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  1. Ganjang gejang (raw marinated crab), crispy soft shell crab with hot melty pockets of roe, and a steamed egg hot pot. The raw crab is SO good..marinated in sweet salty soy, the roe sooo creamy and delicious..
  2. Why I horrify almost everyone I travel with and am Nobody's Dream Girl; my Seoul hotel room breakfast of choice - spicy raw oysters marinated in garlic and fermented chilli (gul muchim), a spicy pork belly samguk bap/onigiri rice ball, and a can of cold double shot coffee.
  3. Breakfast of champions; yukhoe (raw beef, marinated in soy, honey, sesame oil, black pepper and garlic), on a bed of julienned nashi pear, with a raw egg yolk and sides of chopped chilli, garlic, doenjang bean paste, a salt/pepper/sesame oil dipping sauce and a beef radish soup. And despite being breakfast, a 750mL bottle of makgeolli, sweet Korean rice beer, cause I ain't playin.
  4. Some more things; honey butter fried chicken from 678 Chicken. With yuzu-flavoured soju. All very good. Then I mooched around the streets of Hongdae for a bit and had a mango bingsu (shaved ice, mango chunks, mango syrup and cubes of cheddar cheese!!) and rice sticks, filled with melty mozzarella, covered with a slice of melted American cheese, doused in cheese sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. And condensed milk for drizzling over the lot. Obviously. !!
  5. @Smithy, they're baby king mushrooms. Normally king mushrooms are giant, perturbingly phallic looking beasties, but these were small and delicate. If I had kitchen access here, I'd be sauteeing them in butter and soju and doenjang (Korean soy paste, like miso.) The fish - not sure. I imagine you buy a brace of them? For general fish-having purposes.
  6. Speaking of, lunch today; dakgalbi at Yoogane. You get a giant cast iron pan of chicken and vegetables, order sides (I ordered ramyun and cheese) and cook it up. All you can eat kimchi and unending soju, and I was very full, tipsy and happy before it'd even turned midday.
  7. Sorry, 'eomuk' just means 'fishcake'. I always try to use the actual word when I know it, but I could've made that clearer! Korean food is BIG on cheese. I'm sure that's a modernish innovation but by no means isolated to fishcakes, or this stall..they melt cheese over everything, usually mozzarella. Fried chicken, ramen, everything. Street/junk food type foods mostly, but yeah, cheese everywhere. I used to think it was gross, but now I'm a total convert; see my chilli pork cheese ramyun monstrosity:
  8. OK, reviving this old thread with some Seoul eating adventures, aka eating some very spicy kimchi within 30 seconds of exiting our hotel. Myeongdong street food cart haul; Egg bread: Tteokgalbi meatball: Crispy fried chicken and deep-fried rice cakes: Eomuk fishcakes stuffed with chives; mozzarella cheese; sausage and two kinds of rice cake, drizzled in gochujang chilli sauce: Kimchi mandu dumplings with radish kimchi: And here's a video I took as I was walking around. Mostly of people's feet, it seems. Will concentrate next time.
  9. @catdaddy, maybe just this place because it's fancy. It did make them incredibly tender. Anyway, last meal in HK; more dim sum: And now I'm in Seoul, so over to that mildly-offensively named 'Elsewhere in Asia' forum! Starting here: https://forums.egullet.org/topic/13019-dining-in-seoul/?do=findComment&comment=2081329 Thanks for all your comments and questions. It makes it much more motivating to post to know that someone's reading!
  10. In any case, dessert was one of these. Weakness for Duvel.
  11. Well, I'm stopping quite soon, as tomorrow I'm heading to Seoul!
  12. I love the street scenes too. HK is so utterly full to the brim with life. This is my view from bed; I lie here and look out and think of all the lives going on in those buildings, the love stories, the peaceful families, the lives of quiet heartbreak and desperation..all of it. Anyway, re food; a tiny light dinner tonight at Xin Dau Ji. Pidan/century eggs with pickled ginger: Suckling pig: Crisp-skinned soy sauce chicken: Oyster, green onion and ginger hotpot: Crab, conpoy (dried scallop) and egg white fried rice: An elegant sufficiency.
  13. The zucchini I ate like I eat noodles; slurpingly and not at all ladylike. The rose bun was a standard bao dough, like you use for barbecue pork buns. A little smoother maybe, so it might've been a lower gluten starch. Filled with a faintly vomitous rose/sweet bean paste that reminded me clearly why I don't love Chinese sweets...would've rather have had another piece of pork jerky instead, tbh #porkosexual
  14. It was some kind of bisque-y thing I couldn't identify. Chicken, maybe? I asked, but they just kept saying, "CREAM SOUP" in ever-increasing volumes. OK THEN!
  15. Today's comestibles included a first lunch at Ho Hung Kee wonton noodle in Causeway Bay, where I had the shrimp roe noodles: And the wonton/shrimp dumpling soup: And then moved onto a second lunch at Social Place, with truffle mushroom buns: Cream soup dumplings: Zucchini salad with Sichuan hot and numbing dressing (pre the dressing): And sweet rose buns: Then a wee snack of Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa, or Chinese honeyed pork jerky. And lup cheong on a stick: Then I decided that I'd buy myself a gift, because I've been doing it so tough on this holiday so far, so bought this beautiful platter at Shanghai Tang. Two HK street scenes as bonus. Anyone still reading btw, or are we over it?
  16. Amazing dinner at The Chairman in Central last night, the star of the meal being a heart-stoppingly delicious steamed flowery crab with aged Shaohsing wine and chicken oil and fresh flat rice noodles..would drink sauce with spoon, and did (the waiters nodded approvingly.) Other things; crispy crab meat and mushroom dumplings: Crispy Sichuan lamb belly with zucchini ribbons and coriander: THAT CRAB: Long-braised and then deep-fried and glazed spareribs with preserved plum and caramelised Chinkiang black vinegar: Ginger gailan: Fried rice with fresh prawns, dried prawns and prawn paste (SO UMAMI): Wolfberry ice cream and hot sweet almond milk tea: Thought all that was very good value for AUD$100 (US$80). Then on the way home I swung by City Super to clear out their stocks of Lu biscuits (my friend's kid is obsessed with them, you can't get them in Australia, so I buy them for her whenever I travel): And gawk at their mind-boggling oyster selection:
  17. Fu Sing also had four to a steamer/serve of nearly everything, eg the har gow you see there. Maybe prawns > superstition.
  18. No dinner as such to report from last night; it was all liquid. But after spending most of the evening fending off strange men trying to buy me drinks and then letting them buy me drinks and then fending them off again, I woke up this morning with a raging hunger; so ate THESE pretty good dan tarts while sitting on the hotel room couch in my underwear contemplating the view, and then dragged myself to an old standby, Fu Sing in Causeway Bay. Thither, my friend and I gave the old dim sum hangover-helper a fair suck of the sauce bottle (as we [sometimes, hardly ever] say in Australia): Then I stopped at Muji and bought myself a pack of these, because I'm wild and I cannot be tamed (or so I was informed last night.)
  19. Which I really feel like doing right now but I'm very drunk tbh from a very fun night drinking with strangers so probably should not try to flambé anything. #rulestoliveby
  20. It's clams steamed with garlic, chilli and vermicelli. They're delicious. I intentionally booked a hotel with kitchenettes so I could buy things from the wet markets and bring them back to cook (as between-meal snacks, don't you know!) so might do something with some garlic/black bean/razor clams.
  21. Roast goose and char siu (sooooo fatty, my favourite) at Yat Lok, then a rummage through the kitchenware shops of Shanghai St in Kowloon:
  22. That's the view from my hotel room - I love it, far more interesting to me than the cliched harbour skyline. I know HK typhoons well - I was a tiny kid, terrified out of my mind, during Typhoon Ellen in 1983. We lived on the Peak, right next to the Peak Tower on one of the highest points of the hills, in a massive apartment lined with floor-to-ceiling plate glass French doors. I still remember every single one of them blowing in as my family cowered in the hallways, where we'd dragged our mattresses, and the mattresses moving up and down the polished floor hallways as the building swayed. And the building had been taken over by the Japanese to use as their headquarters during the war, so it had been fortified - and was still swaying! I also remember being sheltered in a human pile by my mother and father and our maids when the air conditioner units that had been built into the windows started exploding inwards, glass flying and rain sheeting into our apartment horizontally. And back onto food lest the mods get me - this is a happier trip. Today I plan to do nothing but eat roast goose, wontons, and then buy some takeaway egg tarts and eat them while riding the Star Ferry a couple of hundred times.
  23. Dinners I wished I cooked but did not; I'm in Hong Kong for the week (actual dinners described hither): But I saw these incredible red prawns in a supermarket here (hard to get a sense of scale from this photo but they were bigger than my forearm!) and was very much contemplating wrestling one back to my hotel room and going at it with my tiny kitchenette. Sadly, decorum prevailed.
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