Update (11 May 2016): The event has unexpectedly been cancelled.
If you’re looking for a place to be on a Saturday, and hiking isn’t really an option (because the weather has been so volatile), take yourself to PMQ and chillax with good vibes, music and (most importantly) a lot of good food.
P.S. The area is sheltered from the rain!
What? Food stalls (which change every two weeks), music, a place to chill for the afternoon
When? Every Saturday 12-7pm from 23 Apr – 11 Jun 2016
Where? PMQ – The ‘alley’ behind Bread & Butter cafe, Central. Just to avoid confusion, it’s not at the usual open area in the middle.
Price? Free Entry, individual dishes cost around HK$30-80
What’s FeedMe Guru?
If you’re reading this, it’s likely you enjoy looking out for new places to eat in Hong Kong. Conscious of this very common demand, FeedMe Guru has come up with an app that presents you with a dynamic list of Best 600 restaurants, based on reviews – their “Latest Openings” listing is especially useful. They ‘ve only introduced an iPhone app so far, but you can also explore via their website.
Alley Street Food Market – Highlights from the first week
FeedMe Guru has now set up an 8-week long food market. The stalls will change every two weeks, which makes things a whole lot more exciting. If the first week was any indication, I’m definitely coming back for the delicious variety of food. Plus, the quality of food was also generally very good. This honestly was one of the very few times I wasn’t disappointed with food at a food-related market.
Here are some of the dishes I tried which will still be available this Saturday (30 April).
Moyo’s Korean Fried Chicken *must order*
When I tried Moyo‘s Korean Fried Chicken at the actual restaurant when it was opened last year, I remember thinking it was a bit dry. But that was during the second week of their soft opening. They’ve clearly upgraded their menu and the Korean Fried Chicken has definitely improved drastically. The exterior is super crispy, while the meat was super juicy and tender.
In fact, we quickly overheard at least 3 other groups of people commenting on how good it was, shortly after we arrived. It looked great too and we were sold. It’s a must order.
The Drunken Pot’s Penguins and Beef
I’ve been meaning to try The Drunken Pot for a while, so I was delighted to see their stall here and pounced at that opportunity to try out their food. I tried their penguin balls and those were even tastier than they were cute. But I think I need to sit around that pot and eat at least 5 different things to appreciate the soup broth, which is what their restaurant is known for.
They also served stuff which wasn’t cooked in the hot pot. The beef tenderloin cubes *must order* were so flavourful, tender and delicious! This is highly recommended too.
Beef & Liberty’s Pulled Pork Burger *must order*
The pulled pork burger looked amazing on display. And thankfully the real one I ordered did too. It was super flavourful meat in a lightly toasted bun. This was one of the more satisfying items (i.e. good portion) in the food market. It also went really well with the spicy corn off the cob which was addictive.
Topiary cocktails *must order*
The best part about food markets is you can have the best of all worlds. We got our fried chicken with beer. We got burgers. We even got fancy cocktails to go with it and that’s a combination you’ll rarely get! The cocktails at Topiary are unmissable. Pictured above is the “Low Hanging Fruit” one which is as refreshing as it looks. It’s perfect for a hot afternoon.
Who should go?
I have to admit it’s probably not the ideal Saturday afternoon spot for everyone. But foodies who are feeling social and up for trying lots of different bites from hip restaurants around Hong Kong will love it. It was packed, pretty noisy and quite hot though, so it may not be the best place for families, more suited to small groups.
Since they change their line up every two weeks, I’ll definitely be back to sample more! Make sure you squeeze a visit in before they end on 11 June 2016.
Alley Street Food Market
35 Aberdeen Street