4 dishes we loved this week, from Fries, Zoku and more
Best Bites is a roundup of the standout dishes we’ve had over the past week: those that renewed our love for established places, caught our eye during a new opening, or freshly impressed us with creativity. and skills of Hong Kong’s talented chefs. From casual street snacks to meticulously curated tasting menus, these are the best dishes to try in Hong Kong, and the plates we recommend taking a special trip for.
The best dishes we dined and savored this week:
Quality Products Club
The dish: Oysters (3 for HK$80; 6 for HK$150; 12 for HK$290)
Something has changed in the air this weekend. Perhaps it was the torrential downpours of the previous week that pushed and pushed everything that kept spring from metamorphosing, finally, into summer; maybe it’s just the sunburn that brushes the top of my shoulders that makes me feel a little glum. But it smells like summer; it smells like summer. And there’s nothing more reminiscent of the lazy, foggy days of the season than a bed of freshly shucked oysters – to be enjoyed with a little sand between your toes; a little salt in your hair – nestled against ice chips, a lemon wedge and your choice of condiments.
Quality Goods Club’s good quality time also extends to their good quality food, in case you haven’t witnessed the many bone marrow sledges that the club-slash-disco-slash-live-music- place splashes on the ‘gram. And yes, go for the music, but also go for a platter of half a dozen perfect, perfect, bite-sized oysters from QGC, sourced from Nova Scotia waters. We had them natural with brackish mignonette – okay, also a couple with cheeky smoky whiskey spritzes. They also make them Rockefeller style if you’re into it – and washed down the half dozen with a quality Bloody Mary. Name a better Sunday afternoon. —Joey Wong, Editor
Quality Goods Club, Basement, On Lok House, 39-43 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
The dish: Tebeyaki (HK$688, included in the Weekend Brunch menu)
Now that Edwin Guzman is in charge, The Hari’s modern Japanese eatery, Zoku, is home to delicious Nikkei-style cuisine. Among which is this Tebeyaki, or Japanese-style grilled stuffed chicken wing.
Enjoyed on a Sunday afternoon with the Weekend Brunch menu, Guzman’s stuffed chicken wing proved to be the perfect finale to the slew of entrees that arrived at our gun-shaped table. Because no matter how full you think you’re starting to feel, the smoky aroma of charcoal manages to revive your appetite. Golden brown in color with speckled edges, this indicates just perfect char, a bite in its crispy exterior explodes into a savory bite of succulent ground chicken ingeniously stuffed inside. It doesn’t matter that scorching hot oil drips inside your palms as your fingers smack against the smoldering edges, you’re a soldier and that stuffed wing is glorious, so you lick your fingertips and immediately dive in back. for a few seconds. That’s exactly how I enjoyed it. — Lorria Sahmet, Editor-in-Chief
Zoku, 2/F, The Hari Hong Kong, 330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2129 0339
FRITES Belgium on tap
The dish: Super protein salad (HK$165)
Hey everyone, I’m back with another review of a certain type of veggie. Maybe I’ll make it a weekly thing? Who wants to know more about bland and healthy foods? *locusts*
Featured in this week’s best bites is none other than FRIES’ Super Protein Salad. This is actually not the first time I’ve ordered this dish. Neither my second, third or tenth time, actually… yeah, to say I’m addicted would be an understatement. And I know people go to FRITES for the mussels, or even the steak frites or the burgers, but I don’t. I’m different, guys.
Usually I like to order the salad with a side of sriracha salmon to make it more substantial, but this week I just wanted something light after a full day of hiking around Art Central. Even on its own, the salad is a bomb and very satisfying. Containing corn, cherry tomato, beetroot, broccoli, green bean, carrot, raisins, avocado and cilantro on a bed of quinoa, wild rice and chard mix card, it is the OG superfood salad that will not only fill you up, but also make you feel healthy and virtuous after the meal. Oh, and let’s not forget the dressing – I’m not sure what it is, but it’s slightly sweet with a tangy flavor and ties the whole package together nicely. Yum! — Charmaine Ng, Editor
FRITES Belgium on Tap, various locations including G/F, Queen’s Road Centre, 152 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3950 9000
The dish: Tempura Shrimp Onigiri Set (HK$51)
Ever since I started living alone, Sheung Wan has been like my candy country. I have all the bubble teas, mammy pancakes, and junk food all around me (without parental supervision), and one of my favorite guilty pleasures is Onigiri Planet. It’s a Japanese style onigiri stand where they throw in a bunch of seaweed, mentaiko sauce, spam, eggs and shrimp tempura to make the best onigiri wrap. To top off this crispy and delicious bite, the set also comes with a Taiwanese-style milk tea, satisfying two cravings at once. On days when I’m not posting prettier food photos on Instagram, I’m most likely relishing this rice ball. — Leanne Lam, Social Media Manager
Planet Onigiri, various locations including Shop A, G/F, Wing Wah Mansion, 425H Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 9413 6684