Polish Consulate, Queensway. Consul-General Agnieszka Lobacz. Food is a feast for Agnieszka Lobacz. Christmas is her favourite occasion and if she's got time, she cooks karp w szarym sosie on December 24. A fish dish, it contains more than 20 ingredients including carp, red wine and Polish gingerbread with honey, almonds and raisins. Without a consulate cook and with no Polish restaurants in Hong Kong, she prepares receptions herself, hiring maids and waiters to help. 'A lot of our dishes are hunting dishes - either something made with game or something to take out hunting,' she says. 'I like hare served with grated red beets, spiced with pepper, nutmeg and red wine.' Finnish Consulate, Harcourt Road. Consul-General Ilkka Heiskanen. 'When I'm home, I'm in my national romantic period when it comes to food,' says Ilkka Heiskanen. 'I eat traditional Finnish stuff, and if I had to choose just one dish it would have to be Baltic herring fillets. It was my childhood food.' There are no Finnish restaurants in Hong Kong but Mr Heiskanen's staff find most of the ingredients for home-cooking at Oliver's and Park'N Shop. 'Finnish food is very basic. I also like Cantonese, also very simple, particularly the City Hall Chinese Restaurant for dim sum. 'When I have a reception, I don't have a cook but I do have professionals to cook and it's all still relatively simple Western food - with something to remind me of home.' Japanese Consulate, Connaught Place, Central. Consul-General Kunihiko Makita. Kunihiko Makita reckons he's spoiled for choice in Hong Kong. 'This is a great place for Japanese food and you can get any ingredient here. Daimaru is very good, but my staff will have to find another source when it closes at the end of the year.' Drop by the consulate and you won't find him emptying the shopping bags, though. 'I don't know how to cook. I'm a typical Japanese man. I've never bothered to go into the kitchen.' He entertains at least twice a week, and his cook, Kenzo Mitsuzono, serves sushi, tempura and Japanese beef. He and his wife also eat out a lot, particularly at Nadaman in the Island Shangri-La and Kanetanaka in the East Point Centre, Causeway Bay. Sushi is a clear favourite. 'Whenever I go home, I never fail to go to a sushi bar. When I was a kid, my grandmother used to take me out to a sushi bar every Sunday.' Egyptian Consulate, Harbour Road. Acting Consul-General Amin Meleika. When Amin Meleika and his wife are entertaining, something you're almost certain to find on their Mid-Levels table is a simple peasant dish. Ful beans, to which they add oil, vinegar and lemon, is eaten for breakfast in Egypt, something to keep people going all day. 'It has the family touch - you all gather round and dip in,' he says. Falafel, mopped up with pita bread, and molokhieh, a leafy green vegetable similar to spinach and made into a soup with onion and garlic, are two other big favourites. Consulate staff buy salosaluyot, a similar vegetable in World-Wide House, Central, if they can't get molokhieh. The consulate cook, Sabah, prepares all the receptions but these days, as the father of two young children, Mr Meleika admits McDonald's is a must, especially as there are no Egyptian eateries in Hong Kong. However, Beirut on D'Aguilar Street and Desert Sky on Elgin Street are two of his favourite restaurants. Nepalese Consulate, Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East. Consul-General Pradhumna Shah. Pradhumna Shah has no shortage of Nepalese food outlets to choose from in Hong Kong,but he tends to return to Surya Restaurant on Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, and the Nepal and Sherpa restaurants on Staunton Street. He has these restaurants cater for formal receptions but for fewer than 12 guests, his Nepalese maid, Bishnu, does the cooking. If he cooks, it's usually a simple curry, though he says his advancing years makes him watch his step with rich food. Ingredients are easy to find, especially in Nepalese supermarkets in Kam Tin and Causeway Bay. But staff often bring things such as dried mince and pickles back on their three-weekly flights from Nepal. He especially likes mama, a hot and spicy mutton dish with lots of garlic. He also enjoys sukuti, a dried meat, and sail roti, a fried sweet bread. His favourite food experience is Nepal's Dashai Festival. 'Everyone gets together and prepares one dish. It's a great occasion,' he says.