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Kaum at Potato Head, Hong Kong: Technicolour


  02.04.17    Hong Kong


It’s impossible to keep up with new openings in Hong Kong. You’d need five bovine stomachs just to have a vaguely up-to-date take on where’s hot and where’s not. Which means that I’m at least a year late visiting Potato Head in Sai Ying Pun.

I really enjoyed lunch at their dining area Kaum, a burst of Indonesian sunshine and colour, both on the plates and in the decor on a grey March day. The cuisine and much of the design is Indonesian, served up by charming lady chefs and wait staff. They take you on a tour of the main flavours and dishes from Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Bali. Incidentally ‘Kaum’ means ‘tribe’ in Bahasa Indonesia.

Various platforms and writers far cooler than this one have already told you all you need to know on the interiors, but they manage to meld comfortable and cool like few others. Suffice to say that there is serious form involved in the form of Sou Fujimoto, best known for designing the beautiful 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

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And if you get a chance, do not miss the music room out back. Every teenage boy and girl’s dream, writ large.

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We kicked off, as is mandatory in restaurants championing Indonesia, with impeccable satay. Best of all was its brilliant accompanying selection of pickled vegetables, ‘rujak’ style. I know it in the Malaysian spelling of ‘rojak’ as it means ‘mixture’ in Malay, but it’s the same good stuff crunching under a sweet and spicy palm sugar dressing. Then came another favourite standby, gado-gado. So good they named it twice, it again means ‘mix’ due to the cocktail of sprouts, longbeans, gourd, cabbage, tofu, spuds, eggs and much more bathed in a peanut sauce and covered with sprinkles of fried shallots. At $65, this is a meal in itself and a bargain.

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One of two mains was Nasi Goreng Babi, in other words wok-fried rice with Singaraja pork sausage, egg, braised pork meat, & assorted field mushrooms. Vibrant in taste, texture and presentation, it’s everything you’d want in a dish.

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An aerial view of the Indonesian technicolour explosion:

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There’s also coffee, retail and more across the 8,000 sq ft space so you won’t be short on ways to kick back next time you’re wandering the ‘Pun.