On November 6, three chefs will go head-to-head at Silencio in a friendly competition for bragging rights as the winner of Time Out’s Battle of the Sando. Crispy, panko-crusted meat cushioned between two slices of toasted bread, the beloved katsu sando has made its way from Japanese convenience stores onto the menus of underground drinking dens in Tokyo and eventually to Hong Kong. A satisfying mouthful to soak up free pours of beer, spirits and good times, the katsu sando has evolved into many variations. Whether reserved only for those in the know or presented proudly on the menu, in recent years, chefs have adopted and added their own personal touches. Time Out Hong Kong's first Battle Series presented by Asia Miles invites three notable chefs to put up their best version of this utterly satisfying snack. Here’s what to expect from the contenders.
Anybody who’s been around in Hong Kong for long enough knows that the lifespan of a restaurant here can best be described in blinks - as in blink and you’ll miss it, because they so rarely last. But there are exceptions to this rule, and exceptional they must be to withstand the test of time. Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, the Cantonese fine dining establishment in JW Marriott Hotel in Admiralty, is one such long-standing institution. Famed for its Chinese wedding banquets and elevated Cantonese classic dishes, this renowned restaurant has been serving the city’s most discerning foodies for many years - no small feat in Hong Kong’s competitive food and beverage industry - and earning its stripes as one of the finest kitchens in town. When Man Ho closed its doors for a total makeover of the premises back in June, the city’s gourmands were left understandably bereft. But after four long months of extensive renovations and a complete menu reinvention, this top-of-its-game establishment is finally reopening to the hungry masses on October 14, as part of the JW Marriott’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Already a perennial favourite, it’s hard to imagine how this doyen of dim sum could be improved upon. But word on the grapevine is that some rather substantial transformations have taken place, both in and out of the kitchen, leaving fans with a totally new and improved Man Ho. What should you expect from the comeback of this Canto cuisine heavyweight? By Carla Thomas
Brunch in Hong Kong is the ultimate weekend indulgence, with awesome food and bevvies to boot. With diners’ options ranging from humble eggs benedict and pancakes to mouthwatering fry-ups and everything in between, it’s hard to know where to start. Whether it’s free-flow champagne or #yolkporn you’re after, this is your definitive guide to Hong Kong’s best brunches. By Josephine Lau Photo: Brunch spread at Casa Lisboa
It's that time of the year again, when geeks and freaks from all walks of life get to embrace their wildest fantasies and channel their sexiest alter egos. From making your zoomorphic dreams come true to hanging out with drag queens so sickening they'll give you the chills, here are all the spookiest Halloween parties you need to mark down in your calendars this October. RECOMMENDED: Don't have any costume ideas yet? Head to Hong Kong's best costumes shops for some inspiration!
If you find yourself heading to your flight on an empty stomach every time you travel from Hong Kong International Airport, the question is why? Ranked 1st as the Best Airport for Dining in the world’s best airport list 2019, it goes without saying that HKG is home to a plethora of delicious restaurants. We’re talking outlets of Michelin-starred restaurants, tasty Chinese cuisine, top-notch burgers and Insta-worthy desserts. So the next time you travel, do yourself a favour, check in earlier and treat yourself to some good food before facing that in-flight meal. By Sarah Moran and Ann Chiu and Angel Hong RECOMMENDED: Make your trip a whole lot easier with our guide to getting through Hong Kong airport stress-free.
Cookies are simple circles of joy that can be levelled up in oh-so-many sweet and delicious ways. Whether you prefer them filled with chocolate chips, looking totally Insta-worthy or even tasting like smoked ham, we follow the crumbs to find the best Hong Kong has to offer.RECOMMENDED: Satisfy your sweet tooth with mouth-watering creations from Hong Kong’s best cake shops.
As celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme once put it: you don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. In honour of that adage, the Time Out Hong Kong food team has trawled the islands to sniff out the 51 best bites under 50 bucks. This summer, celebrate the noodle vendors, skewer sellers and eggette experts that make Hong Kong such a wonderful place to eat. RECOMMENDED: Sink your teeth into a spread at some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants.
From sushi to cart noodles, this is the best of the best in our food-obsessed city.
Picking the best photo spots in Hong Kong is tough. After all, our city was practically built for Instagram. There are amazing skyscrapers, beautiful beaches, vibrant neon signs, plenty of fancy looking food and even incredible rocks! What more do you need? Well, how about a guide that makes sure you can hit all the Instagram famous photo spots in Hong Kong so you can make all your followers jealous? That’s what we’re here for. Alternatively, just use this guide to have fun with your friends and to capture some memories. After all, it’s only Instagram, right? By Jianne Soriano, Douglas Parkes and Angel Hong.
With no sales tax, no VAT and malls attached to other malls, Hong Kong is rightly famous as one of the world’s great shopping destinations. Although we appreciate the air conditioned bliss of a well-ventilated shopping centre during the summer, it can be boring to see the same parade of brands in one mall after another. If you’re feeling the need for something different, Time Out presents your ultimate guide to the good, the quirky and the downright best independent shops in Hong Kong.
Lukewarm towards Lamma? Cheesed off with Cheung Chau? Discover the best things to do on Hong Kong’s outlying islands.
We’re spoilt for choice in Hong Kong. Our famously crowded city is stacked and packed with great bars, especially in bustling neighbourhoods like Central and Wan Chai. Whether you prefer to relax over a craft brew, a single malt, a glass of red or a classic cocktail, Hong Kong has an amazing bar guaranteed to have you ordering ‘just one more round’.Let’s get started. And if we miss your favourite, let us know in the comments.
Bombarded with choices from all the things to do in Hong Kong this weekend and looking to step out of the concrete jungle? A calorie-burning hike with jaw-dropping views is just the cure. Hong Kong has no shortage of amazing scenic hiking trails a short distance from city centre, varying in difficulty and offering everything from amazing bird's eye views of our SAR to stunning sunsets. Head to one of our favourite outlying islands to make it a day trip where you can discover more gorgeous hikes and hidden cultural gems. And if hiking is not quite your thing, why not hop on a bike and cycle along one of the city’s best cycling routes?
Escape above the hustle and bustle of the city at these bars with fantastic views and fantastic drinks to match.
We all know that Hong Kong isn’t a cheap place to live. And with exorbitant cemetery plots, the city isn’t even an affordable place to be dead. But there’s no need to panic when payday still seems far off and you’re down to your last dollars. There’s a wealth of free things to do in our SAR and we’ve rounded up the free gigs in Hong Kong's best music venues, free galleries, best comedy shows and much more to keep you going out every day of the week without having to spend a cent.
There are many hidden bars in Hong Kong, did you know? Or are they just so well hidden you had no clue? Well, that’s what Time Out is for. In fact, the whole ‘hidden bar’ thing can sometimes feel like a gimmick or a substitute for actually serving decent drinks. The few establishments like that have given the rest a bad name because some of Hong Kong’s very best bars are ones that are a little secretive and not so easy to find. Read on to discover the best.