Taste of Hong Kong, the city’s premier food festival, is fast approaching and may we just say, our bodies are ready. This weekend, Hong Kong’s foodie population will descend upon the Central Harbourfront to sample delicious dishes from the likes of Amber, Duddell’s, and visiting restaurant Kei.
But when it comes to events of this scale — which appeal to such a large and fervent demographic — you’ve got to have a game plan. Clear eyes, full hearts, empty bellies. That’s how the saying goes, right?
Just to recap, Taste is a four-day festival that allows attendees to try iconic dishes from some of the best and brightest restaurants all across the city, without having to commit to an entire meal (or bill!). After the success of its Hong Kong debut last year, Taste has added some major players to this year’s roster, including new and exciting eateries like Rhoda, Okra, and Mercato.
To ensure maximum eating success, scope out the full list of participating restaurants, pore over their menus and figure out which dishes you’re most interested in trying. Don’t fill up on multiple items from one stall. That’s a rookie move that won’t allow you to get a good variety of food in your tum. Just in case you read this and were like, “Yeah, but who has the time? Let me go back to my mindless scrolling through Instagram”, we’ve picked a few favourites from the line-up:
- Large prawn tail, scallops & barramundi in spicy & sour turmeric sauce with wild pelawan mushrooms & fiddlehead ferns (Kaum)
- Slow Cooked Hawke’s Bay lamb shoulder, spiced cauliflower and cumin (Rhoda)
- Barbecued Iberian pork with honey, a.k.a. fancy char siu (Tin Lung Heen)
- Uni Spicy Lobster Tostada (Chino)
- Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms and Fresh Black Truffle (Arcane)
But as anyone who’s found themselves feeling way too fuzzy after one too many happy hour cocktails knows, you have to pace yourself. In between eating, why not check out some of the other amenities catered towards gourmands, such as a natural wine lounge by local bistro La Cabane, a gourmet market stocked with gastronomical goodies, and a class on cooking and cocktails led by the good folks at the Marriott.
However, if you’re still on the fence about going, we’ve got something that might just sway you. Coconuts Hong Kong has secured five pairs of tickets for the Sunday session of TOHK, each worth HKD366, which we’ll be giving away for free to our readers. Intrigued? Click here to find out how to nab yourself a pair. Entries close at 3pm on Wednesday.
What: Taste of Hong Kong
When: Evening session, 6 to 10pm (Thursday to Saturday). Afternoon session, 12:30pm to 4:30pm (Friday to Saturday), 12:30pm to 5:30pm (Sunday), March 16 to 17, 2017
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space (Google Maps)
Price: HKD138 to HKD678