Travel With Ysabel: Hong Kong (Dine With Ysabel special)

With Hong Kong’s cuisine, ‘eats’ all good. ūüėõ

One must not simply travel to navigate far off places but also to satisfy bellies with different cuisines and tastes. ūüėõ It was a blessing that I was assigned to review Hong Kong’s food here and there since the food I ate were burnt and compensated by the amount miles and kilometers I walked per day, so basically it’s a win-win situation for my part. ūüėČ

The Michelin Guide merits¬†“stars” to deserving restaurants. These restaurants, from fine dining to street stall food, have acclaimed¬†excellence for their distinction¬†in variety and quality of their local cooking.¬†Two stars recognizes its excellence while three marks that this certain restaurant is worth travelling to.

✩✩✩ Le Salon de Joel Robuchon
This restaurant in IFC Mall deserves its 3 star rating for its divine French cuisine. It also garnered the Wine Spectator’s “Grand Award” back in 2010. I chose their sparkling sweet wine Veuve Clicquot and true to its name, I instantly¬†savoured sweetness upon first sip, which frankly was a tab bit too sweet for me. I ordered Les spaghetti aux champignons avec son ceuf poch√© et Parmesan (mixed mushroom spaghetti with soft poached egg and Parmesan cheese) as my main dish. It left me full. However, their deserts were too irresistible not to try so I ordered not just one, but two! The La Tarte Au Caramel Sal√© (salted caramel tart) and the Le Chou √† la Creme (cream puff) were recommended by their staff and are the sweetest (pun intended!) and closest I could get to a home I found in France during my exchange last year. Feasting on Chef Joel Robuchon’s specialties tastes just as delightful as *attempting* to pronounce all the dishes in French.
Tip: With fine dining restaurants such as these, it’s best to book early or call for a reservation, especially during special days such as holidays. I visited during Father’s Day and I was in luck that there weren’t much people when I dropped by!
Address: Shop 401, 4/F, The Landmark, 16 Des Voeux Road Central, Central Hong Kong
How to get there:  MTR Central Station, Exit G
Opening/Closing Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8 am – 10 pm
Contact: (852) 2166 9000

Look at all that cream.

‚ú©‚ú© Yat Lok Restaurant
Boasting of the best roast duck¬†in Hong Kong, it took me a couple of turns here and there within the uphill streets to find the¬†two star Michelin rated restaurant.¬†The small spaced eatery¬†surprisingly did not have a long queue as I expected since many of their visitors go for their roast duck (and I was one of them). Service is quick and swift but I admit I was quite disappointed with the servants’ treatment. Say, if an incoming party is larger than yours and there are spare seats available next to where you sit, the servants will persuade¬†you to leave immediately once you’re finished eating or move to another table. Other times when I asked to place my order or ask for something, they would frown or scoff at me. ūüôĀ Nonetheless, the roast duck was truly the treat, it was good.
Address: G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Hong Kong, China
How to get there: MTR Blue Line to Central; turn right after the huge Adidas Store.
Opening/Closing Hours:  10 am Р9 pm
Contact: (852) 2524 3882

Hello Kitty Chinese Restaurant
If you read my Hello Kitty Jet Plane¬†post, you would know how much of a Hello Kitty fan I am! I took advantage of travelling alone to visit the restaurant of my favorite English cat (yep, Hello Kitty is English but was created by a Japanese). There were Hello Kitty Caf√©s¬†in SM Megamall and SM North EDSA about a decade ago but it closed, and are bound to open again soon in The Block and UP Town Center (aghhh yesss!!!).¬†The interior, decoration and ambiance are¬†all marked with Hello Kitty’s cute face, even food shaped as it is – which were too adorable to eat. There is also a souvenir shop right beside it where you can purchase dolls, novelties and wine.
Tip: Ask for an English menu! They have a Chinese and English version, and don’t miss out on snapping photos of their cute meat buns or siopaos. They’re #instaworthy! ūüėČ
Address: Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Rd, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
How to Get There: Exit Jordan of the red/Tsuen Wan line (MTR)
Opening/Closing Hours: 11 am Р3:30 pm; 6 pm Р10 pm
Contact: (852) 8202 8203

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Hong Kong’s Street Food
One of the best ways to try local cuisine is through their street food. Many of these can be found practically around Hong Kong but these mostly abound in the areas of Mong Kok and Causeway Bay. I visited the huge food stall of Ying Heong Yuen in Tsim Sa Tsui which offered more than 15 different kinds of dishes on sticks, styrocups or wrapped in paper. Its¬†variety of street food will surely give you a food coma within the next couple of minutes or an hour, tops. ūüėõ¬†You can also purchase beverages within the area but I would recommend milk tea! Gong Cha Milk Tea was first established in Hong Kong ten years ago and is considered a street food/drink favorite by many locals. They are open up to 3 in the morning, so if you’re up for a midnight snack run, this is your best bet!
Tip: These are served in huge chunks and sizes, so come by with an empty stomach! In fact, I got four different kinds of food for dinner and even had leftovers for breakfast the following day.
Address: Jaffe Road cor. King Lung Street, Causeway Bay
How To Get There: Exit Causeway Bay of the blue/Chai Wan line (MTR), then walk to Cannon Street which is about a kilometer away.
Opening/Closing Hours: 7 am – 3 am

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Food Collage
What I had (clockwise):
Waffle (BEST RECOMMEND)
Bacon Sausage
Curry Vegetarian
Siomai with Beef Balls (I am allergic to fish)

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What do you think of these food finds? Book your next trip to Hong Kong by downloading the ‚ÄėMy Hong Kong Guide‚Äô, available on Apple and Andoid devices, and check out http://discoverhongkong.com to learn more about Hong Kong and¬†its delicious food!

Special thanks to Hong Kong Tourism Board and Las Palmas Tours and Travels for making this trip possible!
(BTW, Las Palmas Tours and Travel’s got group and discounted rates so drop by their website or Facebook page from time to time to grab ’em!)