Finest Bites is a roundup of the excellent dishes we had inside the final week: These which renewed our love for established venues, caught our consideration at a brand new opening, or freshly impressed upon us the creativity and ability of Hong Kong’s gifted cooks. From informal road snacks to meticulously ready tasting menus, these are the perfect dishes to attempt in Hong Kong, and the plates we’d suggest you make a particular journey for.
The dish: Membership Bagel (HK$55)
We in Hong Kong are getting into our third straight summer time of Oh God Please Give Us One thing, Something To Do, and with world journey nonetheless a distant dream, trekking out to town’s outlying islands by ferry or sampan stays a major public vacation and weekend exercise. That’s how I discovered myself having fun with a sunny afternoon at Jaybird on Lamma. Whereas HK$40 sizzling canine (gotta attempt ‘em all) drew me in, Jaybird had a complete menu of “I hiked so it’s okay”-delights that it was my sworn obligation to indulge, like this turkey membership, out there with each plain and poppyseed bagel buns. What introduced all of it collectively? One of the best bacon I’ve ever had in Hong Kong, which got here on each the sammy and additional crispy within the Bloody Mary. Be again quickly. — Nathan Erickson, Editor-in-Chief
Jaybird Restaurant, Lamma Island, Yung Shue Wan Predominant St, 15A號號地舖, Hong Kong, +852 6026 3693
The dish: Chunky Thai Rooster Soup (HK$59)
Two Sundays in the past, I had the pleasure of assembly, smelling, then consuming Rajasthan Rifles’ Mulligatawny. If an ideal soup exists, then the Mulligatawny — a heroic mixture of curry, pulled hen, apple, celery and rice — should be on some type of pedestal. A podium, on the very least. It’s hen soup! With rice! And curry! A complete meal! However, as I don’t reside on the Peak and can’t realistically afford a Black Sheep meal willy-nilly, I needed to make do. Which introduced me to M&S’s Chunky Thai Rooster Soup (food-styled right here in your pleasure; garnished with micro-greens from Common Farms. Shout-out to my sister).
Whereas fully mistaken geographically, M&S’s Chunky Thai Rooster Soup has very comparable elements. It has the rice, has the chunk (see: edamame beans and water chestnut) and has that yellow-green curry flavour profile. It has the hen, has the veg and is prepared in 4 and a half minutes. It’s additionally inside neighborhood of M&S’s good packs of wafer-thin honey roast deli hams, so, uh, eat my bicycle shorts, Mulligatawny. (JK, I can love two issues directly. I’ve the vary.) — Joey Wong, Editor
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The dish: Seafood Trikini (HK$250)
The bikini — the sandwich, not the swimwear — is the straightforward Catalan street-snack of melted cheese and thinly sliced ham that bought its identify from Barcelona’s Bikini Live performance Corridor, the place distributors have been promoting the standard sandwiches for years. It has completely no ties to sandy seashores. It’s simply your common ham & cheese! As you’ll be able to count on, it’s a simple sufficient afternoon snack. However earlier than you default again to a different this midday, I’m right here to inform you there’s one higher. And it lives at La Rambla.
In case you haven’t heard, chef Rafa Gill has returned the fashionable Spanish kitchen and introduced alongside his wonderful Basque and Catalan cooking. Which additionally includes this authentic creation: Seafood Trikini, a reinvented, amped-up, triple twist on the standard bikini. Chef Rafa’s Trikini retains to the clean-cut, triangular construction however stars a forged of much less simplistic means. Between the toasted layer that give approach to a crackly first crunch, are a beneficiant fill of finely diced tuna on one facet, then, on the alternative finish, a medley of Japanese king crab, smoked caviar and crème fraîche. It’s just like the bikini lastly bought a style of the great lifetime of the seaside resort subsequent door (nonetheless no ties to the seashore). Every chunk was mild and recent, with the candy undertones which solely recent seafood might supply. If I might have it my method, chef Rafa’s Trikini is taking on each single bikini sandwiches there ever was. — Lorria Sahmet, Editor
La Rambla, Store 3071-73, Degree 3, ifc mall, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2661 1161
The dish: Gradual Cooked Pork Ribs (HK$260)
Theres one thing very primal about tearing via a rack of ribs, and primal is the final phrase you’d use to explain me. For God’s sake, I havent even had pork since like… 2015? I do know, I do know — how might I — however I’m simply attempting to shed weight and obtain the unattainable. However anyway. For the sake of our weekly Finest Bites section, I’ve been making an attempt to department out and Attempt New Issues — which incorporates these Gradual Cooked Pork Ribs from Tai Cling’s tropical bar Maka Hiki.
Impressed by the flavours of the Caribbean, these ribs are gradual braised in kecap manis, star anise and chilli. They’re the right stability of smokey and not-too-sweet — too candy being what you normally get if you order ribs in Hong Kong. The meat is fall-off-the-bone tender, tremendous flavourful and simply. *cooks kiss* And earlier than I overlook, shoutout to the sautéed bok choy served with the dish — veggies accomplished proper! — Charmaine Ng, Editor
Maka Hiki, 2/F, The Nook Home, Little Tai Cling, 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Tai Cling, +852 2155 1777
Artisan De La Truffe
The dish: Poisson Du Jour (HK$358)
On this week’s particular double-episode of Attempting New Issues, I sampled a restaurant devoted to truffles, regardless that I don’t like truffle a lot in any respect. I imply, I positively get its enchantment, however the scent is simply… a bit of bit too overwhelming for me. Anyway, the restaurant, named Artisan De La Truffe, dishes out appetisers, soups and important plates cooked with truffle oil then topped with a beneficiant quantity of truffle shavings — paradise for the truffle-lover, and a nightmare for the truffle-averse. As a part of my brunch set, I selected the grilled fish of the day — or poisson du jour if we’re being fancy — which occurred to be sea bass.
Fortunately, the truffle scent on this dish wasn’t too robust, and as soon as I pushed the truffle shavings apart with my fork, the ocean bass was really actually good. The flesh was cooked to perfection, with a medium-firm texture and a barely buttery style, complemented by the crispy pores and skin that topped it. The melange of asparagus, carrots and haricots verts was refreshing and paired nicely with the fish. And every part was offered in an excellent Instagrammable method, which is one thing I at all times respect. — CN
Artisan De La Truffe, Store OTE303, Degree 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour Metropolis, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2885 2030
BOW Artisan Cakery
The dish: “Branches Love” Easter Cookie DIY Set (HK$368)
One of the best factor about Easter is undoubtedly the general public holidays and the sweets. What’s higher than an excuse to eat chocolate eggs and bunny-themed every part all weekend? As an try to be inventive, I’ve gone forward to buy a DIY Easter cookie ornament equipment with 24 items of pre-made cookies in varied shapes and tubes of pastel-colored icings. What’s nice about this set is that the colors are chosen by native artist, Macaron Loves Portray, hoping to encourage us all to create watercolour-inspired treats.
Whereas I attempted to unleash my interior Monet with extra sprinkles, the cookie itself tasted good. Not too candy, crisp, with a recent buttery aroma and, in fact my very own distinctive designs — all got here collectively as one superb chunk. Excellent for kick-starting the vacation temper. Only a private tip, sprinkles make every part tastier. — Leanne Lam, Social Media Supervisor
BOW Artisan Cakery, 904, 9/F, Wing Hing Industrial Constructing, 14 Hing Yip St, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, +852 9280 5068
(Hero picture: Courtesy Maka Hiki, Featured picture: Courtesy La Rambla)