Snake King Yan 蛇王恩 (Hong Kong)

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I had given my second ‘first’ to Hong Kong during this year trip to Snake King Yan 蛇王恩. Yes, I eaten and tasted snake meat. Till now I cannot believe it.Snake King Yan 蛇王恩

We did not deliberately looked for snake to eat. This shop happen to be opposite a public toilet which the guys rushed to when we reach Temple Street at Jordan. And being guys, and the cold weather, everyone (besides me) are interested and opt to warm ourselves up with snake soup as it’s consider a ‘heaty’ food for Chinese. Snake King Yan 蛇王恩

Thick Snake Soup 蛇羹. This is the thick soup version with lots of black fungus and TONS of snake meat. I’m not sure what the green garnish is but I don’t like it. To some maybe it’s like spring onion to soup.

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If you were to take this without knowing it’s snake, you will feel like you are eating fish meat texture + chicken taste. But after a few spoons, there’s this aftertaste that I don’t like. It’s like the mutton taste of mutton. Maybe it’s just me as the guys enjoyed it. Or it’s the mental reminder it’s snake I’m eating.
Snake King Yan 蛇王恩Clear Snake Soup 蛇汤. I prefer this more! It’s just like drinking normal double boiled soup. There’s no taste of the snake meat (unlike the thick version) but there’s taste of the chinese herbs and meat. I had more of this and accepted this readily.

Knowing we are not locals, the shop owners were pretty friendly. While we were there, the shop has a constant flow of customers eating in and ordering takeaways. So it’s really a very local thing to do while you are in Hong Kong.

But next time while the guys are enjoying their thick snake soup, I will opt for other non-snake items. Still not a fan of it. But I’m glad I gave it a try.

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佐敦吳松街80號A

 

New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館 (Hong Kong)

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For every trip to Hong Kong, we always make it a point to visit one of their islands. Not only for a seafood view, but also to purchase some dried seafood (e.g. dried shrimp eggs which goes very well with noodles) and also for the view. Been to Tai O and Lamma Island. So this round we ferry off to Cheung Chau (長洲) and thoroughly pig ourselves out with the seafood meal!

New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館

After a hike to their North Pavilion, we were back to their main street. New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館 is actually introduced by one of the local street food stall owner as we did not research for which stall to dine at before coming over. New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館

 

With 7 of us, we were debating whether to order Set C (5 to 6pax) or Set D (10 to 12pax). Looking at the price, we went with Set D but did not ordered any rice to go with it. New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館

The boys went with cold beer which I remember was relatively cheap there and this beer intro by the restaurant is also relatively smoothing. They ordered quite a few bottles for the meal.

New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館

It was really a table-full meal.

New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館

Salt & Pepper Mantis Shrimp 椒盐濑尿虾. I LOVE THIS!!! I know they don’t look cute and they are hard to de-shell. BUT the meat of this shrimp/ prawn is simply heavenly! The texture is good and there’s a dry-sweetness after taste. And being pretty sizable, it’s pretty meaty. But it’s really chore to de-shell.

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2-ways Pork Ribs 特色鸳鸯骨. I couldn’t remember the taste of these months after the trip. But half of it was spicy with lots of garlic and another non-spicy. Meat was definitely tender.

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Boiled Prawns 白灼生虾. Freshness. There’s no other ways to comment about this.New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館

Stir-fried Spring Onion & Ginger Crab 薑蔥炒蟹. I briefly remember the taste not bad. But it was too troublesome to eat this as it’s not the meaty crabs we were used to in Singapore. The crab meat was pretty fine and tasty though. Not something I enjoyed eating.New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館

Steamed Scallop with Garlic 蒜茸粉絲蒸扇貝. Another love dish. Fresh scallop + garlic + soy sauce + glass noodles = superb. Nothing really special but with the price, we had gotten lots of scallop. New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館

Cheesy Cuttlefish Ball 芝心墨鱼丸. I definitely remember this! Not only does the cuttlefish ball contains bits of cuttlefish, it’s super Q and there’s melted cheese in the center of it. I couldn’t get over the Q-ness of it.New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館

Steamed fish 清蒸海上鲜. I’m not sure what type of fish is this. But I didn’t like the texture. It’s just me as the guys enjoyed it.New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館

Stir-fried seasonal vegetables 清炒時菜. With all the meat and seafood. I truly enjoyed the vegetable. Light and much needed fiber to the meal.New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館The meal took us more than an hour to clear and everyone was so full and satisfied from these. But while blogging, I realize the restaurant might had missed out the soup. Nonetheless, it was a very hearty meal.

Damage for the set meal was around SG$127. We felt it’s worth the price for the fresh seafood and way cheaper than what we will have to pay locally. Plus we get to dine by the habour.

To get to New Baccarate Seafood Restaurant 新金湖海鮮菜館, once you alight from the ferry, turn left and it’s the last restaurant on the street.

Writing this made me miss the mantis shrimps.

 

VOM FASS

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VOM FASS had opened at Westgate! And Mr Boyfriend and I had been visiting this shop almost on a weekly basis now. Either to look out for new items on the rack, or to refill our bottles. This is how much we enjoy and love this shop.Vom Fass

One look, we know this will be Mr Boyfriend beloved shop with all the alcohol-s. But now, it’s fast becoming my favorite too. Located at Level 4, #04-41.
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We were attracted to the the rows and rows of colorful bottles of favored liquor. And further more, the service is superb! The staffs are always eager to intro you to new drinks and sampling before you decide which one to buy.

Here’s some of my favorites: Vom Fass Vom Fass

Both Rose Liqueur and Elderflower Liqueur goes very well green tea! Choose one that is none-sweeten to enjoy the sweetness and fragrance from these liqueur. For both, you can hardly taste the alcohol, which is also why I love them so much. Vom Fass

Whisky Cream Liqueur. Tried this but yet to buy. But I must say this is very smoothing! Next on Mr Boyfriend’s list to refill with.

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Creme de Framboise is on my next-to-refill-list. Raspberry Liqueur. Very fruity taste. Not sure yet which mixer to go with. Maybe green tea too. Vom Fass

Chocolate Cream Liqueur. The staff had been introducing this to us to go with ice cream. And true to it, it really goes very well with ice cream! It’s thick and chocolaty with a hint of alcohol aftertaste.  Vom Fass

They also carries a range of aged spirits. I had not reached the stage of enjoying them but Mr Boyfriend does.

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Besides alcoholic drinks, VOM FASS also carries a wide range of oils and vinegar. There’s too many to share and I had not explored this area either.Vom Fass

And the best part? Just purchase any bottles from them and fill it up with which ever liquor, oil or vinegar you want. And another best part? Once you finished, wash and bring the bottle back for refill and they will just charge you for the contain. Personally I love the idea as it’s ‘green’ and the bottles are so pretty!Vom FassI enjoyed the drinks and I hope you will too! Mr Boyfriend and I are already planning the bottles that we wanna buy when we shift to our new house so there will always be a constant supply.

They also have an outlet at MBS and Ion. But we had only been to the Westgate outlet.

 

Macau Street Food 澳门街头小吃

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During our previous trip to Hong Kong, we had a 1-day trip over to Macau. It’s easily accessible via the ferry service. It’s like going over to Tekong. But in order to make full use of the time there, do check out the timings of the ferries first.

Upon arriving, we are all super hungry. Instead of sitting down for a full meal, we decided to opt for street food 街头小吃, so as to try more stuffs and at the same time explore the place.
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錦記牛雜 – this is like our Yong Tau Foo 酿豆腐 but they use curry sauce instead. They have rows and rows of ingredients for us to choose and we also went with mid-spicy 中辣.

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With the cool weather and hungry tummy, it is extremely satisfying to eat this on the street. Its spicy and steaming hot at the same time. The curry sauce is similar to that of Japanese Curry. 澳门街头小吃

小上海 – skip this.澳门街头小吃

They serve freshly pan fried dumplings but the dumpling skin is overly thick with little filling. Waste of tummy space on this.澳门街头小吃

豪大大鸡排 – I know I know. This is technically a Taiwanese street food and there’s franchise in Singapore. But we had never try this before and so decided to go ahead. 澳门街头小吃

And we never regret! It’s so freshly deep fried, crispy on the outside, juice and tender in the inside. Steam is escaping with every bite. Plus, the serving is really huge! Two of us shared a piece and it’s like endless eating. Love it.澳门街头小吃

大利来小食 – our quest to look for the Macau Pork Bun, lead us to this stall with Q. There’s another pork bun stall besides this but there was no Q so we went with this instead.澳门街头小吃

By now we are pretty full. But how can we let go of the pork bun! And with the Q, these are fresh.澳门街头小吃Look at the size. But the bun itself is pretty disappointing and overall, the sandwich is dry as there’s no sauce to accompany the combi. However, the pork chop itself is tasty. But be mindful when you eat this as there’s a small piece of bone attached. And so, we shall continue our search for THE Macau Pork Bun on our next trip.

It was a pretty fun food trip. Walk, spot food, buy, eat, and the cycle continues.

 

Fu Kee Congee 富記粥品 (Hong Kong)

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This is the only congee (porridge) we had in Hong Kong and this is why I can fall in love with congee too.

Fu Kee Congee 富記粥品 is walking distance from our stay and we decided to have it for breakfast before travelling to Macau. Generally congee is not my type of food but this is really something to try if you are at Hong Kong.Fu Kee Congee 富記粥品

Early in the morning.
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With our limitation in language and reading of chinese characters, managed to know that the shop offers both congee and vermicelli roll for breakfast. And there’s a whole list of congee to choose from.Fu Kee Congee 富記粥品

We regretted not ordering more of the vermicelli roll! This is so good that they should be famous for this too. The ‘skin’ is so silky. When we wanted to order another plate, they are sold out.Fu Kee Congee 富記粥品

Ordered the Chicken Congee to share with Mr Boyfriend. Wanted roast goose congee but it’s not available for that morning. And I fell in love with the first spoon. The congee itself is already very flavorful and light on texture. On top of it, there’s the taste of the steamed fatty chicken (maybe leftovers from yesterday?). I was expecting shredded chicken, but it’s BIG pieces of steamed chicken. Super YUMMY!

Fu Kee Congee 富記粥品Another friend ordered the Mixed Pork Congee which has sliced pork, liver and intestines in the porridge. Tried the pork liver and it’s the chewy + powdery + not totally cooked type which is also super YUM! The congee itself, without asking, is as good.

But mind you, each different type we ordered, it did taste a bit different. It’s not like just adding the ingredients to pre-cooked congee.

We had also tried the Century Egg with Sliced Pork Congee and the century egg is heavenly! Unlike those yucky ones that we sometimes have locally.

I cannot remember the pricing, but it must not had been too costly. The serving is HUGE and there’s a lot of ‘liao’ (ingredients) in the congee. They should serve ‘you tiao’ these.  This is super highly recommended.

Fu Kee Congee 富記粥品
104-106 Fa Yuen Street
Mong Kok, Hong Kong

 

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