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Invited : 3 Days 2 Nights Hong Kong Disneyland 2012 : Day 1 Lunch at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Crystal Lotus Chinese Restaurant and Day 2 Breakfast With Disney Friends At Enchanted Garden Restaurant

After dropping all our luggage at the Disney’s Hollywood Hotel and change to a short pant cause the weather all of sudden change from cold to very hot. Just look at the weather from cold turn hot in a short period of time. The dark clouds slowly fade off.

Before we went to the theme park, we were ferried by the shuttle bus to Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel for a Dim Sum lunch at their Chinese Dim Sum restaurant known as Crystal Lotus. It is located at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel which is a higher class hotel compared to Disney’s Hollywood Hotel which we were staying in.

The entrance to Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.

Bronze Minnie Mouse and Mickey Greets every customer that walk in to the hotel lobby.

Welcome welcome!

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Hui Lau Shan Dessert Hong Kong International Airport

Last Saturday I was departure to Hong Kong Airport via the earliest available flight from LCCT. The earliest flight is at 6.30am and arriving around 10.45am. My mind already filled with what to eat upon arriving the airport. After checking out the itinerary in Disneyland, I decided to go for dessert rather than a meal. Some more on the plane there are a meal prebooked where I had it as breakfast. So somewhere in between, the dessert fit in just nice.

The dessert place is located at Terminal One which you can’t miss. It is just next door to Ajisen Ramen and easily noticeable at the arrival hall.

We ordered a box of 6 pcs mango mochi to start it off.

6 pcs Mango Mochi – HKD$25

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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.



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


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.


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


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


The main dining hall of the restaurant


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


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


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.


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.



Brightly designed and a very spacious restaurant


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


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.


Papaya Fish Soup


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.


Beef Ball Soup


Capsicum Pork Ribs


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).


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


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



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


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.



Giant bamboo clam


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.



Spacious and Colorful seats even in the economy class


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


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




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


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.



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


Standard sets listed on the signboard


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.


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


Duck Drumstick and black bean soup rice HKD28 (RM14)


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.


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.


Tai Weng Wah Restaurant


Located in the center of Yuen Long town



The ground floor of the restaurant sells sundries


Operating hours of the restaurant


The front entrance of the restaurant


Main dining hall


Hugo Leong chatting with his guest in the restaurant


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.


Braised Sea Cucumber with Black Mushroom


Braised White Radish with dried Eel meat


Five Spice Chicken


Roast Duck


Salted Black Bean Prawns


“Leng” Fish Ball With Baby Pak Choi


Braise Dried Oyster With Bean Curd Skins


Stir Fried Mixed Vegetable With Glass Noodles


Poon Choi Pork


9 Tai Kwai on a full table


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


My plate of 9 Tai Kwai



Chinese Spinach Soup


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.


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


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!



Now put some light soya sauce


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”.


Steamed fluffy MA LAI KOH


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.


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


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.



The glass dragon sculpture located in front of the lift lobby


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.


Come with a 32″ LCD TV with satellite TV connection


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)

Last Call For Tour2U Holidays Gourmet Tour Booking!

Day are coming near for my Gourmet Tour Departure. From the information of Tour2U Holidays who organised this Gourmet Tour, this is the final week to make the call.

2 Seats Left! Make your decision fast or you will lose out this great opportunity

Make your booking by calling Anne Tan 012-3369337 of Tour2U for booking. The itinerary can be obtained here.