This month is all about indulging in an unhealthy amount of art-gazing as the biggest art festivals from Art Basel to Art Central descend on Hong Kong. In between the exhibition hopping, fuel up your tank with these new menus around town, from creative dim sum at Shang Palace to new dishes from revered British chef Simon Rogan.
Dim Sum delights at Shang Palace
Dim sum can be found on almost every street corner in Hong Kong, but some of the city’s most venerated dim sum masters are tucked away in the city’s old hotel restaurants. For a refined taste of this venerated branch of Cantonese cuisine, head to Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, where chef Leung Kin Wai has crafted a new selection of delicacies with an innovative twist. Chef Leung embraces both timeless classics and modern interpretations of familiar dim sum treats: Expect to find well-known versions of steamed shrimp dumplings and rice flour rolls next to more creative arrangements, including goldfish-shaped steamed shrimp and scallop dumplings with the skin tainted orange by carrot juice.
Complex bites such as deep-fried mashed taro puffs filled with scallops show exacting attention to detail, while vegetarian-friendly dishes include the aromatic mushroom and fungus dumpling incorporating six kinds of fungi. With everything steamed-to-order, the menu offers surprises for both dim sum classicists and those celebrating the new wave of chefs reinventing the bite-sized treats.
Shang Palace, Lower Level I, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2733 8754
Culinary tricks at Aulis
Building on the success of its opening few months, Simon Rogan’s debut Asia restaurant, Aulis Hong Kong, is evolving its tasting menu with new dishes which speak to the kitchen’s constant sense of discovery and invention. Embracing Rogan’s spirit of originality and innovation, new dishes on the 10-course tasting menu (HK$1,480 plus 10% per guest) include the fig tart, with fig compote and almond chervil foam nestled in a fig casing; and fermented watermelon, featuring the kitchen’s homemade kombucha. The Aerated Pea dish complements fresh local peas with cured salmon and mint, while the sweetcorn wafer embraces the intuitive pairing of sweetcorn and chickpeas, with a richness brought by cream cheese and garnishes such as pickled sweetcorn and sweetcorn powder adding an elegant touch.
It’s not a complete reimagining of the menu, though: Instant classics such as truffle pudding and sea urchin custard will stay on the menu, while those mourning Aulis’ beloved soda bread (a sheer triumph of bread making) from the restaurant’s debut menu have a new miso and mushroom wholemeal bread topped with miso glaze to look forward to.
Aulis Hong Kong, Shop 8, Upper Ground Floor, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2817 8383
Green juices and grain bowls
From fine dining to fast-casual fare, Genie Juicery offers a colourful range of over 30 new dishes and snacks at its grab ‘n’ go IFC storefront. Riding on the success of their beloved green juices, the healthy eatery has since become a one-stop destination for all things nutritious — a safe haven for Hong Kong’s throngs of yogis and health-obsessed foodies. Hearty, nutrient-packed bowls include the Oaxaca Bowl (HK$70), with its vibrant combination of red onion, sweet potato, red bell peppers, pecans, black beans and avocado; and the Vegan Pesto Quinoa Bowl (HK$70), a dairy-free bowl of butternut squash, shiitake mushrooms, rocket, cinnamon and homemade pesto.
Other substantial snacks include the Veggie Sushi (HK$60), a take on Japanese maki rolls which swaps the traditional white rice filler with celery and yellow pickled daikon; and the Watermelon Jerky (HK$22), an inspired snack of chewy dehydrated melon. Cap off your meal with the nuts- and dates-packed Matcha Balls (HK$68), and wash it all down with new green juices such as the Blue Moon (HK$55) with fresh coconut water splashed with the superfood blue spirulina.
Genie Juicery, Shop 2096B, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2803 0369