Ming Court

The post you are about to read is only incidentally about food. Of course, delicious food is something worthy to blog about (and I happen to do it pretty often – read here for the latest news), but this time I want to celebrate precious friendship. I met Ivan via Giorgio, as they are both pianist and they play together very often.

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Ivan is a dear friend, funny, witty, generous. He knows how to throw amazing parties (read about the Christmas Sizzling Party here) with lots of cashew nuts and other deliciously unhealthy snacks, he loves my apple cake and he wears some irresistible dotted socks. Plus he swears he enjoys reading my blog. For all these reasons and many more, I feel blessed to have met him.

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As you might know if you read some of my posts about HK (a selection here),  we were there for Chinese New Year last month, and Ivan was there as well, celebrating the year of the Horse with his family and some old-time friends of his. We agreed we would meet and spend some time together so that he can show us around (read: so that he can bring us in the best restaurants on the scene and have us eating and drinking like there is no tomorrow).

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We started the tour at Zuma, very cool Japanese restaurant with a cocktail bar among the most trendy in the hyper trendy HK. Zuma is a very special place for Giorgio and me, as we celebrated our 10th anniversary there, almost four years ago. It was very nice to be back there, once again, together, as a married couple. And having Ivan with us was just the cherry on the pie!

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For dinner, Ivan invited us to Ming Court, contemporary Chinese Michelin-two-starred restaurant in Langham Place. I was really impressed – the decor was super nice and sophisticated, and the staff attentive and kind. Jo, high-school mate of Ivan, joined us for dinner. He is a fashion designer, and he gave me so many precious insights about HK scene. I was fascinated and couldn’t stop listening to him. Hopefully we’ll be in touch and I’ll meet him again next time I’m there!

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Ivan took care of the order, and the first thing to arrive on the table was a dish of preserved eggs with marinated ginger. It was the first time for me to eat such a dish, but I must say it was so special and tasty!

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Another big hit was the tender fried tofu. It’s impossible to describe the perfectly soft texture and the crispy outside. Just give it a try if you around! Highly recommended!

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The other protagonist of the dinner was an amazingly soft stewed pork. Definitely one of the best pork dishes I’ve ever had!

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Our bellies were definitely full, but the night is long (!) and we were not done yet! We headed to the Ritz-Carlton for a fancy drink. Expensive mojitos with an amazing view and trendy crowd, anyone?

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Ozone, the highest bar in the world, is at the 118th floor at 490 mt above the sea level. I found the decor was a little bit out of fashion… I guess it must have been very popular late in the Eighties among expats; today the same expats’ sons and daughters come here to spend their pocket money on drinks and Asian tapas.

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All in all it was a magic evening – when I travel, I love to go visit my friends rather than being a tourist. I loved to see HK through Ivan’s eyes, eyes of a person who misses his hometown, his friends going back a long way, his parents. It’s like he showed me a more human, sweet side of the otherwise glittery and fast enigmatic city. Thanks Ivan for sharing this with us!

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For the lovely evening out with Giorgio, Ivan and Jo I was delighted to wear:

Leather jacket: Zara

White T-shirt: ‘S Max Mara

Black silk pants: COS

Loafers: Fausto Santini

Bag: vintage Fendi

Earrings: George Jensen

Ring: Joyce Makitalo

Trinity ring: Cartier

Nail color: Chanel Le Vernis 445 lotus rouge

 

Pictures were taken with my white iPhone 5.

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    • chiara

      Dear Monica, I was hesitant as well, but then my friend Ivan insisted and actually… I’m glad he did! It was really interesting contrast between the taste and texture of egg and ginger! You should come and visit me in China, then you would have the opportunity to try it yourself!

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