posted: Mar. 22, 2009
I've never been to Korea to partake of authentic Korean cuisine in its natural habitat. I have, however, lived for many years in a heavily Korean neighborhood in Beijing. It was there I learned to first tolerate, subsequently love, and finally crave Korean food, becoming familiar with a few ...more »
posted: Mar. 21, 2009
With a brand name that ranges from mildly to patently offensive depending on your sensibilities, The Flying Pan is a Hong Kong diner specializing in western-style breakfast with just a hint of cultural insensitivity.
At best I would say that it's not particularly generous to mock folks who speak ...more »
posted: Mar. 14, 2009
Last night I had dinner outside of my usual stomping grounds with a local friend who wanted to celebrate the end of the week. He had been eager to try a new Italian restaurant that opened recently near his neighborhood, Café Roma.
The menu was slightly more upscale than the ...more »
posted: Mar. 13, 2009
Libraries in general have always been favorite places of mine. Every time I visit a new city I make a point of visiting the library of the largest university in town, or the municipal library if there is one.
My first visit to the Hong Kong central library six years ...more »
posted: Mar. 12, 2009
This afternoon I visited Lan Fong Café in Causeway Bay during its lunch hours.
Lan Fong is about as working class as any restaurant in the neighborhood gets. This small diner has daily lunch and tea specials that are served in disappointingly shoddy thin aluminum service reminiscent of college cafeterias ...more »
posted: Mar. 09, 2009
One of the challenges of making a restaurant directory site is that prices do not stay stable and are therefore not terribly useful even one or two years after they are published. After spending about two months in Hong Kong I can at least offer what I think is a ...more »
posted: Mar. 08, 2009
Over the weekend I happened to be in Central two nights in a row. The first night, before coming back to Causeway, my friend suggested that we stop by a Lebanese cafe for a late snack. And so I was introduced to the Beyrouth Cafe.
Beyrouth serves up staple Middle ...more »
posted: Mar. 07, 2009
Tonight I met up with two friends at a noodle restaurant in Wanchai called Wing Wah Noodles. It was a relatively small place on the north side of Hennessey Road, which is one of the big main drags on Hong Kong Island. I got there late, so sadly they had ...more »
posted: Mar. 05, 2009
I had heard the Brunch Club in Causeway Bay mentioned often enough as a possible destination for, yes, brunch on Sundays. I thought a pre-Brunch scouting mission for lunch during the week might be in order, so I walked over today at lunchtime to check it out.
The neighborhood, which ...more »
posted: Mar. 04, 2009
Part of daily life in Hong Kong, I am assured by veteran expatriates, is bargain hunting. Time-sensitive discounts, micro-value up selling, and all manner of garden-variety nickle and diming have long since graduated from marketing tactic to full-fledged way of life for businesses of all stripes. Restaurants of course are ...more »
posted: Mar. 03, 2009
I met a friend for dinner in Windsor House Mall this evening in Causeway Bay. He had some errands to run upstairs and I was absolutely, positively, ravenously hungry. I wandered around the surprisingly Apple-heavy technology shops for half an hour waiting, literally in pain from hunger. I was seriously ...more »
posted: Mar. 02, 2009
The population size and density of Hong Kong more or less dictate that a significant number of folks will be looking for a meal or a snack at any hour of the day. Mix in a culture of small delicate dishes served individually, add a dash of entrepreneurial spirit and ...more »
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