January 26, 2017

Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Delicious Kitchen

Well, this is a super overdue post. I was thinking if I should write about my Hong Kong-Macau trip back in October of 2016; I kept procrastinating and then one day I decided “Ok, let’s share it anyway”. This trip is also my birthday gift to myself, I was supposed to go to Bangkok and Cambodia after my best friend’s wedding but that got postponed later this year so my college friends and I decided to just go with another college friend to her family trip to HK. This trip was a bit impulsive and expensive since we booked our flights only one month before the trip date, and you know how airline charges can be very steep especially when the holidays are approaching.

During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.


But all in all, it was a very nice trip; especially that I got to do my very first trip out of the country with my best college friends (I was supposed to go to HK back in 2011 but that got cancelled because of some unfortunate events). We’ve been planning a trip together but only that this time around that we finally got to do it. It was almost a decade in the making but was a memorable one especially that I got to spend it with people that meant a lot to me.


I will try my best to recall what transpired during this trip; the places that we went to, the experiences that we had, the things that we did etc. Though I might do blog posts that have more photos than words in it. This will probably be more like a photo diary and sharing of experience than reviews or how-to’s. But for this post, I will share my experience, observations and impressions of both Hong Kong and Macau. 


With travelling, what's always good is that you get to experience the local cuisine of a specific place; and Hong Kong has a rich cuisine that can't be missed. You must agree with me that Chinese or Hong Kong food is one of the most popular and delicious dishes in the world. I bet most, if not all, countries have their little China town where you can get these tasty grubs. 

Before going to HK, I saw on my news feed an article that says must-visit restaurants in Hong Kong and Delicious Kitchen is one of them. It is one of popular places to eat when in HK. So I vowed to visit some of them when we get there. Unfortunately, only Delicious Kitchen is the only place I got to visit during our trip because there's a branch that is just a few blocks away from where we stayed. 

This place  needs no introduction because it is famous to both locals and tourists. After coming back from our trip to Macau, my friend and I was starving after a day of walking. So we looked up Delicious Kitchen and Google was super helpful so finding it was easy-breezy. 

Delicious Kitchen in Causeway Bay is located in the posh fashion shopping district in Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay. I was expecting to find like like a traditional neighborhood eatery just like the ones where we get our daily serving of Hong Kong food. The restaurant's facade is so modern, the inside is quite small and carries a couple of tables but the interiors and lighting is up to date. The place is jampacked, thus a rule that if you're done, please leave because there are other diners that are need to be seated. 

This place is well-known for their incredible pork ribs. Their menu is extensive but what else should we get but the best-seller. For a little variety, we ordered different dishes plus a soup. Hot tea here is free by the way, which is very common in most HK restaurants (even in Chinese restaurants in Manila). For my drink though, I ordered the Hong Kong Milk Tea. I love milk teas and trying the authentic one is a must. It did not disappoint though. It was very tasty and yummy. 

Here are what we had at Delicious Kitchen: 

Crab Meat and Conpoy Thick Soup - Conpoy or dried scallop is a type of Cantonese dried seafood product made from the adductor muscle of scallops. My friend wanted soup so we ordered this, and it was a best choice. Man, this is so tasty and thick. The serving was huge that we had to take home the leftovers. We enjoyed it the following morning by reheating it for breakfast and it still tasted awesome. 

Double Pork Ribs - the famous pork ribs! Every bite was pure heaven, the meat was tender and the coating is packed-full of flavor and had the right amount of sweetness. This is really a must-try. My friend and I loved it so much! I hope Delicious Kitchen will branch out here in Manila so I can always get a hand of these ribs whenever I want to. By the way, this serving is already good to feed two persons with moderate appetite. 

Steamed Rice with Bokchoy - this came with the prok ribs and fish rice dishes. The rice is a bit sticky but still good and had a good texture because of the Bokchoy (a type of Chinese cabbage). 

Pork Ribs and Smoked Fish - This rice meal is a combination of yellow fish with pine nuts and a portion of the pork ribs. I love the sweet and sour sauce and pine nuts that the fish was covered with. The fish was fresh . This menu entry was a great deal because in other places you would have to order two separate dishes. 

As for the service, it was ok. The staff know a little English but they understand and can communicate. The dishes were indeed delicious! There are still so many items to try from their menu so there's now a legit reason to go back to HK right? Oh, Delicious Kitchen also has a branch in Tsim Tsa Tsui, just look it up. 

Delicious Kitchen
Shop B, G/F, 9-11 Cleveland Street, 
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Hours: 11AM–11:30PM
Phone:  +852-2577-7720, 2577-8350
Read more about my Hong-Kong and Macau trip here:
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: My Two Cents
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Accommodation in Causeway Way via Airbnb
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Delicious Kitchen
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Eiffel Tower at Parisian Macau

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