Twenty years ago, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was established. Since then, the city-state has made great strides in the fields of economy and trade, diplomacy, and culture to become one of the foremost economies in the world today.

To commemorate this special occasion, the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (HKETO) held a gala dinner at the Flower Dome in Gardens by the Bay on 8 June 2017.

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In attendance at the dinner were distinguished guests that included Professor KC Chan, secretary of Financial Services and the Treasury of the HKSAR; Mr Buno Luk, director of HKETO in Singapore; Mr Lawrence Wong, minister for National Development & Second Minister for Finance;  His Excellency Chen Xiaodong, Chinese ambassador to Singapore; and many others.

Led by chef Nelson Chow and Michelin-starred chef Albert Au (formerly of the one-Michelin-starred Hong Kong Island Tang Restaurant, and three-Michelin-starred The Eight, Macau), the Chinese Culinary Institute of Hong Kong served up a specially curated menu of Hong Kong village-style poon choi.

Instead of the traditional poon choi, which comprises many layers of ingredients served in a big bowl, there were some alterations. “We tried to the present all the levels of ingredients in 9 varied courses, and a dessert so that our guests can appreciate the original delicacies of each course without mixing the tastes together,” said chef Au.

Menu highlights included a double-boiled duck soup with aged tangerine peel and stewed goose web with shrimp roe.

In the meantime, guests were entertained by an energetic performance by 30 young dancers from Hong Kong as a teaser for Danz Up 2.0, a dance drama which was later staged in full at the National Library’s Drama Centre; the debut of renowned filmmaker Clifton Ko’s ASEAN-Hong Kong Synergy short film; and a photographic presentation featuring Hong Kong’s natural landscapes by celebrated photographer Edward Stokes.

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