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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Finally tried the famous Pork Chop Bun at Macau - Tai Lei Loi Kei!

We were famished by the time we checked-in to our hotel and thus, we took a cab from our hotel - Hotel Sofitel to Taipa Village.  Our cab fare cost around MOP 80.  For the rest of the trip, after we were more familiar with the place, we found out that we could make use of the various free shuttles from the bigger hotels to hop from one place to another.  Thus, for the rest of the trips in Macau, we didn't spend any more money on transport.  :)

From some of the blogs that I had read prior to the trip, some mentioned that the shop will only be open at 3pm and by 2.30pm, the queue will start forming.  Thus, I anticipated that there would be a long queue outside the shop as we reached around 2.40pm.  However, to our (pleasant) surprise, there was no queue at all and we could just step into the shop to buy our pork chop bun!


 There is no more outdoor seating with proper tables and chairs now and thus, we need to have it take-away and enjoyed eating the buns under the shades of the big trees outside.  The weather was very hot when we were there and I was perspiring like mad even though I was seated under the shade.  
 The pork chop bun was freshly-made here and very tasty.  The meat was well marinated and tender.

 This is the original shop of Tai Lei Loi Kei.  Now, probably because they had opened up 2 more branches at Venetian and near Ruins of St Paul in recent years, both which are more accessible, explains that there are lesser crowd at the original shop now.  However, I read that the standard of the other 2 branches are not as good so maybe you would want to try out the the pork chop bun at this original location.

Tai Lei Loi Kei
No.18, Largo Gov. Tamagnini Barbosa, 
Vila de Taipa, Macau

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Day 5 - Dim Sum Lunch at Tim Ho Wan添好運, Olympian City II (Hong Kong)

The old shop at Mongkok area had been re-located to a bigger premise in this shopping mall - Olympian City.  We reached near noon and didn't have to queue at all to get a seat inside the restaurant.  Currently, if you intend to go to Tim Ho Wan at its Singapore outlet at Plaza Singapura, the wait-time is around 1.5 hours if you go during noon time.
Vermicelli Roll with Pig's Liver
The liver was slightly over-cooked and chewy instead of those melt-in-the-mouth type, but still it was much better than the Plaza Singapura's outlet.
 (Yes, I tried Tim Ho Wan at Singapore too after my Hong Kong Trip).
 Deep-Fried Beancurd roll with Shrimp
The legendary Char Siew Buns (Baked Buns with BBQ Pork) ... They have the "bolo buns" (pineapple buns) type of crispy crust, like sweet sugar cookie laid on the exterior.
 The fillings were generous but quite sweet.
Steamed Chicken Feet with Black Bean Sauce
Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake
Sweet ending to our meal.  :)
The staff were very thoughtful.  They checked with us that all the other dim sum that we ordered were served before they changed our oily utensils and served this last course of dessert to us.

Overall, the experience eating at this Tim Ho Wan outlet was good. There was no need to beat the crowd and the restaurant was air-conditioned, big and spacious. The service staff was also friendly and attentive, not really common in a typical HK cafe.

Tim Ho Wan添好運
Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2,
18 Hoi Ting Road, 
Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day 2 - Hotpot dinner buffet at 小肥羊 Mongkok, Hong Kong

We had hotpot buffet dinner at 小肥羊 (Mongkok) after hiking at Cheung Chau.  HKD 148 per pax is the price for the normal buffet and we each topped up HKD 48 to get to choose from some of the premium items (unlimited servings too).

 Hubby looking pleased as this is is favourite hotpot restaurant that specialized in lamb/ mutton meat.
Both of us actually "conquered" more than 10 such plates of lamb slices!!!  


 Do come and try out the hotpot buffet here.  Seriously, it is very value-for-money for the quality of meat served.

Little Sheep 小肥羊
Shop E, G/F,Whole of 1/F-4/F,Mongkok Commercial Centre 
16,16A and 16B Argylee Street, 
Mong Kok 
(Opposite Langham Place Hotel)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Day 2 - Day Trip to Cheung Chau (Hong Kong)

The next day, we planned to do a day trip to Cheung Chau.  We had our brunch first at a Chinese restaurant - "Majesty Restaurant" that was located next to our hotel.  If I am not wrong, all the Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong serve dim sum in the morning.

Turnip Cake with XO-sauce.  I didn't find it very nice and it was rather spicy.
 The chee cheong fun skin was very thick, didn't really like it too.
Hubby wanted to order liu sha bao but again, ordered wrongly, and thus we had custard buns instead.

 After our brunch, we took the MTR to Central station to take a ferry to Cheung Chau.
At the ferry terminal.  To go Cheung Chau, proceed to Pier No. 5.
We took the ordinary ferry and each ticket cost only HKD 18.40.  You can use your octopus card to pay for the ticket fare here.  It took around 1 hour to reach Cheung Chau.
Reached Cheung Chau.
Our ferry.

Mini Great Wall - This is actually the pathway for hikers.

After hiking for about 2 hours, we decided to snack on their local specialties.   

Famous giant fish-balls.

Peace buns.

Whirling Potato Chips.

Souvenir Shop

So cute!  Spotted a giant teddy bear at a cafe!

After spending half a day at Cheung Chau, we took the ferry back to Hong Kong to have our dinner.