The past week has been surprisingly clear and sunny in Hong Kong so the 2018 Taste of Hong Kong presented by Standard Chartered was a welcomed opportunity to soak up the sun. Foodies turned out in droves to the Central Harbourfront to enjoy the combination of smells, sun, drinks and food present at the festival.
The blender was a very popular photo spot.
I arrived with a couple of friends around 2:30pm on the Sunday afternoon session, ready to taste the flavours of the Hong Kong restaurant scene. We wandered around all the stalls, debating which dish we should try first (and how much purchasing power our wallets contained) amongst the crowd of families, students, locals and foodies. The dish that really stood out with me was the “What’s The Matter Paneer” by Blacksalt: $50 for a bed of diced tomatoes topped off with mouth watering paneer. Another one I definitely recommend is the “Smoked Ice Cream with Tar Syrup & Salted Fudge” by Frantzén’s Kitchen. The sticky tar syrup just glues itself to the frozen ice cream, giving a satisfying crunchy yet sticky feel to the texture.
Other dished, tried and recommended by friends included a “Raspberry Gin and Tonic” by Pinkster Gin, “Amritsari Machli” by New Punjab Club, “Iberico Ham and Manchego Cheese with Truffle Manuka Honey” by Bellota Bellota and the “Tuna Trio Sushi” by Zuma.
The Manuka Honey and Truffle was to die for.
We managed to pull ourselves away from the restaurant booths to enjoy the other attractions Taste of Hong Kong had to offer. The festival has organized talks and demonstrations throughout the weekend, as well as the Gourmet Market space. Checking out the market space, stall by stall, we saw everything: from kitchen knives, to jars of duck fat and racks upon racks of wine. Nearby, there was a live chef talk that gave us a keen insight into the workings of a kitchen, and a few tips to try on the next steak I prepare.
There is no doubt, that while marketed as a foodie event, the Taste of Hong Kong retains plenty of interests for people and their families to enjoy. Overall, like all good weekend events, it reminds us that we should slow things down and enjoy a few hours in the sun, while pondering the one of the more important questions in life: “Now what should I eat next?”.
I'll definately be back next year!
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