Tag: Dimsum

Finding Peace and Happiness

Searing hot-pot
Searing Hot-Pot

The shop is small with only four tables and save for some huge prints on the wall, it was rather nondescript, resembling the hole-in-the-wall eateries in Binondo.  The two aircon units look fairly new but on several visits, they were never on.  Not even the Binondo eateries were this hot.  If you close your eyes for a moment and take a sniff, you can imagine being in a Chinatown restaurant instead of a Makati hole-in-the-wall.

The steady stream of Chinese patrons coming and going seems like a good indication of how good (and authentic) the food is.  Diners brave the stifling heat at (Old Beijing) Peace and Happiness Dumpling House so the food must be that good, right?  That will take a taste test to find out.

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Disney-flavored lunch at Crystal Lotus

Roasted Suckling Pig with Steamed Piggy Mask Buns
Roasted Suckling Pig with Steamed Piggy Mask Buns

Once upon a time, travel bloggers who were also happy foodies, were sent to a not so far away Disneyland perchance to savor the ride but first, to partake of the food offerings…

On our first day in Hong Kong Disneyland, the first order of the day wasn’t a fancy ride nor a character meet-and-greet.  It’s lunch.  Yep, the Disney magic transcends the senses of sight and touch and spills over onto taste.  All that talk while growing up about not playing with your food and here we are, looks like the chefs were the ones who played around with theirs.  You could say we were in for an interesting lunch.

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Hot soup, superb dimsum in chilly HK at Mak’s

Mak's Pork Dumpling and Wonton
Mak's Pork Dumpling and Wonton

We capped our first day in HK watching the sunset and admiring the early dusk view of the Kowloon and Central nightscape at the viewdeck of Victoria Peak.  Boy, was it a chilly 19 degrees up there with the wind adding to the cold.  We chanced upon Mak’s on the way out of the  Galleria mall, the warm lighting looked inviting and the thought of having hot soup on a chilly night sounded like a good idea.

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Macau’s Little Turtle with Big Noodles

Octopus Noodles
Octopus Noodles

The noodles came one after the other. It seems overwhelming but after at least a two hour- flight, we were famished and ready to eat just about anything.  It’s my first time in Macau and what better way to get started but to sample some good ole local food. “We’re heading to the Little Turtle,” said Joao, our Portuguese with Chinese  lineage guide.  The name was intriguing enough to make everyone want to check it out.

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Of Makimi and dimsums at Shin Din Kha

Shen Din Kha Makimi (P85 regular, P100 large)
Shin Din Kha Makimi (P85 regular, P100 large)

Sunday is a nice time to go to Manila’s Chinatown. It’s less crowded, there’s not much traffic, and most restaurants have room to spare. Some would argue it doesn’t really feel like being there in Binondo if it’s not crowded. But there are times when it would be nice to be able to sit down and grab a bite without wading through the crowds and waiting for a long time even for short order items on the menu. Your happyfoodies chanced upon this panciteria, Shin Din Kha, while on a food trip with friends about two weeks ago. We were full at that time so we had to bypass this small restaurant. But a recent Sunday lunch found us wandering here again, this time with hungry tummies.

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