… {part 3} the YTM series – Espresso Alchemy …

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Alchemy is known as the rudiment of modern chemistry; it involved the transmutation of certain matters into something rare and precious, in most cases – gold. Like the elements in the periodic table that we all spent so much time memorising in high school, there were alchemy symbols to represent different elements and compounds in the world of alchemy.  I talked so much about alchemy and the symbols because after seeing these symbols for a few times, mr. ironman went up and asked the barista if they’ve actually got any meaning.
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The barista passionately explained to us that those symbols represent, from left to right: milk, essence (meaning coffee in this case), sugar and water, which are the important components of a cup of coffee 🙂

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… {part 2} the YTM series – Hayfever …

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* Credit to mr. ironman for discovering this place! *
Despite always being teased for not particularly good at finding nice new places to eat, he didn’t give up in his search. On Mothers Day this year, he was looking for some nice flowers for his mum at the flower market in Prince Edward and guess what he’d discovered?! It’s a cute and sweet little cafe inside a florist!
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So he asked mr & (soon to be) mrs beancurd&mash to join us for brunch on a Saturday afternoon. The place was quieter than I thought and the customer who was eating on his own had kindly offered the big table to us. We ended up spending quite a long time chatting and eating in this cozy place 🙂

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… {part 1} the YTM series – Coffee Jobs …

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The church I go to is a newly planted church (around 2 and a half years) in Hong Kong. We used to gather in Tsim Sha Tsui but with the growing number of members, we began to consider hiring a bigger room or moving to another place. Soon we had prayerfully found a new gathering place in Yau Ma Tei  around a year ago which suits our needs in many ways (thanks to God); and so my morning coffee hunt in the YMT area began. We will come back to the cafe miss koala and I found in TST (that’s why this post is the part 1 of my YTM (Yau Tsim Mong) series), but today I will show you my most visited cafe in YMT instead (or they say it should be geographically in Mong Kok?).
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… Simplylife – not so simple carbonara …

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Did you know that making a plate of classic carbonara is simpler than you think? Traditional Italian carbonara essentially consists of pasta, bacon, eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Nowadays, people always try to add cream and many other types of seasonings to their carbonara; yet the most traditional way of making this classic dish is by mixing the hot pasta straight from boiling water into the egg & cheese mixture. The temperature of the pasta will then cook the egg just right and a creamy, rich sauce would be formed.
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Now I am going to tell you how NOT so simple to make a nice plate of carbonara. Traditionally, Italians would either use guaniciale (bacon made of pork cheek) or pancetta (bacon made of pork belly) for their carbonara, which have a stronger flavour (not just saltiness) and a better texture. And of course good quality parmesan cheese and fresh pastas would also bring it to another level! Simplylife is a chain western fusion restaurant in Hong Kong that is being part of the Maxims group, it is one of the few restaurants that use guaniciale and fresh pasta to cook their carbonara.
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… MG Cafe – inside the industrial area, next to the waterfront promenade …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI  passed by the Kwun Tong Promenade all the time since I was a really small kid. In the old days it didn’t look like anything close to a promenade but a narrow cargo working area next to the Kwun Tong Bypass. Things in this area have changed a lot in the past few years, one good thing is that the usage of a lot of the industrial buildings in Kwun Tong had changed so nowadays there are a lot more places to eat and shop.

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MG cafe is one of the few cafes in Kwun Tong that is on the ground floor instead of hiding inside an industrial building. The storefront and the interior of MG is like a British coffee house, and I am most impressed by the high ceiling which had given the shop so much feeling of spaciousness. I can imagine how relaxing it can be to spend a few hours here on a weekday afternoon. But one thing to pay attention is that as a popular filming spot for dramas and TV shows, they are sometimes closed on weekdays, so it might be a good idea to check their facebook page before visiting.

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… Five Coffee Company – a random visit to Sai Kung …

Sai Kung is probably the only place in Hong Kong that is almost equally close to my home and mr. ironman’s home, and it’s normally considered somewhere far to everyone else. On this random hot and breezy Sunday afternoon, we paid a random visit to Sai Kung after church. I realised when when I visit this “backyard of Hong Kong” it’s always because of food; and this time we came for a late lunch. 

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… The Pudding Nouveau – queued up for the confit …

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I need to give credit to mr ironman on this one because he suggested to go to The Pudding Nouveau in Tai Hang (he has been boasting about it :P). Tai Hang is a suburb located in between Tin Hau and Causeway Bay and it’s is like a treasure hunt as there are so many featured restaurants and cafe along the laneways in the area. 

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We went there in the middle of summer and there was a queue outside of the tiny shop. There were less than 20 seats in the entire shop so the wait can be a bit long on the weekend. 

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