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Breakfast at Pacific Coffee Company

Pacific Coffee Company
Address: Everywhere in Hong Kong
Website: http://www.pacificcoffee.com/eng/home.php

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This weekend I headed down to Hong Kong again and stayed overnight. The next morning I headed down to Pacific Coffee Company for breakfast.

Pacific Coffee Company is a chain store that is just as ubiquitous in HK as Starbucks. They offer pretty much the same sort of fare: Western beverages and pastries and such. You can find them everywhere these days. As such I wasn’t expecting much quality when I walked in that morning.

For breakfast I got myself a yogurt, a hot chocolate, and a spinach and cheese quiche. The hot chocolate was TERRIBLE. It was watery and had absolutely no chocolate flavour. Don’t order it!

The spinach quiche, on the other hand, was surprisingly good. Despite the fact that it clearly wasn’t fresh, once reheated it still retained much of its flavour. There was lots of spinach, just the way I like it, and the eggy filling was savoury and flavourful. I couldn’t taste much cheese but I didn’t really mind.

But like Starbucks this place is expensive; all that costed me 60 something HKD.

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September 29, 2009 Posted by | Breakfast, Restaurants | , , | Leave a comment

High Tea at The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hotel Lobby
Salisbury Road, Kowloon
http://www.peninsula.com/hong_kong/en/default.aspx#/hong_kong/en/
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A continuation of our Hong Kong adventure:

So after having our dessert at Causeway Bay, my friend and I headed back to Kowloon and set out to accomplish one of my life’s goals: have high tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong.

For those of you who don’t know, the Peninsula is one of the oldest high-class hotels in Hong Kong and it is famous for its high tea. Served every afternoon, it aims to recreate one of the most popular past-times brought over by the British during Hong Kong’s colonial years. Needless to say because the place is so touristy and classy, everything at the Peninsula is notoriously expensive.

Anyways, so we disregarded the price for this once and went and had their high tea set. I must say that it was quite the experience. Everything was so daintily done that we felt rather out of place at times! Firstly, we each got individual tea pots with our choice of teas. I had jasmine tea and my friend had Earl Grey, which was served with milk. They also brought over hot water for us to add to the tea leaves when needed.

Pretty soon the three-tier tea set with the food came. On the bottom tier were three raisin scones served with butter and jam. They were pretty decent scones.

On the second tier were the savoury items: cucumber sandwiches, ham and egg salad sandwiches, a small quiche, a smoked salmon roll, and spinach pastry. I really liked the ham and egg salad sandwich in particular.

On the top tier were the desserts: a cake stick with fruits, cream cake rolls (it had this strange disk on top that I thought tasted like cardboard), truffle (very, very sweet), another chocolate treat (also extremely sweet, esp towards the end of the meal), and a few other tidbits that I can’t really recall.

Halfway through out meal they brought us a raspberry coulis + cheesecake mousse + lychee ice concoction that was absolutely amazing. Definitely the best item of the meal, I thought.

So that’s the end of my one-day Hong Kong adventure! I was absolutely stuffed by the end, but it was great fun, and I had a great time catching up with my friend. Oh, btw, the bill at the Peninsula came up to 500 something HK dollars.

September 19, 2009 Posted by | Miscellaneous, Restaurants | , , | Leave a comment

Hong Kong Adventure

Location: All around Hong Kong


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Last week I went down to Hong Kong to visit a friend and partake in a one-day food adventure. It was absolutely amazing.

First up, I met my friend at Harbord City at around noon and I was quite hungry. So we headed to this Chinese restaurant on the second floor of the shopping mall called Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao. It was a fancy Chinese restaurant with fairly high prices, but that is to be expected at such a high-class place like Harbour City. Nonetheless the great food that they served totally made up for it.

First, we had the Japanese Style Cucumber Salad. It consisted of garlicky cucumbers and a few pieces of some soft white vegetable that I wasn’t able to identify. The salad was very refreshing and a great start to the meal.

Next came the best part of the meal, the xiao long bao. These dumplings were amazing. They were soupy with and their wrapping was quite thin. The flavour of the soup inside was really good as well. A definite must-have if you ever come here.

Because we were planning to eat a bit everywhere (or at least I was), we didn’t order too much. The last item served were the pan-fried pork buns. These were freshly made and pan-fried, resulting in a nice crispy bottom with a soft upper part. The filling was similar to the xiao long bao filling without as much soup. My only complaint was that the buns were a bit small, but otherwise they were excellent.

After this Chinese lunch we went off on the metro to Causeway Bay. There, underneath Times Square near City Super is a small food court serving various different cuisines. One of the booths sold Asian desserts and drinks. It was very easy to order because they had plastic versions of all their items on display, much like those you see at Japanese restaurants. Anyways, so from the dessert booth I got the Purple Sticky Rice and Durian with Coconut Milk. It basically consisted of a scoop of purple sticky rice with taro chunks and some durian in a pool of shaved ice drizzled with coconut milk. Sounds simple, but it was absolutely amazing…the textures and the tastes all complemented each other very well…I think that I’m drooling just thinking about it…So if you’re ever in the area, definitely check the place out!

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Miscellaneous, Restaurants | , , , | Leave a comment