On my birthdays, normally we'd go for something extreme. It's either something really fancy, such as last year's French private dining feast at Allez Allez...or something extremely crappy and cheap. Such as my bday junk food medley of KFC, McD, and Pizza Hut, which I had the year before, with no make up, uncombed hair, in my PJs, at home, thus weren't photographed (Dang! I should've taken some pics).
This year, I just want something in between. Something normal. Wait-a-minute! Doesn't a girl always want to be special? Doesn't a birthday mean anything anymore? Yes it does. I means I am getting older, wiser, smarter (oh, shut up!) and I should know better than to eat two huge & pricey meals back to back. Hehe. I have a huge buffet with the girls scheduled the next day. So, on the day itself, I just wanted to eat something ordinary.
Little did I know....that from something ordinary, we could expect something extraordinarily...(good/bad?)
As a huge ramen fan, I generally think that almost any bowl of ramen should be delicious. Plus, I've walked past Domon Sapporo Ramen in Tsim Sha Tsui numerous times before...and I've always seen it super crowded...with an endless queue of young and trendy patrons waiting outside. I thought...it's gotta be good! I've been wanting to try it since then...so when I saw one outlet in Whampoa, and I saw a poster of a famous Hong Kong food critic, posing with of a bowl of Domon butter ramenwith a big smile plastered all over his face, I immedinately wanted to have my "ordinary" bday dinner there.
However, now I know that...
Japanese Ramen + Crowded + Long Queue + Endorsement by famous food critic =/= Good
The food was really disappointing. I ordered a bowl of butter ramen. The ramen noodle was ok...but the broth wasn't tasty, the Japanese BBQ pork was dry, and the butter was unnecessary. Sous chef ordered Japanese curry rice. The curry was watered down, and it wasn't enough for the rice. We also ordered potato croquettes, which luckily, were decent and seafood stuffed chicken wings, which were rather fishy.
In the end...the disappointing food kinda made the day extraordinary ^_^. At least we learnt something from it. Sous chef blamed me for choosing this place, and I said I was entitled to make this mistake, I am the birthday girl after all. HAHA!
Domon Sapporo Ramen (Fashion World)
9 Shung King Street Shop G9, G/F
Fashion World Hung Hom
The day ended with blowing (or spitting on) my birthday cake, a slice of rich and yummy chocolate mousse cake from a bakery nearby. What did I wear and what else did I do that day? Check 'em out here.
Thanks for the dinner, the cake and the flowers, SC! Let me think of another crappy place to try next year. Haha!