Saturday, June 13, 2009
One of the places I passed by in Causeway Bay, somewhere near Sogo, was One More Cup. It caught my eye not only because I'm always on the look out for bubble tea, but that there was a crowd of people waiting on the street. It was a small place and you have to wait about 5 minutes because their drinks are so popular many people stop by.
The pearl milk tea here is not as milky as most places, but it was definitely worth the wait!
There is also a stall right across this one that sells bubble tea and other HK snacks. The wait is about 30 seconds. The drink is a little milkier and just as great.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Amuse Bouche: Pomelo Foam frozen in Nirogen; done table side.
Second course: Tofu with spring onion and lime sauce.
Third Course: BO's version of Dan Dan Noodles (Sesame and Peanut Sauce)....delicious and not too spicy.
Fourth Course: Spring Roll of Bamboo Shoots.
Fifth Course: Sweet Potato Lettuce Wrap with miso sauce.
Sixth Course: Mushroom Dumpling. (Didn't really enjoy this one)
Seventh Course: Lettuce salad with kumquat sauce. (I'm not a kamquat person, so I didn't care for this dish much.)
Eigth Course: Crispy rice with peas and Sichuan SauceNinth: Mushroom with vermicelli noodles.
Tenth: Cauliflower with black truffle
Black Sesame Soda
During the dessert course, I liked the dessert wine that went with it and ordered a glass. As compensation for their "stupid mistake," as the server put it, the glass was complementary.
Dessert: Poached banana with fried banana ice cream.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The nuts they sell were still in their shells. I bought some roasted almonds; it took some work to eat, but very delicious.
I also bought freshly churned milk flavoured ice cream. The temperature being 40 degrees Celsius, it was so cool and refreshing. The turnover of the ice cream was so high, once it was churned and mounted on the plate, it kept selling cup after cup. A small cup cost 3 RMB.Another popular item was the freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. I didn’t try it since they didn’t wash the fruits before it was squeezed nor did they wash the glasses so I didn’t want to take my chances with still having a few days to go in the trip.It was a fun experience to see the market, eat the food, and chat with the beautiful people. The Chinese people here are much friendlier than other places I’ve been to in China.
I’ve been to China numerous times, but I have never travelled to Xinjiang, the province in the northwest part of China. It borders the countries, some of which are, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia; so many of the Chinese people in the area belong to the minority groups the largest of which are the Uygurs and the Kazaks.
On our first night, the group was invited by the local government for a welcome banquet. We had dinner in their guest house which is not open to the public. The place seems newly built and has some interesting decors, I’m assuming it’s native to the province.
The yogurt was served first and it was so delicious, especially with the strawberries. It’s made fresh from the province’s local milk. I was informed that Xinjiang is the only province that wasn’t affected by the whole melamine issue.
Lamb is the province’s specialty, so they served us some lamb skewers and stewed lamb. It’s like the lechon of Cebu. I don’t know how it tasted, but the guests were raving about it.
During the night, there were a couple things that caught my eye. One, the table was covered with plastic. I guess this makes cleaning easier. Second, they don’t change plates, which is what most Chinese restaurants do. Instead, they take your plate and dump the garbage on their tray! It would be so much better if they had a large bowl on the tray to put the garbage in, but as I observed with the meals after this, this is the norm in the province.
Aside from dairy and lamb, the province is also known for their cherry tomatoes, watermelons, melons, and grapes. Everything was sweet and delicious, except we never got to try the grapes because they aren’t in season yet. Overall, the food was pretty good. Everything was very fresh just a tad oily, but that’s China. It was definitely a unique experience and a nice start to the visit.