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Great find – Logitech Ultrathin iPad Keyboard

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Just came back from a short trip to my hometown Hong Kong, 10 days for me is very short. However, this time I am travelling alone, in a way this made it much more effective for me to accomplish some personal matters and spend more time with my family.

I have not blogged for a long time, finding excuses for myself is because I don’t use my laptop very often this days, every time I sit in front of my laptop, Marc would interfere and want to tap on my keyboard. The best time to blog is when I am alone sitting in a cafe while he is in the preschool and I have a few hours for myself. I can of course blog at home but somehow I am always being distracted other things in the house.

I am now posting pictures in my Gourmet Traveller 88 Facebook page regularly and writing some notes there for those dishes which I would repeat in the future. I am still thinking how I can resume to blog regularly and how to keep my post short but informative. And I seem to have a solution after buying this Logitech Ultrathin iPad Keyboard. There are 3 colors available: silver, black and red. Without doubt, I chose red immediately, the USB cable is also red and short, making it extremely easy to find from the crowd of other electronic cables.

During the short stay in HK, I am so happy that my best friend has introduced to me this Logitech Ultrathin iPad Keyboard. It’s really awesome. Cost HKD 799. Cheaper in the States, could have waited but ………

It’s the best iPad gadget I have come across. It allows me to watch TV more comfortably and the keyboard is very comfortable to type. Now I am sampling my first blog post using the WordPress iPhone App. Previously I find it’s easier to blog using the laptop and easier and quicker to access my photo library. However, I am currently using my iphone to take pictures most of the time and with iCloud, I can have the photos sync to the Photostream after some time. I don’t take pictures with iPad as the resolution is not great with iPad2 and it’s awkward to hold such a big object to take photo. Overall using iPad +Ultratin keyboard feels like using a mini laptop, of course iPad is not able to have multitask screens but serves well to my purpose and to concentrate on one matter at a time and not distracted by fiddling other apps.

This Ultrathin keyboard is also available for iPad Mini, I am tempted to get iPad mini when there is a newer version but not sure how comfortable to have a smaller screen. We shall see ….

My iPad does not have 3G connectivity but this is nicely compensated by using the personal HotSpot created by my iPhone. So it’s not necessary to have a second mobile data plan.

So I hope no more excuses : ) and more blogging!

Stir fried Shrimps with Dried Mandarin Peel & Black Bean Sauce (陳皮豆鼓蝦)

I was meant to write this for some time, made this several times but the photos were not too satisfactory. Anyway, I would love to share this with you, this dish is adapted from a popular traditional restaurant in Hong Kong called Tai Wing Wah Restaurant (大榮華酒樓).

The main restaurant is located in Yuen Long, New Territories. I heard that they have a new branch in Kowloon, gotta check it out when I am in Hong Kong. What amazed me is that you can used the traditional Chinese cooking ingredients to create a delicious dish. It’s a matter of mix of match. Lately I also learnt that you can mix the traditional chinese cooking sauce together to create another sauce to make roast pork similar to Cha Siu (叉燒). Will share with you another time.

You would have come across the prepared black bean garlic sauce for example, the one manufactured by Lee Kam Kee but do you know in old days, my mom used to prepare black bean sauce from scratch, it is actually most tasty than the prepared one but since most of us are busy, it is more convenient to buy the prepared version.

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Mango pomelo sago dessert (楊枝甘露)

Mango sago pomelo dessert

I have fallen in love with these two tropical fruits: mango and pomelo recently, if you have seen my earlier posts, you would now what I mean. I have made a mango & black n’ white glutinous rice dessert and a Thai Pomelo salad, both were well received at home. So what else can I make? It will be the famous dessert in Hong Kong: Mango Pomelo Sago Dessert (楊枝甘露) 100% created by Hong Kong people in 1984 by Lei Garden Restaurant, I do not dare to claim every one but almost every one would love this dessert. It is healthy, made mostlywith fruit and no cooking is required. I have always thought that this is very difficult to made but it is unbelievably easy to prepare for a divine dessert like this. The most challenging part I find is to get hold of the mango and pomelo especially when you do not live in Asia. 

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Cheap 'n' Chic eats in Hong Kong Part II: Ten traditional street foods

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Photo taken in Lantau Island

I was hoping to be able to write a second post last week but my in-laws are visiting us so I have been busy with them. It is very pleasing for me that they like my cooking a lot and would not mind to be my guinea pigs to sample my new dishes. Last week I have made my first quiche and linzer cookies successfully for example : )

Before I go into detail of my Cheap ‘n’ Chic eats in HK: Part II, I am very happy to be informed that I am featured @CommentLuv (a plugin site).

For those who are not familiar with CommentLuv, this is a plugin that will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve a selection of their last blog posts, tweets or digg submissions which they can choose one from to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.

Personally I like this plugin alot, not because Andy has featured me but because when I check my comments, I will be able to see my commentor’s latest post and if the title interests me, I will immediately click on the link and visit his/her blog.

Thanks to Andy Bailey, the creator of the CommentLuv plugin and site for his lovely introduction of my blog:

“Hungry? prepare to get hungrier when you visit Gourmet Traveller! Janet runs a gorgeous blog giving you the lowdown on some of the worlds tastiest dishes with lots of scrumptious pictures and recipes.”

For Cheap ‘n’ Chic eats in Hong Kong Part II, I want to share my long-lost tastes on some OLD fashioned street foods which some of them are rather difficult to come across them these days. Click here for my Cheap ‘n’ Chic eats in Hong Kong Part I.

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Cheap 'n' Chic eats in Hong Kong: Part I

Lanterns selling in HK

So during my stay in Hong Kong, what have I eaten there? I have eaten so much good food there that I have to organize them into several posts to share with you all.

I came up the idea of using the title: Cheap ‘n’ Chic eats because eating in Hong Kong does not always need to be expensive. Depending on your mood and time you have that day, you can always find something that can satisfy your desires.

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Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園), famous tea restaurant in Hong Kong

Lan Fong Yuen Central

Lan Fong Yuen, Main Shop in Central, the two little wooden stools are still kept until today. You can still sit there and order from there!

The last time I came back to Hong Kong (HK) was almost a year. This time I am lucky enough to stay  for more than 3 weeks. One of the things I missed most was the pantyhose milk tea (絲襪奶茶) from the HK style tea restaurants literally called Cha Chaan Teng (港式茶餐廳).  

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Bustling Wanchai Open Food Market, Hong Kong (revisited)

IMG_0593The PAWN Restaurant, a British gastropub restored from a pawn shop, an old colonial building

Last year when I was back for a short stay in Hong Kong, I had a great afternoon with my cousin, Steve. We spent a few good hours in Wanchai Open Food Market (around Spring Garden Lane and  taking pictures. I showed him the popular shops that still exist, felt like an ambassador of Hong Kong. Steve has lived in Wanchai for some years but funny enough, he was not aware that there are numerous famous food stores and the famous tea restaurant Kam Fung which are just round the corner where he used to live. I was like Steve too when I was little, I did not like going to the food markets with my mom at all. The outdoor food markets are always crowded, wet and slippery floors making my shoes dirty and difficult to walk through and carrying the wet plastic bags were t very pleasant. Now because I am only visiting and not really shopping myself, it feels very different of course. My mom was saying the other day that I have become a tourist now when I return to Hong Kong. Also it’s because I have a growing interest in photography which makes it more fun.

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Chinese herbal tea (涼茶), Xia Sang Giu (夏桑菊)

Chinese Medicine & Herbal Tea Shop in Central, Hong Kong

Don’t know why after dinner last night, I had a headache all of a sudden, so I went to bed a bit earlier than usual. Fell asleep but woke up a few times in the middle of the night and the headache was still there, I tried not to taking any pain-killers, hoping a good rest will make it go away but it did not. So at 6am, I crawled out of my warm bed and took a Panadol. Funny enough, being worked in the pharmaceutical industry for so many years and got a degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology, I resist to take any medication for as much as possible unless I really need to, ironic, isn’t it???

In Basel, there are so many people I know got sick this week and I don’t want to get sick as we are leaving for 5 days skiing this Friday, so now I am trying every possible ways to avoid it.

As a matter of fact, not sure if it was because if I have had too much coffee and oven food recently, my lower jaw teeth gum is a little swollen. In the Chinese terms, I have got “Hot Air 熱氣“, and it means I have to pay attention to these little changes in my body. It’s very important to cure the root cause before it becomes something more serious.

If I am in Hong Kong, I will go to a Chinese Medicine doctor to get some herbal medicine, but since I am now in Switzerland, I have to rely on these simple chinese herbal drinks. To me this is very normal to me but I thought it will be interesting to share with my readers of what do I take in my normal life. Being a Chinese, despite being somewhat Westernized, my mentality and believes are still very Chinese.

Although the Panadol has been able to stop the headache but this moment after hours, I can feel it’s slowly creeping back. And now while I am writing I am drinking this brown tea called Xia Sang Giu. It tastes sweet, with a tint of bitterness but very easy to drink.

 Xia San Giu (chinese herbal drink)

Xia Sang Giu is one of the most common Herbal Tea in the Guangdong region in China. It has a long history for over 200 years since the Qing Dynasty. This herbal tea is useful for removing heat inside your body, improving eyesight, headache, swollen and sore throat.

Xia Sang Giu is considered to be a health drink which is very neutral and is even suitable for daily intake. However, with living in Basel, a lot of time, I slowly forget about these goodies I have at home. Nevertheless, one thing I don’t quite understand is why the Causacians do not seem to have such”hot air” things, they can drink a lot of cold drinks, eat a lot of fried food, etc.

Since I was little, my mom also stopped me and my brother from drinking soft drinks and eating sweets and crisps. She said we got sick and cough so easily whether we took these food and only occasionally we would get as a reward when we get high marks in our school tests or examinations.

And now I believe my mom is doing for our own good as I have observed our kid at home that many times when he goes on holidays, he will drink more frequently cold soft drinks and by end of the holiday, he will get a cough anf sometimes even sick. And last week, I tried to persuade him to try stop drinking soft drinks for a few days to see if there would be any difference, and the outcome? Even the little boy could feel the significant improvement. I am glad that he would not think I am the bad guy. I completely understand how hard it is to stop kids from drinking soft drinks or eating crisps, in the past I did not like my mom stopping me eating this or that at all.

Anyway, I think I am going a bit too far and now back to the Xia Sang Giu I am having here this morning, I would like to review the ingredients to you which are  as described in the pack. And maybe you are curious to try one day?

Xia Sang Giu (夏桑菊) Herbal Drink:

Ingredients:

Direction:

  • Dissolve the content in a cup of hot water, 1 sachet each time.

 Chinese Herbal Tea Shop

Normally, people can buy the real chinese herbs and boil this at home, but nowadays we all have a busy life and these granules are certainly very convenient indeed. Meanwhile when I was in Hong Kong, I like visiting one of these Chinese Herbal Tea Shops which I can just buy one that is freshly cooked, you can just stand there quickly have one, pay and then leave. This is part of the busy lifestyle in Hong Kong. Below is a picture of one of  the famous Herbal Tea and Chinese Medicine Shops in Hong Kong, located in Central, you can also go there for Chinese Medicine consultation. (the two pictures were taken when I was there in Oct 2008)

When I was working in the office in Hong Kong, our pantry always have Xia Sang Giu stocked there free for us to consume, thanks to “Ching Tse 清姐”!!!. I saw my colleagues drink them from time to time, so at that time I followed too. And this morning, I took some out from the shelf and have a cup this morning, hope my headache and teeth gum will gradually diminish.

Acknowledgement:

I would like to thank you the author of the following link for the useful information which has helped me to make this post more insightful. http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/01423/xia_sang_ju.htm

Chinese herbal tea (涼茶), Xia Sang Giu (夏桑菊)

Chinese Medicine & Herbal Tea Shop in Central, Hong Kong

Don’t know why after dinner last night, I had a headache all of a sudden, so I went to bed a bit earlier than usual. Fell asleep but woke up a few times in the middle of the night and the headache was still there, I tried not to taking any pain-killers, hoping a good rest will make it go away but it did not. So at 6am, I crawled out of my warm bed and took a Panadol. Funny enough, being worked in the pharmaceutical industry for so many years and got a degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology, I resist to take any medication for as much as possible unless I really need to, ironic, isn’t it???

In Basel, there are so many people I know got sick this week and I don’t want to get sick as we are leaving for 5 days skiing this Friday, so now I am trying every possible ways to avoid it.

As a matter of fact, not sure if it was because if I have had too much coffee and oven food recently, my lower jaw teeth gum is a little swollen. In the Chinese terms, I have got “Hot Air 熱氣“, and it means I have to pay attention to these little changes in my body. It’s very important to cure the root cause before it becomes something more serious.

If I am in Hong Kong, I will go to a Chinese Medicine doctor to get some herbal medicine, but since I am now in Switzerland, I have to rely on these simple chinese herbal drinks. To me this is very normal to me but I thought it will be interesting to share with my readers of what do I take in my normal life. Being a Chinese, despite being somewhat Westernized, my mentality and believes are still very Chinese.

Although the Panadol has been able to stop the headache but this moment after hours, I can feel it’s slowly creeping back. And now while I am writing I am drinking this brown tea called Xia Sang Giu. It tastes sweet, with a tint of bitterness but very easy to drink.

 Xia San Giu (chinese herbal drink)

Xia Sang Giu is one of the most common Herbal Tea in the Guangdong region in China. It has a long history for over 200 years since the Qing Dynasty. This herbal tea is useful for removing heat inside your body, improving eyesight, headache, swollen and sore throat.

Xia Sang Giu is considered to be a health drink which is very neutral and is even suitable for daily intake. However, with living in Basel, a lot of time, I slowly forget about these goodies I have at home. Nevertheless, one thing I don’t quite understand is why the Causacians do not seem to have such”hot air” things, they can drink a lot of cold drinks, eat a lot of fried food, etc.

Since I was little, my mom also stopped me and my brother from drinking soft drinks and eating sweets and crisps. She said we got sick and cough so easily whether we took these food and only occasionally we would get as a reward when we get high marks in our school tests or examinations.

And now I believe my mom is doing for our own good as I have observed our kid at home that many times when he goes on holidays, he will drink more frequently cold soft drinks and by end of the holiday, he will get a cough anf sometimes even sick. And last week, I tried to persuade him to try stop drinking soft drinks for a few days to see if there would be any difference, and the outcome? Even the little boy could feel the significant improvement. I am glad that he would not think I am the bad guy. I completely understand how hard it is to stop kids from drinking soft drinks or eating crisps, in the past I did not like my mom stopping me eating this or that at all.

Anyway, I think I am going a bit too far and now back to the Xia Sang Giu I am having here this morning, I would like to review the ingredients to you which are  as described in the pack. And maybe you are curious to try one day?

Xia Sang Giu (夏桑菊) Herbal Drink:

Ingredients:

Direction:

  • Dissolve the content in a cup of hot water, 1 sachet each time.

 Chinese Herbal Tea Shop

Normally, people can buy the real chinese herbs and boil this at home, but nowadays we all have a busy life and these granules are certainly very convenient indeed. Meanwhile when I was in Hong Kong, I like visiting one of these Chinese Herbal Tea Shops which I can just buy one that is freshly cooked, you can just stand there quickly have one, pay and then leave. This is part of the busy lifestyle in Hong Kong. Below is a picture of one of  the famous Herbal Tea and Chinese Medicine Shops in Hong Kong, located in Central, you can also go there for Chinese Medicine consultation. (the two pictures were taken when I was there in Oct 2008)

When I was working in the office in Hong Kong, our pantry always have Xia Sang Giu stocked there free for us to consume, thanks to “Ching Tse 清姐”!!!. I saw my colleagues drink them from time to time, so at that time I followed too. And this morning, I took some out from the shelf and have a cup this morning, hope my headache and teeth gum will gradually diminish.

Acknowledgement:

I would like to thank you the author of the following link for the useful information which has helped me to make this post more insightful. http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/01423/xia_sang_ju.htm