By: Jean C. Wong
Heading out on a junk during the warmer months in Hong Kong is de rigeur while spending time in the 852 as an expat. If you are planning a trip out in junk season, we’ve got you covered for food and drinks! If you haven’t booked an all inclusive package, here are some of our favourite junk catering companies to make sure you’re sailing in style.
Winner of Expat Living’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 for Favourite Catering Company, Gingers offers a Simple Junk Menu for HK$250 per person, for a minimum of 20 people. The menu choices include roasted vegetable frittata, a chicken, lentil and spinach curry, a range of salads, and desserts. There’s also a Light Party Menu at HK$290 per person, which is perfect for a day on a junk. Food is delivered cold and a waiter can be arranged to help with on-board food prep.
Established in 1994, Shamrock has loads of experience catering for junk trips – it usually does about 200 every year! The company offers four set menus, which can be customised to suit whether you’re doing a day or evening junk; and, if you really want something a little extra, you can even opt for wait-staff. Set menus start at HK$220 a head for a minimum of 20 people, and they include at least two appetisers, sandwich platters, salads, at least three mains, and two desserts. Order at least three days in advance.
The Castelo Concepts team recently called time on their Jaspa’s Junk charters, but they are still offering junk catering packages through their Ooola restaurant. A junk package is HK$350 per adult, with kids under 11 for HK$200, and a minimum booking of 12 people. The menu includes pita and dips upon boarding, then a selection of starters, salads, mains, desserts and drinks.
Crowd-pleasing Mexican always works well on a junk and, with 12 branches and counting, CaliMex is a solid option. It offers three Junk Packs in addition to four regular party catering menus, ranging in price from HK$880 to $2,520, serving from 10 to 15 people. Expect Mexican faves, including tacos, burritos and Mexican drinks. Book at least two days in advance.
This delightful French family-owned business has three junk menus. Highlights include all sorts of French goodies including special chef’s salad, pate, crudités, cold-cut platters, forest mushroom tart, meat, cheeses, individual breads and pastry chef’s tarts (apple, peach, apricot or pear). Imported wine, cheese and homemade artisan desserts can also be supplied. There are options for a minimum of 10 or 20 people, with three menus to select from at a price range of HK$180 to 350 per person. Book at least three days in advance.
Invisible Kitchen provides gourmet yacht and junk catering, with everything made from fresh and carefully sourced ingredients. There are three packages – essentials, classic and deluxe – starting at HK$200 per head for a minimum of 15 people. Your feast can be delivered in a hamper or prepared on-board, and served by skilled waiters and barmen. Menus items include sandwiches, salads, platters, hot dishes and desserts. Book at least four days in advance.
Do you love Mexican food and Korean food and are looking for a little something different? This fusion restaurant offers items such as Korean tacos and burritos in a unique marriage of cuisines. The price range for a catering package serving between seven to 15 people ranges from HK$600 to $2,000, for a feast of burritos, spring rolls, kimbap rolls, K-pop chicken and Korean-style salad. There are addon options for food and drink, too. Book at least two days in advance.
Do you love all things waffles, savoury and sweet? Then you’ve found the right caterer for your junk party here. At Waffling Beans, waffles aren’t just a dessert item. You can have sandwiches or burgers made with signature Liege waffles, as well as delicious chicken wings, salad and soft drinks. There are two junk menus offered, from HK$3,800 to $4,600, serving about 20 people. Book at least three days in advance.
Originally a delicatessen, Delicious now has a full-scale catering business. Make sure you order at least three days in advance to get one of the two available Junk Buffet packages, whose menu highlights include Thai prawn cakes, seared tuna, roasted strip loin and warm meatballs. Packages are HK$200 and HK$230 per person for a minimum of 25 people, which includes delivery to the pier. The company can even sort the junk itself, if needed!
Knead has a stellar reputation when it comes to all things bread and sandwiches – easypeasy and low-maintenance catering for a day on a junk. It offers junk packages starting from HK$85 per person for a minimum of 10 people, plus delivery fee. Do you “knead” salads, sandwiches, drinks, and/ or antipasto? Then book at least two days in advance!
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This article first appeared in the June/July 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.