Monday, April 26, 2010

Poon Choi - Hong Kong Traditional Food

Poon Choi (Big Bowl Cuisine) is a traditional cuisine of villages in Hong Kong New Territories. Usually during Chinese New Year or festivals, Poon Choi will be served. Nowadays it has become one of the popular Hong Kong Chinese foods year round.

Last week, I had a chance to join a local cultural event which included a Poon Choi dinner in Yuen Long and a Chinese music concert in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and a little outing in the afternoon. The whole thing was really a good deal which costed only HK$80 per person, all inclusive.

Poon Choi in Chinese means cuisine in a big bowl. Instead of an 8-course dinner, all the food were assembled in a big bowl which was served on real fire to keep the heat. Our menu included prawns, chicken, duck, pork, fish balls, tofu sheets, mushrooms, cabbages and so on. I would say this was quite an economic menu. As I know some of the more expensive Poon Choi will include ingredients like abalone, scallop, oyster, sea cucumber and many other more expensive ingredients.

元朗圍村盆菜 The fun of eating Poon Choi is to have a few hundred of people eating together. Each one of us had two pairs of chop sticks - one to pick the food from the big bowl, and one for our personal eating.

Hong Kong Chinese Food - Poon Choi

Sunday, April 4, 2010

German Buffet in Hong Kong

Lunch buffet date: April 4, 2010
12.00 to 4.30pm – only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Cost: HK$145 (US$18.6), plus 10% service charge, includes one free drink

Restaurant name: King Ludwig Beerhall, G/F Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Hong Kong
Restaurant telephone: 852- 2861 0737

When I eat Chinese food overseas, I always sense a taste of west. Likewise when I eat western food in Hong Kong, I always sense a taste of Chinese. However at today’s Easter German buffet, I feel a 100% German taste.

Only my favourite Crisp Roast Pork Knuckle and the Sausages justified the whole fee. I must say this is the best pork knuckle I have ever tasted in Hong Kong – very crispy skin, very tender and delicious meat. There are not many types of sausages, but already good enough to please me.

Items that chefs make in front of guests include: toast with ham and cheese, stir fried spaghetti with your own choice of ingredients and waffles.

I am extremely happy with the wide range of desserts and ice creams – wow…extremely yummy. They kept refilling with variations, so if you have a big stomach, you can stay there and keep eating for four and a half hours. Finally our buffet finished with a cup of very nice coffee. Actually there were choices of beer, coffee, tea or soft drinks.

They will serve one dish of Crisp Roast Pork Knuckle to each table.
But you can collect additional portion from the buffet table.
Here is my additional knuckle.
Egg-shape Sausages and Ham
Onion Soup and my Easter Eggs Ham and Cheese Toast with Mushrooms
Very crispy and delicious
Plenty of Easter Eggs
Hot Desserts
More Desserts
Cold Desserts
King Ludwig Beerhall
Very German Feel
I like sitting at the bench facing the street.
King Ludwig has a branch at Murray House, Stanley, Hong Kong.
They serve buffet also on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Lunch buffet: HK$168 (US$21.5) - 11am to 3pm
Tea buffet: HK$118 (US$15.1) - 3pm to 5pm

Hong Kong Food Blog - German Buffet