Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bon Bon Cafe (車品品小食), Tai Kwok Sui, Kowloon


It took us a while to find this little eatery (92 Ivy Street, Tai Kwok Tsui, Kowloon, tel : +852 2180 9655), but it was all worth the effort. The seating capacity of the shop was rather small, but the options on menu were anything but.


One of the recommended orders from the shop was century eggs. I know they're available everywhere, but these here are suppose to be pretty good and the yolk had an amazing consistency that bridged the two sliced halves of the egg. It was also consistently presented that way for every order that was served. The thing I liked about it was the option vinegar and sugar, rather than the usual pickled ginger which I never eat.


Yes, that's a slab of goose liver foie gras on noodles. Rather large slice, keeping in mind that the portions of the noodles were huge. This was very very gobble-ly good. The very springy egg noodles were tossed in a light oyster sauce and foie gras oil concoction, accented with just chopped spring onions. And the delicious foie.


Some sweetish pork dumplings with shrimp roe. It's a signature dumpling from Bon Bon Cafe. This wasn't mediocre per se. Honestly. It was just totally overshadowed by what arrived earlier in terms of flavour.


Here's a mixed bowl of braised stuff. By stuff, I meant radish, chicken mid wings, rolls of tau kee stuff, pig intestines, cheese tofu, cocktail sausages and chopped beef briskets in a sweet and savoury soup. Everything was either soft, chewy or soaked up the broth and flavors well. Very awesome winter dish for the weather.


So good that we followed up with another bowl of little bag shaped tau kee stuff, sliced meat from pig's head and hidden below, pig blood cubes.


I'm having difficulty trying to put the emotions that their beef balls put me through into words. These beef balls are gristly, bouncy, filled with chopped bits of tendon; was seriously beefy tasting and reminded me of *cues a Vinnie Paul drum roll* .................... the first times I had a hamburger at McDonalds as a kid. Seriously, I shit you not. There was so much nostalgia in this innocuous looking beef balls that welled from flavour alone. I hear from the proprietress they are bought and not made in house, so somewhere in Hong Kong must sell these.

The Beef House has got nothing on these.


Very comforting luo han guo tea. Even better than any of the bottled stuff that you generally find in Chinese medical shops. There's enough of the dried crushed fruit in there to top up another glass of hot water with little dilution to the tea.

an Einbroch steampunk moment!

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