Yuen Kee Restaurant 源记茶餐厅 at Kimberly Road

By , February 16, 2011 3:21 pm

Fried beef horfun
We were famished after arriving and checking in to The Luxe Manor. So we had lunch at a nearby cha chan teng – an absolutely perfect way to start our eating journey. Yuen Kee was just a few doors away from the hotel, and was one of the places on my foodie hitlist. I had read that they are quite well-known for 干炒牛河 (gon chau gnau hor) or fried beef horfun (flat rice noodles). So we had to have that.

What came was a delightfully huge portion (easily enough for two) of very homely noodles. It was  tasty and satisfying, although not the best we’ve had.

Sliced beef and tripe noodles in soup
They also call themselves “beef experts” and offer a variety of beef parts with noodles (both dry or in soup). I love tripe, so I had to give this a try. Sliced beef and tripe noodles in soup. The noodles had a strong (“kee”) alkaline taste, but it didn’t bother me. The beef slices are nothing short of tender, fatty goodness, and the tripe deliciously soft and chewy. The beef brisket is also quite popular here.

Fried fish skin
I was also thrilled to see my favourite snack of fried fish skin on the menu, available for a song (HK$15-20 or so, if I remember correctly – they didn’t give a receipt, and I didn’t shoot the menu). Crunchy indulgence!

Wantan soup with lots of greens!
We also tried a bowl of wantan soup, no noodles. The wantans have generous fillings of minced pork and shrimp, and the broth is pretty decent. But nothing like Mak’s, of course.

Bright, cheery and newly renovated
I believe Yuen Kee is a chain, as we saw some others later on as well. But this particular outlet is extra bright and cheery – I think it’s been recently renovated. This shop may have been around for more than 30 years (I read this somewhere, but can’t find the article now). Can someone who knows verify?

Yuen Kee has been around for more than 30 years, so I've read...
Prices are very decent – around HK$15-35 (about S$3-7) for most items here. Good for simple refueling.

27-33 Kimberley Road
Shop 6-10, G/F Wing Lee Building
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 21919339

HK Trip #2: Staying at The Luxe Manor

By , February 13, 2011 6:18 pm

Lobby of the Luxe Manor
OK here we go with the Hong Kong posts! This second trip was also organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). We were thrilled to know we were going to stay at The Luxe Manor (pronounced “Deluxe Manor”) at Kimberly Road, a stylish boutique hotel just down the street from The Mira, where the 10 SBA bloggers last stayed.

The location is terrific – right in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui’s eating and shopping area, and a stone’s throw from the MTR. It’s also directly next to the trendy row of bars and restaurants at Knutsford Terrace.

The Luxe Manor is the first designer boutique hotel in Kowloon, and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The place is a surreal yet modern take on old European manors. The ornate lobby is inspired by master Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. It cocoons you in dark, rich, warm tones of red, violet, magenta, gold and black. The mosaic floor features clock and compass graphics depicting the distortion of time and space.

The grand doors that lead to the magic within
These grand entrance doors leading into the lobby are flanked by waterfall-like crystal lighting. This is where you leave your real world behind, and step into the surreal.

The Lao Fu Zi or Old Master Q armchair
There are all kinds of interesting. The centerpiece “Old Master Q” or Lau Fu Zi armchair pays quirky homage to artist Joseph Wong’s famous comic series.

Lighting fixtures that add to the surreal feel
There are some beautiful chandeliers and lighting fixtures from Europe.

Cosy bed with paintings of art frames above the bedhead
The Luxe Manor has 153 rooms and six specially-themed suites (which I will show you in a separate post). This is the normal guestroom. The art frames have been painted on the wall and extend to the ceiling, in keeping with the surreal theme.

You get a retro alarm clock!
You get a retro alarm clock too! How quaint! I half-expected it to be a wind-up clock, but it runs on batteries, so no worries about keeping it on time.

The faux fireplace with TV above it
The real and surreal blend together – that’s a faux fireplace below the real mantelpiece. The flatscreen TVs are all encased within elaborate art frames. There’s cable TV, broadband internet, video-on-demand, and the hotel channel all on the same device. The room also comes with wi-fi Internet access, and VOIP telephony.

Whimsical lamp in the bedroom
The decorative is also the functional. A ceramic dog lamp attached to the wall.

Your desk...check out the dustbin!
A desk with mirror doubles up as both worktable and dressing counter. Notice the red “crumpled” designer wastepaper bin (bottom left)? I love the little touches like that. There’s a similar white one in the bathroom.

The fridge and minibar are inside this quaint locker
The mini-bar area is cute. There’s this curvy sidetable that looks like a set of drawers, but two large doors open out like a cupboard to reveal the fridge.

A cosy corner for lounging around
A small cosy area for lounging around and putting your feet up.

Bathroom is neat, clean and well-laid-out
The bathroom is very clean, neat and well-laid out (the hairdryer, vanity supplies and toiletries are inside the drawers). Marble and glass tiles lend classy elegance to the walls.

There's no bathtub, but you get your overhead rain shower
I didn’t notice it at first, but I was surprised that there is no bathtub. Well, I didn’t really miss it, as the overhead rain shower is luxurious enough.

The gym in the basement of The Luxe Manor
You’ll find a small but sufficient gym in the basement. No swimming pool, but you can still keep fit.

Business centre in the basement
Even the business centre has its own personality. It’s in the basement, next to the gym.

Crystal tree trunk, with mosaic and mirrored walls
The Luxe Manor has won several awards – you can look them up on the website. The boutique hotel is gaining popularity with luxury travel and business visitors, who prefer to check in to something a little more adventurous and unusual.

I found out a little too late (for reservations) that Fook Lam Mun has a branch just a couple doors away. We tried our luck with a walk-in at 2pm, but it was completely full and the place closes at 2.30pm for lunch. However, there are lots of other eateries around, and we soon found ourselves a nice little place for fried beef horfun. More on that later…

39 Kimberly Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3763 8888 (general); +852 3763 8880 (reservations)
Fax: +852 3763 8899 (general); +852 3763 8882 (reservations)
Email: info@theluxemanor.com or rsvn@theluxemanor.com

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