Monday, June 27, 2011

A Not So Heavy Dinner at Spiral

I'm so proud of myself! Though Spiral, arguably the best buffet in town, had these to tempt me...

Crabs on Ice

Fresh Seafood

Breads, breads, breads

Olives, Yoghurt, Hummus

Pizza Etc.



Teppanyaki and Mushrooms


Prime Rib



Salad Bar

Grill Station


Paella Negra
Fruits for the Chocolate Fountains


Candy Wonderland

I only managed a few plates!!!!

Chinese for my appetizer
 Comfort food!

A Heavier 2nd Plate
 The lamb chops were remarkable that night.

3. Freshly Cooked Foie Gras
Sinful. FYI, I only had a few pieces.

Japanese Pit Stop
 Tempura eating is a must for me.

 Creamy and cheesy.

Dessert Platter
I'm a sucker for all things gummy. Don't fail to hoard some chocolate chip cookies as Spiral's version is one of the best in town. 

Friends ehem ehem who shall not be named certainly didn't have any problems hoarding!

 Vanilla Ice Cream to cap another fulfilling meal at Spiral.

Don't you agree that I'm a step closer in achieving my goal of controlled eating?

Spiral is located at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard.

Friday, June 24, 2011

One Final Note: Mixed Lot

I was recently back in Hong Kong where I was unable to fully unleash the glutton in me. yey!!! This is the last of 5 parts.

To end the series, here’s a compilation of the other food that I had while in Hong Kong.

PAL's breakfast meal
Nothing beats having warm porridge on an early flight.

Lucky Kitchen's Stir Fried Noodles
Tastes as plain as it looks.

Lucky Kitchen's Beef Brisket Noodles
Huge serving. Flavorful stock and tender meat. Not bad at all.

Egg Ball Waffles
My Hong Kong street food staple. I can never get over how crunchy this always is. Best eaten piping hot.

Curry Balls
Ordinary. The sauce didn't help in making the balls tasty.

Fried Dough Fritters
Would have been perfect if covered with sugar.

Late Night Meal
A bit heavy for a 9 p.m. flight but I'm not complaining.

As always, Hong Kong didn't disappoint. Till we meet again!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tai Hing at Food Republic

I was recently back in Hong Kong where I was unable to fully unleash the glutton in me. yey!!! This is the 4th of 5 parts.

We had lunch at Food Republic while on a break hunting for the cheapest bargains available at Citygate Outlets. 

Food Republic is a food court chain operated by the BreadTalk group and it offers cuisine from all over the world. American, Korean, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, and good old Chinese food can be found here.

One can truly get overwhelmed with the wide variety of choices available in Food Republic but I already had my stomach set for Tai Hing.

Tai Hing is a fast food chain that has over 40 branches in HK and Mainland China. The Hong Kong Tourism Board has dubbed Tai Hing as having "5-Star Barbecued Meats." Predictably, I went for the board's recommendation.

Chicken and Goose Rice (46HKD)
Oh-so-ordinary! Unfortunate really, given the many options I gave up to have this.

Lesson Learned: Never believe in the Hong Kong Tourism Board again!

And oh, I spotted  Singapore's popular Sergeant Chicken Rice at Food Republic though I have to say I'm not a fan.  

Food Republic has branches in Hong Kong, Mainand China, Singapore, and Malaysia. For more information,  click here.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Glimpse of the Local Fast Food Scene in HK

I was recently back in Hong Kong where I was unable to fully unleash the glutton in me. yey!!! This is the 3rd of 5 parts.

Since we were always pressed for time, I had my share of fast food dining during this trip. Please don’t feel bad for me as I generally had a pleasurable time immersed in the local fast food scene.

Here’s a glimpse of the three most popular local fast food chains in Hong Kong:

Cafe de Coral is the leading fast food chain in Hong Kong and this recognition is well-deserved as Cafe de Coral is consistent in churning out good comforting meals at affordable price points. When in doubt, there’s no other place to go but here! Don’t forget to order a cup of tea in order to have one of the best versions served in all of Hong Kong.

Menu changes depending on time of day

Well, hello there, auntie!

Raddish cake was to die for!

Delicious honey chicken with perfectly cooked eggs

A trip isn't complete without ordering barbequed meat.

Better than DTF

2. MX
MX, a chain of restaurants under the Maxim's group of companies, is the best bet for affordable barbequed meat. One can always be assured of fresh, high-quality, delicious barbequed specialties with MX. Its non-barbequed offerings are not so bad either.


Trendy Vibe

Best goose to be had on the cheap

Comforting Curry Flavors

Fairwood is the new kid on the block and it still has a long way to go. Flavors, presentation, and food portions are often underwhelming. It also needs to be more service-oriented before it can truly compete with the giants of Hong Kong's fast food industry. Dine here only when desperate!

Orange theme for Fairwood

Early Morning Crowd

Sad Looking

Pathetic excuse for a ham&cheese sandwhich

Looks Yummy, Tastes Otherwise

Tiny Leg Portion

Pales in Comparison 

Cafe de Coral has over 140 branches in Hong Kong. For more information, click here.
MX has over 70 branches in Hong Kong. For more information, click here.
Fairwood has several branches in Hong Kong. For more information, click here.
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