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27 Questions: Gagan Gurung, Bar Manager at Fang Fang

Hong Kong is a place brimming with talented and intriguing people. In our new 27 Questions column, we get up close and personal with notable Hong Kong personalities, learning about their whims and aversions, pivotal life moments, and hopes and dreams — all found out in roughly the same time it takes to have a 2-minute speed date.

Looking for unusual cocktails to flatter your tastebuds with mouth-tingling sensations? We suggest you to swing by and say hello to Fang Fang‘s award-winning mixologist and bar manager, Gagan Gurung. Having lived in Hong Kong since 2005, the 29-year-old Nepalese is widely recognised for his impressive knowledge in food and drink flavour profiles, and a knack for combining unusual and unexpected ingredients — such as aromatic herbs, spices and exotic fruits — sourced from across Asia.

With a great passion for concocting art, he makes sure to constantly develop unique mixing techniques, and particularly enjoys experimenting with unexpected flavours, topped off with Asian-inspired influences. One of his notable drinks is the “Fly Me Mediterranean” (the winner of the Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspiration competition in Hong Kong last year), which involves a blend of parmesan-washed Gin Mare mixed with sakura sake, white cacao and bergamot, served along with popping candy. He’s also been an active participant in multiple global cocktail competitions since 2012, ranking 4th in Bacardi Legacy 2017, and was granted top awards at Common Room 2016 before being named one of the Top 25 Bartenders in DW Magazine in the following year. Get to know more about Gurung in our 27 Questions profile below.
27 Questions: Gagan Gurung, Bar Manager at Fang Fang
Gurung enjoys experimenting with unexpected flavours, and often incorporates Asian influences.

Name: Gagan Gurung
Age: 29
Neighbourhood: Yuen Long
Occupation: Bartending/Mixology

1. What is your life motto?

Be happy and make others happy; there is no time for hate and anger in my life.

2. What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong?

#FishSiuMaiandIndoMie for life – simply the best in Hong Kong.

3. Who is your role model?

I’ve always looked up to my grandmother and often wonder how someone can be so
humble, caring and selfless.

4. What was your first job?

I was a social worker before working in the kitchen and entering the food and
beverage industry.

5. What is your drink of choice?

Vesper Martini; I love the taste and alcohol ratio in martinis.

6. What is the best thing in or about your apartment?

My family and our outdoor space. I can spend all day without doing anything in my
apartment and it’s awesome.

7. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Daal Bhat (Nepalese rice and lentils).

8. What do you hate most about living in Hong Kong?

Taxis and taxi drivers.

9. What is the top destination on your bucket list?

Mexico, Austria and Moscow. I’ve never been to these places but always dream that I can
visit one day.

10. How often do you prepare your own meals?

When I am drunk, so let’s say once a month :D.

11. What is your greatest fear?

Going out for a drink over the weekend — it is never just one drink.

12. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Late night dinner at home. With this job nature I finish late so while it is not best to have
a late night meal, I enjoy this the most.

13. What is one movie everyone should see?


14. Which moment in your life would you most like to relive?

Wish I could use a time stone and go back to before Chinese New Year to renew my passport, instead of having to return from the airport and miss out on a planned 5-day trip to Boracay!

15. What’s your favourite childhood memory?

Riding a bicycle when I was 12 years old.

16. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?


17. What makes someone a real Hongkonger?

Queuing up in line and not knowing what they are waiting in line for. It is hilarious and even I do that.

18. If you could invite any five people in the world to your dream dinner party, who would they be?

Trevor Noah (South African comedian), Bruno Mars (musician), Rajesh Hamal (Nepalese superstar), Jackie Chan (Hollywood star), and Ellen DeGeneres (American TV host).

19. What is one song you know all the lyrics to?

“Hotel California”. [Listen below!]

20. If you had to describe Hong Kong in one sentence, what would it be?

A city that can give you everything in one moment but take it back in a second.

21. Are you a good cook? What is your best dish?

I am not a good cook at all, but I can make a pretty good milk tea and noodles.

22. Who is the best teacher you’ve ever had, and what is one important lesson that they taught you?

My grandparents; they are the ones who taught me to always stay positive no matter whether the
situation is up or down.

23. What is your unique party trick?

Haha! Make everyone drunk and then make a ninja move (vanish from the place).

24. Do you have a catch phrase?

Yalla Yalla (hurry up).

25. Have you ever experienced love at first sight? Tell us about it.

Yes, the year was 2004 when I first saw a bottle of 2004 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne; it was love at first sight.

26. Do you have any favourite tattoos or special birthmarks? What is it?

I have a tattoo of my grandfather’s hat, his D.O.B. and D.O.D. and my daughter’s hands.

27. What is the last dream you remember waking up to?

I was a rock star! Maybe because I always wanted to be a rock star who could rock the world.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.