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You wouldn’t always expect the best steamed dumplings out by a theme park. But that’s what I found here at the JW Marriott by Ocean Park Hong Kong. Filled with carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, water chestnuts and celery, these tasty dumplings (HK$54) have the thinnest skins that did not break despite the ample fillings. Thumbs up!

Nojo originates from San Francisco but has found its way to Hong Kong, home of some of Asia’s most finicky diners. This fried chicken dish (agemono) is so flavourful I’m still thinking about it 4 days later. It is purportedly marinated overnight in sake lees, ginger and soy. It’s then fried to a perfect crispness, while still retaining its juiciness. HK$88. A must!

It’s not easy to get goose liver sausage in Singapore, let alone a delicious version of it. So when I ended up having lunch at Kam’s Roast in Jewel today, it was a no-brainer to order this dish. Especially since my daughter doesn’t eat goose, so ordering a dish of goose would have meant lots of leftovers. I nearly finished this on my own, there were just four slices left. A must order, whether dining alone or with a group. : )

It’s not easy to get goose liver sausage in Singapore, let alone a delicious version of it. So when I ended up having lunch at Kam’s Roast in Jewel today, it was a no-brained to order this dish. Especially since my Daughter doesn’t eat goose so ordering a dish of goose would have meant lots of leftovers. I nearly finished this on my own, there were just four slices left. A must order, whether dining alone or with a group.

I’ve been eating popiah from My Cosy Corner for about 6 years now since I moved into the area. The popiah ($2.50) here is a fan favourite and it’s not hard to see why. The chewy popiah skin is lashed with fiery Nonya sambal and garlic, then topped with bungkwang (chinese turnip), crumbled egg and crispy rice. Every order is made fresh, so my advice if you’re taking this away, is to make a beeline here to place your order, then run your errands around the shopping centre - you know, groceries from NTUC, pet supplies from Pet Lovers etc. Then return to collect.

Made a 6pm reservation here intending to order one of the salads & the chestnut parpadelle ossobuco ragu. Mind you, this was a 6pm indulgence and I still had dinner at home with the kids at 8pm 😂But when I walked in, I noticed the Happy Hour promotion of Crispy Pig’s Ears with 2 cocktails ($25). You choose your first cocktail from a list of 7 and the second cocktail is chosen by the bartender. The fruity cocktails go very well with the crispy pig’s ears, which are served with sriracha mayonnaise, pickled kohlrabi and piquillo peppers. You layer everything onto baby gem lettuce leaves and enjoy this with your hands. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to use your hands, but it tastes better that way! Will be back.

Just a day after my first visit to Da Shi Jia 大大大, I’m back again! This time with 4 friends in tow which meant I, I mean we could order more dishes! We had beancurd skin prawn roll, Hae Cho, salted egg chicken and of course the Wok-Fried white bee hoon as well as individual orders of prawn mee. :-p the starters were all well executed but I’m still swooning over the wok-fried bee hoon. But I will say that the Hae Cho ($6.80) is definitely worth ordering. It’s flavourful and well prepared. All 5 of us loved the refreshing Green apple juice with plum granules/powder ($3.80) too.

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Da Shi Jia’s Wok-Fried Big Prawn White Bee Hoon ($16.80) is one of those dishes you look at and think it’ll be pretty normal. But once you taste the orange-tinged gravy the bee hoon is coated with, you’ll be floored! They simmer down prawn stock in the gravy, creating a sweet, salty yumminess that makes you want more. The fresh prawns, lean pork, onions and lard are good, but remember to clean up the gravy!

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Conchiglie con Pollo e Pomodorini Secchi ($23), or Shell pasta with sun dried tomatoes and chicken in a creamy tomato sauce is one of those comfort foods that I may not cook at home but love to pinch off my kids’ plates when we dine out. It’s not too cloyingly creamy and you can dip any leftover pizza crust into the sauce too!

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I’m in two minds about the angled gourd and prawn xiao long bao ($12 for 10). Don’t get me wrong, it’s well made and has its own charms. But it is definitely one for those days when you’ve maybe already had regular meat XLBs the day before or the meal before! I don’t eat a lot of pork but I think it’s a travesty not to order the Din Tai Fung classic pork XLB. Next time for sure. : )

Dou Miao is one of those veggies that could be hard to prepare well, turning out chewy and making you feel like a cow chewing cud! Happy to report that the Dou Miao ($12) here is well stir-fried to a fragrant bright greenness that goes down easily. I wanted to order another plate of it!

Stewed beancurd in honey sauce ($6). The name of the dish hardly does justice to it. Comprising at least 5 ingredients - beancurd, black fungus, bamboo shoot, shiitake mushrooms and stewed peanuts, this makes you feel quite virtuous and healthy as you eat it. : ))