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.
Name: Gagan Gurung
Neighbourhood: Yuen Long
Be happy and make others happy; there is no time for hate and anger in my life.
#FishSiuMaiandIndoMie for life – simply the best in Hong Kong.
I’ve always looked up to my grandmother and often wonder how someone can be so
humble, caring and selfless.
I was a social worker before working in the kitchen and entering the food and
Vesper Martini; I love the taste and alcohol ratio in martinis.
My family and our outdoor space. I can spend all day without doing anything in my
apartment and it’s awesome.
Daal Bhat (Nepalese rice and lentils).
Taxis and taxi drivers.
Mexico, Austria and Moscow. I’ve never been to these places but always dream that I can
visit one day.
When I am drunk, so let’s say once a month :D.
Going out for a drink over the weekend — it is never just one drink.
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.
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!
Riding a bicycle when I was 12 years old.
Queuing up in line and not knowing what they are waiting in line for. It is hilarious and even I do that.
Trevor Noah (South African comedian), Bruno Mars (musician), Rajesh Hamal (Nepalese superstar), Jackie Chan (Hollywood star), and Ellen DeGeneres (American TV host).
“Hotel California”. [Listen below!]
A city that can give you everything in one moment but take it back in a second.
I am not a good cook at all, but I can make a pretty good milk tea and noodles.
My grandparents; they are the ones who taught me to always stay positive no matter whether the
situation is up or down.
Haha! Make everyone drunk and then make a ninja move (vanish from the place).
Yalla Yalla (hurry up).
Yes, the year was 2004 when I first saw a bottle of 2004 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne; it was love at first sight.
I have a tattoo of my grandfather’s hat, his D.O.B. and D.O.D. and my daughter’s hands.
I was a rock star! Maybe because I always wanted to be a rock star who could rock the world.