Category Archives: Hong Kong

West Villa Restaurant

I took a wine course at Berry Bros. & Rudd earlier this year. After a long morning of lectures and tastings…

..we go to lunch at West Villa which is just on the other wing of Lee Gardens mall.

So glad we had a private function room. The dining room outside was chaotic because the place was packed!

We had a red and white selection for lunch (an addition to the 11 other wines we were tasting that day).

Our young instructor.

Starting off with Char Siu, or barbecued pork. The server tells us it is Jackie Chan's favorite dish here! So ofcourse everyone savors it down to the last bite.

Fish. I forgot what it was. Good!

Peppered beef. So tender I wanted more!

Noodles with prawns and crab fat.

Forgot what this was as well..

Nice soy chicken.

Ending with the usual fried rice.

Dessert, my least favorite part of a meal. Here, I eat my words. This is an almond cream bun that completely blew me away. Light, crisp exterior encapsulating a warm almond filling with gummy bits to chew on.

They reminded me of Tim Ho Wan's famous Char Siu buns. AMAZING! The meal could not have ended on a higher note.

Well done!

West Villa
28 Yun Ping Road
1/F Lee Gardens Two, Hong Kong
T: +852 2882 2110

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Chinese, Hong Kong, Wine


Hong Kong’s VERY Delicious Kitchen

So we get up late, exhausted and hung over from the concert. All looking forward to a hearty meal..


Minced beef and pea soup. It was alright.

They simply call this the Deep Fried Pork Chop.

A beautiful sweet glaze coating the juicy chop. Cooked to perfection.

Some greens.

Spring Chicken. Nice, juicy and crispy.

3 Kinds of Mushroom with Bean Curd.

Silken goodness. They use the good shiz.

Fried Prawns with Hot Peppers. Sweet and spicy fat shrimp!

Scrambled Egg Whites with Shrimp and Pine Nuts. Egg whites can be the most boring things in the world, but here the product is treated well. Great great dish. Something I want to learn to make.

The best bite = pork chop + egg white scramble + steamed long grain rice. Washed down with a cold lager.

Good stuff.

They definitely got the name right!

Delicious Kitchen
Shop B, G/F
9-11 Cleveland Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
T: +852 2577 7720
+852 2577 8350

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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Brunch, Hong Kong


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Comfort Food Post Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert

The reason we were in Hong Kong last August was for the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.

These guys know how to rock!

Anthony was still pretty damn hot considering he's 50! Thank you for the shoutout to the Filipinos!!

We were so hammered after the concert that we went for a last bite before goin to bed. Here we are back at our customary street food stall by the hotel.

Always the same attendants preparing the goodies.

What to choose, what to choose.

The boys decide they need something more to hit the spot. Hot noodle soup with a side of goose and milk tea. Boom!! Whatta magical combination.

Can't stop!

Somewhere in TST…

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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Hong Kong, Street Food


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Yakiniku Iroha

We stock up on a good dinner before our journey to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.

Quite nice interiors. I was surprised they even had a tatami area with the Yakiniku grills.

This was our cozy little nook.

The essentials. Bib, soy, lemon juice and chopticks.

All suited up for some grilling!

We first had a platter of premium assorted meat. Japanese Rib-Eye, Sirloin, Wagyu Tongue and Outside Skirt. It was my first time to try Wagyu Tongue and it wasn't too bad.

Next was assorted Japanese Wagyu. Wagyu Karubi, medium fatty Karubi and the two pieces are Karubi backbone.

Gorgeous marbling of a less fattier cut. I have to confess but I enjoyed this more than the overly marbled expensive cuts.

Being a real fatty beef, we didn't let it sit on the heat for too long as it cooked away instantly.

Need not oil the grill because the fat was abundant enough to keep the meat from sticking.

It was quite an experience with my first taste of Karubi. Many say it's texture is like butter and I disagree. I think it still possesses a good bite and merely has the richness of butter from the amount of fat. I enjoyed it best grilled plain with salt & pepper, a light dip in the lemon juice and chased with a scoop of sticky Japanese rice.

That dinner was simple but quite amazing. I will admit I was feeling a bit woozy right after. The hot tea did not help much. So it was a good thing we had some whiskey to help digest all that fat.

1/F, Cameron Plaza
23-25A Cameron Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
T: +852 2311 4700

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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Hong Kong, Japanese, Yakiniku


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Hot Pot

It was time for some traditional steam boating… Hot pot night!!

Even if after eating in places like this you end up smelling like a kitchen apron, I enjoy the interaction in cooking your own food and preparing a sauce to your liking. Plus you are assured the food is fresh cause they serve it raw. Or alive.

Our friend (who could not make it) recommends this place which is quite out of the way from where we usually stay in Tsim Sha Tsui. We give him the liberty to order for us by talking directly to the server. So we just sat back and waited for the food to arrive.

Seated at the second floor.

Ready to go.

First thing on the table. Deep fried fish skin. One of my least favorite food items cooked with my least favorite method :s

BIG beef platter.

The veg and balls made of I do not know what.

LIVE shrimp!! The poor guys were still moving!

DIY fish balls.

Ratio of dishes to pot 1:14.. and I didn't count the things that were on the cart beside me. We were in awe.

Carpaccio style! It wasn't bad raw.

This fish either.

It wouldn't be complete without some beer.

Surprised with the glasses they used!

We asked for a second pot. One was not enough to cook for the 7 of us!

Flavorful and spicy broth!


This was close to the end. Half the stuff was already taken out.

Happy happy! 🙂

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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Fresh Seafood, Hong Kong, Hot Pot


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Tong Pak Fu Shaved Ice

I believe almost every country has a shaved ice dessert. In the Philippines it’s the Halo-Halo. In Italy it’s the Granita. In China it’s flavored shaved ice.

We all became big fans of this flavored shaved ice since Lugang Cafe opened in Manila. On yet another trip to HK, I got to try this dessert place for the first time.

Taking up just a small area in the mall by the escalators.


We tried the milk flavor served with nata de coco and fresh mango with a passion fruit/strawberry syrup.

It was as white as snow.

You get to eat it with a shovel shaped teaspoon.

The classic ice shaver just like Lugang uses. The only place in Manila I'd go to for some good shaved ice.

Second flavor was Horlicks. We all loved this!! I don't get how the chocolate syrup and mango blend with this flavor. They both overpower its mild sweetness.

We had already gone through half the tower but each sheet was still intact. No need to rush eating this. Yumyummm!

Looking forward to try their Green Tea and Peanut versions next time we’re in town.

Tong Pak Fu
L5 The One
100 Nathan Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
T: +852 2380 3225

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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Dessert, Hong Kong


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Balalaika Ice Vodka Bar

To cap off my short business trip I hit the bar scene with a friend.

After a few drinks in the popular Lan Kwai Fong area, we travel uphill to the Ice Bar we were both new to.

Pretty regular bar on the inside.

Walk-in chiller door.

We first entered with no fur coat cause none was available.

No wonder.. someone left one on the ice bench.

Vodka selections inside.

Take your pick.

Loved how my scotch glass was getting frosted. No chance for the ice to melt and dilute my drink in here.

We met this fun group of rowdy Japanese who were also quite buzzed.

Some vodka shots to warm up.

Then it got crazy. The boys started stripping each guy that entered the room!

Defrosting our faces outside with our new found friends.

Definitely has our seal of approval!

Balalaika Russian Vodka Bar
M/F, LKF Tower
33 Wyndham Street,
Central, Hong Kong
T: +852 3579 2929

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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Booze, Hong Kong, Vodka