A street food festival offering a taste of Hong Kong is returning to one of Greater Manchester’s award-winning markets, bringing with it plenty of delights from the region. The Hong Kong food festival will be taking over Bury Market, which won ‘Best Market Attraction’ for 2023, and will feature 40 stalls serving traditional Hong Kong cuisine and handicrafts.
After its success in March, the festival, named So Hong Kong, will return on June 23 and 24 and will not only celebrate Manchester’s Hong Kong community, but also introduce people to the region’s food, which includes homegrown Cantonese cooking as well as Japanese, Korean and South Asian dishes. Hong Kong cuisine is characterised by rice dishes, roasted meats, soups, dim sum and the increasingly popular Hong Kong French toast, many of which will be available to sample in Bury next week.
Businesses already confirmed to take part include Sale-based bakery A Little Sweet, run by award-winning chocolate and pastry chef Jeffery Koo, also a contestant on Bake Off: The Professionals in 2022. The bakery will be there serving their Hong Kong style Pineapple bun with custard filling which sold out within two hours at the last festival, freshly baked egg custard tarts as well as their Red Bean Bun, a Japanese steamed bun featuring an azuki bean paste filling.
Another business joining A Little Sweet at the So Hong Kong food festival is Pand.ora Meal Box, a popular Bury restaurant bringing plenty of authentic Asian dishes like Hainanese chicken rice, Cantonese thin pancakes, peanuts mochi, rice balls and more. Alongside these traders, there’ll also be bubble tea from Shining Rainbow Dream Tea & Snacks, barbecue meats from Ardwick’s Fat Tat and handmade fish siu mai dumplings from Happy Konger.
Organised by Moliuliu’s Store, a Hong Kong grocery store based in Bury Market, the event will also feature traders offering Hong Kong arts and crafts, with everything from handmade accessories, stationary, pearl jewellery, candles and aromatherapy products available to browse. There will also be storytelling, an exhibition and workshop in the Mill Gate Shopping Centre next to Bury Market.
So Hong Kong food festival will take place at Bury Market on Friday 23 June and Saturday 24 June. The event is free to attend.