Best Bites is a roundup of the excellent dishes we had inside the final week: Those which renewed our love for established venues, caught our consideration at a brand new opening, or freshly impressed upon us the creativity and talent of Hong Kong’s gifted cooks. From informal avenue snacks to meticulously ready tasting menus, these are the most effective dishes to attempt in Hong Kong, and the plates we’d suggest you make a particular journey for.
The dish: Club Bagel (HK$55)
We in Hong Kong are coming into our third straight summer time of Oh God Please Give Us Something, Anything To Do, and with world journey nonetheless a distant dream, trekking out to town’s outlying islands by ferry or sampan stays a main public vacation and weekend exercise. That’s how I discovered myself having fun with a sunny afternoon at Jaybird on Lamma. While HK$40 scorching canines (gotta attempt ‘em all) drew me in, Jaybird had a whole menu of “I hiked so it’s okay”-delights that it was my sworn obligation to indulge, like this turkey membership, obtainable with each plain and poppyseed bagel buns. What introduced all of it collectively? The finest bacon I’ve ever had in Hong Kong, which got here on each the sammy and further crispy within the Bloody Mary. Be again quickly. — Nathan Erickson, Editor-in-Chief
Jaybird Restaurant, Lamma Island, Yung Shue Wan Main St, 15A號號地舖, Hong Kong, +852 6026 3693
The dish: Chunky Thai Chicken 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 rooster, apple, celery and rice — should be on some kind of pedestal. A podium, on the very least. It’s rooster soup! With rice! And curry! An entire meal! But, as I don’t dwell 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 Chicken Soup (food-styled right here on your pleasure; garnished with micro-greens from Common Farms. Shout-out to my sister).
While fully unsuitable geographically, M&S’s Chunky Thai Chicken Soup has very related parts. It has the rice, has the chunk (see: edamame beans and water chestnut) and has that yellow-green curry flavour profile. It has the rooster, 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 easy Catalan street-snack of melted cheese and thinly sliced ham that bought its identify from Barcelona’s Bikini Concert Hall, the place distributors have been promoting the common-or-garden sandwiches for years. It has completely no ties to sandy seashores. It’s simply your common ham & cheese! As you may anticipate, it’s a straightforward sufficient afternoon snack. But 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 trendy Spanish kitchen and introduced alongside his glorious Basque and Catalan cooking. Which additionally includes this unique 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 strategy to a crackly first crunch, are a beneficiant fill of finely diced tuna on one aspect, then, on the other finish, a medley of Japanese king crab, smoked caviar and crème fraîche. It’s just like the bikini lastly bought a style of the nice lifetime of the seaside resort subsequent door (nonetheless no ties to the seaside). Each chunk was mild and contemporary, with the candy undertones which solely contemporary seafood might supply. If I might have it my manner, chef Rafa’s Trikini is taking up each single bikini sandwiches there ever was. — Lorria Sahmet, Editor
La Rambla, Shop 3071-73, Level 3, ifc mall, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2661 1161
The dish: Slow Cooked Pork Ribs (HK$260)
Theres one thing very primal about tearing by means of 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 making an attempt to shed some pounds and obtain the unattainable. But anyway. For the sake of our weekly Best Bites phase, I’ve been making an attempt to department out and Try New Things — which incorporates these Slow Cooked Pork Ribs from Tai Hang’s tropical bar Maka Hiki.
Inspired 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 whenever 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 finished proper! — Charmaine Ng, Editor
Maka Hiki, 2/F, The Corner House, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Tai Hang, +852 2155 1777
Artisan De La Truffe
The dish: Poisson Du Jour (HK$358)
In this week’s particular double-episode of Trying New Things, I sampled a restaurant devoted to truffles, despite the fact that I don’t like truffle a lot in any respect. I imply, I undoubtedly 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 fundamental 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.
Luckily, the truffle scent on this dish wasn’t too sturdy, 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 a brilliant Instagrammable manner, which is one thing I all the time recognize. — CN
Artisan De La Truffe, Shop OTE303, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2885 2030
BOW Artisan Cakery
The dish: “Branches Love” Easter Cookie DIY Set (HK$368)
The neatest thing 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 artistic, I’ve gone forward to buy a DIY Easter cookie ornament equipment with 24 items of pre-made cookies in numerous shapes and tubes of pastel-colored icings. What’s nice about this set is that the colors are chosen by native artist, Macaron Loves Painting, hoping to encourage us all to create watercolour-inspired treats.
While I attempted to unleash my inside Monet with extra sprinkles, the cookie itself tasted excellent. Not too candy, crisp, with a contemporary buttery aroma and, in fact my very own distinctive designs — all got here collectively as one wonderful chunk. Perfect for kick-starting the vacation temper. Just a private tip, sprinkles make every part tastier. — Leanne Lam, Social Media Manager
BOW Artisan Cakery, 904, 9/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip St, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, +852 9280 5068
(Hero picture: Courtesy Maka Hiki, Featured picture: Courtesy La Rambla)