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Buying my friend and my cousin a lunch. My friend suggested Munch, I said why not try another one. Then we went to 798 where I’ve enjoyed semi-buffet lunch before. As we arrived there, we saw that it’s no longer servingsemi-buffet lunch but instead a $98 all-you-can-eat lunch. There’re altogether, maybe, 40 dishes including appetizers, main dish (mini size) and desserts. There’re more desserts on menu than the other two though. The miniature main dishes allowed us to try out most of the dishes on menu. Desserts were particularly good and we all ended up REALLY full. The only complaint is that food don’t always come as we’ve ordered. But we didn’t care much about that. It’s an “all-you-can-eat" anyway.

剛上桌可以聞到桂花香………………………………………5分
一口吃下去,有少許甜味……………………………………3分
但完全沒有絲毫酒味………………………………………….0分
咬一下丸子,好難吃的粉味……………………………….-10分
本來叫了三個,但漏了兩個沒有落單,最終取消了…….2分(對,是正數,幸好他漏掉了!)
總分………………………………………………………………0分

造出我有史以來吃過最難吃的酒釀丸子的,叫…
霸王山莊

大家記得小心…小心…

今晚還吃了過早上桌而涼掉的蒸饅頭(好吧,我們硬是要等其他菜才吃饅頭,是我們不對…);
還有鱔肉新鮮但翠瓜有苦味的鱔糊炒翠瓜;
還有螞蟻太懶不會爬樹(都留在粉絲底)而樹枝纏成一團(很難解開的一團粉絲)的螞蟻上樹。

全晚只有蘿白絲酥餅可以吃一下…

於是我現在去吃X糕(家中有太多糕了!),好餓!

記住,是尖沙咀潻咸道的霸王山莊…

Did my friend a favor some time ago and so he bought me a dinner the other evening at Shakey’s @ NTP…

It’s good… especially it’s paid by someone else!

I go to church every Sunday morning and my church is in TST. In TST, one big problem is there are many restaurants but aren’t that many nice and inexpensive ones. I’m not talking about cheap – just “inexpensive" in the sense that it doesn’t hurt my wallet, that’s all.

Anyway, last week, as both of my two lunch-mates didn’t show up (well, one went to the morning service and the other had to stay home to take care of her dad who’s ill), I had to find a place to have lunch on my own. And I walked pass this little cafe near Ashley Road and the menu seems attractive. Price range is $48-$68…fair enough. So, today I went there with one of my lunch-mates.

This cafe is called One Cafe. Nice decor (well, it’s not like really classic/distinctive but…nice) with a dark wood theme. The first impression is that the setting is not crowdy at all though it’s not really spacious. It looks clean.

The set lunch contains soup, main dish, coffee/tea. There are around 20 sets to choose from and I chose stir-fried angel hair with mushroom while my friend chose salmon filet with potato and veggie. 

Soup: my friend and I both ordered veggie soup (the “red" soup) and it just tastes weird. We called for the manager and he offered to give us the cream soup (“white" soup). As he delivered the cream soup, he explained that the chef didn’t add enough salt and thus the soup tastes like “grass". Well, this explanation may satisfy those who don’t cook at all. Unluckily, both my friend and I do cook a little bit. And we conclude that the weird taste comes from: 1)right, not enough salt; 2)the veggie is not fresh enough; 3)wrong combination of veggie. And obviously, the first reason is the least important one. The “white" soup is…full of cream and starch. Well, it’s not cream… I think it’s just made of “cream soup powder" plus soybean powder. The reason that I don’t think it’s cooked with too much soup powder is it tastes plain. I added quite some pepper powder to make it tastes like soup. 

Main dish: well, my friend ordered Salmon filet and it’s fine. the stir-fried angel hair with mushroom is a disaster. I expected it to be salty but the angel hair tastes sweet (well, a little bit of sweetness is good but it’s too much). The mushroom…tastes weird. My friend said it’s rotten. No, it’s not. The weird taste comes from the root part of the mushroom. Obviously, those in the kitchen really needa learn how to cook. You needa cut and discard that root part! Ok, I do keep them when I cook for just myself at home…when I’m extremely tired and lazy. But this is a cafe…>_<

Coffee: came with condensed milk. After adding condensed milk, the coffee just looks like… sewage water. Alright, it’s coffee, not a pageant queen…looks doesn’t matter, only taste does. Well, tastes awful! Brown sugar gave the sweetness and the condensed milk gave that not-so-watery texture. The coffee beans…well, obviously being over-boiled and so gave the sourness. And the three – sourness, sweetness, not-so-watery texture – don’t blend together. Imagine that!

I left this cafe with an unsatisfied stomach as I could only bear to finish the soup, 1/3 of the angel hair, and four sips of coffee. Yes, four sips…just coz I wanna figure out where that taste comes from. At the end, my friend and I went to McCafe right after leaving this cafe and each bought a cup of coffee. Taste way better! How sad!

P.S. This cafe is a good example of a Cantonese slang: 好眉好貌生沙蚤. The decor looks good, the soup looks good, the angel hair looks good, the coffee looks good. Everything looks good…better than just good but tastes absolutely horrible. Can’t think of a good translation of the Cantonese slang… I mean, no translation may truly express this slang in a good way. Let’s try literal translation (I know, I know…just laugh): Good eye-brow, good looking, but with lice – normally used to describe a person is decent/good looking but indecent in terms of conduct. 

詠黎園, 在香港, 很多人, 包括名人, 覺得很好吃. 老鋪開在鑽石山, 已經清拆了, 新的搬了到黃埔. 很多認為老鋪好吃點, 老實說, 我不知道好吃與否, 雖然小時候常到詠黎園老鋪, 因為我家住鑽石山, 教會也在鑽石山. 從我家走路去詠黎園, 只須5-10分鐘; 從教會走去的話, 2分鐘內就到了. 

你定會以為是因為常吃, 龍肉也不覺好吃. NO! 不是的, 不知道好吃與否, 是因為常常吃, 常吃鋪裡的上海粗炒及各種湯麵, 也常常吃到當中有蟑螂. 不是說笑的, 教會中人, 大概每個都見過, 牧師頭一次見到時, 還以為是紅棗, 放進口裡咬了兩下, 才發現是蟑螂. 既然可以誤認為紅棗, 可想而知那隻蟑螂不是小強, 而是大強, 我親眼見過的, 也是大強. 比較吊詭的是, 通常見到的都是大強, 不是小強. 真懷疑是特地把小強養成大強, 用來熬湯, 所以那些名人覺得牧別好味道! 當你每次吃的時候, 都要小心奕奕, 睜大眼看清楚有沒有蟑螂, 哪兒還有甚麼心情研究食物好吃與否? 吃完只會想: 噢, 今次沒有蟑螂呢! 不過, 自己碗裡沒有, 耳邊還是會傳來: 噢, 又有蟑螂呀, 很大的一隻呢! (要說明, 通常都不是尖叫的, 因為大家都見怪不怪了!) 

蟑螂還不算是最離譜的. 我們常戲稱詠黎園的名菜為"百潔布炒曱由(蟑螂)", 話說教會一位叔叔一次到詠黎園, 叫了一個麵, 吃著吃著, 吃到碗見底了, 看到湯裡有一塊很大的青菜, 心想: 啊! 平日沒有這麼大塊的菜呀! 夾起來一看, 卻是一塊百潔布. 

在百潔布炒蟑螂以外, 店內還有迎賓的老鼠, 不時會出來跟你打招呼, 好不熱鬧! (即使再常見, 女士們還是會尖叫出來的, 小孩子則有的覺得好可愛, 有的則是怕死了!) 

看到這裡, 大家應該明白為甚麼我不知道詠黎園好吃與否, 試想像, 在一間餐廳裡, 你吃過蟑螂, 見過碗底有百潔布, 有老鼠跟你打招呼, 你還會想起’好吃’這兩個字嗎? 但說也奇怪, 當年大家都有類似的經歷, 還是常常去, 每個星期日的午飯時間, 走進詠黎園, 有一半的桌子是坐了教會的叔叔姨姨們的, 這現象維持到教會搬家了才停止, 真是百思不得其解. 

基於這樣的童年記憶, 我沒去過新店, 也不太想去, 不過應該不會有蟑螂, 百潔布和老鼠了.

中大研究說, 根據研究, 人類要每天吃二百斤有孔雀石綠的魚, 連續吃兩年, 才會得上癌症. 

算一算, 200X356X2, 即是說總共要吃142,400斤. 再算一算, 如果每天吃一斤, 即是要吃400年才會得上癌症. 我想, 21世紀的人類該沒有這麼長命. 

那好吧! 一定要有生之年吃到得上癌吧! 假設人能活90歲, 即是142,400除90除356, 即每天要吃4斤多的魚. 很想知道, 有多少人是每天都吃魚, 而且吃上4斤?! 

話說回來, 其實有沒有孔雀石綠也好, 每天吃200斤, 吃甚麼都會死, 而且不用多久, 在第一天還未吃完200斤之前, 已經肚漲腸穿胃破而死. 

大家明天都去買魚吃吧!

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