A new month means new opportunities to check out the many openings around town, especially if you’re in need of a break from the gym and after Dry January. Read on for the latest culture, food and events highlights.
Ongoing exhibition Banksy: Genius or Vandal? has also been the title of our recent office arguments. See the showcase of some 70 works – including Girl with a Balloon – by the anarchic UK street artist at Portal 6311 in Kowloon Bay (running until 1 March) and see where you fall in the debate.
Something we can all agree on is the buzz around the ongoing Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, which continues Hong Kong and Shenzhen’s search for creative ways to build ideal urban centres. Head to The Mills in Tsuen Wan to check out more than 50 interactive installations on the theme. We dig A Woven Matness, which incorporates traditional Malaysian Tikar Mengkuang weaving with very modern QR codes, which you can scan on your phone to see behind-the-scenes videos of the production process.
See the textiles, artefacts and prints by three artists – Tanya Edwards, Nikau Hindin and Vaimaila Urale inspired by female empowerment in the Pacific region (especially Tonga) at Koloa: Women, Art and Technology, running until 23 February at Para Site’s new ground-floor space in Quarry Bay.
Get to know local artist Stanley Wong, aka Anothermountainman, at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum’s retrospective of his works, Time Will Tell / anothermountainman x stanley wong / 40 years of work (until 9 March). Highlights include ‘Positive Hong Kong redwhiteblue’ series riffing off the city’s ubiquitous tricolour bags.
Soho’s Peel Street has a buzzy new development in Crafts on Peel. The not-for-profit creative venue housed in a historic walk-up combines a shop, exhibition and workspace dedicated to preserving and reviving traditional crafts and heritage. Case in point: inaugural exhibition Crafts Interwoven: Past and Present, which showcases collaborations between traditional craftsmen and contemporary artisans from the city.
Time to Eat
Just a few doors down from Crafts on Peel, The Pizza Project, dreamed up by the team behind Italian favourite Pici, promises HK$70 pies and cheap and cheerful cocktails. The battle of the slices continues over at Emmer’s Pizzeria in Admiralty’s Pacific Place mall, which aside from its signature pizzas offers a weekly rotating menu of vegetarian and vegan salads, and a great happy hour (HK$38 for draft beers, wines by the glass and house cocktails from 4-7pm).
In Tsim Sha Tsui, pastry chef Dominique Ansel – famously the inventor of the cronut – has put his stamp on one of Hong Kong’s favourite snacks at Harbour City’s Dang Wen Li. Tuck into red-bean ice cream mochi with a caramelised shell fashioned to resemble curry fish balls; and a reimagined version of pineapple bun with butter, featuring coconut mousse with lime, passionfruit and pineapple jam.
Central’s Yung Kee has been famed for its roast goose since opening in 1942. But what some call tradition, others call fusty. Hence Yung Kee’s sister restaurant, Yung’s Bistro, which serves up contemporary Cantonese fare in the K11 Musea mall. Think yin-yang shaped sponge cake; or White Rabbit candy pudding moulded into the shape of a white rabbit. Don’t worry – roast goose is still on the menu.
You’ve probably already noticed, but this is a leap year – meaning that there’s an extra day in the month. How are we spending 29 February? Eating and drinking, of course. It’s a Saturday, so that would be at a boozy brunch. The vodka-lovers among us are eyeing up the Belvedere Brunch at MO Bar at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Central – classic bites and enough Belvedere to guarantee a difficult 1 March…
Chef Pop-Up Events
Pablo Lagrange is the latest visiting chef to grace Test Kitchen for a four-night pop up series over 13-16 February. The up-and-coming chef’s eight-course tasting menu celebrates dishes from his native Argentina and the skills he picked up in the kitchens of Noma and Albert Adrià’s Barcelona restaurant Tickets.
Meanwhile, the chefs at Roganic welcome Ray Adriansyah of Bali’s Locavore for two nights of haute cuisine featuring sustainably sourced ingredients and dishes with inspired Indonesian twists (12-13 February).
On 21 February, chef Bjorn Frantzen of Frantzen’s Kitchen showcases a range of Nordic-inspired bar snacks at sommelier-led experiential wine bar ThinkWine, paired with a selection of inspired wine pairings, naturally.
Ming Court at the Cordis Hotel is one of our faves for high-class dim sum – its Michelin star is well deserved. Now you can learn to take matters into your own hands: head dim sum chef Tse Sun-fuk is running classes every Saturday this month to teach eager students the art of fancy har gau, luxe siu mai and more.
Hit the Town
Are you ready to lip sync for your life? Join glamazons including Aquaria, Kim Chi, Plastique Tiara and Kameron Michaels from the hit TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race as they descend upon Hong Kong for their Werq the World Tour 2020. Sashay this way for a full-on extravaganza of big hair, big attitudes, killer heels and life-affirming lip-syncing. 21-22 February at AC Hall in Kowloon Tong. (Not in town on these dates? The show will continue touring Asia and Europe throughout the year.)
Tour the city in a single exhibition: Hong Kong Story Walk – Miniature Hong Kong, at Tsim Sha Tsui’s House 1881, depicts quaint scenes of local life, traditions like the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance and landmarks like Woo Cheong Pawn Shop in miniature scale models; as well as workshops on sign writing.
Or take a spin on a romantic Victoria Harbour cruise, snuggling up to your loved one as you take in the skyline aboard the Aqua Luna on 14 February (don’t worry, we didn’t forget Valentine’s Day). Alternatively, adrenaline-spiking rides of other kinds are found at the AIA Carnival at Central Harbourfront until 16 February. Nothing like a spin on the tea cups or a loop the loop to get young lovers’ hearts racing…