Macau: the meal that made the trip

I’ve left this in my written drafts for so long I think it’s time to finally complete and publish it…

Well, Macau. Prior to this trip I had never been to Macau despite having been to Hong Kong a couple of times. This joint that Hysan brought us to was situated at the second storey of a local market and we had to walk through rows of butchers to turn into a canteen where this place was located. Even with its obscure location, this was incredibly popular and we had to wait a good 20 minutes before we were seated!!

How it works: you tell the bosslady what you feel like eating, she goes downstairs to the seafood stalls to shop for whatever’s fresh, comes back and shows you the goods (she literally shows you what’s in the bags, yes), and then magic happens.

This, my friends, is the greatest crab porridge in the history of mankind. I could totally do without the crab but man, the porridge!! How they managed to get the right mix of the taste of the crab & the sea & not overwhelm with fishiness is really remarkable. Hands down, best thing I ate of the trip (bake cheese tarts are second).


How lucky were we to get the last plate of 鱼饼 for the day! The closest phrase to describe it in English would be ‘fish pancakes’ but that makes it sound so unappetising. This was crack, and I suppose if deep fried beancurd skin and fish cake had a baby, this would be it. Sarah could not get enough of this!

img_3235Speaking of Sarah, she was craving sweet and sour fish (time away from home etc etc) that very day and had requested for the bosslady to make the dish. Bosslady was reluctant at first as she didn’t want to deep-fry stuff in her stall. HOWEVER, after finding out that we were from Singapore, but mostly due to Hysan being a total aunty-killer, bosslady was so excited and promptly made an exception for us!!! She was also very impressed by Singapore’s cleanliness. But I digress – this sweet and sour fish was not your typical neon orange sauce coated deep fried gunk. The sauce was sweet (not really sour), and I was really impressed by how bosslady and the bossman came up with this sauce from scratch. This was a surprise, unexpected favourite. The fish was soft (I think it was steamed as opposed to deep fried) and with the magic sauce, I think this was interesting, in a great way. I am just very impressed by how bosslady and bossman have no menu and customers can request roughly what they feel like having and bosslady and bossman both decide how to make the best out of the ingredients of the day.

img_3226img_3234 I suppose this is nothing special – steamed scallops with plenty of garlic and glass noodles but it’s been ages since I had it. I am a garlic fiend so I liked this too. Let’s just say I could have warded off an army of vampires after.

img_3232Between the 5 of us we paid about S$40 each per person, which is relatively pricey, objectively speaking – but I think the experience, interaction plus cost of ingredients was well worth the trip to Macau AND the price of the food (and I’ve yet to factor in the labour cost). Plus, I would go back just purely for that crab porridge.

Bosslady had told us that we should have called ahead to make reservations so that she could reserve the best seafood for us. Now we know. I would highly recommend this place – canteen-style seats, in the middle of a wet market, but so much heart poured into the food. It doesn’t get more local / authentic than this.

Thanks for the great day out, Onyee, Hysan & Sarah. Can’t wait to see everyone again!

中国名粥
Address:  1/F., Patane Temporary Market, Avenida Marginal do Patane, Macau

P.S. All these people on Openrice cannot be wrong.

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Hong Kong: Mott 32

I had high expectations for this one – it had been on my to eat list for about a year already and I had read loads of reviews about its famous iberico char siew!

Mott 32 is located at the basement of the Standard Chartered Building, a quick ten minute walk through air conditioned buildings at the cluster of offices at Alexandra House. Mott 32 evokes a Great Gatsby / Roaring 20s feel. It is very cool.

When we got there, the front of house unhelpfully told us she couldn’t find Sarah’s reservation. After 10 minutes of going back and forth, we found that Mott had mistakenly reserved it for 27 April instead of May. Still, they didn’t offer us a seat until we asked to be given a free table. Not a good start…

..but nothing a bit of iberico char siew cannot make better. This slab of char siew was seriously glistening (I kid you not) and because I was in the company of Sarah’s colleagues I couldn’t snatch it all up for myself. I really wanted to. Because it’s iberico, it also happens to be super duper pricey at hkd 350.

I think my favourite was the snapper  spring roll with dill – it’s fried but not too oily, and surprisingly, it works. I’ve never had a fish based spring roll, the taste was v clean on the palate and I felt like I could scarf down 3 more.

The quail egg iberico siew mai was quite a fun surprise with a runny quail egg in the middle. I’ve been told that this is actually a vey traditional dim sum fish, but again, I’ve never tried it! Love quail eggs, love iberico, so I loved this.
Obviously as Mott 32 tries to distinguish itself from other ~modern~ counterparts, the cheung fan (rice roll) has to be unlike the rest. We shared a cod fish cheung fan and honestly I don’t see why dim sum places don’t use fish in their rice rolls. I suppose it also in part is due to cost.

IBecause we dined in a group of 4, and most of the dimsum were in 3s we had to specially request that they serve us in a portion of 4. Mott wasn’t super accommodating on that, and the attitude was pretty brusque. One Michelin or not, this is really quite off putting & in Hong Kong’s competitive dining scene, I might actually choose to spend my money elsewhere, even with that super sick iberico char siew.

Address: Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong

Hong Kong: What I ate while waiting for my next meal

Taking a leaf out of YY’s book to write on the commute to work – anyway it’s been a super long time since I’ve updated, so I might as well.

Hong Kong, as always, is a great city to eat through. I’ve always liked Hong Kong for its efficiency and the food it has to offer. Japanese chains always seem to make Hong Kong one of their first outposts outside Japan, and I obviously made a beeline for them…

1) Bake Cheese Tart

This is everything I expected it to taste like – and more. Most people who have eaten with me would know that I don’t take cheese, but I really can’t get enough of these tarts!!! for cheese haters (like yours truly), this tart is more of a ‘sweet’ than ‘savoury’. It tastes like a Japanese cheesecake baked in a tart. And a pretty damn good cheesecake at that. So light and rich, yet not too rich that one tart is too much. I had it semi warm from the store, which is perfectly fine by me (and yes it is molten!) but I prefer it cold(er) rather than warm. The hype is real people, go get your hands on a cheese tart! Or pay someone to buy you one.

2) Omotesando Koffee

Tokyo’s favourite touristy coffee spot opens in Hong Kong! Situated in the middle of Wan Chai, this space is way bigger than the house they used to operate out of in Omotesando. Coffee’s still the same. Most people get the iced mocha (pictured) but I’m a hot coffee kinda person. Plus when you get a hot coffee you get to pick your beans. The coffee’s still good, strong enough to give a buzz. The kashi which was sold out in Omotesando previously when I went, was in stock this time!

The kashi is a very fancy (read: expensive) square shaped canele. Good though. Also the coffee really cost a bomb: hkd 45-60 if I recall correctly.

3) Oddies Foodies 

Fans of Oddies, rejoice. Our new favourite joint is now easily accessible at Gough Street in Sheung Wan! After a comforting bowl of ngau lam e meen at Kau Kee, swing by for a comforting scoop of gelato. Yes, this is the Oddies that I would not shut up about previously.  The usual suspects like night wolf and the mob are available, but what I got this time round was just a scoop of its bikini wax: lychee / black sesame paste / coconut macaroon icecream. I loved it. Lychee was bold and didn’t get lost like it usually does in the flavours. And black sesame!!! they go so well together.


I’d recommend that people try the drama cones. At hkd 88 per cone, you really do get a massive cone with crazy, incredible flavour pairings – does yogurt gelato, oatmeal raisin cookies, hojicha semifreddo, sesame crumble, and blueberry coulis sound good? I thought so too.

4) Elephant Grounds


I have been eyeing this place since I saw their icecream sandwiches on instagram about a year plus ago. Finally, finally made it here after a long day getting completely soaked in Macau (thanks, typhoon) and having to buy a cardigan in the Venetian because it was freezing  – though I think it turned out to be the best buy of the trip. Anyway, when we got back to HK it was about 8pm and we immediately dashed to Elephant Grounds as the Gough Street branch closes at 9. We made it, with 8 minutes to spare!

Roasted hojicha icecream sandwich with digestive cookies and chocolate popping candy for hkd 60. Kind of wish the hojicha was a bit more pronounced and less milky, but I gotta admit the sandwich was held together quite well. Everything complemented and the popping candy was fun to eat! My only gripe is that it melts too fast (just have to eat faster I suppose!) Available on weekends only at Gough Street & Causeway Bay.

 5) Under Vacuum

Getting here required us to walk about the entire Tsim Sha Tsui underground – it’s really close to TST East MTR station. In the middle of the park, I’d imagine it’d be really pleasant to hang around outdoors in cooler autumn nights.
I had the sous vide beef sandwich with an extra side of scrambled eggs. This sandwich is MESSY, but UV helpfully provides plastic gloves for eating! It’s been ages since I last had an epic sandwich and this was truly worth the hkd 53. Scrambled egg + mustard + beef = can’t go wrong. The beef was the star of the sandwich, as it should be. There were other interesting things on its menu, such as french toast stuffed with nutella and marshmallow, and deep fried stuffed waffles with green tea paste. 10/10 would recommend!

Addresses of everywhere:

Bake Cheese Tart: B2-16,B2, SOGO, 555, 555 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay
Omotesando Koffee: Shop no24-25,G/F., No.200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Lee Tung St
Oddies Foodies: 45 Gough St, Central
Elephant Grounds:
11 Gough Street, Central/Sheung Wan.
Under Vacuum
: Kiosk, Centenary Garden, 63 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East (Exit P2).