If you want to expand on your limited knowledge of oysters, a live chef cooking station is at the ready to give you professional advice on oyster tasting. An open view of Victora Harbour from its 18th floor in the Sheraton tower adds to the overall seafood brunch experience. Then Raw Bar No.8 should definitely go onto your list of must-try. With their 16-foot oyster showcase, they have oysters on display hailing from all over Europe. Other fresh seafood and salad dishes are also part of the menu.
Their creation has opened up space for horseshoe crabs, an endangered species dating back 475 million years. They stabilize shorelines in a way that both mitigates coastal erosion and allows seagrass to lay root. And, crucially, they act as filters to clean up the water, cutting the high levels of nitrogen that have led to toxic algae blooms in Hong Kong. This shoebox-sized hut specialises in takeaway orders. But its location on a car-less, quiet stretch of Hung Hom also makes it an ideal spot for dining in, and manager Frankie Yu will happily set up an impromptu alfresco dining environment with a few fold-up tables and chairs. They’ve also taken over a small store with several more seats, just a few doors down from their take-out location.
But in Hong Kong, decades of development through large-scale coastal reclamation, dredging for lime, and overharvesting have decimated the once-abundant local oyster populations. A 2011 study estimates that 85% of oyster reefs have been lost worldwide, making them one of the most endangered marine habitats on the planet. Their efforts have proven remarkably effective.
It is time to break the preconception that oysters are only good for nighttime sampling. The Sheraton hotel has brought back its oyster and champagne brunch. “Extensiveness” is the key to the hotel’s oyster offerings. Instead of focusing on one region, they propose a wide selection of oysters from all over the world. In an effort to highlight their oysters, the restaurant provides a diversity of dishes to be sampled alongside them to complement the flavours of the different regions. From Campania through Amalfi and Puglia to Southern Sicily, each region produces individual flavours that speak deeply of its tradition and culture; and showcases the diversity of Italian heritage.
Scarlett is a gemstone located in a not-well-visited part of Tsim Sha Tsui. With a great menu, spot-on execution and a very ranged wine-list, I’m just glad that I can come more often than just the normal wine-and-dine evenings. For a Saturday early afternoon, there were only a few of us. We need not line up frustrated as we might have if we had gone to some of the other brunch places in town. The best dried oysters are plump ones from Japan and Korea. Our biweekly podcast delivering news & inspiration from nature’s frontline.
Eight males and eight females, aged 25 to 36, developed abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, general weakness, nausea, and vomiting about 21 to 44 hours after attending a lunch banquet at a restaurant in late December. Eight people sought medical advice but none required hospitalization and they are all in stable condition. Oysters from Ireland have been linked to illnesses in Hong Kong. In other news from the region, China is lifting a 2020 ban on beef exports due to BSE this week. ❤️❤️❤️ the cold crab, braised goose, deep fried intestines, cold pork jelly, oyster porridge … Our newsletter hand-delivers the best bits to your inbox.
With help from local communities, TNC has collected about 36 metric tons of discarded shells and placed about 21 metric tons of them on the seabed in three of its projects. 生蠔香港 was identified as a new species in 2003 after DNA analysis. At one site, they are repurposing concrete posts from an abandoned oyster farm that made use of traditional oyster cultivation methods dating back hundreds of years. Conservationists and researchers are teaming up to restore oyster reefs across Hong Kong. The CFS has told the supplier and restaurants concerned to stop supplying and selling the affected raw oysters and is tracing the distribution of the affected product. The industry should also stop using or selling the implicated products.
SWIMS biodiversity surveys there found 61 species in the abandoned farms versus just 26 in the neighboring mudflats, and 10 times greater biomass. However, it’s too soon to tell whether the restored reef patches have greater biodiversity than the abandoned farms, according to Thomas. But she adds that horseshoe crab numbers are increasing in the restored soft shore and seagrass habitats.