So my skin is changing colour, my eyes are different and I am uber lethargic. Gluten-free in Hong Kong clearly hasn’t been working. So after skyping my mother and getting a lecture about it, I figured I would go sort myself out.
Enter – City’super.
So this place is like a palace for me. There is, of course, much more glutinous food but they have lots of gluten-free stuff too! Pretty much they have food from all over the world and reprint the ingredients into English. They also have certified gluten-free stuff! They even go as far as having cake mixes!
It’s expensive, as is most gluten-free stuff. But well worth it as you can know for certain that you are not going to be eating gluten. I bought all this:
There was so much more I wanted to buy but the kitchen here is so limited so I am going to have to work on that first! That and we share a communal fridge and thing which I have been warned is often stolen from by others. I am not flushed with enough funds to feed everyone gluten-free goodies!
Anyway, if anyone is in HK and not anywhere near a sushi bar. Like, for example, living on campus, I cannot recommend City’super more. Go check it out :)
Your Hong Kong explorer: G.E.B.
Last night CUHK hosted a welcome banquet for all the exchange students. 11 courses of preset food. Sounds amazing? Well that wasn’t quite the outcome…
Despite the fact the school knew of my allergy it didn’t seem to translate to the restaurant and they constantly put questionable things on my plate. I tried to put the gluteny-looking stuff to the side but on the small plates it was all just being contaminated and I knew the night wasn’t going to end well. Whilst it had occurred to me to say no, I had been told that to not offend you should say yes and then just leave it, so that’s what I did. Yet even then, only so much can be on your plate before you have to eat some of it. Some of the dishes were delicious, some cute, and some just plain weird looking!
A particularly worrying item on the menu was ‘marshmallow rabbit’. We read this and got quite fearful of what we were going to have to eat. This is what came:
A cute rabbit shaped marshmallow. We breathed a sigh of relief and gobbled the laser-eyed treats!
Despite all my attempts, I found my plans to head out swiftly ending and instead retreated back to college, my bed and the bathroom.
Lets hope for more luck in the future!
Whilst I may be a little biased as this place is quite literally my neighbour, I have taken friends, family, lovers and pretty much strangers to Orto for brunch and all have loved it. Whilst not an exclusively gluten free restaurant they have lots of delicious gluten-free options and are meticulous in ensuring it doesn’t get contaminated! My favourite is most definitely the Potato Hash. This is a large potato hashbrown topped with ham, Fresh tomato, avocado, lemon dressed rocket, asparagus + a poached egg (pictured below).
Finish the meal off with a coffee, chai tea or one of their juices and your day will be off to a roaring start. The pineapple, passionfruit, apple and lime juice is particularly delicious (and totally instagram worthy!).
My other favourite on the menu involves mix and matching the scramble eggs with the sides – the Boston Baked Beans and mushrooms are out of this world good.
Add it to your to-go list.