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

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.

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