雞蛋仔

北角雞蛋仔

(English version at the bottom.)

說到香港, 就連住在溫哥華的我都知道, 他們有一個跟臺灣雞蛋糕一樣有名的小品叫 “雞蛋仔." 那麼到了香港就當然非吃不可阿! 依照手上的旅遊指南 (I Can 旅遊系列 03: 香港. ISBN: 978-988-18939-4-9) 的說法, 最好吃的雞蛋仔在北角這邊! 當然二話不說先殺去再說吧.

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北角雞蛋仔

北角雞蛋仔

真正的外香內酥加好吃! 剛出爐的雞蛋仔的美味, 在溫哥華完全是吃不到的! 這比臺灣的雞蛋糕又好吃好幾倍 (沒辦法, 很少有人會把雞蛋糕烤脆一點. 我個人偏好喜歡吃會有聲音的食物.)

袋子上還有戳洞, 據說是拿來讓空氣流通, 所以水氣不會積在裡面影響到口感. 這小小的地方都注意到了, 那食客我怎麼可以不去推呢?

地址: 香港北角英皇道492號

P.S: 他們的店面實在不怎麼大, 招牌也還好. 我們是走到旁邊看到有人在排隊, 才發現已經到的.

So, what is so special about these egg cake that I spent two paragraphs? We actually found this place from the tour guide that I purchased in Taiwan (ISBN: 978-988-18939-4-9 for those of you who can read Traditional Chinese.) The guide featured this as the “recommended place to visit if you want to try out Hong Kong style egg cakes."

The place is pretty small. We almost missed it without seeing a small line-up in front of the window. I will be very honest – I would fall for any food that tastes good and crunchy. In this case, the freshly baked egg cake is indeed crunchy! The taste is pretty standard – nothing out of ordinary. Nevertheless, I have to say the sweetness is right on. Often I find places making this would either make it too sweet or occasionally bitter or salty.

The window

The window

There you go, freshly baked egg cake from North Point. Now, looking for public washroom around here? Here is a tip: the mall across from here offers free public washroom. Another big plus for this location!

Chinese style bread at door

Chinese style bread at door

I had the great pleasure to visit a few breakfast places during my short stay in Taiwan.  Here is the second place I would recommend if anyone is going to Taipei for a few days.  (These places are worth visiting even if you are stopping by for a connection flight.)

The weirdest thing is that they are all in close proximity.  Naturally for those who know about the Competitive Advantage (by Michael Porter) would know that location is one key factor in the restaurant business.

The place I am reviewing now is at a stone’s throw from my previous review.  Here is the Google map for those who know how to read maps:

What is good here?  Their soy-milk is pretty good, and everything you see outside is good, too.  However, if I come here again, I would once again order their Xiao Long Bao.  To my surprise (not so surprising though) they actually have really good Xiao Long Bao’s here.  Forget about going to Din Tai Fung – the line up is long although the food is very good there.  If you come here, you will get your Xiao Long Bao within 10 minutes after ordering.

Xiao Long Bao!

Xiao Long Bao!

I am a big fan of eating huge portion breakfast.  However, I found that to be very inefficient if my goal is to maximize the chance to taste different food in town.  Because of that, I did not order a huge selection, instead, I ordered the salty cake only.

Crunchy outside, hot and salty inside, tasty!

Crunchy outside, hot and salty inside, tasty!

What?  You want a comparison between this and the previous post (here)?  I am telling you:  these two breakfast places do not compare.  We are talking about apples and oranges here (although personally I love oranges more.)

Here are some more pictures of this little treasure I found on a Sunday morning.

Breakfast

Inside

Breakfast

Price list

Breakfast

From my first visit

Breakfast

Xiao Long Bao closed up

Traditionally the Taiwanese people start their days early.  After reviewing online reviews, I decided to make the extra effort and wake up really early (for someone my age, waking up at 6:00 is probably considered early…) to visit these legendary breakfast places.

Source that prompted my visit to this place:  http://wiselyview.net/blog/read-1699.html

早餐店

Our first review

I remember walking pass by this street in 2009, and my first thought was “I am sure there are places selling good food here."  What did I know?  My instinct about food is actually pretty accurate.  There are actually several good breakfast places like this one on the east side of 杭州南路 intersecting 愛國東路.  Here is a Google Map for the exact location:

早餐店

He is the guardian of Chinese donuts...

You will most likely see this old man sitting there if you decided to swing by.  I walked pass him at least four different mornings, and he was always there.  I call him the guardian of Chinese donuts, although he did fall asleep from time to time…

Their Chinese donut is pretty good.  Freshly fried, crunchy (a bit must for me), and not too salty yet tasty.

You also want to try out their soy-milk.  It is by far the most colorful soy-milk I have drank in my entire life.  If I am to describe it – I would call their soy-milk the “deep fried version of all soy-milks."  Why?  Their soy-milk has this burnt taste in there, very much like adding a kick to a otherwise very smooth and tasty breakfast milk substitute.

Price-wise, it is very cheap and reasonable.  Personally I would still visit this place even if the price doubles.

What can you do after breakfast?  This place is right across Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall.  A walk through the memorial hall can take up to 20 minutes, or you can simply cross the street and visit another breakfast place… (to be continued.)

燒餅油條

Crunchy breakfast...

早餐

Reasonably priced

早餐

Busy place in the morning

早餐

From across the street

Splitz Grill 漢堡食記

八月 25, 2010

那天原本要去Moderne Burger 的, 但沒有想到他們星期日沒有開門 (真奇怪!) 經過Google 的關鍵字查詢之後, 我的備案是Splitz Grill. 地址是4242 Main St.

當時是因為要照顧小朋友兵團, 再加上小朋友兵團中有臺灣來的貴客x2, 所以就想盡了方法去找些不同的東西吃.  (到處開發…)

Splitz Burger

Splitz Burger

原本我的目標是找到溫哥華最好吃的漢堡, 而他們的評價在眾多網站上也是極高的.  Main St. 也沒有說很遠, 所以就殺過來看看到底是怎麼樣好吃法.

一整盤的食物...

我唯一能說的是, 他們的漢堡真的很大而且很實在.  我很少能光是吃完漢堡本身就很飽了 – 我們一群人沒有一個人能把薯條吃完的說!

塞滿滿的漢堡

塞滿滿的漢堡

漢堡裡面可以配不同的醬料.  因為我這個人很懶, 所以我就叫他們隨便給我弄弄.  不過做出來的食物一點也不馬虎, 裡面還有苜蓿芽耶!  分明就是為了食用者的健康及罪惡感著想的小動作嘛!  扣除場地不算, 如果光是算漢堡本身的美味及份量的話, 我下一次會來這家而不是去Moderne Burger.

喔!  他們的奶昔很濃沒錯, 不過味道一般.  大概麥當勞的奶昔隨便喝喝就好, Splitz Grill 的奶昔這個程度就賣貴了.

A&W 這家店最近寄來了一大張 Coupon, 很難得的有幾個看起來還蠻好吃的漢堡都有特價.  很可惜上一次吃 Teen Burger (小孩堡?) 沒有留下照片, 但是後來吃的 Mama Burger 跟 Uncle Burger都有照下.  以下就是這兩個漢堡的 review.

等等, 說實話, 我覺得最好吃的還是 Teen Burger.  沒辦法, 肉雖然有很大的差別, 但 Teen Burger的醬料好很多阿!  Mama Burger沒有加什麼特別的醬, 而 Uncle Burger的重點是在那一塊肉, 而 Teen Burger剛好夾在中間 – 肉質鮮美, 但裡面用的醬料菱角分明.  (還有 beacon一片…)

先說他們的 Uncle Burger吧!

包裝裡面是 Uncle Burger

包裝裡面是 Uncle Burger

A&W 的一貫包裝, 就是用這個袋子藏著裡面的漢堡.  其實袋子上就會寫裡面藏著的寶物是什麼.  我很喜歡他們用的包裝, 因為這樣子就不會把我的手弄髒了!  (麥當勞的盒子最討厭!  手上有多少細菌阿?  還要我用手把漢堡拿出來… 然後再把我的手弄的油油黏黏的!)

叔叔漢堡包

叔叔漢堡包

叔叔堡的大小跟 Jack In The Box的 Sirloin堡一樣大, 其實說實話這兩個漢堡差不多 – 大小跟味道都是.  但是因為 A&W發的 Coupon, 這一個漢堡才三塊錢!

Sirloin Burger?!

Sirloin Burger?!

Uncle Burger中的配料很簡單 – 一片肉排, 生菜, 蕃茄, 跟一片醃黃瓜.  裡面用的醬料也很簡單 – 如果用形狀去敘述的話, 這個漢堡嘗起來是圓的.

圓滑的漢堡

圓滑的漢堡

整體來講, 如果要我花七塊錢去買這一個漢堡的話, 我是絕對不會願意去花這筆錢的.  但因為有 coupon的關係, 這個漢堡才三塊錢而已, 反而值得去讓我一咬.  我個人覺得, 他的經濟價值約四塊錢, 再貴些我是一定不會下手的.

說到媽媽漢堡 (Mama Burger, 囧~ 為什麼他們要取這麼奇怪的名字阿… 如果麥當勞叔叔有一群吉祥物, 那他們這不就是漢堡一家了嗎?) 她的包裝跟叔叔堡是一樣的 – 錫箔紙包裝.

媽媽堡

媽媽堡

媽媽堡的肉片沒有叔叔堡的 Sirloin厚大, 但跟一般的漢堡差不多.  如果在麥當勞的話, 這應該就是 Big Extra (美國叫作 Big’N’Tasty.)

Mama Burger

Mama Burger

整體上來說, Mama Burger跟 Uncle Burger就差在那一塊肉, 及裡面還有加些芥末醬.  我覺得漢堡麵包本身的大小是一樣的… 不過因為 coupon的關係, 這一個 Mama Burger才一塊五 (Uncle Burger的一半.)

Mama Burger 的裡面

Mama Burger 的裡面

多謝 A&W的 coupon, 這兩個漢堡的總價是四塊五.

傑克核子一直是我最喜歡吃的速食店.  發現他是一個奇妙的偶然 – 連我自己都不太記得怎麼會愛上這家店…

上一回我在去西雅圖的路上, 因為快到晚飯時間了, 肚子就在那咕嚕咕嚕的叫.  原本想說進了西雅圖再吃就好, 但沒想到海關給他等到有夠久的… 囧!  剛好在I5 過關後就有一家 Jack In The Box, 而且人通常不會很多, 我就跑下去飽食一頓了.

等等! 這是什麼?! REALLY BIG CHICKEN SANDWICH?  有夠真的給他句大的雞堡? 那今天就是點這個吧!

招牌新寵

招牌新寵

不過當我拿到手時, 所謂的巨大也其實還好.  不過價錢合理, 所以感覺起來還不錯.  實際大小應該跟 Burger King 的 Whopper 差不多吧?  或是比麥當勞的 Big Mag 稍微大一些.

巨大雞堡!

巨大雞堡!

巨大雞堡還算是有誠意… 裡面有兩片炸雞肉耶!  當我咬下第一口後, 那在牙齒間發出的喀滋喀滋聲讓我高興了很久.  中間的那片起司沒有什麼味道, 應該是拿來當漿糊用吧…

兩片肉耶

兩片肉耶

整體來說, 我還是會回來再點一次這個漢堡的!  這個價錢真的很親民, 如果他們 的Sirloin堡也能這麼便宜就好.

喔, 對了, 洋蔥圈跟薯條比起來, 我想下次我還是會選薯條吧!

馬馬虎虎的洋蔥圈

馬馬虎虎的洋蔥圈