Protest-inspired dining: 'tear gas' eggs and 'eyeball' mocktails

September 20, 2019 16:45
Spicy Andong restaurant draws culinary inspiration from the street protests rocking the city over the past months. Photo: Spicy Andong/Facebook page

Pro-democracy protests that have roiled Hong Kong for more than three months are providing culinary inspiration for a restaurant that offers a themed menu with spicy wasabi-spiked “tear gas” eggs and a drink shaped like a bloodied eyeball.

The drink, which refers to a gruesome injury suffered by a medic, is on offer along with an “Eye for an Eye” mocktail, featuring a round rubbery longan fruit punctured by strawberry syrup, at the Spicy Andong restaurant in Mong Kok.

Owner Roy Ma said he was spurred to create the menu, which also offers “beating raw pork”, a take-off on accusations of police brutality against protesters, after violent clashes at the end of August.

“I hope people will not forget what happened,” Ma said. “No matter what is the future of Hong Kong, whether the protesters’ demands are fulfilled, I hope people don’t forget.”

Since June, the former British colony has been rocked by sometimes violent street protests demanding that the government withdraw a controversial bill that would allow extradition to China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.

While the extradition bill has since been dropped, in recent weeks protesters have thrown petrol bombs at police, lit fires on the streets, and stormed government buildings.

Police have responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets.

“When we eat this meal, each course represents what has happened in the past few months,” said Ruby Lam, a 21-year-old student eating at Ma’s restaurant, taking a bite of her “beating raw pork”.

Sipping a red “Eye for an Eye”, fellow diner Corinna Kwan said the drink was both a sentimental reminder of the incident and “really delicious”.

Ma said his menu paid tribute to a pivotal moment in Hong Kong’s history, although some had warned him against poking fun at the violence.

For US$17, his “full gear” menu – a nod to the equipment, including gas masks and shields, some frontline protesters carried – also features “Five Demands” rice balls, named for the changes sought by the protests. Reuters 

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