This November, a selection of Hong Kong’s most notable hotels, restaurants and organizations have pledged their support to a sustainable seafood initiative headed by Hong Kong Charity, Ocean Recovery Alliance and ADM Capital Foundation, called the ‘Kin Hong Seafood Festival.’
Key players in Hong Kong’s restaurant community have recognized the imminent need to educate Hong Kong consumers about the declining state of the marine ecosystem due to poor environmental conditions and the unsustainable fishing methods used.
Doug Woodring, Founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, says, “We want to stress to consumers that they can help to improve the ocean ecosystem by actively choosing to purchase and cook with sustainably caught and farmed seafood here in Hong Kong.”
In order to be eligible to participate, each outlet must commit to serving at least one dish featuring certified sustainable seafood during the month, as per the guidelines of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) or who have a WWF certified seafood menu. The extensive list of participants includes Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, The Continental, Sohofama, Fishful Season, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, University of Hong Kong and Ocean Park Hong Kong.
East Hotel Hong Kong is proud to use sustainably caught Sea Bream in their classic Chinese steamed fish dish
Richard Ekkebus, Director of Culinary Operations and Food & Beverage at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong says, “Hong Kong is in a unique position here, it’s a culinary mecca, but it also has a strong historical and cultural connection to seafood. It is our responsibility to promote the importance of sustainable seafood, so future generations may benefit.”
Min Lai, Head Chef at Fishful Season in Tai Hang, has shown his support for the worthwhile cause by specially creating a series of dishes featuring sustainably caught seafood, including Wild Blue Mussels from Holland in a light Champagne sauce. Diners at the University of Hong Kong can also sample a Pan Fried Black Cod served over Angel Hair Pasta and Mango Salsa, specially curated for the cause.
Pan-Fried Black Cod served with Angel Hair and Mango Salsa at the University of Hong Kong
Full List of Participating Restaurants
1. Cafe Gray
3. City University of Hong Kong
4. East Hotel Hong Kong
5. Fishful Season
6. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
8. Grand Central
9. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
10. Holy Crab
11. Hotel ICON
13. Mercedes Me
14. Ocean Park Hong Kong
15. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
18. Table Seafood
19. The American Club Hong Kong
20. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
21. The Continental
22. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong
23. The Hong Kong Jockey Club
24. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
25. The University of Hong Kong
26. Wilfred Catering Limited
27. Yorkshire Pudding
Bluenose Sea Bass served at The American Club
Ocean Recovery Alliance
Registered in Hong Kong and California, Ocean Recovery Alliance forges new ways of thinking, technologies, creativity and collaborations to introduce innovative projects and initiatives that will help improving our ocean environment. This includes creating business opportunities for local communities when applicable, and addressing some of the pressing issues that our ocean faces today. It is one of the first the NGO’s to work with both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank on their respective ocean programmes related to plastic pollution. It runs the Ocean in Motion Film Festival each year, the only annual ocean film festival in Asia.
ADM Capital Foundation
ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF) was established in 2006 by the partners of Hong Kong-based investment advisor, ADM Capital (www.admcap.com to fund innovative approaches to promoting equity and environmental conservation in Asia. The Foundation helps organisations in Asia achieve positive social and environmental impact and aims to foster sustainable growth in its local partners by providing not only funding but also specific and relevant organisational support.