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Coco Ichibanya (Curry House Coco)
Silvercord, TST

I’ve always wanted to try this curry because I have seen famous people post it on sns more than once. I ordered the creamy mushroom omelette curry and Eug had the tonkatsu omelette.

SO GOOD. It was the best japanese curry I can remember, and the rice is cooked so perfectly. Although the tonkatsu was good (light, crunchy, juicy, not too oily), mine was just a tiny bit more amazing.

The Night Market
11 Stanley St, Central

The Nightmarket is one of the places we regularly get delivery from as they do the delivery themselves and are quite quick & reliable. We found out recently that they have these awesome lunch special bentos, so we went into the restaurant to try it out.

The food is so yummy, especially the fried pork chop and the lunch bentos are amazing value - so much food. The bubble tea is pretty good too. 

My only gripe is the service was really slow and the food took ages to come out. Looks like we will just keep getting home delivery!

The Night Market
11 Stanley St, Central

The Nightmarket is one of the places we regularly get delivery from as they do the delivery themselves and are quite quick & reliable. We found out recently that they have these awesome lunch special bentos, so we went into the restaurant to try it out.

The food is so yummy, especially the fried pork chop and the lunch bentos are amazing value - so much food. The bubble tea is pretty good too.

My only gripe is the service was really slow and the food took ages to come out. Looks like we will just keep getting home delivery!

Hairy Gourd & pork rib soup~

It’s so, so hot in HK at the moment and since i’ve completely taken to the local habit of being obsessed with soup we’ve been drinking hairy gourd soup to drain away the summer heat.

This one in particular is my favourite right now, with red beans and lentils that are both meant to be diuretic. I really like the flavour the beans give to the soup, its very rich and full of umami! It is also meant to have dried tangerine peel but i have been too lazy to go to the wet market, I wonder how that will change the taste?

Ah, thanks to living in Hong Kong I feel like I am not eating healthily if there’s no soup.

Hairy Gourd & pork rib soup~

It’s so, so hot in HK at the moment and since i’ve completely taken to the local habit of being obsessed with soup we’ve been drinking hairy gourd soup to drain away the summer heat.

This one in particular is my favourite right now, with red beans and lentils that are both meant to be diuretic. I really like the flavour the beans give to the soup, its very rich and full of umami! It is also meant to have dried tangerine peel but i have been too lazy to go to the wet market, I wonder how that will change the taste?

Ah, thanks to living in Hong Kong I feel like I am not eating healthily if there’s no soup.

Police Married Quarters
Just when I was starting to get bored of Hong Kong, this 100+ tenanted mall, 5 minutes walk from my house, seemingly pops up out of nowhere. 
The new PMQ mall is quite niche, focusing on design and local creatives. I don’t know if a complex like this could survive anywhere else in the world. The consumer power in Hong Kong completely amazes me.
The quantity - and quality - of consumption in Hong Kong is off the charts. Seriously. When a trend blows up globally, you can usually find  that their flagship store has been in the suburbs for a while already (e.g undercover) or some small store stocked that brand before you even knew it existed (e.g Daniel Wellington in Kapok, Supreme in General Store).
Okay what I’m saying is, I’m so excited about this mall! beautiful and thoughtfully designed things are extremely refreshing for the soul. Ah, and this can be a particularly soul-less place. I hope it brings more traffic to the stores in Sheung Wan and not less, although on the downside it may mean that weekends will be a bit of a shit-fight around here. 
To see a list of current tenants visit http://www.pmq.org.hk/studios-shops/directory-a-z/
I’m particularly excited about Muji Found - so dangerous for my wallet! To all my friends who feel like you’ve seen everything there is to see in Hong Kong, and shop everything there is to shop (impossible), here is another reason to come and visit me! Actually, if you were only here for a few days there is a good chance I didn’t even take you around Sheung Wan, which is probably my favourite place to spend a lazy (week)day in Hong Kong. 
Ahh I am looking forward to spending a day around here, I haven’t been shopping in sheung wan/soho since forever! 
xx

Police Married Quarters

Just when I was starting to get bored of Hong Kong, this 100+ tenanted mall, 5 minutes walk from my house, seemingly pops up out of nowhere. 

The new PMQ mall is quite niche, focusing on design and local creatives. I don’t know if a complex like this could survive anywhere else in the world. The consumer power in Hong Kong completely amazes me.

The quantity - and quality - of consumption in Hong Kong is off the charts. Seriously. When a trend blows up globally, you can usually find  that their flagship store has been in the suburbs for a while already (e.g undercover) or some small store stocked that brand before you even knew it existed (e.g Daniel Wellington in Kapok, Supreme in General Store).

Okay what I’m saying is, I’m so excited about this mall! beautiful and thoughtfully designed things are extremely refreshing for the soul. Ah, and this can be a particularly soul-less place. I hope it brings more traffic to the stores in Sheung Wan and not less, although on the downside it may mean that weekends will be a bit of a shit-fight around here. 

To see a list of current tenants visit http://www.pmq.org.hk/studios-shops/directory-a-z/

I’m particularly excited about Muji Found - so dangerous for my wallet! To all my friends who feel like you’ve seen everything there is to see in Hong Kong, and shop everything there is to shop (impossible), here is another reason to come and visit me! Actually, if you were only here for a few days there is a good chance I didn’t even take you around Sheung Wan, which is probably my favourite place to spend a lazy (week)day in Hong Kong. 

Ahh I am looking forward to spending a day around here, I haven’t been shopping in sheung wan/soho since forever! 

xx

Beef & Liberty

The burgers are pretty good. Mary’s are better. Shake shack is better. On a good day, I would prefer a triple-o’s original burger. The sweet potato fries are delicious.

The service is not bad. We went on a public holiday just before 6 with no reservation. It was pretty empty, but they told us we had to leave by 715. We were done by 630-ish.

So now the boring things are over, let’s talk about dessert. You may have seen my picture of Capella’s cookie in a skillet. It is AMAZING. But they have since taken it off the menu (though you can pre-order min. 3hrs in advance).

I thought, no worries now I can get it in Hong Kong - because beef & liberty’s version is pretty hyped right now.

It is TOTALLY INFERIOR. My heart totally sank when it came out 1 minute after I ordered it. It usually takes 20mins at capella. B&L’S version Is pre-made. It’s just a pre-cooked cookie in a skillet. It’s not warm and gooey and oozey and chewwy like the capella version. It’s dry and cakey. Also the cream adds nothing! Really disappointing.

Update

HI! I haven’t actually been in Hong Kong for awhile. I Just came back from Singapore, and before that I was home in Sydney! In between we had some friends visit, so I haven’t really had time to really hang out anywhere new in HK.

After about 11 months here, I can finally say some cantonese words without fear - as in I don’t really freeze up or anything when people speak to me and I can naturally string together sentences of about 4-5 words, lol. Whoever said you can speak a language fluently in 3 months is crazy! I suppose you could in total immersion. That should be a caveat. TOTAL IMMERSION REQUIRED. 

Unfortunately (or fortunately) most people’s english skills here in Hong Kong are pretty good and coupled with short tempers, immersion just isn’t happening. 

Overall I think I’m in a bit of a “I’m not sure about Hong Kong right now” slump. I just don’t really feel like moving back to Sydney. 

Or to Singapore, because I am illogically attached to cantonese and I don’t want mandarin to push it out of my brain before I can actually talk like a normal person. 

Skin Problems V 2.0

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I battled acne problems after moving to Hong Kong last year. I have never had skin problems. Since I was about 20 I have had really good skin, the kind of skin that could look flawless under makeup.

After a few months of waiting it out/changing skincare/eliminating allergens and a few cycles of acne getting better then worse, I finally went to the Chinese doctor. The acne was 80% clear in less than a month of acupuncture and drinking herbs (why did I suffer for so long?)

It’s now been about two months since I’ve been seeing the Chinese doctor and last month I had a WHOLE week of clear skin. Then, spring hit like a bomb plus an unusually cruel bout of PMS that had me bedridden and my face started itching. Like seriously itching. I’ve never had eczema or anything before so I scratched the sh*t out of it. That made it worse. It pretty much blew out into full fledged what-I-thought-was-eczema-at-the-time.

So right now my skin is acne free, but I have these horrible itchy eczema-like patches, which I can’t even cover with makeup. It’s hard to sleep because it’s so f*cking itchy. 

OMFG WHEN WILL THIS END?

I love you Hong Kong, but something about you is seriously doing something nasty to my immune system.