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New Year, 5 Ways to a New Fat You

Ditch your 2016 diet resolutions with Hong Kong's guiltiest splurges.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 January, 2016, 12:24pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:54pm

Ditch: An egg and cress sandwich
Try: The Skyscraper Burger
Why have one when you could have four? Piled sky-high with four 6oz patties, five slices of Monterey Jack cheese, pulled pork, bacon, caramelized onions, tomato, lettuce and house sauce, The Skyscraper Burger at The Diner is the burger to end all burgers—and possibly put you in a permanent food coma. If you attempt to take down this massive meat feast, make sure you bring along a defibrillator in case of sudden cardiac arrest…

Ditch: Dry toast
Try: Dessert toast
Dazzling Café’s signature brick toasts may be the size of your head, but they’ll hit you right in the gut. Think a humongous box of toasted bread housing half a dozen baby squares of toast, topped with scoops of ice cream, gooey caramel, whipped cream, custard, chocolate shavings, strawberry syrup and macarons for good measure. Butter your tiny toasts with whatever your heart desires as you say goodbye to skinny jeans, midriffs and bikini season…

Ditch: Plain congee
Try: Risotto with truffle mascarpone
There’s nothing quite like a comforting and hearty bowl of risotto, and one of our favorite places to splurge on this winter warmer is at Aberdeen Street Social. Generous portions aside, Jason Atherton’s masterful creation is everything you want from a risotto—nuggets of rice cooked al dente bound by a creamy, umami-rich sauce and dressed with different textural toppers from crispy fried shallots to shavings of sharp parmesan and roasted mushrooms. As the heavy mascarpone envelops everything in cream and cheese, you can’t help but hoard every last bite. On your hips.

Ditch: A fruit platter
Try: Chocolate profiteroles
When you’re done stuffing yourself silly with fried and fatty savory foods, it’s only logical to max out the calorie intake by ingesting copious amounts of sugar and chocolate. Ice cream, pastries and chocolate lovers alike will find sweet solace in the profiteroles at Le Relais de L’Entrecôte—softball-sized scoops of ice cream sandwiched between choux pastry and drowning in a sea of chocolate sauce and slivered almonds. Ask for additional dollops of fresh whipped cream to top off this ridiculous indulgence.

Ditch: A juice cleanse
Try: Pig ear nachos
Move aside, braised beef and pulled pork—the ultimate meat topper for nachos adds both crunch and heaps of flavor. We’re talking crispy fried pork ears—arguably the best parts of the pig. If you have to eat it to believe it, head to Stone Nullah Tavern where you’ll be sucked into the addictive combo of fresh tortilla chips, spicy jalapeños, cooling sour cream, pork cheek chili and sauce-slathered crispy pork ears that set our taste buds on fire. This platter of crunchy fried goodness is worth every last calorie.