They’re a cut above the rest!
Hong Kong isn’t exactly a country known for its high standards of meat, so if like me, you’ve already had a taste of an Australian grass-fed Wagyu, you’ll understand that there’s just no going back. A few years ago the only way to ensure your fridge/freezer was stocked with top quality cuts, was to order them online – which was far from an easy feat.
Luckily, our meat prayers have been answered and Hong Kong is now home to a handful of high quality butchers, stocking a huge selection of premium fresh produce, imported from numerous countries around the world. Even the supermarkets have upped their game and several specialist meat import websites have made ordering online a breeze too. So, fire up your BBQ (or just an oven will do, of course!) and load on a cut from one of these top Hong Kong butchers…you won’t be disappointed!
If you don’t want to head to the shops, you don’t have to! Enjoy the easy convenience of online butcher, Farmer’s Market, and get fresh produce delivered straight to your door. You can even get your goods delivered the very next day, if ordered before 12pm. The site stocks everything from lamb, pork and seafood to duck, beef and chicken, along with offering pre-prepared packs, perfect for barbecues (with prices ranging between $530 and $1,560 for a mix of poultry, fish and steaks). All of the products are antibiotic free, hormone free and flown in fresh each week from Australia. Farmer’s Market promises to always be transparent with its products and only source from traceable, sustainable, naturally farmed sources; something we are most definitely on board with.
Sassy perk: All Sassy readers can enjoy a $100 off their next order placed before Saturday, 31 March, 2018 using the discount code “SASSYSBUTCHER”. Minimum order is $500 to receive the $100 off.
Farmer’s Market, 9301 7445, www.farmersmarket.com.hk
Want the easy convenience of getting quality produce and ingredients delivered straight to your door? Head to meatmarket.hk for some of the best quality products from reputable and sustainable producers from Australia and around the world! With a constantly updated range of seasonal meat, seafood, vegetables and value added products, cooking at home will be a breeze. So, whether you’re looking for quality sausages for dinner (from $78 for 200g), or some top-notch meat for your Sunday roast, the online store will have you covered. Next day delivery is available all over Hong Kong from Monday to Saturday (if ordered before 1pm) and meatmarket.hk even offer free delivery on orders over $500, with same day express delivery on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon,also available for a small fee.
Sassy perk: Use the code “SASSY” to receive $50 off on orders over $500. Offer ends Wednesday, 28 February.
From the founders of “Three Butchers” online deli – this popular butcher sources all of its produce ‘fresh from the farms’ of Australia. So, whether you’re just looking for a few sausages to have with your mash (500g from $62), or hoping to impress at a dinner party with a angus ribeye (350g for $173), you’ll be sure to find a fabulous selection of top quality cuts here (and on its website, for home delivery!). If not everyone at your table is an avid meat fan you’ll be happy to know that F&B also stocks fresh and frozen seafood (I’d recommend the Philippine Barramundi!), as well as artisan cheeses, preserves, snacks, and most other pantry essentials! Be sure to check out the websites ‘cook it’ section for some recipe inspiration (the braised short rib with red wine and pepper sauce is to die for!), and if you’re not in the mood for cooking, most store locations include a restaurant where they’ll happily fire up your select cut for you (score!).
Feather & Bone, various locations across Hong Kong, www.featherandbone.com.hk
The go-to butcher for ‘conscious carnivores’, Bones & Blades’ philosophy prides itself on embracing sustainable farming, by offering up an array of premium grass-fed animals from farms around the world. Whether you choose the Welsh lamb racks ($47 per 100g), the Manglican pork loins ($63 per 100g) or the 81 day aged free range chicken cuts ($24 per 100g for a whole chicken) you really can’t go wrong. If like me, shopping for meat (or foods of any kind!) works up your appetite, the butcher’s restaurant Quarter Master is just next door and serves up succulent steaks and burgers (the BBQ pulled pork and is my favourite!) and delicious desserts such as bacon cheesecake (just trust me on this one!), that are sure to satisfy your cravings.
Bones & Blades, 1 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.bonesnblades.com
This chain of butchers has four locations around Hong Kong and while each has a different look and feel, what all of the stores do have in common is a huge selection of high quality meat. With deliveries up to four-times a week, freshness is guaranteed from the Dutch Veal scallopinis ($48 per piece) to the American turkey meatballs ($96 per 500g pack). Pay a visit to any of the branches at lunchtime and a grab bite to eat from the sandwich menu (as well as tapas and charcuterie platters in some locations!), or grab one of the ready to ‘heat and eat’ main meals, perfect for lunch or dinner when cooking is off the menu. Chef’s Choice also offer its own catering service and can also supply party platters and meat packs for your next BBQ – along with stocking some delicious wines and locally brewed craft beers to wash it all down with (how refreshing!).
Chef’s Choice, various locations across Hong Kong
Perfect for those on a budget, Pacific Gourmet is dedicated to supplying premium grade Australian and Norwegian meats and seafoods at prices that won’t break the bank (yay!). It currently has three branches in Hong Kong situated in Mid-Levels, Happy Valley and Ap Lei Chau where you can pick up an Australian grass-fed rib eye for under $400 per kg or a lamb leg for just $220 per kg. If you’re feeling adventurous you could opt for one of the game meats such as kangaroo ($660 per kg), venison ($340 per kg) or rabbit ($385 per kg) and if you’re not, the deli is well stocked with cold cuts, cheeses, dips, antipastos and even Australian pies (for only $60 dollars each!).
Pacific Gourmet, various locations across Hong Kong, www.pacificgourmet.com.hk
Fu Ying’s resident butcher Kwan Chun-Kan supports Hong Kong’s homegrown pig farms (HKAFCD licensed, of course!) by exclusively suppling locally raised pork that is free from harmful enhancing hormones and agents. Visit the store to pick your cut from a shoulder, rib, shank or chop to a belly, cheek, bone or even a kidney – you name it, the store will have it. Alternatively, you can order online where Monday deliveries can enjoy an upgrade to the super popular Iberian pork (get your order in early though, as they sell out fast!).
Fu Ying Pork Butcher, 42 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.jousun.com/stores/fu-ying-pork
Although most butchers in Hong Kong offer home delivery services via its websites, there are some amazing options that are exclusively available online – an especially great option when you’re looking to stock up (or feeling incredibly lazy – it happens to the best of us!). Here are a few of my favourites;
Working directly with farmers and factories My Market offers premium French meats, a great selection of cheeses and breads (as one would expect!) as well as various French branded groceries.
Far more than just an online butcher, this chain has four burger joints in Hong Kong, as well as an event space and private dining room. Having partnered with a farm in NSW, Australia, The Butchers Club ensure the cows are reared to their own specifications allowing the creation of a variety of flavor profiles.
Priding itself on the quality of its USDA certified angus prime thick centre-cut steaks, this online butcher focuses its efforts on offering exclusive produce rarely found in Hong Kong – the latest addition to which is Korubuta pork imported directly from Japan.
There are plenty of bargains to be had in Hong Kong’s wet markets – if you can overcome the pungent smells that can accompany the meat sections! Also, unless you’re lucky enough to be fluent in Cantonese, it can be a struggle to communicate exactly what you’re looking for, but don’t let that put you off, as the stall owners are normally happy to work with you to figure it out. The meat available here is of course guaranteed to be both local and fresh, sometimes so fresh that the animals are still clucking (it brings a whole new meaning to the term “fresh off the chopping block”!), so it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.
High End Grocery Stores:
If you don’t have the time to visit a butcher for your meat fix, the higher end grocery stores in Hong Kong have a great selection of fresh and frozen meats on offer, and you can do your weekly shop at the same time! City Super, Marketplace by Jasons, Taste and Marks & Spencer are your best bets, as well as Oliver’s the Delicatessen in Central, Sogo Freshmart in Causeway Bay and Great Food Hall at Pacific Place in Admiralty.
City Super – various locations across Hong Kong, www.citysuper.com.hk
Marketplace by Jasons – various locations across Hong Kong, www.marketplacebyjasons.com
Taste – various locations across Hong Kong, www.parknshop.com
Marks & Spencer – various locations across Hong Kong, global.marksandspencer.com
Oliver’s the Delicatessen – 201-205, 231-237 & 250, 2/F, Landmark Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.oliversthedeli.com.hk
Sogo Freshmart – 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.sogo.com.hk
Great Food Hall – LG 1, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.greatfoodhall.com
Featured image courtesy of www.behance.net, via Pinterest. Image #1 courtesy of Farmers Market, image #2 courtesy of meatmarket.hk, image #3 courtesy of Feather & Bone via Facebook, image #2 courtesy of Bones & Blades via Facebook, image #3 courtesy of The Butchers Club via Facebook, image #4 courtesy of Unsplash