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Hong Kong continued – dinner + dim sum part II

February 24th, 2009 · 14 Comments · Uncategorized

Here is a second installment of our Hong Kong adventures.  I have so many pictures, it took me an hour just now just to sort them and upload a few for your viewing pleasure.  There is just so much to share and so little time to do it in.  I’m glad you guys are enjoying reading this.  It was so cool to wake up to all of your comments this morning and see that me taking a little time during our vacation is definitely appreciated.  With that said, let’s get to it.  We have dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant in just a little over an hour :)

So after an hour long nap on Sunday, my husband woke up more tired than ever.  We contemplated skipping dinner and just going to bed early, but the idea of waking up in the middle of the night, wide awake just did not seem appealing.  Finally we dragged ourselves out of our cozy hotel room and headed to the Times Square in Causeway Bay, HK…. just a 5 minute walk from our hotel.  Times Square has a huge mall with fancy shops and lots of restaurant options.  Did I mention how many shopping malls there are here?  I think I may have.  It’s crazy!  Most buildings are skyscrapers, and they have either a shopping mall, a bank or a hotel on the first few floors.  I’m not complaining 😉

So we read good reviews about Hunan Garden but next door Wu Kong Shanghai Restaurant caught our eye, and it was a little cheaper and the decor was a little more modern, so we decided to try it instead.  Not sure if the other place would have been better after all, but we enjoyed our food, so I guess that’s all that counts :)

Upon being seated, we were promptly served this little plate of veggies + some hot sauce.  I was starving and devoured almost the whole thing (I think it was kind of like broccoli rabe with Asian flavors).

veggie freebies

The menu had some enticing looking pictures and the Chinese eggplant particularly caught my eye.  Unfortunately they ran out of eggplant for the night.  Hate when that happens :(  So my husband and I decided to share 2 dishes: chicken with red chili peppers and mixed vegetables.

chicken with red chilis

mixed vegetables

The chicken tasted just like kang pao chicken in US Chinese restaurants.  Very yummy – I had maybe 1/3?  The veggies were in a wonderful sauce.  This is mostly different varieties of mushrooms, carrots + another veggie I couldn’t quite recognize.  I ate a good amount of this dish + some steamed rice.

And then my sweet tooth kicked in but we were too tired to look for bakeries.  Thankfully I had a beautiful box of Vosges truffles waiting for me in our hotel room 😀

Vosges truffles

Aren’t these gorgeous?!!

Vosges truffles box

I started with the Budapest truffle – (from the card included in the box) – influences of Hungary bring about this dark chocolate truffle.  A combination of dark chocolate and paprika infused fresh cream is finished with a dusting of sweet Hungarian paprika.  The perfect complement to a spicy Cuban cigar. I didn’t taste much of the paprika and no Cuban cigars were enjoyed with this truffle, but it was fabulous!  Creamy and chocolaty – amazing!

Paprika truffle

Next up – Viola trufflesparkling purple violets are used by the French to decorate their special gateaux.  In the French way, our creamy, milk chocolate truffle is topped with a purple violet and Voila! Oh yeah, this was good stuff!  I think I’ve developed a new obsession with truffles 😀

Violet Vosges truffle


I started the morning with another 2 cookies from our gift box.  So yummy!

Wing Wah cookies

And then we headed to the City Hall Maxim’s Palace for dim sum.  This place is famous for their dim sum, and yes, it’s located right inside the City Hall of HK!  I told you they love putting malls and restaurants inside almost every single building – apparently govt buildings included :)

It took us nearly 30 minutes to find the place after getting of the Metro, but it was definitely worth it!  Another great thing about dim sum is that you can eat nearly seconds away after sitting down… and eat we did!  Here are pictures of all the stuff we tried (scroll over for descriptions).  The stuff was to die-for.  Love love love dim sum!

chicken rice in lotus leaf

chicken rice inside of lotus leaf

shrimp in glutenous rice

minced beef balls

The balls above I didn’t touch because my husband said they were full of onions.  Eww :)

steamed shrimp dumplings

beef "spring rolls"

fried shrimp rolls

I snapped this photo to show you how gorgeous the space is… definitely palace-like 😀

Adam + Maxim's Hall decor

And this little ball, I have no idea what it is, but a couple at a table next to us shared it with me.  I loved it.  Adam didn’t (and our neighbors didn’t either- that’s why they gave me a taste).  The mystery veg was mushy inside. Anyone knows what it is?

fried vegetable ball

K, I gotta run!  I’m off to a dinner that will surely will inspire a great post! :)

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14 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lara

    So awesome! In my family we call the first dish “doung,”–my grandmother makes them like once a year and it’s a huge deal! She puts all sorts of goodies in them like Chinese sausage. The last one, I belive it is a kind of turnip. I don’t know the Chinese name. My dad would always just say “it’s a Chinese potato!” to get me to eat them 😉
    Thank you so much for taking the time in your vacation to blog. I for one am really, really enjoying it!

  • #2 - HangryPants

    All of the trip pictures have looked wonderful so far! I hope you’re having an amazing time!!!!

    The truffles are the cutest. 😀

  • #3 - Ashley

    the mystery veg is TARO! i LOVEEE thoseeeee :) aren’t they delicious, and theyre purple inside haha and i love your sticky rice too. ah i need some Dim Sum NOW

  • #4 - K

    Haha – mystery thing! That restaurant looks absolutely stunning! Those truffles sound divine :)

    Keep having fun!!

  • #5 - Lauren

    I think reading your vacation posts is becoming one of the highlights of my blog-reading time! We’re all living vicariously through you :)

  • #6 - rhodeygirl

    i have been LOVING these updates! keep them coming!

  • #7 - Katie

    OMG – everything looks amazing! I am so jealous! Stateside you missed a delivery of Nutella cookies to your office today…but you’re getting much better eats!

  • #8 - Jasmine (Sweet and Fit)

    your trip looks like so much fun! and truffles waiting for you when you get back?!? so jealous !

  • #9 - Sharon

    Oh wow, love your eats! You should definitely try some street eats, but of course, you have to have a strong stomach.. lol

    • #10 - Elina

      Ashley, you were totally right – it was taro! I don’t know why I didn’t think of that :)
      Katie, hope everyone enjoyed the cookies. I had an Asian one instead 😀
      Sharon, we finally had some street food tonight. I’ll be sure to write about it soon (I’m so behind!).
      All, I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts. We’re leaving for Singapore tomorrow. I’ll try to do another quick recap before we check out!

  • #11 - sister inna

    ive still never had dim sum– looks like ive really been missing out. oh yeah, feel free to bring back a box of those cookies for me ;D

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  • #13 - Fel

    Ashley’s right! It’s taro!

    I’m going to Asia soon too– and can’t wait!

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