Sunday, April 26, 2015

All Those Carbs at Jin Jin Hong Kong Cafe

Jin Jin Hong Kong Cafe
6224 18th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11204

I have been utterly busy with school and work. I've also been sick and fighting a viral infection last week with a nasty cough. It's been awesome! I finally have a little down time to blog so here's a long overdue review I've been meaning to post.

Will and I have been to Jin Jin Hong Kong Cafe quite a few times. It's similar to a diner, but an Asian version. The interior, decor, and even down to the tables and seats has a diner vibe to it. They serve Hong Kong style cuisine, beverages, and also serve sushi and a few Japanese dishes.

Will, our friend Jimmy, and I came to Jin Jin for dinner one evening since he's never been here and we were hungry after a networking event.

Complimentary soup
Most of the time when you come to Jin Jing for lunch, dinner, or order take-out they usually have a complimentary soup which is pretty decent.

Scallion pancake
We ordered an appetizer - scallion pancake to share. It was a bit small for three people especially since Will and Jimmy eat like a lot. I wished it was a lot more crispier and crunchier.

Baked Portuguese Salmon Rice
Since Jimmy was on a meatless diet at the time we went to Jin Jin, he ordered a Baked Portuguese Salmon over rice. This is actually one of my favorite dishes to order here because not many Chinese or Hong Kong style restaurants make a Baked Portuguese Salmon or those that do, haven't done as a good of a job as Jin Jin does.

Baked Portuguese Seafood over Spaghetti
I ordered the Baked Portuguese Seafood over Spaghetti. This is absolutely seafood galore because there's shrimp, crab meat, mussels, squid, and scallops. It's a pretty heavy, but delicious dish!

Baked Portuguese Steak over Rice
Will ordered the Baked Portuguese Steak over Rice. As you can see it's very much so similar to mine and Jimmy's dish too.

So the mistake we made was that all three dishes were Baked Portuguese and all were carb-loading! We were all tremendously full afterwards and some of us couldn't even finish our meals. There's a lot and I do mean a lot of cheese and carbs.

I actually do enjoy the food from Jin Jin because it's quick, inexpensive, and tasty. It's not the best Hong Kong style food, but it's a good place to come for a quick and yummy fix. Next time, I think we will be mindful about what we order and not turn it into a carb-fest. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

My Birthday Dinner at HOPHAP

204 Smith Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Earlier this year, Will and I visited a Thai restaurant in Cobble Hill by the name of HOPHAP. Since I really enjoyed the ambiance, service, and food at this restaurant, I decided to host my birthday dinner here. It was a huge blast especially since we had a party of 18 people including myself and Will. 

White Lychee Sangria & Red Mango Sangria
A birthday dinner is not complete without a good and refreshing drink. I ordered the white lychee sangria and my girlfriend Diane ordered the red mango sangria. I tried both and I really liked my sangria because not did it taste like lychee, but it was also garnished with one and chunks of green apple. It was really light and refreshing!

On my side of the table, we had four different appetizers. The crispy calamari with sweet chili sauce was a lot more tastier than the ones we had during our first visit. They were a lot crispier and actually seasoned with a little salt. The triangle fried tofu with ground peanut and sweet chili sauce was pretty tasty, but could use more seasoning.

The rocket shrimp was another appetizer I didn't find too exciting or intriguing. The last appetizer I would like to share with you is golden curry puffs (chicken & potato served with cucumber chili sauce). I really, really enjoyed this appetizer as many of my friends did. It was seasoned just perfectly and it wasn't too spicy. I would definitely order this again.

These are a few of the entrees a few of my friends and Will had. Most of our friends had either a classic Pad Thai, a noodle dish, or curry dish. I actually really liked Will's dish. He ordered the tropical salmon which was a special of the day. We both really like salmon and this tropical salmon was spot on perfect! It was perfectly moist, lightly sweetened and tangy. It sure felt and tasted tropical.

Pad See Ew
I typically order a Pad Thai at Thai restaurants, but this time I decided to order a Pad See Ew. I actually didn't like the Pad See Ew because it just didn't taste as delightful as I thought it would. I also lost my appetite a bit because my dish was the last one to arrive to the table. I think next time I would just roll with a Pad Thai.

All in all, I had an amazing night with my friends. It was good to see friends that I haven't seen in months and catch up with everyone. This birthday dinner wouldn't have been possible without my friends and the good service and experience the restaurant provided