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THE ART OF LUNCH | HK STYLE

Jane Ramsay

Posted on March 20 2018


Food is an obsession shared by most people in most cultures across the world. Coming together over food has been a thing, but for me coming together over lunch has always been something I’ve associated with Hong Kong.

Before living here I visited for business for more years than I care to count, and I’ve always loved the work hard, play hard vibe. So many great bars and restaurants to go to when the work day was done! However it was the Hong Konger’s attitude to lunch that I loved the most. Irrespective of how much work we had to complete in a short time there was always the mentality that we would stop and take the time for lunch. And not just lunch as I knew it (a sandwich or two as we continued working) but a “let’s go out to a restaurant and share multiple dishes, and chat and relax as if there was nothing more important to do in the day than lunch"!

  

To me it seemed so amazingly cool and indulgent to do so, but was something I never thought to do when I returned home to Australia. In addition to considering going out to lunch too expensive to do daily, it seemed there was never enough time! Lunch was something that we did for special occasions or if we were wooing clients. Better to quickly grab something to eat at my desk – unless I was also contemplating working until mid-night to get things done!

Here in Hong Kong however lunch is a pre-determined time – generally 1-2pm when offices either close their doors and eat together without disturbance, or go out to eat together without disturbance. Either way to a workaholic Westerner it is a revelation.

Most days I still buck the trend and end up snacking at my desk, but more and more I am trying to include the civility of lunch in my daily routine. Not only is it delicious, it helps maintain focus, productivity, build relationships with colleagues, and reduce stress – all great reasons to become a lady who lunches!


Favourite HK Lunch spots

Close to our office in Lai Chi Kok I have 3 favorites:

 Super Star Seafood

Very ‘local’ and not at all ‘cool’ but has great dim sum and an authentic and bustling vibe.

 

Greater China Club

Way cooler than the above with a beautiful décor and food to match. I love their Char Siu Bao (Pork Buns) which they do differently to anywhere else as they are lightly crispy on the outside.

  
Address: Shop A, 10/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok
 

The Salted Pig

When I’m feeling like a more Western lunch this place has an excellent Cob Salad and generous proportions. They also have an amazing Pork Knuckle dish that definitely requires sharing so don’t go alone. It has almost an English pub style vibe and is easy and low key.

  
Address: Shop G02, G/F, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok
 
If I am out and about in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST to local Westerners!) my favorite lunch spot is Al-Molo at Ocean Terminal. Like much of HK they offer a ‘lunch set’ that includes a fabulous buffet of delicious and healthy salads, soups, charcuterie, seafood, and the best little mini bomboloni in their desert offering. A bonus for visitors is that it also has harbor views so before or after lunch you can get some great photos right out the front.

Al Molo Ristorante Italiano

  

 
Hong Kong Island
For Dim Sum I have 2 clear favourites:

 
Dim Sum Library

Dim Sum Library at Pacific Place where I live. Not only is the décor fabulous the food standard is excellent.
  


Yum Cha

Yum Cha in Sheung Wan has the most Instagram-able dim sum offering that tastes as good as it looks.

  
 
2 other often visited favorites are:
 

Pici

Pici in Wan Chai is one of my local favorites. It is tucked away in St Francis Yard Street - a back street that feels like a discovery every time I go there. The restaurant is a tiny picture perfect Italian restaurant that looks like someone picked it up and dropped from Italy to HK. It also offers a delicious and value filled 3 course ‘lunch set’. After lunch you can check out the cute boutiques around or take some great photos.

 

Edition

Edition in Peel St, Central is a super tiny little ‘pub’ that happens to serve awesome Korean Bibimbap. I love stopping by here if I am in Central at lunch time. It is worth the walk up the hill a little.

  
***NOTE: The opinions and topics covered in this Blog are intended as a conversation with the reader, and reflect my own personal views and opinions, and are not intended to represent expert knowledge or advice.

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