Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Hong Kong: Ki Tsui Cake Shop


Tucked somewhere along Ladies Market is Ki Tsui Cake Shop. They sell pastries such as egg tarts, kai chai paeng (chicken biscuits) and lou poh paeng (wife biscuit).


I tried the glutinous rice cake with red bean filling as well as the chicken biscuit. The rice cake was soft with ample fillings of red bean while the chicken biscuit is to die for! Usually chicken biscuit is crunchy and flat. However, the chicken biscuit here is different than those I've had before. I absolutely adore this version of chicken biscuit which is soft and contain fillings. Must say that the biscuits tastes just like chicken! Please share with me if you do know where to get this type of chicken biscuit in Malaysia.

Price:
Glutinous rice cake with red bean filling - HKD5
Chicken biscuits - HKD40/gan

*Note: 1 gan or kati is approximately 600g

Location:
G/F, 135 Fa Yuen Street,
Mong Kok

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Hong Kong: Kam Wah Cafe


Our first meal in Hong Kong was at Kam Wah Cafe.

Although it was past 2pm, the place was still packed with lunch-goers. We were quickly ushered to our table as we entered the shop. Adrian ordered the kong chai mee which comes in a set with nai cha (iced milk tea) while I had their famous po lo pau, egg tart and nai cha too.


The noodles look like those you get from instant noodles but the char siew (barbequed pork) tastes delicious. A satisfying meal nonetheless.


The po lo pau or pineapple bun was crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I really miss this one. They were freshly baked and absolutely tantalizing. You can have it with butter too. As for the egg tart, it had loads of custard just the way I like them.


Price:
Kong chai mee set with nai cha - HKD 32
Po lo pau - HKD 5
Egg tart - HKD 4
Nai cha - HKD 16    

Location: 
Kam Wah Cafe 
G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward

Monday, November 05, 2012

Hong Kong & Macau Day 1


Monday morning, 21 May 2012 - Took my first flight ever!

This time I went to Hong Kong with Adrian. We got one way tickets on Air Asia to Hong Kong and return from Macau which costs RM600 total inclusive of baggage, insurance and choosing seats. Yes, I purposely chose a seat so that I could take the photo of the wings above and see how the ailerons function =P

Anyway, the journey took about 4 hours from KL LCCT to Hong Kong International Airport T2. When we reached the airport, we have to board a train to the main terminal to get through immigration. After that, we collected our luggage and head over to The Magic of Hong Kong Disneyland, located at Terminal 2 to get tickets for...Disneyland of course! They have a promo where you'll get a free limited edition Toy Story Land shopping bag with every purchase of 2 tickets. The promo is also available at Avenue of Stars Kiosks, selected Travelex Hong Kong stores and AsiaWorld-Expo Box Office.

HK International Airport is located on Lantau Island. There are several means of transportation to get to Kowloon or Hong Kong island from the airport such as the Airport Express (MTR), bus or taxi. We took the taxi so that we can see the sights along the road from Lantau Island to Kowloon especially Tsing Ma Bridge, the 8th longest span suspension bridge in the world. Besides, the taxi would take us straight to the hotel without us fumbling around looking for directions.

We stayed at Metropark Hotel Mongkok which is just a 5 minutes walk away from Prince Edward MTR. The MTR exit is located diagonally across the street from the side entrance of the hotel. So it's really convenient going anywhere. Checking in was swift. After unloading our luggage, we were off to lunch - but not before grabbing some maps and directories from the receptionist.

ITINERARY: Fa Yuen Street / Tung Choi Street - Peak Tram - Victoria Peak / Madame Tussauds - Star Ferry - Avenue of Stars - A Symphony of Lights

FOOD STOPS: Kam Wah Cafe - Ki Tsui Cake Shop - Sogo Food Court - Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop



We walked over to Kam Wah Cafe on Bute Street for lunch. Prior to this trip, I searched the web for places to eat in Hong Kong. Therefore, we pretty much knew what we wanted to eat as long as we could find it on the map. Knowing how to speak in Cantonese helped a lot even if there are slight differences with Malaysian Cantonese. In addition to that, Adrian could read Chinese so he could read the menu. Well if you can't read Chinese, no worries! You can just point at the table next to you and say you want to eat that. Sometimes the menu doesn't make any sense anyway when figurative language is used!

Anyway, after considering how lengthy my posts can be, I've decided to post separately on the food later.

After lunch, we walked around the streets nearby. Fa Yuen Street (Sneakers Street) and Tung Choi Street (Goldfish Market/Ladies Market) are just 2 streets away from the hotel. Both are street markets and there are a lot of knick-knacks, very much like a pasar malam (night market) here in Malaysia. It was a pleasant surprise when we stumbled upon Ki Tsui Cake Shop.

Next we went to the nearest MTR station, bought the bat dat tong (Octopus Card) which is a smart card with stored value. We chose this over the tourist pass as the bat dat tong can be used almost anywhere. If I'm not mistaken, the tourist pass does not include Star Ferry and there is a limit to either 1 day or 3 days pass. An adult bat dat tong costs HKD150 which includes a HKD50 refundable deposit.

From there, we took the MTR to Central and took a walk to the Lower Peak Tram Terminus on Garden Road to catch the Peak Tram. The walk goes uphill for a bit so you can take the bus as alternative.

How to get to the Lower Peak Tram Terminus
By foot: From MTR Central station, make your way to the J2 exit and walk up to the ground level. Turn right, through Chater Garden, cross Queen's Road Central, and make your way up Garden Road. You will pass the Bank of China Tower and Citibank Plaza on your left and St John's Cathedral on your right.
By bus: Board the Peak Tram shuttle bus No. 15C at the Central (Near Star Ferry Pier 8) Bus Terminus (HKD4.20).


We bought the peak tram tickets which came in a package with Madame Tussauds tickets. The price shown online seems a little different than the package at the counter. It was cheaper at the counter. Maybe a promo was going on?


The tram was definitely full to the brim. We're just packed like sardines. Getting on the tram was a little frustrating. There isn't a proper queue and people were just jostling into the tram.


It's a steep road ahead! Try to get a sit at the front for a good view all the way up.


Madame Tussauds is located at the Upper Peak Tram Terminus. There's a wax figure of Madame Tussauds herself!

Watched Mozart play the violin.

 Attended Einstein's lecture.

 Hitched a ride with Leon Lai.

Dwarfed by Yao Ming.

Met the hunk!


We went outside after visiting Madame Tussaud's gallery. The air was cool and we just strolled around enjoying the fresh air. The view from the top was simply breathtaking. We went down from the Peak at around 6pm. You can catch A Symphony of Lights, a laser light show at 8pm every night, from the Peak. Another alternative is to watch from Avenue of the Stars like we did. We took the tram down to the lower terminus to catch a bus to the Central Star Ferry Pier.

How to get to the Central Star Ferry Pier
By bus: Board the Peak Tram shuttle bus No. 15C to the Central Bus Terminus (HKD4.20) which is near Star Ferry Pier 8.


The Star Ferry took us across Victoria Harbour right towards Avenue of Stars. From the Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) pier, we turned right and walked along TST Promenade. We passed by the Clock Tower, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Space Museum and Museum of Art to get to Avenue of Stars.



We walked around Avenue of the Stars while waiting for A Symphony of Lights to start. The crowd began to swell as 8pm approached. As we haven't had our dinner, we went over to Sogo (shopping mall located underground) to grab some pastries to bite on before heading back to the waterfront. A good place to watch the show is between Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre where you can listen to the music and English narration every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night. The show lasts for about 15 minutes. Rather long actually.

When the show ended, we were starved! We had dinner at Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop in Jordan then it was back to the hotel for a good night's rest. Off to Disneyland on day 2!

Price:
Taxi from airport to hotel - HKD230
Octopus card - HKD200 (reloaded extra HKD50)
Disneyland ticket - HKD399
Peak Tram & Madame Tussauds package - HKD195
A Symphony of Lights - FOC

...to be continued

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Singapore Day 2.2 - Universal Studios Singapore Stage Shows


Stage shows! Don't just love 'em? Here's ranking the 4 stage shows I went to at USS.

Coming in at #4...

#4 - Donkey LIVE @ Far Far Away

Hook's Knight Club is located away from the busy street. Just turn right into a small lane when you see Fairy Godmother in front of you.

Donkey Live! is basically a stand up comedy show hosted by none other than Donkey! Well, there's his sidekick too whose name I've forgotten =P There are funny moments but also boring ones. Catch this one only if you've got time to spare.

Now you simply can't compare #4 to these top 3 acts. The top 3 are all must watch shows!

#3 - Monster Rock @ Hollywood

Monster Rock is a mini musical that's highly energetic and entertaining. It'll leave you wishing for more. Very enjoyable show after walking around the park the whole day.

#2 - Lights, Camera, Action! @ New York

Image from Theme Park Insider
This is something very special hosted by Steven Spielberg, albeit virtually. Here you'll experience what's it like to be in a sound studio. You'll be introduced to different special effects used to simulate a real hurricane. Imagine a real hurricane inside a studio. It felt real. The sounds, the actions...simply fantastic!

And finally at #1...*drum rolls*...

#1 - WaterWorld @ The Lost World
WaterWorld is an outdoor studio built specially to showcase death-defying stunts and deafening explosions.


It's an interactive drama where there are different sitting zones depending on how wet you want to get. Check out the kids below sitting at the wet zone getting drenched!


WaterWorld shows how action movies are done. Come to think of it, Waterworld's really amazing especially when you reach the end of the show. It's amazing in the sense that when the next show starts, everything will be reset to zero and looked like nothing had ever taken place. But in actual fact, everything that had happened was extraordinary.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

Happy New Year everyone! 

Have another great year ahead with new challenges and resolutions!
Elections' around the corner too :)

Li Ann's Food Trail & Random Places


 

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