5 dishes we loved this week from Beefbar and more
Best Bites is a roundup of the exceptional dishes we had over the past week: those that renewed our love for established places; caught our attention during a new opening; or freshly impressed by the creativity and skill of Hong Kong’s talented chefs. From casual street snacks to meticulously prepared tasting menus, these are the best dishes to try in Hong Kong, and the plates we recommend you make a trip special for.
Here are the best dishes we’ve dined and savored this week:
The dish: Koenigsberger Klopse (from the Tasting Menu)
It might not be the dumpling you had in mind when you read the word dumpling, but when a chef like Peter Find invites you into his literal home – complete with a little red crab magnet for pinning recipes to the fridge – for dinner, you happily accept, with every dish that comes your way. The dinner was a preview for Heimat (German for “home”), its first independent restaurant after three decades at the helm of some of the world’s best cuisine, most recently the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.
Heimat is slated to open in January inside the LKF Tower on Wyndham, where Chef Peter will serve a tasting menu of seasonal dishes, just like this one, inspired by his upbringing in the small German village of Bersrod. Flanked by crispy chunks and creamy chunks, capers and pickles court their court around a pork sausage ball rolled into a small fist-sized ball. It’s a star on a menu full of stars, and opening day can’t come fast enough. Too bad for a healthy January, eh? – Nathan Erickson, Editor-in-Chief
Heimat, to come
The dish: Scrambled Eggs with Tomato, from their “Two Dishes with Rice” offer (HK $ 36)
I’ve been a boss for lunchtime siu may, For dinner siu may and for the end of the night, after the siu mai shenanigans. It’s a passionate love story – please don’t say 7-11 – that started on a hungry afternoon when my colleague Lorria and I walked way beyond our usual Pret-A-Manger. (I love you!) For unknown companies. The bright red awning caught our eye first, and then the trays upon trays of snacks stopped us dead. If you are not siu may Heads like us, go for curried fishballs or the rotating Taiwanese sausage – but be sure to say yes when they ask if you want the chili paste.
I found out last week that is other the side is just as delicious. You really can’t go wrong with scrambled eggs and tomatoes – and 潮 香 園 子食 is perfectly sweet; soft yellow eggs and just the right side of runny. It only costs HK $ 36 for both sides (I have tofu as a second, but their sweet and sour pork looks great too), a bunch of rice, and a canned drink. In fact, just get the siu may also, while you’re at it. If you’re still counting, it’s less than HK $ 50 for dinner. The most delicious offer in town. – Joey Wong, editor
潮 香 園 美食, Shop AC, G / F, Hong Kong Building, 4 O’Brien Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong (directly across from Wanchai Station A1 exit)
The dish: Oatmeal cookie
For those who weren’t touched by a flow of auto-response messages from my email, I spent most of my week on a five-day Royal Caribbean cruise. And those who usually go on cruises will know that the cruise food is only so good, especially if, like me, you’re not willing to shell out even more money for a paid venue. So you grit your teeth and stick to the regular, limited options lineup which – luckily for the Spectrum of the Seas, trades daily – just tastes good. But I did not find any treasure aboard the ship’s dedicated restaurants. My best bite out of this 169,000 ton ship was, in fact, this oatmeal cookie from the Splashaway Cafe by the pool on Deck 14, open afternoons and late evenings only. It was hot fresh from the oven, chewy with granulated sugar on top, enjoyed movie night by the pool (don’t leave it too long or it will harden!). Of course, the ocean view helped turn this little treat from good to delicious, but I’ve been back there several times every night afterwards. Cruise tips! – Lorria Sahmet, editor
Splashaway Café, Deck 14, Spectrum of the Seas
The dish: BBQ pork & signature scrambled egg in homemade soy sauce with rice (HK $ 60)
With the cold weather approaching, we’re definitely on a comfort food roll, and what better choice for lunch than Hong Kong’s ultimate favorite at Cafe Seasons? Delicious fatty cuts of char siu on a scrambled egg almost runny over rice. Divide each bite with an even rice / soy ratio and you’re good to go. Wash it all down with a sip of the best milk tea in town. So. Good. – Sandra Kwong, features editor
Cafe Seasons, G / F, 88 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
The dish: A5 Omi Smoked Sirloin Turnips (from the festive menu HK $ 1,780 / person)
As the holiday season approaches, Beefbar recently unveiled its festive menu. Developed by Executive Chef Andrea Spagoni, the menu starts with speckled shrimp caviar, roast beef with nori, chili jam and green pepper, Kurobuta pork tortelli with white truffle, strip loin of Omi with smoked turnips, complemented by the taste of quince with champagne sabayon. For me, the star dish was the Omi strip loin with smoked turnips. The beef was so tender it melted in your mouth. The smoked turnips gave the beef a contrasting crunch and it made me want more. The 5-course festive dinner menu is available from now until December 30, 2021. – Austin Miao, Head of Brand Content
Beefbar, 2 / F, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2110 8853