Taste of Hong Kong is a food fair/festival where 16 restaurants will be gathering at Central Harbourfront for one weekend only from 16-19 March 2017. It’s a chance to sample some exclusive and some signature dishes from highly regarded restaurants around Hong Kong.
General admission into the fair will cost HK$138/HK$198 (weekday/weekend), and dishes will have to be purchased separately. I imagine the cost could add up… but they will also be hosting chef talks and cooking demonstrations, among other activities. Plus, restaurants will be serving up some exclusive items – which means you have never seen it on their menus before – so it seems like it could be a fun weekend activity.
In the run up to the event, I got the chance to preview some of the items that will be showcased and these five are definitely unmissable.
1. Rhoda – Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder (Exclusive)
Given how much I personally enjoyed my dinner at Rhoda when it opened last year, I was most excited to sample their dishes for Taste of Hong Kong. The slow cooked lamb shoulder is an exclusive item for this event and is definitely the one dish you have to try. The lamb was very flavourful – so it’s only good for those who enjoy the gaminess of lamb. More impressively, it was super tender on the inside, with occasional fats weaved in, and had an incredibly thin crispy charred exterior. The side of strong cumin-spiced cauliflower was a perfect complement as well.
2. Rhoda – Wagyu Short Rib, Bone Marrow, Caviar on Toast
They had me at ‘wagyu’ and ‘bone marrow’. This second item was almost equally impressive. Again, Chef Nate Green of Rhoda is showing off his flare for picking out the right ingredients to create impressively rich and flavourful items here. You can really appreciate the beefy flavours from the excellent quality grass-fed wagyu short rib used on this dish. The bone marrow of course added the extra richness to it.
3. Zuma – Zuwagani and King Crab Cold Noodles (Exclusive)
If you’re not into the richness of dishes like the one Rhoda has to offer, Zuma’s crab cold noodles is a refreshing and light option, but is by no means simple. Two types of crabs are used in this dish. They were extremely fresh and were expertly combined with a range of other ingredients, such chili ponzu and caviar, to make it a dish to admire both on its looks and taste.
4. Zuma – Roasted Rice Soft Serve with Matcha (Exclusive)
I can already foresee a queue for Zuma’s roasted rice flavoured soft serve which is an exclusive item for this event. It’s going to be a crowd pleaser. The taste may not seem mindblowingly inventive, but that’s because the roasted rice and milky ice cream goes so well together, it almost seems like this should be a mainstream ice cream flavour. But I’ve actually never heard of it in Hong Kong. It’s also topped with crunchy puffed rice bits and a matcha sauce.
5. VIP Lounge – Sailor’s Martini (Exclusive)
Finally, it’s never right to start a meal without first having a drink and dining at a food fair is no exception. We were all pretty surprised to see a block of cheese in our drink… Thankfully the cheese doesn’t really invade the martini. But as I took a tiny bite of it before each sip, the match was unexpectedly spot on.
See you on 16 March!
The event starts on Thursday (16 March 2017) and you can start booking your tickets here. I got to sample several dishes in advance, and these five are definitely worth trying, especially the lamb shoulder from Rhoda and the soft serve from Zuma.
Taste of Hong Kong (16-19 March 2017 only)
Central Harbourfront Event Space
9 Lung Wo Road
Buy tickets here.