Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Encounter with the silver straw @ 貢茶 Gung Cha

The shop name and design gives it a ancient dynasty feel about it, almost like crouching tigers, when the shop is actually from Taiwan.

Only 6 series of drinks available 1) Foamy milk tops with various teas, 2) Plain teas 3) Milk teas 4) Fancy drinks 5) Fruit concoctions.

Anyway I chose the Foamy milk top with green tea, because the Taiwan teas do not usually mix milk with the lighter teas, ie green tea, unless it is the flavoured ones such as taro milk tea.

The cup was big, same as Easy drink Easy Go, clear green tea at the bottom with a layer of foamy milk on top. I was rather impressed with the straw, because it was silver, my favourite colour, and first time I have seen a silver straw, also it was rigid.

I poked the straw in without stirring the tea and milk together to try the green tea, tasted the Jasmine aroma and the sweetness of the sugar. I drank almost half without stirring the milk, then I set the drink aside, the milk itself slowly infused with the tea, turning from a clear colour to milky toffee colour.

After it was mixed properly, it was nice and creamy, it reminded me of clotted cream, since some of it remained slightly clotted in little lumps. A totally different taste to the plain green tea, very smooth and silky, and almost like drinking a very light cream.

Then finally, after finishing the drink, there should be cream on the lid which you can also indulge into it too.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A taste that made brought me home @ The Bull and Bear

Was not sure what to expect at The Bull and Bear, as it is located the back side of Wanchai, near the car dealers, and not many people pass by to eat or walk on that road.
From the outside, it does not stand out that much, although it does have a bright blue front, but dark and dim inside, not very inviting.

Anyway we all went there, it wasnt very big inside, but they said they specialise in British food.
As for menu choice, I was surprised there was so much choice, ranging from pub grub, curry, breakfast etc.
So we ordered 2 Bull & Bear burgers, 2 Chicken Curries, 1 Nasi Goreng, all without service charge, the average cost of a set with soup and drink was $70, and I was surprised some of the menu food was cheaper around $50 onwards, so you are not compelled to order set lunches.

The burgers were quite expensive @ $108 including flat chips, a double patty burger with melted cheese on top, the chips were golden and just right with a soft core.
The Nasi Goreng was how I expected it to be, not authentic Indonesian, but fried rice, with a fried egg on top, and a separate dish of chilli sauce and two prawn crackers.
The chicken curries were the best, they are the British pub style chicken curry, containing sultanas and coriander, thick sauce, and the typical chicken that they use. Usually I don’t eat the chicken but I did, and I even dipped some chips in the curry sauce. The taste was so perfect I felt homesick.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Pink cactus noodles

Interestng noodles that are made with cactus, the appearance of the noodles were pink instead of green.

It didnt have any distinctive flavour, but the noodles were served in crabmeat soup.
The soup was very thick, just like the crabmeat soup you get in restaurants.
So basically it tasted like in crabmeat soup rather than a watery soup

Hong Kong airport
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