Hong Kong is one of the world’s most exciting culinary capitals, where good food is more than abundant. In that light, we’ve put together a few of our tastiest tidbits and most memorable morsels that are worth tracking down to try.
Okinawa Corn at Amber
The new and revamped Amber caused quite the stir in the culinary world — and for good reason. Gone are the heavy gluten and dairy products that are often associated with fine dining and in their place, a cleaner and more concentrated approach to flavours. One such example is the Okinawa corn, which is cold-pressed into a naturally sweet and creamy custard enriched with Taiyouran egg yolk. It’s then topped with layers of seawater foam, Schrencki caviar, and a thin corn tuile with the zest of the Japanese citrus sudachi. It’s rich and deep in flavour, but remains fresh with all the different elements and textures combining for one of the most sumptuous spoonfuls you’re likely to have ever had.
Amber, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 2132 0188
Roasted Hong Kong Yellow Chicken at Louise
Chef Julien Royer, of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants winner Odette, has officially opened his newest venture: French restaurant Louise. The traditional dishes are based on nostalgia and the type of home cooking that Royer himself was brought up on. Surprisingly, Hong Kong diners may also find a little nostalgia in one particular dish: the roasted Hong Kong yellow chicken with Niigata rice ‘en cocotte’. Not dissimilar to Cantonese-style poached chicken, this dish is elevated with tender pieces of local chicken that are roasted in the oven. It’s served with Japanese rice mixed with chicken fat, making for a perfectly glossy and fragrant accompaniment topped with crispy chicken skin, chives, spring onion and another indulgent option of black truffle shavings.
Louise, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central; +852 2866 0300
Chicken Liver Mousse at Kinship
Another new restaurant hitting the streets of Hong Kong this month is one borne out of friendship — or Kinship. The concept is created by chefs and good friends, Chris Grare (formerly of Lily & Bloom) and Arron Rhodes (who you may remember from Gough’s on Gough). Its laid-back casual setting makes for a good neighbourhood hangout and offers what has been described to us as “New World cuisine”. Here, the chicken liver mousse is a must-order from the menu. Inspired by Chef Chris’ childhood, the incredibly lush savoury pâté is served with sweet rehydrated raisin relish, grated horseradish and two large oat crackers made in house.
Kinship, 3/F LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, Central; +852 2520 0899
Marinated Geoduck & Jade Flower at The Chinese Library
Showcasing incredible knife skills like no other, The Chinese Library’s new Dao Yi dishes are a sight for sore eyes. However, one dish that also excited our tastebuds was the marinated geoduck & jade flower. Based on the cold Sichuan dishes and flavours that we so love, this dish layers thin slices of marinated geoduck clam atop delicately carved celtuce dressed in sesame oil. It’s a refreshing appetiser dish with crisp textures throughout, making Hong Kong summer slightly more bearable again.
The Chinese Library, Police Headquarters Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central; +852 2848 3088
Tacos at Taqueria Super Macho
The new Mexican restaurant by Black Sheep offers a range of undressed tacos in soft tortillas so that you can build-your-own with as many condiments, salsas and vegetables as you please. Unable to pick just one taco to make the list, we decided to choose three. First up is the fish al pastor, which uses Vietnamese sole instead of the traditional pork in achiote chilli, and is best paired with pineapple and crispy bacon. Next is the smoky chilli-spiced adobo marinated steak tenderloin, which is full of flavour with onions and cilantro too. We rounded things off with the crispy battered shrimp taco, which is packed with cabbage slaw with a squeeze of fresh lime — it crunches with every bite.
Taqueria Super Macho, 33-35 Bridges Street, Central; +852 2333 0111