深井华香鹅快餐店 – Futian, Shenzhen, China


Shenjing is famous for it’s roast goose in Hong Kong but you don’t have to travel there just to look for good roast goose. Many have learnt the trick of roasting good goose and they are all over HK and Guangdong province of China. One of which, was pretty near my Shenzhen office at Huaqiangbei area, the electronic city of Shenzhen.

The eatery is very very small and usually super crowded during lunch hours. The weird thing is, their meals are not cheap there as compared to some RMB$15 ones along the same road. But people would queue up and pack or dine in. So I gave it a try, and was lucky to find a table.

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Store front
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Left only 1 goose, sold out pretty fast so have to wait for second batch if late.
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See how small the place
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Soup of The Day or 例汤. Usually some veg thrown in with the greasy goose bones.
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Char Siew and Roast Goose Platter (RMB68)
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Goose Liver (RMB4)
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Char Siew too lean for me

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Roast goose not bad. The skin is the key factor. Very yummy. Flesh is tender. Char siew is typical lah, lean and a bit chewy cos of the tendons.

Portion: Average.

Price: As above on the pics.

Service: Fast and poor.

Ambience: Small, crampy and loud.

RTE: Tapao maybe. Will ask the runners to tapao next time.

Location: 93 Huafa N Rd, HuaQiang Bei, Futian Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518000. Hours: 9.30am to 9pm daily. Tel: +86 755 8376 3344 (Check stock or orders)

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Sun Dance – Xiamen, Guangdong, China


This last entry wraps up my write ups for Xiamen good foods. Too much to eat, too small stomach! Will definitely be back!

Anyways, came to know about this place as it’s much talked about in Xiamen. So I decided to check this place out for lunch before I head back. Went in the place, pretty empty on a weekend lunch, found a table near the door as I had my luggage with me. And boy did I regret that. It was warm near the door and the air-condition was not strong enough during summer. Nevertheless I placed my orders and went around snapping pics of the place. Check out the pics and review below:

Cafe front
Cafe front
From the door
From the door
Inside the cafe
Inside the cafe
I think this is a smoking area
I think this is a smoking area
Many books for reading
Many books for reading
Stage for ad hoc performances at night
Stage for ad hoc performances at night
More CDs
More CDs
Loads of CDs... some are super classics
Loads of CDs… some are super classics
PC for surfing
PC for surfing
View from the other end
View from the other end
Sweet basil pizza, quite unique and tasted pretty good
Sweet basil pizza, quite unique and tasted pretty good
Spaghetti Bolonese - tasted pretty good also and the sauce is nice and thick.
Spaghetti Bolonese – tasted pretty good also and the sauce is nice and thick.
My latte... a total disappointment... auto machine.
My latte… a total disappointment… auto machine.
Loads of coffee specks at the bottom
Loads of coffee specks at the bottom
My damage RMB$140
My damage RMB$140, discounted RMB8

Rating: 3.5/5.

Taste: 4/5. Food was good. Coffees really bad. I reckon they sell more alcohol at night than coffees.

Portion: 3/5.

Ambience: 4/5. Very homely feel. Not very comfy though.

Service: 2/5. Very short handed and slow.

Price: RMB140

RTE: Not very likely… Xiamen has got too many good food places.

Location: 思明区鹭江道254号国贸海景. Tel: 0592-2390538

康家龙头海蛎煎(龙头路一店) – Gulangyu, Xiamen, China


After the wonderful experience at the coffee place of 褚家园咖啡馆, I walked through the back alleys to discover many nice B&Bs and more street food. But I was pretty locked in to try one of the famous oyster omelette in Xiamen, hence skipped the rest. Oyster Omelette is pretty well known in Guangdong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. It’s a lovely fried plate of sweet potato flour with eggs and of course, oysters. The locals in Xiamen call these oyster omelettes 海蛎煎(Hai Li), while in Taiwan it’s known as 蚝仔煎 (Orh Ah Jian), in Thailand it is known as Hoy Tod (But with seafood) and back home in Singapore (also Malaysia), we call it 蚝煎 (Orh Jian) for the Hokkiens and Orh Luak for the Teochews. Whichever way it is, I still enjoy oyster omelette and I miss it sometimes as I’m base in Shenzhen now.

When arrived at the little hole in the wall shop, there was already a long queue… so no choice, have to join the queue and check out what the fuss is about. Check out the pics below:

Back alleys along the way... much to be discovered!
Back alleys along the way… much to be discovered!
Old buildings and lovely skies
Old buildings and lovely skies
Some nice lodging places but right in front of the rubbish collection center
Some nice lodging places but right in front of the rubbish collection center
another nice lodging
another nice lodging
Another one
Another one
Back on Long Tou Road, towards the end
Back on Long Tou Road, towards the end
The Oyster Omelette hole in the wall shop
The Oyster Omelette hole in the wall shop
Super long queue...
Super long queue…
Publicity
Publicity
They have customed holes to fry the omelettes...
They have customed holes to fry the omelettes…
Eggs like free... Love it!
Eggs like free… Love it!
Awesome dish!
Awesome dish!
Yummy!
Yummy juicy plump oysters!

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Pretty good. Flour is the soft type, which is more traditional actually. A lot of juicy plump oysters, and coated with a serious layer of egg! Great snack! Must try!

Portion: Average.

Price: RMB$10 only!

Service: The aunty taking orders is nice and friendly. The guy frying the omelettes not so friendly but after chatting with him, he started smiling. Overall nothing unpleasant.

Ambience: N.A.

RTE: YEAH!

Location: 鼓浪屿思明区龙头路189号。

林氏鱼丸 – Gulangyu, Xiamen, China


Just up ahead of 沈家闽南肠粉 in my previous post, you’ll find this shop with long tradition for their fish and prawn balls. No much of a queue so I placed my order for the 丸子开会 for RMB20, which basically has 5pcs of the 黄金鱼丸 and 6pcs of the 秘制虾丸. My reviews as follows:

Store front
Store front
Very simple operation of 1 cook and 1 cashier/packer.
Very simple operation of 1 cook and 1 cashier/packer.
Menu and price list
Menu and price list
My order of 丸子开会... very unique naming of the dish... Balls Meeting... ;P
My order of 丸子开会… very unique naming of the dish… Balls Meeting… ;P
Meat inside the 黄金鱼丸... we call this 福州鱼丸 back in Singapore.
Minced pork inside the 黄金鱼丸… we call this 福州鱼丸 back in Singapore.

Rating: 3.5/5.

Taste: Taste is not bad. Balls are soft and not too salty. Soup has some dried shrimps and seaweed to enhance the taste but still bland. So maybe the soup is not meant for drinking? But I’ve tasted better. Hate to say this, the frozen ones from my supermarket taste just as good if not better. 🙂

Service: Pretty good.

Ambience: N.A. Takeaway and eat nearby standing.

Portion: Slightly below average. Balls are a little small… especially the prawn ones… Ok, I sounded a little corny over there… ;P

Price: RMB20

RTE: Maybe not

Location: They have 2 locations but all on the same road. One of which has tables and seats. 鼓浪屿龙头路234 or 416号. Tel: 0592-2096361

沈家闽南肠粉 – Gulangyu, Xiamen, China


Gulangyu is a little island off Xiamen and a place for loads of good food… apart from sightseeing. So after arriving at the port of Gulangyu, we walked straight to the little shops where all the food are. 沈家闽南肠粉 is the first stop and the queue is always damn long. Just becareful when queuing up, there’ll be people pushing carts of goods going up the slope and they will just budge their way through. Be prepared to screw them! Anyways, pics below:

The pier heading to Gulangyu
The pier heading to Gulangyu
Ramp going to the waiting area to board the ferry
Ramp going to the waiting area to board the ferry
Super a lot of people!
Super a lot of people!
In the ferry reaching Gulangyu... about 15mins ride
In the ferry reaching Gulangyu… about 15mins ride
Arrived at Gulangyu... Head straight for food!
Arrived at Gulangyu… Head straight for food!
Nice architecture everywhere
Nice architecture everywhere
Entering Longtou Lu
Entering Longtou Lu
Fujian lu you'll see the long queue for the cheong fun
Fujian lu you’ll see the long queue for the cheong fun
So many people...
So many people…
Shop front
Shop front
One cook, one pack and receives cash
One cook, one pack and receives cash
Served piping hot!
Served piping hot!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Really good! Very nice and soft texture, with egg, some minced pork and veg. Chilli is nice but spicy, so medium spicy is ok for those who love spicy. I would have gone for second round if not for all the food ahead of my day trip in Gulangyu!

Service: The guy taking orders and money is really nice and very good service.

Ambience: N.A. Takeaway and eat nearby standing.

Portion: Average.

Price: RMB9… so cheap!

RTE: Definitely!

Location: 鼓浪屿福建路57号

Taiwan Food Street (台湾小吃街) – Xiamen, China


First time in Xiamen and totally excited over all the hype I got from my friends and documentaries about the food there. Fact is, because of it’s close proximity to Taiwan, you’ll find many similar food types to Taiwan over here. I was a little skeptical because I’ve been to Taipei and the food there is a little bland to my palate. Maybe also because I’m from Singapore, working in the APAC region for years, I have developed a stronger preference to my taste buds. However that said, I have been on a diet and have been taking lotsa bland foods for this year alone. So how does a foodie go on a diet when he/she loves food so much? The tricks are:

  1. Foodie Friends – Go with people who can eat and love food like you do. Don’t go with friends or girlfriends who can’t eat, seriously they will spoil your food trip!
  2. Small Portions – Order the smallest portion and share! If you’re the only one or with your partner, order small portion still, but skip the carbo! Maybe have a scoop of rice or noodles, but if you wanna go the long mile, discard the rest. Why can’t you tell the food vendor to give lesser rice or noodles in the first place? If you ask that question, you’re obviously NOT a foodie. Reason is, your pictures that you post on your blog must reflect what you paid for. That way, others will flock to that place to try too!
  3. Walk It Out – If you’re on a hunt, walk to the places where you are going to try. Walking aids digestion and will make you ready for the next destination. 🙂 Besides, you may discover more eating places if you walk around! 🙂

The above are some strategies I use when I’m on a food venture. Just for Xiamen alone I walked more than 20km for my 4 days there! Hence it’s great is you can book your hotel near the target areas. See my review on the hotel I stayed here http://wp.me/2BhOI. So after checking in this hotel, I headed with my friends to the famous Taiwan Food Street in Xiamen… by foot of course! Check out the pics below:

The entry to food haven!
The entry to food haven!
Lots of stalls
Lots of stalls
土笋冻, direct translation is tu sun dong... nah I'm joking... It's cold earth bamboo ... totally not what you think it is... The 'Earth Bamboo'... are actually sea worms dug from the muddy beach when the tides are low... EEEWWWW... no, never try... ;P
土笋冻, direct translation is tu sun dong… nah I’m joking… It’s cold earth bamboo … totally not what you think it is… The ‘Earth Bamboo’… are actually sea worms dug from the muddy beach when the tides are low… EEEWWWW… no, never try… ;P
My first stop for something refreshing
My first stop for something refreshing
Mango dunno what with ice cream on top thing... DAMN AWESOME! For only RMB20 (S$4+)
Mango dunno what with ice cream on top thing… DAMN AWESOME! For only RMB20 (S$4+)
Very famous chain of baked potato with cheese and your choice of toppings... Didn't try 'cos takes up stomach space...
Very famous chain of baked potato with cheese and your choice of toppings… Didn’t try ‘cos takes up stomach space…
Alishan traditional stone grilled Taiwan Sausages RMB10 for 3. Pretty awesome.
Alishan traditional stone grilled Taiwan Sausages RMB10 for 3. Pretty awesome.
Red bean and cream pancakes RMB10 for 4pcs... Loads of filling but not nice.
Red bean and cream pancakes RMB10 for 4pcs… Loads of filling but not nice.
Probably the only stall selling beef steaks. Very affordable but didn't try 'cos I don't go Xiamen just to eat beef steaks!
Probably the only stall selling beef steaks. Very affordable but didn’t try ‘cos I don’t go Xiamen just to eat beef steaks!
Prata... Cheap and many people crowding around to see an Indian doing his Indian  Flying Biscuit... I reckon they think it's more convincing with an Indian selling that haha
Prata… Cheap and many people crowding around to see an Indian doing his Indian Flying Biscuit… I reckon they think it’s more convincing with an Indian selling that haha
快餐 in direct translation is Fast Food. To the mainlanders, this is fast food. For Singaporeans, this is Chye Peng.
快餐 in direct translation is Fast Food. To the mainlanders, this is fast food. For Singaporeans, this is Chye Peng.
Many lobster stalls like this, just have to choose the one with the most people to ensure fresher seafood
Many lobster stalls like this, just have to choose the one with the most people to ensure fresher seafood
Lobsters going from RMB20 - RMB150.
Lobsters going from RMB20 – RMB150.
Scallops 4 for RMB10
Scallops 4 for RMB10
Oysters 6 for RMB10
Oysters 6 for RMB10
My lobster of RMB60... the flesh not a lot and the garlic so much like its free
My lobster of RMB60… the flesh not a lot and the garlic so much like its free
This is quite nice, pizza in a cone. They have a machine like a conveyor belt that bakes the cones... interesting concept
This is quite nice, pizza in a cone. They have a machine like a conveyor belt that bakes the cones… interesting concept
The road beside this Taiwan Food Street
The road beside this Taiwan Food Street
So I decided to walk further
So I decided to walk further
Realize that their 卤面 is light broth as compared to Singapore/Malaysia's versions.
Realize that their 卤面 is light broth as compared to Singapore/Malaysia’s versions.
Paranomic shot of the intersection of Da Tong Lu and Hengzhu Lu
Paranomic shot of the intersection of Da Tong Lu and Hengzhu Lu
On DA Tong Lu I found this lady super nice ask me to try her fried oyster cake.
On DA Tong Lu I found this lady super nice ask me to try her fried oyster cake.
Full of ingredients inside. Oysters are really cheap in Xiamen.
Full of ingredients inside. Oysters are really cheap in Xiamen.
The Fried Oyster Cake.... Not bad but a little oily for me 'cos on diet. :)
The Fried Oyster Cake…. Not bad but a little oily for me ‘cos on diet. 🙂
Night wet market on Hengzhu Lu and Kaihe Lu... Be prepared for wet roads and splashing fish water when they are closing around 9pm+
Night wet market on Hengzhu Lu and Kaihe Lu… Be prepared for wet roads and splashing fish water when they are closing around 9pm+
Fruits stall
Fruits stall
Fish
Fish
Da Zha Xie, crabs with no meat and loads of roe...
Da Zha Xie, crabs with no meat and loads of roe…
I can imagine how big this stingray was...
I can imagine how big this stingray was…
More fish
More fish
So many variety of fish from the sea... I was based in Suzhou, only get fresh water ones and full of bones!
So many variety of fish from the sea… I was based in Suzhou, only get fresh water ones and full of bones!

Rating: 4/5. A great outing with friends or eye-candy!!!

Taste: Food taste a lot less bland than those in Taiwan. I reckon it’s because Guangdong Province people like saltier and heavier tasting stuff.

Service: Vendors are very friendly and will not tout you to eat their stuffs.

Ambience: Hot.

Portion: Average.

Price: Very affordable.

RTE: I would if I can find foodie friends to go with!

Location: Renhe Road (福建省厦门思明区人和路)

Hollys Coffee 豪丽斯咖啡 (MixC Mall) – Shenzhen, China


Alright folks, firstly I would like to thank y’all for your great support that this blogsite has hit more than 70k unique hits already. Awesome job guys! Secondly, I would like to apologize for not updating this site, reason is I’ve been bogged down by my move from Suzhou to Shenzhen. And immediately after my arrival, I got into work mode already and been busy till even today. I’m squeezing some time over weekends to update now and I have so much backlogs not just in Shenzhen but also my trip to Xiamen! I’m telling you, the food there… I really need to go again. This time I may organize a group of foodies to check out the place together. 🙂

Anyways, I would like to start with a place which I’ve checked out not too long ago. This is a famous coffee chain which is franchised from Korea, with more than 200 stores worldwide! Of course I didn’t know about this place ‘cos I’ve never been to Korea. But I found out the first store was opened in July 2012 in Shenzhen. So far they have 4 outlets in whole of Shenzhen! Check out my reviews below:

Store front at MixC Phase 2
Store front at MixC Phase 2
Love the mezzanine concept and high ceiling!
Love the mezzanine concept and high ceiling!
Ordering counter
Ordering counter
Grub!
Grub!
2nd floor
2nd floor
Selfie! :) And showing the view from the top as well.
Selfie! 🙂 And showing the view from the top as well.
Lamps
Love those lamps!
No latter art and foam was obviously scooped. The roast they use really doesn't appeal to me even though it was a triple shot. Lack of robust. Something is really wrong with the formula.
No latte art and foam was obviously scooped. The roast they use really doesn’t appeal to me even though it was a triple shot. Lack of robust. Something is really wrong with the formula.
Banana Caramel Waffles with ice cream. I reckon vanilla ice cream would be nicer with this combi but then again, not a big fan of sweets.
Banana Caramel Waffles with ice cream. I reckon vanilla ice cream would be nicer with this combi but then again, not a big fan of sweets.
Pizza toast... Ingredients not a lot and toast is so thick... was basically eating bread...
Pizza toast… Ingredients not a lot and toast is so thick… was basically eating bread…
Some Rock Candy which was bought by someone beside us... They had to use a hammer to crush it... Scary...
Some Rock Candy which was bought by someone beside us… They had to use a mallet to crush it… Scary… That’s one huge lump of sugar! 😛

Rating: 4/5. Extra points for ambience and service. Not so much for coffee and food though.

Taste: For those who like sweet stuff, you may like it here but nothing very special ‘cos all the sauces used are all readily available from supermarket.

Service: I must say service is pretty good. Don’t like the self-collection part though (even for food).

Ambience: Very good. But during summer the aircon may not be cool enough ‘cos of the high ceiling.

Portion: Average.

Price: The 2 entrees above with 2 grande lattes costed around RMB$130+. Pretty alright.

RTE: I wouldn’t return to eat but it’s a nice place to hang out and of course, eye candy! 😉

Location: 罗湖区宝安南路1881号万象城. It’s hidden around a corner so you may wanna ask the security guard from the mall (That’s how I found it too!) They would bring you to the road and show you which way to walk! Talk about good service yo!