If Bollywood celebrities against kitschy backdrops isn’t quite your idea of fun, maybe this will prompt you to book your tickets East. Hong Kong, whose “otherness” is now a carefully nurtured selling point for the Chinese government, is celebrating
Food and Wine Year till March 2010. Only the second Asian city to have its own Michelin Guide (after Tokyo), Hong Kong offers palate-pleasing cuisine for all, whether it’s the desi looking for a tandoori bird or the very local congee, topped up with whatever takes your fancy—including, hold your breath, bacon and eggs—for breakfast. There’s loads more than noodles and rice, and rice noodles though: Chinese barbeque, hot pots, dim sums and, of course, unfamiliar seafood that you may not want to see too closely.
Feast in the East: From tandoori to congee, Hong Kong has it all.
While all travellers to Hong Kong over the next year will be able to partake of the festival, gourmands may want to schedule their trip between 30 October and 8 November, when the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival will be held on the West Kowloon waterfront promenade, Lan Kwai Fong and Soho. To plot your trip, read the experts’ takes on Hong Kong food and zero in on likely restaurants and must-try delicacies, log on to www.hkfoodandwineyear.com. The site will have you salivating for more.