Food Review: C-Jade Kitchen

Back to back food reviews are awesome, right? Don’t worry, I do have some good food to share with everyone and its an actual meal that I enjoyed a lot.  This restaurant is a chain throughout Asia actually.  This one was located at New Town Plaza in Shatin.  On Sunday, I went to this restaurant with my mom, aunt and uncle and also cousin after visiting grandma.  The lunch there was scrumptious.  This restaurant is called C-Jade Kitchen.  It focuses on Cantonese and Teochew cuisine.

Seeing as we have a bigger group of people, we also ordered more food to share.

Congee: This is a type that was originated from fisherman’s village with peanuts, fish pieces and lean meat and green onions

Soy Sauce Chicken and Barbecued Pork with Rice.

I didn’t show the rice because I’m sure most of you have seen steamed rice.

Scrambled Eggs and Shrimp Noodles

Fried Rice Noodle Roll with Soy Sauce

Teochew style Sweet and Sour Fried Noodles

This one was a pretty interesting experience because the noodles are crunchy but you have to pour a bit of vinegar on top and then add a little bit of sugar and mix it before you eat.  Its a pretty interesting taste, in a very good way.

Looks familiar? Yes, its black sesame paste but this time its with Tofu Pudding (thats what Wikipedia calls it in English)

This place was a great eating experience.  I haven’t had actual Teochew style meal before so the noodles were a really wonderful experience.  As weird as the combination may seem, it tasted really good and I’d gladly eat more of it if I had the chance.  The dessert was good as always.  I’m not a big fan of congee but this one was really tasty.  I think this style suits my taste.  The noodles and Rice Noodle Rolls were also quite yummy.  Everything was even better because it tasted just right.  I usually have the problem of how restaurant food puts too much sugar or MSG or oil.  At this restaurant, I didn’t feel it as much.

Have you tried any of these foods before somewhere around? Which do you like? I need to start looking into which to try to make. It should be fun!

Food Review: Hong Kong Desserts

Right after Lamma Island and looking at the nightview in Hong Kong and taking a stroll around busy Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday night, my mom and I headed back home.  My mom had told me about how just around the corner, her and her best friend had discovered a lot of dessert shops.  Chinese dessert shops do not exist in Montreal.  I have been to one in Toronto before.  I love Chinese desserts and its amazing to eat it outside.  A lot of times it consists of pastes or sweet soups or made with glutinous rice or its with some sort of soy product like tofu.

We ended up going this one.  I saw a whole article on how it had won an award for being the best dessert place in 2011 or 2012.  I don’t remember exactly.  This dessert place didn’t have an english name though.

So for your reference, here is the actual link of the restaurant but its in chinese mostly.  I would deduct that perhaps its called Friends Dessert as the English name.

http://www.friendsdessert.com/aboutus.html

But for better reference, this link should give you the actual site of the restaurant that I went to and then the bottom one is the one that have all the other chains if it does interest you to try it out.

I went to this one: http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=51597

This is where all the chains can be found: http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/sr1.htm?chain_id=10000675&region=0

The decor was pretty nice too.  The service was a bit not as good as expected.  This restaurant had a lousy group of waiters who seemed like they didn’t really want to be there in the first place.  But okay, we got service and we managed to get a decent spot and pretty quick service after that.

I ordered a Black Sesame Paste with Rice Balls with Peanut filling. What this is is Black sesame grinded into little bits and add a bit of sugar and you get black sesame paste, thats my general understanding of it at least.  It becomes a pasty liquid sweet soup. I love it! This tasted pretty good.  It wasn’t too sweet and the texture was smooth.

My mom ordered Beancurd with Gingko Sweet Soup with Rice Balls with Black Sesame Filling. Okay, let me say that again.  She ordered Rice Balls with Peanut filling but they mixed up the order and we didn’t bother to change it.  Nonetheless, she said that it tasted good.  So she didn’t complain about it, which is always a plus when she enjoys her food.

Then we shared a Mango Glutinous Rice Rolls. These rolls were okay.  The mango in the roll was sour as hell.  It was crazy sour, maybe its because I ate my sweet soup first.  Still, I love anything with glutinous rice and coconut shreds.

 

This place was quite good.  I’m not exactly sure if they have an award that this chain was the one they evaluated it with. The only downfall of this place was the service.  It was pretty nice to see the open kitchen next to us and the beautiful crystal lights lighting up the cozy restaurant.  The desserts had a lot of variety and some were pretty unique.  I stuck with the traditional though because I can’t get this in restaurants back home and they were delicious. I think its worth a try if you are ever in Hong Kong and walk past one of these.