Too busy to shop for quality meats, or looking for a better deal than at high-end supermarkets? Lisa Cam checks out the newest online butchers who can deliver straight to your door. Photography by Calvin Sit. Art direction by Phoebe Cheng and Jessica Li. Special thanks to Farmer’s Kitchen.
Hong Kong's best online butchers
Founders Katie Campbell and Emma Pike are dedicated to providing 100 percent grass-fed beef and lamb to the Hong Kong market. All products sold at Farmer’s Kitchen are traceable back to the same farm where Campbell grew up along the southern coast of New South Wales, Australia. The meat is always chilled and never frozen, guaranteeing the best quality. Deliveries are made to the New Territories and Hong Kong Island five days a week. The prices are very reasonable too – two rib-eye steaks weighing 600g cost just $240.
Produce is flown in almost every day to the Food Factory from their suppliers in Europe and the United States. These guys take their meat extremely seriously, carrying out site inspections on suppliers regularly, which means visiting butchers in the US and seafood farms in Italy and France. Minimum order for free shipping is $500, otherwise add an additional $50 is added to your order. The shop delivers around Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Monday to Saturday and other select days everywhere else.
It’s about beef and nothing but beef here at Good Chow, all of which is from grass-fed cattle that are 100 percent born and raised in the United States. The vendors have strict guidelines regarding the selection process of their meat, from the size of the calf when it’s born to how long it’s been suckling before switching to being grass-fed, and of course, the produce being USDA approved and graded. Orders are filled within two to three days of order placement and deliveries are made seven days a week. Orders over $500 receive free delivery, but you can also pick up your meat from their storeroom if you’re in a hurry.
MM Fresh focuses on fresh produce from specially selected farms and sustainable fisheries in the southern hemisphere. Importing mainly beef, lamb and seafood, all the products are vacuum packed in New Zealand prior to being airfreighted to Hong Kong. These guys are known for offering value for money, such as 900g eye fillet halves priced at $345. Deliveries are made on Hong Kong Island on Fridays and everywhere else, excluding the outer islands, on Saturdays. First time deliveries are free and cost $50 thereafter.
As the name suggests, this online butcher was established by three friends who felt that Hong Kong lacked access to good quality affordable meat like they enjoyed growing up in rural Australia. These boys can bring jet-fresh cuts at reasonable prices by skipping the middlemen and importing straight from farms and having it chilled and airfreighted straight to Hong Kong. There’s a schedule on the store’s website mapping out delivery times and dates, free for orders over $700. Three Butchers are setting up a storefront called Feathers and Bone in Central, expect news of its opening in September.