Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happenings in November - Hong Kong Kim Gary + Paradise Dynasty

Tuesday 7/11/17

Feel the stress coming, exam is coming in exactly one week time and I am still not confident for the paper. Adding to my stress was also my work. My everyday routine is work, eat, study and sleep. Hence, lunch and dinner is the time where I seek refuge from all the stress bothering me.

Today's lunch was at one of our regular dining place, Astons. As my exams are coming, I tried to cut down on eating fried food to prevent myself from getting heaty. I ordered spaghetti for my lunch instead of my usual choice, chicken chop and onion rings.

When order spaghetti, it will come with a fixed side dish of mushroom soup and garlic bread, my all time favourite soup.

I ordered Salmon spaghetti. 
It comes with generous portion of salmon that were well soaked in the gravy. I love it very much.

Saturday 11/11/17

11 November is also known as Singles Day. I took a break from my revision and went Vivo City for dinner. Everywhere was so packed with people at Vivo because of Navy@Vivo going on. It was hard to find a place for dinner so we settled for Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant which has one of the shortest queue.

We ordered a cup of mango mosaic with pomelo drink for sharing at $6. 

I have seafood spaghetti with cream sauce. This dish was not to my liking, the taste started to get gelat after eating a few mouthful. 

Bf had baked rice.

We went back home at about 8 plus to continue my revision. Jiayou, 6 more days to the end of my exam.

Friday 17/11/17 

Hurray, I have finished my last paper and marked the start of my 2 months school holiday. I went back home after my paper ended at 12pm to rest before heading out to reward myself for a good meal.

We went Paradise Dynasty for a tea break at about 5pm. The outlet at Vivo City allows us to be treated to the beautiful sea view, too bad I wasn't sitting near the window.

We ordered 8 pieces mix flavour xiao long bao and 10 pieces original xiao long bao.
The best way to reward ourselves after hard work is to fill our tummy with delicious indulgence. 

Crispy spring roll.
A mixture of sauce and vegetables were wrapped in a thin crispy roll, suitable for all ages.

Lotus egg salted egg bun.

The meal left us feeling really full, now we have no room for dinner. We walked around the mall while digesting the food.

Christmas is just another month away, are you starting to feel the atmosphere with all the decor up?

Are you guys already planning on what to do for the festive season, the long weekend is coming.

I'm starting to love white top because it can easily match and mix with any colours. I am going to invest more in white and other colours rather than my favourite black. I have enough of black in my wardrobe.

We were not feeling hungry to have a full dinner so the 2 of us shared on crazy potato set meal at Long John Silver before heading home.

That's all for today, good night.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Hong Kong Day 1: Mong Kok + Tim Ho Wan

Traveling has become my latest hobby. It allows me to break away from work, school, other commitments, and appreciate living in the present moment. Entering a foreign city, adapting to their food and culture, admiring their scenery and shopping gives me a new experience and makes me want to explore the rest of world.

Before my new school term begins, we went for a vacation to break away from our work and the usual routine we did in Singapore. Our choice of destination is Hong Kong as both of us have not been to Hong Kong. We booked the tickets 2 months in advance.

Finally our vacation has come, we were brimming with excitement as we set off for our trip.

We arrived at Changi Airport Terminal 3 at about 5am. We always take the morning flight and reach airport in the wee morning.

I loved dressing in comfy whenever I take a flight so that my movement will not be restricted. 

We went Killiney Kopitiam for light breakfast after we were done with the check-in. I have kaya butter toast while bf had mee rebus and toast. The cost was $10.90.

It was also our first time taking Singapore Airline. We have a pleasant experience with the services provided by Singapore Airline. 

We didn't managed to get side by side seats initially when we first booked the air tickets as the seats were selling fast. But when we do our check-in, the staff took initiative to arrange side by side seats for us. This contributed a lot to my pleasant experience. We were also given a blanket and pillow at my seat so that we can sleep well in the plane.

Our flight duration to Hong Kong was 3 hours 45 minutes. We took off about 7.50pm. While I was on flight, I watched Zootopia from their in-flight entertainment.

Breakfast was served at 9am. 
I was looking forward to the breakfast served when the air stewardess was pushing the trolleys down every lane. 

We were feeling full after the breakfast and ready to snooze.

So happy that I got a window seat because I will never get tired of the sight outside the plane window. Yes, we were going to reach Hong Kong International Airport soon.

After clearing the custom at about 12.15pm, we went to purchase Airport Express Travel Pass at HKD250 each which covers 1 Airport Express single journey and 3 days of unlimited MTR. Our exchange rate was SGD1 : HKD5.60.

On board the Airport Express that will take us to Kowloon Station where the journey was about half an hour. The scenery of Hong Kong started to fascinate me.

I love this black top where the net added patterns to the t-shirt, bringing out a style. The design is versatile, it looks nice on its own or pair up with a jacket. You definitely will see me wearing it again.

While walking to the MTR from Kowloon Station, we chanced upon free shuttle bus services that could bring us to our hotel. Interval was about 30 minutes per trip. We decided to wait for the shuttle bus so that we don't need to walk from MTR to our hotel which was quite a journey away. Our hotel was at the last stop. 

We finally reached our hotel, Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong. Just nice it has passed 2pm and we were able to check-in immediately to our room. It was drizzling when we got down the bus.

Dorsett Mongkok is a 4 stars hotel. The room was very cozy and pleasant, just that the size of the room was a bit small. We understand that Hong Kong's hotel room size is usually quite small. 

Here was the room that we were staying for 7 nights. Many asked why we go for such a long trip to Hong Kong as people usually spent around 4-5 days here. We just want to relax ourselves and take things slow to appreciate the beauty of this city.

The toilet was just besides the bed and the size of the toilet was small too.

The view from our hotel room, we were staying at level 19. 

Our hotel is situated between Mongkok and Tai Kok Tsui. It was a distance away from MTR station, it was about 9 minutes walk away from Olympic MTR station and 15 minutes walk away from Mong Kok station.

Dorsett Mongkok provides free shuttle bus that will bring us to various places such as Langham Place, China HK City and Kowloon Airport Express Station. The shuttle bus is only available at hourly interval from 8am to 11pm daily.

Since it was still drizzling, we rested in our room for another half an hour before heading down to catch the 3pm shuttle bus.

Feeling cold in the hotel room, I put out my jacket to put on. I love this skull printed jacket because it looked eye-catching and the furry texture was enough to keep me warm.

Dorsett Mongkok, Hong Kong
88 Tai Kok Tsui Rd, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Olympic (9 minutes walk away) / Mong Kok (15 minutes walk away)

We arrived at the street of Mong Kok via the shuttle bus. There was a few places in Mong Kok that I want to explore. The first place we went was Argyle Centre which was just 10 minutes walk from the place we alight. 

Feeling hungry, we stopped by for lunch first before I began shopping. There was limited selection of places for a proper meal at Argyle Centre. After browsing through the restaurants at basement 1, we settled for Iron Cow Taiwanese Beef Noodles.

Taro bubble tea.
We miss drinking bubble tea, the taro bubble tea was nice and sweet.

I have Braised Pork Rice with egg and Popcorn Chicken for my first lunch in Hong Kong. Every bite left me feeling satisfied and craving for more. 

Bf had the signature Taiwanese Beef Noodles.

The lunch bill came up to HKD128 or S$22.90, the food here is still cheaper than our home country.

After the lunch, I began shopping. I didn't took any photo during shopping because I was busy looking around. Argyle Centre resembles Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok and Far East Plaza in Singapore. They are so many shops selling clothes, bags and shoes. The price here is about the same as those selling in Bugis Village. I got myself a top during the shopping.

We stopped by Bake & Grill - Snack Place to buy the flame cheese squid at HKD26. It was indeed very cheesy.

Argyle Centre
One Mong Kok Road Commercial Centre, 1 Mong Kok Rd, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Mongkok 

We went on to shop at Ladies Market next, it was about 6pm by the time we reached. Though With it has over 100 stalls selling clothing, accessories and souvenirs, I find that the price is not cheap, so I only got myself a top and a bag here.

Ladies Market
Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Nearest MTR: Mongkok exit E2

We rest our foot at Hui Lau Shan 许留山 for a drink and also to decide where to go for our next destination.

We ordered Mango Aloe Jelly drink at HKD34.
A refreshing drink to ease our thirst. The aloe jelly helps to neutralize the sourish of the mango.

I always love watching Hong Kong's cop show, we managed to see the police in action after walking out of Hui Lau Shan. I wondered what case were they handling.

We made our way by foot to Olympian City 2 because bf wanted to have Tim Ho Wan for dinner. The nearest Tim Ho Wan from us was the outlet at Olympian City 2 which was about half an hour walk away. Though it was a long journey, we used this chance to admire the surrounding of Hong Kong.

We finally reached Tim Ho Wan at 7.30pm, it was a really long walk. Nevertheless, we still managed to find the place. Luckily, the queue wasn't that long.

Let me share with you something, this is my first time at Tim Ho Wan. I saved my first time to try out the origin Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong. The queue in Singapore was always so long, hence I give it a miss.

Here's what we ordered for our dinner.
Visiting to Hong Kong will not be complete without trying out Tim Ho Wan.

Tim Ho Wan is best known for their BBQ pork buns. The most delicious part was definitely the crispy bun. Beneath the crispy outer was soft and juicy char siew. The other dishes were tasted delicious too. We have a yummy dinner to conclude our day. The dinner cost was HKD122 which we thought was pretty reasonable.

Tim Ho Wan 
Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Rd, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Olympic exit D3

It started raining shortly after we finished our dinner so we walked around Olympian City while waiting for the rain to stop. We made our way to hotel by foot after the rain stopped. 

This sums up my day 1 in Hong Kong. We kept ourselves within proximity of our hotel area as there were so much things to explore. We will return back to Mong Kok for more shopping again.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

7 Places to Eat in Clarke Quay Central

Clarke Quay Central is not just a place that only come alive at night. During the day, it is filled with people who come over to the mall for lunch. They have over 25 restaurants for us to embark on a gastronomical trail. Let me share with you some of the places that you can dine in.

1. Ramen Champion

This is the third outlet of Ramen Champion. The residency of the stalls is determined by a competitive & friendly customer voting system. Through the competition, it brings the flavours from the different regions of Japan to Singapore.

Instead of ramen, I have Karaage Chicken Curry Rice at $12.90++. 
The Karaage Chicken gave a good crunch to the texture and the curry gave a kick to the flavour, making every mouth so yummy.

Clarke Quay Central

2. Seoul Yummy

Seoul Yummy is a casual dining place that provides exceptional Korean food, service, and experience.

We went during lunch time and their set lunch comes with a set of side dishes.

Seoul Yummy has introduced the cookhouse menu set lunch at $9.90++.
It reminisced the good gold days back in the army/uniform groups where the folks have their meal on mess trays. There are a total of 6 set to choose from: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo & Foxtrot. 
The set that I was having is Bravo which comes with spicy chicken slices and gyoza.

Clarke Quay Central

3. TungLok Signatures

TungLok Signatures offers a tantalising range of traditional Chinese cuisine, such as Cantonese, Shanghainese and Sichuan dishes. We will come here once in a while for their dim sum. 

Their porridge is something we always ordered, it was nice and fragrant. 

Price here is on a steeper side, be prepare about $25 to $50 per pax when you dine here.
It made me miss Hong Kong where we can have same standard but cheaper price for dim sum.

Clarke Quay Central

4. Jia Xiang Sarawak Kuching Kolo Mee

Kolo Mee is one of the famous noodles in Sarawak where the noodles are tossed in a special transparent sauce.

I have Smoked Duck Kolo Mee at $7.50.
The smoked duck was soft and chewy, it also has good balance of meat and fats. Other than smoked duck kolo mee, they have other selection available too.

Clarke Quay Central

5. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

What I like about their ramen is definitely the flavourful soup that makes me want to sip till the last drop. 

Santouka's soup is made by hand from scratch at all their restaurants. They use minimal salt and artificial seasonings, strictly following their motto of ‘Family friendly, delicious, and healthy ramen.’ We can safely consume the whole bowl of ramen without any worries.

I always have Shoyu ramen (small) whenever I am here, I prefer the stronger and fragrant flavour of the broth.The broth was so tasty that I nearly finished the broth. The price for small bowl is $12.50++.

Be sure to reach early as seats are limited.

Clarke Quay Central

6. Astons Specialities

Started off from a coffeeshop, Astons has now has moved and established inside shopping mall with quality and affordable pricing. I like dining at Astons because it is value for money.

Recently Aston has raised the price up by $1 more to $10.90 for grilled chicken with 2 side dishes.
I always go for standard sauce of chicken and side dishes when I found the combination I like. I'm such a boring person right?

Clarke Quay Central

7. Sunny Japanese

Tuck under the basement of Clarke Quay Central is Sunny Japanese, an eatery that sells wallet friendly Japanese cuisine at very affordable price. They have a wide range of items that we can choose from, ranging from rice bento, curry rice, omelette rice, ramen and udon.

I ordered the Chicken Karaage with ramen at $4.90.
The ramen was like Chinese style ban mian, not the usual Japanese ramen. But for the price paid, I felt that overall the food was still okay.

I love their Chicken Karaage, it was crispy and delicious when dipped with mayonnaise. 
I have a satisfying lunch. 

Clarke Quay Central

Hope this post is useful for you when searching for places to dine in Clarke Quay Central.


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