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The rise of colourful cuisine

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 5 Mar '18

Header image credit: KALA

Unicorns seem to be somewhat responsible for the ongoing trend towards the violent tinting of many a food item of late. Lattes dusted pink and adorned with rainbow sprinkles, unicorn-shaped cookies that poo confetti and even the usual monochromatic rice in sushi and noodles in fresh spring rolls have been seen taking on a technicolour hue in some outfits. As it has filtered down the trend chain, the unicorn aspect seems to be magically disappearing, but the vibrant stain on our chow remains. On a progressive note, in many respects these vivid hues now come from natural flavourings.

We take a whimsical look at some of Hong Kong’s showiest vittles that are psychedelic hits to the eyes while still managing to prevail as tasty treats for the tongue.

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Rainbow toast

Ordinarily, when one pictures the glory of a grilled cheese sandwich, the said cheese has an oozy, orange complexion. But not at KALA. The Peak’s toast shop colours Emmental, Gruyère, Cheddar and mozzarella with lavender, basil and tomato to produce its famed rainbow toast with its glorious marbled effects. If that’s not your cup of tea, don’t fret – they also do durian cheese toast and matcha cheese toast that might float your exotic toastie boat.

Shop G11, G/F, Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, The Peak, 3706 5432

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Lollipop cake

Whether you want a cake that’s painted with every shocking shade known to man on the outside or an elegant display of sophisticated grace on the exterior with hectic hues hidden within, Mrs B has got you covered. The dappled rainbow cake, sugary kaleidoscopic bonbons and motley marzipan of Mrs B’s CAKERY are the stock and trade of this cake shop that will light you up on the inside as much as it dazzles on the out. 

Shop 248, 2/F, Prince’s Building,10 Chater Road, 2530 0203 (and 39 Gough Street, 2815 8303)

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Call of the Disco Ball

The new progressive dining experience within Ovolo Southside hotel, Komune, is making waves for more than just its delicious cuisine. Employing a “cocktail professor” approach to the drink list, they’ve turned the F&B into B&F. The Call of the Disco Ball is a sweet-toothed pleasure along with When it Rains Look for Rainbows, while Chinese Ink uses lychee, tangerine and lemongrass to bring out the best of its whisky base.

Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 3460 8157

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Nemo bagels

You might ask why, but we don’t. For some reason a Nemo-swirled, cream-cheese-smeared bagel sounds like the perfect breakfast food to us. Schragels are the geniuses responsible for this fishy fruition, and from what we’ve seen, there ain’t nothing they can’t do with a doughy circle – and they profess to be up to any challenge. We bet they could do a fine emoji bagel or perhaps we’ll task them with a series of bagel life preservers for our next junk trip…

17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, 9730 6727

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7-colour squid balls

There is nowhere we love better to get a hip bit of hotpot than with the cool kids running the show at The Drunken Pot. Their handmade cuttlefish balls are coloured with natural tints from sweet potato, carrot, corn, black truffle, green bean, strawberry and chestnut. They also do a six-colour, two-tone soup dumpling set with the likes of squid ink and spinach if there isn’t enough paint in your pot already.

Causeway Bay: 27/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, 2323 7098

TST: 8 Observatory Road, 2321 9038

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Cuppa chroma

The thoughtful folk at Caffè HABITŪ have embraced their coffee-alternative-seeking customers with gusto and unveiled the Wellness Latte range. Not only are these lattes picture pretty, but they also have some goodness within and are all caffeine free. There is a beetroot latte, a matcha version and a turmeric variety that could prove the cups of choice if you’ve had too much java and need a bit of colour in your cheeks (and mug).

Various locations across Hong Kong

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Photo credit: @mumsnothome

Butterfly pea tea

Another caffeine-free warming sip can be found within the depths of this butterfly pea teacup. The deep blue colour of the petals of this Southeast Asian flower transform into this enigmatic beverage with its rich cerulean tones that bewitchingly metamorphosise when a change in pH occurs. Add a squeeze of lemon to your infusion and a vivid periwinkle appears before your very eyes. The comforting quarters of Mum’s Not Home in Yau Ma Tei can provide you with a cup of this breathtaking brew. Take that, unicorn cappuccino – we’ve found real magic at the bottom of our tea leaves.

302 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, 9770 5760

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