Family Time in Hong Kong

Long overdue post – This was in draft for a really long time and I finally got the pictures ready.  Here is a little recap of my mini family vacation in Hong Kong with Meeps, Mom, Sis and Father in Law.  Also met up with T and her man there as well.  We did so much in the short 5 days and I will try to keep it brief with lots of highlights.

We stayed at the hotel right in HK airport on our first night since we arrived so late – so right after checking out the next morning, we ate at one of the restaurants at the airport.  Nothing too mindblowing but it was a good start to our food-filled trip.  Checked in to our hotel – Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers in Kowloon.

I loved everything about the hotel – the location was right by the water so the view was great.  We were able to walk every where and take the MTR (mono rail) when we needed to get to other neighbourhoods.  One of the evenings, Meeps and I walked along the Avenue of Stars and all along the water front, listening to young aspiring singers.

And I must say, the service at the hotel was excellent – every morning the concierge was a huge help in giving us tips and directions and even calling the ferry terminal to check on Macau ferry tickets.

Neways, here is our vacation in a nutshell – we did so much and ate so much that it would be impossible to write them all up but here are some of my favourite moments :

First meal of the first day was one of the best! We randomly walked into a noodle shop (Wan Kwai Square Noodle) near Temple Street and it was so good! We meant for this meal to be a snack but ended up with way too much food but it was definitely well worth it.  I don’t even remember where this place was and the menu was in Chinese.  Luckily mom reads Chinese~

That evening, we roamed the streets and ate at a little cafe that had a note indicating no photography with very angry servers who yelled at everyone and anyone.  The food portions were massive and relatively cheap, so I guess most locals don’t mind the abuse?

We started the next morning with a day tour of Hong Kong – with the following stops Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village (on the creepy looking sampan with lanterns decades old), Jewelry factory in Aberdeen (which was lame, coz it was just a random stop where you are pressured into buying jewelry), Repulse Bay and Stanley Market.  We ended up in Stanley Market and decided to spend the rest of the day there and took the bus back ourselves. Along the water were restaurants and we picked the one with a huge array of western dishes.  The lady owner was super chatting and talked to us about where she has traveled in SEAsia and etc.

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Roaming around Macau

Happy New Year!!!  I figured I will start the year with some summary posts of our travels during December. Meeps and I took a 3.5 week vacation and stopped in a few places.  We started off with Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia then back to Singapore and then back to reality.  Other than Brunei (home sweet home), Macau was another highlight of our vacation.  Here is a little recap~

When we got to Macau, it was raining cats and dogs.  Although the weather was miserable, it was not hard to notice the charm this place has.  Other than the grand casinos, every other part was very quaint with a historic charm.

We started off with trying to find a restaurant near Sofitel where T was staying.  After getting quite lost and desperate, we just walked into a random restaurant.  To my surprise, CP (Macau native) told me that we wandered into one of the oldest/popular Portuguese restaurants in Macau – Fat Siu Lau.  The best part of our meal was the Signature Roast Pigeon and African Chicken.

We then stumbled into a little bakery that caught my attention – they were making almond cookies and gracious enough to let us sample warm cookies straight from the oven.  Of course, it was a great tactic coz we ended up trying a variety of Asian style jerkies and cookies and bought 7 kgs worth!

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – Austin, TX

On our very first night in Austin, we met the nicest cab driver who was like our very own tour guide. During the ride from the airport to the hotel – he gave us some background, told us where to go, what to see and where to eat.  He highly recommended Eddie V’s for their amazing happy hour and great seafood so we went ahead and made a reservation on our last night in Austin.

The restaurant was a lot larger than I had expected – it looked pretty run down from the exterior but the interior was very nice.

Menu

We ordered:

1/2 Dozen Oyster $16

I can’t remember what kind of oysters these were and it was delicious! Very fresh and tasted just like the sea. Yumm…  They are $1 during the Happy Hour on Sundays and Mondays.
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Truffled Steak Tartare $15

Traditional garnishes and toasted artisan rye

The steak tartare was not bad – I didn’t quite get much of any truffle and it had a tad too much mustard.  That said, the quality of the beef was great.
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Jumbo Lump Crab Cake $17

sauteed Maryland style with spicy chive remoulade

I loved the lump crab cake! It was definitely packful of crab without much breadcrumb fillers.  Well seasoned with a nice crisped exterior – the chive remoulade was creamy and rich which went well with the salty crab chunks.
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Alaskan Halibut $33

Sauteed with sweet corn, morels, edamame and smoked pork shank

The halibut was pretty interesting – the creamy rich sauce with smoky pork flavours reminds me a lot of bacon! And the edamame and corn was interesting combination with the fish.  I am not crazy about it but it was not bad~
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2 orders Scallops @ $28 each

Scallops sauteed with citrus fruit, roasted almonds and brown butter

The scallops was one of my favourites of the night.  I was a little skeptical when I saw how much was going on on the plate but it turned out to be excellent.  The large scallops were nicely seared and seasoned well. The grapefruit silvers and rich brown butter was surprisingly delicious with the scallops
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Cobia with Crab Special $32

I don’t remember the details about the special since I didn’t order it.  I took a small bite and it was interesting to have crab and fish in the same bite.  That is all I remembered. *oops*
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Chilean Seabass $40

Steamed Hong Kong style with light soy broth

Best dish of the night hands down!  The seabass literally fell apart the moment my fork touched it and it was so delicately seasoned and just so well balanced and delicious.  The fish was steamed to perfection – and the light soy broth and chinese broccoli went well with the crab fried rice we ordered.
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Jumbo Gulf Shrimp $29

Grilled “Oreganata Style” with fresh Jonah crab

I didn’t care much for this dish – the shrimp was completely crusted with herbed bread crumbs.  It was tad over done for my liking and this plate definitely had too much going on.

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Sides:
1/2 order Steamed Asparagus $6; 1/2 order Sauteed Spinach; 1 order Sugar Snap Peas w Portabella $9; & 1 order Crab Fried Rice with Scallions & Mushrooms $9

The vegetable sides were nothing spectacular and a little bland so none of us were really wowed and we didn’t even finish the dish.  However that crab fried rice was spectacular – the flavours are very much asian inspired with hints of soy sauce, scallions, mushrooms and some lump crab. Really tasty!

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Butterscotch Panna Cotta $9

Salted caramel and house made biscotti

Not bad.  The biscotti was hard to eat without coffee but the panna cotta itself was not bad – smooth and creamy.  I don’t care much for caramel so I only had a couple bites.
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Blackberry cobbler $9

The cobbler was served with vanilla bean ice cream.  It was very tangy with a nice crust.  I am not sure how much I like cooked blackberries though.
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Hot “Banana Foster” Butter Cake $9

The banana foster cake was highly recommended by our server and we quite enjoyed it. It was served flambe, with rich butter pecan ice cream.  The cake was rich, dense and sooo tasty!

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Total Damage: $322.86/ ~45 per person (with tax, no tip)

Personal Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Pretty good)

Overall experience in the restaurant was pretty good! The atmosphere was pretty formal, with a dimly lit dining room – perfect for dates/anniversary dinners.  It is definitely a pricey restaurant, especially for what I have had in Austin but the meal and as a whole was pretty good! Not all the dishes were a hit but the ones that we enjoyed – they were amazing!

Service was good – we had to wait a little even though we had a reservation but once seated – orders were taken and food was served pretty promptly.

A good place for a nice quiet dinner out~

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

301 E 5th Street
Austin, TX 78701

(512) 473 1860

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