Drinks, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Travel

My bar hopping trips in Hong Kong have allowed me to try all sorts of innovate and strange drinks in the city. I’ve mostly focused on Hollywood Road, Wyndham Street, and Lan Kwai Fong since I’m always around those areas on Friday and Saturday nights. It might seem limited to some people but there’s more to try in these three areas than you think.

My nights usually start off at a random bar or speakeasy that I’ve always wanted to try. After trying the new place for an hour, I go to The Woods for some personal and comfortable time. If I’m not too tired at around 12:30am, I go to another bar to try something different before going home.

I decided to stop by the famous gin bar in Hong Kong with the bathtub drinks. Everyone has been talking about Ori-gin’s bathtub drink and since they don’t have this in Vancouver, I had to try it at least once. I went at 1am on a Friday night and the place was packed. My friend and I didn’t know how long we would have to wait for a seat inside so we took the two high chairs at the entrance of Ori-gin. Service was relatively attentive but it was just uncomfortable to sit outside while drunk and loud people walk by.

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Tofu Shots

I was recommended to try their tofu shots because they’re supposed to be amazing. With that being said, I had very high expectations for this shot.

To my disappointment, this tasted like foamed soya milk in a shot glass charged for a higher price. It was boring and mundane with barely any alcohol inside. If you brought along a sober friend, you can buy this pitiful drink for them.

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What’s in it: Kyoho Grape, Gin, Kyoho Liqueur, Lemon and Lime Juice, Grape Juice, and Elderflower Syrup.

On the bright side, Ori-Gin’s KGB was an interesting one. Not only was the presentation a one of a kind, but it had just the right amount of booze and sweetness. I couldn’t taste if it was actually Kyoho grape since it was just like spiked grape juice but at the bottom of the bathtub were tiny jellies for texture and flavour. I would highly recommend this drink for anyone who’s trying Ori-Gin for the first time.

Food, Hong Kong, Italian, Travel

After going to Ask for Luigi, I know that I have found my go-to pasta spot in Vancouver. When I got to Hong Kong in the summer, I had to venture for another pasta spot in the city to cure my occasional pasta cravings. Many of you have heard of the usual Spaghetti House in Hong Kong but I’m not up for that sort of food. I’m also not looking for something too expensive like 8 1/2 Otto de Mezzo, so when I found Linguini Fini, my heart, stomach and wallet caved in. Being promoters of sustainable foods and a farm to table concept, Linguini Fini’s price and menu would not fail anyone.


Italian “Xiao Long Bao”

What’s in it: Beef and pork agnolotti, tomato sauce, chili oil and 30 year balsamico.

Each agnolotto had a toothsome texture from the pasta and a savoury meaty filling. The sauce was probably the best one in our entire dinner because of the beef flavours and the hints of chili oil.

imagePapardelle “Nose To Tail” Bolognese

What’s in it: Pork testa, veal loin and oxtail ragu with parm.

Parpardelle is my favourite pasta because of its smooth, large and broad shape and delightful texture when it’s al dente and freshly made. If you do have the chance to try home made pasta, you could really taste the difference between store bought pasta and home made pasta.

The sauce was definitely not your average marinara or general red sauce. Other than the usual tomato flavours, this sauce tasted like your homey rich and fragrant oxtail stew.


“On Top Of Spaghetti”

There’s not much to say about this other than your usual meatball with cheese and spaghetti. It’s as simple as it can get but this dish was big in flavours in all aspects.

imageDry Rubbed Hanger Steak

Linguini Fini’s steak was the best steak I have ever had. Not only was it a bit raw with a ruby centre, but the steak was so juicy and rich in its own meaty flavours. Once I took a bite, the steak melted in my mouth after a few bites and it was so smooth and delicate. While I’m typing this delicious description, my mouth is starting to water.

Food, Hong Kong, Travel

I’m pretty sure I have fulfilled my afternoon tea cravings in Hong Kong by now. Don’t blame me because it’s hard to find the same quality of afternoon tea sets in Vancouver. Please correct me if I’m wrong and recommend me some good afternoon tea places in Vancouver if you know any!

I’ve tried most of the uppity-up afternoon teas in Hong Kong including Green at Hotel Icon, Intercontinental Hotel and Bar and Lounge at The Ritz Carlton. For this specific afternoon tea event, my mom and I wanted to go back to a classic spot and to the old school afternoon tea sets in Hong Kong. The Mandarin Oriental has been around since the 1960s and my mom remembers walking by the hotel when she was a kid to peek inside to see what’s going on in this luxurious and glamorous hotel.

For a place that contains so much history and class, we had to make reservations for afternoon tea at The Clipper Lounge a few days before arriving. We were lucky to get a seat next to the window on the balcony above the reception. The lobby was lavished with marble and mahogany reflecting what Mandarin Oriental is all about – luxury hospitality.

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Plain and Raisin Scone with Rose Petal Jam or Devon Clotted Cream 

The Clipper Lounge at The Mandarin Oriental has the best scones I have ever had in Hong Kong. Some times I would add their rose petal jam or Devon clotted cream but eating it by itself was perfect. The exterior was crumbly and sweet with a buttery and moist interior.

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Warm Pickled Walnut, Asparagus, Parsley and Baby Gem.

I thought this was a mustard and celery tart but it turned out to be the strong flavours coming from the pickled walnuts. Delicious with a slightly sour taste to start your taste buds.

Croque Monsieur

Normal croque monsieur should have cheese on top of the bread but it was a bit hard to taste that so it was really just a normal toasted ham and cheese sandwich to me.

Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll

Compared to the other savoury treats, the pork and fennel sausage roll had the most meat. As I bit into it, it tasted like German sausage roll with a flaky exterior and a warm meaty interior.

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Fruit Cake with Raisin, Sultana, and Orange Peel

This was my least favourite in the entire tea set because it was sweet and bitter. I know some people who would love this because it tastes like Christmas but it was just too intense for me from the orange peel and raisins.

Poppy Seed Dry Cake

Poppy seed cakes tend to taste a bit dry and they were never really my favourite. Clipper Lounge’s poppy seed cake was surprisingly quite moist but after a few bites, I had to put it down.

Passion Fruit Éclair

I’ve always been hesitant about passion fruit because the fruit is known to be sour. To my surprise, the eclair was relatively sweet with a rich passion fruit filling inside.

Strawberry Mousse Cake

I only had one bite of this and it tasted like strawberry jam on cake. The colour was definitely appealing and girly but it was just a bit too sweet.

Blueberry Cheese Cake

The only thing that ruined the cheese cake were the tiny and sour blueberries on top.

Opera Cake

Rich in chocolate with layers of almond cake and hints of coffee, their opera cake was my favourite sweet pastry in the entire tea set.

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Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Homemade Pumpernickel Bread

My mom and I completely mistook the smoked salmon bread for some sort of dessert. The pumpernickel bread had the same texture and flavours as squirrel bread. On top of the bread were generous pieces of smoked salmon and cream cheese.

Baguette with Ham and Piccalilli

I’ve noticed a repeated usage of pickled ingredients in their afternoon tea set. If it was only ham and baguette, it would have been a bit boring but the piccalilli addition made it spicy and piquant.

Prawn Cocktail Sandwich

I love it when afternoon tea sets have a seafood sandwich. Their prawn cocktail was like a shrimp roll with lots of prawn and salad dressing in it.

Choux Bun filled with Coronation Chicken

The coronation chicken was just smothered in mayonnaise with hints of curry spices in it. There wasn’t much distinction in this pastry but the bun was buttery and crunchy.

Overall, the Clipper Lounge is my favourite afternoon tea spot in Hong Kong because they give us two tiers of savoury instead of sweet. Let’s be real everyone, you could actually finish all of the savoury bites because they’re not as overwhelming as sweet pastries.



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