Easy Recipe – Pearl Barley Drink for Hot Summer

Summer time what do you like to drink ? There is a popular drink for Chinese culture that is Pearl Barley Drink, which is a drink for dehydration of water of the inner body. It helps for weight lost too.

Ingredients: (for 4 portions)

Pearl Barley : 100 grams

Oat (optional) : a little

Sugar (optional) : a little

Method:

1) Soak the pearl barley with water overnight

2) Another day, Boil water and put all Pearl Barleys for cooking until all are soft

3) Add some oat for tasty option

4) can serve in hot or chill for serving.

Eating the barleys can change your fortune if you are born in summer time.

You can keep a bottle of drink , no sugar added , for the diet season.

Soak overnight could cook pearl barley easily.

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Tai O – A fishing village of Hong Kong

Hong Kong was a fishing village in 1800’s. Nowadays people living in Hong Kong are living in tiny apartments and working too hard for living.

But there is a village still remaining the heritage of Hong Kong and people will go there for an excursion on weekend, that’s Tai O, locating at the west of  the Lantau Island, a village that is full of exciting travelling spots.

Tai O is a remote area from Lantau Island, so it’s better to go in the morning or spent at least 5 hours to visit Tai O. You are recommended to take a bus No. 11 at the MTR Tung Chung Station. The travelling time takes around 45 minutes.

People living in Tai O are living on the water, and there are many seafood you can enjoy on the water. You can buy some seafood products from the stores such as Salted Shrimps Paste, squids, pearls, starfish, calm sauce or premium dried scallops sauce (XO Sauce), and many food products to taste for souvenirs.

The pearl necklace is value for money.

Actually I went there because a heritage workshop showcasing the ancient fishing tools and living conditions of Tai O or old Hong Kong will be closed because of the termination of the lease. The closing date was 17 July 2016. That’s why when the news is broadcasting, I decided to go to Tai O once.

The Building is near 100 years, and the owner of building decided to rebuild a new building.

 

Some food are famous at Tai O, you can have Hong Kong famous snacks and bottled herbal drinks around the small town but make sure that the snacks are made by charcoals, it’s yummy. And also you can enjoy beancurd pudding which is a typical choice at Tai O.

Charcoal Squids

Beancurd Pudding (Tofu pudding)

Other scenery of Tai O such as Sun Ki Bridge, a bridge was built in 1979 and financed by the local residence. You can take a boat ride to visit dolphins (if you have time).

A very beautiful landscape in Tai O , suggesting to take pictures at the sunset time, near the Tai O Heritage Hotel. To go to the Heritage Hotel, a 20-minute walk from the bus terminal, walking towards to the Shek Tsai Po Pier. The hotel was a former police station and it is a Grade 2 Historic Building. A 20-minute free guided hotel tour is offered everyday but online reservation is required.

A fantastic view from the Sun Ki Bridge

Take a picture in the front of the Heritage Hotel.

Other fun decoration and starfish you can bring home for decoration

Thank you for reading.

Easy Recipe – Pesto Sauce

Easy recipe to share tonight is homemade pesto sauce !


I have bought a basil for my herbal garden and tonight I hand picked some fresh basil for preparing my pesto sauce for my linguine.


Ingredients: (for 2 pax)

Fresh basil leaves (see photo)

Parmesan cheese (grated)

Pine nuts 30 grams


Seasoning :

50 ml extra virgin olive oil

1 clove of garlic

Salt

Black pepper


Equipment:

Blender with chopping function



Method:

1) wash the fresh basil

2) toast pine nuts (optional)

3) put grated parmesan cheese, basil leaves, and pine nuts with all seasonings

4) blend it all into a mixture


I have blended too much and not added so much olive oil, so the mixture is less fat (actually parmesan is fatty) .


Let’s try!

Homemade Pesto Sauce with Linguine

Easy Recipe – Gazpacho

It’s time to share my recipe again since talking so much on art and cultures.


Here I would like to introduce my secrete recipe of Gazpacho – a soup originating from Andalusia of Spain.  It’s a very low cost, high in nutrient and yummy recipe! Sometimes I have left little vegetables like half of cucumber, bell peppers, then you can just buy some more tomatoes to make Gazpacho. 

Gazpacho serves chill so it is ideal for summer.   


Ingredients:  (for 2 pax)

 

8 large tomatoes

1/2 cucumber

1 clove of Garlic

1/4 of green bell pepper

1/4 onion

1/2 slide of day-old white bread


Seasoning:

Olive oil (Extra Virgin)

Salt

Black pepper

Basilic leaves / mint for garnish


Luxury version: add Spanish ham on top (optional)


Cooking Method:

1) Cut a cross on the bottom of tomatoes and boil under hot water, to remove the skin of tomatoes

2) Cool down the tomatoes in a room temperature

3) Wash all vegetables and cut into cubes , leave some vegetables cubes for garnish

4) Use a blender to blend all tomatoes, bread and vegetables, seasoning with salt and pepper

5) garnish with mint/basilic leaves or Spanish ham for topping , with extra virgin olive oil.

6) Lastly, chill them before serving


Volia! Let’s try ! Really good for summer and it can keep up to 2 days.














Low-Cost Heritage Itinerary at the Area of Prince Edward, Hong Kong

For any Hongkongers or travelers, I would like to suggest a low-cost heritage itinerary for the area of Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong. A half-day walking tour let you know more about the history and the heritage of Hong Kong.

Prince Edward, is one of the stations of MTR, was named under Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972), the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary. 


Prince Edward district, is nowadays one of commercial and residential areas of Kowloon, at the hub of Hong Kong. There are two major roads you are worth to go, which is Prince Edward Road and Boundary Street.

Prince Edward Road :

The road consists of two mainstreams Prince Edward Road West and Prince Edward Road East. The roads were named after Prince Edward in 1922, later Edward VIII of the United Kingdom (later The Duke of Windsor), after his visit to Hong Kong. He had various activities and passed by a road with trees at both sides with some developing houses and the road was not yet named. He sent compliments to this development and architecture buildings in this area. After leaving Hong Kong, the Government officers has named this road as Prince Edward Road.

Boundary Street :

On signature of the 1860 Convention of Beijing, which marked the end of formal ended hostilities in the Second Opium War (1856–1858), Britain acquired the area from the south of Boundary Street on the Kowloon Peninsula for a rent-free under a perpetual lease. In 1898, the Qing government reluctantly agreed to the Second Convention of Peking that compelled China to cede a further area north of Boundary Street to the Sham Chun River along with more than two hundred nearby islands (we called as New Territories and Outlying Islands)  for the 99-year lease which expired at midnight on 30 June 1997.


Highlighted Destinations :
1) Lui Seng Chun Historical Building

Lui Seng Chun, was a property of Family Lui, a large Chinese family starting his trade in medicine. The founder Mr Lui Leung, a renowned businessman who had invested in transportation business in 1933 that’s nowadays the Kowloon Bus Motors, a developed bus transportation business in the Kowloon and New Territories areas.

It was built in 1931 in a traditional Chinese styled building with balconies before World War II. A four-story building with a total areas of 6,000 square feet.  It is now a declared monument as a Grade 1 Historic Building, which is qualified as the highest heritage value and a building of outstanding merit, which every effort should be made to preserve if possible. 

On the ground floor, it is open for public to visit without reservation. And you can try the herbal tea at the shop inside. There are some exhibits of the past about the family and the history of the building. The upper floors are converted to the School of Chinese Medicine of The Hong Kong Baptist University. Services includes acupunctures, Chinese medicine consultations and herbal medicine subscriptions. Booking in advance.  

Free Guided Tour

Monday to Friday : 2:30pm / 4:00pm

Saturday : 9:30am / 11:00am

Tour takes 30-45 minutes

Number of Participants : from 4 to 20 pax

Registered online in advance: Individual booking 
Visit official page

MTR Exit : MTR Prince Edward Station Exit C2


2) Flower Market and Yuen Po Street Bird Garden

Flower Market is a major market of flowers for wholesales and retails. There are near 100 florists in this areas offering a large variety of flowers and plants, seeds and accessories. And the prices are cheaper.


Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is a Chinese-style theme park. It occupies an area of about 3000 square metres and is bounded by Boundary Street, Embankment Road, Prince Edward Road West and Yuen Po Street, with its main entrance facing Boundary Street and another entrance facing Yuen Po Street. There are 70 bird stalls for bird traders.


MTR Exit : MTR Prince Edward Station Exit B1

Opening hour: 7 am – 8 pm daily


3) Prince Restaurant
Let’s take a break after visiting the bird garden and flower market, I recommend one of the old restaurants, which offering a variety of tea sets. The most exciting tea set is Baked Escargots (HK$60), or you can select Baked Scallops , served with a cup of coffee/ tea . It is a very one of a kind  tea set in Hong Kong I could say. That’s why I recommend you to come.

If you come on Wednesdays, there is a  music concert by Freeman from 7:15pm to 9:15pm playing instrumental music for 80-90s Canton and English Pop music.  It’s good for pairing your dinner of old Hong Kong style.

Address: No.162 Prince Edward Rd West,, Prince Edward  

MTR Exit : MTR Prince Edward Station Exit B1
Opening hour:  12 noon to 11:00pm

Tea Set Menu





  




Exhibition – Bruce Lee : Kung Fu, Art, Life

I actually went for the exhibition of Claude Monet, the Impressionist master for his greatest landscape masterpieces last Friday. After that, I also spent time to other exhibition hall which is also worth to go.


Bruce Lee : Kung Fu , Art, Life

Exhibition Period: Now to July 2018

Venue: Hong Kong Heritage Museum


I am not his fans and he passed away before I was born. But in this exhibition, it exhibits why he is succeed and he inspired me how to live.


What is your vision?

Although he died young but he actually have set some targets for him to achieve. He has vision and he wrote them down. He was also confident to be a superstar, when he was a child starring a film.


Do you manage your business well?

He had a teaching school for Martial arts in California and he had developed a good marketing scheme for his students such as a certification scheme, which was taking about 1950s. The tutorial prices also increased when he was getting famous. Generally speaking, he had a successful marketing mix.


Are you well equipped yourself ?

He had continuously keeping up his exercise and training no matter he was a superstar ( he had been a regular icon on major cover page of Kung Fu, Entertainment and Films magazines respectively). He also spent time to keep fit and reading books which improving his business and martial arts areas.


Photo Studio Programme – Limited Time Offering

If you come to Hong Kong or you are a Fans of Bruce Lee, there is a “Bruce Lee Fans’ Photo Studio” you can take a photo with “HIM” from 1 July 2016-30 September 2016, from 4pm – 5pm for every Sunday and Public Holiday.

For more information : Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Housekeeping Tips – Removal of Cup Stains

People drinking tea or coffee could leave the coffee or tea stains easily inside the cup. There is some cleaning detergents for that but I have used the cheaper option and I highly recommend you to use.


It’s Baking Soda!  You can see the before and after effect below:

Before and after (left to right)

 Method:


1) put a teaspoon of baking soda into the cup

2) add a little bit of water (1-2 teaspoons)

3) use a kitchen wrap or paper to remove the stains


Have a try!