小桃园酒家 Arcadia Restaurant – Shenzhen, China


In Guangdong China, you have to eat dim sum. But where to have dimsum since everywhere has dimsum? One of the best places for good dimsum is not in a 5 star hotel or some posh restaurant but at this Arcadia Restaurant located in Luohu of Shenzhen. This place is really crowded and dimsum is available from 9am-5pm daily. This time, I had one of the best tables with the lovely view of the river that divides Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Check out my video below:

Overall Rating: 5/5. Good price, taste good, good views!

Location罗湖区人民南路1168号罗湖商业城写字楼5字楼5007铺.   Tel: 82322833

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Lucky Full City Seafood 香港潮福城大酒楼 – Xiamen, Guangdong, China


I realized I left out some good eating places in Xiamen when I was there last year. This one is particularly pretty tasty and good thing about this place is the scenery while you’re having your yum cha (chinese version of hi-tea). I’ll let the pics tell my story. 🙂

View from outside
View from outside
Lift Lobby
Lift Lobby
Signage
Signage
My view while having my dim sum... the discoloration is caused the sun protection film on the window.
My view while having my dim sum… the discoloration is caused the sun protection film on the window.
Crowded from dinner onwards.
Crowded from dinner onwards.
Watercress Soup - Nice but a little salty... what's with Xiamen and their salt?
Watercress Soup – Nice but a little salty… what’s with Xiamen and their salt?
Choy sum fried with garlic
Choy sum fried with garlic
Mixed Braised Meats - It's actually a mix of meats and spare parts. Quite nice 'cos it's a HK teochew restaurant, hence it's a must order.
Mixed Braised Meats – It’s actually a mix of braised goose (traditional teochew dish) and spare parts. Quite nice ‘cos it’s a HK teochew restaurant, hence it’s a must order.
Smoked Chicken - This one is nice but very salty. Can give it a miss if salt is not your friend.
Smoked Chicken – This one is nice but very salty. Can give it a miss if salt is not your friend.
Siew Mai - Nice and juicy with a shrimp on the top as per standard cantonese siew mais. The best thing is, they don't use minced pork, but juicy chunky ones. See next pic.
Siew Mai – Nice and juicy with a shrimp on the top as per standard cantonese siew mais. The best thing is, they don’t use minced pork, but juicy chunky ones. See next pic.
Yums!
Yums!
Cheong Fun - Nice and silky flour skin.
Cheong Fun – Nice and silky flour skin.
五香 Ngoh Hiang - Suppose to be the delicacy in Xiamen, I find it soso only and it's full of lard.
五香 Ngoh Hiang – Suppose to be the delicacy in Xiamen, I find it soso only and it’s full of lard.
I asked for all the chilli sauces they have to try the local sauces. One word, SALTY.
I asked for all the chilli sauces they have to try the local sauces. One word, SALTY.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: 4.5/5. Taste really good and one of the few restaurants in Xiamen that promotes no preservatives and MSG in their foods. However some dishes are a little salty, typical of Guangdong dishes. Nevertheless the food is good and great ambience to wind up your day.

Portion: 4/5.

Service: 4/5.

Ambience: 5/5.

Price: For 2-3 pax, total bill came up to around RMB 180. Not expensive.

RTE: Yes definitely!

Location: 思明区鹭江道33号3楼   Tel: 2112388 Opening Hours: 8am to 2.30am.

Tip: After 2200hrs all dim sum half price! Be prepared to queue though.

Fresh Meat Moon Cakes (鲜肉月饼) – Shanghai, China


I definitely need to share this with all my readers here. To maybe all Asians in Southeast Asian countries, moon cakes are probably known to us as those round sweet lotus seed filling cakes that we eat during the Mid-Autumn Festival… But in these parts from Shanghai and up north of China, these meat pies are known as moon cakes to them. And the best part is, they are in sale all year round! One of my colleagues bought for me when I was working in Shanghai and this is really awesome! Check out the pics!

Box packaging
Box packaging
6 in a box
6 in a box
Fill with loads of minced pork
Fill with loads of minced pork
See how juicy the meat is... pastry is also very flaky!
See how juicy the meat is… pastry is also very flaky!
Address of shop
Address of shop… Sorry for the flakes on top… was munching these moon cakes while taking this pic… couldn’t resist!

Rating: 5/5. 

Taste: Really awesome. Once you start, you can’t stop at one…

Portion: The pork fillings inside are filled to the brim of the cake. Wholesome is the word!

Service: It’s a takeaway shop, long queue everyday, service ok only.

Ambience: N.A.

Price: RMB3.50 each… maybe price increased.

RTE: If I’m in that area I would pack one box!

Location: See last pic.

 

 

银灯食府 @ Guangzhou, China


This is a regular place I would go for my dim sum and my fix of siew yoke when in Guangzhou. Very popular with the locals and you can see from the crowd… they are crowded almost every hour from the time they are open in the morning for yum cha, lunch, then afternoon yum cha again, dinner, then evening yum cha again. Reason is the variety is there, food is good and nice, price is reasonable. Try it when you are in Guangzhou the next time, just be prepared to wait like an hour.

See all the chairs outside for waiting customers... I was there for late lunch so not so bag cos China people eat super early. 🙂
Ambience... as hard as GZ is trying to snuff out smoking in aircon places, this place is still filled with smokes.
Ambience on another side, be ready to share tables
Menu...
Pork Porridge... nice and light.
Translucent fatty layers which burst in your mouth and the skin is crispy! Awesome!
Refreshing and nice you tiao with prawns and mango salad
Spinach with handmade fresh fish nuggets
Steam pork ribs
Siew Mai with shrimps inside
Looks like polo buns right? Not!
It's Char Siew baked buns with polo on top... served piping hot and very tasty!
Our bill... only RMB$150 for 2 pax

Rating: 4.5/5. If not for the smokes, it would be a 5.

Taste: Delicious and tasty.

Portion: Slightly above average.

Price: Total for RMB$152.50… with chinese tea, towels and etc.

RTE: Everytiume

Location: 广州市起义路2号广州宾馆3楼。Tel: 020-8334 1456