I just got back from Hong Kong . . . and I'll be throwing up some more photos and food posts (I realize that this blog should be renamed "IwishIstilllivedinHongKongbutIminShanghai.blogspot.com") but when I was down in the HKSAR, I picked up a CD - yes a CD - by LA band "The Bird and the Bee"
How to describe their sound? There's a 1960s vibe, but it also sounds like the future. or maybe how people in the 1960s saw the future. I think maybe a more sultry version of Pizacatto Five? Brazil fits in there somewhere too.
The Bird and the Bee - Download it here at amazon - and I swear I'll get to those Spain, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong and other posts that I have all queued up someday.
I was all excited about the opening of Tsui Wah Shanghai - and indeed I've been there, um, 8 times in 3 weeks. There's a lot of stuff they do well, and a lot of stuff they need to improve. Here's my verdict after so many trips.
The poached chicken in the wooden tub - the taste is excellent, I wish you could order smaller portions, because you need to go with at least two or three people to make this dish worthwhile
The noodles - I haven't had noodles this good in Shanghai . . . in anything. And all types - the ho fun, the cheung fun, the mian - it's all really good.
All of the toasts - French Toast and Condensed Milk Toast etc etc. is all up to HK Standard
Needs work -
The Roast meat - the duck was fatty. The roast pork - honestly, I like it more at Xin Wang (Julu Lu and Maoming Lu). The assorted selection is way too big for one person to eat. This is what a HK/Cantonese restaurant should be built on
Lunch time service - it's a big mess right now. We went for lunch and waited 57 minutes for our choi sum . . .and then when we were leaving the waitress begged us to stay and get the vegetables even though we both had meetings to go to, instead of letting us cancel. The manager cancelled it immediately.
The Wonton - The mian is really good, but the wonton dumplings themselves are fairly pedestrian.
The baked pork chop rice - the other basis for Hong Kong cha chan tang cuisine. It's really pretty far from HK standard.
After having spoken with the manangement 3 or 4 times, I think they're well on their way to improvement - and what is it they say? You can't judge a restaurant within the first 3 months of opening?
I'll check back in later, but for now, here are some photos.
I've been wanting to eat at Sushi Kuu in Hong Kong since reading Grace's post about it almost two years ago.
But visits to Hong Kong, while frequent, tend to be centered around meals to char siu emporiums or cha chan tangs or wonton noodle places. And its rare that I find people willing to spend 700 HKD ($125 US) on a sushi meal.
However, two weeks ago, when in Hong Kong to take care of some immigration issues (replace my stolen Hong Kong ID card actually), my good friend S called me. Her husband A was good friends with the owner/chef at Kuu and wanted to see if I would like to join in an omakase. Meal. It took me about half a second to say yes.
Normally when thinking about high-faultin' nice sushi restaurants, the colors are muted, the tones revential and hushed. Think about how Anthony Bourdain describes Masa's in the Dirty Bits.
Sushi Kuu is not that kind of place. When customers walk in the door on a Friday night - if the chef knows them, he'll order "SAMUARI!" with a loud point and get that customer outfitted with some potent 41% alcohol sake to start with. All guests are greeted with a loud and hearty "Ush!" - this is not a place to have a quiet, romantic date - this is fun, loud, a little bit crass, but mostly loud, fun.
The food? Well, it all becomes a bit hazy. I just remember eating more Uni than I ever have in my life. Each roll, each piece of sushi was practically swimming in it. The torch crisped tuna was perfection. The everything roll almost killed me.
Just look at these photos - everything was beautifully presented. Crisp. and delicious.
Address: 1/F, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington St., Central, Hong Kong 0000, China Phone: +852-2971-0180
The Australian Dairy Company. Really close to where my dad grew up on Parkes Street in Jordan, Kowloon Hong Kong.
I don't know how they do it, but the eggs are buttery, moist, perfectly seasoned and oh-so-light. There's usually a line, and the double skinned milk is the most famous dish here, but I would gladly stab someone (I didn't like) for someone to make me those eggs daily.
Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司)
Address: 47 Parkes Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong Phone: +852-2730-1356
Scrambled Eggs with thick white bread $13 HKD ($1.90 US)
French electronic artists Daft Punk are playing a secret show in Shanghai this Friday. Very cool. Here's my 500 RMB ticket.
I'm not normally a big electronic music guy, but I've heard from everyone that Daft Punk is not a normal electronic music concert. I mean they have ROBOT COSTUMES. Of course on the other hand, they're french, but I think ROBOT COSTUMES are the important thing here.
Anyways - it's all kind of cool - here's the website for the concert. As you can see they won't reveal the concert location until the day of the show.
Here's the duo performing "Harder, better, Faster, Stronger" from Alive 2006.
It's pretty exciting. I think this concert is cooler than I am.
25 random things. I'm loathe to put this on my facebook where everyone else has it. I'll just copy JennWong and put mine here.
1. I claim Los Angeles as my home, but I've been known to tell people I'm from Hong Kong, Berkeley and Pittsburgh. All of which are true.
2. I miss restaurants more than I miss places. When I think of Berkeley (Top Dog) Los Angeles (in-n-out, bravo burger, any number of taco places) and Hong Kong (Jim Zai Kee) I usually think of food first.
3. My first car was a 1984 Blue Honda Accord LX. Perhaps the both the easiest to drive and most gutless car in the world.
4. Obviously my favorite sport teams are the California Golden Bears football and basketball teams. Following that is the US Men's Senior Soccer National Team, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Rockets.
5. I'm very left handed.
6. I own over 120 pairs of shoes. The majority of them are Nike basketball and running shoes, but not all of them.
7. I've seen every episode of Night Court.
8. (And the Wire and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Seinfeld and the cartoon version of the Tick and Star Trek TOS)
9. I love the Coen Brothers.
10. I've now been to 30 countries/territories/places I need to show my passport by the age of 34. My goal is to equal out countries and age by 36.
11. Outside of places I've lived, I've visited Beijing, Taipei, Manila, Bangkok and Tokyo the most.
12. In the last 365 days I've been to Harbin, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Spain for personal trips.
13. My favorite basketball players have tended to be Lakers guards - Byron Scott, Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones to name 3.
14. I wear my watch on my right hand.
15. One summer I ate the same exact lunch every single day I was on campus. A torta with carnitas, extra avocado, no salsa and a Snapple Lemon Ice Tea. $5.25
16. I've never lived more than 25 minutes commute away from work.
17. My team won the 1999 adidas Streetball Tournament in Hong Kong.
18. I enjoy travelling on my own.
19. One of my bicycles cost me 2 months pay.
20. The most played songs on my iTunes are: Kanye West - Stronger, Shadow Stabbing - Cake, Elanor Put Your Boots On - Franz Ferdinand, Paranoid Android - Radiohead, Guerilla Radio - Rage Against the Machine
21. I will always and forever believe that the best album of all time is the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream
22. I have a major soft spot for New Jack Swing - Bobby Brown, New Edition, BoyzIIMen
I, along with 600 other Americans in China went to Glamour Bar to celebrate Obama's swearing in. There was a lot of hugging and cheering and high-fiving and boos (for 43 and VP of Evil). Here's some photos: