Who doesn’t love a sashimi Japanese meal?!
Who doesn’t love a sashimi Japanese meal?!
Yummy! Warm, freshly made coconut candies are very good! The warm sugar candy melting in the mouth was such a cool feeling!
For me, there are a lot of eating when I travelled to Ho Chi Minh, and I really enjoyed all the foods I got to taste on the trip.
See my previous blog on Hue Cuisine (imperial court cuisine) foods in Vietnam
Of course Vietnam is famous for its coffee and beef noodles (pho)–> both of which I ate a lot of! But there are a lot more yummy and local foods I got a chance to experience and really like. I find some of the tastes and foods are quite similar to Chinese food, but different at the same time. I noticed with Vietnamese foods, it involves a lot of vegetables, dipping sauces, and wrapping of foods because the ingredients used are so fresh and can all be pretty much eaten raw!
“Hue Cuisine” is also known as “imperial court cuisine”, and it is of course regarded as the best and most delicious cuisine by Vietnamese. Though the name implies it might only be eaten by kings and emperors, these traditional everyday Hue cuisine tells the life and story of Vietnamese people. For me, it serves an important purpose– it provides delight and pleasure to the palettes, we were in food heaven.
The first time I was exposed to masala tea was in Singapore a few years back when I ordered a Himalayan tea latte from McCafe to start off my day of shopping. My original idea was to order something I haven’t tried before and couldn’t find in Hong Kong. The second I took a sip of the hot beverage, I was instantly in love of the exotic taste and flavor. I think the best way to describe the taste is that it is similar to chai tea latte from Starbucks, though I find the Himalayan tea to be more exotically flavored and the taste is not so one-spiced dimensional. Haha, does that make sense? However, I need to point out McCafe uses powder to mix the drink, and I don’t like to consume creamers, so I never bother buying the three-in-one with all the creamer, sugar, and stuff I don’t believe in.
Over the weekend, I found masala loose leaf at Mustafa Center, which I’ll described as a crazy mad house of millions of goods chaotically placed on shelves after shelves, floors after floors, it really is a crazy mad house in Little India. Anyway, I finally decided to create my own “Himalayan tea latte” and I need to praise myself and give myself a pat on the back, because yes! It was that good!!!
OMG, there is absolutely no turning back and I have upgraded away from McCafe powdered Himalayan tea, muhaha.
I have been looking forward to scouting out some good delicious rich creamy to-die-for durian and through some hiccups and missteps along the way, I found the place for (貓山王) ma shan wang durian! Ma shan wang is known as the king of the king of fruits, very rich and creamy and sweet with a very small seed.
The first time I had ma shan wang in Singapore, I went to the Geylong strip that is “famous” for all varieties of durian, but to be honest, I was not overly impressed. It was so expensive and I actually think the stalls are ripping people off probably because majority are tourists. However, I do need to point out, I was brought to this durian strip by a local Singaporean. Anyway, so I am very happy to find this little durian corner, I will always come to this place for durian from now on! $8SGD for a ma shan wang, that’s very good price! The only complaint I have is, I wish it was bigger!
I was quite excited to visit this little shop that has served over 1 million bowls of this herbal style pork bone soup since it opened in 1988. I was especially excited to visit it because it made news in HK when it refused to serve the chief executive of HK, Donald Tsang because he went during its off hours. The next time Donald Tsang was in Singapore, he made a mental note to visit this shop during its operational hours and finally tried the broth, haha.
I am not sure if I am not quite adapted to the Southeast Asian tastes yet or what, but I actually don’t think it’s anything special. Aside from the pork knuckle dish that I really enjoyed, I was disappointed with the famous star dish, the bak ku teh. I think it was too peppery and salty, I just keep dunking the fried dough into the soup and slurp it up. My friend keeps saying it’s too peppery and he keeps drinking it till the last drop, lol.
There really are a lot of tourists that visited the shop, while eating or lining up for a table, I see millions of cameras just flashing, I actually felt kind of weird over this experience. I like the Malaysian style bak ku teh better, with the herbal soup flavor, yummy.
Very good experience with great food, great services and excelling atmosphere at extremely affordable prices, what more can I ask for? Eating Chinese dinners usually mean a round table with large plates of foods shared between the whole table, but today, I experienced single serving Chinese food slightly fusion off with little twists here and there, but it still retains the sumptuousness and hearty eating associated with a Chinese dinner. Two thumbs up!
I never get tired of eating outdoors, I love the food and everything that goes on around me. This dig is delicious, I recommend it, though it’s a bit far from town. The dai pai dong joint is in Yuen Long, right next to the main bus terminus that has KMB buses heading back to town, so it is really very convenient if you are willing to take the time to head into Yuen Long. After eating, walk around this vibrant township, there are so much to see and so much little knick knacks to buy. I used less that $500HKD (around $65USD) and bought 6 t-shirts, good quality t shirts like adidas, new balance, nike, COOL EH?
I also recommend that after eating outdoors at dai pai dong, walk around and find one of those herbal shops that serve dark color drink concoctions, hees. As my aunt said, there are so much heat from eating at dai pai dongs because all the food have lots of heavy frying, so it is best to drink those herbal teas to cool down the system and avoid pimple break-out–good advice for me!
One of the things I have come to enjoy in Singapore (aside from the fresh air) is how cheap it is to eat fresh fruits. I’ve been eating mangosteen, papayas, pineapples everyday! $1SGD (less than $1USD) for a giant papaya that takes me two days to finish! I love it! A variety of fresh produce and fruits could easily be found in any markets dotting Singapore.
The other night, I went down to Geylong and there is a street filled with stalls selling DURIANS, WOW!!! In HK, we generally import only the Thailand variety of Durian, but in Singapore, there are just so many selections of durians, it boggles the eyes. We end up eating the most expensive supreme durian, it was so creamy and rich, wow!
As good as it was, there was a price to paid, I got two bright red pimples on my chin! Notice them right when I got home.