Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Return To Mang Ambo's And A Blogger Convergence



Following multiple visits during my Christmas vacation in Hong Kong, I finally made it back to Mang Ambo's in Wan Chai today. The food was great, as always, and I had a few favorites including the beef steak, the bloody stew, and the caldereta. And, of course, I had lechon and it was rocking! Anthony Bourdain would love Mang Ambo's and I bet he'd get that lechon everyday.






Then it was on to the Broadway Cinematheque for a screening of On The Run (1988).

I liked the film except for the final fight between Yuen Biao and Charlie Chin Chiang-Lin which felt a bit too much. The other action scenes in the film worked because they were matter-of-fact and, thus, shocking. Pat Ha was great in the film and it's interesting to note that she's largely the action "heroine" of the picture and she doesn't sacrifice her femininity; On The Run offers no gender role reversals apart from the fact that Yuen Biao is being rescued by her for most of the picture. Look for Yueh Wah and Lo Lieh in small roles here.




Before the film, it was dinner at the historic Mido Cafe with Kevin Ma, otherwise known as The Golden Rock, and Sean Tierney.




I had the beef fried rice, which was good but...


I think I should have had the curry beef that Kevin had. Poured over fried rice, it's an awesome thing...


We were near the Temple Street night market...



I hit the Kubrick bookstore again and got a few things that weren't necessarily cheaper than ordering at home but they were there so... Anyway, I got the member's discount thanks to Kevin so it was still a good deal...


I got one of my favorite films of all time -- it's been in my Top 10 since 1989 -- and another documentary from the same director, as well as a British classic that I've waited more than 30 years to see...


Then, it was more food as another blogger took me to Ippei-An in Causeway Bay where I finally had omurice and it was pretty great...