Dining at Chino was a new kind of high for me. Nestled on the western edge of Hong Kong Island, the Mexican Japanese fusion restaurant found its place in the very residential and quickly gentrifying Kennedy Town (KTown whaattt). I discovered this place through Instagram and well, I just never looked back after that.
When in Hong Kong you must get Chinese food. By Chinese food I mean Cantonese food because when in Rome…
We hit up 大班樓 The Chairman with my 師傅, Auntie Pearl who has been trying to time a reservation with our visits for the longest time. So glad we finally made it through!
Yardbird has been one of those places in Hong Kong that I’ve been meaning to try for the past year and a half. I finally got my chance last week when I was in HK for a quick bit. It was a night I had all to myself without someone telling me where to eat and I quickly took my chance. Mom was dragged along of course because I needed a second opinion.
We were looking for tea and I remember Auntie Pearl bringing me to a small tea shop around the corner from Times Square in Causeway Bay. I forgot the name because hey, that’s me but since I remembered where it is, I directed Big Brother there to purchase some Oolong (烏龍) tea.
I spotted the stacked up polei (普洱) cakes again and couldn’t help but take photos with it cause that was pretty cool. Mom made us drink polei tea when we were kids because it’s supposed to help digestion after meals and cut the grease we just ingested. Some people like my dad can find the tea a bit too strong/dark sometimes and mix it with 1 part water. I personally like it dark and bitter, like my soul. It’s also got that deep taste that I can’t seem to catch in lighter teas.
We have our own random stacks of unfinished polei cakes at home that I should just find and start brewing again. Maybe I can make some tea infused food with it?
Apparently, when I was in Hong Kong a few weeks back it was the very tail of the tail end of hairy crab season. Auntie Pearl had invited a bunch of her friends over to cook hairy crab at her place while I was staying over so yay! I could understand maybe a quarter of what they were saying in Cantonese and they wouldn’t let me help out in the kitchen so they told me to go chill (not Netflix and chill le gasp!) The aunties and uncle I met were as follows: Auntie Eugenie, Auntie Cecilia, Auntie Jane, and Uncle Steven. They were all super cool and we enjoyed some white wine while waiting for the crabs to steam properly.
Note: I’d like to apologize that my posts aren’t really in chronological order. Sometimes I have the sudden urge to finish writing and post and sometimes I just suddenly stop because I forgot the witty remark I really wanted to include. Just wanted to let you know in the event that it was all confusing.
Auntie Pearl and I were in for an unexpected food tasting for Christmas dinner.
Every time I come to Hong Kong, Auntie Pearl never fails to suggest a great place to eat. This is why we get along so well! So knowing that I had requested Chinese food, she searched on Open Rice (HK’s version of Yelp and Zomato) for a place with decent reviews and found Fortune Kitchen. I will admit that I was skeptical though cause some places I’ve tried with great reviews were very ho hum and on the other hand, places with okay reviews turned out to be underrated gems. However, Auntie Pearl checks everything thoroughly and I know that she knows that I know she knows her food. Confused? You and I are merely here to learn from the master.
Even with yum cha places popping up everywhere, there are some more traditional restaurants that have persevered through time and have established themselves as the places to go for dim sum. Craving some dim sum before we left Hong Kong, my mom suggested Luk Yu which we found to be open after we dropped Big Brother off at Hong Kong station.