又中又英｜Coq Au Vin
Hong Kong is known as one of the world’s food capitals but it is no longer a food capital because of the coronavirus pandemic. A food capital is a city with numerous different types of restaurants that serve excellent food. A food capital has both expensive and inexpensive restaurants but the quality must be good. Hong Kong is not a food capital for now because the government has banned tourists and ordered restaurants to close early due to the pandemic. I was happy to read media reports that tourists will soon be allowed and restaurants can stay open until 10pm. For Hong Kong to become a food capital again, the government must allow tourists to enter without quarantine and for restaurants to stay open very late.
When I lived in Hong Kong I went to many restaurants, including Italian, French, Spanish, and Chinese restaurants. One of my favourite places to eat is the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) near Lan Kwai Fong. I am a member and often ate there when I lived in Hong Kong. Food prices are inexpensive because members have to pay a monthly fee. The FCC’s Hainan Chicken is excellent. I always chose off the bone chicken breast with no skin. If meat and fish are served off the bone it means all the bones have been removed. I love the FCC’s hamburger with fat chips. The expression “fat chips” is not often used. It means very thick French fries.
The FCC used to have Coq Au Vin, which I loved. Coq Au Vin is a French chicken dish slowly cooked in red wine with carrots, pearl onions, garlic, and other ingredients. Indian food is too spicy for my sensitive stomach but friends I invite to the FCC always say it has the best Indian food in Hong Kong. The FCC is a private club but the public can request to tour its beautiful heritage building, which the government owns. The FCC lease will expire this year. I hope the government renews the lease.