Yat Chui Pavilion Dim Sum, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Easy to find, right across the road from the Kowloon Shangri-La is Yat Chui Pavilion Dim Sum which is, as the name suggests, a Dim Sum restaurant.

I ate here twice during my brief Hong Kong visit.

The menu is typical Chinese dim sum fare. I only tried a couple of dishes but all were good.

I can recommend the pork and prawn dumplings, as well as the roast pork buns.

Cheap, cheerful and decent service. All round a good place for a good meal.

Fung Ming Yuen, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Fung Ming Yuen is a typical Chinese eatery in East Tsim Sha Tsui on the ground floor of New Mardarin Plaze Block A overlooking the concrete Centenerary Garden.

It’s certainly not the best food in the area by any stretch of the imagination but it’s OK, not too expensive and have cheap long necks of Tsing Tao.

They do have English on the menu but the staff have very limited spoken English so if you have a question you’re out of luck. I asked what sort of meat was on the mixed meat dish and was told that I’d get whatever the cook gave me! Or atleast that’s what I think was said and what was delivered.

The meat dish was ok apart from the foul Chinese sausage that I just couldn’t stomach – thank god I had the beer to get that taste out of my mouth!

There’re many places within a 5 minute walk from here that will give you a much nicer meal.

Hung Lee Kitchen, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

After checking in at Hart Hotel I wanted to revisit a close by restaurant I’d previously visited by the name of Hung Lee Kitchen.

It was probably close on 8 or 8:30pm by the time I walked in. The restaurant was still busy but there were spare seats so I was quickly seated in a booth and given a menu.

I immediately ordered a long neck of Tsing Tao while I decided what I wanted to eat.

By the time my bottle of beer arrived I’d decided to have a combination of crispy roast pork and roast goose with a bowl of white rice.

Quite quickly my dishes arrived and I dived into two of my favorite meats.

Goose is a relatively expensive meat but it’s certainly worth the extra cash.

Hung Lee Kitchen is certainly worth a visit if you like good Chinese food and are in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Ji Biru, Singapore

A search for Craft Beer in Singapore bought up Ji Biru, a Japanese craft beer bar down at [email protected] at 313 Orchard Road.

After my trip to Japan I became partial to Japanese craft beers, so I decided to jump on the train to Somerset station, do a bit of last minute shopping and have a couple of beers.

Ji Biru opens at noon and I think I was the first person in the door.

The beer list is impressive, and bought back memories of my evening in Nagano at James Nagano Beer Market.

While I had a couple of servings of yakitori I tried 3 of the Hitachino beers. I first tried the Hitachino Nest Pale Ale followed by a Hitachino Nest 3C’s Fresh Hop Bitter and finally a Hitachino Nest White Ale.

All of the beers were great tasting and were a great accompaniment for the yakitori.

Prices for both the food and the beers were good – pints of beer being SGD$10.50.

The Modern Izakaya, Chijmes, Singapore

I tried The Modern Izakaya previously – it didn’t set my world on fire and I said at the time that I wouldn’t return but I thought I’d give them a second chance to see if they’d improved.

I trundled in around 6:30pm and was shown to a small table. While the place wasn’t busy at the moment, there were a good number of people already eating.

I ordered a glass of Asahi for an eye watering $16 while I perused the menu.

I ordered some tsukune (chicken meatballs) and momo (chicken thigh). Freshly cooked the dishes came out with the traditional tare (a salty sweet sauce). While tasty there was a different taste than you’ll get in Japan.

I decided to try a second round but this time I asked for no sauce but just salt and pepper which was delivered within about 10 minutes. Again, it wasn’t what you would get in Japan, it seemed a bit bland to me.

The prices of the yakitori were reasonable at $3 to $4 a piece.

If you’re looking for some Japanese-like food then you’ll get an OK feed here.

But if you’re looking for yakitori similar to what you would eat in Japan I think you’d be disappointed to eat here.

By the time I left the restaurant was busier with most of the outside tables taken, so despite this not being real Japanese in my view it must resonate with Singaporeans.