Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy Lunar New Year!

The best thing about being home last month was enjoying home-cooked meals! Every morning I started the day with vegetable congee for breakfast.


Congee toppings including tofu & egg, 油條 (fried chinese donut),鹹蛋 (salty egg),紫菜花生 (seaweed with peanuts), 豆腐乳 (spicy beancurd)


Tofu mixed with 皮蛋 (thousand year old egg and soy sauce)


My grandma wraps these pot stickers! Love the crunchy bottoms.


粉蒸排骨. The most tender steamed pork ribs with yam underneath.


大閘蟹 Hairy crab! The most delicious, flavorful crab. It's only in season in the winter months.


Delicious... :)


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hong Kong: Dinner at Crystal Jade, 翡翠

翡翠 is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants to sit down for a quick meal in Hong Kong. The restaurant chain is mainly known for its dumplings and hand-pulled noodles. My grandma treated my sister and me to this lovely meal, and we went to the World Trade Centre branch because this one has the best view!


Harbour and freeway view from the restaurant. We were lucky to get the last available booth by the window.



雞絲粉皮, HK$45 (USD 5.80): Noodles with shredded chicken, sliced cucumbers, and peanut sauce. Love the chewy texture of these bean-made noodles. Also, peanut sauce makes anything taste even better!


乾扁四季豆, HK$56 (USD 7.21): Green beans with preserved vegetables and green onions. So flavorful! Chinese vegetables are so addictive.


蟹粉小籠包, HK$78 (USD 10): Crab meat & pork dumplings. Really juicy, and this restaurant gets the thickness of the dumpling skin just right!


紅油抄手, HK$36 (USD 4.64): Shrimp & pork dumplings in chili oil. The sauce is so spicy I only dab a bit on each dumpling. My grandma like to roll the dumpling all around first (she's hardcore like that).


菜包, HK$23 (USD 2.96): Vegetable buns. These are my favorite vegetable buns in Hong Kong. The bun is so soft and fresh, and the vegetables inside are steaming and flavorful.



Shop P209B, 2nd Floor, World Trade Centre
280 Gloucester Street, Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
Phone number: 2915-6988

Other locations: http://www.crystaljade.com/hongkong.htm


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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bangkok: Pad Thai at Black Canyon Coffee

While my mom and grandma shopped, my dad, sister and I walked around the mall to look for something to eat. Although there was a food court with many appealing options, it didn't look very clean and we worried about getting food poisoning. We later walked past this coffee shop and decided to sit down here instead.

Thai Iced Tea, 55 baht (USD 1.73). Because Thai iced tea is so sweet (the recipe includes condensed milk), I try not to have it very often. This one was very strong and delicious. Couldn't believe how cheap it was either!


Tom Yum Seafood Soup: This was as deathly spicy as it looks. I could only handle a few spoonfuls. It was certainly very tasty and had just the right amount of seafood and vegetables inside.


Pad Thai: Something I noticed after eating a ton of pad thai on this trip is that pad thai in Bangkok is generally on the moist side compared to the ones served in New York and Hong Kong. I liked it better this way.



I'm not sure where the shopping mall was, but there are several branches of Black Canyon Coffee around the city and also past security in the Bangkok International Airport. Prices at the airport's Black Canyon Coffee are marked up substantially compared to the location we visited, but it's still not very expensive.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chinatown and Fruit Shopping in Bangkok

On our third day in Bangkok we drove through Chinatown and headed pretty far out to visit a fruit market.



The streets were filled with pink taxis. So bright! I would have more love for them if we hadn't been cheated multiple times by different taxi drivers.


The fruit market was still affected by the flooding from a few months prior.



The sweetest young coconuts for 10 baht each (USD 30 cents).


Yum.




Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bangkok: Next2 Cafe at Shangri-La

Breakfast buffets are one of the best things about hotels in Asia. Next2 Cafe at Shangri-La offers a wonderful variety of food choices, both Asian and Western.

The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating.





Beautifully carved watermelon.


Made-to-order hand-pulled noodles, 拉麵.



Mango, dragon fruit, and papaya. Asian fruits are the best!


Freshly baked pastries.


Homemade honey!


Congee toppings.


The buffet also includes freshly made smoothies, made-to-order omelets, curry, and dim sum.

Breakfast buffet is USD 25 per person, or if you book a hotel room, it is usually included with each night of stay.

Shangri-La, Ground Floor
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu
New Road, Bangrak
Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Phone number: (66 2)236-7777

Website: www.shangri-la.com/en/property/bangkok/shangrila/dining/restaurant/next2



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

I'm battling jet lag but wanted to write a quick post to wish you all a very happy new year! I just returned to New York from a quick trip home to Hong Kong & a lovely Christmas spent in Bangkok.

Highlights of the trip included:

A tram ride birthday party hosted by my best friends:




Playing with Molly:


A relative's beautiful engagement party at Mandarin Oriental:

Enjoying the hotel & pool with my family at Shangri-La:


And of course, eating & eating...







I have around 700 photos from this trip and can't wait to weed through them so I can post some on here!


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