Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SHANGHAI MIN'S AUTUMN HAIRY CRAB MENU Hong Kong


 SHANGHAI MIN TIMES SQUARE

SWEET AND SOUR SPARE RIBS
 
 BLACK FUNGUS STUFFED IN BELL PEPPER

SLICED PORK BELLY WITH JIANGSU BLACK VINEGAR

 STEAMED WHOLE JIANGSU FRESH HAIRY CRAB
(2 PER PERSON)

 DEEP-FRIED YELLOW LITTLE CROAKER FISH WITH SALT & PEPPER

 STEAMED PORK DUMPLINGS WITH FRESH HAIRY CRAB CREAM
(2 PER PERSON)

 FRESH CRAB MEAT & FRESH HAIRY CRAB CREAM SOUP

FRIED RICE WITH CRAB

WOK FRIED SEASONAL VEGETABLES

BLACK GLUTINOUS RICE DUMPLINGS & OSMANTHUS IN SWEET GINGER SOUP


Hong Kong is buzzing with hairy crab season and we couldn't wait to head to Shanghai Min and try an authentic set menu featuring the fresh, indulgent crabs. The entire venue was packed and full of patrons enjoying the delicious crab so we knew we were in for a treat. We loved the generous set menu which included sticky sweet and sour ribs, tender pork belly slices, fresh deep fried yellow croaker fish, rich steamed pork dumpling with hairy crab cream, and so much more. The highlight was of course the two fresh hairy crab which were delicious paired with the signature vinegar and held lots of creamy roe. We enjoyed every bite and left satisfied and vowing to come back for more. The staff were incredibly helpful if you are unsure of how to go about preparing and feasting on hairy crabs, so ideal for first timers too. A great spot if you are looking for an authentic hairy crab experience.

Eight-course feasts priced HK$458 and HK$528 are served over the season when the prized crustaceans are at their delectable peak at Shanghai Min in Central, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Kowloon Bay, Shatin, Kwai Fong and Tuen Mun.





Shanghai Min, Shop 1103, 11/F, Food Forum, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
2874 8899



USING THE NEW NIKON DF CAMERA Part 3


I took the Nikon Df along with us on an excursion to HK's newest Venetian tapas spot as I wanted to test drive it in a typical drinks and dinner setting. The ambiance at Risi e Bisi is very intimate with warm candlelight, dark corners, and bar style seating. I wanted to test how the Df would stand in this situation, where I would be using very little natural light and require plenty of detail. Their tapas are served in small dishes but still incorporate a variety of ingredients and sauces. It is my job to capture the different elements which make up each dish and show the intricacies of the chef's work through my photography. I wanted the delicate flavours and ingredients to show in my images, especially the juicy quality of their delicious meat dishes. Aside from lighting issues Risi e Bisi is a very small venue with little space for moving around. I knew it would be difficult to move and get different angles in a busy and tight dining space.

I decided to use a large external flash and loved how the camera performed, picking up details in each dish. The Nikon Df has amazing noise control, which makes editing the photos after each shoot much easier. I usually create shadows using an external flash and I was impressed how the Df was able to pick up shadowing and colours easily without bringing out an orange tone that usually happens in candlelit settings. With a low ISO setting I was able to efficiently take my photos and not have many challenges due to lighting and noise. I also love that the Df is quite small for a full frame camera so it is easy for me to move and photograph in my seat, drawing little attention to myself. I try not to disrupt the diners while doing my job and other large frame cameras needing more equipment have proved difficult in HK's little venues. My dining companions were very happy it took half the usual time to capture each image which meant they could enjoy their meal with minimal intrusion to our table and the rest of the patrons. A great dining experience with the Nikon Df.


PANZANELLA

CHARGRILLED OCTOPUS, POTATO SALAD

 BAMBOO CLAMS, AGLIO OLIO

 FLANK STEAK, ROCKET

72 HOUR SPARE RIB

STROZZAPRETI PASTA, HOMEMADE SAUSAGE







Monday, October 27, 2014

HAINAN SHAOYE'S AUTUMN CRAB PROMOTION Hong Kong


HAINAN SHAOYE AT HARBOUR CITY

 CHICKEN SATAY

BLACK PEPPER CRAB

VEGETABLE

 SINGAPORE-STYLE FRIED CRAB MENU


Hainan Shoaye have introduced a delicious offer for all those Singapore-style fried crab lovers out there. During the months of October and November, their famously mouthwatering crab is only $528 served in a special set for two people. The set includes starter, veggies, and of course the iconic crab dishes. We went to sample the menu and were obsessed with the authentic and delicious flavours. Our chicken satay starter and garlic accented vegetables were the ideal accompaniments to the crab which was sweet and meaty and came with a delicious black pepper sauce. A great post work treat and perfect after a long day of shopping. We hope to make it back soon and sample few more of their crab varieties before the offer ends.





Hainan Shaoye, Shop 16, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2110 3533


AUX BEAUX ARTS MGM Macau



THE DINING AREA

AMUSE BOUCHE
FOIE GRAS WITH FIG TERRINE 



 ABA SEAFOOD PLATTER
1 BOSTON LOBSTER, 6 ASSORTED OYSTERS, 4 SEA PRAWNS, 6 MUSSELS, 3 ALASKAN CRAB LEGS

FRENCH SNAILS BAKED IN GARLIC BUTTER A LA BOURGUIGNONNE

BEEF TARTAR WITH FRENCH FRIES, MIXED GREEN SALAD AND MULTIGRAIN TOAST

FRENCH DUCK LEG CONFIT WITH SAUTEED LYONNAISE POTATO AND GREEN PEPPERCORN SAUCE

 STRAWBERRY VACHERIN

 THE BAR


During our stay at MGM Macau we dined at their delicious French brasserie, Aux Beaux Arts. The beautiful space features chic Parisian style decor and a spacious front patio situated on the Grand Praca, perfect for people watching while you dine. We started our meal with their decadent seafood platter featuring plenty of delicious fresh lobster, oysters, mussels, Alaskan crab legs and juicy prawns. We loved the French snails baked in garlic butter and highly recommend their flavourful beef tartare which was one of the best I have tasted in a long time. For our main we had a wonderfully tender duck confit which was perfectly accented with rich peppercorn sauce. Each dish was beautifully constructed by Chef Elie Khalife who succeeded in bringing a nostalgic French dining experience to Macau. A great spot for date nights during a romantic stay at the MGM Macau.





MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPA, Macau
853 8802 2319


Friday, October 24, 2014

ALCHEMY GASTRO LOUNGE Hong Kong



ALCHEMY GASTRO LOUNGE

 HOMEMADE WHOLE WHEAT BAGUETTE
WITH BALSAMIC OLIVE OIL & SEA SALTED BUTTER


 JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKE 
WITH SEAS SALTED CUCUMBER, PINK RADISH & LIME MAYO

 SEARED DUCK FOIE GRAS 
WITH APPLE COMPOTE, CELERY ON TOASTED BRIOCHE

VENISON CARPACCIO
WITH SHAVED PARMESAN, WILD ROCKET & BLACK TRUFFLE OIL

SEARED BLACK PERCH (DAILY SPECIAL)
WITH CELERIAC, WILD ASPARAGUS, VERMOUTH CREAM, BLACK TRUFFLE OIL AND SHAVED CHIOGGIA BEETROOT

 ROASTED CHICKEN & CURRIED SEA SCALLOPS
WITH LOTUS CRISP & XO SAUCE

 CREAMY & CRISPY MUSHROOMS
WITH SUCRINE LETTUCE, HERBS SALAD & BLACK TRUFFLE OIL

CHEF'S SELECTION OF SIGNATURE DESSERTS

THE MASCARADE COCKTAIL
CHIVAS 12 YEARS, CHAMBORD LIQUEUR, STRAWBERRIES, LEMON JUICE, FRESH MINT, GOME SYRUP

THE BUDDHA'S TEARS COCKTAIL
ABSOLUT VANILLA VODKA, LIME JUICE, COCO SUGAR, KAFFIR LIME LEAF, EGG WHITE & THAI CHILI


Alchemy Gastro Lounge, set in a beautifully designed, French inspired space, serves up an array of delectable sharing style fare and intricately delicious cocktails to match. We loved the cozy ambiance which felt like a small hideaway from the busy city. Their tapas style menu is created by talented Chef Pascal Breant who boasts an impressive resume of experience at an array of Michelin starred French restaurants inlcuding La Tour d'Argent. The menu at Alchemy offers modern European cuisine with great flavour and attention to detail. We loved their unique cocktails mixing unexpected flavours for a refreshing treat. Our favourite cocktail is the spicy Thai influenced The Buddha's Tears cocktail, integrating chili, coco sugar and egg white for savory and sweet combo. Favourite dishes off their menu include their perfectly prepared Venison Carpaccio with shaved Parmesan, wild rocket & black truffle oil, their Creamy & Crispy Mushrooms with sucrine lettuce, herbs salad & black truffle oil and the Seared Black Perch with cleriac, wild asparagus, vermouth cream, black truffle oil and shaved Chioggia beetroot. Each dish was prepared with attention to detail and quality ingredients making the sharing and dining experience truly enjoyable. A great spot to share food and cocktails with friends.





Alchemy Gastro Lounge, G/F, 16 Arbuthnot Road, Central
6821 2801



Thursday, October 23, 2014

MGM MACAU'S OKTOBERFEST 2014



MGM MACAU OKTOBERFEST 2014


APPETIZER PLATTER
FRIED VEAL AND PORK PATTIES, POTATO CHEESE WITH RYE SOURDOUGH BREAD, COLD SLICED ROASTED PORK WITH SHREDDED HORSE RADISH, SALTED WHITE RADISH SALAD, FRESHLY BAKED WARM BAVARIAN PRETZELS

 MAIN COURSE PLATTER
ROASTED PORK KNUCKLE, ROASTED PORK SAUSAGES, NURNBERGER SAUSAGES, BOILED VEAL SAUSAGES, MASHED POTATO, SAUERKRAUT AND SWEET MUSTARD

DESSERT
BAKED BAVARIAN APPLE STRUDEL WITH VANILLA SAUCE, CHOCOLATE ALMOND PUDDING WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE AND WHIPPED CREAM, SLICED EMPEROR'S PANCAKES WITH STEWED PLUMS

SPATEN BEER

 DINING AREA 

PERFORMANCES


MGM Macau's annual Oktoberfest is not one to miss if you love German beer, food, and general merriment. We visited Macau especially for the festivities and loved the party that took place. In association with the German Consulate General for Hong Kong and the German Macau Business Association, they have brought an authentic festival featuring Munich band Hogel Fun, whip-cracking, the playing of traditional Alpenhorn and more. We loved the live performances, lively ambiance, and fun platters of mouthwatering German saugages, pork knuckles, saurkraut, and more. Transport yourself back to Bavaria with a night at MGM Macau's Oktoberfest.




MGM MACAU Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau
MGM MACAU Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau
MGM MACAU

MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPA, Macau
853 8802 8888