Mak’s Noodles, Hong Kong

Well, hello HELLO.

This is definitely a long overdue post. But, here goes.

On our final day in Hong Kong back in December 2013, and after consuming a very heavy meal the night before, Mak’s Noodles was what came to mind.

Having researched to find out how to satisfy my husband’s craving for dumplings of all sorts (we figured wanton noodles would be the next best thing), we decided to make a pit stop at Mak’s Noodles before our flight out. We arrived at 11.30am or so, expecting to find a long queue and quite to our surprise, found there to be only just a few people ahead of us. I had hoped that it didn’t mean that the quality of the food had been compromised.

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Queuing patiently, but thankfully it was not long before we got a table, albeit a shared one.

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The colourful and well-maintained exterior to the restaurant.

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It was off to a good start when we were placed at our table after approximately 15 minutes of waiting time.

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The original wanton noodle (paying HK$33 did not disappoint). The noodles were al-dente and I loved the leek after-taste from the soup.

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The wanton and beef tripe noodles which the hubby ordered.

Mak’s Noodles goes to show that good things do come in small dosages after all!

Note: Since then, we would make it a point to go back to Mak’s Noodles every time we are in Hong Kong.

The skinny on Mak’s Noodles – Central:

Cuisine: Chinese, Noodles
Cost ($ to $$$$):  $$
Location: Central, Hong Kong
77 Wellington St., Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2854 3810

Ratings (out of 5):
Food: 3.5
Décor/Overall Atmosphere: 2
Service: 2 (typical by Hong Kong standard especially in an eastern “fast food” chain)
Bang for the Buck: 3
Recommendations: Wanton noodles

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Galloping into Success!

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As we celebrate the year of the Horse, here are 10 simple reminders for us to manage and live our lives better than ever:

1. HAPPINESS is key. Whatever you decide to pursue, make sure you are happy and never look back with any regret.

2. Be in the fittest state you have ever been. Never ever take your HEALTH for granted.

3. Put your HEART to anything you do, and it is a matter of time before you succeed.

4. Plan a HOLIDAY every once in awhile. Taking time away from work is as important as working hard at your desk.

5. What is there in life, if not for HOPE? Remember all is not lost.

6. HUMOUR yourself every once in awhile. Laughter is truly the best medicine!

7. Be HONEST and true to yourself. Reflect on what really matters to you, and what doesn’t.

8. Get rid of bad HABITS. It’s not easy, but it will be worth it.

9. Don’t be too HARD on yourself, no one really cares. Be realistic and manage your own expectations.

10. If all fails, just HANG in there. Hard times come and go, and it will be a matter of time before it gets better!

Repost – Where are the foodies going in 2014?

I guess this officially makes us foodies! We’ve been to both #1 and #2 within the last 2 months!  🙂

Where are the foodies going in 2014?
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/where-are-the-foodies-going-in-2014-9094744.html

Where the foodies are going 2014

Violet Oon’s Kitchen, Bukit Timah

Happy day everyone!

I am literally writing this post while waiting at the airport for my flight back to Kuala Lumpur. For the first time in a long while, I actually arrived early at the airport; by 2 hours as a matter of fact. My flight was not even being shown on the board by the time I got to the airport, so clearly I had a lot of time to kill. After strolling about (and conducting some price comparisons for cosmetics), my legs felt really tired walking the entire Terminal on 3.5 inch heels. I guess there is a limit to the amount of cosmetics and perfumes a girl can look at!

I finally decided to check myself in at the waiting lounge. As I was about to immerse myself in another episode of K-drama, I decided instead that it would be more worthwhile to work on this instead. For the last couple of days, I have had a slight writers block, probably because I have been forcing myself to write at least one entry a night in an attempt to catch up on lost time. In the end, all that I managed to produce was two pieces of far less than interesting to read articles. (Editor’s Note: I managed to ‘massage’ them a little and make them a little more interesting to read – BananaManOnTheLoose).

I am slightly more inspired to write, right now anyway. By the time you read this, it will probably be the eve of Chinese New Year. Let me take this opportunity to wish you Happy Feasting! Afterall, that is really what Chinese New Year is all about. It is the time when Chinese families get together, eat, drink, gamble, gossip and be merry! To me, this is as such a memorable time of year because no matter how far one is from one’s family, and no matter how long it has been since you last saw them – during Chinese New Year, it is all about bonding, reconnecting, appreciation and forgiving.

After a near-death experience in my family, I am only too happy to be able to spend CNY 2014 with my entire family; all together. Only God knows the length of our journey, in this thing called life. Show your family members and loved ones just how much you love them, even if it is just making that call, message, or email – that someone is waiting to hear from you.

The reason for my long digression today is because the food we sampled at Violet Oon’s Kitchen reminded me a bit of mum’s home-cooked food (not quite as good of course, but good enough!)

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Nara Thai, Bangkok

I love Bangkok. Every time I visit, I always find something new and exciting to do or see there. Whether it be in fashion, the arts, sightseeing or, of course… FOOD!

During my most recent (but unfortunately not actually so-recent) trip,  I re-visited Nara Thai at Central World. The first time I tasted the beef noodles there, I went back three times in one week! So, I figured on this trip, I should sample some of the other stuff on the menu and see how they stack up against my favorite beef noodles (the Kway Tiew Rua noodles).

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In anticipation of the savory meal ahead, a nice cup of tea to cleanse my palate!

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Jang Won, Chinatown

At my previous work place in Kuala Lumpur, good restaurants were hard to come by.

One of the perks of working in Chinatown is that you will never run out of places to dine; from hawker street stalls to fine-dining restaurants. Despite only being in Singapore for less than a year, Jang Won Korean restaurant has already become one my favourite go to places.

Regardless of whether I am having a good or bad day at work, Jang Won never fails to put a smile on my face. Kimchi platters vary at different Korean restaurants; I especially like the ones served here. My personal favourites: fried crispy anchovies and sliced potato salad.

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BBQ, Hong Kong: the Sequel

In just a couple of days, we are entering the month of February, but it felt like just yesterday that we ushered in 2014. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the New Year’s holiday in Hong Kong. What better way for a food enthusiast to celebrate the New Year than to immerse in the art of eating? And what better place to indulge in the art of food than Hong Kong! And so we returned once again to one of my favorite little eateries in Sheung Wan, known as B.B.Q.

Before I start sounding like a glutton, let me first clarify that we did not intend to overindulge. It was meant to be a simple catch up dinner amongst 4 friends, but somehow it turned into a full-14-course meal – I kid you not. Looking back at these pictures, I wonder, how the heck did we (our stomachs) manage? I can’t speak for the rest of the company, but I enjoyed every single dish, right up to the very last bite!

As it’s name implies, BBQ is a barbeque paradise … asian style. Much of the menu is inspired by Japanese Yakitori (grilled skewers and small plates). BBQ takes simple Japanese and Chinese inspired street foods off the street, and to another level. My first visit to BBQ several years ago left quite an impression, and I told myself I would need to make another trip if I ever had a chance. Fast-forward 3 years, and here I am again! If you are a seafood or yakitori lover, you should really give this a try, but perhaps not go quite as overboard as we did…

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Cugini Trattoria, Singapore

Of late, I have been having some serious cravings for pasta and pizza. It’s like I just can’t get enough of carbs. This could be due to my conscious decision recently to try and cut down on carbs, at least until after Chinese New Year.

I must admit I have not been very successful in my attempt to lay low on the carbs. As a matter of fact, I had a whole bowl of homemade pork and asparagus penne last night. If I had to choose something I could eat forever, pizza and pasta would top the list. I vividly remember my first encounter with Italian cuisine when I was in college. Back then, with the limited budget of a starving student, being able to dine at fine Italian restaurants was definitely a treat.

Over the years, I grew to learn all the different types of pasta and importantly, how to pronounce them. Some pastas had ridiculously long and unpronounceable names. My favorites are penne and other similar variants (rigota, macaroni etc), because they are so easy to eat.  I recently discovered conchiglie (small shell looking pasta) and I am definitely trying to get around to cooking with it more often.

Club Street in Singapore is not short of pizza and pasta joints. But, whenever I need a quick fix I head over to Cugini Trattoria.

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This restaurant is top 3 on my list. A cosy corner tucked away in a row of shop houses, I love the white and blue beach theme/decor – it kind of reminds me of Santorini.

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PS Cafe, Singapore: The Brunch version.

Happy Saturday everyone!

I woke up this morning, feeling totally inspired to write. Though I have to admit, I did have a slight technical glitch with the website, and I had to re-familiarise myself with the functions on the blog. It’s all good, now.

I hope you all had a good night’s rest and are ready to rock this weekend!  It looks like a bright sunny Saturday here in Singapore; perfect day for a stroll and some brunch of course.

I first discovered PS Cafe long ago, during some of my work related travels, and long before my eventual relocation to Singapore. So, you could pretty much say that this has been a long standing love affair. In fact, PS Cafe remains one of my all-time favourite brunch places.

Singapore is home to many brunch cafes and brunch has become a favourite pastime for Singaporeans. Before moving here, I hadn’t realised that it was such an “in” thing amongst Asians. That changed when I realised that I could never EVER stroll into a brunch place without a reservation. Because brunch is so popular and good cafes are so hard to come by, a long queue is inevitable. So either get there early (perhaps parking a kind-hearted someone there to get a “number”) or book in advance, is my word of advice.

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One of my top picks: Salmon Eggs Benedict. I especially love the way they make the eggs: gooey and oozy – just the way they are meant to be.

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Melbourne – In search of crispy, sugary, sweet goodness …

I’ve heard time and time again about the natural beauty and vibrant culture that Australia has to offer. So, a few weeks ago I finally made my first foray to the land down-under … to Melbourne, Victoria, to be exact. Melbourne did not disappoint. Great people, awesome beaches, beautiful vineyards, and lots of good food. While we were there I was able to sample quite a bit of great local and ethnic fare, and more desserts than my waistline would care to admit!

They say that Pavlovas and Lamingtons are pretty much the de facto national desserts of Australia, however, based upon my observations while walking about in Melbourne, there appears to be a third contender on the rise. The Churro.

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