Modern Filipino Food with a twist At Holy Gaw Hong Kong


Hong Kong is a melting pot of cultures with a rich and vibrant food culture. In recent years, there’s been a rise of modern Filipino food. Given the large community of filipinos working in Hong Kong, the rich and rustic cuisine has been gaining traction in the local dining scene.

Tatler Dining compiled a list of restaurants and I can attest that Holy Gaw serves simple, delicious keto-friendly meals. I don’t know much about filipino cuisine, and am still learning as I get our helper to make meals she likes to eat that are familiar flavours of home and her childhood so we could learn more. We have pork and chicken adobo on the menu rotation often and I’ve requested to add pork sisig to our repertoire. Here are 11 filipino dishes I’d love to try recommended by Tatler.

Story Of Holy Gaw

Leading the kitchen at the eponymous Holy Gaw is chef Marvin Gaw. Gaw previously worked in the finance industry before enrolling in Hong Kong Culinary Academy and started his foray into the F&B business.

The restaurant is cosy and tucked away in a little street in Wanchai, the menu is modest with filipino flavours given a modern twist over pasta and cauliflower rice with small sharing plates of meatballs, spring rolls and salad.

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We ordered the pork sisig on pasta and the Salpicao, juicy beef tenderloin on a bed of cauliflower rice. I was told the ice cream dessert sandwich of Ube (a purple yam)/avocado ice cream was a must-order. We preferred the Ube to the avocado, the latter way too rich and creamy. We didn’t order drinks, but the calamansi cocktail comes highly recommended, so we’ll save that for our next visit.

Holy Gaw

Shop 4, G/F, 15 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, +852 2782 3988

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