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In the search for good Singapore Hawker Food

Sounds easy enough???  No….

The author yours truly is writing from Hong Kong.  But I’ve managed to beat the odds to find some great fare at good old Hakwer No. 18!

Link:hawker18.com.hk

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Nice plates!  I’m a sucker for pretty plates and decor….

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But hey, this test is all about food, right?  So, the 1st test dish would be a Char Kuey Teow!

Result:  8/10  (Great authentic taste, the fish cake is all there, together with the mixed noodles.  Ahh, authentic enough.  But wait!  Where’s the sea hump???)

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Next up…  A lamb shank curry…

Result:  9/10 (Right.  Maybe not an authentic dish, but that’s right!  This got 9/10!  Cause the mutton is sooooooo tender, goes sooooooo well with the curry.  I’m so hungry now!)

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Back to authentic dishes.  Carrot cake!

Result:  8/10  (Taste JUST RIGHT!  And hey, why don’t they make big lumps in Singapore / Malaysia, as they do here?  Good improvement and innovation, makes for great satisfying bites!)

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And finally…  Salted prawn paste chicken wings…

Result:  N/A, but yum!  (Yes, this is probably more Hong Kong than Singapore.  But it just tastes good!)

Overall result:  As they would say in Singlish slang:  CAN.  Can go la…

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豬豬!

來這裡食擔心會變肥豬?放心,不會的!

這裡是Tom Aikens 開了大概半年的  thefatpig.hk

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行過銅鑼灣時代廣場的朋友應該有留意到它的大大招牌吧!一睇,就知食咩!

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當然,食 “豬”!這裡出名的,就是每一部份都可以食到!”Leave no part behind….”

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EE?  第一部分,係咩。。  好似有點面善?對啊!就是周圍都會食到的豬頸肉。。  豬頸肉 – 你知係邊到來吧!

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第二味!放心,不是肥糕!這是鋪滿脆脆豬皮的 Mac n Cheese….

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主菜啦!Pork Belly!  Mmmm, 終于有點飽肚!

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最後的甜品,有 Tiramisu 同 cheesecake..  其實,這兩款甜品真係想不到佢同 “豬” 有咩關係。。  除非,用了豬油嗎!?!?!?

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原本以爲會食到好飽好飽,遍成只肥豬。不過,因爲餐廳用細碟 small plates 形式,又真係唔會太膩,可以試到好幾樣野,值得介紹!

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An oasis

係忙碌的中上環食飯,又要同人爭位,坐落又往往備隔離share臺的朋友佔了大半張台。埋單又貴。。。。

那麽辛苦,不妨行多幾步,上中半山食啦!這裡就如沙漠中的 oasis, 這就是 3rd Space!

Link: https://www.facebook.com/3rdspacehk/?fref=ts

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如果天氣好,還可以坐出面。拿起本書睇大半日(午飯一小時的話就來多幾次),多悠閒!

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食物以輕食爲主。。

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有三明治,沙律。

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最後。。  瞪瞪瞪瞪!Apple pancakes, Earl Grey pancakes!  甜甜的結尾,係咪好開心呢!

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McDonald’s – The next Gen

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So after a few months after “Create your Taste” outlets have been popping up all over Hong Kong, I finally got to trying one…

I must say, the new store design is pretty nice!  Yes, it’s still Hong Kong, so there are lots of people and noise, so it’s far from being a quiet little cafe… But it’s one up from a normal McDonald’s, more classy…

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So, basically, you order from a screen…  Quite complicated, actually.  Have to go through 8 / 9 steps before you finish assembling a burger, which you can choose from ingredients like Beef patties, pineapple, veges, sauces, egg, etc, etc…

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And here is my finished product!  It’s worth more than HK$130!  Consisting of 3 beef patties (yes, a bit overboard), brie cheese, egg, tomatoes, sauces…

Is it good?  YES!  Hey, I created this, so there’s a certain proudness factor there.  But it is a teeny bit expensive for McDonald’s though…  So, I think this is good for a try, but hey, Double Quarter Pounder with cheese for me please….

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Shinkansen sushi!

Remember the 1st sushi restaurant you went to?  For most of us, I think it’s fair to say that “Sushi trains” and “Sushi” have come hand-in-hand.

Well, over the years, Sushi has certainly involved.  No longer “fancy Japanese food”, they’re now as common as a sandwich (hey, maybe even more so) and there are probably as many sushi outlets as there are McDonald’s.

Well, how about that Sushi train?  Now…  It’s no longer JUST a conveyor belt!

It’s a Shinkansen!!!!!
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Which serves your just-made sushi directly to you!

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How it works:  You order from a fancy touch-screen monitor, and a few minutes later, the train delivers your sushi!  It waits for a few seconds, sounds a buzzer (to remind you to collect your sushi fast!), and then it zooms away!  How fun!

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In Hong Kong, available at selected Genki sushi:  www.genkisushi.com.hk/en/

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甜蜜甜蜜-蛋糕店!

之前,我朋友生日,想有點特別方式慶祝!於是,她建議一齊去整蛋糕!好啊,可以一齊玩埋一份,幾有意義!

於是,就找到呢間超 sweet 的課室!

就係呢兩位老師啦!佢地非常非常有心機教,又好傾。得知,原來佢地係男女朋友,一齊開呢個課室,將佢地喜愛整蛋糕的技術分享。。  Wa, 係咪好 sweet 呢!!!!

好,返返來整蛋糕。今次,我朋友要整 “Rarity”!  就係呢只!

哈哈,其實有無人聼過?我就真係未啦!不過朋友仔話好出名???  真的嗎?  Hmmm…

Rarity: http://mylittlepony.hasbro.com/en-us/ponies/rarity/

經過幾小時的細工之下,終于整好啦!係咪好靚呢?

想學,就來呢度啦!https://www.facebook.com/pnydessert/

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Cooking extravagantly…

So far, my cooking has always been “family friendly”!  But tonight, I decided to spruce it up a little…  So….

Ta-da!  Lamb racks!

A good lamb rack in Hong Kong will set you back more than HK$300.  Here’s a beautiful piece from a New Zealand farm….

First step:  Lock in the juices!  Easy enough…  After marinating with some salt and pepper, just sear it on all sides till it becomes brown….

Second step:  Add a thick layer of pesto…  Yes, I’m going for roasted lamb racks….

Third step:  Set the oven for 210 Celsius…  Just keep checking that it doesn’t burn…..

And once the pesto cover becomes ever slightly burned?  Take the lamb rack out, and cut to serve!

A easy easy, but expensive dinner!