This Saturday was a rare rain-free day in Hong Kong, and a good thing too because I was so excited to actually have a night out planned with friends for once… something I rarely get to do these days because the wet and the heat has left me so lazy.
What made Saturday different was that earlier in the week I had a food tasting at Duddell’s when the proprietor, Alan Lo, who sat at a table next to mine, told me that he was busy helping restaurateur Yenn Wong, open up her next amazing project, Chachawan, a Thai Isaan-style resto and bar in SOHO on Hollywood Road… and that if I wanted to I can give it a try with a friend! I love Thai food so of course I said yes. (I’ve been to Bangkok around 6 times already this year alone.)
Chachawan will make Yenn Wong’s 4th “IT” dining destination in the city after 208 Duecento Otto next door, my favorite Spanish place 22 Ships in Wanchai, and of course Duddell’s.
What I love about all of Yenn’s restaurants is that there’s always a certain sensibility to a menu’s offerings via a special unique twist on the flavours which define each dish. What I mean is that while you can recall the source (in this case Thai style street eats) the food is prepared in a very non-greasy way (mostly grilled) and not overcooked or overly salty, sour, or spicy, so that you can still taste the freshness of the meats, seafood, and veggies. And yes i’m on a health kick at the moment, and for the most part… my personal trainer would definitely approve of the food choices here!
I believe that the food at Chachawan can literally compete as a destination restaurant in Bangkok it’s that authentic. Plenty of this praise also goes to Chef Adam Cliff (pictured below with Dan), who was a protege of Chef David Thompson of Nahm London and Bangkok and who comes to us in Hong Kong via Kha in Singapore.
Papaya Salad with Crispy Pork.
(*WARNING* The post you are about to read will be full of Cliches describing the food… and amazing foodporn photos. This is because I REALLY love this new French Restaurant and i’m typing from my stomach and not from my brain.)
Two weeks ago, when I found Metropolitain Bistrot in Sai Ying Pun via a tasting dinner (press) with BrewAndPost pals Daniel, Christing C, and K Wu… I can safely say… I fell in love with country style French fare for the first time (that I can remember). Then three days later I came back (thats twice within the same week), with my other pals DJ Angus and Jade for her “Good Bye Hong Kong” dinner I hosted, ie. private non-press, at my request because I enjoyed it so much the first time around!
When in Hong Kong for Summer 2013, you’ve got to check out Socialito’s new Summer menu composed of foods in Tapas style portions and inspired by dishes from countries south of the US-Mexican border.
Christmas 2012 has come and gone, and all I can say is that i’m thankful… thankful that the so-called "End of the World" never really happened and thankful that instead of that, this year closes with friends, family, and most importantly, Peace. Tomorrow I’ll be off to Thailand to celebrate the wedding of dear friends from University and celebrate the incoming year on some beach somewhere.
That said, if you’re reading my blog, that means you’re plugged in, and you must know that the news of the last few weeks leading up to Christmas has not been a good one for many. There’s been plenty of pain and grief from the families of Children who were killed by a shooter in Connecticut and on the same day… a stabber in China. In addition there’s continuous strife in the Middle East, in the weeks leading to Christmas there’s been terrible fighting in Gaza, flooding in New York City, and a rocket launched in North Korea. I’m writing all this not because I want to be a downer, but more importantly to highlight that a supposed “End of the World” is generally what the masses anticipate because consciously or subconsciously, people are willing to see a different reality, a different world from the one that bombards us everyday in the media. And hopefully when the morning of December 22 came around… turning into the same day as it was the day before, rather than be depressed that Armageddon didn’t arrive, I know a few people, me included, were actually happy that the world still existed the way it had always been… and more cognizant of the fact that endings and beginnings actually start from heart and mind.