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Frantzen’s Kitchen is probably the only one true Swedish restaurant in HK and it is also opened by Michelin 3 star chef Mr.Bjorn Frantzen who’s restaurant Frantzen is the first Swedish restaurant to get 3 michelin stars. funfact: they just got the 3 stars this year! (the restaurant in Sweden that is.) I was very excited as I actually came here on my birthday and it’s actually my second time having Nordic fine dining, the first being at Taipei’s MUME. and also because of the recent modern cuisine taking the world by storm, especially when NOMA in Denmark was ranked as the best restaurant in the world. have you tried Nordic fine dining yet?

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the restaurant is very much bistro-like. similar to that of MUME in Taipei. apparently their toilet’s very Scandinavian (deemed by my Scandinavian bf) and so is their interior. shame that I didn’t get any interior picture but let me tell you, they use Aesop handwash. it may be just my own generalization but all restaurants I’ve been to with that luxurious soap in their washroom tastes pretty darn good. just shows how much taste they have for er… handwash.

seems like I steered too far from my original topic. where were we? right, the menu! the menu’s not very diverse, there’s only four categories of food:

  1. SNACKS
  2. TO BEGIN
  3. CONTINUED
  4. THE FINISH

where the snacks are.. one mouthful bites, to begin’s two, to continue three and back to a two mouthful dessert. okay I kid. but it’s not that far if you were to eat them in “mouthfuls.” I really loved the illustration of their menu as it’s really detailed, fun and as I look at it I get to wonder how it may taste and look. the prices ranges from 65 to mid 200. however, the recommended portion will be to order two of the snacks, to begin, continued and 1 of the the finish for each person. not cheap at all. expect to pay around 1000HKD per person at the very least. the michelin guide page’s price is absolutely misleading haha.

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here’s my date in my second favourite colour; blue. as we are in HK, the cutleries and table ware were pretty Asian with a great touch of handmade clay chopstick holder. for those of you who don’t know, I was once obsessed with pottery and I have hundreds of handmade clay products at home. therefore I really appreciated the little details as such.

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the setting of each table is pretty simple, but chic. I also wonder if they hire people by looks here because the chefs and waiters are pretty darn hot. however, just like many HK restaurants, the restaurant here is as small and not much space.

so are you ready for the food?

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first up we have something called the “Swedish Sushi” and this is of course ordered by my Swedish boy. the description of this is pretty interesting: crispy lichens, roe deer, cep mayonnaise and frozen bird’s liver. I have no idea what’s lichens, cep.. and I definitely have never had a bird’s liver before. saying that out loud made me feel like a vampire lol. “I crave for frozen bird’s liver..” alright I’ll stop with the very, very cold jokes. this “sushi” is the size of a tad big bigger nigiri (sushi) size. I couldn’t really explain the taste but it’s somewhat a familiar but different taste. it tastes somewhat like melted Swedish butter (if there is such a thing) with a great balance of crunch and a hint of foie gras. I guess a bird’s liver is not very different from that of a ducks?

but it was absolutely delicious. but to have something so good just in one bite would be my only complain.

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next we have the house favourite “french toast” with summer truffle, 24M (if my memory served me right) aged balsamic vinegar, aged cheese and truffle tea.

I am not sure if I liked this as much as the empowering Swedish sushi which set my tastebuds on fireworks. however, I must say that the balsamic vinegar was very fragrant, like no balsamic vinegar I’ve ever had before. and if you don’t know, aged balsamic vinegar are very expensive. so much so that they had them dotted at the sides of the already tiny ceramic dish. that dish looks amazing though don’t you agree? the whole outlook of it is just so perfect but again, the size of it is smaller than one slice of finger sandwich and shame that the summer truffle wasn’t very.. truffle-y? to me. the taste overall was very subtle. good but I’m not sure if I’ll pay another 115HKD for another bite.

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but on the other hand, the truffle tea though, was out of the world. it’s served together and because we only ordered one, they kindly split the tea into two cups. you are supposed to sip the tea as you have the french toast (which doesn’t remind me of France actually) which was quite a dining experience. the truffle tea kind of reminds me of the days where I would sip on my grandma’s “chicken essence” as a kid and thought how amazing that tastes. it’s savory but light.

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they also serve knackerbrod on the house together with some home-made coffee scented (not sure what it was but that’s how it tasted to me) butter. knackerbrod’s actually Swedish crispbread and apparently all Swedish household have them at home. it’s kind of like the Swedish version of the Chinese square biscuits perhaps (if you’re Chinese, you know you have it at home! or at least used to have it at home!).

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knackerbrod are normally much thicker but they made it so paperthin it wasn’t filling and just great to have as an anju (literally drinking food in Korean) while drinking.

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here’s a closeup on that delicious butter!

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next, we have these huge pan-seared scallop hailing from the seas of Japan. and this, my friends cost a hefty 210HKD. for ONE. let me repeat, ONE scallop. no doubt it’s huge but 210HKD for ONE scallop sounds very ridiculous don’t you think? this dish was very fusion and of course, these scallops were so fresh they were literally bouncing in my mouth. this dish is served with chicken mousseline, sabayon and “Nordic” dashi with some bonito flakes sprinkled on top. I wasn’t a fan of the chicken mousseline but it was overall quite a good dish. a little too salty for my likings. but that was one scallop of a lifetime. never had scallops so well cooked in my life. but to have this again, I would only pay 100HKD tops. =X.

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this is one beautiful dish. no matter how I look at it it looks beautifully Nordic. this is called the “Norwegian Salmon” where it is served with poached crab, dill, ikura roe, cress, avocado, horseradish and sour cucumber. this dish just screams Sweden. I don’t think a dish can taste anymore Swedish than this. it was absolutely stunning from its presentation to its taste. everything was fresh, carefully seasoned and the subtle seafood taste together with the fragrant dill was just dancing in my mouth. I really liked this dish but I just wish there were more.

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here’s another picture for the pleasure of your eyes.

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our third “to begin” is this veal tartar with smoked eel, vendace roe, chives, sour cream and shallots. at first I was like, what’s a veal?! then I learned it’s the meat of a baby cow. this is probably one of the better steak tartars I’ve had. it was very fresh, the portion was small but not like one bite worth. the veal definitely tasted different compared to a full grown cow in the sense that it has a slight crunch to it. another dish that screams Sweden and it was really refreshing. this definitely went very well with white wine (rather than red) for me.

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and finally, moving onto the “continued” we have Skrei. goat cheese flavoured beurre, rosemary, spinach (ew), trout roe, pickled turnip and seasweed oil. as small as this cod is, it’s actually the most “filling.” the reason for the quotation marks is because the goat cheese flavour made the cream and dish extra heavy and although the cod and turnip were light, this felt like a heavy dish. I am not a fan of the turnip but the cod went really well with the goats cheese. however, this dish is only delicious on the first bite. a dish which I thought was finally good to be as its current size.

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last but not least, we have every Hong Konger’s favourite; “hot-pot” which ain’t really a hot pot. it consists of Te Mana lamb, cabbage, cauliflower bouillon and truffle. this was pretty good. I am not a big fan of the variations of cabbage which were similar to grass to me. but of course because I do not love all vegetables. the lamb meat were cooked to perfection and that bouillon was a little salty like soy sauce but somehow went really well with the cabbage.

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the dinner will never be completed without dessert! like what all girls say, women have another stomach for desserts. and I couldn’t agree more. this dessert is actually a thyme ice cream with tomato jam, bee pollen and birch tree oil.

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to be honest, I didn’t exactly enjoy this as much. it tasted very…….. organic. tasted like the forest somehow. the ice cream, bee’s pollen, meringue were great. but the flower petals and birch tree oil kind of made it “too special” for my liking. but then again, I cannot agree with a Swede’s tastebuds on sweet stuff. for example, kids in Sweden are obsessed with licorice, but that is something I cannot even swallow. it literally tastes worst than medicine to me.

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but thankfully, this smoked ice cream “3.0” was super yummy. I didn’t manage to get a before picture but it was a done them they poured hot fudge on it and it melted. you get the drill. it’s served with toasted hickory pecan nuts, tar syrup and salted fudge with cloves. the ice cream was on point. creamy, chocolatey, that foam gabe it so much texture and taste in a way which is just amazing. I enjoy food with foam on it. including beer. and also all kind of foam dishes chef’s create. something about the foam which makes the flavours even more alive. perhaps because it’s mixed with air. who knows. the toasted beady stuff at the side though tasted really special. I guess special is a great word to describe Nordic fine dining.

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with my Swede boy! (we are both in work clothes because we went there right after work lol)

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now that is one good meal!

VERDICT: very satisfying but one (or two) complains will be.. they should either make the portion bigger or lower down their price significantly. I understand that perhaps good food deserves an extra buck or two, but I just couldn’t justify it with such tiny portions. my Nordic colleague had always wanted to try it but didn’t because she herself feel like small portions does not remind her of home where portions were always LAGOM (just right in Swedish). I truly felt that it was very overpriced as it costed over 1000HKD per person and I barely felt full. I guess it’s only somewhere I would return if earn big bucks in the future. thank you boyfriend for the luxurious birthday dinner. but let’s have something more filling and economical next time. great meal nevertheless. the restaurant was fully booked when we went so be sure to make a reservation in advance if you are planning to try it out to avoid disappointment. the restaurant is located at quite a steep slope!

hope you enjoyed this post and until next time!

Frantzen’s Kitchen ($)
1 Upper Station St, Sheung Wan
5:30pm – 12:00am (daily)
closed on Sundays

Jamie’s Rating:
taste ☆☆☆☆☆
atmosphere ☆☆☆☆
originality ☆☆☆☆☆
service ☆☆☆☆☆
hygiene ☆☆☆☆☆
value for money ☆☆☆

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my fulfilling student life http://www.jamieliew.com/2018/05/my-fulfilling-student-life/ http://www.jamieliew.com/2018/05/my-fulfilling-student-life/#comments Sat, 05 May 2018 06:25:12 +0000 http://www.jamieliew.com/?p=7234 hello everyone.

today, I would like to talk about my fulfilling student life. as much as older people tell you “enjoy your student life” and that they say that they wanna go back to that “free” life, I can’t entirely agree. I think it is much more important to have a fulfilling student life. and that, is not by just enjoying, but by creating all these memories that when you look back you’d tell yourself “so much happened, and they were all great memories or an experience to learn from” rather than “I just smoked, clubbed and repeat.” which I never got to understand anyways. but the fulfilling student life I had was in my opinion, the greatest thing happened.

in Korea, people tend to do a lot of club activities and be in groups rather than work alone. being a foreigner, it was never easy to fit into the locals but if you are just true to others, trust me, great friends will come. people around me would know that I am far from being a “chill” person despite how I may portray myself on social media. I am always very anxious, I’m a perfectionist, and I want everything to go as planned. but I do notice that that was/is also my biggest flaw. and I am trying very hard to overcome that.

but did that make me regret? nope, I definitely don’t regret my student life. why?

because I took every opportunity there is.

be it part time jobs, events, outings, I seldom said no. the only thing I gave up was probably things that where I just had no choice for, like not joining clubs because I had to focus on my studies/part time jobs or hanging out regularly also due to the same reason. the thing was, I took every opportunity I had to go out, make memories, join competitions, do things I love.. and now when I look back I tell myself “wow!” I really did a lot.

part time jobs —

I am a strong believer of being independent. which way is better to learn than work when you’re a student. you’ll master the art of time management and also learn skills that might be (very) useful for your future. these days, people can’t go to an interview without having anything done. I know it’s dumb how you need work experience prior to your first job, but the work experience from silly part time jobs may actually put you in a much more beneficial spot compared to others who didn’t. of course, it doesn’t mold you to be the best employee, but it does set you apart when you go in for interviews. I think one thing I probably regretted really was that I didn’t read enough and actually remember things I study by heart.

but really, you name it, I’ve done it. (well, nothing shady of course). from being a waitress, teacher, guide, writer, translator, interpreter, assistant, sales, model, photographer (yes! I was paid to take pictures before), foodie, blogger (uh..), talent, marketer, artist, designer… (takes a deep breath) I can’t even remember all of them. I did everything to get a taste of how it feels like to be in shoes of different people to understand the gain and pain of their job nature, and most of all, to understand how different people behave. I was always a fan of behavioral science. I loved studying about cultures and understanding people of different nature, how ones job can actually shape a person so that I can act appropriately facing different people. Because for me, making others happy is what makes me happy.

the best thing of all from doing that crazy amount of part time jobs is that, you don’t rely too much on your parents. you may think “what?! that’s stupid! I LOVE using my parents card!” but I was happy even though I had no money to go to fancy places, buy fancy clothes nor travel a lot. but I earned enough to sustain myself and give myself a treat now and then. I think what mattered to me the most was my self integrity. I have (some) horrible relatives to begin with, I have that type of relatives that take every opportunity to bad mouth you so that they feel better about themselves. so being financially independent was really an accomplishment for me as I myself know that I am not a spoilt brat like what they think. there were many times where I didn’t know what kind of person I really am and having self reassurance was important, and I guess.. being financially independent from my parents were one of them. but I mean, doesn’t it feel good to buy things with your own money than to have nice branded goods bought by you but not paid with your own money?

studying —

now this is important. people say that non-nerds become CEOs and nerds end up working for them. I say, that it is just a lifestyle you pick. I know a lot of nerds who holds a high position in a company and many non-nerd who hadn’t even found their path in life. the thing is this, you study, your chances of getting a stable job is higher (of course no job’s really truly stable, but it helps). but if you don’t, yes, you probably have other talents, but they are often riskier and why do they become CEOs sometimes? because of the high risk they take of course! my parents had always taught me that you can succeed in anything you do, as long as you are very good in it.

so what I want you to take away from my experience is that, if you were like me, someone who was just unsure about what to do, take the chance when you’re a student and explore everything. I thought I was going to be a designer, but I noticed I cannot do that as a job. so no problem, I changed majors. I thought maybe accounting or economics would be great. took them, although I did well in those subjects, they bore me to death. then I found marketing, which I liked at first but just think that it is learning the art of becoming a true con-artist. then there’s finance, where I only got to explore during my senior year and although I wasn’t very good in it, fell deeply in love with. I liked the challenges it poses and how numbers can have so much impact and meaning to it.

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yeap, remember to study the local way. used to wake up at 4, get there by 4:30-5AM (esp to get a seat!) and get home at 6-7PM. 14 hour of library. good times.

I also took up a lot of weird classes like.. French, Japanese, Chinese, yoga, Confucianism (?!), DNA manipulation (?!!!!) and loved them all. I think it’s really the experience and how it broadens up your knowledge. even if they may not be related to what your dream job is, but for me, they absolutely made me feel like I am much more interesting than people who are smart in one thing. although I may still feel dumb as I am a jack of all trades and a king of none, but I do enjoy learning about seemingly useless things that may shape you to become the unique person you are.

another important thing to note for those studying abroad is that face your disadvantages. I know life is unfair but you chose to be in the unfair system so try to make the best out of your situation. don’t be afraid. I know that it is impossible to learn how to run when you can’t even walk right, but I try very hard to live by the motto “just do it” like Nike lol. but be prepared for a lot of failures.. and in the end, it’ll all work. things are normally not as bad as what I felt it would be and I also believe that hard work will be paid off. who knew that I could get higher grades than the local “high”? well, just believe in yourself. even if you don’t get great grades, you did your best and it will show. give yourself a pat in the back and credit for doing something others won’t do.

competitions, outings and events —

similar to studying, you need to just believe in yourself. join whichever competitions that interests you even if you think chances are slim. because what’s the worst outcome other than by just being rejected? if there’s a university competition, join it. because always remember, whether you get a prize or not, it’ll still be a good memory. and for outings and events, just try your best to participate in as many as you can. they can be a group outing doing a certain thing like cycling, taking pictures, eating chicken, picnic, social events, talks.. for me, I just went to every single one of them to meet new people, to learn something new, or simply just to waste time. I tend to prefer doing a whole lot of different things to bring a variety of experience in my life.

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I remembered once where I was so into the Memoirs of Geisha movie that I ran back and forth to get this amazing picture where I used it to enter a local traditional clothing competition where I won 4th place!

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ever since I owned my own DSLR, I also had a great interest in taking pictures. although it’s just a side hobby, I made time to meet new people to go take pictures but as much as I like to take pictures, I like being taken too xD. most of my professionally looking pictures are actually taken by my close friends/blooming photographers and some of them are from my own camera too!

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saying yes to opportunities —

I can’t cycle prior to going to Japan. there was a handful of people whom are like me who can’t cycle and they opted to go to university by taking the expensive train (because of different lines. really stupid system in Japan.) than to get to school much faster by cycling and also saving a whole ton of money. for me, I took that chance to force myself to cycle. the second time cycling to school, I sprained my ankle so bad that it looked like an elephant leg.

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but I never gave up. actually, cycling with a sprained ankle was much more comfortable than walking! I tried and tried and tried. I fell off the bike at least 3 times but who cares when cycling’s actually the best thing that ever happened to me in Japan. a friend of mine live by the saying “learn a new language, live another life” and I can totally relate. but I felt like cycling is similar. it’s like swimming, if you can swim in the ocean, you’ll see a whole new world. in my case, because I cycled, I got to explore all the places less visited in Japan and saw so many beautiful sights (I saw mt Fuji everyday just because I cycled!)

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other than that, when I was given the opportunity to write for a magazine with a short timeline, I did. even though I had exams coming up. and frankly, it’s quite cool to have your words (,pictures) and thoughts published for thousands of people to read.

meeting a heck lot of people —

I felt like I personally learn the most from others. deep and inspirational conversations comes from people who are real and good. and to find those people, you will need to meet a whole lot of people to begin with. I feel like the most important thing is not to be sexist, racist, ageist or any of that sort when meeting new people. may it be a teacher, an exchange student or someone much younger, I felt like I can learn something new from everyone. that’s all I have to say :).

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here are some pictures from the great memories I had made:

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learning how to cycle, and stealing limelight in group activities haha just kidding because I sprained my ankle I was allowed to cycle while everyone else walked.

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faced my fear– I learned how to skate from a good looking Swede classmate (Y)

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watched a sumo training with our professors.

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visited a few offices in Tokyo to see how they work

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sneaked a picture in the no-picture zone. but ain’t this the most beautiful library?

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had a flower as big as my face on my head. (Korean joke because having a flower on your hair kind of signifies a crazy girl)

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explored new restaurants once in a while!

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oh my this milk prosciutto risotto is just the best risotto I’ve ever had!!!

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appearing in Korean TV with my horrible full name stated.

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woke up to these around where I lived in Japan. really, if you want to study overseas, make a business plan and show it to your parents that you can do it, especially without using much of their resources lol.

that’s it from me. so go out there, be active and take your opportunities!

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[Tokyo] Marukin Ramen http://www.jamieliew.com/2018/03/tokyo-marukin-ramen/ http://www.jamieliew.com/2018/03/tokyo-marukin-ramen/#comments Sun, 25 Mar 2018 11:16:09 +0000 http://www.jamieliew.com/?p=7226 DSC02647 copy

hello all! hope you guys love ramen just like I do. in Japan, ramen is deemed to be a man’s food and me liking it made my friends call me a.. ramen-girl because it’s so odd to have a girl as a ramen fan. I used to eat ramen so often that I could eat it everyday! well, because it’s cheap and it’s just so slurpingly good!

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while many people thinks that Ichiran and Ippudo’s the best, the thing that foreigners don’t know is that.. there is a ramen for everyone, and I highly urge everyone to try out different ramens to find their perfect fit!

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this post, I would like to recommend this ramen shop which I always felt came out straight from an anime, Marukin Ramen. it’s a humble chain which can be found all over Tokyo and they also have stores in US!

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the shop’s very Japanesey and the staffs were all very attentive too!

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okay, here comes what I like most about this ramen shop. I don’t know about you but I am a huge fan of mentaiko. but the thing is, I like ramen too. I had mentaiko tsukemen and to be honest, I am not exactly a fan of it. I felt like mentaiko is still supposed to be a side dish, where this ramen bar offers! and so many other small dishes like gyoza, cyashu rice, MENTAIKO rice etc.

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of course, I had gyoza. basic, but yummy. you get me right? sometimes it’s the simple things that satisfies you!

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may I present to you the most delicious rice bowl on earth!!! I mean, look at that mentaiko. for those who have no idea what mentaiko is, it is actually fish’s roe (spicy) that’s actually originated from Korea. in Japan, they first had it adopted in Hakata (Fukuoka), where most ramen shops originated from which is why some Hakata ramen shops (like Ichiran and Ippudo, they are all from Fukuoka!) like this have mentaiko served! mentaiko has quite a short shelf life and therefore it’s always yummier when I have it in Japan. like many other types of “kimchi”, there are many ways of making mentaiko and to be honest, good ones are mostly really expensive like around 1000yen for one. this bowl was only 350yen and there’s such a huge mentaiko! such a steal. I honestly wanted to have another bowl..

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and here comes the ramen! we had the spicy ramen and tonkotsu ramen. the ramen here highly caters to the Japanese tasebuds as they were not too harsh in flavours but just right. I personally don’t enjoy ramen with broth that’s too strong but have a right amount of spiciness (actually very spicy) for me. I think this place just got my spicy ramen right. but I felt like this place really delivers the true Japanese ramen culture as they have all that different rice bowls, gyoza and ambiance.

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itadakimasu!

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[HK: Wan Chai] Classified — best place for brunch. http://www.jamieliew.com/2018/01/hk-wan-chai-classified-best-place-for-brunch/ http://www.jamieliew.com/2018/01/hk-wan-chai-classified-best-place-for-brunch/#comments Sun, 07 Jan 2018 14:54:22 +0000 http://www.jamieliew.com/?p=7219 DSC06409 copycopy

nothing’s better for an expat working in hectic HK other than Saturday brunches. I just felt like brunch is the only time where I can slow down at this very fast-paced city. there are quite a number of places offering brunch in HK but they are normally over-crowded, not brunch-like and over-priced. but classified, a chic european styled chain here, is really my style.

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love the very chilled ambiance here.

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this is not their in-house newsletter, but it is actually the menu haha.

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our view.

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hello!

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my date (almost) every Saturday, Min <3.

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and Min enjoys taking ugly pictures of me haha.

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avocados, greens and tomatoes on toast? simply purrrrrrfect <3. especially with dashes of tabasco! 70HKD.

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I know it’s too early, but they have great Sangria here =D. 55HKD.

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tomato and chilli flakes pizza at 72HKD. mmmm. yum. the crust was super crunchy and it was just so yummy. but please don’t eat it when it’s cold because it’ll become like a brick lol.

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this was our all-time-favourite. pancakes with greek yoghurt and caramelized oranges. 70HKD. mm.. so fluffy and dense. we actually over ordered. so please order one less dish if you’re not a big eater haha.

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our perfect Saturday ^_^.

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I also found Classified’s menu online for your reference :D.

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Living Expenses in HK http://www.jamieliew.com/2017/12/living-expenses-in-hk/ http://www.jamieliew.com/2017/12/living-expenses-in-hk/#comments Sat, 30 Dec 2017 04:51:55 +0000 http://www.jamieliew.com/?p=7214 hello all!

it’s been a long time. time flies and I’ve already lived in HK for over 2 months. it’s crazy how fast time goes by when you’re busy at your desk. I thought I would have a lot more time to blog because I get off at 6pm sharp everyday haha but my brain’s pretty much paralysed at the end of every day. but it’s going to be better. I hope. haha.

for today, I thought it would be interesting for me to share about the (crazy) living expenses in one of the most expensive countries in the world.

if you’re a long-time reader, you probably would’ve known that I am very (very very very) frugal. but as frugal as I can be, this city definitely isn’t cheap. at all. and  living expenses here is like 4 times of what I spent back in Seoul, which isn’t the cheapest city out there. the average salary here is 16,000HKD which is around 2,000USD. starting salaries are obviously different across industries but it can go as low as 9,000HKD and as high as 60,000HKD (highest I’ve ever heard. not sure how true. and where else other than Goldman haha.) for fresh grads in the financial industry. honestly, it may sound a lot to some people but very little to some as well, especially when HK is considered one of the most expensive cities out there. but let’s do a little breakdown on what’s “normal” from my observations so far.

rent (1BR/studio) – 13,000HKD
rent (shared) -8,000HKD
rent (2BR apartment that looks decent) – 25,000HKD and above

cheap Chinese meal – 60HKD
western food – 250HKD
hot pot (HK people’s fav) – 300HKD
cocktail at a bar – 130HKD
shaved ice dessert – 80-100HKD
Korean meal – 200HKD
sushi – 150-200HKD
milk (1L)- 22HKD
drinks (non alcoholic) – 20-60HKD
onigiri – 15HKD
tea set – 500HKD (and above) for two
banana – 7HKD for one
water bottle – 7HKD
yoghurt drink – 9HKD

so basically, you’d expect around 200HKD for a decent meal.

MTR/Bus – 5-20HKD
Cab – around 40HKD for a short 10min journey, 400HKD from airport to central. (similar to Korea. fairly affordable.)

medical – not sure. will update you when I know lol
specialists – 900HKD per 15min.

gel manicure – 200HKD onwards. around 150HKD for dirt cheap ones at dodgy looking places.\

haircut – 150HKD and above
perm – 500HKD and above

gym – 700HKD

movies – 110HKD

utilities – 500HKD

phone bills – 200HKD (unlimited data)

did I miss anything? or are you interested in knowing the prices of something else? just let me know!

on average, I spend around 6,000-7,000HKD on everything excluding rent and bills per month. you have to take my thriftiness into consideration. I really do not spend that much. I only eat better food maybe once a week. but I have to admit I shop quite a fair bit. living expenses here seems okay sometimes especially when it comes to shopping, but rent is definitely the killer here. food is quite expensive too but there are cheaper options and also if you cook at home, it’s going to be much more affordable. I would say that the starting salaries here may sound decent if its like above 20k but it is really just enough to get by with little savings.

hope this would help those who plan to move here have a general idea of what to expect and also for those who are not planning to live here, have some kind of general knowledge haha.

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