Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bali Trip Part 4: Tanah Lot Temple

In a place with such strong influence of Balinese Hindu culture,
visiting temples is definitely a must-do activity in Bali.
Unfortunately our trip was constrained by time, so we could only choose to visit either Uluwatu Temple or Tanah Lot. T_T both are equally scenic, seriously how to choose??

I heard that Uluwatu is great for sunrise, whereas Tanah Lot is famed for sunset. Not sure how true is it, but we decided to visit Tanah Lot in a late afternoon.

The traffic from Kuta to Tanah Lot was insane, because of thousands and thousands of cars travelled there each day. It took us over an hour, thankfully quite smooth and not too hilly. Upon arrival, we got our entrance ticket at only 30,000 Rupiah (Equivalent to a mere RM10). 

It was already very crowded around 4pm, despite of the hot scorching sun. The art and cultural market there was pretty similar to what we saw earlier in Kuta-- fashion booths, street food stalls and small eateries serving the local food.

Oh, I love my Jagung Bakar (Grilled corn)!


The spectacular temple actually sits boldly on the huge rock beside the Indian Ocean since the 16th century. So, standing on high grounds above the ocean gives us a perfectly picturesque view before, during and after sunset.

The place is so huge, and I don't mind walking miles for the beautiful scenery.

The sunset at Tanah Lot was considered quite early, around 5pm. And the view was too picturesque to be missed!!! We skip the Kecak Fire Dance performance, and wait for the dawn to keep fascinating us with different panoramic views of the sky.


Everyone starts to leave around 7pm, and our tour guide recommends us for seafood dinner at Jimbaran, otherwise dining above the ocean can be an unforgettable experience too.

Dear Tanah Lot, thanks for the amazing evening!

Tanah Lot is certainly one of the main highlights of the trip;
If I were given a chance, I'd definitely love to visit this temple again.

Lots of love,
FiSh 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Value-for-money 7-course Meal at MARCO Creative Cuisine, 1 Utama

When I first heard that MARCO Creative Cuisine in 1 Utama shopping mall is introducing a fine dining concept, my first concern is, "Would it be expensive?" To my surprise, the 7-course meal I try here is only RM78 including drinks / coffee / tea

Let's see what exactly does MARCO offer in the 7-course meal.....

If you do not already know, MARCO is the newest establishment at the Ground Floor, Old Wing of 1 Utama shopping mall. Located near TGIFriday's and Pappa Rich, surely you'd notice the vibrant gold shopfront if you pass by this area. 

What excites the patrons of the mall is the huge aquarium display in front of MARCO. Guess what's inside? Not the ordinary fish, but it's jellyfish! 

I am sure it is not something you commonly see in a mall, and truly the jellyfish display is so beautiful that you have to stop by and just admire this lovely sea creature! 

MARCO's Journey of Flavours Menu

Excellent decor and ambiance aside, now let's check out what's on MARCO's menu (Available during lunch and dinner). Unlike common fine dining that is expensive and time-consuming, MARCO offers a multicourse creative cuisine at only RM78+ per person and served in 50 minutes

For this 7-course meal, except for the palate cleanser and appetiser which has already been set by the chef, you can choose among 3-6 options for the remaining 5 courses. 

The menu, invented by Chef-owner Daren Leong, is a culmination of Chef Daren's endless experiments with flavours and textures of food. To complement this up-scaled culinary journey, the 62-seater restaurant is tastefully designed with tiffany blue and white theme to exude a sense of class and elegance. 

PALATE CLEANSER
Velvety Matcha-Lime Shooter
Velvety Matcha-Lime foam covering a chilled Lime Snow

We begin our gastronomical journey with the palate cleanser - a smooth concoction of chilled lime snow, topped with tangy lime foam and matcha powder. So cool and refreshing to wake up all our senses and get our palate ready for the next dishes. 

APPETISER 
Savoury Eclair
Gruyere Flavoured Pâte à Choux decorated with
Aubergine Caviar, Green Chile Pesto and Tomato Confit

After whetting the palate with something tangy, here comes the appetizer - an airy choux pastry filled with smoky aubergine caviar dip. If you enjoy something heavy in taste with an added twist of spicy flavour, this is something you'd love.

SOUP
Truffled Mushroom Soup
Plant-based Creamy Mushroom Soup infused with Truffle Oil

Moving on to the soup, the staff recommends us the cold Strawberry Gazpacho which is a classic Spanish chilled vegetable soup but none of us is a fan of strawberry.

So we decide to opt for the piping hot creamy mushroom soup instead. The overall taste of Truffled Mushroom Soup may seem overly earthy for some, but I personally love it because of its deep earthy flavours. 

French Onion Soup
Caramelised Onions Broth accompanied by French Toast

If you prefer something not so common, do try the caramelised French Onion Soup. It is wonderfully topped with a thick layer of gooey, melty cheese which tastes amazing once we stir it into the rest of the soup. 

We appreciate how the chef boils it slowly for over 5 hours to achieve the ultra concentrated texture and natural sweetness in the onion soup. The French Toast is a bonus, but the soup is already thick, filling, and incredibly tasty on its own.  

ENTREE
Savoury Ice Cream Salad
Assorted Baby Leaves, Heirloom Tomato, Seasonal Microgreens and Violet Flowers
served with Savoury Ice Cream

While we are allowed to choose from two types of salad and one chicken liver pate for the entree, we go for the most unique one among all - Savoury Ice Cream Salad - which features a large dollop of ice cream made from sea salt and skimmed milk. Accompanied with lots of greens, this is a great option for the healthy goers. 

Chicken Liver Parfait
Creamy Chicken Liver covered with a Brûlée top served with Toasted Bread and Apple Chips
*Contains traces of alcohol

My dining partner prefers a more filling entree, and hence chooses the rich and decadent Chicken-Liver Pâté paired with toasted bread and crisp apple chips.

I personally love the creamy liver pâté which makes a good spread for sandwiches, toasts etc.
Its rich savoury taste is simply delicious and does not smell "metallic" at all.

MAIN
Duck Breast with Orange Puree and Roasted Beetroot
Sous Vide Pan Seared Peking Duck Breast with Orange Puree, Roasted Beetroot and Valrhona Dark Chocolate

Food continues to arrive at our table while our stomach is already half-filled. Daren's most notable main dish, the Duck Breast with Orange Puree and Roasted Beetroot, is a nice variation from the usual Cantonese roast duck.

Prepared using the sous vide method, the meat is more tender than usual. Accompanied with Naval orange and 66% dark chocolate sauce, the resulting flavour is a complex burst of sour, bitter and sweet notes for the taste buds to explore

Pomodoro Cream Seafood Pasta
Penne in rich Pomodoro Cream Sauce with Baby Squid, Clam and Mussel

We also sample the pasta for our main course and are totally smitten by the simple yet tummy-comforting plate of seafood pasta coated with sweet and rich tomato-based cream. A more generous helping of sauce would be great for richer flavours in every mouthful. 


Squid Ink Japonica Rice
Japanese Short Grain Rice cooked with Squid Ink accompanied with Prawn, Baby Squid and Omelette,
served with Garlic Mayonnaise

Another highly recommended main is the Squid Ink Japonica Rice, which is my personal favourite as well. Coated with squid ink, the texture of Japanese rice is slightly sticky, reminding me of sushi rice. Taste wise, the rice is flavourful on its own, and the portion is rather huge for one. 

The best part of this dish is, the egg is perfectly done in the way I love it! Forking into the fluffy egg
omelette, it reveals a custardy cascade of soft-cooked egg curds. So creamy, smooth and gooey!

Besides, other main course choices such as Chicken Roulade with Brussels Sprouts, Salmon with Jet Black Hollandaise and Vegetarian Arrabbiata are available too. 


DESSERT
Crème Brûlée with White Chocolate Sherbet
Lush Egg Custard accompanied by White Chocolate Sherbet and Meringue Kisses

The second last course certainly brings us on sugar high! The classic Crème Brûlée is done perfectly well in the traditional way, achieving the sweet glorious gooey texture of egg custard that we enjoy. 

Raspberry Decadence
Luscious Raspberry Cheesecake with Raspberry Gel accompanied by
Lemon Meringue Shards and Passion Fruit Gel

Fans of berries may go for the creamy raspberry mousse-like cheesecake as it is bursting with refreshing tang in contrast to the very slight sweetness. 

However, if you have slightly sweeter tooth, then the Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie would be a great option for you to indulge in the sweet concoction of soft lemon curd, passion fruit gel, Italian meringue and white chocolate sherbet.  

DRINKS 
Single Origin French Press Coffee

After ending the meal with a sweet note, drinks are served last. Among the 3 options of handcrafted coffee, loose leaves tea and sparkling berry, my personal favourite is the French Press coffee as it washes down the palate with a slightly acidic finish. 

Sparkling Iced Berry

For Ala Carte Order:
Soup, Entree: RM18 per serving
Main: RM35 per serving (+RM10 for Duck Breast)
Dessert: RM20 per serving

Price includes 6% GST and excludes 10% service charge.

The menu we sample here is seasonal and subject to change every 3-6 months. Perhaps during our next visit, Chef Daren may bring us more surprises and treat us with a myriad of flavours and textures? Can't wait to come back for more!  

Verdict:
1. The fine dining concept in Marco Creative Cuisine is a great approach for more people to actually enjoy the experience of "fine dining" without burning a hole in the pocket. 
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3. Recommended dishes: Savoury Ice Cream Salad, Duck Breast, Squid Ink Rice, Creme Brulee

Marco Creative Cuisine
Lot G146, Ground Floor (Old Wing)
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Petaling Jaya,
47800 Selangor.

Reservation: +603-7731 8293
Email: reservation@marcocreativecuisine.com
Website: www.marcocreativecuisine.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marcocreativecuisine
Instagram: www.instagram.com/marcocreativecuisine

Business Hours: 12noon – 10pm daily
• 12noon – 3pm: Lunch Service
• 3pm – 6pm: Coffee and Desserts only
• 6pm – 10pm: Dinner Service

Sunday, April 16, 2017

SIEMENS Set To Invest EUR100 Million In Malaysia

Courtesy to Siemens, I was invited to the press conference where the President and CEO of Siemens AG, Mr. Joe Kaeser and Siemens Malaysia President and CEO Mr Prakash Chandran made a public announcement of investing EUR 100 million into Malaysia. 

Siemens is not a new name to use. Being a global powerhouse positioned along the electrification value chain, Siemens is set to invest EUR100 million worth of software grant to local universities and colleges to boost re-skilling and increase training capability in preparation for the next industrial age in Malaysia.

Press Conference by Siemens announcing the investment worth EUR100 million
on software grant to local universities and colleges 

Lucky you, Malaysian university and college students! The software grant, which is set to empower Malaysian university students on digitalization, was announced following a high-level meeting and courtesy call paid to the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Minister of International Trade & Industry (MITI) II Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan and the Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai on 13 April 2017.

President and CEO of Siemens AG, Mr. Joe Kaeser

Mr Kaesar mentioned that Siemens can provide first-class help on establishing software tools for the industrial Internet to be applied to areas of manufacturing like Industrie 4.0, and will willingly grant the sum of EUR100mil worth of software to universities and colleges so that the young generation can learn to simulate in the virtual world of manufacturing.

We are all aware of Siemens' global network of innovations and local ability to provide the full spectrum of services in three core competencies / portfolio of Electrification, Automation, and Digitalization. Hence, Siemens is well-positioned to provide the solutions needed to meet the requirements of tomorrow, in line with the Prime Minister’s new 30-year transformation plan, Transformasi Nasional (TN50) which is to strengthen the digital economic hub in the country.

Siemens' tagline: "Ingenuity for life"

Mr Kaesar added that Siemens sees lots of good opportunities in Malaysia to further expand  their resources. With the Prime Minister, they also discussed the future of the country and the digital age of how the whole industrial revolution is going to be implemented in this country, and ways on how Siemens can partner leading customers and leading universities to help embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

As a world leader in manufacturing and automation, and the biggest supplier of industrial software with revenue of about EUR5 billion globally and EUR879 million in Malaysia last year, Siemens treats digitalization as their new focus. Hence, Siemens believes it is important to invest in software skills to train the students in the next generation of engineering

Mr. Prakash Chandran, President and CEO of Siemens Malaysia

Mr. Prakash Chandran, President and CEO of Siemens Malaysia who was also present at the press conference, commented:

“Since our presence here in Malaysia for more than 100 years now, we ensure that we provide support where it is needed the most - including providing access to education, state-of-the-art technology and sustaining communities. Siemens invests about 6% in research and development every year, and we bring the state-of-the-art technology, be it with the MRT, LRT double-tracked rail projects.”

My fellow blogger friends and I at the press conference.

Siemens will also focus on developing even more efficient mass mobility as well as smart grid opportunities to increase national electrification coverage with new generation capacities through efficient alternative solutions aided by digital intelligence.

Thanks Siemens for the continuous contribution to Malaysia's dynamic, economic and social growth! This is certainly a great news for the young generation and we look forward to more collaborations between Siemens and the government for future growth. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

4D3N Macao-Hong Kong Budget Food Trip [PART 2: HONG KONG]: 10 Delicious Food You Must Try

Continuing my food hunting adventure in Hong Kong from the Part 1: Macao adventure, we are in the second day of our trip, arriving at Hong Kong Kowloon City Ferry Pier (九龍城碼頭) around 7pm.

Just to recap from the previous posthere’s our itinerary for 4D3N Macao-Hong Kong trip:

Day 1 - KL-Macao:
Macao International Airport (澳門國際機場) → Free shuttle to The Venetian →Taipa Village (Tai Lei Loi Kei) → Take bus to Sofitel Macao via Border Gate of China-Macao → Check in at 5footway.inn, Project Ponte 16 → Senado Square → St. Dominic's Church → Ruins of St. Paul's → Dinner at Wong Chi Kei (黃枝記) → The Parisian

Day 2 - Macao-Hong Kong:
Breakfast at Sheng Kee Porridge (成记粥品) → Portuguese Egg Tart at Margaret's Café e Nata → Macau General Post Office → St. Paul Ruins → The Venetian Macao → Turbojet cruise to Hong Kong → Arrival at Hong Kong Kowloon City → Check in to Airbnb at Yau Ma Tei (near Mongkok shopping district) → Shopping at Ladies Market (女人街) → Dinner at McDonalds → Sneakers Street (球鞋街) → Supper at Lucky Dessert (發記甜品)

Day 3 - Hong Kong:
Dim sum breakfast at Tim Ho Wan (添好運) → Hong Kong Tramways (香港電車) a.k.a. "Ding Ding" → Central → Old-School Starbucks → Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園) → Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家) → Boat from Central Piers to Star Ferry Pier Tsim Sha Tsui → Hong Kong Cultural Centre → Shopping at Nathan Road → Australian Dairy Co (澳洲牛奶公司) → Mak Man Kee Wan Tan Noodles (麥文記) → Dim Dim Sum (點點心) → "Symphony of Lights" show at Victoria Harbour (维多利亚港)

Day 4 - Hong Kong-KL:
Breakfast at Kam Wah Cafe (金華冰廳) → Wong Tai Shin Temple (黃大仙) → Souvenir shopping along Nathan Road → Hong Kong International Airport (香港國際機場) → Kuala Lumpur 

.....so now let's continue with our food hunting trip in Day 2,3 and 4!
  
Arriving at Hong Kong Kowloon City ferry pier, the sky is already turning dark. Luckily the ferry pier is only 2 MRT stations away from our Airbnb rented apartment in Mongkok shopping district, otherwise we’d be having a hard time carrying all our heavy luggages (Thanks to the Macao souvenir bulk we purchase) around the town.

Total Damage: HKD153 for one-way TurboJET boat ticket (=RM87)

We stayed just a few doors away from H&M!

Our Airbnb in Hung Tat Building, along Dundas Street is strongly NOT recommended. It costs around MYR456 per night for a 2-room apartment located on the 5th floor (No lift, we have to climb all the way up) which can fit 4-5 pax.

The place is very old, dusty and with holes from the windows here and there (Hence I don't bother taking any picture). And the worst part is, it is facing a hospital across the street, so we can literally see the hospital beds from our room which I think it totally creeps me out!

Total Damage: RM114 per person per night

Not wanting to stay any longer in the apartment, we quickly go down for a walk. Thank God, the street right below our apartment is very happening in the evening. There are a couple of streets lined with countless number of food stalls selling egg waffle, takoyaki, fried chicken chop, bubble milk tea, and lots of trendy fashion pieces.

A gigantic 3-storey H&M departmental store is just right across the street, facing the famous Ladies Market (女人街) where you can find plenty of Hongkie nic nacs and cheap clothes.


Some of the fashion counterfeits sold at Ladies Market.

Further down the Ladies Market, there is a Sneakers Street (球鞋街) where international labels such as Nike, PUMA, Adidas, etc can be found along the way. Counterfeits are aplenty there, so choose wisely :P

Travelling tips: The first few things we did open arriving at Hong Kong were to:
(1) Reload Octopus card (HKD100 is sufficient for 3 days use)
(2) Buy a local simcard (HKD68 for 1.5GB data valid for 5 days)

(1) McDonald's (麦当劳)
Food Stop No.1: McDonald's

My first porky dinner at McDonald's - Yes McD in HK serves pork! During the period I went there, McD was having a limited-time menu of Shogun Burger, featuring a teriyaki pork patty with lettuce and fluffy sesame bun. Certainly soft and delicious, especially when paired with McD Red Bean Pie. 

Total Damage: HKD42 per person (=RM24)

(2) Lucky Dessert (發記甜品)
Food Stop No.2: Lucky Dessert (發記甜品)
G/F, 22-24 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
(尖沙咀寶勒巷22-24號地下)
Contact: +852 2396 6928
Business Hours: 2pm - 2am daily

Later in the evening, our last stop of Day 2 was Lucky Dessert (發記甜品), an extremely crowded dessert venue on a Friday night. The menu is pretty similar to Hui Lau Shan (許留山) as it mainly focuses on a variety of mango-based desserts and double-boiled nourishing soups. 

The mango smoothie was highly recommended! It felt awesome to enjoy warm desserts in the evening, under such cold weather, before we head back to our apartment and call it a night.

Total Damage: HKD39 per person (=RM22)

DAY 3 in HONG KONG

On the third day of our foodie trip, we had one full day in Hong Kong to explore every nook and corner for FOOD! Yes, 4 of us are basically walking / commuting around the whole Hong Kong (only the famous spots lah!) to look for yummy food from classic dim sum to the traditional Hong Kong Milk Tea. So it was a day of eating like a local, except for the part where we kept taking pictures of food, food and food.


(3) Tim Ho Wan (Northpoint) (添好運點心專門店)

Food Stop No.3: Tim Ho Wan (Northpoint) (添好運點心專門店)
Shop B, C, & D, Ground Floor, 
Seaview Building, 2 Wharf Road,
North Point, Hong Kong.
Contact: +852-2979 5608
Opening Hours: 10am - 9.30pm daily

Tim Ho Wan (添好運), the world's cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant was our first stop of the day. Since the original Mongkok branch had been relocated to Olympian City in 2013, we decided to go to a nearer outlet in Mongkok. The shop opened at 9am, but the queue was already long when we reached around 8.30am. That’s what Hongkies do on a Saturday morning eh?

Half an hour later, we got seated and started ordering the famous Barbecued Pork Bun, Chicken Glutinous Rice, Malay Cake, Osmanthus Jelly and several classics too. As usual, the serving time is at god-like speed. Our table was quickly filled with the items we order, and we had to finish our meal soon to give way to the next persons in the waiting line.

As this outlet in North Point was the flagship store, so I was expecting the dim sum to be superb but the experience turned out to be just normal satisfactory. I particularly loved the signature Snowy Barbecued Pork Bun in HK than those in Malaysia (I have blogged about Tim Ho Wan in Mid Valley: HERE) because the porky filling was juicier, denser and more flavourful here. Plus, look at the size of the bun—the plate seemed too small for this!

The crystal dumplings and congee tasted more notable than the rest. And I avoided the Chee Cheong Fun at all costs because the skin was sticky and coated with tasteless soy. Another good thing was, surprisingly the shop was empty approaching 11am on a Saturday morning.

Total Damage: HKD61 per person (=RM35)


Since we are in Mongkok area, we have to take a boat to cross the ocean and continue our food hunting in Central. But both islands are linked via a bridge, so we opt for Hong Kong Tramways (香港電車) a.k.a. "Ding Ding" instead. It is extremely affordable (I remember it is less than 5 HKD per ride!) and we can slowly enjoy the bird’s eye view of Hong Kong city from the top floor of the double-decker tram.

Travelling Tips: Just use the Octopus card wherever you go to enjoy better transportation rates!



(4) Starbucks in Bing Sutt Style (星巴克冰室)

Food Stop No.4: Starbucks "Bing Sutt" Style Outlet
13 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong.
Business Hours: 7am - 9pm

In Central, where the financial and business metropolitan is located, we see a more up-scaled area of Hong Kong. Hence, there are more international food around, generally pegged at higher prices too.

Almost every street is surrounded by tasteful architecture, so you just can’t miss the Instagram-worthy shots here. Our morning tea break is a memorable one as we step into the world's First "Bing Sutt" style Starbucks (冰室) along Duddel Street, Central District..

This Starbucks outlet is really the coolest one I have ever been to!

They serve all the Bing Sutt Classics and infuse them with coffee such as
Coffee Paper Cake, Polo Bun with Butter, Coffee Egg Tart and Red Bean Pudding.

The whole Starbucks was beautifully adorned with the paraphernalia of the classic Hong Kong coffee shops in retro vintage 1940's style. Looking for Instagrammable place? This is certainly one! 

From the wooden window panels to marble table settings, the old-school ambiance is so rich here that every nook and corner is worth an Instagram shot!

I ordered my all-time favourite green tea latte, but it was nothing to shout about. I mean, the recipe  was standard across the globe, so it tasted exactly like the one I had in Malaysia. I loved it, of course!

Total Damage: HKD 34 per Tall Beverage



The mugs in special Hong Kong classic food design were extra cute too!

(5) Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園)
Food Stop No.5: Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園)
2, Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Contact: +852 2544 3895
Opening Hours: 7.30am - 6pm daily
Closed on Sundays

From the back lane of Duddell Street, we took a quick stroll and arrive at Lan Kwai Fong area. I always thought Lan Kwai Fong is only happening when the evening approaches, but didn't realise that there were so many Western brunch and high tea places around this area during the day too. However, looking at the price point, we preferred going for some local food instead.

So our late lunch was here at Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園). From far, we can already see a long queue lining at their stall for their famous "Socks" milk tea (絲襪奶茶) (HKD18) (mostly for takeaways). For dine-in, there was actually a shop behind this stall where plenty of seats were available. The typical Hong Kong Macaroni (午餐肉通粉) was pretty famous here, but our stomach was already too stuffed for that, so we just settled for the French Toast and Milk Tea.

The Thick Toast (皇牌厚身多士) (HKD16) was heavily coated with egg and butter here.
A drizzle of honey would just be perfect to complete this classic snack. 

Total Damage: HKD23 per person (=RM13)

(6) Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家)
Food Stop No.6: Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家) 
35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong.
Opening Hours: 7.30am - 9pm daily except Sundays (8.30am - 9pm)

Located just across the street after a turning from Lan Fong Yuen, we could see a similarly long queue at Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家), the pastry house which I could smell its aroma of fresh bakes from far.

It was my personal favourite among all, mainly because of the freshly-baked egg tarts! I remember I wanted to try it in Singapore during my Christmas trip, but what's better than having it at its place of origin right?

Seriously, I'd say you had not been to Hong Kong if you had not tried the authentic egg tart here. Tai Cheong's version featured an ultra soft and smooth custard egg filling which I personally enjoyed.

The crust / pastry, on the other hand, was very flaky (be careful, it can be quite messy when eating) and rich in buttery flavours. Overall, it was done perfectly on point-- just the way I love my egg tarts to be! Once I came back to Malaysia, I don't think I have any appetite for egg tarts for a couple of months because nothing, just nothing, can replace Tai Cheong's egg tarts.

Apart from egg tarts, they were also famous for the Wife's Cake (Lao Po Bing) which I felt was rather bland for my liking. Nevertheless, you could buy some home and enjoy it as supper or breakfast on the next day.

Total Damage: HKD9 per person (=RM5)

Biggest Apple store at Central, Hong Kong

Before the evening approached, we took a quick boat ride from Central Piers to Star Ferry Pier Tsim Sha Tsui and met our friend there for shopping and hunting for more food! Our first stop, Nathan Road was crazily packed with shopping malls and... hundreds if not thousands of retail stores. Shoppers could easily spend the whole day shopping here as this place literally has everything you need from fashion pieces to electronics.

b.duck (小黄鸭专卖店)
The One Mall
100, Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.

And I was at b.duck store in The One mall, trying out my duckie tee which was going at 70% discount. There were plenty of fashionable Korean stores in this mall, feel free to check them out.

Quick shopping tips: Generally, fashion shopping in Hong Kong is pricier than in Malaysia especially for branded items i.e. Nike, H&M, etc. Well, unless it is exclusively available in Malaysia (like b.duck merchandises), otherwise I would recommend you to shop at smaller shops which have equally great quality of clothes at cheaper prices.

(7) Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司)
Food Stop No.7: Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司)
Ground Floor, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong.
Contact: +852-2730 1356
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 11:00pm
Closed on Thursdays

We took a quick 10 minutes walk from Nathan Road to arrive at our dinner destination. For dinner, our first stop was Australia Dairy Co. (澳洲牛奶公司), a very popular place for breakfast but it was equally packed in the evening.

What exactly were the must-try items here? Definitely the famous Omelette Ham sandwich (牛油方饱 / 火腿煎双蛋) and super smooth Steamed Egg White Milk Pudding (鮮奶燉蛋)!

Total Damage: HKD23 per person (=RM13)


(8) Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop (麥文記麵家)
Food Stop No.8: Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop (麥文記麵家)
Ground Floor, 51 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong.
Contact: +852-2736 5561
Opening Hours: 12noon - 12.30am daily

Located just next to Australia Dairy Co, we hopped over to Mak Man Kee Wan Tan Noodles (麥文記麵家) for a warm bowl of Egg Noodles with fresh Prawn Dumplings (雲吞麵 / 鮮蝦水餃). The noodles were extra springy and well-flavoured with egg, whereas the dumplings tasted so fresh and crunchy. Delicious but rather expensive!

Total Damage: HKD32 per bowl (=RM18)

Imagine slurping the delicious hot noodles under the cold weather of 15 degree Celsius,
nothing could beat the enjoyment!


(9) Dim Dim Sum (点点心)
Food Stop No.9: Dim Dim Sum (点点心)
26-28, Man Wui Street, Jordan, Hong Kong.
Contact: +852-2771 7766
Business Hours: 10am - 1am daily

If you realise, 4 of us shared rather small portion of food throughout the day, hence we still had some space for our last food stop of the day! We were quite surprised that Dim Dim Sum (點點心) was another busy place at night. 

Their famed traditional Hong Kong dim sum such as Shrimp Rice Rolls and Pineapple Buns were served on almost every table. We thought of ordering 3 Polo buns, but due to miscommunication, it ended up being 3 baskets consisting of 9 buns! 

Luckily, the buns were extremely good - Buttery crust on the outside, with real pineapple chunks filled in the soft bun. The rich, buttery aroma was so irresistible and I could easily finish 3 buns on my own!
Total Damage: HKD30 per plate of 3 buns (=RM17)


Victoria Harbour (维多利亚港)
After a series of meals throughout the day, it was time to burn those calories..... We went back to the harbourfront area - Victoria Harbour (维多利亚港) - for the daily "Symphony of Lights" show. The show started at 8pm, and lasted for 10-15 minutes. It was a really beautiful scene, with myriads of lights dancing in the eyes. Definitely a must-try experience for tourists! 

Also at the harbour area, we were serenaded by the live pop music by several band performers there. You can stop by, sing along and make some contributions if you'd like. The Hong Kong Cultural Centre is just a stone throw away, be sure to take some Instagrammable architecture shots before heading off.


DAY 4: HONG KONG-KUALA LUMPUR

(10) Kam Wah Cafe and Bakery (金華冰廳)
Kam Wah Cafe and Bakery (金華冰廳)
45, Bute Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Contact:  +852 2392 6830
Opening Hours: 6:30am - 12am daily

It was sad to say that Day 4 was our last day in Hong Kong and we only had half a day before boarding our flight to KL around 5pm. The last day was nothing much, really; Just some souvenir shopping, temple visiting and food hunting.

We kickstarted the day with a hearty Hong Kong style breakfast at Kam Wah Bing Sutt (金華冰廳), which is located a stone throw away from our Airbnb. It is dubbed as one of the most popular local tea restaurants in Hong Kong and has always been featured in the local magazines and media. 

I had read alot of online reviews saying that Kam Wah serves one of the best polo buns, egg tarts and milk tea in Hong Kong. No doubt, the buttery Polo Bun is extremely crisp on the outside and soft buttery inside. The savoury butter and sweet milky flavours combine very well together, just perfectly balanced as the slab of butter melts in the bun.

Highly recommended for dine-in so that you can enjoy the fresh, warm "Bor Lor Yao" right from the oven!

As for the egg tart, I was not a fan here because Tai Cheong Bakery won them all. Same goes to the milk tea which I personally felt that Lan Fong Yuen served better milk tea.


Total Damage: HKD41 per person (=RM23)

Wong Tai Sin Temple (黃大仙)
Wong Tai Sin Temple (黃大仙)
九龍黃大仙竹園村二號,
2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Contact: +852-2327 8141

Our initial plan in the morning was to head up to Lantau Peak (大嶼山), but due to insufficient time, we just made a quick visit to Hong Kong's most popular shrine, Wong Tai Sin (黃大仙). It was very convenient getting there too. We took the MTR to Wong Tai Sin Station, and headed to Exit B2 - the temple was right in front of us. 



The crowd was rather overwhelming and the pinwheels sold at the market outside the temple
were overpriced due to the festive season (It was during the first month of the Lunar calendar). 

I was amazed by the advancement of a Chinese temple! There were strictly designated areas for worshippers to recite prayers, place their joss sticks etc. Fortune tellers here were able to speak various languages including Japanese, Korean, etc. This was totally mind-blowing as compared to the temples in Malaysia.

The temple park was equally beautiful, reminiscing the scenes in traditional Chinese palaces.
No harm spending another hour enjoying the cool breeze here despite of the bright sunlight. 


Finally....we took the high speed train to the airport.
Total Damage: HKD90 for one-way airport transfer (=RM51)

Before heading home, I managed to do some quick shopping at Hong Kong International Airport, because they have a Hong Kong Disneyland specialty merchandise store there! The Disneyland will be my next destination in Hong Kong, hope to see you soon!! 

Last meal in the flight before touching down at Malaysia.

❤ ❤ ❤ 
Dear Hong Kong / Macao, thanks for being awesome. Love all the food and February's cold weather.
Hopefully when the next time I come back, I'd be at the happiest land there, Disneyland! 

❤ ❤ ❤  
Love, Macao-HK 9-12 February 2017.

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