Hong Kong’s best new drinking holes face off—but only one can be crowned king of the boozers.
We may be more familiar with its more famous green counterpart, but May and June is white asparagus season, and there’s no better (or other) time to indulge. This vampiric veggie is a spring delicacy, and a food connoisseur’s dream. It’s prized throughout Europe, and holds a special place in the hearts of many chefs.
It looks anaemic and it makes your pee smell funny. What’s the deal with white asparagus? Leonie Xin Chao-Fong finds out what the fuss is all about.
“For Filipino junk food—chips, candy, baked goods, etc.—plus shampoo, soap and pretty much every Filipino product you can think of: every floor on World-Wide House (19 Des Voeux Rd. Central) has them.
Charmaine Mirandilla is a marketing executive here at HK Magazine.
Chungking of Kowloon
Monica Babani (right) is a 22-year-old Marketing and Management student at HKUST, and she was born in Hong Kong. Her parents are from northern India and she goes back often; a trend she hopes continues after she graduates this year. Vijay Panjabi was also born in Hong Kong, and works in the export trading business while moonlighting as a DJ.
Do the Tango
“If you ask me what do I do when I’m homesick, I go to Tango Argentinian Steakhouse. They have some really Argentine comfort food. Which obviously includes meat, so I throw all my vegetarianism to the wind, and I have a good Milanesa con papas fritas: the very thin deep-fried breaded steak and french fries. Empanadas, asado [barbecue] and Milanesa con papas fritas. I’m vegetarian, but I’m not stupid. One little secret about Tango: they sell dulce de leche, from Argentina.”
Originally from Buenos Aires, Diego Laje is a journalist and broadcaster who has lived in Hong Kong twice—most recently, since 2008.
In the Family
Turgay Turkucak is a pillar of the Turkish community in Hong Kong. He is setting up a Turkish meet-up group for to the growing number of Turks who call the city home.
Hong Kong may be a tiny 1104km2, but it’s hardly limited. We asked 10 Hongkongers who come from all over the world what they do when they’re a little homesick—or if they just need a little taste of home. In Hong Kong, you don’t need to go far to go a long way. Click on their flags for a little taste of home away from home...
You don’t need to pack a suitcase to get a real feel for other countries—in fact, you don’t even need to leave Hong Kong.
Good, Cheap Italian Food
Born in Taranto, South Italy, Lara Genovese moved to Hong Kong three years ago. She is an architect and production designer.
Hailing from Seoul, Andie Kim Jung-ah has lived in Hong Kong for nearly five years and works in aluminum product sales.
“It’s really difficult to find Polish products in Hong Kong. There is not even one Polish restaurant. If you want to eat Polish food, you learn how to cook!
“But we have found some solutions. We buy some products that are almost Polish. For example there are Russian shops on the internet that sell white cottage cheese, herring and other specialties. There is also one guy who trades in fish. Especially for Polish people, he imported one container of herring. However after one year he still has stock, because it’s only us who buy it!
Krzysztof Kmin was born in Lodz, Poland. He’s a freelancer and businessman.