Scarlett is a gemstone located in a not-well-visited part of Tsim Sha Tsui. With a great menu, spot-on execution and a very ranged wine-list, I’m just glad that I can come more often than just the normal wine-and-dine evenings. For a Saturday early afternoon, there were only a few of us. We need not line up frustrated as we might have if we had gone to some of the other brunch places in town. The best dried oysters are plump ones from Japan and Korea. Our biweekly podcast delivering news & inspiration from nature’s frontline.
Damaged by decades of human activity, Hong Kong’s rich marine ecosystem requires concerted conservation efforts if it is to recover and flourish. Corals reflect the condition of the entire marine ecosystem, and their decline in Hong Kong provides a stark warning, says National Geographic Explorer Jonathan Cybulski. Hong Kong – Cantonese for “Fragrant Harbour” – was but a small fishing settlement when British merchants arrived two centuries ago, and realised its potential as a port.
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Their creation has opened up space for horseshoe crabs, an endangered species dating back 475 million years. They stabilize shorelines in a way that both mitigates coastal erosion and allows seagrass to lay root. And, crucially, they act as filters to clean up the water, cutting the high levels of nitrogen that have led to toxic algae blooms in Hong Kong. This shoebox-sized hut specialises in takeaway orders. But its location on a car-less, quiet stretch of Hung Hom also makes it an ideal spot for dining in, and manager Frankie Yu will happily set up an impromptu alfresco dining environment with a few fold-up tables and chairs. They’ve also taken over a small store with several more seats, just a few doors down from their take-out location.
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SWIMS biodiversity surveys there found 61 species in the abandoned farms versus just 26 in the neighboring mudflats, and 10 times greater biomass. However, it’s too soon to tell whether the restored reef patches have greater biodiversity than the abandoned farms, according to Thomas. But she adds that horseshoe crab numbers are increasing in the restored soft shore and seagrass habitats.
The restaurant sources their oysters from different waters around the world, including Willapa Bay in America, and the waters of South Pacific Australia. 生蠔香港 should go for the giant seafood platter for two, which includes sea whelks, sweet prawns, scallops, clams, and an assortment of freshly-shucked oysters. It’s not just those who rely on the ocean for their livelihoods who feel a deep connection to the sea.