Who shares about Chup Chye Peng (Mixed Vegetables Rice)?! ME @iEatTravel.com!!
Why? Because it looks normal but tastes so good and i bet you’ll need to queue up at least for 15mins during the peak periods. Sometimes I just wanna make my queuing more worth it by ordering a few more packs of rices!
A clear line of hungry patrons drilling as constantly popping their heads out trying to get a good view of whats available for the day. I was introduced to this stall by a close friend of mine when we decided to have our dinner before our usual Futsal session. Ever since then, whenever I am around the area, I’ll join in the queue for a big pack of Chup Chye Peng at Kovan Hawker Centre.
A group of aunties serving you and most prominently, a lady with a deformed hand using a pair of scissors, picking up the food, cutting them into smaller pieces easier for you to eat. The variety might not be as much as some of the other stalls but I can guarantee you that majority of them tastes really yummy!
Some of my favourites: fried egg omelette, eggplant with shallots, a variety of Yong Tau Foo, curry vegetables, Sambal long beans, fried fish, prawn rolls and a must have, chicken cutlets! then you ask for a good ladleful or curry onto your rice and my dinner is complete!
My pictures of the food might look like a cluster of dark foods but please don't be fooled by it. you have to come try it out and tell me that this will not be the last time you’re going to patronised this stall. the only setback? Long queues during peak hours and if you’re planning to have it there, its non air-conditioned.
Give it a try and share with me which are the dishes that you love!
What to do when you’re hungry, especially in the middle of the night or just after a late night movie? I’m sure you will not have any difficulties here in Singapore especially at the northern eastern part of it. There are tons of yummy foods as well for supper crawlers.
I am fortunate to be able to enjoy such great foods around my area and I am glad that they are still around after so many years. Many can’t survived due the to the handing over to the next generation as they try to re-create and modernised their food and their culture.
Right here along Serangoon Road, this is one place that even people from the west of Singapore would know about and needs no introduction. SO if you have yet to try this, please do come down and brings more money ya!
Nasi Lemak (a Malay dish, coconut and pandan fragrant rice served with a hot spicy sauce (sambal), and usually include various garnishes, including fresh cucumber slices, small fried anchovies (ikan bilis), roasted peanuts, and hard-boiled or fried egg. Punggol Nasi Lemak serves yet a slightly different way (I would say its more towards the chinese style) where they offer a wide variety of dishes for you to mix and match with the yummy rice.
Almost every evening and night, you will see queues forming up in an orderly manner people ordering packing the orders for their families or collecting huge trays of food as they enjoy the delicious food at the coffeeshop. Some of the side dishes available are chicken wings, vegetable curry, fried long beans, fried sotong balls and otak. I must say the chicken wings or drumsticks is a must have when you’re here. I love their homemade sambal chilli and the fresh crunchy cucumbers as I always ask for more (ya sometimes they would grumble that I take too much of it :P)
So move your butt and come down to this yummy place and I guarantee you that you will love the food here! Just to share that if you’re a big eater (even for supper), please ask for additional of rice and the portions of the foods served might not be a lot. The other thing to note is that the prices of the food is kind of expensive comparing to the amount given. Other than that, I do love to come here once in awhile to have my yummy drumsticks! Nomnomnom~~
Mon - Wed: 18:30 - 02:30
Fri - Sun: 18:30 - 02:30
965 Upper Serangoon Road, 534721
238 Tanjong Katong Road, 437026
#01-01, 371 Jalan Besar, 208998
How can you resist the temptations of great yummy food during the Chinese Lunar New Year period?! I am sure you have already invited family and friends to your place for new year visiting and preparing foods for this festive season?
Besides the usual snacks like Bak Kwa, prawn rolls and cookies, what do you usually have for your meals during this period? Many dishes have meanings and it is considered auspicious to have during the Lunar New year. Well dishes like a whole fish, longevity noodles, dumplings, rice cakes etc are consider a must have during such an occasion. In Singapore we might not have too much of a restrictions for our Lunar New year dishes but here at iEatTravel, let me share with you what I had and I consider them auspicious as well.
The reunion dinner is an annual feast when family members reaffirm the love and respect that bind them together as a unit. It is known as 團圓 (also known as 圍爐 meaning "gathering around the family hearth"). Every family member is expected to do his best to return to the family home for the dinner. Traditionally, all sons return to their parental homes for the occasion. Married daughters share the tables of their husband's families. For this meal, the best food is served - and in abundance too.
This is regardless of whether the family is rich or poor, for the Chinese believe that having plenty of food during this meal would bring the family great material wealth in the new year. Steamboat is a great choice for many families and there is a huge menu of ingredients and throughout the years, we have evolved to different varieties of soup base, adding in bbq style, from the typical inexpensive to the extravagant items that you can think of. Easy to prepare and a great way to gather together for a good hearty meal.
A CNY favourite in Singapore, this dish is made up of strips of raw fish mixed with vegetables, sauces, and other condiments such as peanut crumbs and fried crisps. It is commonly known as raw fish salad 鱼生:, which sounds like an increase in abundance 余升 when pronounced in Chinese. This is the scary part and if you ask me, I wouldn't wanna have one at my place as my friends likes to toss it high and messy! It is also said that the higher you toss the salad, the better luck you will have the for coming year! Come Huat Huat ah
I love day 2 of the Lunar New Year too as my aunt (the best chef in AMK and some say the whole of north Singapore), a homemaker, whips up a fantastic meal every single year! Both me and my brother loves her cooking so much so that we would spend hours sitting, hogging the space and enjoy her cooking!
From five spiced prawn rolls (slightly from the traditional ones but superbly yummy), Braised pork belly and boy oh boy this is a must for many Hokkien families and my brother’s ultimate favourite! Mixed vegetarian dish (all vegetables) with bamboo shoots or lotus roots. Chinese vermicelli fried with pork belly is heavenly, how about curry chicken and roasted duck meat one of the few dishes which is always available!
So how to lose weight during these period?! :P
There is so so many ways to prepare these yummilicious foods and some even cater buffet which save all the hassle especially when they have shortage of time and manpower. So so many food to share and I hope this can give you some ideas to prepare for this year’s CNY dishes.
Try and cook some and enjoy the coming season with lots of fun and laughter and I hereby wishes you all with great health and happiness of the monkey, continue to enjoy great food and a Happy Monkey Lunar New Year!
TungLok (Tong Le 同乐) has been quite a household name for many where they are known for their wonderful seafood, vegetarian and traditional Chinese cuisines. They have won numerous awards and has since spread their specialty to other Asian regions like Indonesia, Japan, Chian and Vietnam.
Looking at the formula on this blog’s title, many would have known about this. TungLok Group collaborated with Beijing’s XiHe Group to form TungLok XiHe Restaurant which dedicates to authentic Chinese cuisines and of course, the signature Peking Duck. The duck they use here has a twist, it’s flown from Ireland's Silver Hill Farm, also known as the London Duck, where the ducks are just merely 42 days old. The soft tender and juicy duck meat not forgetting the crispy skin which crackles as you pop them into your mouth.
The process of making this wonderful dish takes about 3 full days from preparation to roasting. a first in Singapore and its definitely one of the best Peking duck you’ll find here on this sunny island. The duck is served wth 8 condiments to be wrapped in the paper thin crepe.
Of course you can eat it on its own, your Singaporean way but doing it the Peking style has its own pleasures too. Hoisin sauce, cucumbers, spring onions, blueberry sauce, the traditional plum sauce and a surprise popping candy which crackles in the mouth something worth trying
They have many other yummy dishes to choose from and one of them that you can consider having is the succulent wagyu beef cubes fried with vegetables and in truffle oil. fresh greens and almond flakes adds texture to this beautiful dish. Their popular handmade braised tofu is definitely worth a try. If you have some spare cash, you can order their fresh steamed Soon Hock (Marble goby fish) SiChuan style, heavenly! I can eat this everyday (ya~ unless I can afford them on a daily basis haha).
Do drop by and try out TungLok’s Peking Duck and many other yummilicious chinese cuisines! Do share with me your favourites and how you find their famous Peking duck!
TungLok XiHe Peking Duck
200 Turf Club Road
Lunch: 11:30 - 15:00
Dinner: 18:00 - 22:30
Named after the famous Tang Dynasty Poet, Li Bai is renowned for its Cantonese cuisine served in the tradition of grand Emperors, amidst the restaurant's superb décor and grand table setting of jade, silver and fine bone china. Drawing its inspiration from the poet's classic lyrical poems, Executive Chinese Chef Chung Yiu Ming whips up exquisite, authentic Chinese cuisine with skilled and deliberate strokes to create a divine gourmet experience for diners.
With a keen emphasis on enhancing the natural flavours and fragrances of every ingredient, the aroma of succulent meats, fresh seafood and crisp vegetables blend perfectly with the artistic touches of paintings and poems to set a unique ambience for a feast fit for the Emperor - yet totally non-intimidating.
Renowned for its exacting service standards, Li Bai Singapore is open for both lunch and dinner. The Dim Sum and Business lunch menus provide tantalising selections of Li Bai's best traditional dishes while the Sunday Yum Cha has become almost a weekly staple for many of its patrons.
I had the opportunity to savour this wonderful and poetic cuisine at Li Bai for dinner. The restaurant give you the royal feel and yes, even for the prices of the dishes too :P You can definitely expect a tip top service by the staffs. From the jade green menu, to the origami napkin, everything displayed on the table is like a romantic poem, the flow of the colours, bringing you, drawing you into the mood for a good feast, a poetic harmony.
First up, cold dish: slice roasted duck meat with marinated jellyfish and cut fruits. Fresh mango and strawberries accompanying the roast duck is a gorgeous rhyme and not forgetting the crunchy jellyfish adds on a layer of texture. Doubled boiled chicken soup is a must too in this Cantonese restaurant. The clear soup tells the story of a light but flavourful admixture where hints of each ingredient plays a part in creating such wonderful dish. Yes the next one reminds me of my trip to Hong Kong where I had similar roasted pork at Lei Garden 利苑酒家. Crisp skin, layer by layer, each layer defines perfectly the fat and lean meat you can try it with the mustard dip. Heavenly!
I can't stop saying its one of my favourites. And the next dish is also my fav! Salted egg prawn with fried green. For people who hates to de-shell the prawns, this is it, very fresh prawns coated with a good measured layer of salted egg yolk and smooth butter. Claypot mixed vegetables with sea cucumber is quite ordinary to my taste. Nothing special about this dish though so I think you can give this a miss but if you like a clear light flavour, this can help to balance your taste palate.
We had fried rice as well and I would say this dish is cooked with lots of love. The 锅气 - which literally means the smell of the wok (usually cooked with strong fire and quick stir frying while cooking, typical Chinese style) The slightly charred smell from the heat gives a subtle relation between the fried rice and the chef’s wok. A good proportion of rice with yet again, fresh ingredients.
Dessert, deep fried red bean paste pancake and black sesame filling muah chee (glutinous Rice Balls). Having the savoury and ending with the sweet, a smooth progression with all the elements to end a ballad poem. The red bean paste is made from scratch and the filling is generous. On the other hand, a perfect duet with the fried crispy pancake skin. I would suggest you to order this if you have 4pax or more (as its a tad too much for 2 or maybe 3.) The muah chee is good as I love black sesame and if you like it too, this is also one to order.
There are so many more dishes and I've only got so much cash (including credit) to spare for this evening. Haha do share with me what other dishes are worth ordering and also I am sure the Dim Sum is a hit too! Jio me for yum cha sometime ya~
Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Yum Cha: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
With over 21 outlets island wide, a place where you can tuck into the signature dish and a whole range of quality menus at reasonable prices in a comfortable environment. At Hans Café you will be spoilt for choice. Start your morning with Hans Set Breakfast, there are All-Day Set Meals and local favourites too like Pasta, Focaccia and Salads.
This is a household name where I’m sure especially for those who have grown up in Singapore, you will know about this old brand. They have popular local favourites as well as simple western meals not forgetting the breakfast sets which only till recently that I had got to know about. So what is your favourite dish when you’re here at Hans? Let me share with you some of my favourites and some of the items that I had tried
Aimed at the busy office workers simple english breakfast for everyone. Eggs are a must in their menu. From scramble to sunny side up and comes with toasts and some even have a sausage or my favourite bacon! But be warned, don't expect flamboyant cooking, if you’re particular on how your eggs has to be cooked, be sure to make known when ordering. We had our breakfast at one of the many outlets situated. The service is not what I would praise about but I’m glad that this outlet offers seniors a job but I think they deserve a better working environment too.
Lunch & Dinner
A huge array of choices for you choose from. they have daily specials, or you can choose from their megaload of dishes which I’m sure that you have a couple of choices that you’ll like to have. The typical western delights, where you can enjoy a steak at a very reasonable price, chicken chops with crispy greens, or fancy a good battered fish & chips? Flaky fish good enough for me and I have to say, the standard of the food varies at different time of the day and at different outlets
The local delicacies which brings most of the diners to this place. Hainanese pork chop (with savoury sweet sour sauce), Redang chicken curry (one of my favourite and its only available to some outlets as their daily specials), Hor fun is another must try with yummy seafood and generous gravy which might flow over sometimes. Or just a simple fried rice with an egg on top? You can add on to a set for most of them. The set comes with a drink, garlic bread and soup of the day. I’m a fan of garlic bread but for Hans, their bread is too hard for me and lack the strong garlic taste to it.
So what if you don't have the appetite for mains? Some of the outlets does offer cakes, salads, or even a curry puff if you’re here for tea.
Drop by one of them and share with me whats your favourite dish at Hans!
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Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, all day dining, The Square Restaurant offers a daily Lunch and Dinner buffet with interactive live cooking stations featuring international and local cuisines. With a fair selection of foods available and the quality of the food presented, there is no wonder why it is packed on a Tuesday afternoon.
Located on the 7th floor, The Square restaurant international buffet includes Singaporean favourite Dishes like Laksa as well as fresh prawns & mussels, roasted meats, homemade Dim Sum, delicious A-la minute Risotto and a wide range of curries with condiments. You can actually choose to have their buffet or A la carte during lunch and dinner.
I came for the buffet and this hip and modern restaurant though small and the variety of food compared to some is pretty little, but the quality and freshness of the food is good. You can interact directly with the chefs and have your desired dish prepared in the open kitchen, as they move through the different stations. Like for example the laksa, mee rebus and even pastas and grilled meat.
They offer a good spread of salad and cold cuts with a fair range of Chinese cooked food like fried noodles, vegetables, a small selection of Japanese sushi and sashimi. Fancy some Indian curry vegetables and rice? Or how about dim sum or satay? I must say out of all, their cakes and dessert selection has the most. From chocolate fondue, to tarts and puddings, they even introduce Asian delights such as the kueh lapis and durian pengat which is super yummy!
For the price, you have a bit of everything and do make a reservation if you’re planning to have your lunch or dinner buffet here as it seems like its full during such hours.
The Square @ Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
177A River Valley Road
Monday - Saturday: 6.30am - 10.30am
Sunday: 7.00am - 11.00am
Lunch - Buffet & Ala Carte
Daily: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Dinner - Buffet & Ala Carte
Daily: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Chef Wan calls his buffet place a place with larger than life spreads, innumerable appetizers options, delectable main courses and mouthwatering desserts. Everything is made KING size for you to enjoy. And how many of you have been to 1 Market and how do you find the spread of the food, the atmosphere and the price?
Southeast Asia’s most illustrious chef and Malaysia’s appointed culinary ambassador, Chef Wan created many yummy South East Asian flavours dishes and you can find them all at this place. The buffet boasts a gastronomic spread of appetisers, salads, seafood, grill, casserole, hotpots and desserts helmed with recipes bursting with Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian &Middle Eastern flavours. I was so excited when I first stepped into the restaurant and you can smell the lovely flavours already.
Although I arrived pretty early, the section where it places all the seafood is almost empty. There are Alaskan King Crab legs, Mussels, Scallops, Prawns and other shellfishes and I’m sure there is supposed to be fresh oysters as well and its gone?!! Nevermind, I shall start with some fresh greens and appetizers. As compared to many buffet places, they tend to introduce soda drinks to their patrons and here at 1 Market, juices or hot drinks are readily available.
You can start off your mains with something light like porridge or some small cuts of beef or mutton, sashimi, sushi or chawamushi can be a good start too if you’re into Japanese food. Fresh fish and slightly thicker cuts are placed on the serving sections and it is also one of the more popular sections in the restaurant. You might want to forget about getting a chawamushi if the steamer isn’t on (which happened on the day I was there) It doesn’t taste nice when it’s not warm.
Some of the popular dishes you might want to feast on would be the chilli and black pepper crabs, beef rendang, satay and grilled squids. Being the first Halal Buffet restaurant in Singapore, Chef Wan prides his dishes as the dishes are all authentic and recipes created by him. They also have a section where they would come out with daily specials and when I was there, they are serving Singapore Laksa, a delicious tasting soup and wonderful ingredients. They even have a section where you can “create” or make your own Rojak (a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.) and Kueh Pie Tee (thin and crispy pastry tart shell Kuih filled with a spicy, sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawns.)
Last but not least, an array of fruits, desserts to end the meal. You can have cream puffs, Kueh Lapis, or even some Nonya cakes and even a few scoops of ice cream! Overall, 1 Market can satisfy your taste buds with lots of authentic flavours from the neighbouring regions but I think it is on a pricy side taking into account that the dishes available. Maybe you can consider coming in for a luncheon with your friends and you can be sure your Malay friends are invited as well!
If you have been to Hong Kong and in search of the original Mak noodles, be prepared with a big and expandable stomach. There are so many versions and links to the original Mak Woon-Chi’s creation. I tried linking up and finding out which is the main descendant but in the end, not much results as the stories are very similar. I found the two most popular noodles after Mak Woon-Chi’s. Just a little history, Mak Woon-Chi the pioneer and the one who created wonton noodles brought this delicacy from Guangzhou to Hong Kong.
The recipe hasn’t changed throughout even till the earl 1960s as this dish was served to the then President of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-Shek by Mak Chi-Ming, a third-generation descendant of Mak Woon-Chi. Now with Mak’s Noodles and Mak Mun Kee’s version, they do have their own share of supporters, each insisting that they are the true originals. Even one of them has started franchise in Singapore, Mak Man Kee and they are opening another branch soon.
Mak Mun Kee Noodle Shop 麥文記麵家
I started off searching for them upon checking into my hotel in Hong Kong, luckily it was within walking distance and to be honest, I was hungry then and couldn’t wait to try out why, why so many people recommended Mak’s. The setup of the eatery is typical of Hong Kong food places. Tiny space with round tables where people would just come in and find a seat which is empty, most of the time, sharing a table with others and it’s also quite a culture especially during lunch hours where people would focus on their food and leave the place.
At 3:15pm, this place still packs with people and I understand now why it is considered the best wonton noodles. I ordered a bowl of wonton noodle soup and the other, dried noodles with shrimp dumplings. The soup has a very strong shrimp flavour which I have yet to taste before. The consistency in the handmade noodles is springy and needs a little effort to bite it off. Generous amount of prawns (one and a half slice of it) are found in each wonton and the texture of the prawn indicates that the meat is fresh and I savour every single bit of the meal. I enjoyed this and love it very much.
Mak’s Noodles 麥奀雲吞麵世家
The other “twin’ of the Mak legacy, is here to show that they meant business too. With an equal busy crowd, this outlet located at Wellington Street is popular as well. The space in the shop is bigger and articles and pictures of their success decorate the front window of the shop. We ordered the usual soup version of the wonton noodles and a plate of 捞(dried version) sprinkled with dried prawn roe and a bowl of wonton soup by itself.
The taste of the soup is comparable with I really couldn’t find too much of a difference, the noodles seems like it has been made off from the same factory of person who kneads it. To me, the捞 version seems to hit on me more and the dried roe acts as a magical powder which enhances the noodles and taste of it. The wonton however, seems like being discounted as it is only wrapped in a full prawn compared to Mak Mun Kee’s.
You can try out their branch in Singapore and see if you like it and if you have a chance to go to Hong Kong, do try out both and see for yourself, which side would you taste buds fall to. Typing this article makes me crave for the noodles once again. I think I wanna take a train down and try out the one in Singapore…
When someone asks you about the good food in Hong Kong, what are the dishes that you would suggest? Similar to Singapore, Hong Kong has a great culture of superb food from the streets all the way to fine dining restaurants and Michelin Star eateries. In this article, I will share with you what are the MUST eats when you’re there!
The simplicity of food as you walk along the streets trying out the little stalls tucked in shops along the alleys and pathways. Wonderful bean curd freshly made daily which can be found at Lamma Island, “fish egg” 魚蛋 or rather what we know as fish balls cooked in spicy curry. Or why not try out the dried cuttlefish and shishamo grilled on charcoal and drizzled in special sauce as you walk along the breezy fisherman village in Tai O. Fancy the local drinks Yuanyang 鸳鸯 or 港式奶茶 to cool yourself down which can be found in nearly all eateries.
Dim sum is everywhere in Hong Kong and my top three choices are:
Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店
A popular chain outlet which you can even find in Singapore, Tim Ho wan had earned its reputation as the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant which only the outlets at Mongkok and Sham Shui Po gained those hard-earned one stars.
T'ang Court 唐閣
Top 10 restaurants in Hong Kong, and a two star Michelin award, the real treat for your dim sum fix is here. It is known for the extravagant and freshness, creating local delicacies with luxurious ingredients. You can even enjoy other sumptuous food in this luxury restaurant located at the Langham.
Maxim’s Palace 美心皇宮
Come early and enjoy the fresh dim sum and a very cozy environment. You can spend hours catching up with your friends as the service staffs push traditional Dim Sum steam carts around the restaurant. Order and receive your food on the spot.
Porridge is one of the staple foods for the locals and for tourists, many would visit Ocean Empire 海皇粥店. Traditional porridge ingredients like century egg and pork slices, to fresh slice fish and also seafood versions are available on their menu. The other favourite of mine would be fried dough wrapped with rice noodle sheet 炸兩. Sprinkled with spring onions and dashes of light soya sauce, the simplicity of food but not lacking the flavourful tastes and textures.
Pastires and bakeries are widely available in Hong Kong. You can easily get some bread which is conveniently available in most shopping malls or along the streets, small eateries like Kam Wah Café 金華冰廳 for a Po Luo bun (pineapple bun) or egg tarts and dessert shops and talking about desserts, Yuen Kee Dessert源記甜品專家 located at Sai Yuan Lane is one of the popular hangout place for locals especially after dinner and till midnight.
You can order a slice of sponge cake to go with your hot desserts. Yee Shun Milk Company 義順牛奶公司 is another place if you would like some curdled milk for dessert. They have a variety of flavours and it comes with hot or cold ones. How about a ice cream from a mini ice cream van? It’s a good fix to cool yourself down especially I’m there in summer.
Who can forget about roast goose meat and other roasted meat which is one of the must haves when you’re here in Hong Kong. Yat Lok Restaurant 一樂燒鵝 located at Stanley Street, is a must go to have the juicy goose drumstick (depends on availability) and you can have it with rice or their handmade egg noodles. The crispy skin and the fat in the meat is divine and I am totally in love with it! And the other two places where I think they have good tasting roast meat would be at Maxim’s Palace 美心皇宮 as well as Zheng Dou 正斗粥麵專家 which can be located at the Hong Kong International Airport. One of the best roasted pork which I had for my dinner was at Lei Garden 利苑酒家, cozy setting and I have to say their roast goose is comparable too!
Looking for a late night snack or supper? Walk along Temple Street and you should chance upon these two shops, Hing Kee Restaurant 興記煲仔飯 & Four Seasons 四季煲仔飯. In fact there are many such places around Temple Street for you to choose from.
Both stalls have tasty clay pot rice which is cook from scratch upon order and they have sides like fried oyster omelette or seafood like the mantis shrimp in cereal. The difference between the ones in Singapore to those here, they come without any sauces and you can just add in your preferred amount of dark soy sauce.
From breakfast till supper, having local street food to dining in a posh restaurant, you will enjoy the wonderful variety meals in Hong Kong. Be it a short trip or hopping around the area going to Macau or Shenzhen. I am sure you will enjoy the recommendations that I have painstakingly put up for you. Take note and share with me what are your favourite places to eat in Hong Kong and I will try to cover them when I’m back the next time! Cheers!
There are so many foods available in Macau, from the local delicacies like the Portuguese cuisines, to lovely local Macanese food like the pork chop bun and egg tarts. You can certainly find a great variety of choices from noodles to rice and even bite size snacks as you walk along the streets of Senado Square or around Taipa Village.
Wong Chi Kei, located near Senado Square is one of the popular eats around the area. Available in Macau and in Hong Kong, Wong Chi Kei is famous for their handmade noodles which are very different visually comparing to our usual Mee Kia in Singapore. Thinner noodles but yet it packs a good chew to it, with a firm texture and a bite, you know that the handmade noodles had some good beating to it and the process of cooking it, is delicate and requires great skill. Wonton and the shrimp dumplings both had fresh shrimps in it and the dumplings have a mixture of meat and fish for the distinct taste. You can try some other dishes as well and even the pig intestines are yummy!
If the weather is very warm and humid, why not take a break and have a cup of herbal tea to cool yourself down? Tai Sing Kung can be found just before Ruins of St. Paul’s and you can drink it on the spot or even buy a bottle to have it later.
Tai Lei Loi Kei which has an outlet in Singapore is also packed with tourists going for their famous pork buns! There are a variety of pork chop dishes available and here the meat is wonderfully marinated and the generous amount of meat in the small bun makes me wanna chomp it all down!
Mok Yi Kei, a famous dessert shop at one end of the Taipa village food area, you can find huge selections of juices, ice creams (even Mao Shan Wang Durian flavoured!) and one of the popular one is sawdust pudding aka Serradura.
It is actually a layered chilled dessert made up of a sweetened, vanilla whipped cream and crushed Marie biscuits. I would say this is forgettable and not very impressive. How I wish I have chosen the durian ice cream instead :(
Fancy some familiar coffee? The Starbucks outlet located at Taipa Village is in yellow (well the uniform and the logos used in the stall are the original ones)
How about buying traditional biscuits and cookies from Macau? They are also available in Hong Kong too but here in Macau, so many branches and some of them are more than a century old!
Last but not least, how can you leave Macau without having the famous Portuguese Egg Tarts? In my next blog, I will share with you several egg tarts in Macau that you can enjoy and which are the ones which are tasty!
A hotel with an attitude, Hard Rock Hotel Macau entertains guests' dreams of a Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle. The place for parties and entertainment, and you will feel like you’re living the rock star life at the Hard Rock Hotel. The view from the hotel is mesmerizing and for the room, a rock star treatment with comfort and technology in mind for all guests even before you arrive in Macau. Fabulous services provided from the staffs at the Contact Centre, as they promptly guided me and helped me with my queries and reservations. Thank you for all your time and effort, Ryan, Carry, Ana, Jackie, Justin, Rinfred, Ivy and of course Ysabel whom I first got in contact to! Not forgetting the front desk’s Yvonne, Loka, Cindy and Alex for the checking in and out!
Upon check-in, the posh walkway leads you to your room. The room is welcoming and decorated with style, beautiful artworks, luxurious bathroom amenities and fabulous view of the coati strip and the Venetian Hotel. The bed is very comfortable and I love fluffy pillows and the best of it is that the air-conditioning is perfect and quiet. Huge selection of TV channels from HBO to Hong Kong stations. Who wouldn’t love this pampering service by the staffs of Hard Rock?!
The Hard Rock Café and the Rock Shop is one of the places to go for everyone and a must for those who are staying here. The café is famous for their baby ribs with barbeque sauce. Marinated for more than 12 hours, the succulent meat is sweet to the taste of the BBQ marinates and the hours of cooking it locks in the juice and drenches your mouth with every bite. As compared to the one in Singapore, the meat is not as tender but tasty enough for a good meal. The chicken in the Duo Combo is well roasted but the fries are too salty.
Onion rings lover? You should try ordering it and the other appetizer you should try would be Santa Fe Spring Rolls. It’s similar to our traditional spring roll (po piah) but this version is stuffed with spinach, black beans, corn, cheese, jalapeños and many Mexican flavours.
Served with Hard Rock grilled salsa and dressing. You should try it and I’m sure for Mexican food lovers, this is one good taste! Order yourself some drinks and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the Hard Rock Café and in the evenings, they have live performances for the dinners!
Hard Rock Hotel boosts one of the best places for great food. From American to the Chinese and you can even find the popular roasted meat restaurant, 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳 Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose. We ordered a three meat platter with the famous roasted goose meat, steamed chicken and of course, char siew (roasted pork). The healthier version as compare to the ones in Singapore for the char siew but don’t be fooled by the look, it’s really yummy! The chicken tastes just right but slightly oily to my liking and the goose meat is mouthwatering with the tasty tender meat and you will love the tender meat, juices flows out as you bite each time.
They have fried calamari (in strips), the fried dough is mixed and seasoned in their combination of spices which brings out the taste. I love it with the fried bee hoon and fried garlic it’s a beautiful mix of textures and flavours. I suggest you order this as well if you’re here but don’t have it alone, its too much for one to finish. Order a bowl of bee hoon soup to balance out the sumptuous meal and you should be ready for the next one real soon!
What is the next thing that you think off after getting off bed? I’m wanna eat something! Thank god the choices of food are plentiful and I love a hotel which gives me a choice to have my breakfast, buffet style. International breakfast at the R Bar at Hard Rock Hotel is good in quality and you have a variety of choice from the usual cereal bar, cold cuts, to steaming dim sum and egg station.
Wonderful smiles by the staffs as it give you a great start to your day and as you walk around the bar, you will find that the food are artistically presented. The variety of drinks available for a start, the pastries selections will spoil you as you indulged in the fresh bakeries.
The mains and sides are fairly good. from the usual bacon, hash browns, baked beans to the Chinese, fried noodles (and soup ones as well), vegetables, congee and even dim sum.
I'm sure you will have something which you like at the R Bar. Alternatively you can visit the other restaurants at the City of Dreams to satisfy your taste buds.
It’s not all about the food when you stay at The City of Dreams. There is the famous House of Dancing Waters, the world’s largest and most spectacular water-based show. So you want to have a sneak preview of what is this all about? Follow me on my next blog.