Image by Peter Yeung for Mongabay.A 2016 study showed Hong Kong is home to nearly 6,000 marine species, amounting to 26% of China’s marine species. The oysters are still outstanding and of good quality and veriety, but this is the kind of place that makes you bored of the whole oyster thing! Because the rest of the menu has just gone down rapidly over the last year or so….
Hong Kong’s coasts and islands have fostered a lively community of sportspeople who spend their leisure time on the water, from wakeboarders, to kitesurfers, and scuba divers. The annual Dragon Boat Festival features races all over Hong Kong, with beating drums, delicious food, and healthy competition making for cheerful, lively events that the whole city looks forward to. And who can forget Hong Kong’s pride and joy, Lee Lai-Shan, the windsurfer who grew up on the modest fishing island of Cheung Chau and ended up winning at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games – the city’s first ever Olympic medal. This much-loved seafood joint serves British classics in elegant yet laidback surrounds. Aside from smoked fish and hearty pies, look out for the impressive selection of jet-fresh oysters served over ice. Come during “Oyster Wednesdays” when a single variety of oyster goes for $10 a pop from 6pm onwards.
Atypical BSE is rarer than classical BSE and happens spontaneously, usually in older cows. Ireland got access to export frozen boneless beef to China in April 2018. Exports grew until 2020 when trade was suspended in line with a sanitary agreement. Illnesses have also been reported after the consumption of oysters at another restaurant in Mong Kok.
After all, we consume the second most seafood per capita out of any place in Asia – more than three times the global average. Decades of commercial dredging for lime, coastal reclamation and over-harvesting have decimated the oyster populations along with the long list of benefits they provide. Oyster reefs are the most endangered marine habitat on the planet with an estimated 85 percent global loss. To make things worse, the past few decades also witnessed a steep decline in oyster farming bringing the 700-year-old heritage to its knees. The oysters are complemented with two very simple sauces, a light spiced vinegar and peppered brandy cocktail sauce; and can also be served in Kilpatrick style upon request. The pleasant view of Hong Kong’s famous street market, the Graham street market, is another characteristic of Fridge.
Hong Kong’s best… Oysters
Sun-drying is a dehydration process, which concentrates the distinctive savoury fragrance and subtle sweetness of seafood. Marine ecosystems are more complex than we may ever understand. However, we do know that healthy, balanced oceans are vital to the survival of not only ourselves, but the various creatures that depend on them – many of which we eat. Fishermen have always formed the backbone of Hong Kong society.
With a panoramic 270-degree view of the harbour, Ambrosia at iSquare in Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the most attractive oyster bars in the city. When diners enter the restaurant, they can see the open oyster bar on the left of the grand foyer. Its top-grade selection of fresh oysters includes 16 types of oysters from seven regions. Upon request, Ambrosia can offer oysters Kilpatrick and Rockefeller. Image by Peter Yeung for Mongabay.Some of the thousands of oyster-farming rafts in Hong Kong. 生蠔直送 abandoned Hong Kong’s traditional method of cultivating oysters on posts driven into mudflats for this more modern technique.
La Casa Chilean Oyster Bar
TNC’s work is part of a broader project with the University of Hong Kong’s Swire Institute of Marine Science to restore oyster reefs across the city, where there are now four projects in three areas. The first launched in Deep Bay at the settlement of Lau Fau Shan in May 2018. The following year, the project installed a second reef at Tolo Harbor, to the east, that is being used as a biofilter to support a fish farm. Then in June 2021, the project established another reef on the grounds of Hong Kong’s airport on the north of Lantau Island.
In the process, they are moving the posts seaward, where the intertidal zone is wetter and oysters thrive, and restoring the landward soft shore and seagrass intertidal habitats to a more natural state. This old-school restaurant at The Sheraton is widely regarded as being one of the best spots in the city for fresh oysters. The raw seafood bar stocks more than 20 varieties of oysters on the half shell every evening, with seasonal choices flown in from all over the globe. The restaurant’s Sunday brunch deal is especially popular. $638 gets you a sumptuous seafood buffet, with a selection of freshly-shucked mollusks while $688 includes free-flow Piper-Heidsieck champagne to wash down the food. Atop the Sheraton hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Oyster and Wine Bar offers oysters with a view.
Oysters, these days, are always “in season” as we have come up with methods to control water conditions and other environmental requirements. To enjoy this icy cool seafood delight in this summer heat, here are five oyster places you should check out. In addition, oysters have a powerful ability to clean water. “The value of oyster reefs is proven, but we need to restore them,” Law adds. HONG KONG — Thousands of grayish, oval-shaped oysters pepper the mudflats of far northern Hong Kong, clustering together on fragments of rock lining the shoreline or clamping onto abandoned concrete posts.
Image by Peter Yeung for Mongabay.Mangroves at Pak Nai. Image by Peter Yeung for Mongabay.The reef she speaks of is new, one of several her team fashioned from the old posts in the mudflats off Pak Nai, a historic hamlet along Deep Bay in Hong Kong’s northern New Territories region. These diverse habitats provide homes for fish and other marine life.