Wednesday, October 1, 2014

USING THE NEW NIKON DF CAMERA Part 2


For the second trial of the Nikon DF, I wanted to shoot something I photograph often. Japanese is one of my favourite cuisines and I'm constantly on the hunt for that perfect bowl of steaming hot ramen or juicy Japanese BBQ. Each venue always differs, but my goal is to bring out the personality and taste of each restaurant. Although these are classic dishes with simple flavours, I have tasted many and each have their own signature attributes. It's important for me that the details of these attributes are shown in my images.

I have been eagerly anticipating my first visit to Kanada-ya for quite some time and couldn't wait to sample their famous bowl of ramen. As we were indoors and the venue is quite small, I needed more light to get that perfect image. I turned the ISO to a higher setting so I could capture more light and pick up the details of their amazingly melt in your mouth pork belly slices and the gooey texture of the slow cooked egg. The results were exactly what I was hoping for, and the NIkon DF allowed me to capture all the flavours of both the pork, soup, and toppings in my images.

That same evening we visited Wako Japanese BBQ and I continued to play around with the ISO settings on the Nikon DF. Evening photos in ambient, dark venues are always a challenge and I often bring along an extra exterior flash to add more light to the image.  I was very impressed that the Nikon DF allowed me to use far less artificial lighting and enabled me capture optimal detail with a few adjustments on the ISO and aperture settings.


I loved that the Nikon DF helped me shoot a typical food day for Hungry Hong Kong and made it a smooth and enjoyable experience.












Thursday, September 25, 2014

IZUMI CURRY Hysan Place Causeway Bay





THE DINING AREA


SALAD (COMES WITH LUNCH SET)


DEEP FRIED PORK LOIN CURRY RICE

HAMBURGER CURRY RICE WITH CHEESE


Izumi Curry, located in a quiet spot adjacent to the bustling food court of Hysan Place, serves up delicious Japanese curry and plenty of variation for the hungry diner. We loved their perfectly spiced curry which went amazingly well with their delicious menu options. We couldn't resist sampling the traditional Deep Friend Pork Loin Curry Rice, which did not disappoint. The pork was juicy and generous, picking up all the flavours of the curry. If you are looking for something different we highly recommend the Hamburger Curry Rice with an additional cheese topping. The indulgent dish is mouthwateringly yummy and one of our favourite curry dishes to date. Don't forget everything tastes better with an egg, so add one to any of their dishes for only $5. A great after shopping lunch spot.


Izumi Curry, Kitchen 11, 11/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
2253 4111


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WAKO JAPANESE YAKINIKU RESTAURANT Causeway Bay Hong Kong





WAKO


BBQ GRILL

DICED BEEF TENDERLOIN WITH SLICED GARLIC 

MARINATED KALBI 


THICK SLICED JAPANESE PORK WITH YUZU PEPPER


JAPANESE PORK CUBES WITH CHEESE

CHICKEN WITH SPICY SAUCE

PART OF THE MENU
 

We are obsessed with Japanese grill over here at Hungry HK and one of the most important elements of a great grill spot is high quality meat. Wako, located in bustling Causeway Bay, offers this in abundance and has a huge concentration on juicy, delicious beef options. We visited the cute and authentically designed venue on a quiet weekday evening and loved the relaxed atmosphere. Their menu was easy to navigate and staff were helpful with assisting in ordering just the right amount. We loved the tender beef tenderloin cubes paired with fragrant fried garlic slices, moreish Japanese pork cubes topped with just the right amount of cheese, the mouthwatering spicy chicken, and their thinly sliced, perfectly marinated kalbi.  A must visit for carnivores and Japanese grill fans like ourselves. 




Wako Japanese Yakiniku Restaurant, 3/F, Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
2117 4268



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HONG KONG'S BEST RIBS




HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST RIBS THAT WE HAVE PERSONALLY TRIED IN HONG KONG. CLICK ON THE INDIVIDUAL LINKS TO SEE A FULL POST ON EACH OF THE RESTAURANTS
  


    HARLAN GOLDSTEIN'S COMFORT
 SLOW COOKED DUROC PORK RIBS
SEE OUR FULL FEATURE ON HARLAN GOLDSTEIN'S COMFORT HERE




    LE PORT PARFUME


 LAMB RIBS, PEAS & GARLIC CONFIT MASH
SEE OUR FULL FEATURE ON LE PORT PARFUME HERE




    RESTORATION

 BBQ RIBS WITH CAJUN FRIES
SEE OUR FULL FEATURE ON RESTORATION HERE



    
   FATTY CRAB


 'CUE SMOKE PORK RIBS
PORK, FISH PALM GLAZE
SEE OUR FULL FEATURE ON FATTY CRAB HERE
    


    LUCQUES TAVERN
BABY BACK RIBS
SEE OUR FULL FEATURE ON LUCQUES TAVERN HERE




    MAIN ST. DELI
FINGER LICKING RIBS
TANGY BBQ SAUCE
SEE OUR FULL FEATURE ON MAIN ST. DELI HERE




    EASTSIDE TAVERN
BBQ BACK RIBS WITH COLESLAW AND POTATOES
SEE OUR FULL FEATURE ON EASTSIDE TAVERN HERE



Monday, September 22, 2014

ENJOY A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AFTERNOON TEA AT LUCQUES TAVERN Hong Kong




THE DINING AREA


AFTERNOON TEA

MINI REUBEN SANDWICH


MINI PULLED PORK SANDWICH

MINI LOBSTER, CRAB AND SHRIMP SANDWICH

LUCQUES TAVERN SIGNATURE MUFFIN

HONEY TOAST
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP, VANILLA AND CHESTNUT ICE CREAM, MACAROONS, MARSHMELLOWS, FRESH STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, AND BLUEBERRIES


There's nothing better than ending a long and fulfilling day of shopping with a relaxing afternoon tea.  We recently sampled the set at Lucques Tavern and loved the Californian style fare perfectly served for sharing. The mini sandwiches were full of flavour and delicious and who could resist their decadent and indulgent ice cream filled honey toast. Ideal for a fun afternoon with family or friends.

Available every Monday to Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 PM and priced at HK$198 + 10% service charge for two adults and 1 child, the set includes a Honey toast (Double Chocolate Chip, Vanilla and Chestnut ice cream, Macaroons, Marshmallows, fresh Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries), Mini Reuben Sandwich, Mini Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mini Lobster Crab and Shrimp Sandwich and LUCQUES Tavern signature muffin. To quench your thirst there will be coffee or tea for the adults and a glass of juice for the child. Included the set there will also be a “make your own fun football game” to entertain the little ones.





LUCQUES Tavern, Shop OT315, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City , 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2735 6111


Sunday, September 21, 2014

KANADA-YA Ramen Causeway Bay Hong Kong




 KANADA-YA 

 INSIDE KANADA-YA 

 KANADA-YA CLASSIC 
WITH EGG

 KANADA-YA SUPREME
WITH EGG

THE MENU


Kanada-Ya Ramen offers authentic Japanese ramen at the heart of Causeway Bay. Their menu is simple offering slight variations on their signature soup and noodle combination. We loved the fragrant broth that wasn't too heavy to finish, and their chewy noodles which you could choose to be cooked to the texture of your preference. Their pork belly and shoulder were both tender, flavourful and paired perfectly with the dish. A great spot to stop for a hearty and satisfying bowl of ramen.

Kanada-ya, G/F, 34 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
2889 3355


WILTONS Restaurant London SW1




 THE DINING AREA

 FRESHLY SHUCKED OYSTERS

KING'S WILD SCOTTISH SMOKED SALMON
A LIGHTER MODERN TOUCH THAT BRINGS A ROUND AND SWEET FLAVOUR WITH A HINT OF OAK SMOKE


DOVER SOLE MEUNIERE AND GRILLED TURBOT

TRUFFLE MASH

CAULIFLOWER CHEESE

AMEDEI CHOCOLATE FONDANT, HONEYCOMB AND GINGER ICE CREAM

APPLE CRUMBLE TART WITH VANILLA CUSTARD


Rarely do you come across a restaurant that boasts a heritage older than America. Established in 1742, Wiltons keeps diners returning for their classically delicious menu and traditional service style.  We entered the classic dining venue and were instantly drawn to the history and distinguished feel of the entire space. The staff are courteous and exude a professional yet friendly service attitude very rarely seen today. We settled in the new bar area and loved the relaxed yet luxurious ambiance. The menu was straightforward, serving grand seafood options and traditional British fare with slight French influences. We loved the fresh, mouthwatering oysters paired with decadent glasses of champagne. Dover Sole has been one of my all time favourite fish dishes and Wiltons executed the preparation with absolute perfection. We couldn't get enough of the indulgent sides, including truffle mash potatoes featuring generous shavings of truffle and their rich cauliflower cheese. A traditional apple crumble tart was an ideal finale to a delicious and satisfying meal. Wiltons is a must visit if you are looking for an authentic British dining experience and crave having your meal with a side of history.





Wiltons, 55 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6LX
0207 6299955