Friday, 27 July 2012

PLACES TO SHOP FOR INGREDIENTS AND COOKWARE


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About them: Le Creuset originated in France, and its focus is on colorful porcelain and cast iron cookware, suitable for all kitchens and almost everything comes in 3 sizes. The cookware and pans are fitted to both induction and open fire stoves. They also provide lifetime guarantee, which simply proves the quality of this product!!

ADDRESS: Le Creuset Flagship Store
G/F & M/F, 31C-D Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong 

Store Opening Time: Monday to Saturday 11:00am - 8:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
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WEBSITE: PANTRY MAGIC

About them: Pantry Magic is a one stop shop, the decor is not only nice when you walk in you feel like you've entered a cute french themed cooking shop, the staff are friendly and always remember a familiar face and speak fluent English perfect for any ex-pats that want to continue their culinary adventures whilst working in Hong Kong. 
Pantry Magic was founded by a French trained working chef, and felt the need to bring his culinary expertise into Asia, opening various stores around South East Asia. Their products include everything a beginner cook or a serious cook would need. From Pots and pans, to mixing bowls, spatulas, knives, silicone and traditional bakeware and even a selection of English Language cookbooks. It is conveniently situated in Sheung Wan just down the road from central and the price range is very reasonable and is not as expensive as the pan handler! So you definitely feel your getting quality for your money!

ADDRESS: G/F 25 Lok Ku Rd, 
Central/ Sheung Wan. Hong Kong

香港中環樂古道25號地下
Tel: 2504 0688, open everyday 10:30am - 7:30pm
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WEBSITE: KITCHEN AID
About them: KitchenAid is one of the top home appliance brands owned by Whirlpool Corporation. The unique thing about this product is not only years of history and experience in home appliance, but the array of colors that come with the range, and recently Kitchenaid have also launched a metallic range which is super sexy!!!  When I buy Kitchenaid appliances I always think about how perfect these products look alongside my other kitchen decor, Kitchenaid is not only super sexy, it's also very functional, hardwearing and comes with a range of attachments for every cooking need.
  These include the meat mincer, pasta maker, grain mill, food tray, sausage stuffer, food grinder, and ravioli maker!
  I actually have a Kitchenaid myself and have no regrets getting it but the only problem is, I only bought it because I thought I could buy all the attachments and save myself some space in my kitchen and save some money on purchasing all different machines, however each attachment is so expensive that for each attachment you buy you might as well go buy a whole new machine for every need! That is the only negative so other then the price factor it's a great machine! 

Where to buy in Hong Kong : Pantry Magic, Sogo (limited time), Go PREMIER,
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WEBSITEGO PREMIER
About them: I'm so happy I found this place, it is hidden away in the heart of Causeway bay, a Hong Kong distributor and creator of the brand Cuisintec, they also distribute brands like Innotec, Kitchenaid and Hurom. The great thing about this store is not only how private it is, you also don't have to wait for queues and line up for hours like you do in a department store. Instead you get a one on one experience with a sales rep where they will chat with you for as long as you like and show you how the product works. I hate having to line up in department stores and you always feel the staff give you attitude and talk behind your back if you don't purchase an item, but you won't get that uncomfortable feeling here! I bought my amazing one of a kind Cuisintec oven from here, and I can't wait to show you in my blog, it's a table top oven/ steamer, its amazingly priced at under $3000 and got more then enough racks to cook a few trays of cookies/ cakes at a time it can even roast a whole chicken with no problems! Perfect for small kitchens!!  Go check this place out!
ADDRESS: Level 1, 537 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay ( Behind Sogo)
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WEBSITE: CUISINETEC
About them: Cuisintec products are designed and developed in France, however they are made and produced in Hong Kong. They specialize in designing niche high end small electrical appliances suitable for small kitchens. They include professional steamers, ice cream makers, carnival kitchen series like pop corn marker and cotton candy maker. My favorite product of all and most my recent purchase is the table top combi convection steam oven! The products are of amazing quality,  they work perfectly for small homes and this particular oven design is the first that I've ever seen. It has efficient amount of layers to bake two layers at once as opposed to most table top ovens where you can only bake one layer at a time!
Where to buy: Go premier, www.sha-mart.com 
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WEBSITE: THE PAN HANDLER
About them: Still awaiting to go! 
Negative: 
ADDRESS:  318 Prince's Building Central, Hong Kong
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WEBSITE: I LOVE CAKE
About them: This petite shop is a baker's dream! "I love Cake" is a chinese/ japanese style baking goods store! They have an array of amazing cute cookware, from table top ovens and adorable home sized popcorn machines to every type of cake pan you can imagine such as hello kitty shape or bear shape cake tins, fish shaped and star shaped silicone muffin pans! So cute!! Everything comes in all different sizes but they focus mainly on miniature things! Another great reason to buy from here is the huge selection of ingredients the store supplies, I always get my green tea powder, taro powder and ground almonds from here! They have every single type of food colouring or flavouring, chocolate in blocs and in all forms available, cocoa powder, butter, and crisco lard, american pumpkin pie filling, and every type of cake decoration or topping you can imagine! 

Negative: Website only in Chinese 
ADDRESS: H2, G/F, 188 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
G/F, 338 Shang Hai Street, Kolwoon, Hong Kong
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WEBSITESWEETIE BAKERY
About them:  Just like " I Love Cake" this shop is a one stop baking shop, situated in Causeway Bay just across the road from Sogo, it's convenient to get to and prices are very reasonable. They package everything in small packets so it' great when you want to bake once and not want to have many ingredients left over! You can order cakes from there and even attend cake baking classes, bread and dessert classes. They only host these classes a few months of the year so you will need to check the schedule with the shop! All the baking materials and ingredients come from Japan, Taiwan, USA and Europe and have undergone strict quality control.

Negative :  Terrible poorly illustrated website and all in Chinese. Staff always give you attitude and not willing to help fellow bakers! 

ADDRESS: 10th Floor, 22 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
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WEBSITE: OLIVER'S
About them: Still awaiting to go!
ADDRESS: Shop 201-205, 2/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
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WEBSITE : CITY SUPER
About them: City Super is the top supermarket Chain in Hong Kong, they stock a large array of products from fresh seafood, meat, dry goods, bakery, chocolate counter, ice-cream counter, deli, smorgasbord of cooked food as well as selling cooking equipment and tableware. The quality of the food  are very high and you will definitely find yourself salivating the minute you walk in! 
The great thing about City Super is that you will always be able to find fresh ingredients, most of the products come from overseas, such as Japan, Australia and America. If you have plenty of money to spend on groceries then City Super is the place to go but don't expect to leave without spending at least $300 on a few items!
Negative: Super Overpriced and the queues are always never ending.
ADDRESS: IFC Central, Times Square Causeway Bay, TST Harbour City
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WEBSITE: FUSION GOURMET
About them: This cute little hideaway is hidden in one of Sheung Wan's commercial buildings. Situated on the 1st floor, once you get out of the elevator you reach a beautiful open restaurant space decorated with warm wooden furniture. A large bakery section, with a fresh array of gourmet ingredients for sale like imported dairy products such as Ferrarini Italian Provolone, buffalo mozzarella, artisan cheeses, fine wines, fresh seafood and premium meat selection such as Kobe Beef, premium goose liver, duck meat and wagyu beef. Alongside the food sources they also have some cute porcelain plates and bowls for sale at a reasonable price! 
One more important thing is that they also have cooking classes available with the head chef! So check it out when your nearby!

ADDRESS: 1/F The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
[T] (852) 2545 0068
[E] fresh@fusion-gourmet.com

Opening Times 
Retail Shop:  Mon - Sun:  12 Noon to 9:00pm 
Dining Room: Mon - Sun 12 Noon- 10:00pm

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About them:  
ADDRESS: G/F-2/F, 10 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central
中環蘇豪些利街10號地下至2
[T] (852) 2810 9777

This amazing hangout, is not only cute and comforting, its also organic and perfect for vegetarians! It has a large array of high quality fresh salads which are different everyday, as well as organic treats such as brownies and cakes. The price is extremely reasonable for the quality you get, and it's also dog friendly! Along with the food on the menu, they also have some organic ingredients that are also for sale on the side. They have nuts, chia seeds, coconut water and other nutritionist items to buy ! So check it out and bring your pooch along!!

Opening Times 
Mon.-Fri.:12:00-23:00
Sat, Sun. and Holiday: 9:00-22:00
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WEBSITE: BAKING WAREHOUSE


About them: Still awaiting to go!
ADDRESS: Unit E, 4/F, Lladro Centre, 72 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong. 
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Corner Kitchen Cooking School

WHAT: Yiu Kee Steel Works Co. Ltd  
About them: When you step foot on Shanghai street, you've entered industrial cooking territory! This street is serious! From corner to corner you're looking at traditional local Chinese cookware stores, piled from floor to ceiling with metal trays, cooking tins, and machinery. Situated on TST side in, get out at Exit C from Yau Ma Tei MTR station, they have not only small sized equipment for the home they also sell for commercial use such as the large industrial sized ovens, fridges and deep dryers. This shop is the best value for your money as it's super cheap and great to buy equipment for everyday use. 

Negative: Equipment bought from here are not suitable for the aesthetics department as its all just plain boring silver metal. So don't be expecting to find high quality colorful porcelain items from this place! However I did spot an awesome Korean Stone pot bowl for under $200! 
Overall it's a great street to check out! 
ADDRESS: Corner of Wing Sing Lane and Shanghai Street

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Corner Kitchen Cooking School


WHAT: Asia Stainless Steel Engineering Ltd 
About them: This little cooking shop is located just across the road from Yiu Kee Steel Works. You can find stuff that Yiu Kee doesn't carry for example better quality Kitchenaids, even their attachments, Japanese Mandolines and Miki digital scales! 
ADDRESS : 302 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
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