香港新发烧腊茶餐厅 – Shenzhen, China


Seems like many first times… if not I will not be writing about them haha… I was heading to my favorite coffee place and was looking for some food before that and I found this place. Apparently it’s a famous chain in Hong Kong since 1974 and they have expanded into Shenzhen since 2002. This place can get quite crowded and there’ll be lots of seats outside this place for those who wanna wait.

I didn’t try a lot as I’m controlling my food intake and was alone. So I tried what a Cha Can Ting should be good for; the pork chop bun and century egg porridge. The pork chop bun was really good, at least the pork chops were not dry. Well seasoned and juicy. The porridge was just awesome. With shreds of pork, and a lot of it, to flavor the porridge totally. These 2 items alone I give it 5 stars. Will check out their roast meats the next time.

Check out my ratings and video below:

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Sunflour – Shanghai, China


A friend brought me to this place and didn’t know such a nice bakery cafe exist.  The owner of this place is a Hong Konger and family line came from Jiangsu, China. Went to the Pudong branches, both branches were close on Sundays. So had to catch a cab back to their main branch in Puxi.  We were pretty lucky ‘cos at 12.30pm, we managed to get seats as I heard this place has really long queues. I really like bakery cafes as I aspire to open one myself in future… but for now, no capital.. ;P Anyways see my comments with the pictures below:

Cafe front
Cafe front
Glorious breads!!!
Glorious breads!!!
Cakes and dessert section
Cakes and dessert section
Love the display
Love the display
Friend's smoke salmon ona slice of homemade walnut bread
Friend’s Salmon Tartin… smoke salmon ona slice of homemade walnut bread… a wee bit salty.
Grilled Chicken Salad for me
Grilled Chicken Salad for me
The latte was good. Milk used is not the sweet type. They use illy beans... can't go wrong.
The latte was good. Milk used is not the sweet type. They use illy beans… can’t go wrong.
Shortly after we got our seats... told you we were lucky!
Shortly after we got our seats… told you we were lucky!
Their famous coffee eclair
Their famous coffee eclair
With loads of filling
With loads of filling
Their famous Sun bread.
Their famous Sun bread.
Bill... pretty affordable as compared to Element Fresh
Bill… pretty affordable as compared to Element Fresh
I went to the outlet at first address... the other 2 are in Pudong area.
I went to the outlet at first address… the other 2 are in Pudong area.

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Excellent. I couldn’t try their croissants, sun bread, lemon tarts and cheese cake because I’m on diet, but they are highly recommended.

Portion: Average.

Service: Pretty good.

Ambience: Comfy.

Price: See second last picture.

RTE (Return To Eat): Yes!!!

Location: See last picture.

MQ Coffee Slayer Lab – Shanghai, China


After reaching Shanghai in the afternoon today, I rushed to check out this cafe which has a roasting factory, 2 cafe outlets and a training center for aspiring baristas. I found them online and know that they roast their own beans. I took the cab and headed to their training center and realized they don’t serve coffees there after I made a call to them. Then I headed to their outlet at fengxian lu which is the only outlet that opens on weekends.

The walk under the 39 deg celsius sun is no joke even though it’s like only 3 blocks away. When I reached the cafe, I was drenched. The cafe is really a very small shop and when I was there there were already some customers there occupying the inside of the shop. So I had to sit the outer area which was serious super warm!

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I first ordered the Mandheling which has mild acidity and quite a medium-high body. But tasting the dripped coffee in such a warm space is really uncomfortable.

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Shortly after, some of the customers inside left and I moved my ass inside to catch some aircon… And I had to give some lesson on ‘how to adjust the aircon to cool mode’. I then ordered a latte, which was made from the branded Slayer espresso machine. The latte has some acidity, fruity and pretty full body. I found the milk they used is a little on the sweet side like the HL milk in Singapore and Malaysia. Nevertheless, it was a pretty good combination for their House Blend No.5, which is a mix of 3 different beans that I shall not disclose.

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The cute thing about the small shop is that they have a vintage typewriter there for customers to type in their greetings! Very innovative!

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Rating: 4.5/5. The temperature control in the cafe is very important.

Taste: Great!

Portion: Average.

Service: Excellent. The barista over the counter offered me a cup of water when I came into the cafe, all drenched. And she keeps refilling when I sat inside. Very good conversationalist too!

Ambience: Inside is alright but outside is not cool. Very small space but in a very prime area.

Price: RMB28 for the Mandheling and RMB25 for the latte.

RTE: I don’t mind if I’m in town next.

Location: 2 outlets

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阿勇鲁肉饭 (Ah Yong Braised Meat Rice) – Shanghai, China


Dunno why they are using this 鲁 instead of 卤… nevertheless, I reckon they meant the same ‘braised‘ meaning. This place was recommended by my driver when I was working in Shanghai. I tried it the first time when he packed for me during one of the lunches in office. I was like “WHAO!” and this is really a lot better than most of the 鲁肉饭 that I’ve tried. Yes this restaurant can really give the Taiwanese 鲁肉饭s a run for their money! So I visited on one of the evenings. They have other dishes which apparently tasted pretty good as well!

Restaurant front
Restaurant front
Inside
Inside
Check out the piece of braised meat on top... really nice and tender...
Check out the piece of braised meat on top… really nice and tender…
Fried Pork Liver
Fried Pork Liver
Bittergourd with salted egg. Very nice.
Bittergourd with salted egg. Very nice.
Malted tea served free flow
Malted tea served free flow
This was the takeaway one
This was the takeaway one
Check out the minced meat... damn nice and thick sauce.
Check out the minced meat… damn nice and thick sauce.
Bill and address
Bill and address

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Really awesome. I’m trying to press my craves down as I’m writing this…

Portion: Below average. The bowl of rice is really little that’s why I ordered the big bowl.

Service: Quite ok. Maybe because of my size… Size does matter in China haha…

Ambience: Average. Wooden chairs and people smoking inside. Can’t wait for them to implement bans for smoking in aircon places like in Guangzhou!

Price: RMB17 for a set of Braise Meat Rice with a slice of braised pork belly and egg. Super cheap!

RTE: Yes!

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/gz9OM

七宝老街 – Shanghai, China


七宝老街 (Qibao Ancient Street) is an ancient town which has been preserved for the purpose of tourism in Shanghai. However it is not a complete ancient town… just 2 stretches of old shops which is linked by a bridge. This is one of the attractions in Shanghai but it’s not very near the city. Nevertheless, I was there to check out all their street food and found some good stuff there actually! Check out the pictures I’ve taken!

Entrance to the town
Entrance to the town
Pagoda outside
Pagoda outside
Crowded at all times.
Crowded at all times.
The words on the glass panel says these sugared haw will lower your blood pressures. Yeah, and thickening the blood with sugar!
The words on the glass panel says these sugared haw will lower your blood pressures. Yeah, and thickening the blood with sugar!
Haw on sticks
Candied haw and fruits on sticks
Famous goat meat
Famous goat meat
some stall
some stall
The bridge
The bridge
Try to ignore the apartments behind... looks nicer without that haha
Try to ignore the apartments behind… looks nicer without that haha

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Super crowded on the other side!
Super crowded on the other side!
Love old buildings
Love old buildings
Braised pig trotters
Braised pig trotters
Braised pork leg
Braised pork leg
Braised pigeons
Braised pigeons
Beggars' Chicken cooked in 'mud'
Beggars’ Chicken cooked in ‘mud’
Bored stall assistant
Bored stall assistant
Braised sparrows
Braised sparrows
Famous glutinous rice ball place
Famous glutinous rice ball place
People queuing for raw ones for take aways
People queuing for raw ones for take aways
Many awards
Many awards
Each ball is around RMB2.50... soup is just water... not sweet type
Each ball is around RMB2.50… soup is just water… not sweet type
Red date... not nice... regret
Red date… not nice… regret
Black sesame, nice...
Black sesame, nice…
Peanut also nice...
Peanut also nice…
Meat... awesome! Juicy inside!
Meat… awesome! Juicy inside!
Managed to get a seat downstairs which is RARE!!!
Managed to get a seat downstairs which is RARE!!!
Guy cooking the balls in front... they differentiate the balls from the shapes...
Guy cooking the balls in front… they differentiate the balls from the shapes…
Some sweet snacks
Some sweet snacks
Crabs
Crabs
She's making some corn flour crispy biscuit snack thingy...
She’s making some corn flour crispy biscuit snack thingy…
China's answer to balot... Chicks inside the eggs... not duckings...
China’s answer to balot/balut… Chicks inside the eggs… not duckings…
Braised gizzard... Quite good cos the sauce is boiled over years...
Braised gizzard… Quite good cos the sauce is boiled over years…

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Some glutinous rice thing sweet snacks
Some glutinous rice thing sweet snacks
sweets
sweets
Peanut candy is really good!
Peanut candy is really good!

Rating: 4.5/5. Eat quality is good. Gotta try everything!

Taste: Pretty good but I don’t really like the sweet stuff.

Portion: Average

Service: Not good… cos so crowded

Ambience: Old and wet… cos Shanghai weather is mostly wet.

Price: Affordable! Can eat a lot for not much.

RTE: If I’m in that area.

Location: http://goo.gl/HrHDsq

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.

 

 

Bowbow Sushi – Shanghai, China


Spotted this place 1 over year back in Shanghai while buying some stuff from a neighbour shop. I found this place interesting ‘cos the shop is so SMALL!!! and their business is really damn good. So I decided to try it one day and after that, I’ve been visiting this shop many times whenever I feel like having sushi! They have many own creations and funny names for the sushi. Names like Moto-roll-ah, Princess Lee roll, 119 Roll, etc… Just makes me wonder why they are named this way… hmmm…. Anyways, check out the pics below:

Shop front... Can't take full pic 'cos if I backed further, I'll get knocked by car
Shop front… Can’t take full pic ‘cos if I backed further, I’ll get knocked by car
This is basically the shop... right side of the shop is the wall in the next pic
This is basically the shop… right side of the shop is the wall in the next pic
Right side of the shop
Right side of the shop
Menu sample
Menu sample
Think this is the Princess Lee Roll
Think this is the Princess Lee Roll
Moto-roll-ah
Moto-roll-ah
Cannot remember all the names... so many varieties
Cannot remember all the names… so many varieties
Curry bento
Curry bento
Teriyaki Chicken bento
Teriyaki Chicken bento
Sashimi
Sashimi
Potato salad complimentary for me and nice and soild
Potato salad complimentary for me and nice and soild
address
address
Map
Map

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Made fresh on the spot after you order and really good. All sushi are their own creation.

Portion: 8 pieces per tray of sushi… Best to go with 3-4 pax so can try many flavours.

Service: Very good.

Ambience: Really small shop… Sometimes have to wait for seat. I always go odd hours haha

Price: Very affordable. See menu sample.

RTE: Yes!

Location: See last 2 pics. They have a few more outlets… all small like this.