The crusade for a meat-free future of food continues with the launch of the Impossible Burger 2.0 in Hong Kong, plus rare sashimi finds at Sakana No Aji and a Cantonese classics menu dug up from the archives at Man Ho. Here’s where to sate your appetite this week.
Bloody delicious burgers
Continuing to revolutionise the future of the food industry with its popular plant-based meat alternative, Impossible Foods is set to launch phase two in Hong Kong this month, building on the success of its Asia launch back in April 2018 with chefs May Chow and Uwe Opocensky paving the way with their baos and burgers. Impossible Burger 2.0 is the next evolution of the patty which claims to be juicier, meatier and beefier than ever before; plus, it’s kosher, halal-certified, and free of hormones and antibiotics. Most notably, the new recipe is gluten-free, a response to consumers’ demand for an Impossible food product free of wheat protein and gluten. According to the company, the new blend contains as much bioavailable iron and protein as the same serving of ground beef from cows, in addition to its signature “bleeding” appearance derived from the central ingredient of the plant molecule, heme.
With improved taste and nutrition, Impossible 2.0 moves the industry one step forward to eliminating the need for animals in a global sustainable food system. The 2.0 displays its versatility in recipes from lasagna to lo mein, and can be seared, steamed or sizzled to mimic meat over an open flame. The burger will launch first in fast food chain Triple O’s, Classified, Castelo Concepts restaurants and Aussie Grill by Outback this month; with nearly 150 venues in HK and Macau now serving Impossible meat, it shouldn’t be long before we see 2.0 popping up all over town.
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Sashimi snacks at Sakana No Aji
Japanese restaurant Sakana No Aji celebrates its 1st anniversary this month with a brand new a la carte menu encompassing a range of nigiri sushi and fresh sashimi, and a smattering of cooked dishes. Located on Central’s bustling Lyndhurst Terrace, Sakana No Aji’s prime location has made it a popular choice amongst Centralites looking for a casual bite; the new menu presents a fresh take on elegant Japanese fare, starting with the snack trio of sea urchin, salmon roe, and tuna with spring onion (HK$398). New sashimi offerings flown in daily from Japan include the rare grilled tuna jaw (HK$280) with buttery, tender flesh under a crispy skin; and the fried horse-head fish with fresh seaweed (HK$280). A comforting addition to the hot dishes is the steamed pumpkin bun (HK$130), with premium Japanese pumpkin stuffed with minced chicken and tofu skin. In celebration of the 1st anniversary, guests are invited to take a polaroid pic at the restaurant to enjoy a complimentary dish per table; in addition, those celebrating their birthdays in February or March can enjoy a complimentary 300ml of sake for every 4 guests plus 20% discount on select bottles.
Sakana No Aji, 2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2896 6018
The big 3-0 at JW Marriott
Celebrating 30 years, JW Marriott is launching a month-long programme of dining offers and activities, building on the momentum from its Executive Lounge and guest room refurbishment last October. A perennial favourite, Chinese restaurant Man Ho will present a nostalgic menu in an ode to the restaurant’s history, bringing back an array of classics created by top chefs over the last three decades. Reinterpreted by Executive Chef Jayson Tang, highlights include the pan-fried kuruma prawns with lemongrass sauce and steamed rice with mud crab meat served during the restaurant’s debut menu; as well as deep-fried mandarin fish with citrus sauce created by chef Keung Wai-ping, who’s been with the restaurant since the beginning. Meanwhile, a HK$30 free-flow package will be offered at daily buffets at The Lounge and JW Cafe in celebration of the big 3-0, as well as HK$30 desserts at The Lounge and Fish Bar. Finally, keep an eye out for the 30th Anniversary Big Bus making its way through town this month: take a pic with the hotel staff and upload it with the hashtag #30YearsJWMarriottHK for a chance to win a buffet voucher for two.
JW Marriott, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2810 8366