Taste of Hong Kong presented by Standard Chartered is all wrapped up with a tidy bow for 2017 leaving a plate-sized hole in our hearts. The four days of March 16-19 were filled with luscious dishes from some of this city's finest restaurants, table-side chats with top chefs, impressive cooking demonstrations and tote bags full of as many premium products we could get our hands on.
Here's a round up of the fun that was had, the flavours that live on in our palatal memory, and the culinary knowledge we acquired from the hottest dining festival to hit Hong Kong's harbourfront.
Let's start with the food:
Diners were wowed by the dishes from the two international chefs: Chef Kei Kobayashi from two-Michelin-starred Kei, Paris and his gnocchi with black truffle and Iberico ham, and rising star Chef Nick Kim from Shuko, New York.
Arcane's hamachi carpaccio was a standout dish, Amber impressed as always with a beautiful and spacious booth and dining area, Cafe Gray Deluxe won the #TasteTheWorld with Etihad Airways with their dish of Brittany Diver Scallop XO emulsion and Amalfi lemon while Chino and Yardbird provided a cool corner with their lively booth designs and casually fine dishes. Duddell's mixed it up with everything from Wagyu and lobster to truffle dumplings and garoupa while Kaum spiced things up with their Indonesian flavours and Mercato kept things classy with their luxurious brand of Italian cuisine. Okra presented innovative dishes with crispy Brussels sprouts and marinated quail and Rhoda kept up with their ox heart tartare and Mangalica pork pig skin spaghetti. Serge et le Phoque delighted all with their dacquoise and Tosca won hearts with their tiramisu with limoncello. Tin Lung Heen racked up the queues for their tender char sui with honey and Zuma surprised the punters with the harmonious flavours in their avocado temaki an Hokkaido roaasted rice aisu.
Cooking demonstrations drew in the crowds at the Porsche Taste Theatre where Hong Kong's top chefs came to display their talents and delight audiences with the final day hosting an impromptu hot wings eating competition with Chef Matt Abergel of Yardbird acting as judge.You can watch the fun for yourself, and find out who won on Facebook here.
Drinks were aplenty to whet the whistle before diving in to the delicious dishes on offer. The Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar was an elegant addition that enticed all as they entered the festival with a taste of the bubbly by the glass as well as hosted interactive pairings with both Valrhona Chocolate and Emporia Antico's caviar Beluga. Coffee to fuel the food adventurers was provided by the team from Illy and naturally sparkling water kept us hydrate at the Badoit & Evian Bar. Much fun was had at the Brooklyn Brewery Bar with games and plenty of special beers to try from this Williamsburg brewhouse. La Cabane brought their natural wines to the cool confines of their chic wood-designed booth where the music brought the vibe and the eclectic wines kept it flowing.
With a VIP Lounge hosted by JIA Group there were delicious canapes and creative cocktails for those lucky enough to snag themselves a pass and there was a Marriott Studio that put on some pretty great demos for how to make your own lush libations at home.
Keeping it pure with natural wines at La Cabane
We were spoilt for choice with the premium products on offer throughout the Gourmet market with our favourite spot to swing by being Le Sniff at Bellota Bellota for a whiff of their tantalising Iberico Ham (and a taste, of course). And a handy little addition was provided by the Deliveroo folk who stood in line for us when the queues got too long for us to handle.
Le Sniff anyone?
Our own Foodie Market was a popular spot with a plethora of great local and international products for purchase and workshops that run the gamut of everything from coconut macaroon making to wine tastings.Foodie Market
Taste presented by Standard Chartered may have wrapped, but the flavours linger on. We need to stretch them out all the way until next year...