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WOM weekender, 24 January: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend

by: WOM Contributor
24 Jan 2020

WOM weekender - Samsen Sheung Wan

Samsen opens in Sheung Wan

Buzzy Thai go-to Samsen has opened their second location, in the heart of Sheung Wan. Bigger than its Wan Chai counterpart, Jervois Street’s newest addition includes new items such as a signature beef khao soi, made with fresh egg noodles and served alongside house-made roti. Besides Sheung Wan-exclusive dishes, tried and tested crowd faves such as grilled chicken satay and fried pork fritters are also available.

Samsen Sheung Wan, 23 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan +852 2234 0080; www.facebook.com/SamsenHK

WOM weekender - Ming Court Wan Chai

Ming Court opens in Wan Chai

Fresh off reconfirming its status as one of Hong Kong’s finest Cantonese restaurants in the Michelin Guide 2020, Langham Hospitality’s Ming Court is hoping to double down on its success with the opening of a new dining room in Wan Chai. Helmed by culinary director Tsang Chiu King, who previously oversaw the Mong Kok original to the star rankings, Ming Court Wan Chai will showcase authentic Cantonese culinary techniques elevated by premium, globally sourced produce, complemented by a curated selection of quality wines, sake, and tea pairings. Other features include an elegant bar area, where you can sip on a range of spirits, tea-based cocktails and Chinese-style tapas, as well as an 8-10 person private chef’s table experience, with a large window looking into the kitchen to see the behind-the-scenes magic happening IRL.

Ming Court Wan Chai, 2/F, Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, (852) 2878 1212; http://mingcourt.com.hk

WOM weekender - Mr Mings K11 Musea

Mr. Ming’s opens at K11 Musea

Ming Fat House, the restaurant group behind Foxglove and the late Mrs. Pound, expands its empire to Victoria Dockside with the opening of Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining. Billed as a ‘new destination for reimagined Cantonese food’, the all-day eatery offers a selection of contemporary takes on local faves. The menu, crafted by executive head chef Tony Hung (whose CV includes stints at Hoi King Heen and Under Bridge Spicy Crab) features dim sum, seafood and Chinese barbecue dishes made with quality ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients. Highlights include the signature Ming’s BBQ Pork (HK$248), Mrs.Pound’s Shrimp Dumplings (HK$68 for 3 pieces) and the aged vinegar-glazed pork belly (HK$168).

Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining, Shop 113A, 1/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2119 2949; https://mingfathouse.com/mr-mings-chinese-dining

See also: What to eat and drink at K11 Musea

WOM weekender - Lady M Hong Kong cake

Lady M introduces a new Hong Kong-exclusive flavour

In time for Valentine’s Day, gourmet cakery Lady M has debuted an exclusive Hong Kong flavour. Taking the classic ‘checkers’ cake up a colourful notch, the Black Pink Checkers (HK$68 per slice) features interlocking black-charcoal chocolate and pink vanilla sponge cake woven with strawberry cream and a silky, strawberry-infused ganache coating, and topped it dried raspberry. Pre-order for a whole cake (HK$680) is also available.

Lady M, Shop C, G/F, Hamilton Mansion, Fashion Walk, Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2861 1866; www.ladymhk.com

WOM weekender - Kerry Hotel x Cha Ling afternoon tea

Kerry Hotel teams up with Cha Ling for a pu’er afternoon tea experience

Pinkies up everyone: Kerry Hotel has partnered up with sustainable Parisian skincare brand Cha Ling for a detoxifying Spirit of Pu’er afternoon tea (HK$638 for two), available from now until the end of March. Crafted by executive chef Matthew Woolford, indulge in pu’er savouries and pastries inspired by Cha Ling products such as the pu’er tea-marbled quail egg topped with W3 Osetra caviar, and the pear-infused caramel tartin.

Lobby Lounge, Level 1, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, +852 2252 5237; http://www.shangri-la.com

WOM weekender - Ribs N Baos at Rummin Tings

A ribs, bao and beer pop-up at Rummin’ Tings

8 Creative, the same crew behind Amalfitana, Fratelli, and Rummin’ Tings, have expanded their delivery empire with Ribs ‘n’ Baos. To celebrate, they’re doing a pop-up at Hollywood Road spot Rummin’ Tings until 28 January, where you can sample items like smoked ribs with Indonesian long pepper and fish palm (HK$150 for a half-rack), and deep-fried chicken wings in tempura batter with fish sauce and Sriracha (HK$90). If you’re feeling like staying in, Ribs ‘n’ Baos is available right now on Deliveroo and Foodpanda for deliveries on the Hong Kong Island southside.

Rummin’ Tings, 28 Hollywood Rd, Central; +852 2523 7070; www.rummintings.hk

WOM weekender - Giando Hong Kong winter vegetarian menu
Go meat-free with Giando’s seasonal vegetarian menu

Wan Chai fine diner Giando is doing its bit to ensure we start 2020 on a consciously healthy note with its new, 6-course, winter vegetarian menu (HK$798, plus 10 percent). Paying homage to the hearty and versatile seasonal produce of Italy, the deliciously meat-free set showcases high-quality ingredients from smaller scale Italian family farms, and includes dishes such as fusilli pasta served with turnip tips and non-spicy Crusco peppers from southern Italy, Chef Gianni’s supreme take on Savoy cabbage paired with hazelnut and earthy black truffle, and a silky pumpkin cheesecake with Amaretto crumble.

Giando, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, +852 2511 8912; www.giandorestaurant.com

See also: 5 must-try Hong Kong vegetarian and vegan desserts even non-vegans will love

WOM weekender - Feather and Bone Mid-Levels

Celebrate Australia Day at Feather & Bone 

Celebrate the land down under this weekend at Feather & Bone Mid-Levels’ epic rooftop party on Saturday, 25 January (see how it easy it is to #ChangeTheDate?). From midday to 5pm, stop by for unlimited homemade snags and frothies, as well as lamingtons, fairy bread, and G&T by Four Pillars and Capi. Tickets are HK$600, all inclusive, and HK$200 from each ticket sold will go straight to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service to support the bushfire relief effort. Get your pass at the door, or online here.

Feather & Bone Mid-Levels, 38 Shelley Street, Mid-Levels, +852 2179 6211; https://featherandbone.com.hk

WOM weekender - Jalan Hong Kong long lunch

Have a long lunch at Jalan, because why not, honestly

Launching this weekend (26 January) and taking place on the last Sunday of every month, Central Malaysian diner Jalan will be hosting a leisurely long lunch (HK$295 per person, add HK$200 for free-flow seasonal spritz, prosecco, beer, red and white wine). Perfect for winding down at the end of the week, the communal table will be packed to the brim with hawker-style eats like roasted meats and fragrant rice dishes, as well as seasonal specials like whole fried market fish.

Jalan, 42 Peel Street, Central, +852 2386 2216; www.jalanhk.com

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WOM weekender - Chinese New Year 2020

And finally...

Stuck for Chinese New Year food plans? Here's our pick of the banquet bunch to ring in the Year of the Rat.  Kung hei fat choi!