With the closing of Aberdeen Fish Market’s excellent canteen, you might be looking for another place to enjoy the local catch. Hop on a boat to Jumbo Kingdom’s floating restaurant from outside the market, but be warned, this place isn’t cheap. It’s more about the experience than the quality or value on offer. The iconic Hong Kong landmark took over four years and millions of dollars to build. Celebrities far and wide have made a visit to the floating restaurant including Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie, John Wayne and Gong Li. Jumbo was featured in several movies, most notably, in the James Bond flick The Man with the Golden Gun.
You can’t call yourself a Hongkonger until you’re familiar with the best local food brands, the top local bakeries and the correct etiquette at your local bar. When it comes to eating at local restaurants, as a territory made up of 263 islands and a peninsula, there’s naturally a tradition of cooking and eating the local catch.
Hong Kong’s seafood restaurants are dynamic places. Giant circular tabletops are rolled out to accommodate hungry diners while rowdy fishermen gather to celebrate the day’s catch over endless bottles of Tsing Tao. Crabs and clams, scallops and sea snails, and, of course abalone, are a spectacle in themselves, mooching around in aerated tanks. Then there are the giant groupers, snappers and eels, who relish any opportunity to splash diners in a spirit of watery revenge.
Whether you prefer your seafood stir-fried with chilli and a heap of garlic or cooked whole in a traditional bamboo steamer, you won’t find any fresher. By Sam Sinha
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