Bakerz@Work – Macpherson, Singapore


I discovered this place recently near where I work and I believe it commenced business not too long ago. Located just below Citimac Industrial Complex, opposite the huge Cross of Trinity Church, this bakery cafe shop is quite a saviour for me especially when I need my fix of caffeine at the end of a busy day.

This place has not just gourmet coffees but also crafted breads and cakes for customers. On top of that, they have a good range of baking equipment for sale in their little shop. Further in, there is a room for baking workshops that can fit easily 20 pax.

Chef De Boulanger William Woo conducts such classes and he is also one of the owners for this place. Chef Woo is from Penang, Malaysia, and has a long work history in F&B and baking. His deep passion (just like me for food & coffee!) is then realised in Singapore after setting up Bakers@Work to let more people try his breads and teach them how to bake at home. Despite the high rentals, he is persevering to brand Bakers@Work as a quality baking school/cafe/shop at reasonable prices. Check out the pics below:

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Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Latte was good, espresso was pretty well extracted. Cakes are definitely good, that’s their forte isn’t it? Bought a pumpkin loaf before, damn awesome. Lunch they have sandwiches/paninis etc. with cured meats and veg.

Portion: Average.

Service: Pretty good.

Ambience: Not a full cafe with only around 4 round tables and some bar stools but comfy. I caught up with some colleagues here over coffee and cakes one evening.

Price: $4.50 for latte and $4 for cake slice. Prices differs from types of cakes.

RTE: Few times already!

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Crema Coffee – Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong


I was in Hong Kong for a meeting and was looking for a place for a quick lunch when I chanced upon this little cafe. I found it unique cos the shop is actually located underground of a building in TST.

View from the outside
View from the outside
Signage
Signage

Then I saw that they are being featured for the best 15 cafes in Hong Kong, then I know I’m at the right place.

Features on various medias
Features on various medias

Then I went in and found a table at a very nice corner. As I usually eat late, hence the place was empty.

Service counters
Service counters
Seating on the right
Seating on the right
Guys working behind the counters
Guys working behind the counters

I ordered my lunch like most Hong Kongers do, the sets are usually value for money. Hence I ordered the set of soup, spaghetti and latte for HKD$70.

Cream of Mushroom
Cream of Mushroom
Spaghetti with salmon
Spaghetti with salmon
Latte art of a bear
Latte art of a bear

The soup to be honest are similar to Campbell’s but the spaghetti is pretty good. Looks simple and plain but taste ok. Most importantly, the salmon didn’t stink. Latte is pretty good, nutty flavour, medium bold and served at the temperature of my liking… hot.

The cafe do have sets for afternoon teas as well.

Afternoon tea sets available... time to change their menus, so old.
Afternoon tea sets available… time to change their menus, so old.

For HKD$70 (SGD$11), definitely worth it and even cheaper than Singapore. If you’re around that area you can pop by and check this place out!

Location: Shop LG 17 Lower Ground Flr Hilton Towers, 96 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong,China. Tel: +852 2369 0338

小茄子 – Yuen Long, Hong Kong


Never been to this place as it is quite new. Opened by native Thais but of course they speak Cantonese having been in Hong Kong for some time I reckon. Come to think of it, there is a big community of Thais and Indonesians in Yuen Long area! This place is usually packed during dinner times, worse on weekends. But my friends and I were lucky, didn’t have to wait.

Restaurant front
Restaurant front
Tom Yum Soup - Yummy and nice.
Tom Yum Soup – Yummy and nice.
Thai Fish Cake - Nice and fluffy.
Thai Fish Cake – Nice and fluffy.
Sugar Cane Prawn Stick - Quite big portioning per stick.
Sugar Cane Prawn Stick – Quite big portioning per stick.
Pineapple Fried Rice -  Very tasty
Pineapple Fried Rice – Very tasty
Fried Pomfret - Very nice especially with the abundant fried garlic on top of it. Yums!
Fried Pomfret – Very nice especially with the abundant fried garlic on top of it. Yums!
Fried Springrolls - This one is ok only.
Fried Springrolls – This one is ok only.
Fried Morning Glory - Our kangkong lah, nice.
Fried Morning Glory – Our kangkong lah, nice.
Free dessert of water chestnut agar agar and almond jelly.
Free dessert of water chestnut agar agar and almond jelly.

 Overall Rating: 4.5/5. Total bill for 5 pax came up to around HKD$600+ which is pretty affordable. All the serving staff were friendly and mostly are Thais.

 Location: 香港新界元朗鳳攸南街3號好順景大廈地下10號舖. Tel: +852 2442 3399

新港鱼蛋王 Revisit – Yuen Long, Hong Kong


Yeah I’m gonna write a series of good food in Yuen Long again. This shop has been there for decades and it’s located right in the middle of the whole Yuen Long town. Of course they are great for their balls especially fish, beef and cuttlefish balls. I have never tried their beef brisket though, hence I decided to try that this time. Check out my previous post 4 years ago http://wp.me/pCcuC-hB.

Overall Rating: 5/5. They are still offering prices around HKD$28 range and the freshness of the food here is amazing. Beef brisket melts in your mouth and very chunky! Writing this makes me wanna go back there soon! Awesome small air-conditioned place!

Location: 又新街10号地下. Tel: 2443 1266

開心小敘 – Yuen Long, Hong Kong


This is a little shop located in the heartlands of Yuen Long in Hong Kong and not known to tourists obviously. More known to the neighbourhood only, this place is always packed with customers from noon till 3-4pm and dinner as well. See my video and review below!

Overall Rating: 5/5. Good price at HK$33 for the rice with the double eggs. Love the curry, at least it’s not sweet, and good curry taste. Pork chops are juicy and good portioning. Their portioning used to be a lot bigger, but this is still quite substantial for a normal person. They are famous for their soy sauce gravy also instead of curry. You can check them out!

Location: 香港元朗鳳攸南街3號好順景大廈地下43號舖. Tel: +852 2473 4433

Countries Where My Readers Come From


 

 

This post is to recognize and thank all my readers who are the driving force behind my continuous writing on good food places. I can’t identify who you are but YOU know who you are! Big thanks and shout out to all of ya!

Frankly, I haven’t heard of some of the country names before… I apologize for my ignorance! I promise I’ll read more about your countries and would be excellent if you can write to me at eatwithroy@gmail.com and introduce what kind of awesome local food there are in your countries! Maybe top 5 would be great! Who knows, I may be tempted to visit your country just to do a food tour some day!

In the meantime, eat on but eat wisely my friends! 😉

Gastronomically yours,

Big Roy

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ABC Kitchen – Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


When I was told about this place 3 things ran across my mind:

  1. Got so nice meh?
  2. Damn, it’s blardy far!
  3. ABC… hmmm…

But, for goodness food’s sake, I decided to check the place out with my HK friends. Found out the 2 chef owners were from M At the Fridge started this place about 4 years ago and are famous for their Roast Suckling Pig. ABC Kitchen actually means A Better Cooking Kitchen… dunno what gave them the idea but it’s easy to remember I guess?

When we arrived at the quiet neighbourhood of Sheung Wan district, I was looking around for a restaurant that shouts ‘ABC Kitchen’ but there wasn’t… Then my friend led me up an escalator…

Entrance to the food court
Entrance to the food market
Really food court...
Inside the food market

When I entered the food market, I was thinking, “Wah really like our hawker centres in Singapore…” except that it was airconditioned. That was the best factor that took my mind off the food market ambience. 🙂 But then again, it wasn’t that bad, except that it was a little crampy. ABC has 2 stalls there. One stall is basically to store their wine and supplies while the other one is their kitchen and serving counter.

This is where the small kitchen is, inside the stall...
This is where the small kitchen is, inside the stall…
Where they store their wine and supplies
Where they store their wine and supplies

In this food market, it is territorial. If you’re there for ABC, then can only sit at tables with the red checkered table clothed tables. Other stalls are also opened so when you enter the food market, head straight to the stall of your choice and tell them you have reservations. After we sat down, we were served by a guy who spoke pretty good English and showed us a simple menu. Simple it seems but from the looks of it, there are a lot of preparation for most of the food on it.

Menu
Menu

We quickly placed our orders as we were famish and there came our serving of herb buns with french butter. The buns were piping hot and fluffy and great with the butter.

Herb buns - Free
Herb buns – On the house

Soon after came the salad we ordered. We decided to try something different which was the Pear, Blue Cheese and Caramelized Walnuts Salad (what a mouthful to order it!) and it was really nice. The combination of the pear, the pungency from the blue cheese and the sweetness from the walnuts together with olive oil and vinegar made this salad a real good appetizer!

Pear, Blue Cheese & Caramelized Walnuts Salad - HK$88
Pear, Blue Cheese & Caramelized Walnuts Salad – HK$88

We order the Blue Mussels in White Wine Sauce as well and I can’t describe how amazing the sauce was. It was so tantalising and so tasty that I could have bought a baguette and dip in the sauce for dinner! Just so awesome!

Blue Mussel In White wine Sauce - HK$128
Blue Mussel In White Wine Sauce – HK$128

After waiting for around 20-30 minutes, our Roast Suckling Pig finally came. The long wait is because of limited facilities in the small kitchen and many orders that night we were there. Anyways, we tucked in and tried the dish. Knife into the skin and it cracks, into the meat, you know it’s cooked to perfection. The taste in your mouth, crispy skin and melting meat, heavenly! Coupled with sugar blanched beets and mashed potato… I have just erased all the fuss on the long journey and crampy seating, and telling you guys here that this dish is a MUST-ORDER!

Roast Suckling Pig - HK$168
Roast Suckling Pig – HK$168
Succulent & juicy!
Succulent & juicy!

After that excellent entree, one of our desserts came. This Raspberry Mille Feuille is actually crispy instead of the usual puff pastry. The custard in between the pastry layers are to die for! I believe it is damn fattening but who cares, we’re sharing! 🙂

Raspberry Mille Feuille - HK$48
Raspberry Mille Feuille – HK$48

The Chocolate Souffle took a very long time to serve and I believe we waited more than 30 mins after our dessert above. Their oven inside must be awfully small. Time to move to a bigger place perhaps? Anyways, I find the souffle is okay only. Nothing to shout about. It’s spongy and soft like it is suppose to, but don’t have the ooomph for me.

Chocolate Souffle - HK$48
Chocolate Souffle – HK$48

Anyways it was an awesome meal, not very cheap but it was good. Definitely worth the try at least once. Address and contacts below or you can check out their website at http://www.abckitchen.com.hk. Reservations are a must!

Address & contacts
Address & contacts