Monday, March 12, 2007

Hong Kong's new dining trend: 'Speakeasy' restaurants

I like the idea of this: Ordinary people turning their homes into informal restaurants. Some of these places are, strictly speaking, not legal establishments but the authorities turn a blind eye as most speakeasys are well run with the owners taking a lot of pride in the food they serve. I hope I get to try one of these places on my next trip back to HK. Anyone ever been to one?

HK speakeasy restaurants, as reported in the New York Times.

Take the concept of the speakeasy (si fang cai), the intimate eating places that have sprung up in people's homes and have become, for locals and those in the know, some of the best places to eat on the island. The speakeasies started several years ago when some Hong Kongese, gastronomes and cooks with limited means, decided to set up one or two tables in their sitting rooms and offer a fixed-price, multicourse menu of distinctive home-style dishes.

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