Happy Chinese New Year!! Its the Year of the Sheep!

Today is Chinese New Year! Although I’m not the cook when it comes to these things because my mom is the boss.  I just felt like I should share some Chinese New Year decorations.

Since I’m STILL in the midst of moving to my new place.  Final moving date set for March 1st tentatively….but I’m set about 80% positive it’ll happen because I’m plain sick of having my life divided into two.  This year, I had to take care of flower decorations for both places 😉 Sad thing when Valentine’s Day is around the same time is that its incredibly hard to find flowers so I couldn’t find the lilies that I wanted and this year, our flower selection is different from previous years.  Change can be good and it still works out good 🙂

Lets start with my own place’s decorations.  Not quite as abundant and it was taken with my smartphone.

Sorry for the poor lighting.  I didn’t play around with it too much on my phone. Next year, I’m going to get a little more decorations and have earlier prep 🙂

Moving on to my mom’s place,  I didn’t put all the decorations because its literally EVERYWHERE! But here’s a few pictures from last night taken with my DSLR.



Now to wrap up the post, last night’s Chinese New Year Eve dinner with dishes including fish, lotus root, chicken..all having their own good meanings.

Chinese New Year Eve Dinner

Chinese New Year Eve Dinner

Like always, my mom makes the best meal! It was so yummy! 🙂

That’s it for now!

Happy Chinese New Year!

May the Year of the Sheep bring you lots of happiness, awesomeness and success. 

Psst..another Oscar review coming up in the afternoon! Remember to check back! Appreciate it! 😉

Kahaani (2012)

After enjoying a week of having no Netflix expiration (which is seemingly rare), I came upon a few more movies that will be disappearing from Netflix soon (again). I did check out another one before this and I should write that review but its been a while since I’ve reviewed a foreign movie and I was in the mood for it 🙂

This is an Indian thriller called Kahaani.  I remember another blogger (was it you, Meera?) had told me about it a while back and I never got around to it.  Man, did I miss out?

Lets check out a little synopsis.

kahaaniDirector & writer: Sujoy Ghosh

Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

A few weeks ago, Arnab Bagchi goes to Kolkata for a work project at the National Data Centre.  After 2 weeks, he vanishes.  Concerned about his well-being, his pregnant wife Vidya Bagchi travels from London to Kolkata to report him as a missing person.  After reaching many dead ends, one young cop Rana agrees to help her as she hunts down trail after trail leading them to realize that there’s a lot of people going out of their way to make sure she doesn’t get her hands on the information.

I’ve been pretty blessed that I’ve seen mostly good or simply entertaining Indian movies.  Sure, they are kind of peculiar because any sort of genre just can find a reason to break out in song and dance.  Raavan is one that comes to mind.  I’m not even sure if I reviewed it.  It was like this action drama or something.  Imagine the anti-hero (of sorts) supposedly to be all bad ass gets all dancing around and then acting all aggressive and emotionless the next scene.  Anyways, we’re not here to talk about that.  This is the first Indian flick that I’ve seen that does not have any singing or dancing.  Its through and through a thriller and an exceptional one at that.


For an Indian movie bordering the 2 hour mark, it keeps a really good pace.  There are moments where if you pay enough attention to certain details, you might actually catch the twist they are setting up for but I only caught a fraction of the twist, meaning I knew where it was headed but I didn’t quite pinpoint it. Its pretty refreshing to have that experience.  It was an intense experience as I watched this.  I was literally at the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next, where the trail would go and thinking thinking thinking.  Those brain juices were just pumping non-stop. There aren’t just one twist.  It starts off with a little deception that turns out to be just one point that you have to keep remembering.  If you caught it, then you will get where this movie is trying to go.


Other than a well-paced story and clever twists, Kahaani benefits from a group of powerful performances.  The main character, Vidya Bagchi played by Vidya Balan is an actress I haven’t seen before.  Her performance as a pregnant woman trying to hold it together while she searches for her husband and jumping into some pretty intense situations made her into something of a memorable character.  She drives the movies in every direction that it needs to go.  Supporting her are some pretty great roles.  Well, because I can’t spell these actual actor names properly, I’ll just go right ahead and use the character names. First one to really light up to screen in an antagonistic way is the very rude Intelligence Bureau office, Mr. Khan. Oh goodness, this guy literally made me believe that he’s part of this plot and he’s got this hidden agenda and I wanted to beat him up because it was just so mean. See, but thats his role so hey, good job for that.  Not everyone can be the good cop, Rana who you know is totally falling in love with someone he shouldn’t be (aka Vidya).


Another rather smaller role because the screen time isn’t that much is this retired or in hiding National Data Centre Colonel Badpai.  There was this moment where he goes all intense and gives the ultimatum of how he would only get out of retirement if certain circumstances were met. That scene was epic. It was so short but held so much details that would either determine whether you’d get the final twist or not 😉  While the dude in the photo above was pretty creepy also seeing as his role kind of needed him to be scary/creepy/weird depending on the situation. He was a great match.

I’m saying way too much (if you want to check this out). I’m going to shut up about it.

Point is: Kahaani is a very good thriller: great performances, awesome pacing and good twists 🙂 I think the bonus here goes to some of the really sweet music in the background during some parts.  Its not singing or dancing but does remind us of what culture we are watching, but I enjoyed it. It reminded me of the whole 90s Hong Kong pop era matched with the movie theme songs and that was a pretty sweet feeling.

Have you seen Kahaani? Do you watch Indian cinema? 

My Weekly Adventures!

First, a massive THANK YOU to Laurie at Pride in Photos for suggesting to give my weekly personal updates this title 🙂 Now, I don’t need to get all fancy and can just use this lovely simple My Weekly Adventures.  I just learned the whole  acronym of KISS –> Keep It Stupid Simple.  This however is not stupid in any way and its recaps exactly what the weekly posts are about.  Thank you for being so awesomely genius, Laurie! I owe you one! And if you haven’t visited Laurie’s blog Pride in Photos, I advise you to because she is an amazing photographer and I love her posts to bits.

From now on, this segment will now be MY WEEKLY ADVENTURES.  I will add that on the menu some time this week (hopefully tonight).

Lets see what adventures I went on this week 😉

1) Moon Festival!

Moon Festival

Dinner for Midautumn/Moon Festival!

Midautumn Festival

Moon Cake

Last Monday was Midautumn Festival or more commonly known as Moon Festival. Its a time for family and symbolizing the arrival of a new season.  The moon is like a completion of something mostly in the complete family being there and the blessing behind it.  My mom made a delicious dinner and then we had moon cakes later on at night. We even stepped outside for a walk together and to look at the lovely full moon 🙂

2) Another room finished!


Thanks to my boyfriend being super awesome at picking up the pace for painting. Another room in the basement is done 🙂 This color is absolutely adorable and actually turned out way better than I expected! Only 3 more rooms to go and one of them is already in progress.

What do you think of the color?

You think it’ll make you feel energetic? This should eventually be a workout room..haha! So thats kind of important 😉

3) My first Montreal Comiccon!

Montreal Comiccon

On Saturday, I went to my first ever Montreal Comiccon! After finally having to go alone, I ended up spontaneously meeting up with fellow blogger and one of my very awesome girl friend, Day’s on the way to the line-up.  She was there alone as well so we paired up and went together 🙂 Very nice turn of events.  I ended up going to 4 Q&A panels and then checked out some exhibits and took tons of pictures of some awesome costumes.  I’m still shifting through my pictures but the detailed post on that one will go up tomorrow!

I’m totally going again next year.  If there is someone awesome, I would love to go do a photo op.  This year, the photo op was full by the time I decided I would like to dish out the money to do it.  Plus, I’m planning on going to Toronto Comiccon next year if I can arrange my finances and find some friends who would like to road trip with me.

4) Little Finds at Comiccon!

Although I did spend most of my day at Comiccon running back and forth between Q&A panels, we did find time to eventually hit the exhibition hall and check out some merchandise.

Our first find was this Moonglow Jewelry.  The concept behind it is that you can use whatever date you choose.  I chose my birthday and looked up the code for the moon that was on that birth date and it a photograph of the moon on it.  Then you can attach it to either a bracelet or a necklace (in various models).  I eventually chose a bracelet and added on my boyfriend’s moon on his birth date as well.  When you buy this, it give you a little card with a description of the personality of the person born on that moon.  I was born at the 3rd quarter of full moon while my boyfriend is the new moon.  These little charms absorb UV light and at night, they glow in the dark.

Pretty neat, right?

Moonglow jewelry

Moonglow Jewelry

After debating on getting some artwork to decorate my new place, I eventually came across a place, where I bought a T-shirt (which is going to be delivered to me in 2 weeks) from TeeTurtle but they also sold posters and this one caught my eye. The Totoro bus with a bunch of Ghibli characters on board just stole my heart away.


TeeTurtle Posters

Luckily this poster is still in one piece.  This was a free poster from Warner Bros booth celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman.


Warner Bros free poster: 75th anniversary Batman

5) One Day Road Trip to Charlevoix


Along the shore of La Malbaie

After taking a few months to figure out when to do it, my friend and I finally decided to go on a one day drive through Charlevoix to take pictures and see the area.  I’ve already been before with my boyfriend a few years back but when my computer got attacked by a virus, those happened to be the only photos that were not backed up AT ALL.  So this trip was essentially for me to do a reboot of those photos except this time, I have a more powerful camera on hand 😉

I’m still sifting through Comiccon pictures so these ones are the next ones to go through.  This post will go up nearing the end of the week 😉 Prepare for some breathtaking moments!

6) Finds in Charlevoix

Charlevoix SAQ

I love going to different regions and looking at some wine stores because some times they carry some alcohol different from the ones in Montreal. This time, I stopped at the SAQ in La Malbaie before turning around and heading home and found a Rose wine La Rose Gabrielle and a Dry Gin made from herbs called Ungava.  I haven’t tried the gin yet but we did open it to smell (when I got home, of course) and it has a very distinct smell.  I’m intrigued as to what it would taste like 😉

7) Some Funny Moments!

Some of you may have missed my funny moment on TV and the post and that was pretty much the most funniest moment of my summer.  YouTube offers mostly hilarious moments from Ellen Show channel and I’m so happy that its back because it means I get to share those again! This week’s video that cracked me up the most was Channing’s Biggest Fear…

Fears, my friends! No matter how awesome you are, it just destroys you.

8) Awesome Music!

You all know by now (if you’ve followed me a while) that I love Youtube artists or in general, independents artists.  I’ve talked about Sam Tsui, Kurt Schneider and the whole crew.  This time, the spotlight is the extremely talented Daniel de Bourg.  This guy has such an amazing voice.  I love listening to his originals and his covers and its pretty crazy that I haven’t mentioned him yet.  Maybe its because he doesn’t have as many covers come out.

I’ve never heard the original yet so I can’t really compare but I’m liking this one a lot 🙂

Thats it for this week! Life’s adventures just never stop and they almost always give me inspiration for something new to check out.

How was your week or weekend, my lovelies? Happy Monday!

Hong Kong Restaurant: Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Last time I went to Hong Kong, I had praised this restaurant called C-Jade for its Teochew style food located in New Town Plaza. You can read about it HERE.

Unfortunately, it had closed some time during the 1.5 years I was away.  Luckily, in the vicinity there was another one in the same chain but this time specializing in noodles and Soup-filled dumplings. Its called Crystal Jade and located right across from The Spaghetti House.  This was the one where the previous evening we had been waiting on at the same time but didn’t get a seat quick enough. This time, we managed to get a seat relatively quickly.

Here’s what we had to share with each other:

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Vegetable & Meat Buns

Crystal Jade Restaurant

5 Grains Fried Rice with Shrimp and Scrambled Eggs

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Chicken Pot

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Shanghai Ramen


Crystal Jade is pretty good at what it does.  Everything tasted really good.  My favorite in this meal has to go to the 5 grain fried rice.  I’m a huge fan of fried rice but not 5 grains however this one was spot-on tasty.  Healthy and delicious? Count me in any time 😉 I’m definitely going to try to replicate this one in my spare time one of these days!

A few days later, I met up with my soon-to-be-wed cousin and her mom (another aunt), along with my mom for lunch also at Crystal Jade.  The menu doesn’t vary very much between lunch and dinner but with another group, we also got to try something new.  My cousin chose for us.  My aunt was on her vegetarian day of the month so we had to adjust a few dishes to suit her diet that day.

Crystal Jade Restaurant


Crystal Jade Restaurant

Dumplings with Chili Oil on the side

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Taro Pastry

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Soup-filled Dumplings

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Beancurd rolls

Vegetarian Dumplings

Vegetarian Dumplings

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Fried Pumpkin Pastries

For this lunch, the noodles which I can’t remember exactly what was in it was really good.  The soup-filled dumplings were splendid and the best of all was the beancurd rolls.  They were so delicious.  The fried pumpkin and taro had a very good taste but I’ve never been a huge fan of these sort of dishes.

From what I know, Crystal Jade is a chain that specializes on different types of Chinese cuisine.  I enjoyed this one more than the Teochew style or maybe its just my memory fading from the previous experience.  Plus, I love Shanghai cuisine a lot.  This place is really awesome.  The service is decent and its very accessible in New Town Plaza in Shatin.

I had some great foodie memories here 🙂

Have you ever tasted Shanghai cuisine? Are you a fan of dumplings and/or vegetarian food?

Hong Kong: Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

A few days ago, when I was talking about Hong Kong transport and how my family lived at the far ends of subway and train lines, I wasn’t joking.  It takes me more than an hour to get to my grandmother’s place on my dad’s side. They live in this faraway close to countryside area called Lam Tei in the New Territories.

On the first Saturday I was back, we coincidentally had a huge family reunion with relatives that visited from China.  It made for a dim sum meal looking like this one.

Red Seasons Restaurant

Family reunion @ Red Seasons Restaurant

That was just the extreme at dinner, meaning there was a few dishes excluded from this view.  I didn’t mean to exclude it, except its a bit tough when I end up spending time with my little nephews and they are young and obviously attention grabbers.  Red Seasons restaurant however is a chain in Hong Kong and I’ve seen them in various areas in Hong Kong. It has decent food.

It was a beautiful (and extremely hot) day, so we decided to go to visit Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery which is literally situated behind the restaurant with the whole group.  Other than my aunt, no one had actually been to visit before.

Whats interesting about Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery is that it was renewed completely a few years back.  Timeline is uncertain here but it has a traditional section which was the old building and the new building is pretty modernized.  We took the traditional side to enter.

Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

Traditional side of the temple

I’m going to say that Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery (very much like other monasteries) have done a good job with the surroundings.  This one is smaller but it still has a very nice atmosphere.  It has a mini waterfall with ponds full of koi.

Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

Pond full of koi

It has a little rock structure where you can walk around in

Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

Rock structures

Its walkways are lined with desert roses.

Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

Desert roses

The older part of the temple is adorned with gold posts and looks really intricate.  Although it definitely does show its age since it looks a bit worn out here and there, it does hold a certain beauty as well.

Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

Older side of the temple

Walking over to the newer side, we find that its literally a white building.  You have take an elevator to go up to the top.  Up there, it is a walk around the Buddha to be blessed.  Even if you don’t believe in that, you can pretty much look at the awesome scenery.

Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

The view on top on one side.

Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

Looking over the older temple

Other than the view, the first attraction is the few golden Buddhas located inside the hall.  I had to take the picture outside because it bothers some people to take a picture inside where people are praying so this really zoomed in..

Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

As you walk around, in the back they have a little wheel to turn. Its supposed to bring some sort of blessing, I think. There’s my nephew attempting to turn the wheel.

Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

I’m not really that knowledgeable to a huge extent of Buddhism. I get the general idea and I like to view it as a philosophy to a better mindset to have a more positive way of life.  If you read both Taoist and Buddhism literature, it has a really calming effect. I’m still learning about it bit by bit.

That’s it for temples/monasteries and religion 😉 We’ll be getting back to food very soon!

Hong Kong: Man Mo Temple

Going to Hong Kong by myself would require a lot of planning.  Except this time, I didn’t really think much of it.  Maybe it was because work was so busy up to the last minute or that I just knew I had some family stuff to help out with and wasn’t sure how much time I had.  However, when daily plans are made and something spontaneously happens that you’ve wanted to do and didn’t really expect it to does actually happen, its a pretty awesome feeling.

My mom and I was taking a nice walk through Central in search of a store and we get to these stairs that I’ve always wanted to go to.

Thats the first spontaneous event. Unfortunately, I don’t really have a good picture for it.  Thats what happens when I’m too lazy to carry my DSLR around even though I did carry it all the way from Canada.  I know, silly, right?

Central Hong Kong

Up the slope

Moving right along, after we go up those steps/slope, we reached this street that we turn onto that eventually dives into the section nicknamed as Antique Street because it has store after store of antique stores with a lot of treasures to look at and take home if you’re willing to pay the price.  From furniture to paintings and ceramics, it all is hidden right here.  Its a pretty nice treat to see all this.

However, I’m not really going to focus on that.  I just bought a house so I don’t have the money for antiques and can you imagine shipping mega heavy ancient furniture back? That would be pretty pricey, and well, lets just say I’m  more of a modern/contemporary style person.

Still, I’m really into looking at temples.  Back in 2009, when I vacationed with my friend to Hong Kong, he built an itinerary consisting of a lot of temples.  We had to take a few off eventually due to time constraints.  This one that I saw is called Man  Mo Temple.  This temple worships the God of Literature and God of War.  Its essentially a must if you are a student because its asking for blessings for better position in your future. In ancient times, it was more related to achieving an administrative role but still, I think it works.  My mom told me to ask for a blessing for a better job.  Haha! Never hurts to try, right? 😉

This temple situated in an interesting area because if you did the path I went, you’d have felt like you travelled through time because I got out of the subway and I surfaced in modern downtown Hong Kong with tall skyscrapers all around and then walking up that slope, it was amazing see the ancient stuff popping up in store windows and then this temple is just another different world.

Temples are normally distinct in their own ways.  Whether its the God thats in there or the set up but there’s one thing thats always there: incense. I’m babbling now, but here it is. Its a temple so no pictures of the God itself especially but in general, I try to dial down on the photo crazy phase because some people find it disrespectful.

Man Mo Temple

The entrance of Man Mo Temple

Going right inside, you step into a middle section with rows of lanterns.  Under them is tagged with a little piece of paper and on it are people who visit the temple and their wishes.  I’m guessing a lot of them will be related to success in some form, perhaps.  Just taking a guess 😉

Man Mo Temple

Lanterns & Wishes

Above is a scene I’ve been wanting to see forever and thats this one:

Man Mo Temple

Spirals of incense hanging above

Isn’t that impressive? I always thoughts this is one of the most beautiful setting for a picture (other than nature).  Inside of those, are also little wishes on the red papers. I believe what happens is that when the incense finishes burning, your blessing is complete.

Leaving Man Mo Temple, my mom and I ventured back home slowly as we skimmed through the buildings in Central and finally deciding to head to Causeway Bay to find a store that I wanted to check out, which apparently had closed. Still, on our way, we found this little area in front of a building.  Don’t ask me the exact location because I don’t remember.


Bulls in Central

Is this possibly the Hong Kong version of New York’s bull? Haha! I thought it was pretty cool plus it does make sense in the working environment.

That was one of the few days on my trip that I ventured into the Hong Kong Island and the busy working world. You will see that I spent most of my time in the Kowloon and New Territories area 🙂

Have you ever visited temples? Do you like to learn about other cultures and history?

Hong Kong Restaurant: Din Tai Fung at New Town Plaza

As you will soon see, I spent a lot of time in New Town Plaza and the Shatin area of Hong Kong as I lived really close by plus my grandmother’s nursing home was nearby as well.  It made for a lot of lunches and dinners there.  Its not a bad thing because most of the food was pretty great.

For lunch one day, my cousin, aunt, my mom and me all went to have lunch at Din Tai Fung located in New Town Plaza tucked away in the corner.  Din Tai Fung is a popular food chain originated from Taiwan (I believe) and its known for its Soup-filled steamed dumplings.  I’m a huge fan of those dumplings specifically and since this is the best of the best, lets just say I was really excited to try this place out.

For starters, we ordered some small platters, well, everything actually is pretty small since its somewhat gourmet food.

Din Tai Fung Shatin

Marinated Pork, Spicy meat dish, Bitter melons and Green Beans dishes

You would be surprised but the bitter melon was marinated really well.  And the pork on the top was pretty delicious as well.  I’ve actually tasted better green beans done that way in Toronto.  As for the dish at the far left, it was spicy so I had to pass 😉

Moving right along, we have the main attraction: Soup-filled steamed dumplings.

Din Tai Fung Shatin

Soup-filled steamed pork dumplings

Keeping it simple: I loved them so much! 🙂 Very much to my liking!

This next one is actually very similar in concept to the top. Its a bit like the dim sum shrimp dumplings (“har gow”) but I remember it having a bit of soup in it too.  Here’s how they look like:

Din Tai Fung Shatin

Shrimp dumplings

These actually had a really nice spin to the normal shrimp dumplings.  I’d say that I still prefer the real deal. Maybe I’m traditional like that.

Next up was a dish I could not eat because it was drenched in chili oil.  I don’t know if thats actually the name but apparently its simply called Dumplings in Chili Oil.

Din Tai Fung Shatin

Dumplings in Chili Oil

This meal was fantastic.  I loved the restaurant and if I had the chance, I’d definitely go back when I head to Hong Kong again.

I know that Din Tai Fung is located in many places.

Have you heard of it or tasted the food? Do you like Chinese cuisine?

Had enough of dim sum and restaurants in Hong Kong yet? We’re going to take a little break tomorrow and do some sightseeing 😉

Hong Kong Restaurant: Sharp Star Restaurant

Eating out a lot on vacation is normal, even if we have a place to stay. In Hong Kong, when you have a big group, its generally better to just go out because the space is so tight in the living quarters.

After the outing at Citygate Outlets, me, my mom and her friends ended up spending the entire day running around town.

At the end of the day, we stopped at Sham Shui Po to check out some technology products and to compare prices.

When my mom’s best friend joined us afterwards for a short while, she took us to a rather popular restaurant located in that area right by the subway exit of Sham Shui Po.  This lovely restaurant is called Sharp Star.

Sharp Star is hidden in an alley behind stalls located in front of it but welcoming you in the entrance are snippets of newspapers (if I remember correctly) and pictures of popular Hong Kong stars that went there to dine.

We went at a fairly early dinner time so the place was empty.  As we sat down, the waiter was funny and very nice as he helped us make our choices for the meal.  The service was pretty impressive.

First up, we had the chef’s invention on Fried Spare Ribs with the taste of plum and this other Chinese ingredient that I don’t know how to translate.


Sharp Star Restaurant

Next up, we have this Soy Sauce Chicken but its with this soy sauce which is supposed to be like the first batch making it more premium or high quality or something like that.

Sharp Star Restaurant

“Premium” Soy Sauce Chicken

I love chicken and one of my fave ways is eating it after its been simmered in soy sauce.  This one was mega delicious 🙂 The chicken was so tender and even the soy sauce wasn’t all that salty.  I wonder what else they put in there 😉

Following that, my mom’s friend had gone out to pick out a lovely fresh fish.  We took the simple option and decided to have steamed fish.

Sharp Star Restaurant

Steamed Fish

Don’t ask me what type of fish because I seriously cannot remember anymore.  I really should jot down notes while I travel at restaurants.

I can’t remember if there was another dish, maybe plain veggies.  I just can’t because I don’t have a picture of it but its rare we eat out without any veggies included.

Moving on, our last one was a little bonus from the waiter with a little fried dessert.

Sharp Star Restaurant


I believe they had some taro paste inside but I don’t quite know and didn’t ask because the restaurant was getting busy. It was pretty good also.

I totally recommend Sharp Star Restaurant. It has some creative and delicious meals. The service is fantastic and…its just awesome!

I had really wanted to go again before I left but I never got the chance….

Here’s hoping  next time it will still be there and I can try some more awesome dishes 🙂

Is there a restaurant that you ate at while travelling that gave you an unforgettable dining experience?

Hong Kong Restaurant: Federal Palace at Citygate Outlets

More dimsum! Yay!

The next day was an outing with my godmother and my mom’s friends from  Montreal at Federal Palace Restaurant in Citygate Outlets located in Tung Chung.  All according to plan because I get to see family and go shopping afterwards.  I usually like to go to Esprit (especially since its stopped operations in Canada) and then go around and check out some of the other clothing outlets.

Still, for our brunch-esque sort of meal, we ordered a bunch of food.

While we were waiting for my mom’s friends to arrive, and I’m telling you travelling around Hong Kong is a bitch. But that only applies when its for my relatives that live in the most secluded places. Like end stations at every subway or train line and I have family there or some business or other there. Regardless, I had already been to Federal Palace two times before in previous visits and I really like the food.

I have to say that Federal Palace wasn’t quite as good this time around.  I used to love their Steamed Pork Dumplings but they weren’t as good this time.  However, the fried turnip cakes are actually really good.  They put something in it that gives it a little flare.  Plus, the Shrimp Dumplings were really decent as well.

Federal Palace has decent service plus although its a bit on the outskirts, it does have a very optimal position.  Citygate outlets has a lot of stores to offer and honestly, if you went to all the stores, it would take you two days.  I went for a few hours skimming Esprit, Giordano, Nike, Adidas, Puma and ended up getting myself some nice clothes and accessories.  It was pretty cool.  Its also good I left after a few hours because if not, I’d be flat out broke 😉 If you aren’t into outlet shopping, its also right next to Ngong Ping 360 where you can take the cable cars to Lantau Island.

Do you like outlet shopping? What are the best outlets you’ve been to? 

Hong Kong Restaurant: Yuet Hin

Welcome to Hong Kong week everyone! I took yesterday to sit down and arrange all my pictures. Actually it wasn’t a lot but you know, time is scarce and all that.  So, let’s start!

Leaving on June 2nd and with a transfer in Vancouver, I arrived in Hong Kong a tad earlier than scheduled.  Taking it easy on the first night, I went to bed early and ended up waking up a few times.  Its normal for jetlag.  It is a 12 hour difference.  Waking up early also means that my aunt, my mom and I went out to eat dim sum for breakfast at this restaurant called Yuet Hin.

I love Dim sum in Hong Kong.  I don’t eat it in Montreal so when I go there, I’m very enthusiastic to try it all the time.

Yuet Hin was my aunt’s recommendation and it has some very nice twists and somewhat Asian fusion style in its menu. Its located in Tai Wai.  Here’s what we ordered for breakfast.

Yuet Hin

Shao Mai

Yuet Hin

BBQ Pork and Corn Rice Noodle Rolls

Yuet Hin


Yuet Hin

Fried Rice with Egg

Let me tell you: this place is so good.  The best is that fried rice there.  Its actually Fried rice in Taiwanese style.  Plus, I was never much of a congee person but man, that one was so delicious 🙂

Yuet Hin was such a delight that we went back the day that I left for breakfast dim sum again and tried some more dishes.

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Preserved Fish and Chicken rice

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Dough Fritter Rice Noodle Rolls

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Beef Rice Noodle Rolls

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Shrimp Dumplings (can’t remember the exact name)

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BBQ pork buns, Sticky Rice and Teochew style dumplings

On the second time, we had one of my mom’s friends who live nearby joining us so we ordered more food.  I’d have to say that they do have really crunch dough fritters rolls.  Those are absolutely amazing.  The Teochew dumplings are quite tasty as well.  I’m always a huge fan of dumplings and this one was very good.

Yuet Hin is a winner for me.  Its a really good restaurant.  There is one little downside to it and that happens sometimes in Hong Kong restaurants is that you get seated with other people on a big table in order to increase the flow of business.  It might bother some people as you end up dining with strangers in a way.  However, it is part of the experience.

Do you like dim sum? Have you tried any of these dishes before?

P.S. You will soon realize my trip includes A LOT of eating this time.  Drop by if you’d like to see more 😉