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Premium meat lovers alert: Foodies Gourmet has reopened opposite the Blue House

Derek chose a beautiful autumn afternoon to launch his newly renovated shop selling imported meats and a few new accompanying products. He’s retained the same brand name Foodies Gourmet.

See what you can buy!
Unfortunately it’s not stroller friendly so you’ll have to park it outside

The space is a little smaller but he’s somehow managed to pack more into the fridges. 

Flowers for a blooming start
Owner Derek, wife and a few friends

He had a wonderful spread of canapés which included German sausages, some caviar on a small vol-Au-vent, roast suckling pig, steamed chicken, smoked salmon on crackers and figs with various deli hams. Fresh juices quenched the thirst and made all the canapés taste better. Thanks for the delicious snacks Derek! 

Derek is moving towards a delicatessen style of shop, he’s got the dried goods and some nice meats in cans and jars. The shop has a false wall behind it where their back kitchen sits. It’s too bad that we can’t see the sink and cutting table anymore, I rather enjoyed watching the sushi master (Derek) prep the salmon and wash his knife and boards… just gives you confidence in the cleanliness. Oh well. 

I forgot to take photos of the canapés, but here are the meats and accompaniments he sells in his shop.

Wines, pasta, pasta sauces, olive oil
Half bottles of wine, beef jerky, quinoa

On the right as you enter are the dried goods.

On the left, he’s filled it wall to wall with freezers.

Big freezer full of imported meats and a wine fridge
Door 1: German sausages & Turkey
Door 2: Pork, Beef, lamb, chicken
Door 3: Fois gras and French baby chicken

Then he’s got a small chest type freezer for the carbs.

Pain au chocolate, croissants, chocolate tart and udon noodles

And of course the chilled meats section where you can buy top grade Japanese beef, New Zealand lamb and Norwegian salmon. 

Chilled beef
Salmon, iberico pork, cheeses

Derek is super helpful and will marinade your meat for you with advanced notice, so that all you have to do is bung it in the oven or pan fry it to perfection. 

He’s taking orders for his specialty, baby turkey for thanksgiving or Christmas. It takes 10 days advanced notice for best results. He’ll defrost it thoroughly and marinade it with his special seasoning and heat seal it all in a bag for you to take home. 

I bought one last year, it fed 5 people and was perfect in the oven with Derek’s instructions. Tasty, tender and thoroughly recommended. 

Yes, you can tell I’m a satisfied client.

His contact number remains the same. 🙂

Find him on Stone Nullah Lane, more or less opposite the Blue House and Samsen. It’s across the street from those two, between a school uniform shop and a hk style coffee shop. 

Oh yes, if you live in Kowloon or HK island, Derek will deliver to your door FOC as long as your bill exceeds $600 HKD. 👍

Ross Wine Shop: Affordable, Approachable, Every Day Wines

If you’ve had to bring wine to a friend’s house for dinner, you might have encountered something similar to this:

Me: “Ok so we should bring a bottle of red to go with the steak she’s cooking

Partner: “Watson’s or Taste (PARKnSHOP)?

Me: “err dunno, whichever is open I suppose

15 minutes later at the Watson’s wine cellar.

Me: “ok so what should we get? By country or region or price?

Partner: “Let me check my wine app…

30 minutes later…… still at the Watson’s wine cellar….

Me: “decided yet?

Partner: “let’s just go with the sticker that says it’s an award winning wine for 2016 and reviewer says it’s good.

*SIGH*… very often the wine turns out to be pricier than we thought and tasting quite mediocre. I’m not convinced that a sticker is entirely trustworthy.

The antidote to this problem is to either have a sommelier friend who can quickly assess the budget-event-palate suitability or to have a knowledgeable wine shop owner walk you through their favourites. 

In Wan Chai, the neighbourhood wine shop with the pre requisite chatty owner can be found on Stone Nullah Lane – Ross Wine. A little off the beaten track and hidden by the large logistic trucks parked there, you’ll need to look left to see the shop. It’s next to an independent art gallery and photography studio called the Wanchai Stallery.

Ross Wine on Stone Nullah Lane in Wanchai
Look left as you walk up Stone Nullah Lane

We came across the shop last year while on a walk down from Wanchai Gap. I was very curious as to who had taken over the rather strange concept Chinese Timekeeper’s bespoke watch shop. 

Ross Meder’s Everyday Wine Shop


Ross did some simple renovation but kept the hanging hexagonal lamps, glass door and the nice steel handle that looks like the bezel of a watch.


Curious, we went in for a look. Ross (the boss) was very welcoming and happy to introduce himself and his wines. We found him knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He started the business promoting wines from Australia’s Margaret River region but has expanded his footprint to include New Zealand, Italian and French wines. Rieslings or Pinot Noirs, you can see what you fancy. 


Ross has the tasting notes printed and stuck on the shelves but agrees that these can be somewhat vague and misleading. He presents his own opinion on the wines and can suggest a bottle ( just tell him with whom or what you intend to consume with it).

He’s also got some tasty beers for sale from a few different small breweries. 



We came away with a small selection of beers and wine. I liked the Waipara Springs Riesling which was gobbled down during Saturday’s Easter BBQ. It made a subsequent bottle of white wine brought by a friend taste like cheap plonk. 

Ross promotes “every day wines” -no fancy chateaus here- just affordable drinkable wines which haven’t soured on the shelf. Most importantly, they are reliably decent and won’t embarrass you in the company of wine connoisseurs. Ross curates the wines himself and takes the stress away from the selection process. This makes it easy to buy a few more bottles with confidence.

Here’s our stash.

Wild Duck Creek Shiraz Magnum, Rogue Beer, Deschutes Beer

Find Ross Wine shop here.

Map to Ross Wine Shop, Stone Nullah Lane

Where the Philippinos (Filipinas) and other helpers go to shop

In Wan Chai‘s street market along Stone Nullah Lane, a few shops cater largely to the Philippino population. 

This is where domestic helpers go to buy their necessities like coffee mixes, snacks and toiletries inexpensively and also familiar brands and tastes from home. 

One of the shops I frequent monthly to buy my helper’s coffee (she has to have it daily as a morning and afternoon fix). The shop “Save More” has the largest economy size packs available at the most attractive price (i.e. cheapest!). No doubt all the Philippino population know this, judging from the long but fast moving queue. 


Here’s the Nescafé 3 in 1 mix that my helper can’t live without. A pack of 50 individually wrapped sticks for $42 HKD. It’s the cheapest per unit you’ll find in the market.

There’s also SkyFlakes, the Filipino-Anerican packaged cracker, a large pack for $24 and other processed foods and sauces. Cheap alcohol of brands I’ve never heard of are stacked by the counter, toiletries and soaps etc are kept at the back of the shop, past the counter.

Note that they don’t sell these sorts of packs in the supermarket, at Taste, the coffee packs were way more fancy and definitely the price reflected the packaging.

So if you’re getting a new helper and want to help her with her budgeting (supermarkets are pricier places to shop), you can direct her to Stone Nullah Lane, specifically to Save More but she’ll also enjoy browsing the other small Philippino food stalls along the same street.