Monday, June 14, 2010

Hongkong food pOrn: treading on pareng Tony Bourdain's footmark!

The last time I was in the former British colony, shuttling between Macau and Hong Kong Island, with a day to spare for HK Disneyland, I awfully missed trying a resto or two featured in No Reservations by cocky (but you can easily forgive him for being so) host/chef Anthony Bourdain.

That trip to Hong Kong yielded an offer I couldn't resist. On the way back to Cebu, my seat was bumped off. With that said, I was given a roundtrip ticket by the airline to any international destination of my choice aside of course from the free hotel room at Novotel Citygate (see photos below). I did not have to work out my charm for an upgrade (hey, there's no business class at 5J!) at the check-in counter. The manna from heaven just fell oh so naturally, baby!

I was told the travel voucher was only valid until September, so I did not waste time booking a flight. Given the limited destinations coming from Cebu hub, I was left with Seoul, Busan, Osaka, Singapore or Hong Kong. I initially planned for a Singapore swing then exit thru Bangkok (BKK-MNL), but the political situation in Thailand was unstable, so I crossed it out on the list.




 my free hotel room in HK courtesy of Cebu Pacific Air

I thought I haven't explored much of Hong Kong's quiet side--the nature trails and secret beaches as well as the daredevil bungee jump at the Macau Tower. So there. I booked a flight to Hong Kong in time for the summer break at school.

This trip will revolve around food porn, nature hike and heritage walks of both colonies--Hong Kong and Macau. To be more specific, I will try some of these restos featured by Pareng Tony in his show.Woo-ho!

"Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant: On his first day in Hong Kong, Tony and friend Josh enjoyed a meal together at this restaurant, located in the New Territories. Tony ate razor clams, cellophane noodles with soy and bamboo shoots, stir-fried cuttlefish, conch dipped in chicken stock and horseshoe-crab soup.
Address: G/F, 87-89 Man Min Street, Sai Kung
Phone: 852-2792-9294

Four Seasons Clay Pot Restaurant: Tony and Josh enjoyed traditional Hong Kong clay pot rice and assorted sausages.
Address: Temple Street, Yaumatei

Long Kee Noodle Shop: At this restaurant run by brothers, Tony enjoyed some spicy beef brisket noodles.
Address: G/F, 10 Hak Po Street, Mongkok
Phone: 852-2390-3990

Tung Po Seafood Restaurant: At this dai pai dong restaurant, Tony dined on various types of delicious seafood consisting of deep-fried mantis shrimp, fish fins, black-ink squid balls with noodles, stir-fried prawns and clam soup.
Address: 99 Java Road, North Point, Cookedfood Center

Yat Lok Barbecue Restaurant: Tony and Josh ate a delicious meal of various roasted meats, including goose with rice, suckling pig and pork belly.
Address: Po Wah House A, Tai Ming Lane, Tai Po, New Territories

Bo Innovation: Tony had an innovative, creative, delicious meal at this Hong Kong gem. It included sausage ice cream with rice crisp, toro sushi with air-dried foie gras, lobster with Szechuan sauce and har gao pasta, and wagyu beef with shrimp and scallop broth.
Address: Upper Ground Floor, Ice House, 32-38 Ice House Street, Central Hong Kong
Phone:852-2850-8371

The Grand Stage: Tony met with some Hong Kong natives to enjoy a tradition ... shark head soup.
Address: Western Market

Typhoon Shelter Crab: Tony sampled this traditional Hong Kong dish (crab with soy, scallions, salt, fried garlic) for the first time at this waterside restaurant. Tony also enjoyed fried mantis shrimp and clams in spicy black bean sauce.
Address: Under the Bridge Spicy Crab
Phone: 852-2573-7698

Lin Heung Teahouse: Tony and friends experienced traditional Hong Kong dim sum at this popular teahouse. Tony ate pork liver shu mai, barbecue pork bun, Chinese-style steamed sponge cake, steamed crab meat with fish maw and har gao (shrimp dumplings).
Address: 160-164 Wellington Street, Central
Phone: 852-2544-4556"
info culled from:
http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Anthony_Bourdain/Episodes_Travel_Guides/ci.Episode_Hong_Kong.map#listings


So, it's gonna be food porn at its finest! And here's hoping I get another FREE ROUNDTRIP TICKET!
Don't we all love to be bumped off once in a while and score a free hotel room and roundtrip ticket?!

See you on the road.


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