Roast goose is almost quite synonymous with Hong Kong and is a definite must try when you are in this food paradise city. Although there are a number of places that do serve roast goose, few have risen above the ranks and made a name for themselves, earning a Michelin Star even in the process. Mention roast goose in Hong Kong and the following names- Yung Kee, Kam’s and Yat Lok will surely be in the conversation. I personally tried Yung Kee when I was in Hong Kong three years ago but sadly was none too impressed and thought it was quite overrated. Because of that previous experience too, I was not too keen to have roast goose during this trip but the family wanted to try it and that was how we came to try Yat Lok.
According to our research, Yat Lok was reputed to have the crispiest skin so that alone was our sole basis on choosing it over Kam’s. However, the reviews also revealed that approximately 5 out of every 10 people who ate at Yat Lok, complained that the service staff were really rude, queues were extremely long and altogether not a very pleasant experience. But like I said earlier, the family wanted to try roast goose so we decided to take the chance and went mentally prepared i.e. we were not going to get offended even if the shop aunty was to yell at us.
I have just returned from my short weekend getaway in the land of Dim Sum and needless to say, we squeezed in as many eateries and restaurants as we could during the short 2 days we had in Hong Kong. Some were not too impressive, others we simply could not stop raving about even till today. One such example is Chau Kee 周記點心, located in the quiet and relatively obscure neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun. Famed for their Golden Lava French Toast and classic Dim Sum items, we also heard stories about the crazy queues and lacklustre service but was delighted to find none of that when we went down ourselves on Friday morning at about 10am.
The space was very quintessential Cha Chaan Teng style- small tables huddled together with tight walking areas that were narrow in width. Lucky for us, the lady at the front counter gestured for us to sit at a corner where five of us fit rather comfortably.
Prices for the Dim Sum items range from HKD$18 – HKD$35 (the exchange rate was SGD$1 = HKD$5.70) so that worked out to approximately SGD$3 – SGD$6, which was still rather affordable. Menus were also translated in both English and Mandarin, for those whose grasp of their Mother Tongue (like us) is rather limited and although the range offered was not extensive, it was more than sufficient. We did find it difficult to decide who should make the short list.
Tucked away in the quiet enclave of Rochester Park and just a level below the upscale Nosh restaurant, is the more casual and cosy version sister cafe- Noshery. Enshrouded with greenery and the ideal escape away from the bustling streets, this place is the answer for cafehoppers looking for a hidden gem that is serene and peaceful. Accompanied by great coffee, good food and the touch of tranquility, it is not hard to be charmed by this neat space.
We dropped by on a Saturday to try their Weekend Brunch menu and was led to the al fresco area as the area downstairs was unfortunately already full. There was nothing much to complain about though because the upper deck had a theme of wood and whites, bathed in natural lighting and almost perfect for taking photographs. With high powered fans covering almost every corner too, sitting outdoors in our heat was pleasantly bearable and enjoyable even.
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Last weekend, my best friend and I had the opportunity to check out the Foodie Staycation Package which was recently launched by Regent Singapore. The deal is simple, book a night for $450 but you also get to enjoy $300 worth of dining credits to be used at any of the restaurants in Regent such as Manhattan, Tea Lounge, Dolcetto by Basilico, Basilico and Summer Palace, with the exception of Tenshin and Seoul.
Deciding how to use the $300 wisely was no simple feat because Regent has so many award-winning and quality restaurants! Eventually, we shortlisted a few and made a reservation for the 3pm slot at Tea Lounge for Afternoon Tea. So that was how our foodie staycation began- with a bang and unlimited sweet treats at the Tea Lounge which by the way, despite having two seatings on the weekends, still requires at least a 2 week advance reservation. It was our first time experiencing Tea Lounge and all our expectations were definitely met here, even the savouries deserved a special mention.