Hong Kong Eats: Chau Kee 周記點心 @ Sai Ying Pun

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.

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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.

Noshery By Nosh @ 9 Rochester Park

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.

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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.

Special Dining Deals for American Express Card Members #AmexEats

American Express Card Member Foodies will be psyched to know that they can enjoy special dining privileges when they visit any of the participating restaurants below. From now to 31 December 2016, you can enjoy savings and delectable offers at participating restaurants when you use your American Express Card. In addition, redeem a complimentary item from the restaurants when you:

  1. Upload a photo of the food you ordered on Instagram
  2. Hashtag #AmexEats
  3. Follow that participating restaurant on Instagram

**Do note that these offers are valid only when payment is made by an American Express Card. For more information, visit www.amex.co/eats

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Here are 7 participating restaurants that will be offering the special deals for all American Express Card Members:

Staycation: #FoodieStaycay @ Regent Singapore

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.

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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.

Nom La La by Bakerzin @ SAFRA Punggol

Nom La La by Bakerzin is a homegrown F&B enterprise armed with a second-line dining concept that is very much similar to Ikea’s. Drawing inspirations from popular dining expressions, “Nom nom nom” and “Ohh La La”, the aptly named restaurant offers a melting pot of international cuisines ranging from sophisticated European fare to popular British classics and not forgetting, old school local delights with an elevated twist to the nostalgic flavours! To top it off, main courses start as low as $6.90, and every dish on the menu does not contain pork or lard (do note however that the restaurant has yet to be certified Halal).

Nestled within the scenic Punggol Waterway Park, the 92-seater restaurant occupies a floorspace of approximately 200 square meters on the second level of SAFRA Punggol. Lit with the warm glow of incandescent lights, the restaurant’s interior provides a comforting atmosphere for diners to relax and chatter amidst the chic, industrial décor of pristine wood panels and edgy brick walls. For a vibrant touch of colours, the room has been adorned with a cornucopia of collectible knick-knacks from around the world to contrast with the wooden and metal furniture.

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Tossed in an inviting marinade of spicy-tangy sauce, the Yum Woon Sen $7.50 is essentially a Thai style spicy glass noodle salad with a generous mix of assorted seafood to allow a piece of protein in every bite.  The al dente cook on the glass noodle was truly phenomenal as it retained the desired chewy texture without being a tad too soft or hard. This dish pretty much sums up my love for Thai cuisine, and was deemed as the perfect starter to commence dinner!