Eat Drink Asia Podcast

Hong Kong yakitori restaurant Yardbird plans to expand to US – Eat Drink Asia podcast

In episode four, we speak to Yardbird chef and owner Matt Abergel, who has some big news about the ever popular Sheung Wan restaurant. We also sample Nachos of the World Cup, and talk to the winemaker from Cloudy Bay

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 July, 2018, 1:03pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 November, 2018, 3:10pm

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Eat Drink Asia podcast.

In this episode, we head to Yardbird, one of Hong Kong’s most popular restaurants. Having opened in 2011, late last year it moved to bigger premises in Sheung Wan, and in May, worked with Phaidon to publish a high-end cookery book, Chicken and Charcoal.

We talk to Yardbird chef and owner Matt Abergel about how the restaurant was hatched, and he reveals some big news on the expansion front.

Summer seems to be the season for food-eating contests. We’re still trying to digest the fact that American Joey Chestnut ate a staggering 74 hot dogs – buns included – at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York last week.

Chestnut broke the contest record as he downed the dogs in just 10 minutes.

Here in Hong Kong, my co-host Alkira Reinfrank took part in a burger-eating contest at Burger Joys in Wan Chai at the weekend. She competed in the vegetarian burger category, where she had to eat one as fast as she could. Alkira was beaten by Post colleague Lauren James, who tied for first place.

These five competitive eaters are so good it hurts

The meat category for the true glutton consisted of an eight-patty burger – how could anyone even fit that into their mouth? We don’t want to think about it …

Next up, Alkira and I finally catch World Cup fever, except we’re not worried about the soccer – we’re just after food! We head to Cali-Mex in Lan Kwai Fong to take on their special Nachos of the World Cup menu – because who doesn’t want to dig into nine different styles of nachos inspired by countries competing in Russia?

White wines are great for summer. When you drink a Sauvignon Blanc, chances are it’s from the Marlborough region in New Zealand. I talked to winemaker Jim White of Cloudy Bay about why this winery is so successful, and how they are dealing with climate change.

Finally, summer isn’t complete without durian, known as the king of fruit. It’s a very divisive fruit – people either can’t get enough of it, or can’t get away from it fast enough. I get Alkira to try durian, not just in its raw form, but also as three (delicious) desserts at the Regal Hong Kong.

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