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  • Your Guide to Getting a Job in Hong Kong

    Whether you’ve just moved to Hong Kong, recently graduated or are you simply keen on exploring new opportunities, getting started on the job hunt can be daunting. Our expert offers some tips and tricks to get you on the right track to employment.
    Planning to move to Hong Kong – or have just arrived – and are looking for a job? For many people, including myself, approaching a recruitment agency and checking online job-boards are the first starting point. But panic can quickly start setting in when one realises that the majority of jobs require proficiency in Cantonese and/or Mandarin. Not surprisingly, 95% of Hong Kong’s population is fluent in one or both of these languages, and those who fall outside of that 95% will not be the primary target of many agencies.

    Whilst at first glance the odds may seem stacked against non-Chinese speakers, many do secure employment here. Here are a few tips and tricks for finding work which I have pulled together from conversations I have had with recruiters, HR professionals and others who have successfully secured jobs here.

    Let’s start with the usual suspects. Non-Chinese speakers should be aware of organisations that specifically target the expat market such as, AsiaXPAT Careers and niche recruitment agencies like Pivot who exist to help women who are seeking work and connects highly skilled women with a project.

    Read more: Interview Tips to Land Your Dream Job

    Let’s assume, however, that 70% of jobs are not advertised. Simply relying on agencies and job boards will severely narrow the scope of your job search and your access to different opportunities. Therefore, here are some of the other things you should do if you are serious about finding work:

    Use, and expand, your network

    More than any other place I have lived in, Hong Kong offers so many different ways which allow you to do this. Meetups range from storytelling groups to “funky salsa parties”, and offer great opportunities to both socialise with expats and locals alike. Various national Chambers of Commerce organise public events which are open to all.

    On Eventbrite you are bound to come across many events that are of interest to you.

    At the same time, do not underestimate the value of your existing networks. These can be friends; or even the people stretching next to at a Yoga class!

    Show off your skills

    It is one thing to expand your network, but people need to see what you are made of. Explore freelancing opportunities, for example on JobDoh. Alternatively, consider ‘skills-based volunteering’ if your job search is taking longer than you hope or even if you have chosen to postpone getting a paid job for a few years. In this way, you spend time using your skills to support a charity or other organisation. This will also, allow you to expand your network, show people what you can do, keep your skills fresh and updated and give you motivation in your job search knowing that you are adding value to something you care about. Local Motion is a Hong Kong-based organisation which explicitly works to connect people with such opportunities; but also do not be shy about approaching local charities and NGOs directly.

    Read more: Ask a Career Coach: How to Combine Passion and Profession

    Use LinkedIn

    LinkedIn really does work. It allows you to expand your network and gives people a quick and easy insight into who you are and what you can do for them. Given that so many jobs are not advertised, a lot of employers are proactive in directly seeking out people with the skills that they need. Keeping your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and professional – and backed up with a strong CV – is a must.

    Consider working with a coach
    Finally, all of the advice above rests on the assumption that you are clear about your career goals and aspirations. Knowing these can help give you direction and motivation in your job search. However, if you have moved countries, or taken a break from work, all of this might not be so clear. A certified coach – such as myself – can work with you to enable you to define your goals and design a workable strategy for you to get there.

    Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Sassy Mama Hong Kong on 13 August 2018.

    Featured Image courtesy of Unsplash, Image #2 courtesy of rawpixel via Unsplash Image #3 courtesy of rawpixel via Unplash.

    Author:Nerice Gietel
    Source: http://www.sassyhongkong.com/
    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/sassys-guide-to-getting-a-job-hong-kong-whatsonhk/

  • The “World’s Best Pizza” Comes Topped With Good Variety And Substandard Service

    The pie may be hot, but the service is served cold at Wyndham Street’s Kytaly

    When it comes to food, we often leave authenticity out of it. In a town where the idea of the perfect pizza is stretched into a lengthy debate between thin or thick crust and Italian- or American-style, let’s not forget the strong opinions people hold on what toppings are considered appropriate, gourmet or, well, pineapple. When Kytaly opened its doors earlier this autumn, serving Franco Pepe’s world top-ranking pizzas, we couldn’t wonder how his pies would fare on this side of the world.

    The no-reservations restaurant takes up the space where Japanese izakaya Koko used to be, accessed via an ancient lift of an old commercial building on Wyndham Street. The brightly lit signage on the narrow hallway leads guests into an elongated corridor. It wouldn’t be appropriate to call it a room, as booths lining the indoor area will seat four max, while the other tables are snug and spill onto the terrace. Lighting was dim but adequate. At dinner time the small restaurant comes alive where crowds share the restaurant’s signature pizzas over cool cocktails, prepared at the bar hidden on the side of the space. The best table, we found, was on the far end next to the kitchen, offering a full view of pizzas being prepared and benefiting from swift delivery. The high table comfortably seats six, and is often shared among smaller parties.

    Kytaly’s menu is a short read. The antipasti section offers a humble selection of salads. We opted for the Capri, where buffalo mozzarella tops cherry tomatoes and dressed with dollops of basil cream and olive oil. The mozzarella yields softly, as its creamy texture contrasts with the meaty tomatoes, while the basil adds a nice, herbaceous touch to the refreshing first course, which with its small size should suffice for a dinner for two.

    A range of 19 pizza varieties are on offer, from classics to creative ones. We started with the one that is ranked number one in the world, the Margherita Sbagliata, where buffalo mozzarella tops the made-to-order pizza base, followed by squiggly pipings of Riccio tomato sauce and green dots of basil reduction and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. It is worth noting that the pizzas are baked on its own before adding toppings, in a similar fashion like blind-baking in pastry making. The toppings are quickly added seconds after each pizza comes out of the oven. The residual heat melts the cheese and warms the topping.

    The crust is light and refreshing, with a soft and almost gelatinous bite to it but not the heavy, bloated feeling that fast-food pizzas often bring. The abundant moisture from the mozzarella keeps the crust rather soft, making it easier to be enjoyed with knife and fork, although a skillful hand with plenty of napkins are just as good.

    We also ordered the Sole Nel Piatto, where buffalo mozzarella, Caiazzo black olives, Cetera anchovies and a mélange of herbs top the beautifully hand-crafted crust. The herbs give the flavours a lift, although the toasty aroma of seared gluten-rich dough builds up the canvas that enriches the briny black olives and umami-rich salt-cured anchovies shining through in each irresistible bite.

    While pizzas are excellent, the three desserts on offer are different variations of tiramisu. A classic one sees savoiardi, or sponge ladyfingers layered in pillows of mascarpone cream. Our Nutella version replaces the original with a hazelnut cream and topped with a dollop of the famed chocolate hazelnut spread. While the pairing of chocolate and hazelnuts are ethereal in Italian desserts, the sponge and cream are both stodgy, and overly sweet.

    Kytaly offers a wide range of wines by the glass with a humble selection from various regions of Italy. Cocktails are beautifully crafted, especially those made with Campari, created at Hong Kong’s first Campari bar within the establishment. The Negroni Sbagliato blends vermouth and Campari with Prosecco. A very chilled cocktail that doubles as aperitif for pizzas served throughout our visit. Limoncino mixes vodka with limoncello, while tonic and lemon zest brings a fresh zing to the refreshing concoction.

    The three-person kitchen team turns out pizza every few minutes at Kytaly, but the restaurant floor is extremely short-staffed and disorganized. The hostess who greeted us at the door also occasionally helped refilling our water, while hot, ready-to-serve pizzas were left unattended on the pass, rapidly cooling off. Orders were rarely missed, but service was certainly messy and staff needed frequent reminding, although they were well-versed with knowledge about the restaurant’s pizza and calzone offerings.

    Kytaly hits all the right notes on its food offerings, as pizzas are masterfully crafted with high consistency. Its service, however, is substandard even for a restaurant aiming for casual dining. It is worth the visit, especially early on in the evening for the first-round seating to avoid extended waiting time.

    A meal for two with one cocktail amounts to HK$1,000.

    Kytaly, 5/F, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2808 1961

    Author: WILSON FOK
    Source: http://hk.asiatatler.com/
    Link: https://hk.asiatatler.com/dining/review-kytaly-hong-kong

  • Christmas 2018: Your Eat & Drink Gift Guide

    Looking for gifts for the foodie in your life?

    Let us give you some gift inspiration! You can never start your Christmas shopping too early, so to get into the spirit of the season we’ve rounded up just a few of our favourite gift ideas for the dining enthusiast, beer connoisseur, or perpetually-hungry partner in your life. Whether they’re an experimental cook, a tea-fiend or just have an incredible sweet tooth, we’ve got a present for everyone.

    Read more: Rooftop and Outdoor Bars: The Best Places to Drink and Dine with a View

    Author: Sakina
    Source: Sakina
    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/eat-drink-food-gift-guide/

  • What’s New in the 852: New Shake Shack Location, Vietnamese at Grassroots Pantry and more

    Looking for promos, deals and brand new meals? We’ve done the legwork and rounded up everything to eat this month.

    It can be a tricky task keeping up with our ever-changing culinary landscape, but we want to keep you up to date on all the new restaurants, lunch and brunch menus and pop-ups in Hong Kong. Mark your diaries, because this week has some amazing new offers you won’t want to miss. To help you find what you’re looking for, click on the handy sections below to take you straight there:

    New Restaurants
    New Locations
    Special Menus and Offers
    Lunch and Brunch Specials

    Read more: HOT NEW TABLES November 2018: New Restaurants in Hong Kong

    New Restaurants

    MOKSA slow beauty concept nail salon juice bar

    MOKSA

    This exciting new ‘slow beauty’ concept is not just going to be your new go-to nail salon, but also your new fave juice bar! Inspired by travel, MOKSA promises to be sustainable and ethical, featuring a Natural Nail Salon with organic, vegan, toxin-free nail polishes, and a Detox Juice Bar with fresh and healthy juices. Choose from refreshers ($45), slow-pressed juices ($50), and teas ($45) – flu season has us eyeing the Immunity Boost(s).

    MOKSA, 1F 30 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.moksa-slowbeauty.com

    New Locations

    Feather & Bone

    Following the launch of its Sai Ying Pun branch, Feather & Bone has a brand new location in Mid-Levels slated to open this month. Located by the top of the Mid-Levels escalators, its new venue boasts a two-storey restaurant and rooftop terrace, as well as a retail space to pick up all your favourites. Keep this on your radar – we’ve heard there’s a whole new menu of raw dishes, small and large plates, and a nice selection of burgers in store (and in-store!).

    Feather & Bone, Shop 1, G/F & 1/F, 38 Shelley Street, Mid-Levels, www.featherandbone.com.hk
    cotemporary asian mic kitchen new location

    MIC Kitchen

    MIC Kitchen has moved and its new location deserves some love. Head to Central for the same innovative dishes and futuristic food. Created by “The Demon Chef” Alvin Leung (you might recognise him as a judge off MasterChef Canada!), this contemporary Asian restaurant has retained its Michelin Star this year – guaranteeing you a high-quality dining experience!

    MIC Kitchen, Stanley 11 (26/F), 11 Stanley Street, Central, www.mickitchen.com.hk

    Peking Garden

    One-star Michelin restaurant Peking Garden has revamped its Tsim Sha Tsui location in Star House, with a complete overhaul of its interiors, a harbour-view, and five differently themed private rooms for guests to choose from. Alongside featuring the same signature dishes, it will also be presenting new dishes inspired by Chinese imperial cuisine. If you’ve never tried its signature Peking duck – this is your chance!

    Peking Garden, Star House (3/F), 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, www.maximschinese.com.hk/brand/3/en

    SaladStop!

    SaladStop! is quick, easily customisable, and affordable! In addition to its locations in Pacific Place and Taikoo, you can now pick up its signature salads and seasonal wraps in Central. The salad bar’s dedication to sustainability and nutrition is inspiring – reports and breakdowns are readily available on its site, making it a guilt-free, healthy lunch you can really appreciate.

    SaladStop!, Two Exchange Square (3/F – Shop 311-12), 8 Connaught Place, Central, www.saladstop.com.hk

    new shake shack location pacific place

    Shake Shack

    Shake Shack is making its second foray into Hong Kong with a new location in Pacific Place. If the long lines at its Central debut have been putting you off – this is your chance to try the iconic “roadside burger” chain. Sink your teeth into its famous burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes. Grabbing a takeaway? Don’t forget to pick up a treat for your furry friend and order a Bag O-Bones ($50) for your pooch to enjoy, too!

    Shake Shack, Pacific Place (1/F – 105A), 88 Queensway, Admiralty, www.shakeshack.com.hk

    Tian Tian Plus

    If getting to Hong Kong Island for Singaporean food is a trek, don’t fret! Tian Tian Plus has opened a second location in West Kowloon. The multi-concept restaurant brought Bib Gourmand Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice from Maxwell Road Hawker Centre and A Noodle Story from Amoy Street Food Centre to Hong Kong earlier this year. This is your chance to eat authentic Lion City street food – what are you waiting for?

    Tian Tian Plus, Elements (1/F – Shop 1050A),  1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, www.facebook.com/TIANTIANHK

    Special Menus and Offers

    Beef & Liberty

    Celebrate Movember at Beef & Liberty with “The Impossible Chorizo” ($148)Made with Impossible™ meat from plants, this burger is spiced with chorizo flavour and topped with guacamole, vegan cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, and vegan sour cream. Make it 100% vegan and change the bun to a vegan one. For every sale of The Impossible Chiorizo”, $5 will be donated to the Movember Foundation to support men’s health and you get a chance to enter the raffle at Beef and Liberty’s End of Mo’ Party!

    Beef & Liberty3/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2450 5778, www.beef-liberty.com/hk

    belle's hot chicken at commissary

    Commissary

    Australian fave Belles Hot Chicken is visiting Hong Kong! Celebrated chef Morgan McGlone is bringing his Australian based and internationally celebrated shop to Hong Kong. From Friday, November 23 onwards, Commissary will be transformed into a Belles Hot Chicken pop-up, promising you hot chicken and natural wine. Head to Pacific place for baskets of crunchy chicken wings, spicy chicken sandwiches, waffles and wings, sides, sauces, and more! You can make a reservation for Belles Hot Chicken at Commissary (Friday, November 23 – Sunday, November 25) online, in-restaurant or by calling 2602 0707. Feeling a bit lazy? Orders can also be taken on Deliveroo.

    Commissary, Pacific Place (Level 4), Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.commissary.hk

    Grassroots Pantry

    ĂNĂN Saigon’s Chef Peter Cuong Franklin is collaborating with Grassroots Pantry’s Chef Peggy Chan to present a seven-course ‘Vegetarian Vietnamese Tasting Menu’ ($780 +3%)Inspired by traditional Buddhist temple cuisine, the plant-based menu will feature both favourites and new creations, including the Crispy Silken Tofu with togarashi chilli, lemongrass and sesame soy. If you’re worried about missing meat, why not try some VFC – Vietnamese Fried “Chicken”!

    Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.grassrootspantry.com

    Maison ES

    The weather’s changing, and flu season is sneaking up on us! Taking inspiration from traditional Chinese medicine, Maison ES’s new seasonal menu makes use of healing ingredients such as goji berries, turmeric, Japanese yam, Sichuan peppercorns and star anise. Choose from delectable dishes such as the braised Japanese sea cucumber and red shrimp served with glass noodle egg custard ($480) or poached French chicken thigh with conpoy, goji berries, sugar snap pea, Inaniwa udon and vin jaune chicken jus ($360).

    Maison ES, No. 1A Star Street (entrance on Electric Street), Wan Chai, www.maison-es.com

    mott32 seasonal menu fried sliced lamb, okra, fungus

    Mott32

    Autumn is upon us and so are the seasonal menus. Mott 32 has prepared a special Autumn and Winter menu, featuring its signature contemporary take on classic Chinese cuisine. With nearly 40 years of Chinese culinary experience, Chef Lee Man Sing makes use of fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced both locally and from overseas, utilising traditional cooking techniques with a modern flair! ‘Renovated’ traditional dishes include the Hairy Crab Shanghainese Soup Dumpling and Stir Fried Beed Shank with Pickled Young Ginger and Crispy Chinese Dough. Make sure to pre-order the signature Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork with Yellow Mountain Honey and Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck!

    Mott32, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road, Central www.mott32.com

    208 Duecento Otto

    Hong Kong seems to have never-ending options for White Truffle Season. 208 Duecento Otto is celebrating with new seasonal specials and shavings for old favourites, with a menu featuring inviting eats and desserts. Dishes include a beef tartare with parmesan cheese mousse and porcini crumble ($308), a fettuccine pasta with smoked scamorza fondue ($278), and a sheep milk ricotta ice-cream ($108) – all with white truffle shavings,of course!

    208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, www.208.com.hk

    Lunch and Brunch Specials

    Hunter & The Chase

    Make the most of the weather (it’s not too cold just yet!) and enjoy a semi-buffet lunch (starting from $188) on The Chase’s terrace, including a smoked salmon and cheese board. We’re particularly keen to try the Fried Fish Tacos with avocado aioli and house-made pickles. If you’re looking for something more refined, Hunter’s two-course set (starting at $168) makes for a great business lunch option. Add a portion of its Cheddar Crust Apple Pie (for an additional $30), made with tart apples, savoury cheddar and whiskey caramel – it’s served with vanilla ice cream! If you don’t want to squeeze in a decadent meal over lunch, soak in the rooftop vibe over dinner and cocktails instead!

    Hunter & The Chase, The L Place – 3/F (The Chase) and 4/F (Hunter), 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central, www.hunterandthechase.com

    ICHU PERU ceviche classico

    ICHU Peru

    ICHU Peru is now open for lunch. Its two-course set ($330)features eats such as the Tacutacu Chupe medley of traditional Peruvian favourites with tiger prawns and black beans or the Lomo Saltado (Beef Ribeye) which you can add on for an additional $40. Opt for a three-course option ($380) and select from desserts – we have our eye on the Tres Leches!

    ICHU Peru, H Queen (3/F), 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, www.ichu.com.hk

    Featured Image courtesy of Hunter & The Chase via Instagram, Image #1 courtesy of MOKSA via Facebook, Image #2 courtesy of MIC Kitchen via Instagram, Image #3 courtesy of Shake Shack via Instagram, Image #4 courtesy of JIA GroupImage #5 courtesy of Maximal Concepts, Image #6 courtesy of CatchOn

     

    Author: Sakina

    History graduate, poetry person, and always six steps behind because she saw the most beautiful sight that was demanding to be photographed. You’ll find her in the middle of a street staring up (at Hong Kong’s stunning residential buildings), at a Genki (preferably one with a sushi train), or just wandering behind any street cat (for both pics and petting)!

    Source: Sassy Hong Kong (What’s On Category)

    Linkhttps://www.sassyhongkong.com/eat-drink-new-deals-offers-shake-shack-location/

  • Your Guide to Wet Market Shopping in Hong Kong

    Not sure where to start when shopping at your local wet market? Here’s where to go, what to buy and what to expect.

    If you share our enthusiasm for fresh, locally-sourced, ingredients, this wet market guide is written just for you. A unique and much-loved addition to the Hong Kong food scene, we’re covering what’s on offer, and where to find the freshest produce, along with a couple of tips and best-kept secrets in this foodie guide to wet market shopping in Hong Kong.

    Quick tip: A catty is 600g and a tael is 1/16th of a catty.
    Catty () is pronounced gan1 in Cantonese, and tael () is pronounced leung2

    Jump to:
    Pork
    Chicken and Eggs
    Beef
    Seafood
    Produce
    Our Favourite Wet Markets
    Final Tips

    Pork

    Buying pork can be a little tricky. Hong Kong’s butchers carve their hogs quite differently from British or American butchers, and names of cuts here aren’t the same as those on the mainland. Here are a few of our favourite cuts available in wet markets in Hong Kong.

    wet market pork

    The First Cut (第一刀): This is the first cut taken from a pig at the butcher’s. Located between the head and the shoulder, this small cut of meat is very popular and sells out pretty quickly. It’s beautifully marbled and tender, great for cutting into small chunks for stir fries and steaming. Usually priced around $50 to $60 per catty.

    Five flower belly (五花腩): One word – bacon. Good cuts of five flower bellies have five alternating layers of meat and fat, ensuring that your slow-roasted pork bellies stay juicy and well-basted in its own fat. We absolutely adore this cut for making our own bacon, porchetta, or siu yuk.

    Mui tau pork chop (梅頭豬排): Fattier and more marbled than your average rib chop, the mui tau pork chop stays juicy and tender even when thinly sliced. This cut is a closer to the shoulder than the rib chop, which is a little further down the loin. As lovely as double-cut pork chops are for weekend brunches, quick-cooking thin slices are best for weeknight dinners when you just want to get food on the table as quickly as possible.

    Sassy tip: Try talking to your butcher as they can give great recommendations. Wet market butchers are also known to save the best cuts for regulars, so it might be better to stick with one butcher if you’ve found a good one.

    wet market eggs

    Chicken and Eggs

    Chilled and frozen chickens can be easily found everywhere in Hong Kong, but the true foodie knows that nothing can beat fresh birds in terms of flavour and texture. We’ve done our research and have compiled a list of our poultry picks commonly available at wet markets for various methods of cooking.

    Ka Mei chicken (嘉美雞):Smooth, silky, tender meat, low in fat, high in collagen. Developed by the University of Hong Kong and the Kadoorie Agricultural Research Institute, and reared in Hong Kong without hormones, antibiotics, or harmful chemicals. Best for low-temperature cooking, eg. steaming, poaching, sous vide to maintain its silky tenderness.

    Lung Kong chicken (龍崗雞): Generally larger than other breeds. High in fat, great for high-temperature cooking, eg. Roasting or deep-frying, as the fats keep the meat moist.

    Ching Yuen chicken (清遠雞): Smooth, silky, tender meat. Robust and flavourful. Best for steaming and poaching or using in dishes where you’d want the chicken itself to shine.

    Silkie chicken (烏雞): Black-skinned, sweet, flavourful. Believed to have medicinal properties. Often used in Chinese broths, best for making stock and soups.

    Where to find fresh chicken:

    Sometimes you just really want chicken that tastes like, well, chicken. With an increasing number of stalls selling live chickens after the Avian flu ban, here’s where we go for some of the freshest birds in town:

    Kowloon City Market102 Nga Tsin Wai Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Lok Fu MarketWang Tau Hom South Road, Wang Tau Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    (The market’s official website lists 198 Junction Road as its address but you’ll end up at least 7 minutes away from the actual market if you follow their directions.)

    Fa Yuen Street Market123A Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Nelson Street Wet Market, 5 Nelson Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Wan Chai Market258 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

    Chun Yeung Street Market91-103 Chun Yeung Street, North Point, Hong Kong

    Some usual phrases to keep in mind:
    Free-range chicken: 走地雞
    Locally-farmed chicken: 本地雞
    Organic chicken: 有機雞
    Chicken livers: 雞潤
    Chicken gizzards: 雞腎
    Chicken fat: 雞油
    Hen: 雞乸
    Rooster: 雞公
    No head: 走頭
    No neck: 走頸
    No butt: 走屁股

    Eggs:

    We’ve fallen in love with Hubei eggs (湖北蛋), which are free-range, intensely eggy and contain a deep amber yolk. These eggs can be pretty big in size, but smaller ones are generally more nutritious as they’re sourced from younger hens.

    Beef

    Beef isn’t as popular as pork or even chicken at wet markets, but if you’re looking for fresh, flavourful meat, you’ll still find a good selection of cuts. Again, cuts are quite different from Western ones, but if you’re looking for mince (牛肉碎) or brisket (牛腩), wet markets are still a great place to go.

    wet market seafood

    Seafood

    When to buy:

    Seafood is usually cheaper and more abundant right after China’s fishing ban, a three-month ban on trawling to conserve local fish supplies and to protect the ecosystem. The ban usually begins in May and ends in mid-August, so summer months aren’t typically the best time to buy seafood.

    How to buy:

    Fish: Look for bright red gills, plump, clear eyes and shiny, glossy scales. Don’t be intimidated by the fishiness – really inspect the fish with your fingers as most wet market fishmongers don’t mind as long as you’re careful.

    Shrimp and prawns: The freshest shrimps and prawns are definitely the ones that are still alive and swimming. If those aren’t available, find ones that are glossy and firm to the touch with heads that are not dark or dangling off the body.

    Crabs: Choose ones that are still alive and kicking (literally!), as dead crabs tend to be mushy. Go for the ones that are bound by wet straw instead of other types of string as straw doesn’t soak up as much water and won’t add to the weight from which the price is calculated.

    wet market fresh produce

    Produce

    By choosing local and seasonal fruit and vegetables over imports, you’re being easier on your wallet, while also cutting down on your carbon footprint. Check out our list of local specialties, organised according to the seasons:

    Spring:

    Sugar snap peas (蜜糖豆): Sweet and crunchy pods best served barely cooked to preserve their bite. Great raw with dips or stir-fried.

    Snow peas (荷蘭豆): Much flatter than sugar snap peas but still good raw or stir-fried.

    Carrots (紅蘿蔔): Not exactly a speciality and available all year round (though still at their peak in spring), we had to include carrots in our list because it’s important to go for the muddy, fat variety. They’re much sweeter and more intensely flavoured than the clean, skinny ones.

    Summer:

    Morning glory (通菜): Often found stir-fried in Thai cuisine, the morning glory (aka water spinach) holds sauces really well with its hollow stems and paper-thin leaves. These must be used as soon as possible as morning glory wilts easily once picked, and are absolutely delicious stir-fried over high heat with garlic, chilies, and fish sauce.

    Melons are at their very best during the sweltering months of summer. Aside from the regular cucumbers and watermelons, here are a couple of local favourites:

    Jade melon (翠玉瓜): The zucchini’s Chinese cousin. Jade melon’s are pretty similar to the zucchini in flavour and texture, but a bit denser, sweeter and not as watery. Thera are also very cheap when in season and lovely grilled, stir-fried, or made into zucchini (or jade melon?) noodles.

    Winter melon (冬瓜): Despite the name, winter melons are at their peak in late summer. Considered a cooling food in TCM, winter melons are great for beating the summer heat. Peel it, dice it up and use it in broths for a cooling remedy.

    wet market bitter melon

    Bitter melon (苦瓜): It’s an acquired taste, but this incredibly healthy melon does wonders for your gut. It’s also a staple of Okinawan cuisine, where it’s found in Chanpurū, a stir-fry of tofu, eggs, bean sprouts, pork, and of course, bitter melon.

    Autumn:

    Sweet potatoes (蕃薯): Wet markets are the best place to stock up on this super healthy, fibre-rich spud. Most stalls stock at least three different varieties of them, in all sorts of hues. Rich ambers, pastel yellows, striking violets – you name it, you’ll find it.

    Pumpkin (南瓜): Chinese pumpkins are flatter than the orange variety you’re probably used to. They also have a dark-green skin, but aren’t that different in flavour or texture.

    Winter:

    Choi sum (菜心): This quintessential Chinese vegetable needs no introduction. We love both the adorable baby choi sum shoots (菜心苗) for their tenderness and the regular-sized variety for their sweetness.

    Gai lan (芥蘭): Also known as Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale, gai lan is slightly bitter with crunchy stems and are a great substitute for broccolini or broccoli rabe.

    Pea shoots (豆苗): One of our favourite vegetables of all time, Chinese pea shoots are tiny bundles of mini leaves which leave an interestingly meaty aftertaste. Simply stir fry them with garlic or use the really tiny ones in place of microgreens.

    Napa cabbage (黃芽白): The napa cabbage is at its peak during Chinese New Year, when it is so abundant that wet markets can sell one for as little as $5. Make your own kimchi with it or just use it in stir-fries. Also delicious blanched and served on its own.

    Sassy tips:

    • Ask for a few stalks of scallions or a small handful of small red chillies if you’re buying vegetables already. Greengrocers are usually happy to include some with your purchase for free.
    • Interestingly, broccoli and round-headed cabbages tend to be cheaper in supermarkets.

    Some of Our Favourite Wet Markets

    Kowloon City Market

    Kowloon City Market is Hong Kong’s biggest wet market, but it’s also one of the city’s most expensive ones as it mainly caters to the affluent residents of Yau Yat Chuen and Kowloon Tong. Despite the prices, groceries are of great quality, and you’ll also find a good range of fresh herbs and lettuce varieties for salads. Also check out the Thai grocery stores on South Wall Road for southeast Asian ingredients like tamarind and fresh pandan leaves.

    Kowloon City Market, 102 Nga Tsin Wai Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    South Wall Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Wan Chai Market

    A short walk from Wan Chai MTR station, Wan Chai Market consists of a building at 258 Queen’s Road East and a vast sprawl of stalls on the neighbouring streets. We usually skip the building and head straight to the streets as we love the bustling vibe and huge selection at very reasonable prices.

    Wan Chai Market, 258 Queen’s Road East and along Stone Nullah Lane, Tai Wo Street, Triangle Street, and Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

    Tai Po Wet Market

    A massive complex that serves Tai Po Hui and multiple nearby villages, this market houses our favourite frozen food grocer Leung Kau Kee. Ever crowded and chaotic, Leung Kau Kee boasts one of the city’s best selection of frozen U.S. steaks, French poussins, lamb racks and more, all at incredibly low prices. We’ve seen some of their items for sale at regular supermarkets for double or even triple the price, so you know you’re getting a good deal. You must also get their John and Jill’s New York cheesecakes, which are rich, cheesy, and pre-sliced into small portions.

    Tai Po Wet Market, Heung Sze Wui Street, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Final Tips

    • Always visit the most popular stores as high turnover rates guarantee fresher groceries. Crowds are also a fair indicator of quality.
    • If you’re concerned about the language barrier, rest assured that most grocers have at least a basic command of English.

     

    Featured image courtesy of Natalie Ng via Unsplash. Image #1 courtesy of papa.wong via Instagram, image #2 courtesy of Caroline Attwood via Unsplash, image #3 courtesy of simmo_simmo via Instagram, image  #4 courtesy of Annie Spratt via Unsplash, image #5 courtesy of Alexandra Tianu via Pixabay,

     

    Author: Rachel Au

    Slightly too obsessed with food for her own good, Rachel spends most of her time experimenting with new recipes and trying not to burn her kitchen down. When she’s not risking her friends’ lives by feeding them her dubious creations, she can be found paddling with her dragon boat team or exploring new biking trails in the city.

    Source: Sassy Hong Kong (Now On Category)

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/whats-on-hk-wet-market-guide-food-shopping-fresh-produce/

  • Secret Spooky Spots in Hong Kong

    Looking for a good scare this Halloween? Here are the spookiest spots in Hong Kong

    Have you ever craved for a more “authentic” haunted experience? Whether you’re looking for an alternative to Lan Kwai Fong during Halloween or you’re a full-time thrill seeker, visit one of these haunted places in Hong Kong for a good fright. If you buy into the idea of things and places being haunted, these spots are worth checking out. Read on if you dare….

    Granville 31 - Tsim Sha Tsui

    Granville 31 – Tsim Sha Tsui

    Who would’ve thought one of Hong Kong’s most haunted places would be located in one of the busiest shopping streets? An abandoned apartment on this street was scene to a gruesome crime. Deceptively named the Hello Kitty murder, the head of a 23-year-old woman was found in 1999 stuffed inside a Hello Kitty doll. Whilst it’s now filled with watch sellers and cheap (but arguably really good) Indian food, at least there’s a story to tell!

    31 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Waterfall Bay Park – Cyberport

    If you thought you were safe in the waters, think again – legend has it that there are “shui gui” (water ghosts) who haunt the waterfall at Cyberport. This park used to be the resting grounds for pirates during the Qing dynasty, but one day they supposedly went on a killing spree and killed all the villagers there. Since then, the waterfall has been used as a mass grave, where unclaimed bodies are thrown into the water. There have been reports of children drowning there, as the shui gui need a replacement once every year. There’s even been a ghost sighting of a woman with long black hair without a face.

    8 Waterfall Bay Road, Waterfall Bay, Hong Kong

    Nam Koo Terrace - Wan Chai

    Nam Koo Terrace – Wan Chai

    Hong Kong may be a commercial concrete jungle, but there are bits of history preserved here and there. Those who live in Wan Chai have probably walked past Nam Koo Terrace hundreds of times, but you may have missed that behind those four walls lie a spooky past. In World War II, the historical house was used as a military brothel for Japanese soldiers, where they abused and tortured local women. Since then, there have been rumours of headless ghosts roaming around the house and spewing green smoke late at night. A teenage girl was even hospitalised after this ghost sighting.

    55 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

    High Street Haunted House – Sai Ying Pun

    Not all old buildings are “haunted”, but this Sai Ying Pun Community Complex definitely gives off a dark and eery vibe. Originally built in 1892 as quarters for European nurses, the building was seized by Japanese soldiers during World War II and used as an execution ground before being converted into an asylum after the war. Since then, the building has gone through two fires – no wonder people claim to have spotted a devilish figure dressed in traditional Chinese clothing bursting into flames! Other than fire ghosts, rumour has it that headless ghosts run down the corridors late at night.

    2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

    Murray House - Stanley

    Murray House – Stanley

    Stanley may seem like a cool place to chill and hang out, but one of the buildings there has a haunted past. Murray House is beautiful on the outside, but the building was once used as an execution ground by Japanese soldiers in World War II, where they executed over 4,000 local people. Although the building has gone through two exorcisms to free the lost souls inside, there have been recent reported sightings of a headless ghost roaming the bathrooms and typing sounds heard in the dead of night.

    96 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, Hong Kong

    Bride’s Pool – New Territories

    Hiking Plover Clove Reservoir may be fun and definitely offers picturesque views, but beware when reaching Bride’s Pool. Legend has it that four sedan-chair bearers were carrying a bride-to-be to her wedding, when one accidentally slipped, causing the sedan to tumble, and the bride-to-be to fall to her death into Bride’s Pool. To this day, people report seeing her ghost still haunting the pool, perhaps mourning for her wedding that never was, in eternal search of her groom-that-could’ve-been.

    Bride’s Pool, Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong

    So Lo Pun - New Territories

    So Lo Pun – New Territories

    This abandoned rural village is infamous for being one of Hong Kong’s most haunted places. It is rumoured that compasses frequently stopped working in this area, hence the name So Lo Pun, which literally translates into “locked compass”. There have been various speculations about why the village was abandoned. Some claim all the villagers went missing one night; some blame the Japanese for massacring them, whilst others say an epidemic killed them. The truth may never be known, but one thing’s for sure- this site could give anyone the creeps!

    So Lo Pun Village, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Dragon Lodge – The Peak

    Located on The Peak, this abandoned mansion has been subject to many haunted speculations. Neighbours complain about strange sounds coming from this mansion and one of its previous owners claimed to have spotted the ghost of a child wearing a white nightgown! The rumoured history of this mansion is egregious and adds to its unsettling atmosphere; as during the Japanese occupation, seven Catholic nuns were executed on the front lawn.

    32 Lugard Road, The Peak, Hong Kong

    White House Compound

    The White House Compound, also called the Mount Davis Concentration Camp, was a brutal detention centre for underground communists, spies, and political dissidents. Prisoners detained here were interrogated, tortured, and at times murdered. Rumours have it that screams can be heard coming from this ancient colonial building at night and headless figures can be seen wandering around.

    Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Aurora K. and was published on 19 October 2015, and was updated by Cristiana Wu on 19 September, 2018.

    Featured Image by shankar s. via Flickr, Image 1 via Wikimedia Commons, Image 2 via Wikimedia Commons, Image 3 via Wikimedia Commons, Image 4 by 攝影 札記 via Flickr

  • Where to Buy Your Christmas Tree in Hong Kong

    Wondering where to buy a Christmas tree in Hong Kong? Take your pick from these stores, whether it’s a real or fake fir you’re looking for… 

    You are totally forgiven for not thinking it’s creeping towards ‘that’ time of year again. We skipped into the office today in a summer dress and sunglasses! But it’s really happening; Christmas IS coming and we all know what that means: presents, champagne, parties and Christmas trees! A Christmas tree is guaranteed to make your home or office feel more Christmassy and quite frankly, the festive season doesn’t officially begin until you hang your first bauble.

    It is a known fact that your surroundings can directly affect your mood so why not spruce(pun-intended) up your homes and office with some Christmas spirit? We’ve rounded up the best places for you to buy your Christmas trees here in Hong Kong. Happy tinsel-ling…

    Read more:How to Plan a Classy Christmas Affair

    Real Trees:

     

    Chun Hing Garden
    Chun Hing Garden is a family-run business with over 20 years experience. Tree-wise, they specialise in sourcing Noble Firs and Douglas Firs (all imported from US Top-Tier Plantations) and have a range of different styles within that variety. They are an environmentally-conscious company and all of the Christmas trees they collect are recycled, so you can celebrate this Christmas in an eco-friendly way! They also do seasonal decorations like poinsettias and wreaths as well as your basic plants and pots. Home delivery can also be arranged.

    Chun Hing Garden, Yuen Long, Kam Tin, Shui Tau Tsuen, New Territories Hong Kong, 2572 6430, www.chunhinggarden.comch@ChunHingGarden.com

     

    van der Bloom
    With some of the freshest you can get in Hong Kong, van der Bloom where luxurious artistry meets a breath of nature. The boutique florist offers Nobel Firs between three and six feet tall ($990 – $2080) with an early bird offer if you order before early November (Specific dates and arrangement will be available online in 2 weeks from 12 Oct). If you’re looking for something dainty to put on your desk, mini Christmas trees are also available online. Want it shipped? Shipping fees vary from $200 to $400 depending on area. Order online via Van Der Bloom.

    van der Bloom,G/F, 61 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.vanderbloom.com.hk,www.facebook.com/vanderBloomhk,www.instagram.com/vanderBloomhk/, $990 for 3′-4′ Nobel Fir,$1550 for 4′-5′ Nobel Fir, $1850 for 5′-6′ Nobel Fir, $2080 for 6′-7′ Nobel Fir

     

    Anglo Chinese Florist
    With sixty years’ experience, Anglo Chinese Florists have become one of the most trusted and reliable plant and Christmas tree suppliers in Hong Kong. Prices range from $930 to $3,170, and they also offer delivery AND removal of your tree. So order before 31 Oct for an early bird discount and get 12% off! From Christmas lights to red poinsettias, you will find very reasonably priced Christmas decorations from their catalogue.

    Anglo Chinese Florist, 13 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2921 2986

    Anglo Chinese Florist, Shop G7, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2918 1698,www.anglochinese.com, $1,370  for 5-6′Noble Fir and $1,070 for 5-6′Douglas Fir  

     

    Xmastreeonline.hk
    Want to save time and avoid carrying a tree on your back up the HK hills? Order online from xmastreeonline.hk and get your tree delivered straight to your door; they also offer a removal service. All its trees are sourced from one of the most environmentally responsible farms in the US guaranteeing you quality and authenticity.

    www.xmastreeonline.hkinfo@xmastreeonline.hk; $1,088 for 5-6′ Douglas Fir, $1,388 for 7-8′ Douglas Fir; $288 for 22-inch Mixed Wreath

     

    Sophie’s Christmas Trees
    With over 20 years of experience in the field, Sophie’s guarantee that you and your family will have the best Christmas tree from Oregon in the United States. Its well-trained staff are sent abroad every year to ensure the trees that are transported are in top-notch condition. They have wreaths, poinsettias and three different types of Christmas trees available, so it won’t take you long before you have everything you need to get your house ready for the festivities!

    www.sophieshk.com, 42E, Ha Pun Shan, Ma On Shan Road, Ma On Shan, New Territories, Hong Kong  

     

    Ellermann Flower Boutique
    Ok, so you might not immediately think of the sophisticated Ellermann when you’re on the hunt for a big, bushy tree, but don’t forget to check them out for simply stunning wreaths and festive floral arrangements. They’re one of our favourite florists in Hong Kong and are the creme de la creme of flowers here so if you’re looking for the highest quality, then treat yourself to their lush Christmas offerings. Mini trees desks, anyone?

    Ellermann Flower Boutique, Shop 109, Level One, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong, www.ellermanndesign.com

     

    Ikea
    Good old Ikea hey, love it or hate it, you can rely on it to provide you with plenty of Christmas cheer (and if that’s not what you are looking for just head straight to the pick ‘n’ mix candy at the end!). Choose from either a 4’-5’ or 6’-7’ real Scandinavian Fir (which are grown in sustainable eco-environments), all at well under $1,000. They also offer some artificial trees in-store from $199.9

    Various locations,see the full list of storeshere,www.ikea.com/hk/en

     

    Brighten Floriculture 
    Brighten Floriculture is the shop to visit whenever you’re in the Flower Market! At Christmas time, it’s especially festive.If you live in an apartment, then one of the small potted Christmas trees is just what you need! It doesn’t take up a lot of space, but you can still decorate the branches with fairy lights and baubles. The poinsettias are also breathtaking and come in a range of sizes. Pick out a few Christmas gnomes to take home with you – they make for very adorable decorations!

    www.brighten.hk, 18 Flower Market Road, Mongkok, Hong Kong

     

    The Flower Market
    Spend hours walking around Christmas trees (real and artificial), festive decorations, holiday plants, and more. Prices are more reasonable than some places on the island, and it’s a day out in itself!

    Flower Market,Flower Market Road, Mongkok, Hong Kong, Open 7 -7pm daily

    Read more:Sassy’s Guide to the Flower Market

     

    Artificial Trees:

     

    Maven HK
    Maven HK offers a fully decorated Christmas tree delivered to your doorstep. This year, spend your time enjoying Christmas while waiting for our 6’ fully decorated Christmas tree for $6,000 with delivery, all you need is a call and your Christmas spirit!

    Maven, G/F, 37 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 6388 4398, www.mavenhk.com, fully decorated 6ft trees cost $6000, delivery included.

     

    DaSilva’s Creations
    Achieve the “wow” factor simply and easily, with DaSilva’s Creations Christmas trees and wreaths! With five themes available, ranging from traditional to contemporary, all of the trees come complete and beautifully decorated with ornaments, textured ribbons, bead garlands, crystals, a star topper and warm, white LED lights.

    DaSilva’s Creations, 11/F, Block A, Unit A-3 Mai Hing Industrial Building, 16-18 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2520 6333, www.dasilvacreations.com; 6ft tree prices range from $4,280 to $5,480; 24-inch wreaths cost $1,200; 18-inch mini trees cost $388. All prices include cost of delivery; additional costs for delivery to New Territories and outlying islands.

     

    Japan Home Centre

    A great choice if you are looking for artificial trees to avoid any mess and hassle (and that you can re-use every year). Prices are super low and decorations are plentiful.

    Japan Home Centre, various locations, see the full list of

    stores herewww.japanhome.com.hk

     

    Royal Christmas

    With several different collections on offer, Royal Christmas takes a business-to-business approach and sells to businesses only. So, if your office is in desperate need of Christmas spirit, get in contact!

    Royal Christmas, 10/F Houston Industrial Building, Flat D, 32-40 Wang Lung Street, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2611 7399, www.royalchristmas.com.hk

     

    P&F Garden

    Selling Christmas trees and poinsettias, plus all sorts of other festive plants and flowers, this local nursery has many years’ experience in the gardening game.

    P&F Garden,G/F, Block I & J, Scenic Villa, 18-20 Scenic Villa Drive, Pok Fu Lam, HK, 2812 0948, www.pnfgarden.iyp.hk

    Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Sarah Richard in November 2016, and was updated by Debbie Ng in September 2018.

    Featured images sourced via Pinterest, credited to Zanita, Featured image by @themerrythought via Instagram, image #1 courtesy of DaSilvia’s Creations, image #2 courtesy of Chun Hing Garden, image #3 by @misspickering via Instagram, image #4 courtesy of van der Bloom via Instagram.

     

    Author: Team Sassy

    Sassy Hong Kong is the go-to guide for girls in the city that truly never sleeps. From al fresco bars and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, to secret shopping spots and special events, we pound the pavements in search of all the best Hong Kong has to offer. We support a strong community of Sassy Girls looking to make the most out of life in the buzzing metropolis we call home!

    Source: Sassy Hong Kong (Now On Category)

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/christmas-tree-hong-kong-living/

  • Top Online Grocery Delivery Sites in Hong Kong

    Skip your trips to the grocery store with these online grocers, delivering goods to your door at the click of a mouse!

    The Hong Kong lifestyle means little time to spend doing groceries, and besides, carrying your body weight in shopping bags up hilly Hong Kong isn’t much fun. Do your shopping online instead and check out our favourite online grocery delivery sites. No matter what you’re after, there’s something for everyone here.

    Jump to:

    Groceries & More
    Health & Organic
    Fruits & Vegetables
    Meat & Seafood
    Supermarkets

    jettfoods online food delivery

    Jett Foods

    Jett Foods offers top quality meat and seafood products that have been imported in from various parts of the world, all at highly competitive prices. Along with stocking meat and seafood, the online marketplace also offers superfoods, nuts and other snacks, veggies, wine and condiments, so it can be your one stop shop for everything you need! Same and next day delivery is available to your home or workplace (with no extra charge!), and free delivery is offerdd for all orders of $600 or above. Jett Foods also has its own HACCP designed food factory and cold storage facilities, and offers customisation services such as cutting and portioning steaks to your own personal liking. Make sure to also check out its Sale page for even more savings on the already very competitive prices, and be sure to register and become a member for 10% off your first order!

    Sassy perk: Until 31 August, 2019, Sassy readers can use the code sassy5perk to get an extra 5% off your first purchase as a registered customer at Jett Foods! New customers automatically are offered a 10% discount on their first purchases, so first time buyers will be able to save 15%! Existing customers of Jett Foods, can still use the code and get 5% off their next purchase.

    Jett Foods, 2428 7832 / 2428 7833, cs@jettfoods.comwww.jettfoods.com

    Groceries & More

    The Fresh Supply Company

    What makes this shop special is that it delivers freshly baked gluten-free goods (we’re talking some of the Bad Food Gone Good’s brownies and breads!), as well as organic produce, fruits, veggies, meat and seafood and even subscription crates where you can get weekly deliveries of fruits and vegetables straight to your door.

    Delivery is free if you spend $398 or more (Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories), otherwise it’s $80. Deliveries are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 6pm and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8am to 12pm, 12pm to 6pm and 6pm to 9pm.

    The Fresh Supply Companywww.thefreshsupplycompany.com

    Jou Sun

    Your one-stop, personal online grocer with same-day delivery, this family-run business is located next to Wan Chai’s wet market and specialty stores. You can shop by aisle or store, with everything from organic, artisanal, local and brand name food items to personal care and household essentials on offer.

    We love that you can choose from organic premium or market fresh daily produce here. There’s also a wide range of organic meats, as well as a ‘Hot Pot Shop’ and a gluten-free aisle, not to mention some of the best sourdough bread in HK from Eric Kayser. The minimum order for free delivery on Hong Kong Island is just $250, with groceries arriving at your door in your chosen hourly window. Order before 12pm for same-day delivery.

    Jou Sunwww.jousun.com

    honestbee

    honestbee allows you to shop from a variety of supermarkets with just several clicks of your mouse, with the likes of fusion, U select, YATA Supermarket, and Taste and others all on offer. It includes specialty stores as well, such as Q-PETS to treat your pups and kittens. Fresh meat and deli are also available from well-known suppliers such as Feather and Bone and My Market. You can also shop for wine, fresh fruits and vegetables, and personalised gifts such as skincare and household products.

    Delivery can usually be arranged for the same day as you ordered, with the minimum spend varying from store to store. If your order is below the minimum, a delivery fee of $70 is automatically applied.

    honestbeewww.honestbee.hk

    Other one-stop grocers to check out:
    British Essentials 
    Ztore

    Health & Organic

    iHerb

    Health foodies in the 852 can stock up on every they need from this Californian distributor. iHerb offers every natural product under the sun – from well-known branded beauty products, groceries and supplements, all at a cheaper price than in stores. And it even shows you exactly how much you save as you go.

    Check out iHerb’s Weekly Deals for 20% off Brands of the Week, as well as its Weekend Deals and Shop Clearance, where you can find premium health products at up to 60% off.

    iHerbwww.hk.iherb.com

    Spicebox Organics

    Spicebox Organics

    This boutique organic food store can supply all of your organic pantry needs! It has 1,000 products on its e-shop and  two physical stores located in Central and Kennedy Town which both have full-service café counters (and you can also order on Deliveroo for foods from the café menus!).

    Spicebox Organics, Mid Levels Market & Café, 137 Caine Road, Shop 1, Golden Valley Mansion, Mid Levels, Hong Kong, 2559 9887

    Kennedy Town Market & Café, 39-45 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2191 0886, www.spiceboxorganics.com

    BIOVEA

    Stock up on high-end health and beauty products from all over the world. BIOVEA sells vitamins and supplements targeted to your individual problems, including joint health and anti-aging. You can also shop for fitness accessories such as yoga mats, and fill up your smoothies with coconut milk powders and smoothie boosters to give that extra oomph pre or post workout. Keep yourself groomed with its extensive beauty products and personal care. BIOVEA also has baby, kids and pet sections, so you can stock up on those items, too.

    Free standard shipping is available for orders over $299, and for orders under $299, delivery is just $30. Orders take from seven to 10 working days for delivery, but can be delivered to all over Hong Kong.

    BIOVEAwww.biovea.com/hk

    Foodcraft

    Foodcraft specialises in creating healthy foods to accommodate dietary restrictions including raw, wheat-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, lactose-free, gluten-free, and keto options. A popular bakery treat includes the organic buckwheat cinnamon roll as well as plenty of snacks from the likes of keto chocolate to chocolate sponge cake. Foodcraft has a large selection of health drinks: kombucha, frozen wheatgrass, Amazake, and a good selection of wines, coffees, and teas. It also has a personal care category, with items available such as natural and organic toothpaste and shampoo for children. The new loyalty and referral program allows you to earn points by shopping and then redeeming coupons for the next time you shop.

    Free delivery is available for orders of $600 or more, or there is an $80 delivery fee. Order before 7am for same day delivery (only on Hong Kong Island), and deliveries to New Territories are only made on Wednesdays and Fridays. Cheung Chau delivery is only on Fridays.

    Foodcraft, Flat A, 21/F, Yiuga Factory Building, No. 62 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2884 1299, www.foodcraft.hk

    iDetox

    The name says it all! For those out there who are looking to turn over a new leaf and cut down on the unhealthy foods, click on i-Detox for everything you need. Even if you don’t want to fully detox but just want some healthy products, you can stock your home with its supplements, latest medicines, and naturopathy.

    Order before 2pm to get next-day delivery; order before 2pm Fridays to get delivery on Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays. Free delivery is available for orders of $600 or more, for orders under $600, the delivery fee is $50.

    iDetox, 1/F, V Plus, 68-70 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 9838 7902, www.i-detox.com

    Organic Plus

    Organic Plus stocks over 1,000 organic foods, including organic oils, grains, pastas, chemical and eco-friendly household products, and supplements. It also has a certified organic foods and snacks for infants and toddlers. If you want to buy in store, Organic Plus has stores all over Hong Kong including locations in North Point, Tsueng Kwan O, Central, Sai Ying Pun, and Yuen Long. Organic Plus also provides specialty products such as gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, non-hydrogenated oils and more.

    Minimum order is $100 with a delivery fee of $50, and free delivery is available for orders over $700. If ordering chilled and frozen foods, there is a $25 extra fee. Organic Plus delivers Monday to Sunday from 8am to 10pm.

    Organic Pluswww.organicplus.com.hk

    The Store

    The Store

    Want healthy, eco-friendly foods delivered in recyclable packaging? The Store provides vitamins, superfoods, personal care items, organic groceries and sports supplements to suit your needs. Find postnatal and prenatal supplements, immune system boosts, superfoods (including tasty snacks such as chocolate bars and protein bars) and even meal replacements.

    The Store is located in Central, but online shopping allows you to get free same day delivery from Monday to Saturday if your order is over $350 and made before 2pm. The Store delivers only to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and some parts of New Territory. To check your location, click here.

    The Store, 2/F, 38 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2967 7787, www.thestore.com.hk

    NutriAlley

    Having a food intolerance in HK can mean shuffling from one store to the next to find all your suitable groceries. Save time online at NutriAlley; a store dedicated to anyone suffering from food intolerances. It offers low allergenic foods that everyone will love, and you can shop by dietary requirement here, with gluten-free, dairy free, egg free and nut free categories, and product prices are often more reasonable than at a supermarket. There’s even an MSG- and colour-free aisle, as well as a kosher and vegan section.

    Spend $500 for free delivery, to arrive within two to three days.

    NutriAlley, 2136 0719, www.nutrialley.com

    Read more:Organic Food in Hong Kong: Health Shops, Online Stores & Local Markets

    One Vegan Shop

    At One Vegan Shop you can stock up on all of your organic needs, and even products for your pooch! Stocking everything from healthy foods, supplements and dairy-free desserts, to organic pet food, a range of vegan skin care and household items, it offers all things vegan, and has free delivery for orders over $300.

    One Vegan Shop, Shop 1, G/F, Transport Plaza, 2-6, Fung Cheung Road, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong, 3620 2212 or 2796 6826 or 9723 1963 (Whatsapp), www.oneveganshop.com

    Veg Hamper

    Toying with the idea of going vegan or vegetarian? Veg Hamper is an online store that specialises in vegan and vegetarian “meats” to help make your journey a little easier, and  also sells eco-friendly tableware.

    A single order worth $800 can be delivered without charge or else a $50 delivery fee applies. You can also choose to pick up in Kowloon.

    Veg Hamperwww.veghamper.com

    fruit and vegetables delivery

    Fruits & Vegetables

    Frutodor

    Frutodor hopes to build a fruit-loving culture in Hong Kong by promoting fruit education. It donates to different charitable organisations and only features the freshest fruits in season. It can deliver fruits weekly to your door. The assorted fruit box comes with at least four different types of fruits which roughly contain 60% of year-round fruits and 40% of seasonal fruits.

    Frutodor, 2761 1100, www.frutodor.com

    Catch Grocery

    An organic online food grocery store that may have a small selection of just 50 types of organic produce every week, Catch Grocery is 100% organic and that’s non-GMO and almost free of chemicals for you! The subscription boxes come in two sizes- small ($588) and large ($888) and you can select what you like inside. Currently there are apples, pears, citruses, tropical fruits, onions, herbs, grasses, sprouts, mushrooms, and root vegetables but items are updated weekly!

    You can get your order delivered, collect it from the warehouse at Kwai Bo Building in Wong Chuk Hang, or pick it up at the flagship store at Fortuna Building in Central.

    Catch Grocery, Kwai Bo Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Floor 18, Factory A, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 9317 7796 or 2567 9339 or 9317 7796, www.catchgrocery.com

    Dragontail Farm Ltd.

    Dragontail Farm dedicates itself to harvesting organic foods for locals from locals. Located in Lantau Island, it sells in-season foods and hopes to expose more people to unique and little known veggies like the angled loofahs, silk gourds, and water spinach, but it also has a lot of the common veggies like tomatoes and cabbage. There is a wide variety of herbs such as mint, oregano, parsley, basil, and rosemary depending on the season. Although it has very few fruits available, bananas, mulberries, and passionfruit are occasionally available.

    It offers same day deliveries to anyone in the Mui Wo area between the hours of 7am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Some parts of Lantau are also eligible for same day delivery. A minimum order of $100 is required for deliveries outside of Mui Wo and all deliveries have a $10 delivery fee and need at least one day’s notice. Dragontail Farm delivers only to Lantau. Contact by email, phone, or Facebook.

    Dragontail Farm Ltd. Luk Tei Tong, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 5422 2844, www.leoying.wixsite.com/dragontail-farm

    Eat FRESH

    Originally created by three mums, Naoko, Annamaria, and Charlotte, Eat FRESH provides organic foods that are all HKORC-certified and undergo annual testing. The produce is farmed in New Territories by organic farmers. Currently, two health coaches help run the organisation and regularly produce articles about health and sustainable healthy living, as well as recipes for dragonfruit vegan gelato, minestrone, homemade sauerkraut, and eggplant parm. There is a subscription plan available as well as a la carte selections.

    Eat FRESH delivers twice a week to Hong Kong Island on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, whereas orders to Kowloon and New Territories get delivered once a week on Wednesdays. It also delivers to iDetox as well as the Eat FRESH factory in Wong Chuk Hang where you can pick it up yourself. Free is available for orders of $360 or more, for delivery to HK Island.

    Eat FRESH, 9786 9053, www.eatfresh.com.hk

    Magic Season Organics

    Magic Season Organics is dedicated to zero waste packaging, and sends all of its organic vegetables with 100% no plastic. You can choose between a small, medium, and large subscription box that provide you with six to 15 varieties of vegetables, and you can choose the vegetables you like, or let the farmers pick their faves each week. Order by replying to Sunday emails.

    Delivery is free for orders that are over $200; if not, the delivery fee costs $40. It delivers five days a week from Tuesday to Saturday.

    Magic Season Organics, 2571 3397, www.magicseasonorganics.com

    Vegetable Marketing Association

    Vegetable Marketing Association is a government-run platform helping local farmers right here in the 852! Ordering vegetables grown locally is the best way to give back to Hong Kong. You can either visit the wholesale vegetable market or choose your order online and wait for it to be delivered. Vegetable Marketing Association changes its selection of vegetables every other season. In winter, the vegetables include flowering Chinese cabbage, pea shoots, radishes, Irish potatoes, and Chinese kale, amongst others. During the warmer months, you can find an assortment of gourd, cucumbers, string beans and eggplant.

    Delivery is free for orders over $180.

    Vegetable Marketing Association, 2387 4164, www.vmo.org

    EcoFarm

    EcoFarm offers weekly vegetable and fruit deliveries. No chemicals are used to cultivate the produce, so it is USDA-, EU-, and JAS-certified and grown at a Jiangxi farm in China. You can order various sized boxes including a build-your-own box, big harvest one-offs, and premium boxes (all prepaid). Weekly links are sent to your email for selection. Some specialty items include kale, avocados, cactus fruit, blueberries, lemon, kiwi, grapefruits, and pineapple, amongst others. You are also able to specially request items. There are new specialty items every season including Japanese pumpkin or heirloom French tomatoes. Oils and honeys are also available.

    Free delivery is available in Hong Kong (includes Tung Chung, Discovery Bay, and Ma Wan), but no delivery is available to other locations on outlying islands.

    Ecoform, 9872 0886 or 5303 0694, www.ecofarm.com.hk

    Green Little Frog

    Delivered weekly, Green Little Frog brings mixed seasonal veggie and fruit bags from farm to table. These fruits and veggies have no chemicals, no heavy metals, no GMO, and are 100% organic! The mixed seasonal veggie and fruit bags each come in the following sizes: large with 10 to 12 varieties costing $800 to $820, and small bags which contain eight to nine varieties and cost $500 to $520. The seasonal tropical fruit bags have five to six types of fruits and are priced at $600 to $620. Foods like organic mangos, bananas, papayas, mangosteen, pomelo, aubergine, rocket, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, and asparagus are available.

    Free delivery to Hong Kong Island and $65 delivery fee to Kowloon and New Territories. There is no delivery to Lantau, Discovery Bay, and Sai Kung.

    Green Little Frog, 9256 7189, www.greenlittlefrog.com

    Meat & Seafood delivery

    Meat & Seafood

    178 Degrees

    178 Degrees takes its sustainable practices and responsible resource management very seriously and, therefore, has a smaller selection than most. But each product has a detailed description to tell you about how and why it’s uniquely sustainable or healthy. It offers manuka honey and a selection of meat and seafoods like the 100% organic grass-fed wagyu beef, freshwater salmon and king salmon caviar.

    Delivery is free for purchases over $500. Otherwise, a fixed fee of $150 applies.

    178 Degreeswww.178degrees.com

    The Fishwives

    The Fishwives is available both in Singapore and Hong Kong and seeks to source sustainable, clean foods. Though the selection is not wide, it ticks all of the boxes when it comes to harvesting clean foods. There are two main sections: Shop Fishmonger and Shop Butchery.

    The Fishwiveswww.hk.thefishwives.com

    Fish Market Organization

    A government-backed organisation that seeks to bring fresh fish to the local Hong Kong community, promote local fisheries, and enforce actions against illegal fish marketing. You can choose between frozen fish, dried seafood, fish fillets, and fresh fish. It offers seasonal fish.

    Fish Market Organizationwww.fmo.org.hk

    Loi Chan Frozen Meat Co.

    Loi Chan Frozen Meat Co. is a local brand that has a selection of beef, lamb, venison, poultry, pork and seafood as well as mass produced delights including nuggets, hamburger patties, and sausages. And vegetarians can browse through the selection of veggie patties and veggies sausages, as well as vegetables and samosas. Loi Chan Frozen Meat Co. also curates a series of gluten-free products, so you can enjoy them exclusively. Organic foods are sourced from the United States.

    Order one day in advance for delivery to Discovery Bay and Tung Chung while two days for Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The minimum delivery to Discovery Bay is $300 with $10 delivery fee. Orders over $1,000 get free delivery. Deliveries to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are at a minimum $1,000 and subject to 5% or 10% charge. Cooler bags are an additional $40.

    Loi Chan Frozen Meat Co., 9095 4543 or 2984 8346, www.loichan.com

    M&C Asia

    This French company launched in HK in 2009 and has been feeding Hong Kongers wild mackerel, wild cod, and Norwegian lobsters amongst many other seafood ever since. There is a caviar selection in addition to fresh fish, and you can choose whether you want farmed or wild fish. Oysters come from parts of France that are known to have spectacular oysters such as Normandy and Brittany. Tins of fish are also available, as is smoked fish. M&C Asia is sometimes affected by seasonality and weather conditions.

    M&C delivers five days a week Monday to Friday. Free delivery for orders above $1,000 to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, whilst orders below are subject to a $100 service charge. $2,000 minimum for free delivery in New Territories, if not pay about $200 for delivery charge. Free delivery in Discovery Bay if you pay more than $1,200 per order. You may also choose to pick up at the warehouse.

    M&C Asia, 17/F, Unit F, Kwong Ga Factory Building, 64 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2563 0001, www.mnc-asia.com

    My Meat Man

    My Meat Man sources all of its beef and lamb from producers who adhere to Australian Meat Standards. There is a full range of products from diced portions to cutlets.

    The minimum order is $800 or an additional $100 will be added to you order. No deliveries to Sai Kung Country Park or South Lantau. Order before 12pm to get next-day delivery.

    My Meat Man, Unit A, 4/F, Yally Industrial Building, No. 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2554 5553, www.mymeatman.com

    Tenderloin Fine Food

    Get your healthy proteins from Tenderloin Fine Food. Servicing Hong Kong with grass-fed meats, organic poultry, sustainably harvest seafoods since 1989, the animals are raised in humane conditions and it has specials monthly.

    The cut off time is 2:45pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday, it is 12pm. There is a delivery charge of $80 with a minimum order of $600. Orders over $800 get free delivery in Hong Kong Island. In Kowloon and New Territories, the minimum is $1,000 with $80 delivery fee. Orders of $1,200 or more get free delivery.

    Tenderloin Fine Food, 2602 Universal Trade Centre, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2877 2733, www.tenderloin.com.hk

    Read more: Your Guide To The Best Butchers In Hong Kong

    Supermarkets

    If you’re just wanting something from your local supermarket but don’t have the time to cruise the aisles, here’s a list of those in the city that deliver:

    City’Super
    Wellcome
    Park n’ Shop
    GREAT Food Hall
    Marketplace by Jasons

    Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Melissa Fine and published on 11 April, 2016 and was updated on 10 September, 2018.

    Featured image via Getty. Image #1 courtesy of Spice Box Organics via Instagram, image #2 courtesy of The Store via Instagram, image #3 courtesy of Unsplash, image #4 courtesy of Unsplash 

     

    Author: Team Sassy

    Source: Sassy Hong Kong (Now On HK Category)

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/eatdrink-online-grocery-delivery-hong-kong/

  • 10 Hidden Instagram Hot Spots In Hong Kong

    Instagram Pier, Dragon’s Back, The Peak, Quarry Bay’s Monster Building…the list goes on. These Instagrammable locations are the most talked about in the city, but where are the ones you haven’t discovered yet?

    If you’re looking to step up your feed after you’ve hit all the well-known spots, then you’ll want to mark these locations down:

    See also:10 Hong Kong Instagram Photographers To Follow

    Photo: Courtesy of @pat_kay

    1. Tai Mo Shan

    One of the highest peaks in Hong Kong, Tai Mo Shan is proven to be a fairly difficult hike. With an elevation of 957 metres, this mountain is one of the mistiest areas in Hong Kong (Tai Mo directly translates to “super foggy” in English). Once you’ve reached the top, your shots will look as though you’re literally amongst the clouds.

    Tip: There are also over 1,500 species of plants recorded on Tai Mo Shan, so even if you don’t reach the top, you’re sure to find great scenery to shoot along the way.

    Find out more at afcd.gov.hk

    Photo: Courtesy of @muradosmann

    2. Jumbo Kingdom

    A renowned tourist attraction, the Jumbo Kingdom is no stranger to both local and international crowds. However, with a large number of modern spots emerging, the desire to visit this magnificent Hong Kong icon is often put on the back-burner for many. Established in October 1976, give your feed a little throwback with Jumbo Kingdom’s Chinese imperial palace-inspired architecture.

    Tip: Make sure to visit its recently revamped Jumbo Floating Restaurant, a favourite amongst celebrities and Hong Kong society members.

    Find out more at jumbokingdom.com

    Photo: Courtesy of William Lau of WLCreative

    3. Airport Road

    South Perimeter Road in Chek Lap Kok, near the Airfield Ground Maintenance Building, is notably one of the best locations to catch flights jetting off towards the sunset (or sunrise for the early birds). A romantic spot and a favourite amongst photographers, capture the cotton candy-like ombre sky at its most stunning hour during twilight.

    Tip: Be extra cautious if you plan to take your shot in the middle of the road, as cars are often known to speed around the curve.

    South Perimeter Road, Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island

    Photo: Courtesy of @and929

    4. Sharp Peak

    Also known as Nam She Tsim, Sharp Peak’s hills are just as its name describes—sharp. Located within the Sai Kung East Country Park, the hike is reasonably difficult with its steep slopes. However, the view at the end and the photos that come with it make the trek worth it. With an overview of a snake-like trail, frame your shot so you can see the hills line up as far as the eye can see.

    Tip: As the trail is not a smoothly paved track, make sure to go on a sunny and bright day for an easier climb.

    Find out more at walkonhill.com

    See also: 10 Most Instagrammable Destinations In The World

    Photo: Courtesy of @haixing0527

    5. Lok Wah Estate

    Purely for your feed’s aesthetic purposes, Lok Wah Estate proves that Hong Kong architecture is as artistic and creative as they come. A regular estate located in Kwun Tong, this spot creates the illusion of infinite loops.

    Tip: Make sure to time your shot according to the sun’s position. When the light hits the bars at just the right angle, you’ll be able to play with the shadow for a more artsy shot.

    Lok Wah Estate, 70 Chun Wah Rd, Ngau Tau Kok

    Photo: Courtesy of @kkit810

    6. Lau Shui Heung Reservoir

    Located in the new territories, Lau Shui Heung Reservoir is one of many reservoirs in Hong Kong. With its serene surroundings and abundance of lush greenery, there are many opportunities in the area for a photoshoot. When the light hits the water, the reservoir creates a mirror-like reflection as seen above.

    Tip: There are barbeque facilities nearby, which is perfect if you want to transition from your photoshoot to a family-friendly gathering.

    Find out more at hiking.gov.hk

    Photo: Courtesy of @lielaine

    7. Cape d’Aguilar

    A cape south of Shek O and d’Aguilar Peak, Cape d’Aguilar has all of the aesthetic props and structures you need for an amazing shot. From a lighthouse on top of a hill to a replica whale skeleton and a mock shrine, you’ll be able to fit a few good shots from just one trip to this locale.

    Tip: With many caves and rock formations, make sure to visit this area on a sunny day and be extra cautious when exploring the area.

    Find out more at canon.com.hk

    See also: 10 Hong Kong Instagram Photographers To Follow

    Photo: Courtesy of @6ws

    8. Tung Ping Chau

    This place will have you and your Instagram followers wondering if you’re still in Hong Kong. As one of the city’s farthest islands, Tung Ping Chau is a Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. With its natural geological rock formations and clear blue water, there are lots to do and see on the island, making it perfect for a day trip.

    Tip: Because of its distant location from Hong Kong, the sunset and sunrise are exceptionally gorgeous as you look out towards the South China Sea.

    Find out more at geopark.gov.hk

    Photo: Courtesy of @waitsui

    9. Man Cheung Po

    Why fly to Singapore‘s Marina Bay Sands infinity pool when you can take a hike and find serenity in Hong Kong’s very own Man Cheung Po? Although the area is now “closed” for swimming (hikers may be fined for taking a dip), this shouldn’t stop you from framing an Insta-worthy shot.

    Tip: The hike from Tai O has paved trails that decrease the path’s difficulty, but there are still a few boulders you will have to climb over so be sure to go on a dry day to avoid slipping on wet rocks.

    Find out more at hkoutdooradventures.com

    Photo: Courtesty of @f.o.v_

    10. Kwai Fong Estate

    Hong Kong may not have cherry blossoms, but these Pink Poui flowers are close enough. Near Kwai Fong Estate, although there are only two to three of the rosy trumpet trees, this spot is a favourite amongst flower photographers. With a life expectancy of 10 days, make sure to visit around Spring time to catch the flowers at its full blossom.

    Tip: As this is near an estate, be sure to be respectful and not disrupt the local residential area.

    Kwai Fong Estate, 177 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Fong

    See also: 10 Best Travel Photographers On Instagram To Stir Your Wanderlust

     

    Author: CLAUDIA CHEUNG

    Source: Hong Kong Tatler (Travel Category)

    Link: https://hk.asiatatler.com/life/10-hidden-instagram-hot-spots-in-hong-kong

  • What’s New in the 852: Little Bao Opens in Causeway Bay, Japanese Croissants at HAZUKIDO and more

    Promos, Deals and New Places To Eat

    We want to keep you up to date on all the new restaurants, lunch and brunch menus and pop ups in Hong Kong. Mark your diaries, because this week has some amazing new offers you won’t want to miss. And to help you find what you’re looking for, click on the handy sections below to take you straight there:

    New Restaurants
    New Locations
    Special Menus and Offers
    Lunch and Brunch Specials
    Pop Ups

    New Restaurants

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    Yukinoshita

    Just opened in Causeway Bay, Yukinoshita is a Japanese desserts specialist hailing from Japan. With seven award-winning shops in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, the café is sure to draw in dessert lovers citywide, with Yukinoshita’s acclaimed signature items, such as its legendary atsuyaki­ thick-fried pancakes and Japanese-style kakigori shaved ice.

    Yukinoshita, 1-5 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Yukinoshita

    HAZUKIDO

    The first branch of HAZUKIDO is now in Hong Kong, and it’s brining freshly baked Japanese-inspired croissants to the city. Located at AEON STYLE in Quarry Bay, we’re ready to pop over to check out the buttery pastries for ourselves. Flavours feature everything from lemon and apple to honeycomb, black sesame and chocolate (made with chocolate dough and drizzles), so whether you’re after sweet or savoury, you’ll find something here.

    HAZUKIDO, Shop G11, G/F, AEON STYLE, Kornhill Plaza South, 2 Kornhill Road, Quarry Bay, www.hazukido.com

    KYTALY

    The award-winning, Geneva-based Italian restaurant, KYTALY has opening its doors on Wyndham Street. Renowned for serving “the best pizza in the world outside of Italy”, and co-owned by the legendary pizza chef Franco Pepe, the Hong Kong restaurant features 19 pizzas, from classics to Pepe’s signature creations, as well as a range of Italian salads and classic desserts (try the Nutella tiramisu!). The restaurant also debuts Hong Kong’s first Campari Bar, where guests can enjoy a classic Italian cocktail on the gorgeous terrace overlooking Wyndham Street. Check out our full review here.

    KYTALY, 5/F 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.kytaly.hk

    PIQNIQ

    PIQNIQ is the latest outlet to open in Central’s H Queen’s, and is the city’s newest rooftop destination. Suited to day or evening al fresco dining, and complete with a stunning view of Central Hong Kong, it is the latest venue from the award-winning hospitality group Le Comptoir. PIQNIQ’s international menu will feature PIQNIQ baskets comprising of dishes from around the globe, including Chinese, Japanese and Mediterranean favourites.

    PIQNIQ, 27/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/PiqniqHK

    Yan Toh Heen

    Unveiled last month, the newly designed Yan Toh Heen is now open within the InterContinental Hong Kong. Recognised as one of the world’s finest Chinese restaurantsspecialising in Cantonese cuisine, the new restaurant preserves the restaurant’s rich heritage and elegant jade theme – while showcasing a unique series of spaces inspired by a jade jewellery box  which opens to reveal layers of treasured collectibles and discoveries of Cantonese culinary arts. Along with the stunning harbourview, guests can look forward to enjoying a modern twist on Cantonese cuisine, with dishes such as Wok-seared Chilean Sea Bass with Yuzu Sauce; Wok-fried Lobster and Black Truffle with Crispy Taro Net; Crispy Fried Rice with Seafood, Kimchi and Scrambled Egg and more.

    Yan Toh Heen, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/dining/yan-toh-heen

    New Locations

    little bao hk new location

    Little Bao

    Lovers of May Chow’s Little Bao, it’s time to get excited, as the new location is now in it’s soft open in Causeway Bay! Head over to the Fashion Walk to get your hands on some more pork belly baos, truffle fries and short-rib dumplings. Check out the details on it’s Insta page.

    Little Baowww.little-bao.com

    Special Menus and Offers

    FRANCIS

    Not sure what to do this weekend? FRANCIS has us covered with its new Skew-It Sundays menu. Inspired by the bustling restaurants of Tel Aviv, the menu features four skewers (choice of two), along with ten flavorful meze dishes – all for $360 per person. Best to be enjoyed by a group of 2 to 6 people, Skew it Sundays will be held on the last Sunday of every month, from 12pm until 10:30pm.

    FRANCIS, G/F, 4 & 6, St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.francis.com.hk

    Haku

    Whether you’re looking to minimise your meat intake or simply wish to enjoy evening of quality Japanese food, the new vegetarian menu at Haku won’t disappoint. This innovative menu merges fine-dining and fusion food, with a quaint, casual and homely feel. The new veg menu was brought to life by Executive Chef, Agustin Balbi, showcasing the freshest seasonal produce flown in daily from all parts of Japan, with a mission to guide your taste buds on a journey through Japan’s nature-rich countryside. This new plant-based menu brings quality Japanese ingredients and thoughtful fusion combinations together – prioritising presentation and flavour equally. Read our full Haku review here.

    Haku, Shop OT G04B, Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal, Habour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 21159965, www.haku.com.hk

    Porterhouse

    As one of the city’s leading steakhouses, this month Porterhouse is launching a brand-new promotion, based all around (you guessed it): beef! Available for dinner from Sunday to Tuesdays, “BEEF IT UP” will feature unlimited portions of 5 different cuts of Italian Marango Beef and Australian Black Angus. Priced at $528 per person, the dinner will begin with a Beef Consommé starter followed by a choice of either Marango Beef Tartare, Braised Ox Tongue or Porterhouse Caesar Salad, before moving onto the main event, and will be finished off with a dessert of Sorbet and Ice Cream.

    Porterhouse, 7/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong, www.porterhousehk.com

    Ho Lee Fook

    We love Ho Lee Fook’s cool and contemporary take on Cantonese classics, and this month, the restaurant is welcoming celebrated chef Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s in San Francisco for a one-night only dinner. Taking place on Wednesday, 19 September, the dinner will feature an eight-course banquet-style menu showcasing his creative flair and distinct Californian approach to classic Chinese dishes. Priced at $488 per person, dishes on the menu will include Smoked oyster ‘you tiao’, avocado; Alaskan halibut, summer squash, young ginger, celtuce, ham broth; Claypot cassoulet of lap cheong, salt duck, salt pork belly, chicken and more.

    Ho Lee Fook, G, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.holeefookhk.tumblr.com

    Lunch and Brunch Specials

    Three Blind Mice sunday roast

    Three Blind Mice

    We all know that Wan Chai’s Three Blind Mice offers fab free-flow deals (and a brand-new Sunday roast!), but now it’s also added a Saturday brunch to its repertoire. Available every Saturday between 11:30am and 6pm, enjoy a three-course menu for $228 and add on two-hours of free-flow Pilsner Urquell Draught for $158, or beer, wine, prosecco, spirits & mixers and cocktails for $218. The menu will change weekly, but diners can expect dishes such as Sirloin Steak, Diane Sauce, Mixed Salad and Truffle Fries; Pan Fried Barramundi, Pea Puree and Pancetta; and a trio of puds!

    Three Blind Mice, 35 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.threeblindmicehk.com

    Chifa

    Chifa, one of Pirata Group’s newer restos, is offering two set lunchtime menus for every day of the week. You can select from the Express ($128) or the Chifa ($168). The Express offers a choice of one dumpling dish and a rice or noodle dish, and the Chifa lets you add on a wonton soup and dessert or espresso.

    Chifa, G/F, No.26 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2311 1815, www.chifa.hk

    Tosca

    Tosca, a fine dining resto perched high in the ICC building, is treating its guests to the flavours of Italy this month. We were lucky enough to sample the newly launched “La Dolce Vita” lunch menu (available every Saturday in October) and can say it was up to the Tosca standards we’re used to. The menu explores unique Tuscany region delights. Tuscan native Chef Nicola Russo has created a delectable menu of delicacies including Panzanella (a bread salad served with yellowfin tuna tartare) Cacciucco Alla Livornese (seafood soup) and Tagliata di Manzo (charcoal grilled Florentine-style steak). To finish off this perfect meal is a “picnic basket” filled with surprise sweets and treats. We find ourselves heading to Tosca again and again, and this menu is only one of the many reasons!

    Tosca,  Level 102, The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2263 2270, www.ritzcarlton.com

    Mrs. Pound

    Not just a speakeasy, Mrs. Pound offers a reasonably priced lunch menu from 12pm to 3pm that has us taking notice! Start off with a Sambal Seafood Salad ($85) or Summer Fennel Salad ($70) to get you going. For mains, take your pick from a variety of rice and noodle dishes, including the Yakitori and Rice Platter ($80), Sukhumvit 38 Pad Thai ($70), Vietnamese Clam Noodles ($70) and more.

    Mrs. Pound, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 3426 3949, www.mrspound.com

    Featured image via Little Bao Instagram, image 1 via Yukinoshita, image 2 via Little Bao Instagram, image 3 via Haku

     

    Author:  Team Sassy

    Source:  Sassy Hong Kong (Eat & Drink Category)

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/eat-drink-dining-deals-restaurants-little-bao-open/

  • Your Neighbourhood Guide to Tung Chung

    Spend the day in Lantau’s modern layover hub, with our guide to where to eat and drink and what to do.

    We’ve all seen the tall buildings that stand proud against a backdrop of lush, green mountains as you take off or arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport. But have you ever wondered what life is like around there? Well, welcome to Tung Chung! Many don’t consider it as a place of entertainment – and it can be deemed as “too far” – when it’s really only a 25-minute MTR ride from Hong Kong station! And there’s definitely plenty to see and do; from braving a hike to the Big Buddha, to hanging out at the Zentro Garden. Read on to find out the best places to eat, drink and explore around this side of town

    Where to Eat:

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    URBAN City Diner

    Think of a fancy bakery and café, and you’ll have URBAN! With a wide range of baked goods, made from premium ingredients and excellent culinary craftsmanship, URBAN delivers a quality dining experience for the hurried Hong Kong lifestyle. It’s popular for its fresh and tasty French A.O.C Croissant series, so don’t forget to try one of these as a midday snack while taking a break from shopping in Citygate!

    URBAN City Diner, Outside MTR exit C, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2501 0389, www.citygateoutlets.com.hk/en/Dine/URBAN-City-Diner

    Moon Lok Chiu Chow

    Never tried Chiu Chow food? Now’s your chance to experiment as Moon Lok Chiu Chow introduces guests to a cuisine from Chaoshan – the eastern part of China’s Guangdong Province. The restaurant’s menu comprises of three styles of Chiu Chow food: traditional, Hong Kong style, and Nanyang style – so if you’re a fan of authentic Chinese, you won’t be disappointed! 

    Moon Lok Chiu Chow, Shop 22, G/F, Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2116 8149, www.buick-hk.com

    tung chung guide nha trang

    Nha Trang

    If you’re craving some Vietnamese food, head to Nha Trang for its authentic cuisine. Inspired by traditional Hanoi home kitchen ­recipes and paired with French colonial-era elements, all the dishes are made using essential ingredients that are imported directly from Vietnam. You’re bound to taste the true locality of this Southeast Asian destination in a contemporary dining atmosphere!

    Nha Trang, Shop 25, G/F, Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2234 9199, www.nhatrang.com.hk

    Resto

    A perfect Sunday go-to with the family, Resto Grill is known for its Italian comfort food (pizza and risotto anyone?), but also serves all types of Western favourites – from a generous serving of fish and chips, to a classic burger. If you’re a seafood lover, do try the Grilled Snapper ($178), which comes with mashed potatoes, steamed veggies and special lemon butter seasoning – it’s a personal favourite for a reason!

    Resto, G/F, Seaview Crescent, 8 Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2886 3156, www.resto.com.hk

    Take the exit from Sasa (1/F, Citygate) onto the bridge, walk straight until you reach a junction, take the left, continue walking straight and take the escalator down.

    Mansarover

    Considering that the second largest group of Tung Chung residents are Indian or Pakistani, it is no surprise that the district is scattered with Indian restaurants and halal eats! Though it’s just one of many, Mansarover is a favourite because of its unique dining style – what we call a ‘dhaba’ – the Indian term for a roadside restaurant that serves aromatic and affordable local meals. Speaking of which, you cannot miss out on one of the handis (curry pot), that come in many different flavours, whether you’re veg or a carnivore!

    Mansarover, Tung Chung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2109 1927, www.mansarover.hk

    My Thai

    Conveniently located next to a parlor and the supermarket below, My Thai is definitely a hotspot for many families over the weekends. Its true Thai cuisine (complete with sticky rice and mango dessert and Thai iced tea!) is enhanced when offered with friendly service in a comfortable environment.

    My Thai, G/F, Coastal Skyline, 12 Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2907 6918, www.facebook.com/My-Thai-Bar-and-Restaurant

    my thai tung chung

    Kimos

    Attempting to satisfy all, Kimos combines an international array of dishes including Turkish, Indian, Italian and Western! The menu carries many bits and bites as well (from mini samosas to hummus platters) if you aren’t feeling up for a full-fledged meal.

    Kimos, G/F, Seaview Crescent, 8 Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2886 3646, www.kimos.com.hk

    Amante Bar and Grill

    Right across from the MTR station is the local Fu Tung Plaza, where you’ll spot this Western restaurant on the street level facing the road. The small dining area offers Italian fare, including the usual pastas, pizzas and risottos, along with a variety of seafood and oysters, too. You could even choose to pair a dessert and drink for less than $60!

    Amante, G/F, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2907 6808, www.facebook.com/amantetc

    Where to Drink:

    Zentro Garden

    If you’re looking for a place to drink, there aren’t many options around Tung Chung, but Zentro is arguably the most popular bar that most locals head to. This may be because of its pleasant outdoor environment and laid-back vibe. Ideal for a cool summers evening, the bar is surrounded by large plants and trees and has an extensive menu including various finger-foods and specialties such as steaks and more.

    Zentro Garden, G/F, Seaview Crescent, 8 Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2802 8000

    the tavern tung chung

    The Tavern

    Ideal for the sports fanatics, The Tavern is a gastro-pub just a few steps down from My Thai, and though it may look quite small, it stocks a pretty comprehensive selection of wines, spirits, and creative beers. Diners can enjoy a set lunch (which range from $78 to $108) on the weekends, while catching a live game, while others may choose to indulge in the happy hour offered all week from 12pm to 10pm.

    The Tavern, G/F, Coastal Skyline, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2907 6822, www.facebook.com/thetaverntc

    Moccato

    Treat yourself to an afternoon coffee at Moccato, a café that’s tucked away amidst the high-end designer shops in Citygate, with a wide offering of hot and cold drinks to choose from. It even has a range of desserts for those with a sweet tooth – and if you’re one of them, try the carrot cake because it is to die for…

    Moccato, 2/F, Citygate Outlet/Novotel, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 3602 8888, www.novotelcitygate.com/restaurants-and-bars/moccato

    Gong Cha

    You can never go wrong with a classic Gong Cha, especially after a tiresome day full of activities, so head to this famous bubble tea joint for a cool, refreshing drink.

    Outside Tung Chung MTR Station Exit A

    citygate mall tung chung

    Where to Shop:

    Citygate Outlet

    As the largest outlet mall in Hong Kong, Citygate is the ideal place for shopaholics and bargain hunters! With over 90 international brands covering fashion, sportswear, homeware, makeup and more, you’re bound to find whatever it is you’re looking for at great deals – with discounts ranging from 30% to 70% off! It’s no surprise that the mall is jam packed on the weekends, so be prepared…

    Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung MTR Exit C, Lantau, Hong Kong, www.citygateoutlets.com.hk

    Places to go/ Things to do:  

    tung chung guide bike trail

    Rent a GoBee and cycle around

    Whoever says there’s nothing to do in Tung Chung probably hasn’t ever explored the area on a bicycle! If you’re feeling up for some physical activity or an adventure, ditch the mall and grab a GoBee. All you have to do is download the user-friendly app, locate a bike nearby (there are countless bikes scattered all around TC) and you’re ready to ride! With the several kilometres of designated cycle paths stretching throughout the entire area, you can start absolutely anywhere. The best part? You can park the bike anytime and anywhere, totally hassle-free! On a bright and clear day, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, natural sceneries and the tall residential buildings.

    Head out from Tung Chung MTR Exit A, cross the road towards Tung Chung Crescent and look for the bike racks against the wall near the traffic lights. Start the trail from under the bridge on your right and just keep cycling!

    Tung Chung to Buddha Hike

    Want a challenge? Take on the hike to the Big Buddha, one of the most iconic landmarks of Hong Kong! Out of all the hikes I’ve done, this continues to be one of my personal favourites because of its intensity and amazing views (on a clear day!). This three-to-four-hour long hike is pretty much uphill all the way with plenty of steps, the perfect gym replacement (#legday, anyone?). Getting to the actual starting point may be quite confusing for those that aren’t familiar with Tung Chung, so just head out from MTR exit A, cross the road and follow the bike path right next to the rack of bikes in front of you.

    tung chung guide big buddha hike

    Tung Chung Battery

    If you’re into history, head to this heritage site for a detour to one of the oldest parts of Hong Kong. It allows you to witness a former artillery battery which was built in 1817, 24 years before the British took over Hong Kong! It’s the ideal spot to lay back on the grassy surface and wind down for a bit. To get there, head out from MTR exit B, cross the water fountain and keep walking until you reach the main road (you’ll see the Tung Chung Swimming Pool right opposite you). Don’t cross the road, but continue walking on your left, until you reach Shun Tung Road, cross the road here and you’ll see stairs going up right ahead. Hike up the mini hill (it’s not long at all) and when you descend, you’ll find the battery on your right!

    Other places to go to from Tung Chung:

    • Ferry to Tai O
    • Bus to Mui Wo/Pui O/Big Buddha
    • Bus to Discovery Bay
    • MTR to Disneyland

    Featured image via Unsplash. Image #1 courtesy of Mashal Mushtaq, image #2 courtesy of Nha Trang, image #3 courtesy of My Thai Restaurant and Bar via Facebook, image #4 courtesy of The Tavern via Facebook, images #5 and #6 courtesy of Mashal Mushtaq.

    Author: Mashal Mushtaq

    Source: Sassy Hong Kong (What’s on HK category)

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/whats-on-hk-tung-chung-neighbourhood-guide-eat-drink-shop/

  • Lunch Deals in Hong Kong: The Best Set Meals To Enjoy Any Day of The Week

    Whether you’ve got visitors in town, are enjoying a day off, or just want to treat yourself at the weekend or on a public holiday, here are some of the best set lunch deals in Hong Kong.

    From breakfast faves, to the all-important brunch option, and the best free-flow dinners, we all know that food in this city is important. However, the one meal that can get a little over-looked is lunch. Often taken al-desko, we rarely get the chance to indulge when it comes to our mid-day meal, but there are plenty of great lunch deals in the city to be enjoyed! Whether you’ve got visitors in town, are enjoying a day off, or just want to treat yourself for lunch at the weekend or on a public holiday, here are some of the best set lunch deals in Hong Kong.

    Under $100
    $100 – $130
    $130 – $150
    $150 – $200
    $200 – $300
    $300+

    Under $100

    Mrs Pound

    At one of the cheapest lunch deals available, Mrs Pound is perfect for a mid-week pick-me-up. Dishes include the likes of Grilled Eggplant Green Curry, Duck Larp and Noyna Tiger Prawn Laksa, and are priced between $75 and $85, but you can opt to add on a side dish and a drink for just $35 extra.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
    How much: $85 – $105, additional $35 to include side dish and drink

    www.mrspound.com

    Linguini Fini

    The lunch time buffet at Linguini Fini is one heck of a deal; priced at just $99 for all-you-can-eat salads, cheeses, meats, soups and more. The selection regularly changes, and you can also opt to add on additional main dishes from the a la carte menu.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm (excluding public holidays)
    Where: 49 Elgin Street, SoHo, Hong Kong
    How much: $99

    www.linguinifini.com

    $100 – $130

    samsen lunch set

    Samsen

    You can’t go wrong with Samsen’s cool and causal vibe. And coupled with its top-notch authentic Thai food, it’s a winner for us. The lunch set includes your choice of main dish, and either a Thai iced lime tea, milk tea, iced coffee or Singha beer. The price varies depending on what main dish you go for, but we recommend popping in with a friend and going halves – you can’t go wrong with the Stir-fried Fat Noodles with Chicken ($118), or the Wok-fried Rice of Crab Meat, with Spring Onion Egg and Crispy Garlic ($128)

    When: Daily, including weekends and public holidays, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: 68 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    How much: $118 – $128 (dependent on dish choice)

    www.facebook.com/SamsenHK

    Three Blind Mice

    Found just down the street from Samsen on Wan Chai’s Ship Street, Wan Chai is home to another of our favourite set lunch menus in the city. Priced at $118 for a three-course affair, the great value deal is not to be missed. The menu changes every few weeks, but expect high-quality modern European fare, with a strong British influence.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
    Where: 35 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    How much: $118 for three-course set menu

    www.threeblindmicehk.com

    FRITES

    The three-course set-lunch at FRITES is ideal when you don’t have much time on your hands. The menu can vary, but starters include a Spinach And White Bean Soup, with mains on offer such as Asian Style Sole and FRITES House Mussels. What’s more, if you finish your three-course express lunch before 12.45pm, you will receive a 20% discount!

    When: Monday to Friday, 11:45am to 3pm
    Where: Multiple locations across Hong Kong*
    How much: From $128, for starter, main and dessert or coffee

    *Available at FRITES Central, Wan Chai and Quarry Bay only

    www.frites.hk

    Motorino set lunch

    Motorino

    If you fancy treating yourself come lunchtime, but don’t want to break the bank, Motorino’s Lunch Prix Fixe is ideal. Priced at $128, diners can enjoy a choice of Roasted Squash, Chopped Salad or Roasted Sweet Corn, along with one of Motorino’s famous pizzas. Options included in the set are the Marinara, Margherita, Soppressata Piccante and Brussels Sprout.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm t0 4pm
    Where: 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong & 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong
    How much: $128

    www.motorinohongkong.com

    $130 – $150

    Chachawan

    Another great option in the 852 for Thai eats is Chachawan. Located on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, the “Chacha Lunch” menu is priced at $138 for your choice of two dishes, along with rice and a drink. We love the Pad Ka Prao Gai (stir-fried minced chicken and basil, Thai garlic, chili, pepper and spicy sauce), and the Pak Poong Fai Mai Dang (stir-fried morning glory with Thai garlic, chili and yellow beans).

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
    Where: 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
    How much: $138 – includes choice of two dishes from the main or sweet section of the menu, along with steamed jasmine rice or Thai sticky rice, and your choice of tea or iced coffee

    www.facebook.com/chachawan.hongkong

    pici set lunch

    Pici

    If you haven’t tried Hong Kong’s best-loved pasta restaurant yet, you really need to get down and try out its lunch deal! For $148, you will be transported to Italy, as you indulge in your choice of starter, pasta and dessert. The starters include Burrata, cold cuts and beef carpaccio; with the pastas ranging from Classic Lasagna, to Mozzarella Ravioli, Truffle Tagliolini and more – though these do change weekly. Just make sure to order the tiramisu.

    When: Daily, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: GF, No. 16 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong & GF, No. 24-26 Aberdeen Street, SoHo, Hong Kong
    How much: $148 for a starter, pasta and dessert

    www.pici.hk

    Madame Ching

    Recently opened on Star Street, Madame Ching’s contemporary Chinese cuisine and roasted meats are drawing in the crowds come dinner-time, but you can also get your hands on them at lunch! For just $148, diners can enjoy one starter, one main dish and a vegetable or side; with dishes including Sesame Prawn Toast, Hamachi Crudo, Iberico Collar Char Siu, Sacha Shredded Duck Noodles and more available. For an extra $15 you can also get your hands on the delectable Ma Lai Goh (Ovaltine custard) dessert, which is a must try in our books.

    When: Daily, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where:
     G/F, 5 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong 
    How much: 
    $148 for one starter, one main, and one vegetable or side dish – additional $15 for Ma Lai Goh dessert

    www.madameching.hk

    Qi – Nine Dragons lunch set

    Qi – Nine Dragons

    Get a spicy taste of Sichuan cuisine, coupled with a stunning view, at Qi – Nine Dragons in TST. A great place for visitors, but at the right price, the lunch set here includes your choice of starter, along with a main and jasmine rice. Main dishes on offer include Mapo Tofu with Minced Pork, Sugar Glazed Ginger Scallion Beef or Chicken, Pan Fried Fish Fillet and more, with the option to add an additional dish for $40.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: 20/F & Rooftop, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    How much: $120 – $165 (dependent on dish choice), optional add on dish for an additional $40

    www.qi-ninedragons.hk 

    $150 – $200

    208 Duecento Otto

    Anti-pasti, pizza and pasta is the name of the game at 208’s hearty lunch offering. Come hungry, as for $158, you can tuck into the restaurant’s Italian anti-pasti buffet – complete with focaccia bread, olives, cold-cuts, cheese, salads and other delights. If you’re not stuffed after your second (okay, third) plate from the buffet, get ready to enjoy either a pizza, or pasta dish from the selection on offer! We’re fans of the spicy Diavola Pizza, or the Gnocchi Gorgonzola. Top tip: On a good day the buffet can also feature tiramisu, which is also included in the deal.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
    Where: 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
    How much: $138 for the buffet only; $158 for buffet and a pasta dish or pizza

    www.208.com.hk

    208 Duecento Otto lunch set

    Wooloomooloo

    Wooloomooloo may be a great spot to hit up with visitors and take in the stunning views, but its restaurants in both Wan Chai and TST also offer a great value lunch set. The menu at both locations varies, but is sure to include some prime cuts of Australian beef! Prices start at $118 in TST, and at $138 in Wan Chai for two-courses, but it would be rude to not add on a pud for just $35 extra.

    When: Daily (excluding public holidays), from 11:45am to 2:30pm (Wan Chai); Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), from 11:45am to 2:30pm (TST)
    Where: 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; G7/8 Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    How much: $138 to $168 per guest, add on a dessert for an extra $35 (Wan Chai); $118 to $168 per guest, add on a dessert for an extra $35 (TST)

    www.wooloo-mooloo.com

    Mr Wolf

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Queen’s Road Central, and head to Mr Wolf for a lunch time treat. The set lunch here is just $198 for a starter, main and dessert; with the likes of Rare Roast Salmon, Asparagus, New Potatoes and Hollandaise Sauce, and Braised Beef Short Rib, Horseradish and  “Pomme Lyonnaise” up for grabs.

    When: Monday to Friday, from 12pm
    Where: 5/F Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
    How much: $198 – includes starter, main and dessert

    www.mrwolf.hk

    Le Garçon Saigon lunch set

    Le Garçon Saigon

    If you’re in need of a mid-week pick-me-up, you can’t go wrong with Vietnamese Brasserie, Le Garçon Saigon. The fresh and flavourful lunch set includes your choice of starter and main for $198. Start your meal off with a light papaya salad, before enjoying a main of Bún Thit Nuong (chargrilled Kurobuta pork collar with rice vermicelli, fresh herbs, shredded lettuce, cucumber and pickles), or one of the other authentic delights available.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: 12 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    How much: $198 – includes your choice of starter and main dish 

    www.legarconsaigon.com

    The Pawn

    British-style resto, The Pawn, is also serving up the goods when it comes to lunch time sets. Treat yourself to a starter of Endive and Pomegranate Salad with Smoked Duck Breast and Honey Mustard Dressing, before moving onto a Pan-Seared Halibut, or Grilled Chicken Main. Round out your meal with a Lemon Meringue Tart, or Black Truffle Cake (for an additional $40), simply because you deserve it.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    How much: $198 for two courses, including bread and butter, additional $40 for pudding and coffee

    www.thepawn.com.hk

    Buenos Aires Polo Club lunch set

    Buenos Aires Polo Club

    If you’re after a sophisticated lunch offering in the heart of Central, look no further than Buenos Aires Polo Club. For $198 you can feast on a range of offerings on the extravagant salad bar, which includes healthy and hearty salads and a daily soup. If that’s not going to quite see you through until dinner, add one of BAPC’s signature mains, which start at $98. Who could say no to a House Gaucho Burger, with provoleta cheese and tomatoes?

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: 7/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
    How much: $198, plus additional cost to add on main

    www.bapoloclub.com

    Blue Butcher & Meat Specialist

    If you’re looking for some top-quality meat, and are craving a lunch-time burger or steak, Blue is where to head to. The cool and welcoming space works for whatever size you’re group is, and the set-lunch includes your choice of starter and main (and dessert, for an additional $30). Starters on offer include Grass Fed Steak Tartare and Roasted Bone Marrow, while the lineup of mains features the classic Blue Burger, Pan Seared Salmon, Australian Rib Eye Steak and more – all served with free-flow fries!

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: G/F, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
    How much: $198 for two-courses; $228 for three-courses 

    www.bluebutcher.com

    Blue Butcher & Meat Specialist set lunch

    Lily & Bloom

    Similar to the offering found at Blue, Lily & Bloom’s lunch set draws in the crowds with its two-course deal. Start your meal off with the daily soup and a vibrant salad, and follow it up with Lemon Barley Risotto, Grilled Skirt Steak or the Old Fashioned Bloom Burger. Still hungry? Add on dessert for an additional $50 and choose between the Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie, served with hot fudge sauce and salted caramel ice cream, and the NY Cheesecake Brulee.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
    Where: 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
    How much: $198 for two-courses, $248 for three-courses

    www.lily-bloom.com

    Pirata

    The original restaurant to open under the Pirata Group umbrella, Pirata will always hold a place in our hearts, and its lunch menu is definitely one to try. For classic Italian fare in a causal setting head up to the 30th floor and feast on antipasti, Mama’s Meatballs, Eggplant Parmigiana, Tagliatelle with Truffle and more, and round it off with either the classic tiramisu, panna cotta, lemon sorbet or café affogato.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: 30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    How much: $168, $198 or $248 for antipasti buffet, main course and dessert (price dependent on dish choice)

    www.pirata.hk

    Spiga

    Conveniently found on Queen’s Road Central, Spiga is just the place to get your Italian fix when you’re out and about shopping. For $188, diners can enjoy a selection of salads, cold cuts, soups, bread and desserts at the buffet offering, and can also opt to add on additional courses (for an extra cost). Primi dishes include homemade tagliatelle and orecchiette pasta, while the heartier secondi offerings include braised short ribs, roasted turkey and grilled salmon. Though for an extra $60, who could resist a pizza? If you have time after your lunch, be sure to check out Spiga’s outdoor bar, Portico, for an al fresco drink.

    When: Daily, 11:30pm to 3pm
    Where: 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
    How much: $188 for salad and dessert buffet; plus $60 for primi course; plus $90 for secondi course; plus $60 for pizza

    www.diningconcepts.com/restaurants/SPIGA

    Spiga lunch set

    $200 – $300

    Fishsteria

    Fishsteria also has a great three-course lunch set menu. For $238 guests can enjoy starters like the Sea Urchin Parmentier, and every seafood lover’s Bouillabaisse. Mains include Strozzapreti “Puttanesca”,  super fresh Atlantic Cod and more.

    When: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm (including public holidays)
    Where: G/F & 1/F, 111 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai Hong Kong
    How much: $238 for three-courses

    www.fishsteria.hk

    Gough’s on Gough

    Dining at Gough’s on Gough is certainly a treat, but with its lunch set priced at $248 for two-courses, and $298 for three, we can’t think of a better place for a mid-week treat. Managed and operated by Timothy Oulton, and decked out with vintage British-inspired furniture, you’ll not only enjoy great food and exceptional service, but dine in a truly unique setting. The lunch menu changes bi-weekly, but a range of Modern British classics are to be expected – find more info here.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
    How much: $248 for two-course; $298 for three-courses

    www.goughsongough.com

    Aberdeen Street Social

    Have guests in town and been exploring the treasures found in PMQ? When hunger strikes, head downstairs to Aberdeen Street Social and unwind in the relaxed setting. The English-style menu is priced at $258 for two-courses at lunch, and $298 for three, with the likes of Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Tiger Prawn Tortellini, Blackcurrant Eton Mess, Chocolate and Peanut Bar and more on offer.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: G/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
    How much: $258 for two-courses; $298 for three-courses

    www.aberdeenstreetsocial.hk

    gaucho set lunch

    Gaucho

    Known for its Argentine steaks in Hong Kong and beyond, Gaucho’s Business Lunch menu is made for working lunches, or when you’re feeling a little sophisticated. The obligatory Bife de Ancho Rib Eye steak features as a main course option, but diners can also feast on the Gaucho Burger, Poached Salmon Salad, and Shrimp Ceviche, before moving onto the puds. If available, the dulce de leche cheesecake is a must-try, for an indulgent end.

    When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
    Where: 5/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
    How much: $260 for two-courses; $290 for three-courses

    www.gauchorestaurants.com

    Read more: Gaucho’s New Chef Makes Lunchtime Dining an Experience

    $300+

    La Vache!

    Another favourite for steak in the city is La Vache! With branches in TST and SoHo, the steakhouse is making lunchtime decisions easy by only offering up one choice on the menu. At any time of day, La Vache!’s famed entrecote steak, house sauce, unlimited French fries and green salad is $318, but during lunch, diners get a daily dessert included in the set!

    When: Daily, including weekends and public holidays, from 12pm to 2:30pm
    Where: 48 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong & 12 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    How much: $318 for green salad, steak, unlimited frites and dessert

    www.lavache.com.hk

    Zuma

    If you’re a lover of Japanese food, then Zuma’s lunch set has got to be the one for you. Although on the pricier side, the deal includes two starters and one main dish, and you can also add an additional side dish or dessert for an extra $50 each. Your meal begins with a light white miso soup, before moving onto the starters – which include California Maki with Blue Crab, Avocado and Tobiko, Spicy beef Tartare, Seasonal Nigiri Sushi and more. Diners at Zuma can then choose one main dish, from the likes of Terikyaki Beef Cheeks, Freshwater Eel Don, Miso Marinated Black Cod, along with many others!

    When: Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 2:30pm
    Where: Landmark Level 5 & 6 15 Queen’s Road Central Hong Kong
    How much: $380 – includes two starters and one main dish (premium main dishes cost an additional $180). Side dishes can also be added on for an additional $50, and dessert for an extra $50.

    www.zumarestaurant.com

    Featured image via Unsplash. Image #1 property of Sassy Media Group, image #2 courtesy of Motorino via Facebook, image #3 courtesy of Pici via Facebook, image #4 courtesy of Qi Nine Dragons via Instagram, image #5 courtesy of 208 via Facebook, image #6 courtesy of Le Garcon Saigon via Facebook, image #7 courtesy of Buenos Aires Polo Club via Facebook, image #8 courtesy of Blue Butcher via Instagram, image #9 courtesy of SPIGA via Facebook, image #10 courtesy of Gaucho via Facebook,

     

    Author: Annie Simpson

    Source: Sassy Hong Kong (Eat & Drink Category)

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/eat-drink-lunch-deals-set-menus-restaurants/

  • Living Plastic and Waste-Free in Hong Kong: Where to Buy All of Your Essentials

    Here’s where to buy packaging, plastic and waste-free products in Hong Kong

    People are slowly but surely waking up to the world’s plastic pollution problem. The food and beverage industry is under enormous pressure to make changes, with ‘top dogs’ such as Starbucks having recently announced that it plans to “eliminate single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 company operated and licensed stores by making a strawless lid or alternative-material straw options available, around the world.” And they should be under pressure! Together, we have consumed and produced over “9 billion tons of plastic since the 1950s, and the vast majority of it has been thrown in the trash,” with “a whopping 91% of this plastic not recycled.”

    So, what can we do about it? Don’t worry about things that are out of your control. Just start small and start now, focussing on the things that you are able to change, such as refusing plastic bags, carrying a refillable bottle with you, and taking the time to shop at places which limit the amount of plastic packaging you take home. There’s change happening in Hong Kong, with businesses banning plastic straws and a new wave of zero-waste shops opening across the city, and we’re all for it! Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of where you can buy your day-to-day essentials – plastic and waste-free!From pantry staples to washing up liquid, hand soap and more, here’s to reducing, reusing and recycling…

    Read more: Ditch the Plastic: 5 Things to Help You Live More Sustainably in Hong Kong

    Jump to:

    Zero-waste and Bulk Food Stores
    Reusable Lifestyle Products
    Home Essentials

    Zero-waste and Bulk Food Stores

    Live Zero: Claiming the title of Hong Kong’s first, completely zero waste and packaging-free grocery store, Live Zero stock a huge array of organic products including pantry-staples, beauty and home essentials. Forget your container? Use one of the many tupperware and reusable bottles donated by the community!

    Live Zero Bulk Foods, 24 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.livezero.hk,

    Read more: Live Zero: Hong Kong’s First Zero Waste Grocery Store Opens in Sai Ying Pun

    Edgar: Those living across the Harbour should definetly check out Edgar in TST, another bulk-buy store that gets a big tick from us, bring your own containers and stock up on seeds, pastas cereals and snacks – all without unnecessary packaging. Edgar has also since opened a store on Moon Street in Wan Chai!

    Edgar, K11 Natural – 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.edgar.hk
    Edgar, 5 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.edgar.hk

    Read more: Edgar: A No-Waste Grocery Store With Organic & Healthy Produce

    Seed: New zero-waste store on the block, Seed is on hand to serve those out in the ‘Kung. Giving us zero excuses and the means to live a more waste and plastic-free lifestyle, Seed provides everything you need to keep the kitchen well-stocked (think spices, cupboard-staples like pasta, dried nuts, fruit and legumes) as well as household cleaning products (laundry detergent, soaps etc.), beauty and personal items.

    Seed, 29 Yee Kuk Street, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Read more: Hong Kong’s Newest Bulk Grocery & Zero Waste Store, Seed Opens in Sai Kung

    Audrey Vintage ShopThis store is an absolute tea wonderland. With products hailing from regions in France, Malaysia, South Africa, Argentina and Japan, you’re bound to find something to your taste in this whimsical store on Gough Street. Bring your own jar and dispense your pick of earl grey, oolong, lemongrass chamomile and more.

    Audrey Vintage ShopChung Shan House No.4-6 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/AudreyVintageShop

    Lively Life: You’re sure to find everything you need to live a waste-free life at Lively Life on Hennessy Road. Here you’ll be able to snap up fresh produce, vinegars, rice and noodles that are available to bulk buy as well as an array of organic kitchen and beauty items, some of which are locally made. There is even a free water station.

    Lively Life, UG 6, UG/F, CC Wu Building, No. 302-308, Hennessy Road, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/livelylifehk

    Regency SpicesThis family-owned business sources some of the best spices from all corners of the globe. Regency Spices is a one-stop for stocking up on all your spices, seasonings and herbs – they will even create custom blends for you upon request – just let them know what you’re looking for!

    Regency Spices Showroom (limited items available at the showroom so you will need call ahead to check availability): 5/F, 122 Connaught Road West, Qualipak Tower, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.regencyspices.hk

    Living Plastic and Waste-Free in Hong Kong: Where to Buy All of Your Essentials

    Reusable Lifestyle Products

    We’re thrilled to see that coffee shops across Hong Kong are offering up discounts and incentives for customers who bring their own coffee cups, as well as a huge turn over in restos who are refusing to serve plastic straws and instead are offering bamboo and paper alternatives. These small changes can make a huge difference, and once bought, can be used again and again. So if you’re not sure where to buy one for yourself, check out some of the stores stocking them below:

    Keep cups and reusable bottles

    Metal/glass straws

    Living Plastic and Waste-Free in Hong Kong: Where to Buy All of Your Essentials

    Home Essentials

    It’s not just food packaging that we need to be held accountable for, but it’s time we thought about our day-to-day cleaning and beauty essentials too. In 2014, an estimated 1.4 million bottles, and 1,000 tonnes of plastic bags were thrown out each day in Hong Kong [source: HK Free Press], not including our addiction to using and discarding beauty products such as tubes of mascara, body washes and lotions as well as surface cleaners and dishwashing liquids. Although the statistics are depressing, waste-free shops which are popping up around the city are giving us a choice – we can repurchase, or we can repurpose what we already have and instead refill empty bottles or buy packing-free makeup.

    Read more: Cruelty-Free Makeup and Skincare Products

    Refillable and zero-packaging cleaning products

    Refillable and zero-packaging beauty essentials

    For more tips on how to reducing waste in Hong Kong click here!

    Featured image credited to @livezero.hk, image #1 credited to @livezero.hk,  image #2 credited to @livezero.hk, image #3 credited to @livezero.

     

    Author: Lexi Davey

    Source: Sassy Hong Kong (Lifestyle Category)

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/lifestyle-plastic-waste-free-buy-essentials/

  • Where Do I Get: Finding Basic Things For The Home In Hong Kong

    Welcome to Hong Kong! Now, what?

    You did it! You’re either ready to move house, or you’ve packed your bags, found a flat and now you’re here in Hong Kong. The bad news is, all your belongings are on a literal slow boat and you need a hairdryer (or iron, or teapotyou get the ideanow. So, where do you get, well, just about everything you didn’t bring with you from your home country? We’re here to make things easier for you. Each month we’ll be featuring a “Where Do I Get” article to help you find what you’re looking for. This month, it’s basic things for the home.

    General Items, Household Goods and Appliances
    Bath and Bedding
    Kitchenware

    Read more: Best Homeware Stores in Hong Kong

    General Items, Household Goods and Appliances

    IKEA

    JHC (Japan Home Centre)

    This little go-to shop is located on most corners in almost every district in Hong Kong. What’s great about JHC is it features what you need, when you need it, and for pretty reasonable prices. For instance, when it gets a bit warmer, the front display will miraculously change to feature anti-humidity products, mothballs, and vacuum-pack bags (to keep your winter clothes in, natch). But if you also need bed linens, towels, hangers, kitchen items, cleaning items, storage items, or even a squeegee (like I did), you’ll find it here.

    JHC, various locations across Hong Kong, www.japanhome.com.hk

    Fortress

    “Hey, Elizabeth, where to I get an iron?” I asked a friend my first week in our new apartment. Because I literally did not have any electronics (most other countries have a totally different system) – no iron, hairdryer, rice cooker or even a vacuum. She led me to Fortress, where I discovered all my electronic needs. I got a hairdryer, iron, rice cooker (it is Asia, after all), and a vacuum. If you’re not one of the lucky few whose flat or house has appliances, you’ll even find washers, dryers, refrigerators, air-con units, computers, camera equipment, televisions, and even some health and beauty items.

    Fortress, various locations across Hong Kong, www.fortress.com.hk/en

    Broadway

    Much like Fortress, this store has all sorts of electronic and household items you might need, including washers, dryers, water filters for the kitchen taps, phones, computers, fridges, TVs, hairdryers, kettles, coffee makers, irons and more.

    Broadway, various locations across Hong Kong, www.broadway.com.hk

    Wing On

    Wing On

    If you’re from the West, chances are you are spoilt by mega stores (or Amazon) that are a one-stop shop for everything you need. So moving to a country where rent is insanely high and shops are insanely small, it’s hard to find places that will have all your needs. Welcome to Wing On. I call this place the “Sears of Hong Kong” because it is similar to the American brand in both style and products. Although not cheap like its US counterpart, you can easily find pretty much anything you need under one roof. The one in Sheung Wan, for instance, has kitchen supplies and home items in the basement floor, cosmetics and jewellery on the ground floor, sheets and linens on another floor, clothing, shoes and bags on another … you get the idea. If you’re even looking to get a filter for your faucet (as we did for ours), you’ll find a great selection here. They also offer online ordering, perfect for oversized items such as vacuums or dehumidifiers.

    Wing On, various locations across Hong Kong, www.shop.wingon.hk

    Sogo

    This high-end department store has quite a directory of goods including bedding, kitchenware, home appliances and so much more. Don’t get distracted by its Gucci, Tiffany, and upscale designer areas as you head up its escalators to the areas you seek. If you need a mattress, sheets, towels, whatever, head here.

    Sogo, various locations across Hong Kong, www.sogo.com.hk

    Uji

    J Select

    Its sections include Digital, Kitchen, Beauty, Lifestyle, Kids & Toys, which means even simple things such as coffee makers, water filters, cookware and more can be found here. It’s all here under one, erm, site. Can’t be bothered to leave your home? No worries. With a seven-day returns window, just look online and find what you need when you need it.

    J Select, various locations across Hong Kong, www.jselect.com

    IKEA

    The Swedish megastore is packed almost every day, and it’s no wonder. Everything you need to help you live in tight spaces can be found here. Made-to-order wardrobes, beds, lamps, kitchenware and more. There’s even a tasty café inside for when you need more energy to cruise its massive floors (where the food isn’t half bad). It has home delivery, at-home set-up and an interest-free instalment plan. Shop online (its selection is quite limited) or in-store.

    IKEA, various locations across Hong Kong, www.ikea.com/hk/en

    Aeon

    Several stores fall under this Japanese brand’s umbrella – Aeon (for groceries as well as pots, pans and other kitchen utensils), Aeon Style (food, fashion and household goods in a mall-type setting), GMS (electronics and electrical appliances), Living Plaza (knickknacks, stationery and other items), Bento Express (bento boxes, of course), Molly Fantasy (an arcade for kid-friendly games), La Bohéme (a bakery), Aeon Body (cosmetics and beauty products), R.O.U. (Japanese groceries, stationery, beauty products and clothing) and Glam Boutique (cosmetics and beauty products, along with natural foods and organic products). Many offer free shipping (with minimum purchase) and home delivery.

    Aeon Stores, various locations across Hong Kong, www.aeonstores.com.hk

    Muji

    Muji

    This Japanese store is a hodgepodge of furniture, stationery, cutlery, clothing, textiles, organisational products, pottery, gardening supplies and so much more. We like just going in and seeing all the cool Japanese products on offer. Stores vary in size (which affects the products sold at each one), so make sure the one you visit has what you’re looking for.

    Muji, various locations across Hong Kong, www.muji.com.hk/en

    MTR

    By now you realise just how brilliant and efficient our public transport system is, but did you also know the MTR has speciality shops that will help you find what you need? When we first moved to HK, we didn’t pack any bedding or towels (thanks to temporary housing). So, when we got a permanent place (and our stuff was still months from getting here) we just popped down under to one of the MTR shops and found a bevy of great linens in various sizes (sheet sets come with a duvet cover, bottom sheet and pillow cases) at Uji Bedding in Kennedy Town. Before you go, you can check out the shops finder by category online. There is even an MTR malls finder.

    Zara Home

    Bath and Bedding

    Zara Home

    Our favourite retailer has a home store, too! Everything from bedroom (sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers, pillows, protective items and more) , bathroom (towels, bath mats, and accessories), tableware (dishes, cups, chargers, and almost anything else table-related), and decoration(furniture, lamps, rugs, cushions and more) can be found here.

    Zara Home, various locations across Hong Kong, www.zarahome.com/hk

    H&M Home

    Another of our faves, this Swedish brand allows you to shop by room or by product. Like Zara Home, it has pretty much anything you need to get yourself sorted. You can even find some amazing sales here, which is a rarity in HK. We especially love them for bathroom items and cushions.

    H&M Home, various locations across Hong Kong, www2.hm.com

    See also: Uji Bedding, JHC, IKEA, Aeon, Wing On

    Pantry Magic

    Kitchenware

    Like to cook? You’re not going to let a tiny kitchen (or the fact that your flat didn’t come with an oven) dissuade you! But you were told you to bring only enough cutlery and dishes for two. Now what? This is where to go for your cooking and kitchen needs:

    Pantry Magic: Because it’s a kitchen paradise. From pots and pans to weekly cooking classes, you’ll get what you need here.

    Pantry Magic, G/F, 25 Lok Ku Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.pantry-magic.com

    Shanghai Street: This little area of Kowloon (it goes through Jordan, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok) is where you can find affordable kitchenware. Stock up on everything from cutting boards to dim sum baskets.

    Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei (MTR Exit C), Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Feather & Bone

    Feather & Bone: This butcher, deli and produce shop (with a darn good restaurant) also has some out-of-the-ordinary items you might be seeking. Need a Tangine pot, for instance? Or a BBQ seasoning marinade injector? Feather & Bone has it.

    Feather & Bone, various locations across Hong Kong, www.featherandbone.com.hk

    Pricerite: Sassy girls call this the local IKEA. Whether you’re looking for air purifiers, electronics, furniture (including custom furniture), you can find most of what you need at the various Pricerite stores. And if you spend $800 online (not hard to do in HK), it will ship for free to most of HK.

    Pricerite, various locations across Hong Kong, www.hongkong.pricerite.com.hk

    Great Food Hall: The name doesn’t quite say it all, because it also has kitchenware (including La Creuset and Alluflon), food to go, specialty teas and chocolates and other items.

    Great Food Hall, LG 1, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.greatfoodhall.com

    See also: Fusion, Taste, and Park N’ Shop and Marketplace (depending on the size of each store, you can find towels, household items – brooms/mops, other cleaning supplies – pots and pans, kitchen and bakeware.)

    City’super: Specialty items such as British bakeware, Japanese utensils, stationery, artisanal foods (honey, wine, beer, etc.), home BBQ items, can all be found here. It even offers cooking classes, has an E-magazine and features “Wine and Dine” events.

    City’super, various locations across Hong Kong, www.citysuper.com.hk/en

    Wellcome: Just like JHC, these grocery stores are on almost every corner in HK. And despite the erroneous spelling, it has a lot to offer! In addition to the normal groceries, if you need batteries, home or office goods (car careelectrical, lighting, gardening tools), and household items (even pet food), this is the place to go.

    Wellcome, various locations across Hong Kong, www.wellcome.com.hk

    759 Store: Although it’s technically a grocery store, you can still get pots, pans and other items here.

    759 Store, various locations across Hong Kong, www.759store.com

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    Author: Roxanne Dowell

    American-born writer and editor Roxanne Dowell is a typical Sassy girl. At heart she’s a rock-n-roller, in her soul she’s a traveler, and overall she loves being around like-minded women. Her unconventional background includes being a tour publicist for Guns N’Roses and Aerosmith and traveling to 38 countries (so far!). Roxanne is now senior editor at Sassy, and she happily lives in Hong Kong with her husband, her two daughters, and her two dogs.

    Source: SASSY HONG KONG (WHAT’S ON HK)

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/whats-on-hk-new-home-find-appliances-kitchen-bedding-linen/

  • What to do in Hong Kong for your Birthday

    Stuck for ideas on how to celebrate your big day? Check out these unique ideas for how to ring in your birthday in the 852.

    Have a birthday approaching and finding yourself endlessly Googling “things to do in Hong Kong for my birthday”? If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to celebrating turning another year older, check out these unique 852 birthday bashes. From dining and drinks, to more alternative activities, and even some budget friendly options, here’s how to celebrate your birthday in Hong Kong

    Dining and Drinks:

    Brunch

    A birthday staple. What better way to celebrate turning yet another year older than surrounding yourself with bottomless booze and the people you love most? Pick your poison and get the date in the diary – these special occasion options are always winners, or opt for a slightly more budget friendly menu.

    birthday afternoon tea hong kong

    Afternoon Tea

    If there’s ever a day to get your royal on, it’s your birthday. Grab your friends for a cute afternoon, and treat yourself to a spot of high tea. Trust us, our ultimate guide to afternoon tea in Hong Kong will definitely have those jam and scone cravings covered!

    Lunch (or dinner!) on Lamma

    A sunny weekend go-to, extend the feasting to your special day and chomp down on Chinese favourites. With a super-cheap corkage fees and endless, fresh seafood options, bring along a few bottles of vino and dig in – family-style. Don’t fancy a sit-down meal? There are tons of fun day-trips in Hong Kong that are sure to help you mark the mile-stone.

    Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide to Lamma Island

    Get Creative at Crafted 852 

    One for our fellow foodies, Crafted 852, is here to help you cook up a birthday storm. From whipping up a Mexican fiesta to fried chicken and waffles, there are heaps of cool, hands-on dinner experiences. You’re sure to find something to tickle your taste buds, besides the cake.

    Try a Sushi Making Class

    Fan of sushi and want to tackle the art of making it? Turn your lesson into a birthday bash with Missy Ho’s Sushi School! The class even includes complementary prosecco, so you know it’s the perfect choice to kick off your celebrations.

    birthday celebrations hong kong

    Book in a Group Dinner

    Tried every brunch out there? We’re no strangers to Hong Kong’s diverse dining scene, so why not book in for dinner at one of these restaurants, which are perfect for bigger groups? Can’t go without free-flow? We have you covered there too, with our guide to the best drinks offers in the city.

    Unique Experiences:  

    Off the Beaten Path 

    Hong Kong is full of adventure and surprise. Go from concrete jungle to actual jungle in only a quick mini-bus journey, and get ready to try out SUP in Sai Kung, tackle the Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls, and much more – all courtesy of unique experience experts, Wild Hong Kong. Or, you can always go it alone and check out some of the city’s best waterfall hikes, or try out a new outdoor sport.

    Squid Fishing

    Oh yes, this is an actual thing. Check with your favourite boat charter (Saffron Cruises and Jubilee definitely offer this trip) and head to the high seas! Running from April through to October, you and your friends will be whisked away for an evening of buffet and beers as the boat men cook what you catch on deck!

    Tram Party

    Ever considered partying under the city lights on a vintage tram for your big day? An awesome alternative to your usual bars and clubs – have your own portable dance party as you cruise from one end of the island to the other.

    birthday junk boat hong kong

    Junk Trip 

    We know you’re no stranger to a  junk trip, so why not book one in for your birthday? Spend the entire afternoon lounging on inflatables, downing beers and catching a tan. With tons of companies to choose from (check our Ultimate Junk Guide for a helping hand), you’re bound to find one to suite. Opt for a day trip, or do something a little different and book in a night cruise that’ll take you on a three-hour, all-inclusive spin around the harbour.

    Read more: 5 Junk Packages to Book for Under $500

    Macau Bungy Jump 

    Go out with a bang and ensure a truly memorable day, by booking in a bungy jump off the Macau Tower! As the highest bungy jump in the world (233-metres to be exact), it’s not one for the fainted-hearted. Push your limits and catch a glimpse of the action in our bloggers first-hand account here.

    Book a Staycation 

    If you haven’t got the time (money, or leave… sigh) on your hands to head abroad, then why not rally the troops and check yourselves in for a weekend right here in the city? Hotel’s across the city often offer seasonal deals, or check out a few of our favourites here.

    Alternative Activities: 

    Go Bowling 

    Don’t laugh – you know that bowling is always way more fun than you think! Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar in Sai Kung is home to a quirky, tropical-themed hangout where you can bowl to your heart’s content whilst sipping on some delicious coconut cocktails. Want to stay a little closer to home? The South China Athletic Association in Causeway Bay is super wallet friendly.

    Alternatively, if bowling isn’t your thing, why not round up your friends and book in for a round of crazy golf at Strokes, go for a game of Bubble Soccer, or get fully immersed in a VR experience for your big day.

    birthday ocean park

    Theme Parks Thrills

    Channel your inner-child with a good dose of fun by heading to one of Hong Kong’s theme parks! Whether it’s Ocean Park or Disneyland, get a group together and head on over for a day of roller-coaster riding (before heading to the bars, obviously).

    Art Jamming

    You may not be the next Picasso, but art jamming is always a fun group activity to enjoy with friends. Whether you’re in PMQ or Wong Chuk Hang, there are many studios in Hong Kong to get creative at; and many even let you BYOB, to really turn it into a party.

    Spooky Spots 

    As if turning another year older wasn’t scary enough, why not check out these spooky spots for an evening of different sorts.

    Budget Birthdays:

    Light up the Barbecue

    Ensure those eskies are loaded and throw a couple of good eats on the grill. A day of sea, sand and sun, topped off with great food and company is a guaranteed winner. Check out our list of the best barbecue spots in Hong Kong for a little grill-spiration.

    birthday picnic hong kong

    Go on a Picnic 

    Hong Kong is full of hidden spots that are perfect for laying out a blanket and cracking out the champers. Pack yourself a spread full of your favourite nibbles and treats, or let one of the city’s top catering companies do the hard work for you – Invisible Kitchen even offer seven-course, traditional picnic baskets!

    Camp Out 

    Admittedly the season for camping can be a little short in Hong Kong (between the scorching temperatures and the typhoons!), but camping is still an awesome weekend-long activity (and the perfect excuse to milk your birthday for all it’s worth), when the weather permits. Take a look at some of our favourite camping spots in the 852 here.

    Throw a House Party

    This one’s practically a freebie in the planning books. Requiring minimal thought and organisation, send a group WhatsApp (if you’re on a budget, BYOB works best), throw on a playlist and let the fun commence. Whether you’re wanting a sit-down affair, or a more rowdy night, if you’re place is tight on space, there are plenty of party venues to choose from in the city.

    Embark on a Bar Crawl

    You really don’t need to be told how to bar crawl, you’ve done it a thousand times and to be honest, it’s pretty self-explanatory. So, let the booze-laden streets of Honkers be your oyster…

     

    Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on February 26, 2016 and was updated on 21 August, 2018.

    Featured image via Unsplash. Image #1 via Unsplash, image #2 via Unsplash, image #3 via Unsplash, mage #4 courtesy of Ocean Park Hong Kong via Facebook, image #5 courtesy of Tiffany Ku and property of Sassy Media Group.

     

    Author: Lexi Davey

    Source: Sassy Hong Kong (What’s on HK)

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/what-to-do-in-hong-kong-for-your-birthday-whatsonhk/

  • My Neighbourhood: Pololi’s Steph Kudus On Causeway Bay

    AUGUST 7, 2018

    In the four years since Pololi opened its first store in Central, poké has become quite the staple – a go-to for good, grab-and-go grub for the busy, the healthy, and everyone in between. What has grown to three locations across Hong Kong and Singapore was started by Steph Kudus in 2014, then an investment banker. The latest of the bunch, along with the other food concepts originally available only via takeaway or delivery, can be found at their flagship store recently opened on Fashion Walk’s Food Street. Given the new neighbourhood of Pololi’s first sit-down outlet, we asked Steph for her picks around Causeway Bay.

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    Picnicking at Victoria Park

    Whether it’s scuba diving, going for a hike or power-walking through the streets of Hong Kong, I like being outdoors. I often build my own picnic basket with some favourite cold cuts, cheeses and wines from my favourite deli, Monsieur Chatte in Sheung Wan, before heading to parks around Hong Kong. I’m often at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.

    Victoria Park, 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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    A masterfully crafted cocktail at b.a.r. Executive

    To unwind after a long day, I like heading to b.a.r. Executive for a quick tipple. Cocktails are expertly put-together and made with fresh fruit, ice is hand-chiseled, and the drinks are always top notch.

    b.a.r Executive, 27/F, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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    Shooting pool at Breeze

    Growing up, pool was one of my hobbies—I’d often be at a pool hall in Singapore training with much older players. Breeze is a recent addition to my favourite haunts in Causeway Bay; the owner, Jessica Wong has quickly become a good friend. The bar often holds pool tournaments, and it is always really exciting to watch some of the regulars shoot and win!

    Breeze, 18/F, Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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    WeWork – Tower 535

    What used to be the #PololiCrew’s de facto office, and also the place where some of today’s concepts were born. We used to hot-desk on the 20th floor and have conference calls at one of the booths. On Fridays, the team also enjoys having a pint from one of the free-flowing beer taps that are part of the co-working space’s perks.

    WeWork, 20/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay

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    Pololi Flagship

    I’ve always wanted to build a space where I could hang out and entertain friends. This is why I’ve built Pololi’s new flagship at Fashion Walk, Food Street, where diners can build their own poké, indulge in Hawaiian BBQ, sip on a tropical-inspired cocktail or just hang out.

    Pololi, Shop C, G/F, 58-64 Paterson Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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    Author: Johna Baylon

    Source: Hong Kong Tatler (Tastemakers)

    Link: https://hk.asiatatler.com/dining/my-neighbourhood-steph-kudus-pololi

     

  • Madame Fu: Hong Kong’s Most Instagrammable New Restaurant

    Set in the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Madame Fu perfectly blends East and West to create an all-day dining spot that’s sure to be loved by Hong Kong’s foodie crowds (and social media fanatics)

    District: Central, Hong Kong
    Cuisine: Contemporary Chinese
    How much: Afternoon tea is priced at $250 for one and $450 for two
    Must Order: For a quintessential Hong Kong experience, go for the afternoon tea set for two
    The Best For: As the perfect East-meets-West spot, that encapsulates the charm of Hong Kong, Madame Fu is a great place to take visitors to. Though as it is open all day, it’s casual enough for a drink and some dim sum; though sleek and sophisticated for a special occasion dinner.
    Sassy Tip: Looking for a space to book for a large group, or party? Madame Fu takes private bookings for all of its rooms.

    Newly opened in the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts comes Madame Fu Grand Cafe Chinois; an East meets West restaurant, bar and all-day dining spot that is sure to be a hit with Hong Kong’s foodie crowds.

    madame fu whiskey lounge

    The sprawling space occupies the entire third-floor of the Baracks block, and the 8,000-square foot space is truly something to behold. In line with its unique setting, Madame Fu is something new for the Hong Kong dining scene – the East meets West approach we’re used to in this melting pot of a city – but it’s Madame Fu’s design that has caught our attention. Designed by Christian Rhomberg (of KEE Club fame), and inspired by European grand cafés, the glamorous space comprises of seven unique and intricately designed rooms. Each has its own distinct look and feel, with different art work and colour palettes used to give each space its own identity, though still retaining a certain togetherness across the restaurant as whole.

    madame fu verandah

    From the colourful wraparound verandah, with its velvet coaches, ornate lanterns and views of the Tai Kwun courtyard; to the cool and modern main restaurant, library, private dining rooms, and (our favourite), the perfectly plush, pink Pearl Room, diners are spoiled for choice when it comes to setting. All rooms serve the same food and drink menus, with dim sum available for brunch and lunch, a dinner menu, drinks and weekend brunch all available. Meaning you can take your pre-dinner drinks in the smart whiskey lounge, before moving in to the main dining room for your meal – with everything all under one very glamorous roof, Madame Fu is ticking a lot of boxes in our books.

    madame fu har gow

    The restaurant’s look certainly has a European feel to it, but the food served is a contemporary take on Chinese cuisine. Playing homage to grand cafes of old, Madame Fu intends to be a spot that is suited to any occasion and, with the help of its seven rooms, and it’s all-day dining hours, we’re sure it will be.

    madame fu afternoon tea set

    madame fu afternoon tea

    The menu features dim sum favourites, along with more formal main menu items available for evening diners; but we took to the Pearl Room to test out Madame Fu’s afternoon tea offering. Keeping things simple, the classic tea tower consisted of prawn and smoked salmon open sandwiches on the bottom layer; a lemon tart, green tea mouse, sweet black sesame dumpling and tapioca pudding on the second; and fresh fruit, a chocolate tart and a fruit and crème patisserie tart on the top. Priced at $250 for one, and $450 for two (including tea), we loved the unfussiness of the set; leaving the beauty to lie in its sophisticated appearance and the all-important taste. The price also includes a dim sum of the day, of which we tried the har gow. Presented alongside the tea tower in its own miniature steamer basket, the tea set again emulates Madame Fu’s over-riding East meets West approach, and the har gow itself was beautifully flavoured, letting the taste of the plump shrimp shine through.

    Encapsulating the charm of Hong Kong’s unique fusion of East and West, Madame Fu is a great option to take visiting guests, to treat yourself to a special dinner, or to just enjoy an after-work drink on the verandah.

    Madame Fu Grand Cafe Chinois, 3/F, Block Three, Tai Kwun, No. 10 Hollywood Road, Central,  Hong Kong, www.madamefu.com.hkwww.instagram.com/madamefugrandcafe

     

    Author: Annie Simpson

    Source: Sassy Hong Kong

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/eat-drink-madame-fu-chinese-restaurant-tai-kwun/

  • The Best Egg Tarts in Hong Kong

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    All egg tarts are good, but not all are great. We’ve rounded up our top ten egg tarts in Hong Kong, because why settle when there are so many amazing ones out there?

    The egg tart is Hong Kong’s answer solution to British custard tarts, and we have to say that we’re pretty big fans of the 852 version. Still, as with every good dessert, it is of utmost importance to weed out the ones that are merely good, and give praise to those that arelife-changing.

    The first thing to note about egg tarts is that there are three distinct varieties: the Portuguese egg tart, the short crust egg tart, and the puff pastry egg tart. Neither are better than the other, and it’s all down to personal preference, but we are partial to a great Portuguese egg tart.

    For this article, we have tried so many egg tarts that we are now 99% egg tart and 1% human, so you can trust us as we proudly present: The Best Egg Tarts in Hong Kong

    Lord Stow’s Egg Tarts at EXpresso

    Topping our list is the best Portuguese egg tart you can find in the city. Found at EXpresso, a small cafe at The Excelsior, Hong Kong’s only Lord Stow’s franchise serves up the most amazing Portuguese egg tarts, which are every bit as good as its Macanese sisters.

    When we say “best”, we mean the best. It has everything you could ever want in a dessert: a shatteringly crisp, buttery croissant-like shell, a creamy, luscious filling (with just the right amount of “egginess”), and an artfully charred top. Your day will be made when you catch one fresh from the oven, golden and glistening and piping hot. The buttery scent that lingers on your fingertips after you’ve devoured it all– it’s like sweet torture – one that you can’t bring yourself to get rid of.

    Be sure to get your tarts early because the café tends to sell out way before closing time. When we stopped by, the tarts had run out by 4pm on a Sunday, which caused us quite a great deal of heartbreak.

    Price: $11 for 1, $42 for 4, $60 for 10.
    Hours: Monday to Friday: 7am – 7pm, Saturday: 8am – 7pm, Sunday: 8am – 6pm

    EXpresso, Lobby, The Excelsior Hong Kong, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2837 6777, www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/the-excelsior/fine-dining/cafes/expresso

    Door Door Bakery

    Door Door has been churning out traditional, no-frills treats for the lucky residents of the Mei Foo neighbourhood for over 40 years. We simply had to go try its Portuguese egg tarts after hearing great things about them from more than one foodie friend. Our verdict? It is much better than average Portuguese egg tart, but a tad behind Lord Stow’s. The crust is blander than we had hoped, but redeems itself by being flaky and crisp. The filling is good enough, not quite as creamy and luscious as our favourite’s, but at least it isn’t overly sweet. The tarts were lukewarm when we got there, so we imagine they’d be better fresh from the oven. We’d say that it’s a nice treat to grab if you’re in the area, but not so good that you must make the trek for one.

    Also available were puff pastry egg tarts, which were super cheap, but unfortunately rather disappointing. The pastry was pale and bland, while the filling was too sweet for us. So, we recommened sticking to what the shop is known for.

    If you decide to pay Door Door a visit, don’t miss its huge range of nougats (our favourite is Crispy Chocolate) and butter cookies, which are like melt-in-your-mouth shortbread.

    Price: $7 for Portuguese egg tarts, $3.50 for puff pastry egg tarts
    Hours: Monday to Sunday: 6:15am – 10pm

    Door Door Bakery, 65 Broadway Street, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Mei Foo, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2148 3117, www.doordoorbakery.com

    Sai Kung Cafe & Bakery

    Sai Kung Cafe & Bakery’s Portuguese egg tarts might be a little on the pricey side, but are definitely worth the price. This popular little bakery’s tarts are so buttery that some critics on Openrice think it’s too much (we, on the other hand, think there’s no such thing as too much butter), and come filled to the brim with a custard dotted with charred spots here and there for maximum flavour. The buttered pineapple buns are equally amazing here – think plump, fluffy rolls fresh from the oven, completely blanketed with sweet, crunchy tops and stuffed with ice-cold slabs of butter. Bliss.

    It’s worth noting that you’re required to buy a drink if you dine in here, so we’d suggest that you order your treats to-go and enjoy them by the sea instead.

    Price: $13
    Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7am – 9:30pm

    Sai Kung Cafe & Bakery, G/F, 6-7 Kam Po Court, 2 Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2792 3861

    Bakehouse

    Swiss pastry chef Grégoire Michaud has once again blessed us with another of his scrummy creations, this time in the form of a sourdough egg tart. We had high expectations of Grégoire (he was the executive pastry chef at the Four Seasons Hong Kong!), and this new little treat did not let us down. Made with the same dough as the shops celebrated sourdough croissants, Bakehouse’s egg tarts have a buttery, flaky shell with the slightest tang from the sourdough. The filling is silky and lush without being runny, like a good crème brulee. We also adore the double chocolate cookie– a 4-inch deep-brown disc of rich, dark chocolatey goodness with crisp, sandy edges and a soft, chewy centre.

    Price: $12
    Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 8am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 5pm, Closed on Monday

    Bakehouse, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.bakehouse.hk

    Catherine Bakery

    Just round the corner from our office in Sheung Wan, Catherine Bakery is where we head to when we want a cheap treat we can count on. The short crust egg tart isn’t the most phenomenal pastry out there, but at $5, it is a great value for money. The shell is a buttery, sandy short crust pastry, only that this sand is fine, fine like powder you would find on the beaches of the Maldives. You can also taste a healthy dose of salt in the shell, which almost borders on savoury. The filling has just the right amount of sweetness, though if you prefer an eggier tart, this might not be the one for you. Just a word of warning: the lady at the counter is known to be quite the character, so you might not want to be too fussy on your first visit…

    Price: $5
    Hours: Monday to Sunday: 6am – 8pm

    Catherine Bakery, Shop 1, G/F, Fuk Sing Court, 378 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2543 3020

    Tai Cheong Bakery

    The first bakery in Hong Kong to use short crust pastry in egg tarts, Tai Cheong Bakery is where tourists and locals alike flock to for the classic short crust tart. A favourite of Governor Chris Patten’s, these tarts feature the best short crust shell we’ve come across in the city– crumbly, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth. The filling might be a little on the solid side (might’ve just been slight inconsistencies in the kitchen), but it’s a decent pick nonetheless.

    Price: $7
    Hours: Vary according to location.

    Tai Cheong Bakery, Multiple locations across Hong Kong, www.taoheung.com

    Honolulu Coffee Shop

    No list egg tart is complete without mentioning Honolulu Coffee Shop, an old-school establishment that’s been around since the 1940s. Its renowned puff pastry egg tarts consist of 193 layers of pastry, and are made with a special blend of butter and lard for the perfect balance between flavour and flakiness. We were slightly taken aback by the price of the tarts, but it did prove to be worth every penny with its eggy, flavourful filling and flaky, puffy shells. The tarts cost $1 extra if you dine in, but we think that nostalgic vibe you get from having your egg tart among the retro decor at the Wan Chai location is more than worth it.

    Price: $10 (+$1 to dine in)
    Hours: Monday to Sunday: 6am – 12am

    Honolulu Coffee Shop, 176-178 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2575 1823, www.honolulu.com.hk

    Kam Wah Cafe

    Best known for its world-famous buttered pineapple buns, Kam Wah also does a solid puff pastry egg tart. With three decades of experience under his belt, Kam Wah’s pastry chef crafts his tarts with flair, using carefully-chosen European ingredients in his 144-layer treats. You’ll love these if you don’t have that much of a sweet tooth– as the tarts have the mildest filling we’ve tried so far. Make sure you arrive before 6:30pm or you’ll miss the last batch!

    Price: $5
    Hours: 6am – 11:30pm

    Kam Wah Cafe, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2392 6830

    Hong Lin Restaurant

    Satisfy your late-night cravings at Hong Lin Restaurant, one of the very few spots that churn out egg tarts till late at night; with the last batch leaving the oven at 10:30pm. Made with Canadian flour and Dutch milk, the egg tarts are slightly sweeter than Kam Wah’s, and are a bit more custardy, with the slightest notes of vanilla. Hong Lin’s tarts aren’t the flakiest you can get, but the shop serves a fresh batch every 20 minutes, and we think egg tarts are ten times better when enjoyed piping hot. Hong Lin also make a mean pineapple bun, which we think is better than Kam Wah’s (shh).

    Price: $6
    Hours: 6:30am – 3am

    Hong Lin Restaurant, G/F, 143-145 Tung Choi Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2391 8398

    Queen Sophie

    Wrapping up this list is your best bet for a good puff pastry egg tart. We have honestly never come across a puff pastry shell quite like Queen Sophie’s. Encasing a velvety, subtly-sweet filling is the flakiest, lightest puff pastry ever, beautifully crisp and thin (we estimate it’s ⅛ inch!), and not at all doughy. A great benchmark for whether an egg tart is good is whether you would just eat the crust by itself, and we definitely would for Queen Sophie’s little masterpiece. We were originally skeptical about the bakery’s claim that it creates 368 pastry layers in these tarts, but after our taste test, we’re starting to believe them. If you need any more evidence that these tarts are the real deal, know that each is made by hand with local flour and French butter, based on traditional techniques from the 1970s. At $10 for one, these beauties aren’t the cheapest treat on the block, but the quality and size (a little bigger than the average tart) make up for the price.

    Price: $10
    Hours: Sheung Wan: Monday to Saturday: 11:30am – 7pm, Closed on Sunday & PH; Kowloon City: Monday to Sunday: 10am – 8pm

    Queen Sophie, Shop 5, Basement, Kai Fung Mansion, 2-24 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2269 0278

    Queen Sophie, G/F, 24 Hau Wong Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2683 1811, www.facebook.com/queensophiehk

    Author: Rachel Au
    Source: https://www.sassyhongkong.com
    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/eat-drink-best-egg-tarts-desserts-local-bakery-sweet-treat-portugese-pastry/

     

  • WEEKENDER: aqua’s Black & White New Year’s Eve Party, HK Open Air Cinema Club and more

  • WEEKENDER: Tabla’s Silk Road Shopping Bazaar, British Pub Quiz and more

    What’s on this weekend…

     

    We’re in full on Christmas planning mode, and in between booking our tickets for New Year’s Eve, we’re taking some time to finish off our Christmas shopping! With endless goodies to be found at Tabla’s bazaar, and a Christmas pub quiz to look forward to this week, we’re definitely feeling more than merry.

    Tabla’s Silk Road Shopping Bazaar

    Tabla’s Silk Road Shopping Bazaar

    We’re into the second week of December and the clock is ticking to get your Christmas shopping done! This month is flying by, so this week why not make a little time for a shopping spree and head over to The Upper House for Tania Mohan’s beautifully curated Silk Road Shopping Bazaar. Sure to be filled to the brim with gorgeous Christmas pressies for all of your friends and family, the bazaar will feature niche brands and exclusive collections from all over Asia, for just one day! With yak cashmere from Mongolia, handmade and one-of-a-kind kimono jackets, homeware, costume jewellery, sweet treats, Tabla classic shawls and kaftans, along with skin care from the Himalayas (and much more!), this is one pop-up not to miss out on. If that’s not enough to tempt you in, there will also be a special lucky draw for Sassy readers who visit the pop-up, with an entire basket of PUREARTH and Tabla Products worth over $2,500 up for grabs!

    When: Monday, 11 December, 11am to 8pm
    Where: Sky Lounge & The Lawn, Level 6, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
    How much: Free entry! Prices range between $300 and $6,000

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    Friday Night Lights ~ Christmas Edition

    Brush off a busy week and take some time for a little yoga under the stars, in amongst the busy festive period. The class will be a 90-minute practice of alignment-based vinyasa, with a gong bath held afterwards by Martha from Red Door Studios. The class will be mixed level, so all abilities are welcome. Just don’t forget to wear your Santa hat to get in the seasonal spirit.

    When: Friday, 8 December, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
    Where: Tamar Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
    How much: Free! With any donations given going towards the SPCA (and don’t forget to bring your own mat!)

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    ME, TEA and MY DOG!

    Looking to adopt or foster a new furry friend? Head to teakha this weekend and meet some adorable pooches from Sai Kung Stray Friends, or just make a purchase to help raise funds. Have your own cuddly pal already? Bring them along for 10% off!

    When: Sunday, 10 December, 2pm to 5pm
    Where: teakha 茶。家, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
    How much: Come with your dog and receive 10% off any purchases at teakha! (a $2 donation will also be added to every bill in support of Sai Kung Stray Friends)

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    Italian Christmas Market

    We love a browsing PMQ and discovering hidden treasures and new brands, so why not head over to check out the second instalment of the Italian Christmas Market this weekend. Enjoy some festive feels, pick up a couple of extra Christmas presents and shop a plethora of Italian products!

    When: Saturday, 9 and Sunday, 10 December, 11am to 7pm
    Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
    How much: Free entry!

    Read more: Holiday Fairs and Christmas Markets in Hong Kong

     weekender British Pub Quiz presented by Guinness

    British Pub Quiz presented by Guinness

    Along with the Best of British Film Festival and the The Great British Food Festival, there is more Best of British fun to be had this week! Round up some friends and put your Great British knowledge to the test (with a Guinness of two in hand), all in favour of raising money for Operation Santa Claus. Sounds good to us!

    When: Wednesday, 13 December, 8pm to 10pm
    Where: Tamar Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
    How much: $1,800 per team of six people (includes one drink per person) – with all profits raised going towards Operation Santa Claus. Email alexh@tcob-media.com to get involved!

    Author:

    Source: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/whats-on-hk-weekender-tabla-shopping-british-pub-quiz/

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    Source: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/

    Link: https://www.sassyhongkong.com/whats-on-hk-live-music-scene-listen-this-month/

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