Move over comfort foods, street food is the newest trend in hotel dining. While New York’s Peninsula Hotel has a hot dog cart and Brown’s dishes up fish-‘n-chips, Hector Pliego, the buff, trendy executive chef of the JWMarriott Hotel Hong Kong has gone further, scouring Asian capitals for the region’s best street foods.
Pliego says, “It is one of the purest forms of cuisine anywhere. Street food is a very competitive market. These guys can’t rely on expensive design or fancy service. It’s all about the food! The only way to draw customers is by making your stuff better than everyone else’s, so they specialize in one or two dishes, using recipes that have been fine-tuned by years of experience. This is what we are trying to achieve: real, unpretentious, street cuisine in a clean and stylish environment.”
They offer it as part of their weekend lounge menu and as a funky option for private events. Check out Pliego’s blog:www.wokthiswayhk.com.