CH叉R (Char) Cantonese Restaurant At Guillemard Road

I was attracted by a Char Siu (BBQ Honey Pork) photo from Instagram that got me excited to try Char, a Restaurant along Guillemard Road whipping Cantonese cuisines.

Interior
Interior

I went with my aunt and uncle on a weekday for dinner and to our surprise it was crowded. We were in the queue for almost 30 minutes. Remember to make your reservation if you are going there.

Sambal Kang Kong
Sambal Kang Kong

While we were waiting, we started looking at the menu and decided what we wanted for dinner. Immediately, we placed our order when we were seated. It was a shame that their signature Char Siu were sold.

As usual, we will have a vegetable. We opted for Sambal Kang Kong. The sambal wasn’t too spicy and it was tasty.

Double Roast (Roast Duck and Roast Crispy Pork Belly
Double Roast (Roast Duck and Roast Crispy Pork Belly

Since it is a Cantonese Restaurant, Roast is a must. We ordered a double roast of Roast Duck and Roast Crispy Pork Belly. We love the Roast Duck. It was tasty with a good crisp skin. The Roast Crispy Pork Belly was equally awesome. Our only complaint was it was too fatty. The skin was excellent, as you bite, you can hear the crunch of the crispiness.

Minced Meat with Aubergine in Casserole
Minced Meat with Aubergine in Casserole

The last dish was Minched Meat with Aubergine in Casserole. Among the dishes we ordered, this was the least delish, nevertheless still above average. It was a great dish to go with rice.

My uncle also ordered a Shredded Duck Noodle Soup. I didn’t take a photo and I didn’t try as I was too full. The portion was huge.

We enjoyed our dinner at Char. No doubt, I will be back for the Char Siu and I am keen to try their Beef Hor Fun too. Oh ya, do remember to make reservation before popping by.

CH叉R
393 Guillemard Road Singapore 399790
Tel: +65 68427759

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/charrestaurant?ref=br_tf

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 1130 to 1430, 1800 to 2200; Closed on Monday

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight at or opp Kwong Hwa School along Guillemard Road 7, 70, 70M, 197

By MRT: East-West line or Circle line – Paya Lebar station

Rating: 8/10

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Day 1 In Hong Kong In August 2014, To Stanley Market

Once again, I was in Hong Kong in August. Like the last time, I capitalized on the opportunity by extending my stay for 2 more days. I woke up early for a leisure breakfast at Oolaa Cafe at Soho, Sheung Wan.

Breakfast at Oolaa Cafe
Breakfast at Oolaa Cafe

Right after breakfast, I walked towards the Bus Terminal at Exchange Square to take a bus to Stanley Market. There are Citybus Service 6, 6A, 6X, 66 and 260 from Central with 6X begin the express bus. The bus stand for 6, 6X and 6A is closer to Exchange Square Tower 2. I am not sure about the rest. You got to be careful while looking for the bus stand when at the Bus Terminal, as there isn’t a specific lane or platform for the pedestrians so you walked on the bus lane. For more information about the bus, click here.

I happened to take 6X. The ride was great as it passed by the scenic Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. But the road is very bendy. If you have travel sickness, beware.

Finally I arrived at Stanley, I chose to alight at the Stanley Plaza.

View  from the Top Floor or Stanley Plaza
View from the Top Floor or Stanley Plaza

I roamed around Stanley Plaza for a moment.

Stanley Plaza
Stanley Plaza – Observation Deck

Walked down the escalator towards the ground floor, passed by a supermart and saw a lovely Labrador at the Dog Parking Bay. Stanley is such a dog friendly place.

Labrador at Dog Parking Bay
Labrador at Dog Parking Bay

I saw a few Guinness World Record awarded to Stanley, all relating to doggies. It’s a doggy heaven.

As I walked around, I spotted many doggies in the area.

History of Stanley
History of Stanley

For those interested with the history, you can read the above.

Around the Stanley Plaza, you can easily spot a few places of interest such as the Tin Hau Temple, Tai Wong Temple and the of all famous Murray House.

I strolled along the Stanley Main Street and reached the round-about …

Stanley Round-about
Stanley Round-about

… walked further and I saw a big rock with many people,

View of a big stone at Stanley Bay
View of a big stone at Stanley Bay

… make a left turn into StanleyMarket

… found a shop selling lots of very cute animals stuff toys, not the furry type but make of cloth. It was the rabbit that caught my attention.

I decided to pop by St Anne’s Church.

As I stepped out of St Anne’s Church, I was greeted by Stanley Post Office

Stanley Post Office
Stanley Post Office

When I reached the Stanley Bus Terminal, I saw the Bus Services Information, indicating the various buses to the City.

Bus Services to City from Stanley
Bus Services to City from Stanley

After which, I decided to walk back to Stanley Plaza, passed by the Stanley Cave, took a photo as I like what I saw.

Stanley Cave
Stanley Cave

For I have not explored the area beyond Murray House so I walked towards that direction, saw the Blake Pier

Blake Pier
Blake Pier

… walked a little further, heading the direction of Kum Yam Temple/Pak Tai Temple which is up-hill.

View from the Trail towards Pak Tai Temple
View from the Trail towards Pak Tai Temple

But decided to make a U-turn for whatever reason.

… saw more views of what I like, took more photos behind taking a bus to head back to the city for some shopping trips.

I needed energy for my shopping trips, had late lunch at Butcher Club.

Lunch @ Butchers Club
Lunch @ Butchers Club

After all the shopping, time for dinner. I have my dinner at Joy Hing Roasted Meat.

Dinner @ Joy Hing Roasted Meat
Dinner @ Joy Hing Roasted Meat

Now, it was late and I needed my sleep. Back to hotel. Day 2 to continue … click here.

 

Getting To Stanley

From Central, Exchange Square Bus Terminal – City Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66, 260

From Causeway Bay, Tang Lung Street – Green Mini Bus 40

From Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui East Bus Station (inside Concordia Plaza on Science Museum Road) – 973

 

Link to check out before you go:

Hong Kong Tourism Board – Stanley Market

City Bus Service to Stanley

 

Yung Kee Restaurant At Central, Fame Roast Goose and Century Egg

I am certain that most are familiar or even a fan of Yung Kee, but I still want to write a post on them as I just feel like it, wanting to share my thoughts. 😛

Roast Meat 2 Mixed, Roast Goose & BBQ Pork
Roast Meat 2 Mixed, Roast Goose & BBQ Pork

It’s a well known fact that Yung Kee serves great Roast Goose, flavourful with crispy skin. I enjoy their roast goose as well but the BBQ Pork is not as great as their Roast Goose. That’s really a pity.

Century Egg
Century Egg

The other must have, for those who are adventurous, do try the Century Egg. It is excellent. It has the perfect texture for both the egg “white” and especially the yolk. It is semi runny. Awesome.

Stirred Fried Choi Sam
Stirred Fried Choi Sam

The greens were pretty crispy and fresh. The colour are still bright greeny. After all, still very much normal, as usual greens.

I like the Steamed Garlic Prawns. The taste was wonderful, garlicky and tasty.

My conclusion, Yung Kee is a great restaurant to indulge in as the food are not cheap though good. There are roast and greens that are as good as Yung Kee at a lesser price. I guess is the ambience and the brand that we are paying as well.

One tip from my observation. If you choose to dine after 6.45 pm, true especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, do make reservation, otherwise prepare to wait. If you do not have any reservation, walk-in best time is before 6.15 pm.

 

Yung Kee Restaurant (鏞記酒家)
32-40 Wellington Street, Central
中環威靈頓街32-40號
Tel: +852 2522 1624

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday 1100 to 2300; Closed on the 1st 3 days of Chinese New Year

Rating: 8/10

Feasting on Roast Meat In Hong Kong

Over at Hong Kong, one of the very big favourite, must eat food is roast meat. I went round trying out several roast meat shop.

 

Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roast 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳

427-427A Reclamation Street, Mongkok
旺角新填地街427-427A號
Tel: +852 2381 6161
Opening: Daily 0700 to 0030 (Roast available from 1100)
Getting There: By MTR – Mongkok (Exit C4)

Roast Goose & BBQ Pork Rice
Roast Goose & BBQ Pork Rice

The roast goose is very average. The meat was tough. It tasted pretty bland. The BBQ Pork was salty though I will consider it tasty.

 Rating: 6/10

Tai Hing 太興 

Shop G25, G/F, Grand Tower , 625 Nathan Road, Mongkok
旺角彌敦道625號雅蘭中心地下G25舖
Tel: +852 2625 0383
Opening Hours: Daily 0700 to 2200 (Roast avialable from 1100)

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Mixed Platter with roast meat
Mixed Platter with roast meat

Tai Hing offers mixed platter roast meat, this is a great option for people like me who like to try everything the restaurant offers. It was a pity that they don’t serve roast goose in the platter. The Roast Meat was great. The fat layer was a very thin layer and the meat is still so tender and soft. The skin layer was well roast, it was crispy.

BBQ Pork
BBQ Pork

The BBQ Pork is tender and delicious, full flavour of the BBQ sauce but on the salty end.

Roast Goose Drumstick
Roast Goose Drumstick

The Roast Goose has a crispy shiny skin and tender meat. A great place to enjoy roast meat at a reasonable price.

Rating: 7.5/10

 

Fairwood 大快活

Shop G002-03, G/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀柯士甸道西1號圓方(Elements)地下G002-03號舖
Tel: +852 2856 4460
Opening Hours: Daily 0700 to 2200 (Roast available from 1100)

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Two Types of Roasted Meat Set
Two Types of Roasted Meat Set

I didn’t know about Fairwood until I saw it at Elements. I ordered the 2 types of Roast Meat set. The roast were pretty tasty.

 Rating: 7/10

Cafe De Coral 大家樂 

Shop No.106, Fu Tung Shopping Centre, Tung Chung
Tel: +852 2109 0726
Opening Hours: Daily 0615 to 2200

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Roast Meat
Roast Meat

Cafe De Coral is another Hong Kong-styled Fastfood Restaurant. I tried the BBQ Pork with Soy Chicken. I find the BBQ Pork a little salty though tasty.

Rating: 7/10

Yung Kee 鏞記酒家

32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
中環威靈頓街32-40號
Tel: +852 2522 1624
Opening Hours: Daily 1100 to 2300; Closed on Lunar New Year Day 1 to 3
Getting There: By MTR – Central (Exit D1)

The roast goose is well roasted with a crispy skin and the fat layer between the skin and meat was thin. I find the meat a slightly, very slightly, tough. It would be better if it is a little more tender.

Century Egg with prickle ginger
Century Egg with prickle ginger

I know this post is about roast but the Century Egg is so good till I must share it here. It is a must eat. It is excellent. It has a soft yolk centre and crystal clear white. This is the kind of perfect looking and tasting Century Eggs.

Rating: 8.5/10

Guangdong Roast Meat 廣東燒味餐廳

G/F, 29-31 Argyle Street, Mongkok
旺角亞皆老街29-31號地舖
Tel:+ 852 2393 2203
Opening Hours: Daily 0600 to 0300

Roast Goose and BBQ Pork
Roast Goose and BBQ Pork

We tried both the roast goose and BBQ pork. Both were excellent as both were tender and flavourful. I like the roast at Guangdong BBQ Restaurant very much.

Rating: 8.5/10

Very Good Restaurant 頂好海鮮酒家

90-94 Nathan Road,, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀彌敦道90-94號
Tel: +852  2366 5660
Opening Hours: Daily 1200to 1500; 1800 to 2300

Roast Meat
Roast Meat

We tried the roast at Very Good Restaurant when we were there for dinner on a Friday night. The roast was pretty good. The roast goose meat was tender and flavourful but still not the best.

Rating: 7/10

Joy Hing Roasted Meat 再興燒臘飯店

Block C, G/F, 265-267 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
灣仔軒尼詩道265-267號地下C座
Tel: +852 2519 6639
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 1000 to 2200; Day of Traditional Chinese Festives 1000 to 1800; Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Roast Goose and BBQ Pork Rice
Roast Goose and BBQ Pork Rice

The Roast Meat at Joy Hing is extremely fatty. I suppose it is the fatty meat that the patrons are coming back for. I didn’t enjoy as I always prefer lean tender meat. In terms of flavour, pretty fine. Personally I think they could do it a little more flavourful, I find it little blend.

Rating: 7/10

Yat Lok Restaurant 一樂燒鵝 

G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central
中環士丹利街34-38號地下
Tel: +852 2524 3882
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 0730 to 2100; Saturday – Sunday 0900 to 1730

The roast meat served at Yat Lok was flavourful. I like it very much. It was a pity that it was extremely salty. It would be great if they reduce the amount of salt added.

Rating: 7/10

Kam’s Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝

G/F, Po Wah Commercial Center, 226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
灣仔軒尼詩道226號寶華商業中心地鋪
Tel: +852 2520 1110 / 5408 7740
Opening Hours: Daily 1130 to 2130

Roast Goose rice
Roast Goose rice

The roast goose meat, lacking of flavours, tasted very natural with not enough of marinate. Fortunately, the meat is still pretty tender

Rating: 7/10

Maxim’s Food2 美心

(Non-Restricted Area) Meeters & Greeters Hall, Arrivals, Level 5, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport,Chek Lap Kok
赤鱲角香港國際機場一號客運大樓第5層抵港接機大堂 (非禁區)
Tel: +852 2261 2010

I pretty enjoy the food served at Maxim’s Food. I ordered the Three Treasure Rice Set. There are Sausage, Roasted Meat and Soy Chicken. The meat were tender, flavourful and the saltiness level was just right to eat it with the rice.

Rating: 7.5/10

Fairwood Fast Food Style Hong Kong Local Delights

I was at Elements when I spotted Fairwood. It was patronised by many local so I decided to give it a try. Initially, I was a bit skeptical as it was a fast food style.

Order counter
Order counter

Not all items offered by Fairwood is available throughout the day. Those available, the menu will be displayed on the right of the counter. First of all, view the menu and decide what you want. Write down or remember the item or take a photo and proceed to the cashier to order.

Once you are done with your order, you will be given a slip of paper with the ordered item(s) listed. Next proceed to the collection counter on the left of the cashier. Hand the slip to the crew and once your food is try, collect, find a seat and enjoy.

Two Types of Roasted Meat Set
Two Types of Roasted Meat Set

I ordered a Two Types of Roasted Meat Set, roast duck with char siew (bbq pork) and there were some sausages too. There is a plate of vegetable, a bowl of soup and rice. It did not come with a drink. I ordered an additional ice milk tea. The food is pretty decent. The roasted meat were still pretty tender and not tough at all. It was flavourful. The milk tea is good as well.

Fairwood is definitely a great place for fast meal. Great delicious food and most importantly, it was fast.

 

Fairwood
Shop G002-03, G/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀柯士甸道西1號圓方(Elements)地下G002-03號舖
Tel: +852 2856 4460

Opening Hours

Daily 0700 to 2200

Getting There

By MTR: Kowloon

Rating: 7.5/10

 

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