By Arthur Tam
Taikoo Place is here to expand your culinary horizons with the Tong Chong Street Market Pop-up Farmers’ Stall. From Monday to Friday during 25 July to 29 September, noon to 6pm, there is going to be easy access to seasonal, locally-sourced, organic, delicious food. Located just outside Dorset House, there will be a stall selling seasonal produce by local farmers. And exclusively on 15, 22 and 29 August, the stall will feature healthy dishes by three of Hong Kong’s emerging star chefs – Gabriel Choy, Hilda Leung and Doris Wong. If you were thinking about increasing your veggie intake, now would be a good time. Here is everything you need to know about the event.
MEET THE CHEFS:
This young, handsome chef is made of tough stuff. He contended with Hell’s Kitchen celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay to become the champion of The Gordon Ramsay Scholar competition back in 2005. He has heaps of culinary experience, working at restaurants in London including Ramsay’s Pétrus and Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck. Recently, Choy has been creating a buzz with guest appearances on TV cooking shows.
This beauty queen turned celebrity chef is a big advocate for clean and sustainable living. Since earning her place as Hong Kong’s representative in the Disciples Escoffier Young Talent contest, Lam has been busy building her media presence by hosting cooking videos on ViuTV. She's also a chef and ambassador for Green Common, a concept store selling plant-based products that are both sustainable and socially responsible.
A vegetarian for 28 years, Wong is a guru on healthy eating. She has written a library’s worth of columns on health-conscious diets for a variety of publications and hosts cooking tutorials on her YouTube channel Mimi Veggie. In 2015, she was awarded the title of Green Star Ambassador by Hong Kong marketing company Roadshow for her commitment to environmental protection.
AT THE EVENTS:
Delicious and healthy food
Expect an extensive menu of affordable, tasty food developed especially by the celebrity chefs. Plenty of vegetarian options await.
Donations to the less fortunate
As part of Taikoo Place’s continued commitment to sustainability, proceeds from the celebrity chefs' lunch offers will be donated to Food Angel (foodangel.org.hk), a non-profit food assistance organisation.
Taikoo Place has partnered up with start-ups Be Nice to Life (benicetolife.com) and Eco-Greenergy (Facebook: Eco.greenergy) to set up a stall selling eco-friendly utensils during the event.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) Watermelon Festival
Come cool down and enjoy a variety of juicy and cooling watermelons at this fruity festival on 26 July that’s being run in conjunction with the pop-up farmers' stall.
Know the producers
Don’t just grab your lunch – you can also purchase organic produce for dinner and get cooking tips from your local producers on ways to prepare your ingredients.
Location: Outside Dorset House, Taikoo Place
Dates: 25 July to 29 September
Time: Mon-Fri, noon-6pm