Hunan Garden Hong Kong – To Go or Not To Go?

Being in a foreign country on a free and easy trip is very fun. You never know what you may encounter. This was the case when we were in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago. Although many people say there isn’t much to do at Times Square, we decided to go  for the picture-taking opportunity and to try out the food at Food Forum. So we stood in front of the board and wondered which restaurant to pick. There were quite a number of them, all looked really classy and nice, and no prices were mentioned. Oh-oh! So based on eeny, meeny, miny, moe – we picked Hunan Garden!  

As we turned towards the lift, we got a shock! It was probably the lunch  crowd, but the queue going towards the lifts that would bring us up to the restaurants were a mile long. Ok, I’m exaggerating a bit, but the queue was by no means short! In my life, I’ve never had to queue to get into a lift before. At least not such a long queue. For a moment, we contemplated if we should really go to Hunan Garden, but in the end, we decided we should. And Hunan Garden did not let us down. 

Hunan Garden Entrance

As we entered the restaurant, beautiful interior decor greeted us. The tableware were beautiful with motif of horses. As we looked closely, each plate has a different design of a horse. The silver teapot was reflecting the lights off the beautiful chandelier while the silverware were glistening in the light. For a moment, we felt utterly underdressed for the restaurant. We were like typical tourists in our shorts, tee, sandals, and backpack and felt really out of place at Hunan Garden. Every other customer were neatly dressed in suits and dresses. However, that did not deter us from our quest.

EAT! (we were super hungry after that long walk around Central).

We opened up the menu but our meal had been predetermined by my kiddo Shane, who had only one thing in mind.

“I want oodle!” he exclaimed.

So oodle it is. We ordered 3 bowls of noodles. Minced meat in spicy sauce, grilled eel and seafood noodle and so forth. Ordered some fried dumplings too. The taste? Excellent. The noodle texture? Soft and springy. It was absolutely wonderful. The broth from the grilled eel noodle was fabulous. Shane loved every bite of it. So did we.

Spicy minced meat noodle

Grilled Eel Noodles

Fried dumplings

The overall meal cost us only HKD$130. Not too pricey, but not exactly cheap as we only had 3 bowls of noodles, 1 plate of fried dumplings and chinese tea. But for the taste, Hunan Garden definitely deserved every cent. The service was excellent too.

We left the place feeling satisfied and happy. If you are ever around Times Square and can’t decide which place at Food Forum you want to go to, try Hunan Garden. You won’t regret it.

Hunan Garden Restaurant
13F, Times Square, Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Finding Tim Ho Wan, best Dim Sum in HK!

Tim Ho Wan - Queuing Up.

Call me exaggerated but Tim Ho Wan has the best dim sum I’ve ever tried. It’s worthy of the Michelin star. It’s a long wait. The restaurant (like a hole in the wall) is opened at 10am, but if you want to get a place to sit, be there by 915am – to queue. I was there at 920am and I was the last one to get a table when the door opened. If you missed the first batch of entry, you will have to wait until 1030am or so. And btw, it was a Thursday when I went.

While you are waiting, they will give you a menu chit where you just select the items you want to order. When you’ve gotten a table, quickly hand over the chit to them, or it could take a while longer to get your food.

Anyway, to get to Tim Ho Wan is very simple. Here it is:

Getting There

  1. Take Exit A2 at Yau Ma Tei MTR station.
  2. When you exit the station at street level, turn backwards to Pitt Street, which is like a few steps away. Turn right on Nathan Road. Landmark:, you will see  KFC/7-11 at this turn.
  3. Walk until you see Bee Cheng Hiang on your right, then turn right into Dundas Street.
  4. Walk down this road until almost the end of the road. You will come to a fork. Take left fork onto Kwong Fa Street. Tim Ho Wan is just a few doors away on your right. Opposite it is a carpark entrance.

Suggest items to order:

  1. Pig liver cheung fan
  2. Char siew pau
  3. Beef meatballs
  4. Lor bak kou
  5. Teochew fun guo
  6. Ham siu gok (deep fried glutinous rice dumpling)

Tim Ho Wan
G/F, Phase 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion,
2-20 Kwong Wa Street,

Opening hours: 10 am to 11pm.

Space Warehouse (HK) for Prada Goodies!

I know how hard it is to find Space Warehouse (HK) for some Prada lovin’. I hope this blog post will help you find your way there easily with a step-by-step guide.

Prior to leaving for Hong Kong, I have already done my research, browsed a bit and found out about a Prada outlet store called Space Warehouse in Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong. I scoured the net for more information on how to get there and everything was rather iffy. I ended up spending 1 hour walking around Admiralty to find the bus that would take me there, and then ended up in Central also looking for the illusive bus.

So, I’m posting this to help all fellow Prada lovers find the place with as little hassle as possible.

You asked if it’s worth the trouble? The answer is Yes. This would be the best factory outlet store you can possibly visit in HK. Most items are about 45% off. I was only interested in Prada (bags, shoes, clothes, wallets, purses, etc) although there are Miu Miu stuff as well.

Getting There

1) Take the MTR to the Central MTR station.

2) Walk to the bus terminus at the basement of IFC (International Finance Centre) Mall. Kinda basement. The lower part of the building.

3) Take bus m590 to Ap Lei Chau. Sit on the right side of the bus.

4) It’s about almost 30 mins ride if I remember correctly. Once you cross the bridge, keep an eye out for the sign on the left side of the road that says South Horizon. Somewhere along Yi Nam street. Once you see it, ring the bell. If you miss it, it’s ok.

5) If you miss the first stop, look right. Soon, you will see the shop SPACE WAREHOUSE next to a yellow building which is the Marina Square East Market. There will be a 7-11 convenience store nearby as well. Now, ring the bell. The bus still go around the corner and stop a short distance away to the left. Get down, cross the street, and just simply walk back to Space Warehouse.

Space Warehouse

Space Warehouse
2/F, South Horizons Plaza (East Wing)
Ap Lei Chau, HK Island,
Tel: +852 2814 9576

Opening Hours:
Monday – Closed
Tues – Sat: 10am – 6pm
Sun/Public Holidays: 12pm – 6pm

Happy shopping!

I’m not a monster!!!

I’ve been wanting to blog about this issue some 9 months ago.🙂 As always, been lazy…. so finally, last night, I made the effort to dig the picture out and here it is.

Some 9 mths back, I made a call to Domino’s to order a pizza for one of those rainy evenings. As it was my first time calling take out, I had to give them my details, e.g. phone number, address, name. The lady over the phone spoke good English; fluent and confident. When I gave her my name, I was extra careful as I know just how often it has been misspelt or mispronounced. However, I took for granted that since her English “sounded” impeccable, I assumed her spelling was OK too. So I gave her my name in a clear tone. She repeated it and it was fine.

When the pizzas arrived, everything was in order. We paid and the delivery guy left. We chomped down, and half way through the meal, I glanced at the box and out of habit, started reading the order slip… and I almost choked on my pizza….

Note: Not a great Order ID even… but I forgive her. It was Shrek season after all.