Places to go, plus things to eat, drink and do this month.
Things to do, food to eat and places to go this month
Eat: Hawkr G/F 36 Hoi Kwong Street, Quarry Bay
Busy bees in Taikoo and Quarry Bay will be glad to know that a new grab-and-go joint, Hawkr, has just opened on the corner of Tong Chong Street. Inspired by the hawker food centres of Southeast Asia, Hawkr is serving up contemporary twists on Southeast
Asian favourites (minus the MSG) such as curries, soup noodles and baguettes, as well as breakfast pots and bespoke juices, bringing hip and healthy food to diners for a modern takeaway experience. Lunch favourites include its signature Javanese beef rendang ($68), Saigon chicken baguette ($40) and hot prawn popiah wrap ($44). Finish with street-style desserts including khanom chan ($18) with layers of coconut and pandan. Don’t forget to grab the signature fruit juice blends ($26) to beat the heat.
Eat: New Punjab Club 34 Wyndham Street, Central T 2368 1223
Partnering with Michelin-starred chef Palash Mitra of Gymkhana London,
Black Sheep Restaurant’s co-founder Syed Asim Hussain is bringing Punjabi cuisine to the heart of Central. Paying homage to The Punjab Club in Lahore, Pakistan, the New Punjab Club is a 40-seat grill house, centred around a tandoor oven, where diners can experience hearty, social and convivial cuisine.
Eat: Paper Moon Shop OTE 301, 3/F Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Milan restaurant Paper Moon is to open a new location in Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui. It will serve homestyle Italian cooking and signature cocktails against the stellar backdrop of Victoria Harbour. Featuring a 1.4 tonne Ambrogi pizza oven from Italy, diners can expect a wide selection of pizza choices as well as pastas and main courses.
Eat: Ying Jee Club Shop G05 & 107-108, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central, Central | T 2801 6882
ZS Hospitality (the group behind restaurants such as Moi Moi by Luke Nguyen and Lee Lo Mei) has opened Ying
Jee Club in the heart of Central, serving up Cantonese classics by chef Siu Hin-chi, who you may recognise from Duddell’s. Using carefully sourced ingredients, chef Siu has come up with an exquisite menu full of highlights including its signature dish of sautéed sliced garoupa with Chinese kale, accompanied with golden-fried fish head and bone ($1,280), stir-fried lobster with shallot, red onion and spring onion ($380), as well as its pan-fried crab claw filled with shrimp paste and crispy conpoy ($260), topped with caviar for ultimate indulgence. Ying Jee Club is also offering a five-course lunch set ($380) as well as a wide selection of over 300 bottles of wine.
Chill: Mr S. Y. Punti 4 David Lane, Sai Ying Pun T 2915 8885
Tucked away in Sai Ying Pun, Mr S.Y. Punti is a modern cha chaan teng, serving Hong Kong cafe classics alongside locally selected coffee, wine and beer. It sources seasonal ingredients from nearby wet markets for traditional favourites such as chicken broth and fresh noodles in Yu Kwen Yick chilli sauce. Its artisanal coffees are sourced from Hong Kong-based roaster Olympia Graeco-egyptian Coffee. You’ll find us there most weekends.
Snack: Salted Duck Egg Chips cafedecogroup.com
We love salted egg yolk snacks from Singapore’s Golden Duck Co, so it’s good to know we no longer have to beg friends visiting the Lion City to grab a bag at the airport, as the award-winning snack is now available in Hong Kong. Often described as umami heaven, high-quality salted duck’s egg yolks are seasoned with a secret blend of herbs and spices, then generously layered over potato chips or fish skin crisps and cooked to golden perfection. A heavenly blend of sweet and savoury, the snacks will be available at 10 Café Deco Group restaurants, including Café Deco Pizzeria and Dim Sum Bar, as a dine-in option with drinks or for takeaway ($50) to curb your midnight cravings. Be warned, you will be hooked.
Go: Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau Street Food Festival Studio City’s Macau Gourmet Walk, Macau Noon to 8pm, October 5 to 8, 2017
Get ready for Macau’s first Street Food Festival, which will be run by Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau at Studio City next month from October 5 to 8. Bib Gourmand and Michelin-recommended eateries across Asia will be serving street food signatures and one-off creations. The stellar line-up includes Singapore’s Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle – the world’s first street-food stall to be awarded a Michelin star – as well as Keng Eng Kee, Candlenut, Song of India, A Noodle Story, Labyrinth, Macau’s Bi Ying, Shanghai Magic, Pearl Dragon and Japan’s Kougaryu Honten. Free admission.
Go: Reuben Challenge at Morty’s Delicatessen 8-10 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai T 3665 0890
Test your mettle against Morty’s Delicatessen 1kg Reuben Challenge. Every Monday evening, the Star Street branch is daring diners to finish 750g of Morty’s house-cured slow-smoked pastrami with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and lashings of Thousand Island dressing, sandwiched between four slices of house rye, along with a side of fries and pickles. Eat the lot within 30 minutes and you will not only get a sparkly spot on the restaurant’s wall of fame but also save yourself $588. Challenge accepted.