#484 肥仔文美食 @ Taipa, Macau

Posted by swisscheese on Dec 9, 2017 in crab porridge, macau, porridge

My trips to Macau are always so short because I went to Macau from Hong Kong for a 2D1N trip and day trip in 2013 and 2014 respectively. However, as I was accompanying my grandma, first aunt, fifth uncle & her wife to Macau for a 4D3N trip back in February, I finally had a chance to fully experience the Asian version of “Las Vegas”! Since my cousin from my mother’s side is residing in Macau, she took me out the entire day on my second day at Macau.

Macau, 氹仔舊城區孫逸仙博士大馬路460號地下I舖
Shop I, 460 Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Vila de Taipa
+853 2884 4079

As my cousin has been staying in Macau for many years, she knows a lot of places such as the 大潭山 / Tai Tam Mountain and 黑沙海灘 / Hac Sa Beach that only locals go to. So we had a fruitful morning hiking at the mountain and beach before trying Portuguese / Macanese food at 海灣咖啡屋 / Café Litoral and roaming the streets of Taipa and Senado Square. After buying numerous delicious unique and non-commercialised cookies for souvenirs and as night falls, my cousin and her roommate brought me to have the crab porridge that only locals go to usually. If I walked past this restaurant as shown in the first picture above, I would not know that the food served there tastes like heaven! We ordered the 水蟹粥 / Crab Porridge蝦醬通菜牛 / Stir-Fried Beef and Vegetables with Shrimp Paste, 薑汁炒芥蘭 / Kale with Ginger, 椒鹽粟米 / Seasoned Corn  and 椒鹽九肚魚/ Seasoned Fish. The signature dish is the crab porridge and that explains why the customers sitting at every table will definitely order that dish. It is indeed very mouthwatering but I enjoyed the seasoned corn and fish fillet the most! Firstly, you can consume the corn easily as it is already cut into pieces for you. Secondly, the corn is seasoned with salt, pepper, spice and everything nice. The spices on the fish fillet tastes so gratifying too! Both the seasonings of the corn and fish fillet complements the taste of the plain porridge very well. Moreover, the fish melts in your mouth when eaten hot. It is that soft and I found that to be the highlight of the meal. The vegetable dishes were just average for me as I am also not a fan of Chinese beef dishes. Although the food was again too much to finish, it was much lighter than the dense Macanese / Portugese food we had that afternoon.

Opens Daily from 5:00pm to 2:30am
Payment Methods: Cash

Ambiance: 6/10
Service: 7/10
Food (taste & appearance): 9/10
Value: Nil

Total: 7.33/10★

I would totally recommend this restaurant out of all the touristy food places that tourists usually line up for at Macau as both the place and food really brings out the authentic feel and taste.




#483 Humphry Slocombe @ One Ferry Building, San Francisco

Posted by swisscheese on Dec 3, 2017 in diy, ice-cream, san francisco, video

The weather of San Francisco on my first day in October this year was perfect for sleeping as it was so breezy and you will feel very comfortable just by putting on your hoodie. I was feeling so jetlag but I still went out with my fifth uncle and aunt while my cousin accompanied my grandma at the hotel. I did not know where we were going as my uncle booked lyft to travel to our destination. Unknowingly, I fell asleep on the way there but had to wake up about 10-15 minutes when we arrived at One Ferry Building.

Humphry Slocombe
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

One Ferry Building is like a marketplace as with those seen in Granville Island and Lonsdale Quay in Vancouver. However, One Ferry Building has been newly renovated so there are not many shops open on the second level and only the first floor is filled with shops selling fresh meat, touristy items such as keychains and totes bags of San Francisco and natural goodies such as essential oils and fruits, If you look at my video below, you could easily guess what caught my attention on Humphry Slocombe and the third picture says it all. Yes, it is all because  of the long lineup! This explains why the logo on the freezer in the last picture clearly states “SKIP THE LINE, GRAB & GO!” if you are running out of time. Once you look closely at the third picture that shows the customers lining up for their favourite ice-cream at Humphry Slocombe, you would have noticed the mascot of this store, which is a two-headed calf named Liza and Bianca. This is so adorable as the owner, Chef Jake Godby gave names to his mascot and even tattooed his arms with 31 ice-cream icons to show his commitment for this shop.

There are 150 non-conventional flavours that Humphry Slocombe carry and those flavours change seasonally but the all-time-favourite flavours that are highly raved and mostly ordered by customers are the Secret Breakfast, Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee and Tahitian Vanilla. My aunt got the Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee since she is a coffee lover, while my uncle ordered the Tahitian Vanilla. As for me, I decided to be adventurous and wanted to try the items shown in their “Today’s Specials” board. I was contemplating between The Leaky Cauldron and Duck Yeah! Sundae but since Halloween was around the corner, I went with The Leaky Cauldron, which consists of one scoop of Pumpkin Hazelnut ice cream, one scoop of Butter Beer ice cream topped with Marshmallow Fluff and Butterscotch. No regrets as I enjoyed how rich, fresh and intense the flavours were without the ice-cream being too milky. You can also refer to my video above to learn more about my summarised remarks for the only item I have tasted in this shop.

Opens daily:
Sunday to Friday – 11AM to 9:00PM
Saturday – 8AM to 9:00PM

It was so refreshing trying one of Food Network’s proclaimed “America’s Top Five Ice-Cream” on my first day at San Francisco, especially when the ice-cream goes well with the chilly weather.
Humphry Slocombe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



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