It’s Fourth of July, so why not celebrate with some classic American fare.
America is celebrating their independence this week, marking 243 years of independence from the British. You’ve probably heard about their lavish fireworks displays, but did you know that a huge part of Fourth of July (or Independence Day) is actually food? Americans gather with their family and friends and feast on classic American favourites.
If you’re an American abroad, or just craving some comfort food, Hong Kong has everything you need. Read on to find out our five favourite American dishes and where to find them in Hong Kong, just in time for Independence Day.
Macaroni and Cheese
Pasta is perfect. Cheese is perfect. So, what happens when you combine them ? A flavour explosion. A lot of places make mac & cheese in town but we can always count on Classified to deliver. Their Four Cheese Macaroni is comfort food at its finest, made with a combination of cheddar, mozzarella, Velveeta and Parmesan and baked to crispy goodness in a cast-iron skillet.
An American classic, you can’t beat a hot dog on the Fourth of July. Traditionally, you get them fresh off Dad’s grill, and smother it in ketchup, mustard or relish. But if Dad’s not here and you’re craving a taste of home, head to PDT Hong Kong. This sleek speakeasy tucked inside the Landmark Mandarin Oriental takes their dogs seriously. They have a menu of seven different creations, but we have to vote for the Chili Dog. It’s a beef dog topped with beef chili, pepper jack cheese, scallions, fried onions and cracked nachos. Tell Dad you’re sorry, you’ve got a new favourite grill master.
PDT Hong Kong
15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 2132 0110
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Name something more American than a juicy burger and fries, we’ll wait. Beef & Liberty grill up some of our favourite hamburgers in town (with Impossible and veggie options available too!). Try the Bacon Cheese for an elevated classic, with Dingley Dell English bacon, raclette cheese and carmelised onions. Throw in a side of sweet potato fries and a milkshake, and you’re basically living the American dream.
Beef & Liberty
3/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 2450 5778
Beef & Liberty
G/F 23 Carmel Road, Stanley Plaza, Stanley; +852 2563 2798
While pizza isn’t a super traditional Fourth of July meal, few things are as quintessentially American as a cheesy slice. There are a lot of great pizza spots in town, but for a taste that would make New York proud, Mother of Pizzas can’t be beat. It’s Neapolitan inspired, which means the crust is chewy and a bit crispy, but it’s thick like an American slice. The Queen Margherita with mozzarella and San Marzano tomato is a classic, but the meaty Pepperoni l’Americano is a close second. You can buy by the slice or order a whole pie.
Mother of Pizzas
13-19 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay; +852 2891 2221
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When you’re craving a milkshake, there’s really only one place to go: Burger Circus. Right on Hollywood Road, this vintage spot serves up the best in town. Their milkshakes are made with freshly churned ice-cream. You can get a regular milkshake or upgrade to a candy shake, which is piled high with your favourite treat like M&Ms, Kit Kat, Oreos or Reese’s Pieces. Grab one after work on your way to the gym, we won’t judge.
22 Hollywood Road, Central; +852 2878 7787
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