Best lunch we had in Hong Kong? That must be the lunch at Madame Ching! Madame Ching is located on Star Street which is a small but trendy street located uphill from Queens Road. You will not see a lot of tourists up there, but Star Street is popular among the city’s expat crowd, and most of the restaurants we passed seemed busy.
It’s been almost a year since my last haircut, so when I saw this street lined with hair salons in Causeway Bay, I decided that now was the time. But the salons all offered the same services at the same prices, so how to choose? Then I saw a young girl with fab looking hair stepping out of one of the places, Leighton 23, and the problem was solved; I’m going in.
Nearby the hotel in Hong Kong was a really nice cafe, Cross Cafe. I went there for breakfast and had a set menu with macaroni soup with ham (or spam), toast and scrambled eggs. Macaroni soup is a popular Hong Kong breakfast dish, and yes, it tastes a lot better than it looks. The white broth was rich in flavor and the mix of green peas, carrot and ham made me think of a soup version of old-school Danish tartlets (tarteletter).
I had booked a night in a capsule hotel in Causeway Bay, but there was a wine store at the address where the hotel was supposed to be. I went inside to ask the staff, but none of them knew anything about a capsule hotel, at least not in their store.
When I arrived in Hong Kong in was raining cats and dogs, so before taking the train to the city, I stopped by Crystal Jade in the airport for some Dan-Dan La Mian (Chinese noodles in peanut broth) and xiao long bao (soup dumplings). In Hong Kong Airport, Crystal Jade is located right after the baggage claim exit, so it is impossible to miss, and after a long flight, there’s nothing better than indulging in a comforting bowl of la mian.
The other day, I was invited to iftar preview at Seven Sands, which is an Emirati restaurant over at The Beach JBR. Seven Sands frequently hosts different cultural events, aiming to spread the knowledge and understanding of the local culture, and during Ramadan, diners have the opportunity to book an iftar buffet hosted by The Arab Culturalist, Nasif Kayed.
I was invited to the iftar preview at Grand Millennium, but I could not go, so I sent The Big Panda, aka my sister Trine instead. She knows my preferences when it comes to food, and she is quite a foodie herself, so she was happy to cover the event for me.
Trine and I were invited to come and check out the Museum of Illusions, which is a new museum located in the new dining and shopping area Al Seef down by the creek. At first, Trine wasn’t too happy about going, as she is really not into museums, but Museum of Illusions is not your usual museum, and after visiting, Trine had to admit that it was a really awesome place.