We’re back from the CRAZY SUMMER SALES in Hong Kong!! Not only that, we have also carried extra pounds home! *Guilty* Blame it on all the good food there! Well, in short, it was a pretty refreshing short break from work! SATISFIED. =)
As this was not our first time visiting Hong Kong, we have skipped most of the cultural visiting or sightseeing sites. What we did was SHOP EAT SHOP EAT.. and alot of walking! Hence, this travelogue is more for all the shopaholics and foodie lovers.
Here is a brief summary of our short stay in Hong Kong. Detailed posts will be up soon!
DAY 3: Brunch – Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華餐廳 @ Jordan, Shop – Citigate Outlets @ Tung Chung, See – Symphony of Light @ Avenue of Star, Tsim Sha Tsui, Dinner – Four Seasons Pot Rice 四季煲仔飯 @ Yau Ma Tei, Massage – Yuen Massage 桃花源 @ Mongkok
DAY 4: Brunch – Modern China Restaurant 金滿庭 @ Timesquare, Causewaybay, Shop – SOGO and Timesquares @ Causewaybay, Tea – Paul Lafeyet @ K11, Tsim Sha Tsui, Shop – H&M @ Elements, Wing Wah Cake Shop 榮華 @ Hong Kong International Airport, Depart at 6.50pm
Stay – Butterfuly on Prat Boutique Hotel @ Tsim Sha Tsui
********** DAY 1 **********
#1 Touched down at Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world best airports!
#2 We took the airport express services to Kowloon Station and subsequently hopped onto the complimentary shuttle bus to our hotel – Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel, which is located at Tsim Sha Tsui.
#3 Checked-in to Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel. A very lovely boutique hotel with superb services, great location and comfortable room. Overall thumbs up.Address: Butterfly on Prat, 21 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong http://www.butterflyhk.com
#4 Lunch at Star cafe 星座冰室 for their famous tomato noddles. Very special. Love their refreshing tomato-based soup.Address: Shop No. 36, Champagne Court, 16-20 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Opening hours: Mon to Sat : 8am to 9.30pm Address: Every corner of Hong Kong!
#7 Farmer bun with curry pork at Macau Tsui Yuen Restaurant 澳門大豐新翠苑餐廳. Yummy-licious!Address: Shop 8, 2/F, Cooked Food Market, Mong Kok Complex, 557 Shanghai Street, Mongkok. Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 7am to 9pm
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#8 Breakfast at Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳, which serves very fantastic pineapple bun with butter or polo yao and milktea.Address: G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 6.30am to 12pm Address: G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 8.00am to 10.00pm
#10 Shopped at Prada Space Outlet. On average, the price is approximately 30% cheaper than retail but the downside is that it’s very far away!Address: 2/F Marina Square (East Wing), South Horizons, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong. Opening hours: Tues to Sat : 10.00am to 06.00pm ; Sunday & Public Holidays : 12.00pm to 06.00pm
#11 A very sinful dinner at Yue Kee (裕记). Very delicious roasted duck!Address: 9 Sham Hong Road, Sham Tseng Opening hours: Mon to Sun : 11.00am to 11.30pm
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#12 Hong Kong style breakfast at Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華餐廳. Love their crispy bun served with condensed milk 奶油豬 and milk tea.Address: 77-78 Parkes Street, Jordan Opening hours: 24 hours Address: 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong Opening hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm
#15 Four Season Claypot Rice 四季煲仔飯. Love their oyster omelette over the clay pot rice.Address: 46-58, Arthur Street, Yau Ma Tei (between Temple Street and Nathan Road)
#16 Pampered ourselves with a relaxing foot massage at Yuen Massage 桃花源. If you are looking for a decent (not dodgy) massage place, this is highly recommended!Address: 15/F, Toa Tak Building, 642-646 Nathan Road, Mongkok. Opening hours: Mon to Sun – 11.30am to 1.00am
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#17 Mouth-watering dan dan noodles and xiao long bao at Modern China Restaurant 金滿庭.Address: Shop 1002, 10/F, Food Forum, Times Square,1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay Opening hours: Mon to Sun – 11.45am to 15:00pm; 17.45pm to 11.00pm
#19 Crème Brûlée and macaroons from Paul Lafayet PatisserieAddress: Shop G23, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Opening hours : Mon to Sun – 12.30pm to 23.00pm
Hong Kong Honeymoon Dessert Group (满记甜品) established its first shop in Sai Kung District of Hong Kong in 1995, it has developed into a renowned dessert chainstore from a home-style dessert shop. They ventured their business into the Singapore market in 2010 and has since attracted the local crowd at its local outlets. We took a pitstop at their VivoCity’s outlet during the weekend for our quick dessert fix after dinner. We found out that there were more than 100 selections on the menu!
鲜杂果凉粉(芒汁) Mixed Fruits Grass Jelly with Mango Juice ($6.50)
The mixed fruits consisted of watermelon, kiwi, mango, papaya and sea coconut which went very well with the strong aromatic mango juice. The grass jelly on the other hand gave a very refreshing feeling in contrast to the aromatic which come from the thick version of mango juice. I wouldn’t say this is the best I’ve had but it will definitely be of a decent quality!
榴莲斑戟 Durian Pancake ($4.80)
Durian Pancake is Honeymoon Dessert’s signature and a must-try. This dessert is stuffed with real durian flesh and low-fat soft fluffy whipped cream wrapped in a thin green layer of crepe. It was so delicious and irresistible that once you tried it, you’ll crave for more in future. Before we started eating the desert we also cut it into half to have a closer look at the filling.
Durian Pancake with real durian flesh and low-fat soft fluffy whipped cream
As we have had quite a heavy dinner earlier, we didn’t manage to order more to try. The bill came at a total of $11.30 for the 2 desserts that we ordered which is quite reasonable. We will definitely visit this place to try out their other desserts in the future.
1 Harbourfront Walk #01-93
Vivocity Singapore 095585
Tel: +65 6376 8027
Mon to Sun : 10am to 10pm
Wild Honey has been yet another one of the talk of town for ages, and of course we wouldn’t want to give this all-day breakfast cafe, located on the third floor of Mandarin Gallery, a miss.
It was packed when we arrived but it was all expected from the reviews that we read. As the place runs a no-reservation policy, we left our names and phone numbers on the waiting list. It took us more than an hour to get a seat! *tummy growling*
The interior of the cafe is somehow lovely and homely. Its cozy with its dim lighting, vintage-styled plump cushions and music playing in the background. It was definitely perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon!
Unlike other cafes, ordering at Wild Honey is done at the counter before we head to our table. Everything was nicely written on the chalkboard. Colorful and neat. If you are unsure, there is an iPad with photographs to help you with your choice. Talking about variety, Wild Honey is by far, one of the breakfast places that offers the most extensive breakfast choices from all over the globe. You can choose from Canadian, English, Persian, Aussie to Japanese! I’m sure there’s one which can please your taste bud!
We started with the safest ones, their signatures – Europeans and Tunisian.
I had the Tunisian breakfast with a glass of orange juice ($9). This sizzling pan of spicy tomato stew with onion, pepper and chilli was served with two sunny side ups, chorizo sausages, toasted brioche and Israel salad (made with cucumber and tomato cubes). I must highlight that the two sunny side ups were perfect! They literally exploded when you poked into them. The whole thing went simply well with the fluffy brioche.
My breakfast partner, on the other hand, ordered the European breakfast – Wild Honey’s version of Eggs Benedict, paired with a cup of hot latte ($6). The Eggs Benedict was made with two poached eggs wrapped in thinly sliced and uncooked prosciutto (Italian ham) and sautéed mushrooms on their signature sweet and slightly toasted brioche, topped with hollandaise sauce. Although I don’t really like raw meat, the use of parma ham instead of normal ham has definitely added a nice twist to the dish for many! However, the poached eggs were quite a disappointment. It was a little bit past runny. As much as I love the mushrooms, I would still think that roasted button mushrooms would have been a better combination than sliced Shiitake!
Overall, while Wild Honey serves a pretty refreshing and extensive range of breakfasts, I personally find that it still lack some kind of wow effect. It was mediocre. With the price (more on the higher end), I would think that there are plenty of better breakfast/brunch places out there! With more and more breakfast places popping up, it’s hard to find a good reason to go back to Wild Honey!
Wild Honey Singapore (Mandarin Gallery)
333A Orchard Road #03-02
Mandarin Gallery Singapore
Tel: +65 6235 3900
Mon to Sun : 9am to 9pm