Header image: Danish pork belly from The Den
The European Quality Pork from Denmark campaign is back in Hong Kong! Officially beginning on 21 June and running until 21 July 2021, this campaign brings us the very best of Danish pork, partnering with some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants and chefs to create new and exciting dishes. All these dishes have been created especially for the campaign and are only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out!
You can choose to enjoy a sophisticated rooftop experience at Popinjays at The Murray or check out Foodie Forks 2020 Hidden Gem winner TM’s by The Den. Eat, drink and chill with a view at Namo Avant Thai or order in with a flash-frozen, nutritionally profiled ready meal from Gafell!
Read on for a preview of some of the dishes that will be available.
The $500 giveaways
Foodie is running a giveaway for the campaign, where 20 (!!) of our lucky readers will each win a $500 voucher! If you win a $500 voucher, you can enjoy a meal from any one of these restaurants during the campaign, as long as you choose at least one of the special Danish pork dishes. It couldn’t be simpler to enter.
Just answer two questions about how you eat meat here in Hong Kong by filling out this survey. (Giveaway entry has closed)
The participating restaurants
The restaurants participating in the European Quality Pork campaign this year, having created dishes epecially, are:
- Bingaz Street Food
- Café Siam
- The Cottage
- Coyote Bar & Grill & Coyote Mexican Cantina
- The Den
- Fini’s (SoHo & Wanchai)
- Flying Pig Bistro & Flying Pig Deli
- Little Bao
- Lobster Shack
- McSorley’s Brewhouse & Grill
- Namo Avant Thai
- Popinjays (not participating in the giveaway)
- TM’s by The Den
A sneak preview...
Last year was always going to be difficult to beat. But here we are with some absolutely mouth-watering and original dishes from some of Hong Kong’s most interesting chefs and restaurants.
Bingaz Street Food
Serving up good-value street food, everything at Bingaz is homemade with high-quality ingredients, so they are naturally on board with incorporating Danish pork onto their already extensive skewer menu. If you’re craving some street food in a friendly location, Bingaz has created a showcase of pork lollipops with atchara salad and potato wedges ($88). Atchara is a pickle made from grated unripe papaya that is popular in the Philippines, and it’s a perfect balancing side dish to their barbecued pork.
64 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2872 6899
A long-standing Michelin-recognised Thai favourite, Café Siam is proving that European pork works beautifully in Asian cuisine too. This year, Café Siam is serving up a chargrilled pork jowl with green mango & papaya salad ($128) on both the lunch and dinner menus. The Danish pork is marinated with Thai kaffir lime leaf and shallot prior to chargrilling to thoughtfully ensure that no mouthful goes without.
Coyote Bar & Grill is known for its iconic margaritas, vibrant atmosphere, colourful sombreros and, of course, delicious Mexican eats. They also have a more laid-back outpost on Discovery Bay in the form of Coyote Mexican Cantina. Both spots will be dishing up a plate of smoky chipotle chilli & tomato braised Danish pork drumsticks ($178), which will be served with garlic mash and charred chayote. This dish will be available on both the lunch and dinner menus.
Once a hidden gem but now on quick dial for those in the know, The Den in Sai Ying Pun has joined the European Quality Danish pork campaign for the first time. They have put their meaty expertise to work to create this stunning crackling pork belly with broccoli florets, baby carrot, creamy sweet potato and brandy gravy sauce ($248). Can you hear that crackle?
HK fave Little Bao has always sourced high-quality meats with no growth hormones or antibiotics, so Chef May Chow has jumped at the chance to join the campaign this year. She has created something truly droolworthy – a Taiwanese “lu rou” Scotch egg ($98). Using famous Japanese Taiyouran eggs, known for their rich, bright orange yolk, they are coated with a five-spice shiitake European pork sausage mix and served with a side of truffle coleslaw. Expect to see this one on the ‘gram.
McSorley’s Brewhouse & Grill
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a quality pub meal. McSorley’s Brewhouse & Grill is definitely a go-to spot for a cold beer and some pub grub. Celebrating the best of European ingredients, McSorley’s presents their four-hour slow-cooked Guinness BBQ pork ribs ($288), which are served with apple coleslaw, rustic fries and Guinness BBQ sauce.
Namo Avant Thai
One of our all-time favourite Thai restaurants, Namo Avant Thai is known for its harbour views and modern approach to Southeast Asian cuisine. They’re going all out during the European Quality Pork campaign with two dishes that showcase the diversity of Danish pork. First, they have grilled Danish pork drumsticks with chu chee curry ($198) – tender pork drumsticks served in a fragrant yellow coconut curry sauce with galangal, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaf, sure to kick-start your taste buds.
Namo’s second dish is pork belly in hang lay curry ($258). Once again, they’ve created a moreish sauce. Hang lay is a heavily spiced curry that originates from the northern border near Myanmar and combines red and yellow curry pastes, ginger, shallot and pickled garlic – we cannot get enough of it! Be sure to order these dishes alongside one of Namo’s stellar cocktails.
TM’s by The Den
2020 Foodie Forks Hidden Gem winner TM’s by The Den has a breezy, chilled vibe that’s perfect for kicking back and digging in, which is what you should do when you order their baked pork roll with steamed vegetables, sweet purple potato mash and brandy gravy sauce ($248). This dish would be perfect as a Sunday roast, but it’s also a hearty meal any day of the week and is available for takeaway and delivery too.
Go the whole hog and try them all!
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