Saturday, November 30, 2013

Zoe Cafe Ӫ

 

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Zoe wasn't in our itinerary, but it seemed right to stop by the cafe for dessert after shabu-shabu at Megan's Kitchen. Lunch was delicious (read post here), but like they say, a meal/party without dessert is really just a meeting.

And I ain't going to any meetings when I'm on vacation!

 

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I wanted to like Zoe.

The place was cuteness. 

 

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But it was just that - A cute place.

With terrible service and mediocre-at-best little cakes.

 

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This old man behind the cake display rudely stopped me from taking photos. I later found out
that photography is allowed. He just did not want to be in the picture. He bent down to hide his
face behind the chiller, and waving his hand in the air, signaled me to shoot again. WTF?! 

 

 

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Zoe - the faintest hint of hazelnut :(

 

 

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Blueberry Cheesecake - it was the no-bake kind :( 

 

 

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Mango and Cream - tasted like mango and soft bread :(

 

 

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Key Lime Pie - wasn't tangy at all :(

 

 

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Sukiyaki - like eating marshmallow :(

 

Zoe Cafe: 5 Canal Road East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2234 7188

Zoe Cafe Facebook Page

Friday, November 29, 2013

Megan's Kitchen ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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Don't get me wrong. I love shabu-shabu, it's just that I prefer doing it at home.  

I think the idea of going to a restaurant to cook raw meats in a pot of boiling broth is a bit uninspired.

That is, until I experienced Megan's Kitchen.

 

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The restaurant also serves Cantonese fare, but we were there for some dipping action

 

 

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Megan's Kitchen offers quite a few unique items you won't see in other shabu-shabu places

 

 

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Even condiments for your dipping sauce are aplenty

 

 

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Sprinkles

 

 

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Modesty aside, I do a really mean shabu-shabu sauce. I have never tasted another that is
as awesome as mine. Lol! :P 

 

 

If you think those yin yang pots that allow you two soup base options are the coolest things, wait till you see this...

 

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Here at Megan's, you can choose THREE! We chose Cheese Souffle with Onion Soup (top left),
Tomato and Crab Soup in Souffle Finish (top right), and my favorite of the trifecta, Tom Yum
Goong Cappuccino (bottom). Other exciting choices include French Lobster Borsch Soup,
English Oxtail Soup, Sichuan Super Hot Chili & Escargot Soup, French Onion & Duck Soup,
Coriander & Preserved Duck Egg Soup, Apple & Corn Soup with Spareribs, etc, etc, etc...

 

 

Our raw selections: 

 

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Supreme Tenderloin (for the health-conscious)

 

 

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Snowflake Beef (for the not so health-conscious such as myself)

 

 

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Snowflake Beef Tongue (for the not so health-conscious who love to french kiss… such as myself!) 
Hahaha! :D 

 

 

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Supreme Mongolian Lamb

 

 

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Korean Kimchi Dumplings

 

 

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Japanese Beef with Black Truffle Dumplings

 

 

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Salted Duck Egg Yolk & Pork Balls

 

 

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Rainbow Cuttlefish Balls: Red Bell Pepper, Pumpkin, Yellow Bell Pepper, Spinach,
Spring Onion, Beetroot, Purple Sweet Potato

 

 

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Assorted Vegetable Platter and Enoki Mushrooms

 

 

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 I had to wait for these three to finish doing their thing before I could start eating. 
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….

 

 

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Look! The Tomato and Crab soup had real crab in it!

 

 

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Salted duck egg yolk….… Yummmmmm……..

 

 

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Black truffle……… Yummmmmmeeehhhh……….

 

 

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Everyone knew not to fight with me over the ownership of the purple ball

 

 

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We will definitely be back to try more broths! 

 

Megan's Kitchen: 5/F Lucky Centre, 165-171 Wanchai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2866 8305

Megan's Kitchen Website

Megan's Kitchen Facebook Page

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ronin, Revisited ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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Back at Ronin on our first night in Hong Kong because I just love the food so much!!!
The Kagoshima beef was the best dish I had last trip. I could not stop thinking about it since.

 

 

We were a group of 5 this time so we ordered omakase to make our lives easier.

Some of the dishes I had already tried before. Wish I remembered to tell the chef so I could try more new items.

Still, an excellent dinner from start to finish.

 

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Charred grapes with tosazu

 

 

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Shigoku oyster, red shiso vinegar, sudachi

 

 

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 Assorted sashimi

 

 

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Ishigaki dai spotted parrot fish sashimi, spring onion, ginger

 

 

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Shima aji sashimi, fresh wasabi

 

 

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Tai seabream sashimi, karasumi, yuzu

 

 

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Ika squid sashimi, cucumber, kabosu

 

 

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Maple old fashioned

 

 

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Red snapper sashimi, white onion, spring onion

 

 

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Flower crab, mitsuba, uni

 

 

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The crab meat was plump and the uni so creamy. The best part was all the hard work had been
done so I just needed to scoop and swallow.

 

 

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Razor clams, spring onion, ginger, crispy rice

 

 

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Sardines, pickled eggplant, tomato, cauliflower

 

 

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White ale battered kisu, kimchi mayo, and a shot of the white ale used for the batter

 

 

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Triggerfish, honey, kyoto shichimi, chestnut chips. The fish was sweet and meaty,
the dehydrated chestnut chips addictive.

 

 

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Ginger-infused umeshu

 

 

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Tilefish, daikon, ponzu

 

 

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Sanma, mentaiko, ume, shiso
The sanma was so fatty and oily! Topped with mentaiko and a dab of plum paste,
these rolls were intense!!! 

 

 

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Tokyo turnip, clams, chorizo, miso. I thought this one was forgettable.

 

 

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Quail, sansho, orange. Very moist and tender.

 

 

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Udon with mentaiko and shiso.
Each fat and chewy strand was coated with creamy, buttery mentaiko. This was just so awesome!!!

 

 

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I had another umeshu infused with I-forgot-what. Lol!

 

By this time my memory was already failing me. 

But I did remember the Kagoshima beef! It wasn't included in the omakase so, of course, we had to order it!

 

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Kagoshima beef, maitake, egg yolk

 

 

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So velvety and flavorful and look at that marbling!!!

 

 

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Roll it with the earthy maitake, crunchy garlic chips, scallion ribbons and enrobed it in silky yolk.
Every little piece was an explosion of flavors and textures in my mouth. BOOM BOOM BOOM!!! 

 

 

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Our super nice server Mamta gave us a complimentary round of this sweet sake

 

 

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When you go to Ronin, make sure to say hi to Mamta. She's the best! :)

 

 

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Another round for the road. I was too happy to remember what this was. :P

 

 

Ronin

 

See my previous Ronin post here.

Ronin: 8 On Wo Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2547 5263

Ronin Website

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