Photo from Discoverhongkong.com
As a food blogger, I love to plan my holidays and trips around food. I did that for Japan in 2007 and now I have a chance to do that for Hong Kong! I am leaving tomorrow morning for Hong Kong with the rest of the Singapore Blog Award 2010 winners (by the way, you can win a trip to Hong Kong too).
However, I am not that familiar with Hong Kong eateries as my last trip was like ten years ago, or so it feels! I do know I want to try the legendary Mak's Noodles and Kau Kee's beef brisket noodles. Would love to squeeze in some good old dim sum - should I brave the queues at Tim Ho Wan (awarded one Michelin star!), Lin Heung or Fu Sing? Or should I head for luxury dim sum at Lung King Heen (Four Seasons Hotel) or Golden Leaf (Conrad Hotel)? What about that Bo Innovation - molecular gastronomy, Asian style?
But I don't know very much beyond that. And with only 3-4 days, there isn't much time for experimentation.
So given my lack of knowledge, I'm secretly glad we are hosted by the Hong Kong Tourism Board because they know Hong Kong best. We just got our itinerary and I was very impressed with some of the dining places they have chosen for us. Certainly not run of the mill choices. Here's a quick sneak peek at the places we'll be eating at:
1. Busy Suzie - a Japanese rotabayaki joint serving exquisite grilled fare in chic designer interiors. The chefs are from Japan, and fresh ingredients are flown in daily.
2. Gingko House - a western (French and Italian) restaurant that's run like a social enterprise, giving the elderly meaningful employment and allowing their rich life experience to enhance service and customer relationships.
3. The Bounty - dinner cruise on a 42m replica of the HMS Bounty! It doesn't get more dramatic than this!
4. Hong Kong Old Restaurant - serves really good Shanghainese and Sichuan cuisine. It's also one of celebrity chef Hugo Leung's favourite eateries.
5. Yin Yang - Hong Kong's first female celebrity chef Margaret Xu Yuan runs her own organic farm in Yuen Long, and has concocted some unusual healthy dishes with incredible self-taught flair. Yin Yang is her private kitchen in Wan Chai. I'm looking forward to that crispy chicken roasted in a terracotta clay oven.
That's not all. We even have a special workshop with Margaret who will impart secrets on making her extremely popular Chinese sauces.
It looks like we have a really wonderful program lined up for us. I can't wait to show you photos! Later, ok?
F@N, the winner of the Laugh-Out-Loud Blog Award did a caricature of all of us. He's pretty good!