Sunday, March 31, 2019

2019 [Eggsentially Art] at Lee Gardens

Eggettes, Egglettes, Eggpuffs, EggWaffles whatever you call them are all the same thing.
These waffles which look like connected semi spheres is a popular street snack in Hong Kong that costs around $18-$60.
Some restaurants have taken them to the next level by serving them in a fancy and high end way.

At Lee Gardens, it is the third year running for Eggsentially Art where they have grouped together many popular eggette stalls in one place for two days.

Most of the eggettes cost $40-60 which makes it easy when buying cash tokens as they comes in bases of $20.

There is a stall directory with the eggettes and prices.

The first eggette stall that got my attention were the ready made eggettes which come frozen, which means you can have them at home by reheating it.
My favourite was the eggette smores sandwich and they did had eggettes with charsiu from GoodBBQ.
There were other creative flavours like fruit peel etc.

Cubus 28 had a pineapple one which is really similar to BOVE/MODOS in the sense that you get chewy pineapple in the middle.

The Tea eggettes are also worth mentioning as the eggettes are infused with tea served with ice cream from IGLOO.
They had white rabbit ice cream which was so good.

As well as eggettes, there are some new stalls serving HK style teas and egg tarts for that eggettastic experience.

Hong Kong Style milk tea from KAMCHA:

Tarts from Queen Sophie:

Lets see what Eggsentially Art 2020 will bring!

2017 [Eggsentially Art] at Lee Gardens

Saturday, March 30, 2019

[Waterfront Bar & Terrace] Good views and good food

Recently went to a media gathering at [Waterfront Bar & Terrace] and I must admit I was really impressed.
The restaurant is right by the promenade so you have views of East Hong Kong where you can dine al-fresco or sit inside.

The chef stayed in Mexico for a few years so there are a some Mexican dishes to offer as well as fine European dishes.
I appreciate the choice of side dishes as they had gnocchi, lobster mac n cheese to crushed potatoes with lemon.

Here was what we had:

Started with the Oysters (fin de Claire), all fresh and glistening that just a squeeze of lemon was delicious.

For salad, the smoked halibut on iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing was a nice change from Caesar salad.

Next was the ahi Tuna, layers of avocado, tuna tartare in yuzu cilantro vinegar topped with refreshing mango.
It was paired with crispy tortilla chips that I would describe as crumbly and disintegrates in your mouth when you eat it.

Campechana (Mexican shrimp cocktail) is not often found in Hong Kong so we were lucky it was offered on the menu.
[So far I have only had this at Verde Mar]
It is basically Mexican shrimp cocktail in a zesty red cocktail sauce with crab lump meat as well.

The jumbo crab cakes were divine as it was 99% crabmeat so a must if you love crab.

The calamari was nice and simple, coated in a delicate pink and black pepper tempura batter.
It came with chipotle and lime mayo but again it tasted good with just a squeeze of lemon.

My favourite was the Balik salmon which was smoked salmon topped with salmon roe served with sour cream.

As well as raw oysters we had the hot Kilpatrick oysters which were topped with delicious bacon and Worcester sauce.
The smokiness of the bacon and creaminess of the oyster together were wonderful.

Moving on to the seafood, there are so many fish dishes to choose from like seabream, swordfish, red snapper to cod.
We had the cod and salmon.

The salmon was stunning on a bed of burgandy blackberry sauce with refreshing blackberries.

I had a bias for cod because I just love chunky flakes of cod and it was moist served wrapped in paper with delicate vegetables beside it.

The jumbo sea scallops were more flavourful as they were wrapped in Pancetta which gave it that lovely salty kick just like bacon.

For the mains, there was Tuna Wellington, Lobster pizza and the USDA beef rib eye with the best side dishes.

The magic of the Tuna Wellington was the morel mushroom gravy which complimented it nicely and there were chunks of morel mushrooms in the gravy.

The pizza was not your usual topped with whole boston lobster, button mushrooms, Gruyere cheese and BRANDY!!!!
Imagine that!! Pizza and Brandy.
This is what makes Waterfront so special, there is something unique for every dish.

The USDA beef rib eye with sel de Guerande was stunning but the side dishes also stole the show because I love gnocchi, potato gratin and squid ink linguine.

While most steak houses offer creamed spinach, I liked the Sauteed baby spinach with garlic that was served here as it was lighter and healthier.

To finish, desserts are a must and I like the way the desserts are named by colours.

The desserts we had were: red, cream, copper, yellow and golden.

Again being English, I was biased on the bread pudding which was a substantial size good enough for one and also good for sharing depending on your appetite.
The apple tartin was my next favourite as the apple in the middle was poached.

Red wine ganache/raspberry/cream cheese icing:

Lemon and basil pie with meringue:

Apple tartin with calvados ice cream:

Pineapple carpaccio with coconut ice cream:

Bread and butter pudding with rum raisins and creme Anglaise.

After dining here, I definitely recommend [Waterfront Bar & Terrace] as every dish has something special about it.
The restaurant has lovely views and it is conveniently located near Whampoa MTR station exit D2.

[Waterfront Bar & Terrace]
G/F, Harbourfront One Harbourfront, 18 Tak Fung Street, Hung Hom

Thursday, March 28, 2019

[Pivo Czech Bar] A great night out

Hong Kong is a small place yet you can practically find almost every cuisine here.
Went to Pivo Czech Bar as I have not had many Czech dishes before.
Czech cuisine is influenced by the countries surrounding it like Germany and Austria.

As well as Czech dishes, there was quite a variety of other dishes to go for so we ordered a mix of other dishes as well.
Started with the tacos which had a slight Japanese twist to it with nori tempura as a base.
There were three to choose from: smoked salmon, beef or eel!

Pivo Salmon Nori Taco:
It was pretty good because I love nori tempura and it had some orzo on it so this was quite an appetizing teaser to start with.

We had two salads, the Irish Crab Soba Salad and the Pomelo shrimp salad.
Both were good but as a carbs person I liked the soba as it was filling dressed in Japanese style creamy sesame sauce.

Shrimp Pomelo Salad:

Irish Crab Soba Salad:

Snack Platter: Wings, Spiced Watermelon, Achiote Tuna and Truffle fries
The snack platter was good for sharing.
The wings were spicy and crispy and the watermelon was topped with my favourite feta cheese, while the tuna was slightly spicy.

Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich:
Again I picked this as you don't see many places offer it.
Monte Cristo is American and it is basically a fried ham and cheese sandwich!!

This one had a poached egg on top which made it even more delicious with the runny egg yolk.

USDA Striploin 10oz with peppercorn gravy and bacon:
Although the beef was the star of the show, my eyes lit up on the bacon which was crispy all the way through!

The Bohemian Goulash Mac & Cheese wasn't very cheesy but nice and hearty with chunks of beef in it.
Conchiglie is used as stated on the menu.

The Mussels in Beer were plump and soft.

For dessert we had the Dutch Babies!
There are three Dutch Baby Pancakes to choose from: Original, berries and apple and cinnamon.
Each flavour was good in different ways, the original was just simple and satisfying while the berries had a lovely mascarpone cream topping and the apple on would satisfy any sweet tooth.

Overall a great place to hang out with lots to choose on the menu.

[Pivo Czech Bar]
Shop R004, Roof Level, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui

2019 Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show

The sixth HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show (26 February to 2 March) and the 36th HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show (28 February to 4 March), both organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), have drawn to a successful close. The two shows featured a total of more than 4,600 exhibitors and welcomed a record number of over 90,000 buyers from 141 countries and regions, up 4% over the previous year. More than 35,000 buyers attended the Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, while about 55,000 visited the Jewellery Show.

The Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show had over 1,990 international exhibitors showcasing an assortment of jewellery raw materials including exquisite diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones as well as pearls to international buyers.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Limited Edition evian® bottles by Inès Longevial

Stylish and fun filled limited edition evian press kit from @evianwater x Inès Longevial.

It was fun trying my hand at painting the mini canvas while hydrating myself with these limited edition bottles of water.

Earlier this month, evian® unveiled a new limited edition bottle by Inès Longevial for International Women’s Day.

The Limited Edition designed bottles capture Inès Longevial’s expression of the evian® Natural Mineral Water’s 15-year long journey through the French Alps
For International Women's Day, evian® has invited for the first time a young French painter, Inès Longevial, to design its iconic annual Limited Edition. Since 2007, evian® has been known to pioneer fashion collaborations, working with such leading designers as Christian Lacroix, Kenzo and Alexander Wang.

For the design of the evian® Limited Edition, Inès Longevial took inspiration from the 15-year long journey of evian® through the French Alps. "The ink stroke symbolizes the journey of the natural mineral water through the rocks of the French Alps, while the flowers represent the blossoming nature on the surface - a source of pleasure" says Inès Longevial. This collaboration not only celebrates creativity and aesthetics but also tells the story of evian®.

The evian® x Inès Longevial Limited Edition bottles are available in two versions - glass bottles (750ml) and Prestige PET bottles.

'Snap and Win!' HONG KONG Promotion
From now till 31st May 2019, get a chance to win a 3D2N Macau staycation for two worth HKD$8,000 with every purchase of the Inès Longevial Limited Edition bottle.

To participate, all you have to do is:
-   Step 1: Purchase two evian® x Inès Longevial bottles from any participating retail outlet
-   Step 2: Snap a creative photo of two evian® x Inès Longevial bottles
-   Step 3: Upload and hash tag #evianxInesLongevial #evianHK

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

[YEARS] Plant based gem in SSP

As well as food in general, I love Vegetarian food.
When I found out about this joint, I decided to go and check it out even though there were no pictures on social media yet.
YEARS is located in SSP, the exact spot where NEW ORDER used to be.

Inside, you will find a modern setting and at the far end you will see cartons of OATLY on the shelf.

The current food menu which includes drinks.

Drinks menu:

Clearly the burger was my pick because of the Impossible Patty which came with my favourite iced Earl Grey Tea without any extra charges.

I have had so many Impossible burgers so far which were all good but this one is my favourite because it is simple and not overwhelmed by strong sauces. I got to taste the Impossible patty properly which was paired with delicious cheese, balsamic and arugula leaves which all worked in harmony. The Impossible patty was definitely beefy in taste and texture, it reminded me of eating sweetbread as it was quite velvety yet it had a lovely crispy edge where it got seared. The bun they sourced was a good one as it was soft and pillowly without any sweetness.

The fries were to my liking as they were crispy on the outside and starchy in the middle. Finished with iced Earl Grey which made my day as it had a lovely fragrant aroma that was not artificial and I appreciate how it wasn't sweetened by default.

I look forward to coming back as I'm sure they will have some new creations.

Shop 1, G/F, Fuk Lung Building,191-199 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po
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