同裕酒家 – Authentic Organic Village Cuisines at Guangzhou, China

I feel kinda guilty to continue posting this after a long break. Well the journey continues. After having the Ginseng fed pigeons feast for lunch, we were then brought to feast on the traditional village organic cuisines where all the vege were self grown at the back yard and fishes were from their own farm. The place is known as 同裕酒家 in Chinese.

Located is the province of ZhaoQing 110 km northwest of Guangzhou, in the west Pearl River Delta. It lies on the north shores of the Xijiang River, which is flows from west to east, and opposite of Gaoyao. A plain area lies to the south and west of Zhaoqing, with mountains to the east and north.

With the average temp of 10C during the December month it is a perfect time to visit ZhaoQing which famous for their Zongzi (Bak Chang) and other own cultivated foods.

Nasi lemak shaped bak chang. It taste and having the same ingredients with our Cantonese Bak Chang back in Malaysia. Guangzhou is under Canton province and obviously it does taste like Cantonese style.

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Ginseng Fed Pigeon Feast At Guangzhou Pigeon Sanctuary

On my tour to Southern China early this year, this is my third day post where we landed in Guangzhou City. We were recommended to visit this place by famous celebrity chef and restauranteur Hugo Leong. This place house a small sanctuary where pigeons were breed in huge scale.

Besides a place to breed pigeons, this place also house a restaurant where you can feast on pigeons. Everything is cook with pigeon meats here. Be it soup or casual lunch.

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They proudly print the whole photo where they took during the video shoot with Hugo.

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The restaurant is built on the lake and when the time I was there, it is the end of winter time where the room temperature was dropping down to 2C in the afternoon.

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A place for you to sit and look at the lake to rest your mind

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Inside this jar must be something nasty. More of like a Chinese Home made tonic?

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The main dining hall of the restaurant

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One kind of turtle that can’t be found in south east asia

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Kungfu Lou fish ….. which means Kungfu Fish …. this fish doesn’t know how to kungfu to me … if they did, they already jump out

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This is one of fully grown white pigeons which famous in Hong Kong dead and deep fried called “YUE KAP”. I sound so evil huh …. but this bird isn’t the same as those. What makes them so different? It is the same concept like Wagyu beefs of Japan where they feed on different foods compared to normal cattle.

Here we got Ginseng Pigeon. The pigeon were fed on premium quality grain soaked on Ginseng tea.

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The owner and his pigeon.

China Gourmet Tour With Hugo Leong – (Day 2 Dinner) : Jianye Restaurant, The Finest Teochew Food In Shantou

Shantou doesn’t have much famous hawker food or snacks place. Most of the eateries here were mainly restaurants that serve seafoods and rice. For our second day dinner in Shantou, we were brought to Jianye Restaurant which located next to the place where we had our lunch earlier.

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Brightly designed and a very spacious restaurant

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The size of the normal dining hall alone can accommodate up to 500 pax at any one time.

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Hugo is choosing a nice local fish for our dinner. The fish that he got for us is called KWAI FA fish which only available at Shantou. All the chefs are getting nervous when Hugo and us all drop by their aquariums to select our fish. The price of the fish here is cheaper than the one we got back in Malaysia due to the sea nearby.

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Papaya Fish Soup

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The soup is cooked by using fresh young papaya and also a fresh water fish. I forgot to ask Hugo what is the type of the type of the fish used here. The weather out there is as low as 10C and this hot bowl of soup warm us up.

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Beef Ball Soup

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Capsicum Pork Ribs

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Gourmet Tour With Hugo Leong – Day 2 (Lunch) : New Plum Garden Siji Restaurant at Shantou, The Home Ground Of Teo Chew Clans People In China

On Day 2 of the my China Gourmet Tour in China, we were travelling from Shenzhen to the east of Guangzhou where it is located southern east of China. The place is called Shantou is located at the east part from Guangzhou.

Shantou, a city significant in 19th-century Chinese history as one of the treaty ports established for Western trade and contact, was one of the original Special Economic Zones of the People’s Republic of China established in the 1980s, but failed to blossom like other cities such as Shenzhen, Xiamen and Zhuhai. However, it remains as Eastern Guangdong’s economic centre, and is home to Shantou University, a member of the “Project 211” group.

From Shenzhen it took us 4 hours by bus ride just to reach that place. Though it is quite a long journey, the whole journey were accompany by Hugo Leong and wife plus a very active local tour guide which constantly entertain us with local info and what we are going to eat when we reach Shantou.

According to Hugo, Shantou also is known as Teochew as most of the people who stay here are Teochew people. When we talk about Teochew, first thing that will cross your mind is Teochew porridge. True enough that teochew porridge are famous as breakfast here. Besides the porridge another famous dish that origin from here is the braised duck (Lou Arp in Cantonese).

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Wind Powered Power Generator that are used at villages to generate electricity

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New Plum Garden Siji Restaurant – The finest for lunch in Shantou for Teochew style foods

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A huge and large dining hall with more than 10 VIP rooms

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For a banana like me who don’t read mandarin, is not an issue to order food here. All come with sample on how it going to look like with price tag stated clearly. Our food menu were taken care by Hugo himself as he know what is the best food in this restaurant. You just sit and eat when you join his gourmet tour.

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Giant bamboo clam

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Just compare that against a normal cockle …. so huge !! There are lots of fresh seafood here and I tell you, none of our seafood restaurants can beat in terms of quantity, quality and freshness of seafood. To start it off, we were served with 3 types of appetizer.

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)

My Hong Kong and China Gourmet Tour Itinerary With Tour2U Holidays Sdn Bhd

It is a dream of mine as a foodies to be able to go for a tour just for food! What can you expect more when you are having Malaysia leading Gourmet Tour Guide, dine side by side with gourmet celebrity and sight seeing to relax your self. All are just perfect! Following from my post which I wrote earlier to join Hugo Leung on a gourmet tour, I finally get hold of the itinerary.

Juicy Steaks from Wang Steak

Buddha Jump Over The Wall Soup

Fresh Prawns Done The Taiwanese Style

All the pictures above were taken from Tour2U recent GOURMET TOUR to Taiwan which last for 5 days 4 nights. It was hosted by my idol restaurateur cum chef Mr Hugo Leung who are very knowledgeable in  all sorts of gourmets be it Asian and Western. I went to see Anne, who are one of the TOP Malaysian Gourmet Tour tour guide at her office to get hold of the information of the menu and activities when we are in Hong Kong and China on this upcoming trip on March 4th, 2010. Before we go into that, checkout the video below on the trailer of their recent food tour. I am impressed!

The whole package for my upcoming tour is RM4,488 per person which inclusive of air tickets (economy class flying either with MAS or Cathay Pacific), airport tax, 5 stars hotel accommodation, all paid meals (4 Breakfast, 3 Lunch and 4 Dinners), ferry ride, city sightseeing, dine with celebrity Mr Hugo Leung and lead by Malaysia’s Elite Gourmet tour guide (Ms. Anne Tan of Tour2U) which can guaranty you laugh all the way during the whole tour. Just watch the video and you will see what I mean. All the participants that joined the tour came back giving a good testimony. Miss Anne Tan also got featured in Nanyang Siang Pau Newspaper on 31st Jan 2010, which the same for www.bigboysoven.com, www.foodpoi.com and www.what2seeonline.com


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More details about the hotel name, website about the hotel, activity itinerary

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Foods Highlight

Day 1 in Hong Kong:

We will fly from KLIA and by the time we touch down Hong Kong, it should be coming to late evening and the timing are just right where we going to dine at Hugo Leung’s restaurant (Tai Weng Wah Restaurant). We are going to start it off by savoring YUEN  LONG POON CHOI. Besides this there are more foods to be served. Check out the attached PDF.


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Day 2 :
Shan Tou Province – Famous for all sorts of stew and braised foods. One of the highlight is “KAM YOKE MOON TONG” and fried dry oyster.

Day 3 :
Guang Zhou Province – Pigeon Feast where all the dishes are pigeon related. This is the place where I use to hang around for 3 months when I was working in Guang Zhou. Excellent place where they show you how to cook a chicken. There are more than 100 types of way to cook a chicken.

Day 4 :
Zhao Qing Province – Organic foods and own bred fish. How it is prepared, you will need to checkout the menu as I don’t read Chinese.

Departure Date : 4th March 2010

There are still 10 places left for this tour. If you are interested to join this gourmet tour, you can contact Tour 2 U at:

TOUR2U HOLIDAYS SDN BHD
1A, JALAN 6/5, PANDAN INDAH COMMERCIAL PARK,
55100, KUALA LUMPUR

TEL : Anne Tan 012-3369337 FAX : 03-4296 9369

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