Braised beef soup – Din Tai Fung

We made the trip to Macau from Hong Kong for a little gambling action. We wanted to compare Macau to Vegas where we got married and still love to go.

Braised beef soup

Braised beef soup

Away from the tables sits a dim sum restaurant called Din Tai Fung. Through the window you can watch the chefs hand making the dumplings with love. This place has a great dim sum reputation, I couldn’t wait to sit and order.  Along with various dumplings I went for the Braised Beef Soup, a favourite.

It came looking dark and moody, with peaks of braised beef protruding from the broth. Spring onions and baby pak choi add the colour to a rich dark brown soup.

The stock is rich and full of beefy goodness. You can taste the  ginger and star anise that hold this soup together. It’s almost like a light gravy, so rich and unctuous.

The beef was soft like baby food. Delicious, however a bit too fatty for me. Trying to separate the gelatinous fat from the meet with chopsticks is difficult. I do understand that this fat is flavour is where the flavour comes from. The whole bulb of pak choi is also difficult to eat with chopsticks.

This is a soup of two halves. The broth is delicious, almost sublime but overall it wasn’t a great eating experience.

6 Spoons icon - Now we’re talking. Soup ‘s starting to get serious

Words and pictures by @madgie

Pork Ramen – Ajisen Ramen – Hong Kong ferry terminal

Having purchased our tickets to take is to Macau we had 90 mins to kill. From the mall balcony a logo of a girl holding a steaming ramen bowl was winking at me.

Ajisen Ramen Menu

Ajisen Ramen Menu

Ajisen Raman is a chain of restaurants and has a vast menu. I normally shy away from places with such a big selection of dishes but I was hungry so I chose the pork Ramen and sat patiently awaiting my soup. It doesn’t come quickly but through the glass window to the kitchen I can see the chefs making the soups fresh. A good omen.

Pork Ramen

Pork Ramen

It arrived hot and steaming, having been freshly made. The soft boiled egg smiling at me through slices of pork. Garlic and spring onions float in the milky broth. The noodles are perfect, not too soft.

The broth is tangy with the garlic yet soft and moreish. As the egg yoke slowly bleeds into the broth it changes the flavour very slightly. There is so much wafer thin pork. Its lean and soft. This is a very big bowl of soup.

Nearly finished

Nearly finished

I really enjoyed it, there is possibly a touch too much garlic for me. But I still ate most of it.

7 Spoons icon - Souper! I could order this every day

Words and pictures by @madgie