Avenue of stars

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 August, 2011, 12:00am


No Hong Kong Avenue of Stars would be complete without a Bruce connection.

Bruce Lee, Hong Kong's international cinema icon before Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-fat burst onto the scene, is the main draw for crowds on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, as fans pay homage in front of his statue.

And no wonder - the San Francisco-born Hongkonger founded the kung fu movie genre, despite sporting one of the most appalling haircuts in cinema history.

Fans still hunger for a piece of Bruce - two days ago an auction of 13 items of memorabilia was announced and it is expected that items such as a fur coat and handwritten letter will fetch up to US$113,000.

There are few appalling haircuts to be seen in Spoon, the restaurant overlooking the Avenue of Stars that is the workplace of another Bruce - chief barman Bruce Cheng Ka-chun.

Cheng is a firm fan of many Hong Kong institutions, including traditional Chinese medicine. His Plum Rita concoction updates the margarita by adding plum powder to the tequila and curacao. The resulting light blue drink, which also contains lemon juice and syrup, has an odour reminiscent of cinnamon and a powerful flavour of sour plum - one of Hong Kong's favourite snacks.

Plum powder is also one of Cheng's favourite flavours. He recommends eating pineapple and watermelon slices coated in it.

The big boss of the bar has also created a mocktail called Rosemary, again based on sour plum flavours, this time in the form of a tea, with the addition of dried rose petals.

But a mocktail is just a sidekick to a cocktail, Robin to Batman. Here, the leading role is taken by Spoon's Avenue of Stars cocktail. It's light green, courtesy of guava juice and creme de menthe. The guava dominates the aroma with lovely tropical notes but the mint cuts through the sometimes cloying guava texture and leaves a pleasant, fresh taste, just before the vodka kicks in. It's very easy to drink.


37.5ml Pravda vodka

12.5ml Creme de menthe

12.5ml Fresh lemon juice

50ml Guava juice

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and pour into a glass. Garnish with a star.