Dinner at Watami: Casual Japanese Restaurant in Kowloon Bay again.
Watami's Tonpeiyaki is tasty mixture of Pork, Cabbage and Cheese wrapped in an Egg Omelette and drizzled with (I'd guess) Japanese Mayonnaise and Oyster Sauce. Served on a sizzling pan to top it off.
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Dinner at Watami: Casual Japanese Restaurant in Kowloon Bay again.
... with my standard Dong Yuen Yeung. We stopped at a small village in Lam Tseun, and decided to wait out the rain a little and have brunch. Not really a first rate meal, but I always enjoy dining al fresco.
Sunday, 27 December 2009
As I suppose it is for most families, our boxing day dinner was very similar to our Christmas Night dinner due to the large quantities of unconsumed food. Instead I took a photo of these gift Ferrero Rocher.
A huge Christmas meal with all the extended family around. We bought the giant turkey from outside, but everything else was home-made including Lamb Cutlets, Buttered Sweetcorn, Green Salad, Oven Wedges, Fried Rice and Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara Spaghetti.
Friday, 25 December 2009
Day 332 - Dreyer's Vanilla Chocolate Chip Icecream, originally uploaded by JoeGray.
Dessert. In retrospect I think I should have gone for the plain vanilla with Milo topping!
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
At a small supermarket / deli / liquor store I found a (terribly unhealthy) but delicious combined breakfast lunch. Homemade meatballs with a homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese tied this sandwich into something special. Rounded out with a Double Espresso and a free coleslaw (would have preferred a green salad but the options were pasta salad or coleslaw!).
Day 327 - Tandoori Chicken, Lamb Vindaloo and a Garlic Naan @ Lahore Karahi, originally uploaded by JoeGray.
With a little guidance from my San Francisco travel guide, I ended up at this Pakistani restaurant very close to my hotel.
The Tandoori Chicken was a little dry, but the Lamb Vindaloo was just amazing and the Garlic Naan the perfect tool with which to clean all remnants of the curry.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Day 326 - Ham & Cheese Filled Croissant, Powdered Jelly Donut and Double Espresso @ The Happy Donut, originally uploaded by JoeGray.
I stopped for a brief lunch at this restaurant on the edge of Chinatown. Despite the fairly dodgy outlook, the food here was great. The powdered donut was so sweet... just the sugar boost I needed before I headed out for a long run!
After a climbing session at Mission Cliffs I headed back towards my bus and spotted this restaurant on the other side of the street. It was super busy... normally a great indicator of quality and it certainly didn't disappoint. Looking at the menu I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted, Tacos with soft flour tortillas? Burritos with soft flour tortillas? Quesadillas with soft flour totillas?
In the end, I went for the "Buritto Mojave - (The Big One)". It arrived within minutes, served with corn chips, salsa and guacamole, this certainly was a big meal. Filled with meat, beans and a rice mixture, it likely wasn't very healthy but was very delicious. After finishing one, I was highly tempted to try another, but was so full, I didn't think I could manage it!
Day 324 - Tomato Braised Kale & Potato Crosata with Rugosa Squash w/ Creme Fraiche Soup @ Split Pea Seduction
Day 324 - Tomato Braised Kale & Potato Crosata with Rugosa Squash w/ Creme Fraiche Soup @ Split Pea Seduction, originally uploaded by JoeGray.
... served with House-made Rustic Country Apple Cider. Taking a suggestion from my mini-lonely planet, I headed down to this trendy, small, semi-open kitchen soup extraordinaire.
I went for a medium pumpkin-esk soup and a half crosata. The soup was good but quite sweet, and I generally prefer a peppery pumpkin soup, while the crosata was crispy and delicious. The apple cider was iced, very think with lots of cinnamon... Fantastic.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
The pasta served up at this San Franciscian restaurant was the best Italian food I've had in years!
The pasta had precisly the right blend of gastronomic delights, with individual ingredients providing subtle flavours here and there but overall blending into a wonderful symphony of flavour.
The bread arrived warm, with a soft chewy inner, and crispy outer, served with a saucer of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a tapanade of sun dried tomatoes and chilli.
Even the beer, a Moretti La Rosa, was the perfect complement.
A wonderful meal.
Day 322 - Nugget Burger and House Salad @ Grubsteak, originally uploaded by JoeGray.
My first dinner in San Francisco. I asked the reception at my hotel for a recommendation and for a "real San Francisco experience" he recommended a nearby place called Grubsteak. Designed like the inside of a tram (or possibly actually the inside of a tram, this restaurant certainly had a lot of that sterotypical US feel about it. I was a little disappointed that most things on the menu were burgers and steaks, but I shouldn't have been surprised. The burger was quite good but still just a burger and the servings weren't huge and no fries or anything extra included, but overall not a bad meal, the unique setting making up for everyday food.
Day 308, The Mini Cakes, lead at the start at lead at the end despite a strong finish by the Pre-Race Pasta...
And thus, the weekly photo contest comes to a close. But don't fret, there's more voting to be had. We're going to take a week break (while I'm in San Francisco) and then in the lead up for the finale, Day 365, we're going to have votes on topics like "Favourite Breakfast", "Best Japanese Meal" and the bitterly fought "Worst Photo Ever".
Stay tuned and start perusing the catalogue for winners (and losers)!!
Saturday, 12 December 2009
I was originally planning to go with the trusty Sandwich in a Bowl but after my run, when I arrived at the Cafe, they were sold out! So instead, I decided to go for a regular sandwich.
Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
More subtle this time, but that slight blue twinge on the plant in the back gives away the Pizza Express location.
Quite a good pizza, but I would have loved for a pile of fresh rocket on top!
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
I was having trouble coming up with a name for this dish. It has Red, Yellow and Green Capsicum, Tofu, Seaweed, Ham, Onion and Sesame Seeds. Rainbow Salad? Vegetable Salad? I decided to go with the generic Mixed Salad. Fairly good, but I was busy chowing down on the home-made wontons (pot to the left)... again!
The Pork Chop Bun is a Macau tradition and after the race we found ourselves at Tai Lei Loi Kei in Taipa, perhaps the most famous pork chop bun joint in all of Macau. Unfortunately, I couldn't go for the crispy bun version of the bun (it's only served after 3pm) so I went for the Sweet Bun version. Although it sounds a little strange, it was great, almost worth waiting around till 3pm just to have the crispy version!
The Home-made Pork Wonton have won again, this time with the aid of a little chilli! Once again, I am running a little late, but the photos will be up! The new poll will be up shortly and voting will be open till Midnight Saturday!
In preparation for the Macau Half-marathon the next morning, I filled up on spaghetti with a very basic tomato sauce. In the end, the race went great and I had heaps of energy for the entire race, I just wished that I'd gone out a little faster at the start!
Friday, 4 December 2009
Day 312 - Pan Fried Duck Breast with Pesto Spaghetti, originally uploaded by JoeGray.
Although it seems like quite a big meal for lunch, this is a fairly standard sized dish.
This dish, in particular, is quite popular among my colleagues, so I thought I should try it but I was actually a little disappointed. The breast had a huge amount of fat that I had to cut off and there was a measly amount of vegies. Perhaps next time I'll just return to my favourite at the Cafe, the Sandwich in a Bowl.
Day 311 - Fried Rice Noodles with Beef and Pineapple, originally uploaded by JoeGray.
Despite looking really oil (it wasn't - it's corn flour), this dish was quite good. Subtle flavours, but good.
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Day 309 - Fried Egg and Enoki Mushroom with Pork Chop and Rice, originally uploaded by JoeGray.
I saw someone collecting this dish last week, and despite not finding it on the menu, asked for it at the counter and they understood what I meant!
The fried egg and pork chop were great, but the rice was a little bland. An okay dish, but didn't come close to my favourite: Japanese Curry Chicken with Rice.
Sorry Gang, a little tardy with the last couple of updates, but I have been taking photos everyday! Last week's poll was hotly contested between the Roll-in-a-roll (probably with strong old boy support) and the Apple and Cinnamon Crunch Toasted Oats (an action shot). In the end, the Roll-in-a-roll, Day 300(!), won out by a single vote!
The new poll will be up shortly, and voting will end at Midnight on Saturday!
...at the favourite Shanghaiese place in To Kwa Wan. I went for the Mince Pork Noodles this time, but think I prefer the Dam Dam Mein.
On a side note (and somewhat related to Shanghai), I was watching "Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer" last night, and the (lack of) Asian comprehension displayed was unbelievable. First they're flying along in a jet and report about being over "South Eastern China" (which is pretty much where Hong Kong is), the next moment, they're flying alongside (and blowing up) the Great Wall (Northern China and approximately the same distance from HK as across all of continental USA from North to South), and then they crash in Shanghai (Eastern China). To top it all of, at the suggestion of a wedding they say: "I've got an idea" and are mystically transported to a very Japanese wedding (not sure if they're pretending all of Asia's the same or just leaving huge holes?)... Surely this is the kind of thing most Westerners would notice? Maybe not...