm

Wan Chai MTR Exit B1

 

Tim Ho Wan – the cheapest Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant. It’s also much cheaper over here than our local branches. Their variation of the signature Baked BBQ Pork Buns (HKD$66) are slightly different from ours – we boast a sweeter version while HK does it salty. Singaporeans like me may prefer our local ones though. However, the Steamed Egg Cake (HKD$12) (another one of my personal favorites) here is more flavorful and fluffier.

9-11 Fuk Wing Street

Daily 8am – 9.30pm

Sham Shui Po MTR Exit B2

 

Tsui Wah Restaurant – the many branches they have show us how a simple breakfast of Satay Beef Instant Noodles with Scrambled Eggs and Butter Buns (HKD$27) can be so satisfying.

Hong Kong Intl Airport Terminal 1

Departures Check-in Hall Mezzanine, Level 8

Daily 7am – 12am

 

Yee Shun Milk Company – supposedly the best milk pudding you can find on Hong Kong island. The red bean on steamed milk (HKD$29) I had was smooth, silky and not overly sweet. We so need more of such stores specializing in milk puddings in Singapore.

506 Lockhart Road

Daily 12pm – 12am

Causeway Bay MTR Exit C

 

That’s all for now folks. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

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Kungfu Paradise [Closed]

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Kungfu Paradise is under the Paradise group of restaurants in Singapore of Chinese origin. A very distinct difference from the others (Canton Paradise, Taste Paradise, Paradise Pavillion, Seafood Paradise, etc) will be its much more casual form of dining which operates over midnight in several outlets. It also serves food of an Asian and Western fusion, very much appealing to the crowd of different tastebuds, or what they refer to as cosmopolitan tastebuds. Basically, they serve Hong Kong cuisine incorporating some Western choices as well.
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The menu here consists of different ranges of food to choose from, from dimsum to noodles and rice dishes to Western creations to desserts. After a few visits, I believe that they are all equally as good as each other despite the fact that Kungfu Paradise is supposedly under an Asian group. It was pleasant to know that the Western sector served rather popular dishes of their own. Several choices of pasta and meat combos are offered, not forgetting Western desserts like their chocolate lava cake. Some soup noodles dishes and appetizers/sides like the steamed custard lava buns and wings are also recommended.

I was surprised to find that the fish and chicken combo, at just $10.90, was a steal. Portion wise, that long dish of food was definitely worth more than its price. They may be a casual dining place but the food is of quality. That’s what I love about Kungfu Paradise – casual and afforable enough for small talk over a meal yet serving good stuff that appetize.

A happy thing to know would be that Kungfu Paradise is expanding. It’s newest outlet is located at JCube at Jurong East, so now people on both east and west ends of Singapore will have a great refuge for late nights in the neighbourhood.
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2 Tampines Central 5

#01-37 Century Square

Singapore 529509

Operates daily from morning to night (excluding public holidays)

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