Bubba Gump Hong Kong

There aren’t that many choices when dining at The Peak, but I definitely recommend Bubba Gump for its good food and amazing view. I have fond memories of this place. Edwin and I came on a date here during his internship days, which was way back in 2009. Insane how quickly time flies!

While Ines and Brandon were visiting, The Peak was part of their itinerary, and I really wanted to bring them here. After being stuffed to the brim at One Dim Sum, the four of us (Ines, Brandon, Edwin and myself) had to work hard and walk off the meal before dinner time!

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Mango Sparkler. Ines ordered a blue lemon drink that came in a light-up glass, but I forgot to take a photo of it. 😡

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The food has arrived! 人还没吃,相机先吃!(The camera “eats” before the people do!)

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Caesar salad, half portion. Lots of cheese and croutons, just how I like it!

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Frizzled Onion Strings. These were PERFECTION. Even after everyone else was pretty much done, I was still reaching into the bottom of the cone and fishing out the tiny crispy bits.

20150927 Bubba Gump Clams and Mussels

Clams and mussels steamed in wine, butter, and garlic, served with French bread. We’re a seafood lovin’ bunch, so all was good. There wasn’t enough bread for dipping, so we ordered some garlic bread to dunk into that gorgeous sauce.

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Beer-steamed shrimp, carrots, celery, corn, potatoes, and sausage tossed in garlic spice. I didn’t detect any beer taste, just the garlic spice, which was so good. If I were a Spice Girl, I’d be Garlic Spice. Hahahahaha okay bad joke.

20150927 Bubba Gump Shrimp Mac n Cheese

Shrimp mac and cheese. Creamy and comforting, just as it should be. Craving for the lobster mac and cheese from Downtown Disney so badly now!

20150927 Bubba Gump Cookie Sundae

After all that, you’d think we didn’t have any room left for dessert, but oh did we. The giant chocolate chip cookie was served hot in the skillet and topped with vanilla ice-cream, whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, and peanuts. Definitely for those with a sweet-tooth (and not for the faint of heart!).

I’m calling it a day, and it’s time for me to shop for groceries. The only problem is that I’m beginning to feel hungry, and you know what they say about shopping when hungry. I can only hope I don’t buy the entire store.

Bubba Gump
Shop 304-305, 3/F, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, The Peak
山頂山頂道128號凌霄閣3層304-305號舖
Tel: 2849 2867

 

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The British Museum in London

To be honest, by the time we made it to London, we had experienced some degree of museum fatigue from our time in Paris and Rome. However, the British Museum was a must-go, and we’re glad we didn’t give it a miss!

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The fire alarm went off ten minutes after we entered the place and had seen all of one artefact. The building was evacuated and everyone was told to wait outside till further notice. I think it was around 20 minutes before we could go back in.

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We only managed to catch one guided tour while we were there, (there are several tours given throughout the day in different parts of the museum) and it was in the “Japan” section. It was great! The tour guide was helpful and humorous, although it was dry British humour and you had to have an appreciation of it to find the jokes funny.

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So. Much. Effort. A work of art indeed!

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In the “Egypt” section, also not to be missed.

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This reminds me of the desert scene in “Aladdin” so much.

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Took a break to visit Tea and Tattle, which was right across the street. I’ll write about our English afternoon tea in a separate post!

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If only champagne from Champagne can be called champagne, then is only china from China called china?

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Serving dishes from the Ming Dynasty, Longqing period, AD 1567 -1572

Museum 12Museum 13Went into a room filled with clocks and watches, and I thought Edwin would never leave. Seriously, he spent slightly more than an hour in there!

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Well, we eventually made it to other sections of the museum, and had to squish everything into 15 minutes before it closed. Edwin definitely wants to re-visit the place, but I don’t know how much more walking (and waiting) I can take!

Throwback Thursday: Hong Kong Disneyland 2010

Since I’m feeling productive and nostalgic today, I thought I might do a throwback post featuring my very first trip to Hong Kong Disneyland, way back in 2010. When I arrived at the airport (Edwin moved to Hong Kong before I did, so I would visit twice a year), Edwin greeted me with a kiss and a hug and… luggage of his own.

“Why do you have a bag? Where are we going?”

“You’ll see.” And then instead of taking the Airport Express into town, we hopped onto a taxi and headed to… Disneyland!

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The lobby of Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. Christmas decorations are the best! Disney magic gets multiplied a hundred times over!

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Of course it’s got nothing on Disneyland Hotel, which is just so, so pretty with its old-fashioned Victorian elegance.

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Imagine, if you will, a time before everyone was bitten by the Tsum Tsum bug and thousands of little girls were running around in Elsa gowns, Duffy was the biggest attraction in Disney gift shops. I wonder what merchandise they’ll come up with next? In any case, Tsum Tsum plushies are still going strong, and I can’t wait to add to my collection!

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All that talk, and I hadn’t even set foot in the park yet! Here we go!

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What’s this? A ballroom dance studio in Disneyland? I WANT!

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We had lunch in Corner Cafe on Main Street. I picked the Christmas special, which came with tomato soup and a turkey and apple salad. How adorable is that Mickey crouton?

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Smoked duck with a dark cherry sauce, and tree-shaped carrot slices. So many cute details!

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Edwin had the -ahem- less interesting sole and salmon fillet.

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Dessert came in the form of a chocolate cake with a white chocolate Christmas tree on top.

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All aboard the Orbitron!

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Disney princesses in the parade!

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The “Agrabah” scene is still one of favourites on the Small World ride.

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For dinner, we went the budget and dined at the Royal Banquet Hall, which is similar to a food court. The ramen, tempura, and gyoza wasn’t be as good as what you’d find in a Japanese restaurant, but it was decent.

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Mixed grill and mushroom soup.

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I know I’m repeating myself, but Christmas is just so dreamy when even boring ol’ trees are all dressed up and sparkly!

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The bed in Disneyland Hotel had a Sleeping Beauty theme! Well, it makes sense…

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Our luxurious bathroom.

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There’s a dressing table next to the bathtub. How many hotel rooms have a designated dressing table? Love it so much!

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Grooming is important, even if you’re the fairest in the land!

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At Enchanted Garden Restaurant the next morning, queuing up for the character breakfast!

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All these food pictures are making me hungry…

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Argh, craving for a Mickey waffle now!

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Carrot Mickey says hi.

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Speaking of whom, guess who dropped by?

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Goofy and Pluto were good sports, as usual.

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Even chipmunks get decked out in Christmas cheer.

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Someone got high from all that food at the buffet.

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Took a raft to get to Tarzan’s Treehouse!

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Always impressed by the details in these attractions.

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View from the top!

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Shopping during the festive season is always fun, especially when it involves Disney souvenirs.

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With my prince. ❤

Now and always.

 

Donka 一碗一串

Had a quick lunch here with Edwin last Thursday. We didn’t make a reservation, but luckily we were able to score a table in this tiny 40-seater restaurant. The menu is a fusion of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean tastes, and from what I know, the lunch sets change periodically.

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Edwin had rice with shredded chicken and shaoxing wine sauce, and there’s a couple of sides, as you can see. It’s nice that they provided some vegetables (doesn’t always happen in Hong Kong) – yay for the health factor!

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I had rice in prawn soup with “5-colour vegetables”, namely corn, tomato, zucchini, eggplant, and French beans. I can’t even begin to express how excited I was to get my 5-a-day conveniently sitting in one bowl. The soup was also pretty tasty. Edwin loves rice and soup, so this is definitely something I’d want to recreate at home!

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My set also came with a choice of protein. I picked the honey grilled chicken, which was a bit bland, but since I was in the mood for healthy food that day, it worked for me.

So… since I’ve been eating my vegetables, that makes it okay to eat fried food, right?

Right?

Donka 一碗一串
11/F, 11 Stanley St., Central
中環士丹利街11號11樓
Tel: 2811 5611

 

One Dim Sum 一點心

Edwin’s sister Ines and her husband Brandon stayed with us over the Mid-Autumn Festival weekend, and together the four of us had some pretty good food during those few days. I’m always hoping for guests to come by so that I can bring them around to eat! (Actually no, I don’t really need that excuse and I’ll go out all the same, hehe.)

Anyway, we dined at our usual Japanese restaurant, and then Lee House Restaurant (with my favourite crispy tofu!), and eventually made our way across the harbour in search of more!

On Sunday afternoon, we went to One Dim Sum and were greeted with a long queue of hungry locals and travellers, all eager to sample Michelin-starred dim sum. The food had better be good after the 45 minute wait!

The various dim sum dishes arrived not long after we placed our order, and in fact they came one after another so quickly that I didn’t take close-up shots of all of them! Must eat while hot!

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From left: 香滑奶皇包 // custard buns; 鼓汁蒸肉排 // steamed pork ribs; and 薄皮鮮蝦餃 // har gao (shrimp dumplings).

Of all the dishes we tried, the custard buns were probably the most underwhelming. Yes, they were piping hot and fragrant enough, but there was just a bit too much bun and not enough custard. On a side note, is it just me, or is anyone else craving for a 流沙包 (salted custard bun) right about now?

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蜜汁叉燒腸 // Chee cheong fun (rice paper rolls) with charsiew (barbequed pork). Not particularly exciting, but a solid staple nonetheless.

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炒兩腸粉 // More chee cheong fun, this time with deep-fried youtiao (cruller) as the filling. I never knew these existed until I came to Hong Kong. Now I’m on a quest to try ’em all!

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鮮蝦腐皮卷 // Fresh shrimp rolled in deep-fried beancurd skin. The shrimp was plump and juicy, and I’m definitely not one to pass up on deep-fried anything!

20150927 One Dim Sum Siew Mai

蟹皇蒸燒賣 // Siewmai (I don’t even know what the English translation for this is!) with crab roe. I’m not a fan of siewmai, but I like how these were generously portioned.

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香芒奶皇卷 // Mango mochi rolls. THIS. This was the highlight of our meal. I really wished that we had ordered one more, and I would trek all the way back to have this again. It was that good.

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古法炸蛋散 // Egg pastry. The first few bites were enjoyable, and after that it was a bit much. I wish there was more syrup to counter the dryness of the pastry.

Overall, the food did not disappoint. The place was well-run, organised and efficient, and service was excellent. They were pretty serious about their food too – they served the egg pastry after the mango mochi rolls so that the syrup wouldn’t interfere with the mango taste.

All in all, definitely somewhere I’d bring friends and family. Watch out, mango, I’m coming for you!

One Dim Sum 一點心
Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion, 15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward
太子運動場道15號京華大廈地舖1-2號
Tel: 2789 2280

My 5 Favourite Disney Films + Fall DisneyBound Ideas!

Autumn has finally arrived! We may not see leaves of red and gold in Hong Kong, but folks here won’t pass up the chance to put their best foot forward when it comes to fall fashion!

In anticipation of sweater weather, I thought I might share a few DisneyBound ideas for the season, this time inspired by my five all-time favourite Disney animated films!

(By the way, the films are not in order of preference, because I don’t have just one favourite film. I can’t choose, so don’t ask me to!)

Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”

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Belle is one of my favourite Disney princesses, and it’s not hard to see why. She loves to read and knows not to judge a book by its cover.

Jasmine from “Aladdin”

Fall Fashion Jasmine

The soundtrack from “Aladdin” has got to be one of the best. It’ll be a long, long time before I get “Arabian Nights” out of my head.

Lilo from “Lilo and Stitch”

Fall Fashion Lilo

“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” Enough said.

Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog”

Fall Fashion Tiana

I’ve said it before, but Tiana really is underrated as a Disney princess and role model. She has two jobs and a dream of owning a restaurant, and to be honest, is much easier to relate to than a certain someone who only wanted to go to the ball.

Eve from “Wall-E”

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Pixar just can’t stop making good films, and I’m not complaining. If two robots could fall in love, there’s hope for the rest of us.

Going to enjoy autumn while it lasts! Next thing you know, I’ll be complaining about the winter chill!

李家 Chicken HOF & SOJU (Wanchai)

Came here because I was having yet another craving for Korean fried chicken! I’m incredibly thankful that Edwin indulges in so many of my cravings. Now, if only he’ll also motivate me to work out. Well, we can’t have it all!

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We dined here on a Saturday evening, and the wait was about 10 minutes. Once seated, they served the coleslaw and pickled radish immediately. I don’t care much for coleslaw, but I really liked the radish – wished there were more!

20150919 Steamed Egg

The steamed egg was our attempt to balance out the fried stuff, but it was a dud. It was overcooked and burnt at the bottom, and the “burnt” taste just permeated the entire dish. Stay away!

20150919 Cheesy Honey Butter Fried Chicken

It goes without saying that the star of our meal was the platter of gloriously crispy deep-fried chicken. This time, I picked the cheesy honey butter flavour. It was… underwhelming, I guess. Aside from the cheese powder, it wasn’t particularly cheesy, and we didn’t detect any honey either.

However, as far as fried chicken goes, it was really good. It just didn’t have the flavours stated in the menu, which was a little disappointing. I definitely preferred the honey garlic chicken, which is what we’ll be going for next time!

20150919 Matcha Ice-cream

李家 offers dessert as well, but we weren’t in the mood for anything they had, so we walked to Causeway Bay and had matcha (green tea) ice-cream at iCremeria. It was creamy, but not overly so, with subtle smoky flavours from the tea. I enjoyed it, and Edwin thought it was alright, which is a good sign considering he hates all things green tea.

It’s finally getting cooler in Hong Kong! It’s a pleasant 27 degrees at the moment, though the weather is anything but pleasant. Strong winds and a thunderstorm on the horizon (quite literally!), but who am I kidding? I’ll always be in the mood for ice-cream.

李家 Chicken HOF & SOJU
Shop C, G/F, Wah Fat Mansion, 405-419 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
灣仔駱克道405-419華發大廈地下C舖
Tel: 2176 4598/2176 4599

i Cremeria
Shop F-9, 1/F, Fashion Walk, 11-19 Great George Street, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣記利佐治街11-19號名店坊1樓
Tel: 2897 1118