Friday, June 10, 2016

[Year 2016] Food Hunting @ Hong Kong- Lady M Cake Boutique New York and Yat Lok Roast Goose (一乐烧鹅)

On our recent trip to South Korea (only one post thus far, more to come!), we flew with Cathay Pacific and intentionally picked a long transit so we could sneak out for some food (and shopping of course) in Hong Kong. The shopaholic in us convinced that we should go for shopping and thus, the food hunting time was compromised. We did not get to try a lot of food this trip (we only had 10 hours). Also, luck was not on our side, we wanted to try the Afternoon Tea by the One Michelin Starred restaurant- Seasons, Olivier E but was told that the bookings were full and they could no longer accommodate us. Nevertheless, we had Lady M New York and Yat Lok Roast Goose; the reviews are as follows:

1) Lady M Cake Boutique Mille Crepe New York 
Address: 2096A, 2nd Floor, International Finance Centre (IFC) Mall, Central, Hong Kong.
Business Hours: 10 am to 9 am on every Monday to Saturday; 10 am to 8 pm on Sundays.
Contact Number: +852 2295 3308
Service Tax: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No
Wifi Available
Direction: Take MTR to Central Station and Exit A. Cross the famous Central Bridge and walk for approximately 10 minutes walk to IFC Mall. Lady M is on the second floor (a stone's throw away from Starbucks and Apple Store).

Signature Mille Crepe (HKD $68)

Gateau Aux Marrons (HKD $62)

Hailed from New York, Lady M is (arguably) said to offer some of the world's best Mille Crepe cakes. The brand has taken Hong Kong and Singapore by storm. We visited on a weekday afternoon and the place was thronged with visitors! Left with no choice, we joined the queue. The queue was not long but it took us approximately 15 minute-waiting time due to the limited tables.

There are many interesting and promising Mille Crepes (Mille Feuille too) but we could not afford to try many (due to limited tummy space and hefty price tags). The signature Mille Crepe was mind-blowing. The texture was pleasingly firm and the layering was well-organized. The cake maintained its shape throughout the meal (unlike those we had in Penang... landslide will usually happen). The Vanilla-milky flavor stood out, it was delicately sweetened with comfortably creamy. Best wash down with a cup of Tea.

For a change, we've tried their Gateau Aux Marrons, a close relative to Mont Blanc... The Chestnut-infused Cream possessed a hint of Chestnut (not too bold). All elements were so harmonized, as though we were eating actual Chestnut... well-inflected in the form of cake. We enjoyed both flavors and would recommend you to try them out too.

2) Yat Lok Roast Goose- One Michellin Star (一乐烧鹅)
Address: Ground Floor 34-38, Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Business Hours: 10 am to 9 pm on every Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays.
Contact Number: +852 2524 3882
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Direction: Exit D2 of MTR Central Station. Ask for directions to Stanley Street, the walk should take approximately 8 minutes. 

Roast Goose Noodles/ 烧鹅濑粉 (HKD $48)

Yat Lok Roast Goose is not easy to find, it takes a while to walk from the MTR Station. You will need to walk pass a sloppy road and Yat Lok is located at the end of that road. Just like most restaurants or Cha Chan Teng in Hong Kong, the table-seating is tightly arranged. You may need to share table with others during peak hours. 

The name might suggest their strength- Roast Goose; unfortunately, we were travelling in a small group and had other eating-plans so we can't afford to order for half bird. We settled for their Roast Goose Noodles (to sample). The Roast Goose was mind-blowing, unlike something that we can find here, the remained intact-skin was crispy and as thin as a paper. The fats attached to the skin were far-gone, leaving that crispy but addictive thin sheet of skin. On the meat, we intentionally picked the Goose Breast but to our surprise, the texture was tender and most succulent. 

On the broth, it was clear but brimming with flavors. It was robust with the fragrance of the Goose meat (though some would argue that as gamey) and was extremely comforting for us (it was drizzling back then). The noodles (Lai Fun in Cantonese/ 濑粉) on the other hand, was less-satisfying. The texture was a little too hard to our liking... sort of reminds us on the under-cooked Vermicelli Noodles. Nevertheless, if you are a meat lover, do include this place in your eating adventures (in Hong Kong).

Good Luck in your Food Hunting in Hong Kong! 

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