Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Praying Mantis Alert

Alien attack!! You should visit http://myrmecos.net/ if you like creepy crawlies.

Homemade Springrolls

Crunchy homemade spring roll (the Grand Hyatt recipe)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Where to go in Macau September 2010

Mecanese curry crab in Dom Galo Taipa Village, Macau 
Main shop - Avenida Sir Anders Ljungstedt R/C, Edificio Vista Magnifica, Macau (walking distance from MGM) 
Dom Galo is known almost as much for its iconic motif Galo (rooster in Portuguese) as its home-style dishes.

Thai Fried Chicken rice in Lord Stows, Macau
1 Rua da Tassara, Coloane Island, Macau

Another new restaurant in Macau (within MGM)

Modern and stylish setting

Mock European courtyard with full skylight in MGM, Macau

Peaceful night view in Macau

Vida Rica Bar in the Mandarin Oriental Macau - enjoy Mecanese night view while sipping a cocktail

Just one corner of MGM Patisserie, Macau

Dim sum selection from the Chinese restaurant Portas do Sol in the old Hotel Lisboa

While mum and dad were away, we terrorized the house!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sony NEX-5 (Part 2) [Hello,Again ~昔からある場所~ by Juju]

If you are still not convinced about buying a Sony NEX-5, maybe the Sony promo clip might move you.


Below is just one of the clips from the above weblink found in youtube.

The following clip is much tougher to locate, as most of the uploads have been taken down. Guess youku.com probably has a different copyright policy. We highly recommend watching this MV.

previous embedded youku link


Looks like I spoke too soon about youku copyright policy. The above clip has also been removed by Sony but as it turns out, this MV somehow survived in youtube without being taken down. I guess the secret is using an incomplete title so that Big Brother couldn't locate it easily.

Hello, Again 〜昔からある場所〜 by Juju

previous embedded youtube link

Heard this song in the local radio for the very first time during the weekend and the DJ also highlighted this MV. Enjoy while it's still alive and well!!

Update 2
New working youku link and this song has just become RTHK (local HK radio) weekly recommendation.

Ramen House - Daruma 達磨らめん

Dad is a big Japanese ramen fan. But he and mum often find shops operated out of Hong Kong lacked the real gist of Japanese ramen, ie a bowl of soup oozing aroma of pork bones and pieces of charshu which literally melt in your mouth. Mum went to Wakayama in IFC and Sapporo Ramen in Exchange Square recently, they were disappointing and acceptable respectively.

One fine evening, they decided to give the new ramen shop in Tai Hang a try. Since it's located in the neighborhood of Sushi Shin, mum's favorite Sushi place, they witnessed the birth of the shop!!

Shop E, G/F, Ming Sun Building, 92, Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, HK
Call for reservation - 2565 6600

After a brief wait outside, they were seated along one of the benches. The shop space is small, but the seats are spacious enough. The lighting and the color scheme are similar to some small shops in Tokyo. They ordered two Daruma special ramen to share with grand-dad and a few other snacks. The special ramen has a dollop of Mentaiko 明太子. After the first mouthful of soup oozing aroma of pork bones, the noodles were springy and the charshu really melted in their mouth.

The shop manager, Annie was sitting behind the counter and made a good effort to tell mum why Daruma's ramen is special. The tonkotsu soup is cooked daily in the morning once and once in the afternoon. They stop serving as soon as the soup base runs out. The noodles are specially ordered from Japan and the pork is from Holland. The resulting product is perhaps the best that they have tried in Hong Kong and comparable to some of the better ones in Japan. For HK$58 for the most basic bowl of ramen and no 10% service charge, the margin must be razor thin. Some things got to give eventually, either the price needs to go up or the quality deteriorates. So you should go now before either things happen. We are sure mum and dad will go again and take some pictures!!