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Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant
3-4/F, China Resources Building
26 Harbour Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

My friend Kitty took me to dim sum at Ho Choi restaurant, located in Wan Chai. It was quite delicious, so I went back and took my friends when they came to visit Hong Kong. Ho Choi may be a bit tricky to find because it’s in the business district surrounded by several office towers, hotels and government buildings. Just look for the China Resources Building and it’s on the third floor.

Most dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong offer the standard dishes that you’ll find everywhere. However, many places have their specialty dim sum dishes that you won’t find at other restaurants. Ho Choi’s specialty dishes are quite flavorful and unique. You should try an array of dim sum, including their delicious dumplings in soup broth. The preparation and presentation of dim sum is fabulous at Ho Choi and the food will surely satisfy your stomach!

Kitty and I. She knows about all of the great food in Hong Kong!

Pigeon

Reece's favorite food: pigeon!

I also took my friends to eat dim sum too.

A sweet and sour-type sauce to pour on top of crunchy chips

One of their specialties: wontons in a flavorful soup broth

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One of my articles was recently published on CNNGo. It’s all about the most delicious, mouth-watering food in Tai Po, Hong Kong – a true hidden gem in the city. CNNGo is one of my all-time favorite websites because it gives you an in-depth, insider’s guide to traveling in Asia! Click HERE to read my article!

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Tsui Hang Village Restaurant
G/F, Miramar Shopping Centre
132 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 2376 2882

Shrimp

This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Hong Kong, and I would highly recommend eating here if you are ever in this city. My friend Kitty introduced me to Tsui Hang Village a while back, and since then, I’ve come back on numerous occasions with friends and family. There are three locations: Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Sai Kung. I’d suggest going to the Tsim Sha Tsui location because it has the nicest atmosphere and the food tastes slightly better, in my opinion. Everything at Tsui Hang Village restaurant is so flavorful and unique in its own way.

The baked crab.

Tofu, Scallops and Vegetables

Whenever I’m here, I always order the baked crab. It takes around 20 minutes to cook, but it is well worth the wait because it has such a distinct, flavorful taste. The crabmeat is shredded, mixed with other ingredients, and baked to perfection. I’d also recommend the sweet and sour shrimp. This doesn’t seem like the typical dish you’d eat at a Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong – especially since it seems a bit Westernized – but it is absolutely mouth-watering. Its rich and savory taste will make you wanting to come back for more! Another recommendation is the tofu, scallop and vegetable mix. It is a wonderful combination mixed with a delicious sauce that blends everything so well together.

I could go on and on about other wonderful dishes here, but I can honestly say that mostly everything tastes delicious. It’s one of the many reasons why Tsui Hang Village is one of my top restaurants in Hong Kong!

My friends eating the delicious food!

Chow mein noodles

Duck tongue

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Spring Deer Restaurant
2/F, 42 Mody Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 2366 4012

Our chef preparing the Peking duck

Spring Deer is located on the second floor of an old, run down building in one of the less crowded areas of Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s not hard to find, but don’t expect a fine-dining Peking duck experience. Once you walk up the stairs to the second floor, you’ll see people sitting on round tables with plain white tablecloths while chefs carve the duck on rolling metal carts. My friends and I ate here on a weeknight, but it was quite crowded nevertheless. We ordered a whole Peking duck, vegetables and noodles. The thinly sliced duck skin tasted delicious in between the warm Chinese pancake. In my opinion, the pancake is just as important as the duck skin – it needs to be a perfect pairing. Many restaurants have different types of pancakes, but Spring Deer’s was thicker than most. Because of this, it slightly took away from the crisp, delicate flavor of the duck, which should be most prominent when eating Peking Duck. However, we had an overall delicious meal. I would recommend making reservations a few days before you dine here because it is known to have long waits. Some people even make reservations a week or two before!

My friends and I - ready to eat a delicious meal!

The exterior of the building. Spring Deer is located on the 2nd floor.

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Japa Dog
899 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z2K6, Canada
Website: http://www.japadog.com/en/

The original Japa Dog on Burrard Street in Downtown Vancouver

I’ve always been a fan of street food. From the small food stalls at night markets in Taiwan to the roving food trucks (aka “meals on wheels”) in Los Angeles, I’m always on the lookout for something new. Japa Dog originated as a small hot dog stand on the streets of downtown Vancouver, and has since spread to different locations throughout the city. It is literally a Japanese hot dog. Their most popular hot dog is the “kurobuta terimayo hot dog” – which is a hot dog with teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, and seaweed. Another popular item is the “okonomi hot dog” – topped with Japanese cabbage, special okonomi sauce, bonito flakes, and Japanese mayonnaise.

The fusion between a traditional hot dog and Japanese flavors is an unconventional mixture, but it works. The teriyaki sauce combined with the piping hot, fresh hot dog is a tasty combination. When all of the toppings are added to it, it tastes delicious! Although Japa Dog is on the more expensive side for hot dogs – kurobuta terimayo at $6.75, okonomi at $6.25 – I would recommend trying it at least once while you’re in Vancouver. It’s very close to the main downtown area, so you can grab a quick bite to eat and get back to your shopping!

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Causeway Bay Spicy Crab
Shop D & E, 440 Jeffe Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Spicy crab - buried underneath the spices!

When you’re in Hong Kong, you must try the spicy crab. There are several restaurants that specialize in this seafood dish, but I recommend going to Causeway Bay Spicy Crab – not far from the main shopping areas Sogo and Times Square in Causeway Bay. My good family friend Kitty took me here on a Saturday evening, and it was quite crowded. We ordered several dishes, but of course the spicy crab is to absolutely mouth watering and full of delicate flavor. You might be wondering: what is spicy crab? Well, it’s crab that is covered with a variety of spices and peppers. There are so many spices that the crab is literally buried underneath it all! It’s a unique cooking style that is very different than other types of crab you will eat at other Chinese restaurants. Plus, Causeway Bay Spicy Crab has other delicious foods – especially the sweet and sour pork ribs.

Kitty and I with so much food!

The shrimp was delicious. It was covered in tasty bread flakes.

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Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood Restaurant
5786 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

pollo saltado (chicken) and saltado camarones (shrimp) mixture

It's a hole-in-the-wall restaurant just off Melrose

Mario’s is located just a few miles down the road from the hip, avant-garde stores and chic restaurants along Melrose Avenue. It’s a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that serves delicious Peruvian food. My sisters and I went here on a Friday morning at 11:30 am, the time it opens everyday. Within 15 minutes, the restaurant was filled. Marios’s most popular dish is lomo saltado, which is a flavorful mixture of beef, onions, vegetables and French fries. It is served with a bed of rice. When I first saw the French fries, I was a bit apprehensive (being the health nut I am), but of course, I am always willing to try everything and anything. Well, let me tell you this: the spices and flavor of this dish are mouth-watering and absolutely delicious! You can’t help but devour this food – yes, even the French fries! We also tried the pollo saltado (chicken) and saltado camarones (shrimp). They are all quite flavorful, but I’d recommend the lomo saltado above anything else. Just one word of advice: Mario’s serves large portions, so you can easily share one dish with a friend!

My sister Danielle and I eating lomo saltado

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