It’s stating it obvious — there’s loads of eating going on in Asia’s food capital of Hong Kong this Christmas. Here’s a quick round up of some places to snag for your festive feasting….
TEA TIME PURSUITS
So many get togethers .. maybe tea instead of a full-on lunch or dinner will do the trick..
At W Hotel….
Get the girlfriends over for a round of tea. At WOOBAR, it’s a funky, edgy graffiti-inspired afternoon T set by culinary director Chef Alain Allaire and his team. Tuck into crispy dark chocolate log filled with ginger crème brûlée custard, an upside down raspberry drumstick, praline-chocolate lollipops and savouries like lobster miso with pomelo and mango in a homemade green tea and sesame cone and black truffle, goat cheese and cucumber charcoal club finger sandwiches. (HK$418 FOR 2, weekdays)
At the Langham Hong Kong…
Afternoon tea at Palm Court is delightfully classic, and themed around the iconic Christmas story The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker Afternoon Tea (from HK$598 for two) has Executive Pastry Chef Matthieu Godard presenting a gastronomic version of the holiday story. The hero is the Nutcracker Mille-feuille made of puff pastry, raspberry mousse and jam, while the heroine, Clara features pink sugar icing on top of a praline cream choux pastry. Tuck into other treats like the Christmas Tree with vanilla mousse and chestnut cream, The Log with 65% chocolate mousse and orange confit, chocolate and plain scones with Devonshire clotted cream, strawberry jam and rose preserve. To add to the festive cheer, tables of four or more will get a complimentary bottle of Perrier-Jouët, N.V., Grand Brut Champagne per table. Nice.
At the Langham Hong Kong…
The Deli if offering turkey-to-go takeaway meals. The smaller combo comprises a roasted U.S. Tom Turkey (6 kg) with Apple, Sage and Cornbread Stuffing, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, honey roasted sweet potatoes, buttered baby carrots, almond glazed beans; roasted pumpkin soup, and a choice of one pie (Pumpkin Cheesecake, Maple-glazed Pecan Pie, Christmas Pudding with Brandy Cream and Vanilla Bean Sauce, Traditional Cherry Pie) for $2,038. The larger combo has a 9kg turkey, the soup and a choice of two pies, at $3,388.
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Eat in peace whilst the kids have their own fun …
At Intercontinental Hong Kong…
Christmas is particularly meaningful with a focus on helping the less fortunate, and presenting kids with enriching fun. First up, the hotel’s encouraging you to buy their Nutcracker Mini-Purse (HK$130) which includes a gingerbread cookie and a recycled wooden Nutcracker ornament made by beneficiaries of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. All proceeds go to the Association which provides community-based rehabilitation services for people recovering from mental illness. Decorate the ornament and hang it on the Wishing Tree in the hotel’s lobby.
On 19, 20 and 22 December, sign your kids up for the “Holiday Treats” Decorating Classes with Executive Pastry Chef Cyril Dupuis. Sessions range from decorating Chocolate Teddy Bears & Ginger Bread Snowman Cookies (19 Dec), decorating cupcakes and Christmas ball painting (20 Dec) to decorating your own gingerbread house (22 Dec). After a morning of learning and paying attention, good kids get to take home souvenirs. That’s not all. Classes include of a storytelling session from “The Nutcracker” and a visit by Santa Claus. Takes place at THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill, from 10am to 12.30pm. And when the parents reserve Harbourside lunch (HK$548 per adult), kids taking part in the Holiday Treat Decorating Classes get to join in for free.
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AT THE CENTRAL HARBOUR FRONT …
The AIA Great European Carnival opens its doors from 16 December to 12 February next year at the Central Harbourfront Event Space.
The event is for kids, both big and small and probably the penultimate in family holiday fun featuring amusement rides, carnival skill games, seasonal markets and performances on a community stage. Tickets are available online at http://tgec-en.ticketarena.asia/. Prices are: HKD125 (includes 10 tokens) for adult and HKD90 (includes 7 tokens) for both children 3-11 and concession. Free admission for age below 3, 65 and above. HKD35 entry fee (without tokens) for all.
A huge build up of markets and shopping indoors and outdoors in December. Our pick of the notable ones this week ..
At The Fringe Club …
If you are ready to do some Christmas shopping or just take in the mood, the first of the December Christmas markets kicks off at The Fringe Club’s Holiday Bazaar on 1 to 2 December in Lower Albert Road. There is a selection of jewelry, fashion, things for the home, kids and men and loads of festive chocolates, teas, spreads, honey and festive foods that you can buy to stock up your Christmas larder. See: http://shoppinghongkong.blogspot.hk/
Thursday-Friday, December 1-2 from 12pm to 7pm
Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Hong Kong
At Hullet House…
Christmas comes early at its Christmas Market on 2-4 December. The historical building in Tsim Sha Tsui will be transformed into a Nordic wonderland: courtyard will be converted into a village setting for its Christmas market, with 39 stalls for your Christmas shopping. Don’t miss the Hullet House Christmas Food Stall offering Nordic canapés, Mussels + Frites, Glögg wine and lots more. Have a selfie with Santa Claus, before moving into the British colonial style room, adorned with festive trimmings. There, mail some festive greetings to friends and family via the Hullett House Christmas Post Office, with a personalised Hullett House postcard with a tailor-made stamp! Philatelic fans would love this. Then try your hand at Samsung Gear VR Snow Strike game and 360 degree selfie experience in Santa Claus Village.
Friday, 2 December from 5-11pm Saturday, 3 December from 12 noon – 11pm Sunday, 4 December from 12 noon – 9pm
50 Pigeons Courtyard, Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
AT Stanley Plaza …
If you want a taste of what its like at a German Christmas market then head to Stanley where over two weekends 10 to 11 and 17 to 18th December at Stanley Plaza, there is a Christmas Seaside Market that the German Consulate General Hong Kong and the German Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong has supported.
There are 80 special booths where you can sample a taste and Santa will also be making visits to the Market, posing for photos and there are many other entertaining festive programs for all to enjoy.
Stanley Plaza 10-11 and 17-18 Dec (Sat & Sun) – 12noon – 8pm