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Gourmet Tour With Hugo Leong – Day 1 : Tai Weng Wah Restaurant at Yuen Long, Hong Kong

I know this is a long waited post by many of my readers. Sorry for the delay of putting this up as I got a lot of catch up to do after the gourmet tour. Just a little bit intro to the gourmet tour. In Malaysia, most of the tour agency were offering the normal rushing the schedule tour where you rushing to meet the schedule all the time. Food and lodging were pretty crappy as they try to bring the budget down. It is not the same when you go on a gourmet tour. You will be flying on a premium airline, dine side by side with gourmet celebrity Mr Hugo Leong, eating good foods and stay in 5 stars hotel which located outside the busy town where you can have a good rest.

Gourmet tour is not something new in Malaysia. Last time this tour is usually joined by the restaurant proprietors or chefs for the sake of venturing into some old school foods in China and Hong Kong. All these foods were long lost in modern days and it can only be found at the place of the origin where the foods were first introduced. The tour agency that arranged this special tour is TOUR2U HOLIDAYS SDN. BHD. On the 5th of March 2010, the departure date for our tour is actually the 5th anniversary where they first started back in 2005. The one that started this tour is Ms. Anne Tan who is the tour leader for our trips. For this trip we were flying on Malaysian Airlines, one of the award winning airline in Asia.

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Spacious and Colorful seats even in the economy class

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The foods served to us on that morning are quite impressive. I am having a cheesy omelet set.

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From Top Left : Red bean pudding, fresh cut fruits, coffee
Center Left : Cheesy Omelet with baked potato, button mushrooms, tomato and chicken sausage, fresh orange juice

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We were served with ice cream too. A bar of Magnum Mini Classic vanilla ice cream with chocolate

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The journey took us about 4 hours ride on the plane and it was a smooth one throughout the whole flight. We touch down Hong Kong International Airport around 3pm and then we are having a few hours free time for us to walk around before we head to Tai Weng Wah Restaurant (the restaurant own by Hugo Leong) for our dinner for the first night. When you are in Hong Kong, you must try their “Yin Yeong” (Mix Coffee and Tea) and “Lai Cha” (Milk Tea). It is very flavorful and smoother than the one we have with our mamak stall.

We were dropped off at Tsuen Wan area for us to do our shopping and I just simply walk in to a random coffee shop.

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Small and compact coffee shop. But it is clean and comfortable.

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Standard sets listed on the signboard

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Hot Tea and Hot Yin Yeong at HKD12 each (RM6)

The Hot Milk Tea and Yin Yeong. Why this is so special and made me wanna fly 4000 miles just for a cup of tea? The tea leave used in preparing this are Lipton Tea from what I observe behind the kitchen. What surprise me is that they throw in raw egg shells together with the tea leaf. Then the hot water is poured on top of the tea leaf then poured over to the new cup. The egg shell make the tea very smooth and fragrant. The milk used are evaporated mixed with full cream milk.

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The cold version of Lai Cha which commonly known as TEH AIS in our country (HKD12 = RM6)

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Duck Drumstick and black bean soup rice HKD28 (RM14)

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To me the soup are really well cooked but somehow the taste are rather bland. The soup slightly oily and the duck meat are quite tender.

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Pork Innard Porridge HKD22 (RM11)

After the light snack time over here, were wander around to kill some time until 5pm and we went back to our tour bus. We were then heading to Yuen Long which is 1 hour 30 minutes away.

 

The main attraction for day 1 would be having dinner at Tai Weng Wah Restaurant, the restaurant which owned by renowned TV gourmet celebrity and TVB host for “FOOD GOD” Chef Hugo Leong Man To or widely known as To To. His show is aired on our ASTRO that recommends good foods around HK and Malaysia.

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Tai Weng Wah Restaurant

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Located in the center of Yuen Long town

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The ground floor of the restaurant sells sundries

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Operating hours of the restaurant

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The front entrance of the restaurant

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Main dining hall

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Hugo Leong chatting with his guest in the restaurant

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This restaurant is always busy but the service are very attentive

For this tour trip we were served with “9 TAI KWAI” or known as nine big ghost if we’re doing a direct translation from Cantonese dialect. Usually 9 Tai Kwai are cooked in special celebration day during the old times by the villagers. Most of the villagers in Yuen Long use to be a rural area which consist a lot of farmers. All of them back them are living in poor condition. 9 Tai Kwai are usually cooked during Chinese New Year or any special occasions. All of these dishes will then placed on a big bowl in 9 dishes. Below are the traditional 9 Tai Kwai dishes which cooked by villagers in ancient time.

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Braised Sea Cucumber with Black Mushroom

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Braised White Radish with dried Eel meat

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Five Spice Chicken

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Roast Duck

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Salted Black Bean Prawns

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“Leng” Fish Ball With Baby Pak Choi

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Braise Dried Oyster With Bean Curd Skins

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Stir Fried Mixed Vegetable With Glass Noodles

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Poon Choi Pork

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9 Tai Kwai on a full table

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Spring Onion Mix with vinegar that taste very well with the 5 spice chicken

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My plate of 9 Tai Kwai

 

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Chinese Spinach Soup

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Besides the 9 Tai Kwai, there are more surprises waiting for us. One of the “A MUST TRY” in this restaurant is the “CHU YAU LOU FAN” or roast pork oil rice. It is a very fragrant and tasty combination. It is just a mixture of roast pork oil, premium light soya sauce and white rice.

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Left a bottle of roast pork oil and on the right a bottle of premium light soya sauce

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Get you self a bowl of white rice. Then pour the roast pork oil to a spoon. Try don’t put too much. This is really oily!

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Now put some light soya sauce

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Mix and eat. Tasty to the max! I have double.

 

After all the gorgeous main course, we were served the special dessert in the house. This is not available for walk in customers. You have to prebook it in advance then only you will get it. The special dessert is called “MA LAI KOH”.

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Steamed fluffy MA LAI KOH

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According to Hugo Leong, there’s a saying people would expect MA LAI KOH is origin from Malaysia. But it is not. This MA LAI KOH is slightly different with the one we have in Malaysia. It is steamed on several layers and there are custard in between. The one we had in Malaysia is made with brown sugar. I love this more than the brown sugar version.

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Lastly we flush down everything with a bowl of nice sweet dessert. White beans, yam and sweet potato soup.

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After the meal, we rushed into Shenzhen with tour bus to spend our night there. The hotel rate at Shenzhen are cheaper and more spacious compared to the one in Hong Kong. The first hotel which we will stay for our tour is the Century Kingdom Hotel. It is a 5 stars business hotel located at outer Shenzhen city. We were treated as VIPs upon arriving the hotel with Hugo Leong who are joining us in this gourmet tour trip. One thing is that the hotel which we stay, were slightly located outside the town. You can have a very quite sleep as there are not much traffic here.

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The glass dragon sculpture located in front of the lift lobby

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The room which I stay in is a twin sharing room. It comes with 2 super single bed and 2 comfortable pillows. 1 soft and 1 hard. All the rooms also were equipped with high speed broadband. I am getting a 10MB connection here! If only I can have this at home.

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Come with a 32″ LCD TV with satellite TV connection

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This is the end of day one. Good night …… Stay tune for Day 2 which we are heading to SHANTOU. It is also known as the origin of Teo Chew clans.

This tour is organized by Tour2U Holidays. There are another upcoming gourmet tour to China at first week of December 2010. They also provide easy payment scheme which you just need to pay RM500 per month (around RM5000 for the gourmet tour package) until December to secure your seat. When I went for the trip, there are more people who want to join in last minute but have to walk away disappointed as this is a very popular trip that it always fully booked. So if you want to avoid disappointment, make your reservation now by calling the tour leader Miss Anne Tan at 012-336 9337. I have made my reservation for it. How about you? This upcoming trip also will have Hugo Leong to lead us to all these gorgeous foods. Bear in mind that you paying a hefty amount of money to taste the traditional foods and not the luxurious sharks fin or abalones.

Hugo Leong with Miss Anne Tan (Tour Leader cum owner of Tour2U Holidays Sdn Bhd)

36 Comments

  • April 6, 2010 - 1:03 am | Permalink

    *_____________* i also wan eaaaaaaaaaaat !!!!!!

  • April 6, 2010 - 10:32 am | Permalink

    Wow, that was some gourmet feast indeed! =) So, you’ve tried the famous 9 Tai Gwai…amazing…LOL, and dined with Hugo Leong, who knows, you will be the next famous celebrity like Hugo too? 😉

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:39 am | Permalink

      It taste simply astounding. Very original. No MSG used in the cooking. All are pure natural ingredients.

  • April 6, 2010 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    You guys look like father and son! LOL
    .-= iamthewitch´s last blog ..Warm up your tummy at Hon Kee Porridge, Damansara Uptown =-.

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:39 am | Permalink

      Where got? He is “Food God Level” me just a small potato back in KL

  • April 6, 2010 - 10:51 am | Permalink

    We made our way to Tai Weng Wah on our trip last year,but only managed to try their lunch not dinner. It will be posted soon.
    .-= Jason Wong´s last blog ..Food Do’s: Coffee Cupping =-.

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:40 am | Permalink

      Good for you. Awaiting to see your post 😀 I am sure you like it there.

  • April 6, 2010 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    The dishes that you had is similar to Poon Choi dishes when stacked up. We have tried to replicate the dishes ourselves 2 years ago.
    .-= Jason Wong´s last blog ..Food Do’s: Coffee Cupping =-.

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:41 am | Permalink

      Yea it does. Put and stack all in a big container and it will be come Poon Choi.

  • April 6, 2010 - 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Errr… this wasn’t advertise in any newspaper right? Is this similar to Lingzie’s previous trip before? She attended the same as well.
    .-= NKOTB´s last blog ..Ingolf’s Kneipe =-.

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:41 am | Permalink

      Nope. This is not advertised in any newspaper. Usually their tour is via words of mouth.

      Yes! Lingzie intro me to Anne and her tour agency. She attended the same one like mine but eating different foods.

  • April 6, 2010 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Wow! You really had some great spread on the table. Nice shots too Ken. 🙂
    .-= Criz Lai´s last blog ..TRENDY & HEALTHY BREAD FROM WAHAHA BAKERY =-.

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:42 am | Permalink

      Thanks man …. looking back at it, I miss their foods a lot!

  • April 6, 2010 - 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Waliao! 2 of you looks sama2 one….father and son like witch said le…geng ar! “Sik Sun” man……
    .-= uLi´s last blog ..1st Anniversary IBM-Maxis Partnership @One World Hotel =-.

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:42 am | Permalink

      Next time he come, I try arrange we go cam whore with him. 😀

  • April 6, 2010 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    The 9 tai kwai looks very delicious!!!! Envy you loh!
    .-= cariso´s last blog ..Sakae Teppanyaki & Izakaya -Invited Review (Part 2) – Food Review =-.

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:43 am | Permalink

      You can sign up and join me together end of this year. The contact number is there.

  • April 6, 2010 - 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I was awaiting that Zhu Yao Low Fan! Hahaha, saw that from the TV back then, and read from someone’s blog before.
    Sinful to the max.
    Never knew about the egg shells + tea leaves concept, sounds intriguing but maybe true. For egg shells provide that creamy, milky aroma?
    .-= J2Kfm´s last blog ..Nam Fatt Fish Ball Noodle House @ Jalan Kampar, Ipoh =-.

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:44 am | Permalink

      I miss the Zhu Yao Low Fan!!!! Very unhealthy …. cholesterol burst … still I MISS IT!

      The eggs shell really make it more creamy. You can try at home and see? 😀

  • April 7, 2010 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Awesome food! I can’t wait to see your Shantou food review.
    Must try to make it for the December trip 🙂
    .-= ck lam´s last blog ..Sakae Teppanyaki & Izakaya at Autocity Penang =-.

  • April 7, 2010 - 10:47 am | Permalink

    What a great post! Love the pictures 🙂

    Ice cream on airplane? Wow…. never got one before, hehehe
    .-= Selba´s last blog ..Pho24 =-.

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:44 am | Permalink

      Thanks gal ….

      They do give in Malaysian Airlines …. Ice cream after meal.

  • April 7, 2010 - 7:38 pm | Permalink

    aiyar, next time must ask you to buy the premium soy sauce for me! did hugo mentioned where can get this brand?
    .-= gill gill´s last blog ..Kang Beef House Revisited =-.

    • April 8, 2010 - 12:47 am | Permalink

      The brand of the premium soya sauce is called “YUMMY HOUSE”

      And that soya sauce is locally produced in Yuen Long, Hong Kong

  • April 8, 2010 - 12:42 am | Permalink

    Need or not =.=||

  • April 8, 2010 - 12:47 am | Permalink

    Lol …. my belly still smaller than his ….. he is the god of food!

  • April 8, 2010 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    i miss the Chu Yau Lou Fan!!!!!!

    i went to the same kopitiam for tea and also stayed in the same hotel…the hotel very nice hor??? i love the bed! it was soooo comfortable!

    great to see more food from Tai Wing Wah.. it was different from what i had previously. but we had the must try chu yau lou fan! i sapu 2 bowls also! hahaha
    .-= lingzie´s last blog ..Sakae Teppanyaki & Izakaya @ Juru Autocity =-.

    • April 10, 2010 - 10:42 am | Permalink

      What a coincidence …. lol ….. The hotel were so good and comfortable. Though I slept late, I am fully recharge the next morning as their bed is so comfortable.

      Last round they had Buddha Jump Over The Wall ….. Mine is 9 Tai Kwai …. Next round, let Hugo surprise us! Going again on December 2010.

      The Chu Yau Lou Fan rocks! Can’t wait to eat it again!

  • April 9, 2010 - 1:31 pm | Permalink

    wah liao! 9 tai guai!! salivating~!
    .-= allie´s last blog ..Special Lor Mee =-.

    • April 10, 2010 - 10:42 am | Permalink

      You also can join me to try all the gorgeous foods out.

  • May 3, 2010 - 6:06 pm | Permalink

    stomach already sounding liow…gosh…u really look like hugo son lah…

  • Joe Lee
    May 25, 2010 - 11:43 pm | Permalink

    TWINS?????????

  • Raymond
    November 6, 2010 - 11:04 pm | Permalink

    When is next tour to Hong Kong? Your blog is very enticing.

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