Thursday, February 12, 2009

Best BBQ Pork Rice Ever & Hong Kong Park's Spring Wonders


I'm not gonna bitch about lunches at Hong Kong CBD anymore (Wah! A new and improved, angelic Rita? Not really. I guess you are tired reading about it. All my previous rants can be viewed here and here). So, instead, today I am gonna share something delicious, something happy.

Hong Kong park is within walking distance from my office. I love the place, especially these days, when the weather is pleasant, and flowers are just everywhere! It's full of comfy nooks here and there (I gushed about one of them here), and my occasional lunch pal, Loz, introduced me to this particular one.

It's a quiet corner on the way to the park's aviary, up on the hill. Walking up to this nook surely whets my appetite, plus, the place is totally worth all the climbing, even in high heels.


It has a couple of comfy benches, shaded by a group of trees, it's secluded (I should always get my camera ready, I might be able to catch some lovers in action *wink*...talk about an invasion of privacy), and it has one heck of a view....

....a waterfall in all its glory!

Now, the food.
Hong Kong boasts some of the most delicious Char Siew (BBQ Pork) I've ever tasted. I used to love the one from Hey Hey (Cantonese for Double Happiness, a corner cafe near Southorn Sportsground, Wanchai), but that's before I tasted...
Simple Life's Char Siew Rice


Each and every bit of the barbecued pork is deliciously tender, super juicy, richly flavored, the bits of charred fat give just the right amount of smokiness and satiny sheen. They are just perfect.

It is served with a side of sauteed assorted mushrooms and carrot, which are subtly flavored to compliment the pork. The sauce, oh the sauce. The sauce they use is not your average sweet soy. It has a bit of nuttiness which added some extra dimension to the whole orchestra. Simply perfect.

What's more amazing is...the consistency. There has never been a day where I could find one single piece of pork which is chewy, dry, flavorless or anything less than perfect. Deliciousness every single time.

*Remember to ask for a mix of fat & lean BBQ Pork = best bits!*

The high mountain Chinese tea that comes with the meal gives the rich meal the much needed balance.

(take away order from Simply Life at Citibank Plaza, HK$38 for one barbecued meat with rice and a cup of hot tea)

After such a satisfying lunch, some calorie burning activities are seriously needed. First, climbing down the stairs...(well done!)...and...this is why I love my camera. It gives you something productive to do, instantly, at no extra cost (just perfect for the currect economic crisis).


Say hello to my new buddy here, who just came up close and personal to enjoy the warmth of the sun. For some reasons, he doesn't look too happy being shot...he must've sniffed the cheapness of my lens amongst all the super long, grey and heavy primes. What a lens snob!


I am crap at photographing beautiful flowers...but let me share some to let you know how gorgeous the park is in the spring.

Hope after this post I will still have that nook. Hmmm, I might have to mark my territory by drizzling my tea all over it.

28 comments:

Lidia Sianturi said...

can't you just paint the nook or scratch the bench with something sharp to mark your territory? Wuhahahahaa...."evil laugh"....

A.G said...

nasi kotak ? hehehe boxnya bagus...ga putih kyk kerdus indo

rokh said...

i went to the park on my trip there but i missed the pork!! love the brown paper box :)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

What a beautiful place to have lunch - and your takeaway looks incredibly delicious!

Zen Chef said...

You mark your territory by pouring tea? Okay!.. i'll show restrain and don't jump on the easy joke wagon. That takes A LOT of self-control Rita. hehehe

Didn't know HK had a park! Is that by Victoria peak? The BBQ pork is beautiful!! And so are you Rita!

luckytastebuds said...

Your pictures are so amazing you make me miss home!!! (hong Kong!)

luckytastebuds said...

Hi! I just found your blog and think it's so much fun! I love the pics and it makes me miss home so much! :) (Hong Kong is home...of course)

SEDONA said...

Hi friend,have a nice weekend

EatTravelEat said...

HK parks are so beautiful anytime of the year! The flowers look great btw. And the char siu rice looks AWESOME. Just by looking at the photo I can tell it will be flavorful, moist, and juicy. Mmm...I want to go back to HK now!

noobcook said...

U made me miss Hong Kong :( I wish I can just hop on the plane just to eat char siew rice :D your flowers photos are nice!!

Irene Yuan said...

o dear, you don't know what looking at pictures of juicy juicy babi does to me. tortuuuuuuuuuuuuuureeeeeee....

babe_kl said...

wow the box is so environmentally friendly! does it have a layer of wax inside? hmmm i wonder if i can get someone to make this in malaysia then we dun need to use styrofoam :p

daphne said...

wah! Waterfall and lunch just seems perfect..especially with that best bbq pork rice!

Cakelaw said...

LOL - some fun pictures, especially of the turtle. Love your pretty new banner, BTW.

tigerfish said...

We can see it is the best! Look! So much juicy moist BBQ pork pieces....

Fitri said...

Rita, apa kabar ? happy valentine.. syuuka.. liat warna coklat tas nya.. *pingsan kepingin hihihi..

diva said...

ahhhh..heels :) you're making your lunch sound so romantic i'm envious! and these BBQ pork do look so amazingly succulent and tasty! mmm..Happy Valentine's Day by the way x

Cynthia said...

That roast pork does look perfect and I only imagine how good it tasted.

Screamin' Mama said...

I love reading your blog. I used to live in HK twelve years ago and have wonderful memories. My mouth was watering as you described the BBQ pork! The food there is what I miss the most!

Elsye said...

udah spring lagi yo...hikksss jadi pengen ikutan iki rit...nasi b ox e menggoda selera :D

Dawn said...

oh that takeaway! soooooo good!

FFichiban said...

WAHHHH that turtle is sooo awesommmeeee XD and we need more cool parks with wildlife and waterfalls here in Syd :(

Oh and that char siu mmmmmmmmmmm love the radiant red glow haha!

Manyaro said...

I would like BBQ pork rice please! any chance you can send one box to Erie, PA? :)

Rurie said...

Kuroooo aku juga duwe loro...demene sun bathing all day..what a life :P

Anonymous said...

The BBQ Pork looks sooooooooo yummy. Would you mind provide the address for this place?

Mochachocolata Rita said...

It's on the ground floor of Citibank Plaza, Central (just behind the new Bank of China building). The shop is called Simply food.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very very much. :)

Jen said...

The BBQ pork looks good in the picture.. My hubby and I went a long way by asking direction to the shop. We saw a long queue at the western food but insisted on the recommended said char siew rice.. Perhaps everyone has different taste bud.. The price was expensive, but it's still fine if it's good.. Sad to say,it was disappointing!! Do come to KL for best BBQ pork at Ming Kee.. So far, it's one of the best- if not the best!!