Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Craving BUTTERMILK PANCAKES in Hong Kong...

I really miss home made buttermilk panckes and scones but Its almost impossible to find fresh buttermilk in Hong Kong, or even the rest of Asia.  But fortunately I just received this useful tip from a reader... For substitute buttermilk, with each cup of fresh milk add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and let the mixture stand for 5 minutes. Buttermilk is essentially partially curdled milk so the lemon juice does the trick!

Also here is a good buttermilk pancake recipe:

Actually I find this particular recipe site very useful as it has videos for many of their recipes and techniques. I've had my helper watch the videos from time to time. Its much more effective than just learning from a cook book or written recipes. The site is from the US so I lot of the western and Latino recipes are quite good but I'm not so keen on their Asian recipes.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hong Kong baking supplies home delivery service... BAKING WAREHOUSE


BAKING WAREHOUSE is another resonably priced baking ingredients supplier (unlike the pricey Olivers and Three Sixty!!)  in Hong Kong.  The other good bake supplier that I know of is I lOVE CAKE. Please see my earlier post on them.  Unlike I LOVE CAKE, BAKING WAREHOUSE is a home delivery service which stocks notoriously hard to find items such as gelantine sheets, cocoa butter, nautral madagascar bourbon vanilla bean paste, oreo crumbs for pie crusts, and cornmeal... how wonderful!

However they dont seem to carry any buttermilk which I have yet to find n Hong Kong.  If anyone knows where to find this elusive milk pleae let me know at

Check out :

Baking Warehouse

The minimum order is HK$500 and delivery is offered throughout Hong Kong

Email Address

Business Hours

Tuesday-Friday :

11:30 - 19:00

Saturday :

11:00 - 16:00

Sunday, Monday and Public Holidays : Closed

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Budget garden marquee in Hong Kong for weddings, and other celebrations

The United Services Recreation Club, is a private members ‘club tucked away in a green belt near Tsim Sha Tsui/Jordan and must be one of Hong Kong’s best kept secrets!

The USRC was established in 1911 for British military officers. And like most military enclaves, it was blessed with an abundance of that rarest Hong Kong attribute: space. With the British forces long gone, the club has switched to civilian mode but made the sensible decision to keep numbers in check to allow members to enjoy all that greenery. The club has restaurants, tennis and squash facilities, a particularly fine bowling green, plus three old-style swimming pools and a playground. A new addition is a garden marquee and terrace that can accommodate up to 300 guests and is a charming venue for wedding receptions, corporate events and other celebrations.  Outdoor venues are rare in this town and the minimum charge for this space is a fraction of the cost of better hotels. Actually with the money save you can splurge on the honeymoon!  Booking the marquee requires a minimum food and beverage spend of HK$50,000 plus 10% service charge for non club members.

For further information please contact:
Ken Kan, Catering Manager
Direct Line: 852 3966 8633

1 Gascoigne Road
Hong Kong

Friday, September 21, 2012

2 day Charity Fashion Pop up sale in Hong Kong next week!

2-day Charity Fashion Pop-Up Sale

featuring an amazing range of fashion and lifestyle products
at reduced prices
where all proceeds will benefit the Crossroads Foundation
September 28 - 29, 2012
10:00 - 19:00
Room S421, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
No.1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Featured local designers include Barney Cheng, Nude is Rude by Marissa Zeman and Hidy Ng whos ethereal creations are sold at Harvey Nichols.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Handyman and van moving service for Hong Kong Island

Handyman service for Hong Kong Island

I've had quite a few requests for a good handyman on Hong Kong Island who can perform odd jobs such as hanging pictures, installing light fixtures, electric wall sockets, fixing water taps and installing curtain rods and blinds,  and moving furniture and appliances with a van/truck.

I recommend Kevin, cell 9163 0986

Please contact him for an approximate quote. You can say that Miss Ma referred you

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Liquidation of solid wood Chinese reproduction antique furniture....items are priced to move!!


This is Part 2 of the home furniture liquidation that I posted back in July. The lot that started selling in July is nearly sold out

But this time they have just shipped in a lot of Chinese reproduction antiques from another warehouse.

I heard that the company just changed its strategy on entering the home furnishing business and just want to liquidate all of its stock at bargain prices. Prices start at HK$300 for side tables, HK$800 + cabinets and consoles. 

They also have leather trays, ceramics vases and floor lamps starting from $50 each.

Given the low prices, buyers must arrange their own pick up of purchases and payment must be in cash.

Please contact Josephine to arrange a time to visit their warehouse in Aberdeen. She is very helpful but you will need to arrange your own van/trunk service to pick up the purchases. Please check with Josephine if their are certain items that you are looking for.

Please contact me if you want referrals for reasonably priced van/truck movers at

To view the furniture please contact

Josephine Wong

Office: 2870-2998


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Old Delhi Street Food Festival in Hong Kong this month

Old Delhi Street Food Festival

September 3rd to 30th, 2012

Jashan’s Chef Asif wants to show diners in Hong Kong that Indian cuisine goes beyond curries and kebabs . From September 3rd to 30th, experience Jashan's live chaat (street food) counter from 7pm to 11pm, offering you a delectable range of authentic roadside snacks from Delhi-small plates of savor snacks called chaat
Enjoy chaats such as ...
Palak Patta Chaat-Crisp fried spinach, chickpeas, potatoes- topped with yoghurt and chutneys
Bhel Puri- An assorted compilation of puffed rice, fried vermicelli, peanuts, chutneys, crushed crackers, onions and tomatoes

Dahi Papdi Chaat - Wheat flour crisps with spicy potatoes and mildly sweetened yoghurt

Dilli University Ke Bread Pakode -Potato filled bread sandwich fritters with, mint chutney and sliced onions

Pani Puri - A dozen 'gol gappas', mint chutney, tamarind sauce and spiced cumin water

Please click here for their full menu

Check out this link and watch Chef Asif and his team create the Pani Puri from scratch!

For bookings:

1st Floor, Amber Lodge,
23 Hollywood Road,
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 3105 5300 / 3105 5311
Fax: 3105 0409


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Berry Brothers' Bordeux wine @ HK$55/bottle..2008 Berrys' Good Ordinary White

2008 Berrys' Good Ordinary White..$660 a case ($55 a bottle)
Fine wine vendor, Berry Brothers is  clearing out the vintage, so this is a bargain price for a fresh and easy drinking wine perfect for BBQ’s, Sunday lunches and for Xmas parties.
(Please note minimum charge for free delivery $1,500)
Wines from Berrys' own selectionare hand-picked by expert buyers and are standard-bearers of style and qualityfrom classical wine regions, offering exceptional value for money.
2008 Berrys' Good Ordinary White
Good Ordinary White is the perfect counterpart to Berrys’ perenially popular Good Ordinary Claret. Produced especially for us by the highly-respected Bordeaux producer, Dourthe, this blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon exudes luscious, creamy, tropical fruit alongside notes of fresh grapefruit. With an intense smoky nose, a smooth texture and superb concentration, this is wonderful to drink now and exemplifies the excellent quality of Bordeaux's white wines in 2008.

 Amanda Parker
General Manager
The Fine Wine Centre
D: (852) 2585 6004
M: (852) 9161 0098
F: (852) 2114 0996

Monday, September 10, 2012

European supper... free flowing wine, cheese and cold cuts every Tuesday at WHISK @ THE MIRA HOTEL, TST Hong Kong

I thought I'd share this special since I'm off to Italy this week.

Enjoying a spread of cheeses and cold cuts... salami, hams, and other meat with wine after work is so typical Italian.

Every Tuesday, WHISK at the Mira Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui will tempt you with a fanfare of artisan international cheeses, prime cold cuts and freshly baked breads.
Enjoy the smooth, mellow aroma of Valencay, tangy Roquefort and Pont l’eveque, and supple texture of Reblochon; all expertly paired with a variety of free-flowing wines.

Tuesdays 7pm – 10pm
HK$248 per person
* Price listed is subject to 10% service charge.

Wine selection or vintage may change without prior notice.

To book +852 2315 5999

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Come home to a clean home and hot meal on the table every evening! SUPERHELPER.ORG

I just love this service ! Its a must for anyone hiring a full time helper, especially that that hasnt been properly trained before. I'm way too busy with my businesses and honestly housecleaning and cooking arent my talents anyway...

Super helper provides household management and cooking training for domestic helpers at their venue in Repulse Bay.  The instritute is run by Marilyn Santiago-Kerr who is Danish-Filippio and an advid cook herself.

When I sponsored my helper, Malou from the Phillippines a few years ago I sent her straight to Super helper's 2 day traning sessions for HK$980. It was money well spent because Malou came back knowing how to germ proof the home, handle household emgencies, western and chinese table settings, and how to save money on household cleaners, and equipment.   This must be the most useful course for any helper.

We also enrolled Malou in their cooking classes. I highly recommend this for their Western cooking where they will teach everything from basics like soup making, salad and vinaigrettes, sauces and more complex creations like roasts, pastries, and souffles.  Students are taught how to prepare a full menu during each lesson.

Please check out

Lessons in Asian cooking (Thai and Japanese)  are also available but for Chinese cooking I recommend sending your helper to Towngas which has a 6 week training course for helpers.

I'm happy to say that we are eating healthy, balanced and delicious meals at home all the time now!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

FRIENDS & FAMILY SALE for LANE CRAWFORD, JOYCE, IMAGINEX BRANDS...up to 95% off from September 6-8th, 2012

Here is a must go-to sale from Lane Crawford, Joyce, and Imaginex Group (includes top brands like Salvatore Ferragamo, Club Monaco, Marc Jacobs, BCBG and Donna Karen). These private sales are legendary... Up to 95% off!!!

Please note they have a NO BAG rule at this event so be sure to bring your recyclable shopping bags. The sale opens up tomorrow for friends and family of the staff for these companies- Sept 6-8. You will need to provide the staff name and staff number when you check out. Please email me for this information at :

You will need the staff details to shop during this even so please contact me directly first!

Venue of sale is :

38 Wong Chak Hang Road
Hong Kong

Details are below....

Designer fashion sale for charity... ridiculously low prices for gently used fashions @St John's Cathedral Central, Hong Kong

St. John's Cathedral on Garden Road, Central will be holding a charity sale of Ladies Designer Clothing... nearly new, gently used  and in excellent condition. Some items have never even been worn!  Brands include Armani, Versace, Lanvin, McCartney and more.

Proceeds will go to local charities

Prices will be reasonable to ridiculously low... ie : HK$10

Date: Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Time: 10am to 2pm
Where: Li Hall, St John's Cathedral
Garden Road, Central
(Next to Cheung Kong Centre)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Free Sunday brunch event at Newsroom, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

A friend of mine Anthony is involved a hip magazine for gourmands in Hong Kong called Foodie

They are hosting a free brunch gathering this Sunday in Quarry Bay where guests can savour pancakes, waffles, eggs and other brunch delicacies and mingle over fresh brewed coffee

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: Newsroom, Quarry Bay Hong Kong

Please check out details on how to RSVP at

Please RSVP early as spaces are limited