"Gourmandism is an act of judgement, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality." – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Archive for July, 2010

Restaurante “Dumbo” 小飞象葡国餐

Restaurante Dumbo is a Macau restaurant of the traditional style serving typical dishes such as curry crabs, grilled eel, steak with onions, pork chops with tomato sauce. Not strictly Portuguese or Macanese, but Macau’s very own interpretation of western style cooking – the type of food that Macau became famous for in the ’60’s & ’70’s. Good food, freshly cooked, and plenty of it – that’s Dumbo’s motto!

This is my first time having Portuguese food. It is not bad for a try. We were served warm buns with butter as starters. I love their grilled sardines. I have only eaten canned tomato sardines, but never grilled sardines. The sardines turned out to be sweet and tangy. First time I had to be careful of their bones! Haahaa, but after a while, I realised their bones could still be eaten as they are soft by nature! Must order this! Really good!

Restaurant: Restaurante “Dumbo” 小飞象葡国餐
Address:  小飛象葡國餐廳, 澳門氹仔地堡街喜來登廣場地下A舖連壹樓全層
Rua do Regedor Loja A, Hei Loi Tang Kong Cheong, Taipa
Tel: +853 2882 7888
Opening Hours: lunch and dinner hours


Maxim Restaurant 美心快餐店

Similar to Cafe de Coral, Maxim also has many outlets throughout Hong Kong. They are really strong competitors, serving delicious roasted flavours at very affordable prices. So, have a try at both and judge for yourself, at which one you think is better.

Personally, I prefer Maxim. Their roasted items are more fragrant, and they also serve roasted goose, which Cafe de Coral doesn’t. To add on, they have mini tv at their benches so as to make sure that you don’t miss out on your favourite dramas!! So cool!!!

The place is always packed during meal times as well as into late in the night. Hong Kong people are really quite hardworking, ya? The place closes at around 11 pm, and they stop selling roasted flavours at about 10 pm.

Steam fish set HKD$45

Char siew and chicken rice set HKD$45

Restaurant: Maxim Restaurant 美心快餐店
Address: http://www.maxims.com.hk/en/main.asp?t=127925398751310831
Website: http://www.maxims.com.hk/tc/index.asp

大家乐 Cafe de Coral

You won’t miss this place when you’re in Hong Kong. It has outlets everywhere and they are easily found. Good food at affordable food court prices.

Try out their roasted duck and roasted pork rice. They stop selling roasted items after about 930 pm.

Restaurant: 大家乐 Cafe de Coral
Address: http://www.cafedecoralfastfood.com/shops.php
Website: http://www.cafedecoralfastfood.com/

现做现卖猪肠粉 Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun

Introducing made-on-the-spot chee cheong fun! Soft, thin and smooth chee cheong fun that does not have the “cloth” smell!

It comes with char siew, mushroom, chicken shreds and prawns at $2 per roll and scallops at $3.

Frankly, I only liked the texture of the cheong fun. The soy sauce is not fragrant and the chilli does not really match the cheong fun. If you’re ordering, do request the auntie not to add the onion shallots on top as it will affect the overall taste. Perhaps this is not the Hong Kong style of cheong fun I’m looking for.

The auntie was advertising its deep-fried spring roll aka “hei zo” that had won some prize. A pity I was full, otherwise I would have ordered it for a try.

Stall name: 现做现卖猪肠粉 Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun
Address: Block 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre #01-155
Opening hours: 7 am to 9 pm daily

Everything with Fries

“The One Egg soup as the name suggests is made up of only 1 egg… The egg white is the fried one on top… and the egg yolk is added to the chicken broth, to make the soup…

Try the Pork Cutlet Sandwich! You’ll be surprised at how thin it is, an it’s SOOOOOO crispy and tasty… Topped with sinful mayo dressing… and I think it’s okay to be sinful occasionally…

As for the Mille Crepe, it’s not recommended if you are already very full, or if you hate eating too much flour. It’s basically made up of alternate layers of crepe and cream or nutella, depending on your choice of flavour…”

Photos and food evaluation courtesy of Susan Ng.

My comments will follow this after I’ve tried. ^^

2nd December 2010:
Finally had the chance to visit this place with CP. We waited quite a long while for our food to come. They seemed to be understaffed at the Lorong Mambong branch. We had the Tandoori Chicken Sandwich ($10.90) and nutella crepe ($5.90). As for drinks, we had sparkling apple and fizzy orange ($2.90). For the fries, we chose garlic and herbs and curry flavour. Both of which was quite mild. The Tandoori was quite well done and tender sandwiched between 2 slices of thin crispy butter-toasted bread. The nutella crepe was disappointing despite the much “wow” from my colleague earlier on. Although the crepe was thin and soft, there wasn’t any nutella taste!

tandoori sandwich

nutella crepe

The friendly waiter greeted us “Thank you, please come again!” on our way out. “Well, maybe not”, both of us thought.

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Stall name: Everything With Fries
Address: 40 Lorong Mambong Singapore 277695
Tel: 6463 3741
Opening hours: Sun, Tue – Thur – 12 noon to 11 pm
Fri and Sat – 12 noon to 1 am
Closed on Mondays

First Store Address: 458 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427 671
Tel: 6345 5034
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun – 12 noon to 10 pm

Website: http://www.everythingwithfries.com/

10 at Claymore

This is a steak lover’s heaven. Those dishes on the Table of Pleasure (from the grill) are Free Flow. Furthermore, they come in small portions and cook upon order! The Angus rib eye, fillet mignon and T-bone was full of flavour. The Penang Kway Teow was filled with “wok-hei” although it would have tasted much better with the presence of sambal chilli.

The types of salad dressings, cheese and bread makes you spoil for choices. This is the only place that I found that the fruits are served as a whole – jambu, pears, plums, dragon fruits and oranges. There is also free flow of fresh fruit juices and coffee and a wide variety of desserts and cakes besides the chocolate fondue. A pity there are only two flavours of vanilla and strawberry ice-cream.

Buffet: Adult $48++ (15% discount for any credit card used). Comes with really good services.

Restaurant: 10 at Claymore @ Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel
Address: 10 Claymore Road, Singapore 229540
Tel: 6831 6686
Opening Hours: Breakfast: 6.00am to 10.30am (Daily)
Lunch: 12 noon to 3.00pm (Daily)
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.30pm (Daily)

Ah Po Soya Beancurd 建舆亚婆豆腐花

There are two bays served by the public ferries from Hong Kong to Llama Island: Yung Shue Wan (榕树湾) and Sok Kwu Wan (索罟湾).

Sok Kwu Wan is known for its seafood restaurants – many company yacht rides make that as the destination for dinner. At Yung Shue Wan, there are all kinds of shops and restaurants – Thai, Japanese, Chinese, seafood and fusion. There are even a few bars and internet cafes. This is more lively than Sok Kwu Wan.

We took the 30-minute ferry from Central pier to Sok Kwu Wan and trekked for nearly 2 hours before reaching Yung Shue Wan. It was trekking up and down the mountains under the blazing cruel sun. However, it was a blessing in disguise that we missed the ferry to Yung Shue Wan and ended up at Sok Kwu Wan. Cos’ the trek route from Sok Kwu Wan was much easier than the other way round.

Nearing the end, we passed by this famous soya beancurd stall that served hot and cold beancurd. Obviously, we ordered the cold one. We gobbled the bowl very quickly. It was light and smooth. The secret to Ah Por’s beancurd is the use of a double layer of cloth to filter the bean mush. It is not too sweet, and the sugar syrup was just nice.

Make sure you grab a bowl when you pass by there!!


Stall name: Ah Po Soya Beancurd 建舆亚婆豆腐花
Address: Llamma island (near Yung Shue Wan pier, the road leading to Sok Kwu Wan)