Sunday, 5 December 2010

Binge - A Local Guide to Hong Kong Food and Dai Pai Dongs

Quite frankly when I want to check out a place to eat in Hong Kong, I go straight to Open Rice on my iPhone. But if you prefer a printed version that is handy in your bag then pick up the WOM Guide for Foodies. It joins the Michelin Guide and the Miele Guide in the local market which testifies to the fact that Hong Kong has obviously many good eats.

The 6th edition of the Hong Kong’s most loved and bestseller dining guide for 2011 offers honest, fun and witty reviews of the city’s most loved restaurants by over 15,000 Wommers who are Hong Kongers who log into and share their dining experiences. A bit like Open Rice but in print, I guess.

What's worth having comes FREE with this year’s guide and it is a special booklet entitled Hong Kong’s REAL Dai Pai Dongs, affectionately produced by the WOM guide team in celebration of Hong Kong’s love affair with traditional food stalls. Highlighting the city’s real Dai Pai Dongs - the ones that have been issued with government licenses (or Dai Pai), the booklet includes ratings by the WOM guide team, signature dishes and an icon indicating if they have air-conditioning, as well as user friendly maps.

WOM guide 2011 for foodies is categorized into 27 WOM choice listings, each based on the most popular or hard to make dining occasions and food specialty – the criteria that Hong Kongers usually base their dining decisions on. It covers the city’s wide array of restaurants, from the most loved local eateries to the best fine dining establishments in town.

Check out 'Idol Status' restaurants which are restaurants with a tremendous following, "Hole in the Wall' restaurants with amazing food but not so amazing d├ęcor, 'Forever and ever' those that have been around forever and are not likely to close anytime soon, 'Big Group' places that cater to parties, 'Dim Sum, Moo!', 'Breakfast' and 'Brunch' and 'Out of Towners'. Over 250 restaurants are selected by the WOM guide team based on their popularity and reviews.

You can expect to find out if a restaurant is: good for business dining, a romantic dining location, serves large groups, pet friends, good for kids, has al fresco seating, takes food orders past 11pm, takes reservations, has valet parking, offers delivery and/or takeout, does not accept credit cards, and, very importantly, do they charge a corkage fee. Available at any leading bookshop in Hong Kong for HK$168.

- Elaine


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