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Journey To The East: Round-Up Of Hong Kong Live In Bordeaux

Picture of Michaela Fulton
Updated: 9 February 2017
Hong Kong was one of the 10 ‘Cities of Honor’ – and the only city from Asia – to attend the Bordeaux Wine Festival. Through the representatives of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the extraordinary hand-selected talent and trend-setting enthusiasts that attended the event, they astounded visitors through various East-meets-West performances and culinary delights that were brought to the table.

Symbols of Chinese culture were brought to the event in the form of an impressive custom-built Giant Chinese Opera theater, which featured a seven meter tall flower plaque (fa paai), providing a jarring visual contrast to the surrounding architecture.

© Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
© Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

A crossover performance was created especially for the event, in the form of a Tap Dance / Chinese Dance mix-up. The ‘eastern’ elements of the dance consisted of tap dance, a style rich in both motion and energy, whilst the Chinese elements consisted of long sleeves, graceful and delicate movements that are traditional of Chinese performance and philosophy. Combined, this created a thoroughly unique show for visitors to the Bordeaux Wine Festival.

© Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
© Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Festival goers were also treated to the awe-inspiring tones of Paris Wong, one of the few professional Cantonese opera singers in Hong Kong who holds the ability to sing falsetto and play a female character.

© Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
© Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Make-up plays a huge role in Cantonese and Chinese Opera, something that was highlighted during the event through demo performances of just how they manage to create those emotive and eye-catching faces.

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© Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Throughout the event, talented chefs and restauranteurs milled through the crowds with their culinary delights of East-meets-West cuisine.

Chef May Chow's Lamb Tartare © Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
Chef May Chow’s Lamb Tartare | © Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Chef May Chow, the young restauranteur of Little Bao – a popular Chinese gastropub – served up some innovative dishes and new creations such as the Lamb Tartare, a French-style toast with foie gras butter, as well as her re-imagining of the much-loved Chinese steamed bun (bao) with her pork belly baos.

Chef May Chow's Pork Belly Bao © Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
Chef May Chow’s Pork Belly Bao | © Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Another chef present at the Bordeaux Wine Festival was the so-called “Demon Chef”, Leung, the self-taught chef and brains behind Bo Innovation – a Chinese restaurant boasting a scientific approach to food.

1855 Dinner, Chef Alvin Leung © Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
1855 Dinner, Chef Alvin Leung | © Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Chef Alvin leung dished up a number of specialty, French inspired, tapas at two private events: The Mayor’s Lunch and the 1855 Dinner. His menus, including dishes of foie gras with Chinese liqueur and braised vermicelli with Iberico ham, were well received and thoroughly memorable.

© Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
© Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Overall, it was a successful trip which highlighted the best of Hong Kong’s culture and food and will have undoubtedly inspired many to come and visit our wonderful little city.