Hong Kong: Empire City Roasted Duck

If I have ever “happened” upon a restaurant and became instantaneously attracted by it, it would be this place. Located on one of the upper levels of one of the smaller but newer urban malls in tourist overrun Tsim Sha Tsui but oddly filled sparsely by locals, Empire City Roasted Duck beckoned me to walk into its inner sanctum the minute I laid eyes on its facade.   It might’ve been the funky font they used for their logo, it might’ve been the roasted ducks visibly hanging not far from their funky signage, it might’ve been the huge menu boards … Continue reading Hong Kong: Empire City Roasted Duck

Macau: Old Neptune Restaurant at the Venetian

The last time I visited Macau, it had only ONE major casino- which was controlled by the city’s one and only gaming licensee. The gambling industry was a monopoly back then, and it attracted a fair number of visitors and day-gamblers from Hong Kong. Tourists that visit Hong Kong also saw Macau as a non-gambling day trip worth visiting for its two-and-a-half historic sites and its various unique food offerings. I remember getting off the jet foil and hitting Yee Shun Dairy, Lord Stow’s Bakery, Largo Da Senado (spelling?), and the Ruins of St. Paul at a leisurely pace enjoying … Continue reading Macau: Old Neptune Restaurant at the Venetian


Drowning. Fear and helplessness quickly takes over as you realize that oxygen is no longer easily accessible. You realize that oxygen is a distant luxury that you may never get to enjoy again. The marine life that occasionally and randomly happen upon your future-corpse, of course, do not have the slightest idea what drowning feels like. They know no life other than that of the submerged. The poor, helpless souls of the thousands of protesters currently on the streets in Hong Kong must have some idea that their struggle to stay afloat amidst the influx of their mainland compatriots and … Continue reading Identity

Not Even Close To Being Authentic: Red Chili Szechuan Cuisine

I have heard that Red Chili is the best Chinese restaurant in the north shore. I have read that Red Chili is supposedly the only restaurant that serves authentic Szechuan cuisine in the north shore. I have been told that Red Chili’s cuisine more than holds its own against the best ‘mala’ (numbing and spicy) dishes from authentic Szechuan and Hunan places in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Richmond. These are bold, BOLD statements; these are statements whose veracity warrant a visit to the restaurant to confirm and verify. At minimum, I expected to taste the following at Red Chili: the numbness … Continue reading Not Even Close To Being Authentic: Red Chili Szechuan Cuisine

MSG Plaza Part 1: Jubilant Restaurant

For some inexplicable reason, out of the countless restaurants in Richmond we intended to try out but have yet to visit, my wife and I decided to visit two restaurants that were not previously on our culinary radar located in the same plaza on the same day. Our meals at the two restaurants were comprised of dishes that repeatedly set off MSG-induced alarm bells in my wife’s digestive and nervous systems. The worse MSG offender of the two was the restaurant we visited for lunch: Jubilant Restaurant. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I am not opposed to the use … Continue reading MSG Plaza Part 1: Jubilant Restaurant

Crystal Mall Food Court: Delicious BBQ

I normally do not do Cantonese BBQ meat rice plates because their portion sizes never seem to satisfy me. But since I’m making it a goal of mine to try out the food from every single stall in the Crystal Mall food court, I decided to order a roast pork and guai-fei-chicken rice plate from Delicious B.B.Q. The thing with roast pork on BBQ rice plates that I dislike the most is that they are almost always cut up to pieces that are too small to be enjoyed. The pieces of roast pork in this rice plate continued with this … Continue reading Crystal Mall Food Court: Delicious BBQ

Roast Pork: Top King BBQ and Meat Co.

As a lifelong addict of roast pork, I have never walked by a HK BBQ joint without mentally placing it on my ‘places I must try’ list. With the countless times that I’ve visited Crystal Mall and walked by Top King BBQ and Meat Co. since moving to the GVRD, and with the equally countless times that I’ve repeatedly made mental notes to give the place a try, ┬áits a minor miracle that I have yet to sample its roast pork… Actually, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this: Since I tend to visit The Crystal Mall on Saturdays after … Continue reading Roast Pork: Top King BBQ and Meat Co.