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The Most Impressive Apple Strudel

25 Aug

I’ve never actually had an apple strudel while in Germany, but I had a slice after dinner once in nearby Czech Republic. It was very good….but not nearly as astonishing as the strudel I ate in Hong Kong.

Stanley is a touristy destination in Hong Kong, and the Victorian-era Murray House is one of its main attractions.  We decided to stop by the King Ludwig Beerhall at the Murray House for an afternoon snack. I really wasn’t expecting much from a German restaurant in such a touristy Hong Kong spot, but I was blown away. I ordered the apple strudel, which is intended to be shared by 2-3 people (or for one gluttonous American to devour alone).

Apple strudel

This two-inch high slice of strudel was jam-packed with apple slices, inside the perfectly crispy exterior. A yummy vanilla sauce filled the rest of the large plate.

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Afternoon Tea Sets are very common in Hong Kong, and the Beerhall offered a Set for two. This included two savory snacks, two desserts, and two drinks.

Afternoon tea set at King Ludwig

Two small fruit-topped cheesecakes, part of the Afternoon Tea Set:

dessert

The Beerhall has ample outdoor seating with unobstructed views of the water. For a true “beer hall” atmosphere, however, head inside where you’ll find rows and rows of beer steins lining the bar.

King Ludwig Beerhall

I can’t speak for the rest of the menu, but when it comes to apple strudel, this beer hall can’t be beat!

 

Info: King Ludwig Beerhall. Shop 202, Murray House, Stanley Plaza, Hong Kong, China.

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Famous Xiaolongbao in Hong Kong

6 Jan

The award-winning DinTaiFung restaurant originated in Taiwan, but they are now located around the globe. I visited the restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, which has been awarded a Michelin star. Steamed xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings with a partially raised flour wrapper) are made to order at the restaurant behind a glass pane:

Din Tai Fung

The restaurant itself is bright, lively, and relatively spacious. Dumplings in bamboo baskets arrive quickly. The soupy pork dumplings have a delicate, thin wrapper. They are the best I’ve ever had!

xiaolongbao

Rice and pork dumplings consist of yummy sticky rice wrapped in the same, delicate wrapper:

rice dumplings

Expect long lines for a table at this restaurant. We arrived around 8:30 PM on a Sunday night and waited about 40 minutes for a table for four.

Info: Din Tai Fung, 30 Canton Road, Hong Kong, China

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