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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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