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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Foodtrail In Chiangrai Day 4 – Chiangrai, Thailand


Day 4 is a long day as I leave the mountains to explore more of Chiangrai. I’m already in love with the city and the scenery it has to offer. Can’t wait to check out more of what this little city has to offer!

Woke up to this view
Woke up to this view
Love the morning silence
Love the morning silence
Farmers getting dropped off to start the day's collection
Farmers getting dropped off to start the day’s collection
Back at the mill, they are getting ready to transport the processed beans to the courtyard for drying.
Back at the mill, they are getting ready to transport the processed beans to the courtyard for drying.
Old uncle still strong at this age.
Old uncle still strong at this age.
Bad cherries are floated on top and pushed to the pool beside
Bad cherries are floated on top and pushed to the pool beside
But first, latte.
But first, latte.
The good cherries are at the bottom and are being sucked into the pulping machine
The good cherries are at the bottom and are being sucked into the pulping machine
Cherries getting pulped.
Cherries getting pulped.
See the cherries being separated from the beans
See the cherries being separated from the beans
Coffee beans!
Coffee beans!
Good and bad beans
Good and bad beans
Balance of the cherries collected at another place to be used as fertiliser
Balance of the cherries collected at another place to be used as fertiliser
GM of Doi Chang Coffee Farm
GM of Doi Chang Coffee Farm
Last selfie of the amazing view
Last selfie of the amazing view
On the way down the mountain
On the way down the mountain
Found a resort with a very nice river view for lunch!
Found a resort with a very nice river view for lunch!
Wow they are famous for pies! What a discovery!
Wow they are famous for pies! What a discovery!
My lunch view
My lunch view
Ice Thai Milk Tea
Ice Thai Milk Tea
america Friedn Ri
america Friedn Ri
Coconut pie.... yums!
Coconut pie…. yums!
Selfie!
Selfie!
The lady who started it all, Mdm Charin
The lady who started it all, Mdm Charin
Just nice the flowers bloomed when I was there.
Just nice the flowers bloomed when I was there.
Got aviary!
Got aviary!
He didn't show off that day...
He didn’t show off that day…
Bridge to get to the resorts... yes, they own all these lands!
Bridge to get to the resorts… yes, they own all these lands!
Selfie!
Selfie!
Reosrt
Reosrt
Fruit farms behind
Fruit farms behind
On my way back to somewhere near the city and spotted some amazing architechtures
On my way back to somewhere near the city and spotted some amazing architechtures
and padi fields
and padi fields
So serene
So serene
On the roads less taken
On the roads less taken
A hugh Singha statue
A hugh Singha statue
Loads of flowers
Loads of flowers
Love the flowers.
Love the flowers.
A lake behind where people are fishing
A lake behind where people are fishing
Reach my other resort for the night
Reach my other resort for the night
Love the landscaping!
Love the landscaping!
Bridge haha
Bridge haha
Love it!
Love it!
Outside my room
Outside my room
King size bed
King size bed
Simple, good enough for me to rest.
Simple, good enough for me to rest.
Mosaic tiles are nice
Mosaic tiles are nice
Bath room
Bath room
Back at my fav stall but trying something different
Back at my fav stall but trying something different
Default chicken rice must order!
Default chicken rice must order!
Ordered this glass noodles in dark sauce. Yummy!
Ordered this glass noodles in dark sauce. Yummy!
After dinner night market walk
After dinner night market walk
Wow more food!
Wow more food!
Another row of food!
Another row of food!
Didn't try this cos long queue but looks very good dessert.
Didn’t try this cos long queue but looks very good dessert.
Thai desserts from the supermarket... yums!
Thai desserts from the supermarket… yums!

Wow what a long and tiring day! This is my last night in Chiangrai, gonna miss this place! Watch out for Day 5!

 

Yours gastronomically.

Big Roy

[Media Invite] Gu Ma Jia Private Kitchen 姑妈家私房菜 – Macpherson, Singapore


Was invited for a media tasting recently at this place which I believe many people have not heard of. I was however curious to find out how different it is from the Pulau Ubin cuisine from the ones I grew up with. Nah, I wasn’t from Pulau Ubin, just that my nanny’s brother lives there, and I stay with them during the school holidays. Yes he still lives there. ;P

When I arrived at Gumajia after closing the coffee bar, I was greeted with the group of bloggers there. Very family style, with kids some more, definitely my first time encountering this mix. The table was not big enough to accommodate everyone (we had more than 10 pax on a big round table), wasn’t really comfy but tried to blend in lah.

Check out some of the food that I’ve tried while some were wiped out and I don’t have the opportunity to savour them.

Frontage.
Frontage.
Ubin La La Beehoon ($18). You must be wondering not another white beehoon... But this one has an awesome stock to begin with and tasted really good. Highly recommended,
Ubin La La Beehoon ($18). You must be wondering not another white beehoon… But this one has an awesome stock to begin with and tasted really good. Highly recommended,
Crispy Been Jal ($12/$18). Totally caught us by surprise was this dish of crispy brinjal. Lightly seasoned and tossed fried with garlic and french beans. Another must order dish.
Crispy Been Jal ($12/$18). Totally caught us by surprise was this dish of crispy brinjal. Lightly seasoned and tossed fried with garlic and french beans. Another must order dish.
Salted Egg Yolk Crab (Seasonal Price) - Crabs are fresh and juicy. Taste is really good on the sauce.
Salted Egg Yolk Crab (Seasonal Price) – Crabs are fresh and juicy. Taste is really good on the sauce.
Yuan Yang Kai Lan ($12/$18/$24). Taste like the usual kailan but a lot efforts. Applaud the chef going through so many procedures.
Yuan Yang Kai Lan ($12/$18/$24). Taste like the usual kailan but a lot efforts. Applaud the chef going through so many procedures.
Gu Ma Traditional Beancurd Soup ($28). $28 for soup... you must be wondering why so expensve, wait till you see the amount of ingredients inside in the pic below.
Gu Ma Traditional Beancurd Soup ($28). $28 for soup… you must be wondering why so expensve, wait till you see the amount of ingredients inside in the pic below.
Check out the amount of ingredients use! Soup is really rich and bursting with flavours!
Check out the amount of ingredients use! Soup is really rich and bursting with flavours!
Assam Fish Head - $28. Freshness from the fish head was tasted. Very well balance of flavours!
Assam Fish Head – $28. Freshness from the fish head was tasted. Very well balance of flavours!
 

XO Sauce Prawn Noodles ($36). Probably one of the best prawn noodle soups I've tasted! Rich broth served with fresh prawns. Yummy to the max.
XO Sauce Prawn Noodles ($36). Probably one of the best prawn noodle soups I’ve tasted! Rich broth served with fresh prawns. Yummy to the max.
Fruity Enzyme Drink ($4.80) - Detoxify with this refreshing drink!
Fruity Enzyme Drink ($4.80) – Detoxify with this refreshing drink!
Fruity Enzyme Jelly ($5.80). Taste like sour plum. :)
Fruity Enzyme Jelly ($5.80). Taste like sour plum. 🙂
Me and Gu Ma (Aunty)
Me and Gu Ma (Aunty)
Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Love the taste and originality in flavours.

Portion: Large

Service: One particular staff was very friendly and helpful. The rest are pretty ok.

Ambience: Nothing avant garde. Typical tse char style.

Price: Listed on pics. No GST and srv

RTE: Mum will love this!

Location: 45 Tai Thong Crescent.

Hours: Daily 11am to 10,30pm (Mon-Fri 2.30pm to 5.30pm break)

Reservations: +65 6285 2023.

http://www.gumajia.com.sg.

Guan Chee Hong Kong Roasted Duck (源记香港烧腊) – Hougang, Singapore


Guan Chee HK Roasted Duck has been around for some time but I remember only coming to this place a few times. They are located at the corner of a coffeeshop, roast their meats daily behind their stall, hence you can smell their amazing aroma from the roasting from far away. I was here for groceries after work and managed to catch them before they close at around 8pm.

As you can see nothing much left when you're there after 7pm.
As you can see nothing much left when you’re there after 7pm.
I have to agree...
I have to agree…
My dinner
My dinner
Roast Duck is really fragrant and tasty. A little hard and cold though, which it's prolly 'cos of hanging out there too long already.
Roast Duck is really fragrant and tasty. A little hard and cold though, which it’s prolly ‘cos of hanging out there too long already.
Amazing chilli paste to go with your meats
Amazing chilli paste to go with your meats
Beancurd is totally soaked with the sauce... quite yummy
Beancurd is totally soaked with the sauce… quite yummy
Check out the char siew, with around 40% of fats. I can only imagine how awesome when it's fresh out of the roasting!
Check out the char siew, with around 40% of fats. I can only imagine how awesome when it’s fresh out of the roasting!

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Very yummy especially the burnt parts.

Portion: Below average.

Service: Many staff there taking orders.

Ambience: Coffeeshop

Price: $6 for the above.

RTE: Yes a few times already.

Location: 106 Hougang Avenue 1.

Dragon-i Restaurant (The Pavilion) – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


There are some facts that I have researched on lately that cleared my mind. All along I always thought the Canton-i (http://wp.me/pCcuC-4A) at ION Orchard in Singapore is related to Dragon-i in Malaysia… I was right, Canton-i is under the Dragon-i Restaurant Group of Companies. Whether the outlet in Singapore is a direct expansion or franchise, I’ve yet to find out. The other thing I’ve always thought that Canton-i was under the Paradise Group of Singapore, apparently not, just that they have Canton Paradise under their group which sounds similar.

Anyways this is my second time here at this outlet in KL after so many years… the first time was before I started writing on food some 5 years ago. So I was in town for work and then met up with a friend for dinner to check out their food once again. Check out the pics below:

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Crowded as usual
Crowded as usual
Cute chopsticks rest
Cute chopsticks rest
The Menu... The gateway to heavenly food...
The Menu… The gateway to heavenly food…
This dish reminds me of my stints in Shanghai and Suzhou so much... Sobs...
This dish reminds me of my stints in Shanghai and Suzhou so much… Sobs…
Wanted to order this too but too much and no kids with me, so.... nah...
Wanted to order this too but too much and no kids with me, so…. nah…
Crispy Caramelised Eel - This one is awfully addictive... A great starter, and a must order in Dragon-i.
Crispy Caramelised Eel – This one is awfully addictive… A great starter, and a must order in Dragon-i.
流沙包 is here!
流沙包 is here!
These custard buns are liquefied and explodes in your mouth if you bite it without knowing. So becareful the piping hot contents. Better to tear it in the middle then try to balance the fillings on each hand while you indulge on the buns... Yeah you can lick the overflowing egg custards on your hands too! :)
These custard buns are liquefied and explodes in your mouth if you bite it without knowing. So becareful the piping hot contents. Better to tear it in the middle then try to balance the fillings on each hand while you indulge on the buns… Yeah you can lick the overflowing egg custards on your hands after that! 🙂
Very good chilli paste they have to go with your food.
Very good chilli paste they have to go with your food.
炸酱面 - Regretted ordering this cos not very nice. But friend wanted to eat this so...
炸酱面 – Regretted ordering this cos not very nice. But friend wanted to eat this so…
Skillfully shaving the skin and flesh off the duck
Skillfully shaving the skin and flesh off the duck
Roasted Peking Duck - This is their signature naturally. Crispy skin and tender flesh. Yums. But as compared to the one in Canton-i Singapore, Canton-i one is very fragrant and a lot tastier due to the apple wood they use from Australia.
Roasted Peking Duck – This is their signature naturally. Crispy skin and tender flesh. Yums. But as compared to the one in Canton-i Singapore, Canton-i one is very fragrant and a lot tastier due to the apple wood they use from Australia.
Wraps and condiments to go with your peking duck.
Wraps and condiments to go with your peking duck.
The balance bones and meat from the half duck we ordered. Cooked in sichuan style in a claypot, quite a good dish but pretty oily.
The balance bones and meat from the half duck we ordered. Cooked in sichuan style in a claypot, quite a good dish but pretty oily.
Spinach with 3 types of eggs and stock. Something light to go with  the rich food.
Spinach with 3 types of eggs and stock. Something light to go with the rich food.

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Standard still as good as last time. If I had my other foodie friends with me, we could have ordered all their signature dishes.

Portion: Average.

Service: Excellent. However, you can see the manageress keep eyeing on the other service staff. I feel for the waitresses/waiters.

Ambience: Not as posh as I remember it to be. But still quite comfy for diners.

Price: All that for around RM$200. About S$80. In Singapore it will cost more than that.

RTE: I might but I still prefer the street food wherever I travel. 🙂

Location: Lot No. 1.17.00, Storey No. Level 1, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. Tel : +603 2143 7688. Reservations highly recommended.

Lot 10 Hutong 十號胡同 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Haven’t been shopping or even walking along the streets of Bukit Bintang in KL for the longest time and this time I made it a point with a friend who happened to fly in Kuala Lumpur at the same time from Hong Kong. So we decided to catch up over dinner and while we were wandering around, we saw this place with all the signages…

So many signages!
So many signages!

So we decided to check out this place… how wrong can it go when it’s recommended by 蔡澜, the famous food critic/celebrity from Hong Kong. To our surprise, this is suppose to be a foodcourt where they get the best streetfood in Malaysia and house them there! Check out the pics below, and tell me how not to salivate??!!

No fix layout, it's a little like a maze actually. Who cares when there's aircondition? ;P
No fix layout, it’s a little like a maze actually. Who cares when there’s aircondition? ;P
金莲记 Kim Lian Kee - Famous Fried Hokkien Mee since 1927 from the Chinatown of KL. This is a must try!
金莲记 Kim Lian Kee – Famous Fried Hokkien Mee since 1927 from the Chinatown of KL. This is a must try!
You can see the cook frying your noodles and they fry plate by plate to ensure consistent quality.
You can see the cook frying your noodles and they fry plate by plate to ensure consistent quality.
This is damn yummy but at RM$11.50. Normally you can get this outside for RM$6-$8?
This is damn yummy but at RM$11.50. Normally you can get this outside for RM$6-$8?
Pin Qian Bak Kut Teh - Another must try if you like the black soup herbal versions.
Pin Qian Bak Kut Teh – Another must try if you like the black soup herbal versions.
Bak Kut Teh is seriously rich herbal broth. Very yummy but no soup top up. Sad.
Bak Kut Teh is seriously rich herbal broth. Very yummy but no soup top up. Sad.
They have Braised Pork Leg as well. Not too bad.
They have Braised Pork Leg as well. Not too bad.
Fried Oyster Omelette - Not too bad, not crispy on the outer layer of the flour.
Fried Oyster Omelette – Not too bad, not crispy on the outer layer of the flour.
Penang prawn cake and ngoh hiang. Soso only.
Penang prawn cake and ngoh hiang. Soso only.
The char siew looks damn good so must order...
The char siew looks damn good so must order…
Yummy plate of char siew for RM$20. I find it a little hard though. Maybe been there for some time cos we had it for dinner.
Yummy plate of char siew for RM$20. I find it a little hard though. Maybe been there for some time cos we had it for dinner.

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Hokkien Mee is really good. We should have tried the wan ton noodles and beef ball noodles but no stomach space. Bak Kut Teh is good too.

Portion: Below average.

Service: Food court, soso.

Ambience: Crampy, aircon, foodcourt

Price: All that less than RM$100.

RTE: Yes! Hokkien Mee!!!

Location: Lot 10 basement. Apparently they have one outlet in Guangzhou, China as well. http://www.lot10hutong.com.

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