Grab your loved ones and loosen your belts a few notches, ’cause Thanksgiving is just around the corner … are you ready? Get the scoop on where to dine out and how to making dining in a breeze with our Sassy Mama Hong Kong Thanksgiving Guide. (And psst: we have to TWO fab giveaways to help make it all even easier…First, get the bird and all the fixings delivered to your door care of Main Street Deli at the The Langham, Hong Kong. Then get the party started on this oh-so American holiday with a festive hamper full of the hippest hops from AmeriCraft, HK’s American craft beer gurus.)
Let’s face it, some of us are better in the kitchen than others. In fact, some of us use our kitchen primarily to prepare coffee and toast, and struggle to do so much as boil an egg (hello, mirror). If that sounds all too familiar, give thanks for the many marvellous Thanksgiving menus at your favourite restaurants in town. Here’s just a few…
Situated within Kowloon side’s fabulous Elements Mall, Stormies have a yummy 3-course set dinner on offer on November 22nd. Coming in at a very reasonable $225, the set menu is a great family-friendly option.
Main Street Deli at the Langham Hotel is celebrating ‘Turkey Day’ with a 4-course set lunch and dinner on the 22nd. The classic Thanksgiving menu features roast turkey accompanied by your choice of starters and desserts and there is also a party menu available for larger gatherings.
If you’re craving turkey but your partner prefers a decidedly non-traditional steak, then LKF’s Strip House by Harlan Goldstein ticks both boxes with their brand new 4-course tasting menu. Incorporating Thanksgiving favourites alongside their signature steaks and lobster dishes, the 1940’s New York-themed restaurant is a carnivore’s dream come true.
Also in Lan Kwai Fong, Bloom can rustle you up a 2kg turkey for a family event with 2 days advance notice. Make sure to leave room a piece of their freshly-baked pie.
For those with a little more culinary flair, there are plenty of places to go for the freshest ingredients. Of course, there’s always the two usual suspects for your supermarket shopping, but for a really special occasion, we think there’s slightly more on offer at these stores.
Great Food Hall in the basement of Pacific Place has a pretty decent butcher’s counter, along with a rotisserie section offering roasted-to-order meats. Contact them ahead of time if you’re thinking of using this service for your turkey, or simply order uncooked and take home.
City Super offer a good selection of fresh, imported ingredients and can deliver your order too if you’re pressed for time.
The concierge service at Olivers offers home delivery, along with expert advice for all your holiday food needs. Chat to their friendly staff and they’ll recommend ingredients and arrange delivery.
We love the jet-fresh fish from South Stream Seafoods, but did you know they also offer a good range of meat? These turkeys comes frozen, but with options including organic birds raised on Amish and Mennonite farms in Pennsylvania, you know you’re getting the real deal.
Prefer to stay at home to celebrate but can’t face the challenging confines of a tiny HK kitchen? There’s a wealth of ready-to-go options available to ease the burden of hosting a family feast. Let’s just call it Prêt-à-porter party prep.
The Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop’s five-star ‘Takeaway’ boxes are your friend this Thanksgiving. Containing all the yummiest holiday fare you’d expect from a luxury hotel, these packages just need to be quickly warmed through in the oven for a fine dining experience at home. With a choice of sizes, meats and sides, customise your order to make everyone happy. Would it be so very wrong to hide the packages and take all the credit?
Back over to The Langham, who will not only reserve your turkey and sides, but deliver it to your door and also give you a fabulous discount for an early order. With 10% off their standard price throughout November when participating in their Turkey-to-go Early Bird Special, yummy doesn’t have to equal expensive. The ordering service is available from now until December 31st, so you can get all your Christmas food planning done at the same time. And great news: We’re giving away one Complete Turkey-to-go dinner from Main Street Deli at the The Langham, Hong Kong to one very lucky Sassy Mama! Just enter our giveaway here and you’re half way there.
Craving some Southern-style eating this Thanksgiving? Go Gourmet, the catering arm of Magnolia Private Kitchen have a wonderful Cajun-inspired Thanksgiving menu and will rustle you up honey-baked ham, turkey with all the extras and cornbread stuffing, not to mention Louisiana honey pecan pie if there’s still room for afters. The number of turkeys and pies are strictly limited, so get your order form in sooner rather than later.
Once turkey time is over, it’s time for the main event. Yep, we’re talking pies and we’ve got the skinny (ahem!) on where to get the most sinful sweets for your celebration.
Head back to the Mandarin Cake Shop for their Thanksgiving specials, available to collect with your turkey. We’re opting for the decidedly non-traditional chestnut raspberry opera cake, yum!
Apple? Pecan? Pumpkin? We vote for a slice of all three. Whatever your pie preference, the marvellously-titled Tai Tai Pie Pies are your go-to pie guys. These pastry magicians have a full selection of savoury and sweet all year round, something for which we are extremely thankful!
It’s a holiday so let’s raise our glasses to the very finest in American thirst-quenchers right here in Hong Kong.
Golden Gate Wines want to introduce us to the very best wines from California, Oregon and Washington and have a full range of reds, whites and sparkling to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner. Check out their Wine Club for some great deals.
Fancy something a little different? Whilst we love a glass of Napa Valley’s finest, sometimes there’s nothing that quite hits the spot like a good beer. And we’re not talking about the gassy, mass-produced, preservative-laden stuff available in every bar in Hong Kong; we’re looking for something really special. Fortunately for us, one very Sassy lady had the same idea! Enter AmeriCraft Imports, brainchild of Laurie Goldberg, formerly of LA, now supplying HK with the finest craft beers direct from the USA. Handpicked by Laurie, all the beers on offer at Americraft come from smaller scale brewers without a multinational corporation in sight. The end result is a range of carefully produced, complex and full-flavoured beers that will appeal to even the die-hard wine drinker in you.
Check out their beer club for a monthly subscription option that offers discounts and invitations to exclusive members-only events. We’re think this would make a great Christmas present for the man in your life so we’re filing this one away!
And if you can’t wait until Christmas, Americraft are offering one lucky winner a fabulous hamper, featuring 12 unique American beers, 4 beer glasses, as well as pretzels and other munchies to enjoy with your brew. Click here for all the details and cheers, Mamas!
Creative ideas for Kids
These days we may not need to toil in the fields to harvest our Thanksgiving dinner, but the idea of reflecting on the things for which we’re grateful endures.Encourage the kids to get involved by helping out with the table décor. A place setting for each guest with a hand-drawn picture of what they are thankful for is a cute idea, (although don’t be too surprised if you get an exact replica of an Xbox rather than a loving recreation of Mum and Dad!)
Keep them entertained and head meltdowns off at the pass during a long meal with a dedicated kids’ table for all the little guests. Take a tip from the many family-friendly chain restaurants and cover the table in plain paper for scribbling with small puzzles, jigsaws, Thanksgiving word games and a pot of crayons. Voila! Not a single ‘I’m bored’ to be heard.
Need some inspiration for table décor for the kids to help create? This site has some brilliant kids craft ideas, along with tutorials – we love the paper bag turkey! Fill with popcorn or other treats for a surprise when ‘carving.’ Once you’ve picked your theme, stock up on all your festive craft supplies in Sham Shui Po.
And to help them to feel really thankful and to give something back by contacting Hands on Hong Kong. They coordinate volunteering opportunities across the SAR and have a wide variety of great causes for older kids to help out with. Or how about signing up the fam to be volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Open on 2 December?
And a big thanks to our Sassy Mama contributor Kate Farr for this fab roundup.