Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Day 242 - Portuguese Fishballs

Day 242 - Portuguese Fishballs, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

These potato and fish deep-fried wonders were found at a small restaurant called A Vencedora on Rua do Compo in Macau. I mis-remembered the address of the restaurant, only getting the street right and we ended up wandering around, eventually giving up and eating at the closest restaurant we could find. The very same one we were looking for originally! In the background are fresh baked crispy bread rolls and a Chorizo Omelette. Everything at this restaurant was great.

Day 241 - Pork Chop with Rice Noodle in Vietnamese Style

A lunch set in New Town Plaza, Sha Tin.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Day 240 - Crispy Fried Pork

Day 240 - Crispy Fried Pork, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

With Hoe Beng (Oyster Pancake) and Chilli Clams in the background.

Day 239 - Pan-fried Prawns with Cashews

Quite a good dish, but lacking a little in the Prawn area!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Day 238 - Cheung Fun

Day 238 - Cheung Fun, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

Cheung Fan is sheets of rice cake rolled into tubes and steamed. It's a popular Dim Sum dish often served stuffed with Mushrooms and Meat, but can also be bought as a street food, as above, slathered in a peanut and/or a sweet mildly spicy sauce. Delicious!

Tempura Prawns Fry Competition (again)

Day 225 – Tempura Prawns

For the second time (albeit last time with a draw), the Tempura Prawns at Watami: Japanese Casual Restaurant have taken out the voting. The new poll will be up shortly, so get those voting clicks ready!

Day 237 - Steamed Egg with Crab

Day 237 - Steamed Egg with Crab, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

It looks like the crab is rising from the murky yellow depths in this photo. I suppose his bright "I've-been-cooked" red shell sort of gives the game away!

Day 236 - Broccoli!

Day 236 - Broccoli!, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

One of my favourite vegetables.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Day 235 - Thai Green Curry in a Young Coconut

Spicy, Hot and full of Coriander. A great Green Curry. Being able to scope out the soft young coconut flesh to cool your mouth after eating the curry is a super bonus.

Day 234 - Take-away Pizza and Potato Smileys


Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Day 233 - Tuna Sandwich with Extra Mayo

Delicious, healthy and cheap. The Sandwich Club ran Cafe at HKUST offers rice and pasta dishes for lunch, but often I find these disappointing. It's best to stick with what they're named for: Sandwiches (including those served in a bowl!)

Monday, 14 September 2009

Day 232 - McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder

McDonald's again today, not that I'm complaining since my favourite McD's burger is back on the menu: The Double Quarter Pounder. Half the burger of it's bigger (and specially made) brother. If only they made it with lettuce and tomato... and pineapple... and beetroot!!

Day 231 - Potato Chips

Day 231 - Potato Chips, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

These are plain, salted, delicious, unhealthy chips. Unfortunately my favourite flavour chips, salt and vinegar, aren't as freely available here as they are back in Australia. And their "colour" here is blue instead of the purple I swear it's supposed to be.

This shot is taken with my flash off-camera and pointed directly at the side of the tin-foil bag. Although it's all shiny silver on the inside, with a bright enough light you can clearly see the markings on the outside of the bag shining through.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Balanced Breakfast: Pillar of Strength

Day 221 - Balanced Breakfast

Day 221: The Balanced Breakfast has easily taken out last week's poll, scoring more than half the votes.

Not a bad week this week, quite a few good contenders. The poll is already up!

Vote away~~

Day 230 - Take Away Dim Sum

Day 230 - Take Away Dim Sum, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

A combined breakfast lunch.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Day 229 - Chicken Caesar Salad

Day 229 - Chicken Caesar Salad, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

This (very dodgy) panorama is shot from the Atrium Balcony at HKUST. A rainy, windy day unfortunately; there is often quite a nice view from this seat.

I needed to use the widest end of by 16-45mm to get the salad on my lap, but this introduced the huge amount of distortion visible in this shot. Almost Fisheye-esk really!

Friday, 11 September 2009

Day 228 - Sushi

Day 228 - Sushi, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

Take away sushi from Genki Sushi in Hang Hau. My favourites are the plain Salmon Sushi and the Fried Ebi Sushi (Prawn).

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Day 227 - Rocky Road Ice Cream

Day 227 - Rocky Road Ice Cream, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

I was a little sceptical about the Rocky Road Ice Cream when it arrived. Marshmallows in ice cream? But it turned out that this Dreyer's Rocky Road with marshmallows and nuts in a chocolate Ice cream base is great. Even better than the Cookie's and Cream that we also have.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Day 226 - Oregano Lamb Chops with Potato Wedges

Generally most households in Hong Kong won't have an oven, and in older houses, all the cooking is generally done on just a pair of gas jets. Only after I arrived in Hong Kong did our house get a small grill/oven but it sees a fair bit of use these days with everything from Lamb Chops and Chips to Cookies and Cakes.

I've never been a huge fan of roasts, but I do love me a good chip!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Day 225 – Tempura Prawns

Day 225 – Tempura Prawns, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

Dinner last night was at Watami: Japanese Casual Restaurant, which is a perennial favourite. A mix between Japanese and Western cuisine, I always have trouble limiting the number of dishes I want and we always have trouble fitting them all on the table!

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Day 224 - Indomie Noodles

Day 224 - Indomie Noodles, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

My favourite variety of instant noodles, I normally have double the quantity of spicy sauce. Yum!

In the background is our garden box and the view from our 32nd floor window.

All eyes on Disney Dim Sum.

Day 216 - Disney Dim Sum

The many eyes and delicious fillings of the Disney Dim Sum have ran away with last week's poll. A clear winner. Next week's poll is up and ready to go!

Day 223 - Watermelon

Day 223 - Watermelon, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

A delicious post meal finisher. It's very common here to have fruit after a meal. It's a tradition that I particularly like!

~Sik Sai Gwa!

Day 222 - Roast Beef Sandwich

Day 222 - Roast Beef Sandwich, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

In so many ways this photo was, and wasn't, supposed to be for Day 222.

I was originally planning to run to work on Friday morning to escape the long queues for the bus that have occurred since students returned to HKUST. But when I woke up I found that it was pouring with rain, long enough for me to cancel my run to work and reschedule the run for lunchtime. Had that not happened, I suppose I would have headed out for a larger lunch with my colleagues.

So, I went for a lunchtime run. It it turned out to take longer than expected, so I decided to grab a quick sandwich. I asked for a tuna sandwich with extra mayo, getting instead roast beef. A simple miscommunication. Nevermind I thought, I'll get a good photo for dinner.

And indeed I did. I headed out to The Globe in SoHo, so I could enjoy a beer and watch the Bombers in the Elimination Final. Bombers lost. Booo. Not a bad looking photo. Yay. You win some, you lose some... right?

So the next day I plug the SD card into the computer to process my photos and update the blog: "Drive is not formatted. Would you like to format it now?"... err... Not really, I just want my photos.

So I pull out the data recovery software. 462 images recovered. Well, I had about a dozen photos on there, so that sounds fairly promising. Let's see... It seems that most of the recovered photos are ones I'd previously deleted. Nevermind, a few of these are the new ones. The jpegs are just plain grey, but it seems to have saved my RAW files. Super.

Attempt to open the RAW files: "Error: Unexpected end of file". Well, that sucks. But I can see the thumbnail? Seems the file header including exif data and embedded thumbnail has survived but not the actual images....

Except for a single photo of a beef sandwich for lunch...

Well, at least that means I don't have to skip a day! The extracted thumbnail from my dinner is posted in the comments on my flickr (click on the photo to head there). Looks like I'll just have to head to the pub for another Chicken Parma. Not such a bad outcome!

Friday, 4 September 2009

Day 221 - Balanced Breakfast

Day 221 - Balanced Breakfast, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

Quadruple Espresso, Wholemeal Bun, Raisin Bun, Apple and Raw Sugar...

Eating breakfast at your desk is standard in Hong Kong. It could be that normal Chinese breakfast isn't normally eaten at home (Congee, Yum Cha, etc) and this just sort of extended to desk jobs. Or it could be that a lot of people in the finance sector arrive at their desk at ungodly hours, and so pick up work on the way in. I'm not really opposed to it, but I prefer cereal which doesn't mesh very well with the desk bound meal!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Day 220 - Japanese Curry Fried Rice

It's a lot busier in most of the food courts at work since all the students came back (semester started on Tuesday). Although I don't mind crowded food courts, I think that the serving sizes have gone down, which is a little crummy. Not that this was remotely a "small dish".

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Day 219 - Green Salad

Day 219 - Green Salad, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

GREEN SALAD, Green Salad, Green Salad, Green Salad, green salad, gre....

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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Day 218 - Family Dinner

Day 218 - Family Dinner, originally uploaded by JoeGray.

Dinner at home. Pictured dishes include: Thai Green Curry, Oven Roasted Fries, Choi, Whole Roast Chicken, Chinese Sausage, Soy Chicken Wings, Fishmeat and Chinese Cabbage Salad, Steamed Egg with Scallop and Chinese Soup. I'm sure I've left things out and this is actually a normal sized spread!

Day 217 - Cookie and Chocolate Cheesecake

On Sunday night, after dinner, I suddenly had a craving for cheese cake so I headed down (I love that everything is open late every night in Hong Kong) to the local cheesecake store, Cheenoiserie (I love that everything is open late every night in Hong Kong), and bought a couple of slices.

In retrospect I think I made a bad choice... Probably should have gone with the blueberry or New York cheesecake!