Archive | July, 2011

Going veg

5 Jul

I have been eating vegetarian at home for some time now, as I get plenty of meat as it is whenever we eat out, which is most of the time. And considering this week I have practically no lunch appointments (I know, what a loner I am…) I thought I might as well go where few have ventured before, and that is to some vegetarian restaurants in Wanchai. By no means am I an expert in this area, but fortunately I do know of two places with good, affordable vegetarian selections.

First up – I went to Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine, which I had visited once before for dinner and was curious to see what it’s like on a weekday lunch. Surprisingly, business was good this time, yet not too full. After considering the wide range of dishes available, I settled for a typical vegetarian fried rice with some kind of special herb called heung chun (香椿). Portion was big, and came with a side of veg. All in all, I was satisfied, though feeling a little bloated from all that starch. I should try something else next time.
An interesting point about this place is it actually is an international chain, with all over the US, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and has some affiliation with a spiritual teacher called the Supreme Master Ching Hai and they place videos from this network that have subtitles in so many languages they take up more space on the screen than the video itself. Go check out ‘supreme master ching hai’ on youtube and you’ll see what I mean.

Next up, finding myself again without any lunch appointments today I ventured a second time to this other place called Happy Veggies. [More to come, with pics too]

Pet-Friendly Places

5 Jul

Hong Kong doesn’t rank very highly on pet-friendliness, but there are the odd restaurants here and there that somehow manage to get away with allowing customers bring along their pets. The local food and hygiene authority pretty much rules out all pets in any establishment that serves food, but most places with outdoor areas allow pets as long as they don’t wander inside. Then there are ‘dog cafes’ which have cropped up around the city areas, but I have yet to find one that decent food. Below are two places we’ve been to recently which have decent, Chinese fare and even allow dogs!

This first place is out of the way from town, in an area called Shum Tseng, that’s famous for roast goose. As with any area famous for a particular dish, all the shops selling roast goose in this area claim they are the original and best. Though I do have my personal favourite amongst the lot, having our dog with us this time limited our choices somewhat. I had heard this other place called Fu Kee has decent goose and with their spacious outdoor covered area the choice was clear.

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