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First Time Visit From SF to Hong Kong & Singapore


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First Time Visit From SF to Hong Kong & Singapore

pats38sox | | Apr 30, 2014 11:24 PM

Greetings Chowhounds of Singapore & Hong Kong! I've been thoroughly enjoying reading the various threads of the past few years on both subjects...what excellent information!

I'm embarking on a 17 day trip in 2 weeks to China (Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai). Then 3 nights each in Hong Kong and Singapore. I feel for the sake of space, I'll split the first half in China's cities and the 2nd half into 2 threads...better than cramming everything in 1 thread or making 4 different ones. This will be my first visit to all of these cities, as a diner who lives in SF and also has lived recently in LA and Paris, and spent good time in Tokyo. No need to go to Mozza in Singapore as much as I love it in Hollywood.

The catch on Hong Kong is it is the only leg of the trip where I will be on my own. I know that can make certain restaurants more awkward/too much food ordered but perhaps I can arrange tasting portions beforehand for such places (Tim's Kitchen, Seventh Son, Chairman...)? A little communication maybe can go a long ways...

Here's what I'm working with after lots and lots of reading. Please, please offer thoughts!

Hong Kong (3 dinners, 2 lunch, plus 1 lunch Macau)
Dinners: Yardbird (living in SF, I know how to wait), Chairman (either arrange a special tasting menu, do the 3 course solo lunch menu instead?, or order a la carte?), and The Seventh Son (same issues as Chairman).

Lunch: Won ton soup (Charles, should I do Mak Man Kee or Mak An Kee or one of the others from your list as a first timer?) and Mui Kee Congee

Dessert: Australian Dairy Co.

Others Still thinking About: Bo Innovation, Lung Keen Heen, Yan Toh Heen, Fook Lam Moon, Liberty Private Works, Hoi King Heen, Tung Po, Tim Ho Wan (I do need a good dim sum meal, right?), Tim's Kitchen...

Cocktails/drinks: Honi Honi, MO Bar, Ozone Ritz, Butler Bar, Quinary, Totts or Hooray for a view, Wyndham the 4th

Staying either in Central or lower Kowloon by Star Ferry...still being decided.

Now, Singapore! Wow have I wanted to visit and eat here for years...beyond excited.

3 dinners, 2 lunch: Reserved at Andre for one dinner. Burnt Ends looks very unique and special for another. Hainan chicken-- sounds like Tian Tian despite people adoring it or despising it? Laksa-- 328 Katong Laksa. Then decisions to best enjoy carrot cake, satay, fish head curry, durian, kaya toast...hard to trim the suggestions in various threads. And would love thoughts on other spots that aren't on my radar.

Drinks: Hey, I have to go to Raffles Long Bar for the Singapore Sling and history. Do it once. also, B28, Tippling Club, 28 Hong Kong Street, Jigger & Pony, Cufflink Club, Nektar, Maison Ikkoku, The Library.

Staying in Downtown by Raffles Place.

For both Hong Kong and Singapore, I'm open to all ideas. Great espresso baristas, bakeries, breweries, wine name it. This will be a special trip and I know it will be even more special because of your help. Many thanks!

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