Mmmm…March in Hong Kong. Can you feel the excitement building? Spring is returning to the city,  and we are busy preparing our costumes for the Hong Kong Sevens while also trying to figure out how we will undo the rugby weekend calories in time for junk season. But a better way to treat your body and your wallet arrives in town a few weeks before the foreign athletes do. I am speaking about the fourth annual Taste of Hong Kong which takes over the Central Harbour front 21-24 March. For a list of the most satisfying selections from the savoury to the sweet of this year’s line-up, continue to scroll below!

Start with what you know and love! Warm the taste buds up with local favourite Little Bao and its selection of popular burger baos and side dishes. Do not forget that while you may often frequent the Soho restaurant, Little Bao’s chefs, as well as those from other local favourites Haku, Pici, and Zuma will be serving up exclusives for the Taste Festival.

After teasing the taste buds with familiar favourites, move in the direction of Le Comptoir Group’s collaborative effort from the chefs of  Bibo, Silencio, and The Ocean.  Entitled the “Six Hand Collaboration Dish,” this creation is sure to tempt and satisfy any palate with its use of pigeon, pork, and even an oyster cream containing whole oysters and squid ink nori chip.

 

Six Hand Collaboration Dish

Now are you ready to try something entirely new? Well, relatively speaking? Then look no further than to newcomer Old Bailey. Stepping outside of its Tai Kwun home for the weekend, this restaurant debuts its “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall” xiao long bao. Who doesn’t love a fresh take on an old standby? These new Buddha baos that originated in the Jiangnan region feature Iberico pork while being spiced up with Sichuan peppercorns.

 

Buddha Jumps Over the Wall

After all this savour it is time for some dessert. While Italians may have invented gelato, the Australians have spent a considerable amount of time perfecting it, and thus are sending Hong Kong their most beloved of gelaterias, Gelato Messina. Handmade chocolate and high quality jersey milk will be found in Gelato Messina’s concoctions, whose names are as catchy as their premium ingredients. Sample “Dr. Evil’s Mini Magic Mushroom” cake or the “PayLOVA Sundae” in additional to more traditional desserts, such as a Dulce de Leche.

 

Dr. Evil’s Mini Mushroom Cake

 

No mouth-watering feast is complete without some substance to actually water the mouth. A selection of beverages both alcoholic and non is always available, but for those looking for something as unique as the food being purchased, be sure to check out the Stella Artois World Draught Master Competition, being sponsored by Taste’s 2019 major beer partner, Stella Artois. Hometown Glory actress Kelly Cheung will make a special guest appearance at the competition, which is being held exclusively on Friday evening, 22 March.

 

Give your tummy and taste buds a rest at Central Harbourfront by taking in all the other attractions that come with your general entry ticket purchase. Chefs will be doing on-stage demonstrations at The Wolf Theatre, Gourmet Market will be sampling different artisan producers of food and drink, and live bands and DJs will be occupying The Sound Stage. Do not forget that parents can bring their children aged 12 and under for free, and there will be a Kids Zone to encourage the next generation of chefs with culinary activities (as well as other non-food-related crafts).

 

Finally, while Taste of Hong Kong celebrates all that is food, do not forget to stop by the BloomMe booth to celebrate all that is skin pampering. Skin Laundry has partnered with the popular Hong Kong app to give away FREE facials at the Hydration Station (to help the skin after all that Stella Artois), sample skin care products, and spa cash. Also, BloomMe is offering an exclusive discount code for tickets to Taste! Use code “BLOOMMETASTE” at checkout to claim!

 

So there you have it: new food, familiar food, beer, bands, and some beauty.  It is the Bang for your Bucket List for this year’s Taste of Hong Kong presented by HSBC. Find it all at the Central Harbourfront this 21-24 March!

Mmmm…March in Hong Kong. Can you feel the excitement building? Spring is returning to the city,  and we are busy preparing our costumes for the Hong Kong Sevens while also trying to figure out how we will undo the rugby weekend calories in time for junk season. But a better way to treat your body…