5 of a Supermodel's Favorite Hong Kong Eateries
Supermodel turned pastry chef Amanda Strang on eating out in Hong Kong. By MARK LEAN.
Published on Feb 12, 2016
AMANDA STRANG knows that, whether it's fashion or frosting, the devil is in the details. The French-Taiwanese model might be one of Hong Kong's most recognizable faces, but these days the pastries sold at her shop, (1) Petite Amanda, are hogging the limelight. Strang caught the baking bug when she was eight, starting with a simple batch of chocolate cookies. Her pâtisserie came about as a passion project, but the move from modeling to mascarpone took serious training. After a course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, she apprenticed at Ladurée and later Caprice at the Four Seasons Hong Kong. The hard work paid off: "When I first opened Petite Amanda, there were nonstop queues," Strang says. "I was amazed that so many people were turning up in the first six months." The lady-about-town considers dining out an art that requires more than just a discerning palate.
Petite Amanda, founded by Model Amanda Strang. Courtesy of Petite Amanda.
Her former training ground (2) Caprice (8 Finance St.; +852 3196 8888) remains a regular in Strang's rotation because, she says, "even the cheese bar is amazing." The model-chef's affinity for style spills onto the plate; she appreciates high-quality ingredients as well as presentation, and the omakase dinner at (3) Sushi Ginza Onodera (1F Hollywood Centre, 77-91 Queen's Rd. W., Sheung Wan; 852/3568-7788) fits the bill. At times when she feels nostalgic, Strang heads to (4) The Night Market (6F-7F, 11 Stanley St., Central): "My mother is Taiwanese, so I go there for a taste of home." (5) LockCha Tea House (GF The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty; +852 2801 7177) rounds out Strang's repast repertoire with its finely prepared vegetarian dim sum, the city's famous staple. And for dessert? Well she's got that covered.