October 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

There is a new restaurant opened in town and everyone seemed to be hyped about it. When a friend from HK  Ms C came to visit we (with Ms N) went there to check it out.

The decor was very colourful but it felt a bit empty or maybe I’ve gotten used to the crowed-ness of China. From what I understand about Mexican food is that they love salsa and guacamole, tortilla and nachos, ceviche  and ofcourse tekila. The menu did offer a varity of foods but much which didn’ have explainations so we were bit unsure what to expect.

I’ll just mention a couple of the dishes we ordered whic I found quite interesting.

This was a grilled chicken tortilla with a bit of lettuce served with a bit of salsa. It was a light refreshing dish. But portions were a bit small.

This next dish is a chicken green stew cooked with avocardos. On the menu it said it was cooked in ancient method, well honesty it the bowl did seem quite ancient some what like it was made of  molten lava rock. And the taste? Well, for me it was a bit watery but the flavours are quite good I would love to have it with rice but they didn’t seem to serve rice here so we ordered a basket of the fresh totillas instead and this was how it came…

Isn’t it pretty? I love this little basket so unqiue it was what brought the Mexican feeling to the feast. I love the bright colours too just the right combination to brighten a rainy day.

That night’s dinner was also a small celebration of my two friend’s birthday, because I know that we will not be in the same city on their special days so, I wish them a very happy birthday, Ms C and Ms N!!

Tekila (Authentic Mexican Food) Bar and Restaurant  特其拉西餐厅
Add: No.11 Second Floor Jianshe Liu Ma Lu


Dumplings-Shanghai style

July 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

The first time I went to Shanghai, I didn’t recall having “Xiao long bao” or maybe I just don’t remember but 10 years+ down the line in this little city I found a little “xiao long bao” shop which I’m pretty sure it can measure up to the ones in Shanghai.  Just near the Nong Jiang Sou Metro station on line one, this little shop with an open kitchen for 4-5 chefs. One is kneading the dough, another is rolling out the paper thin skins, then two lady chef takes over filling in the wraps and neatly pleats the little bao, giving it that signature swirl  and then the final chef takes it to the steamers for 10-15 mins and they ready to eat. This transparent kitchen not only demonstrates their business ethics and compliance with health regulations but I guess its also a marketing strategy. Whatever the case, the truth lie within the tasting…

Being so impatient and an idiot, I took a bite and oozying out was hot steaming juice …aiya…burnt my tongue a bit, silly me. That didn’t ruin my appetite for the other bao’s puffing with heat looking at me telling me to eat them.  One after the other, down they go…go…gone. Mushroom with pork and plain pork bao’s dipped in the pink vinegar, a match made in heaven!!

You should go try it out, or let me know if there are other good dumplings places out there too.

Xiao Long bao
Add: Zhongshan san lu and De Zheng Lu Intersection or Metro Nong Jiang Sou exit A/B, GZ
中山三路和德政路交界 或地铁农讲所 A/B 出口, GZ

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