Guangzhou Food & Travel : The very “meh” New Year Count Down at Canton Tower, Shangxiajiu Street 广州上下九街。广州塔:小蛮腰。

Another post on Guangzhou. Its gonna be a short one because I only spend around 4 days in Guangzhou. Not the overwhelming best experience but definitely a memorable and happy one. First check in China, Guangzhou, I am very happy with that! You make it love China. Tried to cover most of the specialty food in Guangzhou but because of time limitations and lotsa shopping spree incurred, I can only do my best to eat as much in a very short period of time. Noms!

DSC00050_pGood Morning Guangzhou!

DSC00045I woke up early in the morning despite the short period of time we had in Guangzhou. Tried out the food in hotel and it is a huge mistaken. My comments : Just simply eat out. Hotel Food Sucks.

DSC00062 DSC00072_p DSC00080So one of the place I spend a lot of time shopping and eating will be the Shangxiajiu street. It is a very well known shopping street for the locals as well as for the tourist. Tents and vendors filled up the place as early as 11am.

DSC00051-vert DSC00092 DSC00094 DSC00096 DSC00103 DSC00123Like Beijing Road street market, they offers a lot of discount. Discount up to 90% and I bought around 9 pairs of shoes including winter boots with the price range of RM15 to RM40. What say u?

DSC00090 DSC00095For guys, the shoes, the bags, clothings, you can find all sorts of item you need at Shangxiajiu Street. For ladies, earrings, shoes, winter clothes, I don’t know man! Too many to offer. But personally I used to wear a few brands of clothings only, that’s why I seldom shop for clothes in street market. But what I am crazy shopping for are shoes and earrings! God knows how much I bought!

DSC00108 DSC00126Not only that, street food vendors are piling up along the street. 

DSC00110 DSC00112_pI had curry fish balls and BBQ squid. Yums! 

DSC00089-tileTime for lunch, we tried out one of the commonly seen chinese food franchise restaurant in China. Not too impressive but the chilli pork ribs is quite okay.

DSC00118And so we continue our hardcore shopping spree. Came across this highly recommended coffee place and so we tried. Its always nice to rest a while for coffee. There’s a lot of cafes around but I saw this particular one in Google and so here we are

DSC00115 DSC00116Not a coffee fans, I have no idea how to judge a good coffee but their coffee is quite nice. At least smooth and fragrant for me.

pageFor dinner, we stumbled upon a canton restaurant. Settled our dinner here before we head back to hotel to have a rest for count down later. I cant get enough of the beef offal stew so I ordered a small portion for myself. So good I must say! Soup is tasty as well. Noodles was alright and the roasted duck is delicious, crispy skin and juicy meat, that’s what we are looking for right? Overall rating is quite high!

DSC00159Rest time!! Our hotel is just in front of the pearl river so every night we will have this magnificent view. Nap for 2 hours and finally heading out to the Canton Tower for New Year Count Down!!

As usual it was New Year Eve! Road is crazily packed with cars and human beings, we headed out around 9pm and its so jam! Stuck in the taxi for about 1.5 hours because the cab driver decided to drop us somewhere else and ask us to walk. 

DSC00175-horzIt’s a long walk like another 1 hour but because the road is packed with human beings, everyone walk with you so it doesn’t feel tiring. Grab a local beer and off we go to Canton Tower!

DSC00230_p-horzI have no idea how far it is but after all the squuezing and running and climbing, we were finally there! Count down was VERY disappointing. WHY?

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1.) They don’t have any emcee to host the events and the counting down and yet that place is crazily packed like you can’t even breathe!

2.) Everyone was looking at their clock then suddenly the clock put out the words : HAPPY NEW YEAR. Everyone was like WTF?? Where is the 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1?? Then people around us start to curse like.. OMG i came so far for this and that’s it? And people started to communicate to each other by complaining how terrible the count down is. 

DSC00257 DSC00262Well, I put an effort to count down at different country every year and by far, this is the “worst” one. So 3 hours squeezing through the crowd and less than 5 mins of happiness. But I enjoy the process so I’m fine with it. We ended up having a drink below our hotel and met 4 new friends from other part of china and so, having a beef offal steamboat together as supper at 5am before we called it a day. Extraordinary experience for me and I actually enjoy it! 

 

 

Guangzhou Street Food (Beijing Road) 广州北京路小吃

A good friend of mine Thanis mentioned he will be going to Guangzhou this few months and it suddenly hit me on the face… OMG, I have a lot of overdue Guangzhou food posts! And here I am, digging out my Guangzhou photos like more than 1 year ago and to share with you guys out there! (29/12/14 – 02/01/15)

DSC09897_pI considered myself very lucky in Guangzhou as compared to others. I’ve heard a lot of advise from people before I go to China and this Guangzhou trip is definitely my virgin China trip! As you know, common things like… people there are very very rude, they spit everywhere, they cut queue, overall, China is very dangerous….! These were all the negative comments I heard before departing. However, lucky for me, I had a very pleasant trip in Guangzhou. People I met, people I talked to, people I ask direction for, people I bargain during my shopping spree, they are all exceptional friendly and helpful!! That’s totally unpredictable. Everyone I encountered was very nice and polite (except when you are snatching for taxis) FYI, there’s a funny incident where I stand by the roadside trying to queue for the taxi. I politely asked the lady in front of me if this is the taxi stand and she replied me in a astonishing way like.. oh.. you must be a tourist, there is no queuing up for taxi, you have to snatch your own taxi! OK!! Thank you!! I managed to snatch a few tho. Hoho!

But not to say none, I encountered a very unhygienic man spiting when we were exploring the mall in the city area. I guess all the kind and polite people stay near the Beijing road or Shangxiajiu pedestrian street area because I spent most of my time there. 

So today I am going to share some street food I had at Beijing road, aka a very popular shopping street and it is very near the place I stayed. Blessed! 

DSC09920 DSC09921 DSC09928 DSC09929It gets merrier when the sun goes down. You can see all the vendors start to operate during the evening time. I personally love this area because I love to explore and shop around shopping street or night market as compared to the malls. 

DSC00324 DSC00328_p DSC00329Oh look, they even have a spectacular display of the road and stone material used in the Qing, Sung or Tang dynasty. 

From street food to restaurants. They’ve got all. 

One of the common street food in Guangzhou will be the beef offals stew. They are like everywhere in Guangzhou!! 

DSC00337 DSC00338 DSC00339Things you are afraid to get in a offals stew is the nasty smell of the intestines. Well, I’m glad all the offals are washed and cooked properly. No nasty taste, only tasty one! I specially love the beef balls and the beef tendons. So juicy and tender!

Sweet Potatoes! It can be easily find along the street as well.

DSC00442 DSC00443 DSC00447_p DSC00448Not only sweet potatoes, they have roasted chestnut as well. My favourite kinda snacks. One touching thing is that, the vendor actually gave us extra chestnut because I am cute. Hahahha! Nah just kidding! Probably because we are tourist or something like that!

Double layered milk pudding is one of the must try dessert in Guangzhou. I selected the one with the longest queue…

DSC00431_p DSC00432 DSC00433Not too bad but if you do not like milk, you won’t like it. The milk and eggs smell is very strong but theres no problem for milk lover like me!

Came across a very small stalls selling seafood. They have a very wide selection of seafood. Choose anything you like!

DSC09958 DSC09959 DSC09962 DSC09964We were curious about this one! Yes…. I never tried anything like this before and so, it will be my first order!

DSC09965 DSC09972Pan grilled in butter. Oh my, everything in butter will taste heavenly

DSC09971 DSC09975I would say there is a lot of flesh in this lobster crab kinda thing. Meat is very juicy and al dente. With a layered of butter crisp. Yums! 

DSC09960 DSC09966We had sea snails and prawns as well. Not the best but not too bad too!

DSC09968Shark fin and scallop skin soup is ok. I should add more black vinegar in it. 

DSC09980Now, this is recommended by the very friendly lady boss. Sprite with lemon and sour plum. Its extremely refreshing even under the cold days like this. I guess after all the heavy flavoured seafood, something refreshing always help!

And what’s Guangzhou without dim sum and wanton noodles! All the Cantonese food!

DSC09943 DSC09944 DSC09945 DSC09954I personally recommend this shop because 1.) they have all types of cheong fan 2.) the queue is damn scary long.

DSC09947I am not a cheong fan person but cheong fan here definitely caught my heart. The flour layers are so thin, fillings are marinated well, the soy sauce is just nice and flavourful. Perfect combination. Just look at the oily silky cheong fan!

DSC09953And my favourite goes to…. the pork liver cheong fan!!!!

Of coz, if you do not like pork liver, they have tonnes for you to choose from.

DSC09951Fresh prawns cheong fan

DSC09948Dried prawns cheong fan

DSC09952Beef and pork cheong fan!

And for noodles, there’s only one which I think its absolutely mind blowing. Its called “Di Yi Mian” or to translate as “Number 1 noodles”

DSC09916A simple wanton noodles beat everything.

DSC09902 DSC09904 DSC09907You want something more than a common wanton? Get a crab roe wanton noodles!!! 

DSC09914_pThe soup is so sweet and flavourful that you basically do not need any condiments. I came here like more than 3 days throughout the 4 days in Guangzhou. Epic right!

DSC09910I tried to order something different, a pork leg noodles but oh well, forget about it, just get the wanton! 

Another noodle place is located at the entrance of the Beijing road. Not as impressive but they have more choices. If you can’t find the “no.1 noodles”, you can always try out this.

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DSC00002Dried flat noodles with shredded pork

DSC09985Wanton noodles.. hmmm! that’s alright..

DSC09987 DSC09990 DSC09998_pAnd my ultimate beef combi noodles. Look at the size of the noodles!!! Add a splash of black vinegar and hot chilli oil and its good to go!

DSC09993What I love about Guangzhou, they have magic beef balls! There are still lotsa juices in the balls man!

And lastly, I would like to share some main dishes and dim sum I’ve tried which is really good.. Discovered the shop by accident and it din’t disappoint me. Service is good as well and this is a restaurant where you can have your own table and enjoy your food slowly.

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DSC00392 DSC00393Tea!!! They served us tea in a much traditional way. Just the way I like it

DSC00397Roasted goose. I prefer goose over duck because somehow I think the goose is more tender and the texture is lighter. 

DSC00402Water boiled beef. I love spicy stuff. Water boiled beef is basically beef slices soaked in a layer of chilli oil with a lot of other spices. It is commonly served with either beef slices or fish slices.

DSC00417 DSC00425Steamed oysters with minced garlic. 

DSC00421_pLook at the size of the oysters! 

DSC00403Pan fried meat buns! The fillings for this is meat and chives! Simple yet delish!

DSC00399Lastly we have stir fry eggs with chives and baby clams. Something that will keep you eating because the eggs itself is so fluffy yet so creamy in texture. The chives and the freshness of the clam add more flavours to the eggs and hence, you will just keep eating it.

So what did i do after my meal, before my meal or in between my meals while waiting for digestion? I went shopping! Shopping is crazy in Guangzhou. They offered like a 90% discount or even 95% sometimes. Holy mama!! The least they will also have like a 50% discount. I bought so many stuff that I have a buy a new luggage back. So cheap! Just so cheap! Totally compatible to Bangkok shopping spree!!

DSC00034_p DSC00332 DSC00334 DSC00335 DSC00440_p DSC09918 DSC09919 DSC09955 DSC09981Some extra pictures for you! XOXO!

 

 

Absolutely my favourite Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung, Singapore

Everytime I went to Singapore, I would never miss Din Tai Fung. Its probably the sampler of my food list in Singapore. Yeah there’s Din Tai Fung in KL and I heard a few not too impressive food comments as well but my frequency of going to Singapore and KL is in the ratio of 5 : 1. I went to Singapore more often because of my brother, so… forget about Din Tai Fung KL and focus on my post on Din Tai Fung Singapore!

DSC02769I always order the same thing whenever I visit Din Tai Fung and I guess my food list is similar to most of the customers here. I guess the signatures always win huh!

First of all, this not too appealing dish introduced by le brother. I kinda give him the meh’ expression at first but its not long until I fall in love with this..

DSC02746Oriental Salad in special vinegar dressing. its basically made of shredded seaweed, bean sprouts, chilli, bean-curd, rice vermicelli and tossed in a very light tangy dressing. Definitely an ideal appetizer!

DSC02751Another appetizer that I adored will be the fragrant steamed pork with crushed garlic and hot chilli oil. I love spicy food and this combination of simple steamed pork belly with a heavy dressing bring everything to the next level!

DSC02753Small bites : One of my favourite.. yeah.. bascially everything I ordered will be my favourite. *grin* Chilli Oil and black vinegar Wanton! Not as good as the one I had in Taiwan but well, it still able to satisfy my cravings. One of the very important element of chilli oil wanton is the amount of the chilli oil poured. The chilli oil should not be flooding the wanton, it should be just right for the wanton to just sit on top of it. And needless to say, the generous amount of spring onions just add more flavour to it. Oh well, it would be best if its cilantro isnt it. To your surprise, its not as spicy as it look.

DSC02747For the soup, I always had Braised beef and tendons soup. Reason being I’m not a big fans of ramen noodles but I absolutely love beef and tendons. So soup without noodles but with my lovely beef and tendons will always be my choice. The awesome thing about the meat is that they were braised until so tender that they will easily fall apart when you use your chopstick to hold it. What more to say, it was braised until all the goodness of the soup had infused in the meat. Yums. Melt in  your mouth kinda thing!

DSC02767We ordered their signature fried rice with shrimps and eggs. I love it. I am certainly not a fried rice person because as I mentioned before, I love to eat a lot of things, specificly varieties of food, fried rice to be its like.. one thing. One fried rice and there’s nothing to eat with it.. very irony for me. However, I somehow like the fried rice here because its oily and fragrant. The rice is very moist and it doesnt stick together. Keep you eating it non stop. Prawns and eggs as well plays a very big part in this plate of fried rice. The worst thing you can get from a fried rice is when everything taste the same in that plate. The magic of this fried rice and the reason why it had been one of their signature is because they seem to have a lot of layers of taste to satisfied every part of your taste-bud. You can take the fragrance of the rice, the “wok hei”, the sweetness of the prawns and the eggy taste. I buy that!

DSC02757Next up is the Pork Chop Fried Rice. Its as good but I personally don’t fancy pork chop without fat. hahahahahha! But to be honest, the pork chop is really tender, juicy, not over cooked and the marination was spot on.

And so comes the MUST ORDER and reason why I am here is for this!

DSC02754The steamed pork soup dumplings! AKA Xiao Long Bao!! I am a big big fans of xiao long bao and that also means that I have eaten tonnes of xiao long bao and I have my own standard of judgement towards xiao long bao. Wow.. sounds like a big thing here huh! So basically one of the thing about xiao long bao is that they have to have enough soup inside. I am not kidding, my brother and I have had hunted a lot of xiao long bao outlets selling dry xiao long bao or those with pity amount of soup in the xiao long bao. That’s like you finally found your dream dress and there’s no size for you. That kinda metaphor ok~ 

DSC02755But look at this beautiful piece of art…. the skin is very thin, from the bright behind or  somehow I imagined my own light, you can see the soup inside is half full. Omg!! 

DSC02759And when you bite a small hole and suck in the soup… it bring you straight to heaven. Yes, the soup is extremely flavourful… and its like a spoonful full. What more can you ask for right? 

Yea you can ask for more actually… The crab meat and roe soup dumplings! There’s this little crab shaped dough indicated that it is crab meat xiao long bao. So cute!

DSC02762High cholesterol means excellent food. This is as impressive as the pork dumplings with a touch of the seafood goodness. It is very crabby, very creamy and I don’t even know how to describe it anymore.

DSC02765They are just beautiful and lovely! You can taste the shredded fresh crab meat inside, with the creamy roe and the essence of seafood basically just explode in your mouth…. Ok i think that’s enough for today. I am getting hungry now because of this. I miss my xiao long bao…….! 

So people, when you get to go to Din Tai Fung in Taiwan or Singapore or any other places, try some of my very favourite. Hope you love it as much as i do <3<3

 

 

What to eat in Central Hong Kong? 香港中环必吃 Food Map included!

The top 10 must eat food when you arrived in Central Hong Kong. It might not be the best but it’s definitely in every traveller’s pocket list. Be it too famous! 

The Central is the central business district of Hong Kong. Not only that, it is the home of some of the local Hong Kong delicacies. You can easily spend a day or two at this area for shopping, entertainment or just merely food tasting like me! So these are the Top 10 famous food in Central business. I mean, there’s more but at least you have to try these 10!

I’ve created this food map to share the must eat food in Central Hong Kong. Hope it helps!

1. Yung Kee Roasted Goose 镛记

DSC00128 yungkeeYung Kee said to have the world famous roasted goose. It is good but overrated. I don’t really have a very deep impression of how tasty it was because I found a better one. Just my own preference but you all should come and try this, it might be your best. However, I would give lotsa credit to their service and also the century egg. Its definitely a brilliant choice to serve the century egg with runny yolks. OMG so nice! Please read the full blogpost here. YungKee VS YatLok [Address: Hong Kong, Central, Wellington St, 32-40, Yung Kee Building, Hong Kong][Opening hours : 11.00AM to 11.30PM]

2. Yat Lok Roasted Goose 一乐烧鹅

DSC00356 yileHere comes my personal number 1 ranking for roasted goose. I’ve tried numerous roasted goose throughout Hong Kong and this definitely is the best for me. The skin is more towards the crispy type but the meat is still tender and juicy. Its like they sealed all the juice under the skin. Succulent! For me, it beats Yung Kee. Its not the best looking restaurant but its always full. Pricing wise? 1/3 of Yung Kee. Please read the full article here : Yungkee vs Yatlok [Address: G/F, Block A, Po Wah Building, 5 Tai Ming Lane,, Tai Po, Hong Kong][Opening hours : 10.00AM to 5.00PM]

3. Tsim Chai Kee Wonton Noodle house 沾仔记

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DSC00140There’s three utmost popular wonton noodle house in Hong Kong. Ho Hung Kee, Tsim Chai Kee and Mak’s Noodles. I personal love the Tsim Chai Kee one. No matter is the clear wonton noodle soup, the two combination or the treasure noodle soup. It is just so addictive. I never thought wonton noodle can be so interesting until I met you. Broth wise, flavourful and complex. Its not your ordinary wonton noodles. Please read full article here. [Address: 98 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong][Opening hours : 9.00AM to 10.00PM]

4. Tim Ho Wan 添好运

DSC00063 timhouwanNo Hong Kong Trip is complete without Dim sum! There’s lots of very good dim sum in Hong Kong. Especially in the local coffee shop. However, tourist will certainly go to Tim Ho Wan for a try. Its the world cheapest Michelin star restaurant. Remember to order the signature baked roasted pork bun! Please read full article here [Address: Shop 12A, L1/F, Hong Kong MTR Station, Central][Opening hours : 9.00AM to 9.00PM]

5. Sing Heung Yuen Tomato Beef Noodles 胜香园

DSC01235 DSC01244 tomatoOne of the popular comfort food in Hong Kong. The tomato beef noodles which is canned tomatoes with slices beef served with nissin noodles in soup. Oh, you can opt for macaroni too. Sing Heung Yuen is the icon for tomato beef noodles. Just by looking at the queue.. You know you somehow have to try it. And what to go best with it? The salty lemon sprite! Yums! Please read full article here [Address: No.2 Mee Lun Street, Central, Hong Kong][Opening hours : 8.00AM to 5.00PM]

6. Lan Fong Yuen  兰芳圆

DSC00154Milk tea milk tea milk tea! Hong Kong is the best place to have milk tea. I lost my precious half an hour queue milk tea photos. But the silky and smooth milk tea whether its served hot or cold will definitely satisfied your tastebud. It is not as sweet and the aroma of the brewed tea is there! [Address: 2 Gage St, Central, Hong Kong][Opening hours : 7.00AM to 6.00PM]

7. Tai Cheong Bakery 泰昌饼家

DSC00158 taibakeryThis is the number 1 recommended bakery for egg tarts and all sort of pastries. I don’t fancy egg tart so I cant tell you the difference. All I know is.. its nice! However, one thing you have to try at least… the century egg puff. So good! Puff pastries is flaky and the filling is dense with a very light sweetness compliment with a unique texture of the century egg! Noms! [Address: 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong][Opening hours : 7.30AM to 9.00PM]

8. Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠华餐厅

cuihuaTsui Wah restaurant has more than 50 chain restaurant throughout Hong Kong, basically every area you can see at least 2 or 3 Tsui Wah. They have the Char Chan Teng concept but the elevated ones and its open 24 hours! Its a so so for me but well, since they have so many chain restaurants, why not just try one! Please read full article here. [Address: 15 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong][Opening hours : 24 hours]

9. Kau Kee Beef Noodles 九记牛腩

DSC01238Sadness. This one is just opposite Sing Heung Yuen but I choose Sing Heung Yuen over this. Din’t get to try this because of time constraint and the long queue but I will definitely come back for this. Please put this as your must try because the rank in OpenriceHK is high. Well, why did i forgo this one and went for Sing Heung Yuen? Because I had too much beef that trip. hehe! [Address: 21 Gough St, Central Hong Kong][Opening hours : 12.30PM to 10.30PM]

10. Emack & Bolio’s

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DSC00149A random dessert shop that we went in. Surprisingly the queue is very long. They have all kinds of fancy coated cons for ice cream. Yay! [Address: Central – Mid-Levels Escalator, Central, Hong Kong][Opening hours : 11.00AM to 11.00PM]

So these are my Top 10 must try food in Hong Kong. Try them! Hope you like it! XOXO

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