Monday, March 26, 2018

Revisiting Hui Lau Shan Desserts in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Despite the gnawing chill that day, the fambam braved the 11 degrees celsius temp to visit my fave desserts bar, Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts. It might be ironic, to say the least, but the best way to beat the cold weather is by eating cool stuff as well.


I have to credit my dear Gyu Hye Sun who portrayed Geum Jandi in Boys Over Flowers for that nugget of wisdom. While filming one of my all time fave K-Dramas, she was asked how she dealt with the freezing temperature and she answered matter-of-factly, "By eating ice." 

                                       Second Time's a Charm @ Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Hong Kong


That rather interesting "nugget of wisdom" led us to improvise a little by pairing the proverbial ice with fruit royalty such as mango in all its glorious forms- pureed, sliced, and even frozen.  

                                                                                                                                                 Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Hong Kong


Jumbo Mango Chewy Ball (Below HKD 75)

Here's the dessert "that launched a thousand ships" so to speak. Transcendent in a pool of delectably sweet mango puree, my fave dessert is dotted with chewy rice balls, mango slices and topped with mango ice cream. Believe me, this is simply glorious! I'm not exaggerating if I told you that I even heard Handel's 'Hallelujah Chorus' at first bite; well, technically, it's my 2nd for I had this same dessert 8 years ago.

NO matter how many times I have this variant, it NEVER gets old!

                                                                                                                     Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Hong Kong


See? Even my dear fambam gave the thumbs up! 



Stewed Milk in Coconut with Oats (Between HKD 69 and HKD 86)

Another way to combat the cold weather is to take in something hot. A couple of the fambam did just that by ordering oats in coconut milk served in a creatively reproduced coconut husk.

                                                                                                          Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Hong Kong

This particular dessert variant was highly recommended by the staff as a natural insulator against the persistent cold weather. Tutapel all bundled up is living proof to the chill, man! 

                                                                                                         Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Hong Kong


NO matter the weather, I found the desserts at Hui Lau Shan incredibly refreshing and comforting. For me there's no better dessert than something with mango as the "Lead Actor for a Mini Series or Television Film"! 

                                                                                                            Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Hong Kong

It's worth mentioning that we came back a couple more times to Hui Lau Shan just to satiate my mango craving.

                                                                                                                Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Hong Kong


Double Mango (HKD 39)

We turned to their refreshing drinks on these occasions and developed a penchant for their Double Mango Drink without any add-ons just so we could enjoy the star fruit even more.

                                                                                                    Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Hong Kong
           

Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Additional Menu:


                                                                                                                  Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Hong Kong

In all honesty, I feel that a trip to Hong Kong won't be complete without stopping by this popular dessert bar. From someone who is raised and born in a country like the Philippines known to have one of the best if not "the best" mango produce in the world, I guess, I know a little something whether the mango in question is drop-dead amaaaazing or not. 



Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts
Shop C,G/F, 49 Carnarvon Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Phone:  2366-8025



Footnote: 

I used Fujifilm X-A2 for this particular blog post.

Photo of Fujifilm X-A2

























Saturday, October 28, 2017

Revisiting Charlie Brown Café, This Time, In Hong Kong

Our son Tutapel was three when we visited our very first Peanuts Comic Strip themed café.

As authentic Snoopy fans, it was indeed one of the highlights of our trip. Even the rest of the fambam didn't have any problems admitting this fact. 


Six years after and several pounds heavier, thank God, Tuts as we fondly call him, had a blast with the rest of the fambam, this time, at the Charlie Brown Café Tsim Sha Tsui branch in Hong Kong.

The coffee shop here is several times bigger than the Singapore themed café located at 313 Somerset that we've been to.

The two times that we've been to the Tsim Sha Tsui branch, the cafe was full-packed! All the novelty perhaps made the place a tourist magnet,explaining why we've been there twice in just a span of a few days.

Charlie Brown Café Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong


All Day Breakfast Served with Brewed Coffee/Tea/Orange Juice (HKD 162 or approximately Php 1069)

Hubby Bala ordered this overflowing plate for sharing with darling Tuts. The meal boasted of  smoked salmon, veal sausage, scrambled egg, crispy bacon, cherry tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, coleslaw, potato wedge, baked bean and toast. Whew!!! That's a mouthful yet totally mouthwatering, huh? 

Charlie Brown Café Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong


Charlie Brown Café Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong


Charlie Brown Café Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong


Soup of the Day (Around HKD 25 or Php 165)

I tried bits and pieces of the breakfast treats but decided to stop while I was still sane enough to keep my calories in check.  Instead I finished a decent bowl of soup and some toast.



Charlie Brown Café Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong


Peppermint Premium Chocolate (around HKD 40 or Php 264)

But of course, I couldn't pass up the chance of sipping this luxuriant cocoa topped with peppermint cream, could I? 


It definitely was Christmas in a cup! 

Charlie Brown Café Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong


Chocolate Cake (around HKD 40 or Php 264)

This cake looked too cutesy to eat!   After taking all the photos that my dependable Fujifilm X-A2 could muster, I asked my 2 boys to help me finish good-ole  Charlie Brown. 

Charlie Brown Café Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong


After our gastronomic sojourn, the café still offered lots of photo-op worthy displays...



Charlie Brown Café Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong

...and even a loo - to die for!!!   My Mission: Bombard Instagram with these photos! 





Charlie Brown Café Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong


Charlie Brown Café never failed to make an indelible impression on me. I caaaaan't wait to visit another branch in the near future. 

Nine year-old Tutapel at Charlie Brown Café Hong Kong


Charlie Brown Café

Address: G/F - 1/F, Kok Pah Mansion
58-60 Cameron Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Phone: 23666315
Open:  
M/TH/Sun  8:30 AM - 11 PM          
Fri- Sat: 8:30 - 11 PM
Cash/Credit Card Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, AE, UnionPay, Octopus, JCB
       



Footnote: 

I used Fujifilm X-A2 to capture these photos.

Photo of Fujifilm X-A2

















Thursday, October 26, 2017

TWG Tea & Boutique Greenbelt 5

"Publish your Passions, Your Way."

Thanks to blogger.com's catchy phrase, I've been reminded of my wilful disregard of this particular blog.

Just reading the witty tagline helped me remember how extremely happy and fulfilled I am whenever I write and press the publish button.  

One of the things that I'm most enthusiastic about is to share things that I find interesting and inspiring.

You see my son is a rather picky eater. 

He's very specific in what he's looking for in a dish.

When he was very young, he was just fond of  Jollibee Chickenjoy and Jolly Spaghetti.

But now, his tastebuds have evolved.

To our surprise, he's now into cream and oil-based pastas which are not usually served in fast food joints.

The whens and whys of this drastic change are still unknown to me but we try very much to accommodate his request; but of course, if it's well within budget.

At least once or twice a year, we visit TWG Tea & Boutique @ Greenbelt 5, not only to enjoy my son Tutapel's favorite seafood pasta; but, to also experience its famed Afternoon Tea which usually commences with the tea of our choice served in an elegant tea pot with a mirror-finish gold-plated warmer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                             

   TWG Tea Greenbelt 5

I have a kick whenever I see the "golden pot" for it somehow reminds me of that charming Aesop Fable "The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs."  Instead of eggs however a free flow of comforting tea comes out.  

                                                                              
Shrimp Linguine. (Php 495)

Seared marinated shrimps, accompanied by linguine pasta served with haricot verts tossed  in a creamy tomato Arrabiata sauce infused with Eternal Summer Tea and topped with shaved parmesan cheese.


I always have a thing for deliciously written menu descriptions for my dining experience officially begins with that. In my mind, if a resto paid someone to write this beautifully, then their food must be something to look forward to. 

However, I came across some blogs downplaying that mouthwatering claim; but, in all fairness, our 19 kilometer drive wasn't put to waste when we finally sunk our teeth to this beauty. 

My picky eater was all praises that's why whenever we go to Makati, it would be a crime in his oh so innocent mind not to have this particular pasta to-go. 


                                                                                           TWG Tea Greenbelt 5
                                                                             

Fortune Tea Time Set Menu. (Php 700)


Honestly, it's quite fascinating to look at a plethora of treats placed neatly on this shiny three-tier silver tray in an ambience of elegance. Somehow, the presentation makes these nibbles look even more yummylicious.  

                                                                                          TWG Tea Greenbelt 5


                                                                                                   TWG Tea Greenbelt 5

TWG Tea Croque Imperial (included in the Fortune Tea Time Set Menu)


We enjoyed this tiny beauty filled with emmental cheese and turkey ham with green salad on top. However if  from a range of 1-10, your starving meter is near the maximum rate, I don't think this warm sandwich, although really delish can satiate your appetite. I advise that you get a pasta to go with this one. 

                                                                                       
                                                                                                                            TWG Tea Greenbelt 5



TWG Tea Macarons. ( 3 pcs are included in the Fortune Tea Time Set Menu/ Php 55/each a la carte)

We're authentic Warriors Fans, wait, that's a different blog altogether. What I'm trying to say is that my son and I are deeply fond of macarons. We find the TWG version, more moist than French Baker's, Tous les Jours' and Bizu's combined. But I haven't tried Laduree's famed counterpart, that's why I can't comment on that just yet.


                                                                                            TWG Tea Greenbelt 5


TWG Scones ( 3 pcs are included in the Fortune Tea Time Set Menu/P150/2 pcs a la carte)


Although I'm a scone-gal, I wasn't expecting much about TWG's recipe for I read somewhere that it can be a little cardboardy.

Just imagine my shock when instead of a stiff texture, I was treated to a pair of toasty crusts with soft breads. 



                                                                                                   TWG Tea Greenbelt 5

I enjoyed my share with a dallop of cream and jelly on every morsel. The combo was mooore than enjoyable.  I ordered two more scones for my boys who can't help but be fascinated while I devoured those poor things. Oh well.....

                                                                              TWG Tea Greenbelt 5
                                                                                       
                                                                                
TWG Napoleon Tea Ice Cream. (Php 120)


For dessert, we chose this frozen variant and although it didn't live up to our expectations, we decided that we'll just try another one when we come back for another visit.

                                                                                          TWG Tea Greenbelt 5

I may have trouble reciting my verb conjugation en Francais, but one thing I wasn't able to forget is to wish someone enjoyment from eating.

Bon appétit mon chouchou! 

                                                                                               TWG Tea Greenbelt 5

                                                                                                  TWG Tea Greenbelt 5


TWG Tea at Greenbelt 5 Mall
Greenbelt 5 Mall, Level 1, Legaspi Village
Makati City, 1226 Philippines
Tel: (632) 720-8667
Opening Hours:
Sundays to Thursdays 11 AM to 9 PM
Fridays and Saturdays 11 AM to 10 PM
Cash and Credit Card Accepted

TWG Tea Daily Menu




Footnote: 

I used Fujifilm X-A2 to capture these photos.

Photo of Fujifilm X-A2