Thai Food with a Twist: Sip Song

HONG KONG


Perched on the beachside of al-fresco eateries including its successful partner restaurant, Limewood, comes Sip Song, from world-renowned group Maximal Concepts. The trendy dining spot takes on Thai cuisine with a modern twist—an authentic taste of Southeast Asia, whilst listening to sounds of crashing waves. Cha Siu Papers Times visits the seaside eatery to try a mix of the sweet, spicy, sour, and salty flavours of Sip Song.


Open-Air Dining


Repulse Bay, the breezy, beachside of Hong Kong, attracting the likes of rural escapists and families. There’s always a relaxing atmosphere here, which is no coincidence thanks to the laid-back crowd and casual surrounding eateries. Sip Song’s space is an expansive, open-air perimeter of sit-down dining and bar stools on the other end for drinks. The Thai restaurant is located inside The Pulse, a quick 20-minute ride away from Central district. Thai food is arguably one of the most difficult cuisines to master—amongst many exquisite Asian dishes—due to its complexity in flavour, spices and ingredients, yet, Sip Song seems to have done it right. Using tongue-in-cheek humour for its name (‘sip’ meaning sipping drinks on the beach and ‘song’ meaning 12 in Thai), we tried some of the best recommendations at this Thai hot spot.

Image courtesy of Mr Ping | Cha Siu Papers

Image courtesy of Mr Ping | Cha Siu Papers


First, we tried the KAI LOOG KEUY ($65HKD), also known as Thai Son-in-Law Scotch Egg, made with minced chicken and crispy shallots, a succulent appetiser which I’ve never tried before—the egg was a delightful surprise.

Image courtesy of Mr Ping | Cha Siu Papers

Image courtesy of Mr Ping | Cha Siu Papers


Next, we had the recommended fresh dish, ROT KOR MUU YANG PRIK POW ($95HKD), the “Don’t Tell Mom” roti pancake, garnished with BBQ pork neck, chili jam, fresh herbs, and crispy shallots, playing on a sweet-and-sour taste of culinary merging between Indian and Thai.

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Image courtesy of Mr Ping | Cha Siu Papers


We really wanted to try a specialty curry—it is very much authentically Thai after all to have a flavour-enriching curry dish. So we got the KANG PHET PED YANG ($195HKD)—a satisfying blend of red-roasted duck curry with Thai whiskey-soaked kumquats and lychee coconut. It was only a tad spicy but tamed down with the side dish of rice and roti.

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The March special was nothing short of impressive—an exceptionally generous display of exquisite flavours. We ordered the Si-Krong Nuer Yang ($490HKD), unsure quite how large it was going to be. The dish consisted of a slab of grilled beef short rib, with a side of Sip Song’s secret marinade, naam jim sauce, and spice-pickled cucumber. The beef was a melt-in-your-mouth experience, tenderly slow-cooked to perfection, and garnished with just the right amount of spices—and a touch of Thai authenticity with its sauce and marinade.

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Image courtesy of Mr Ping | Cha Siu Papers


Hip Yet Family-Friendly


The cuisine in itself at Sip Song is impeccable, yet refrains from pretentious fine dining. as indicated by the trendy, upbeat atmosphere reflecting the vibrant beach culture in Thailand. There’s an authentic taste to the Thai cuisine, given a modern update with its East-meets-West influences (the Thai son-in-law scotch egg was a particular favourite) and the restaurant is welcome to everyone—be it for drinks at the bar or a post-beach family gathering.

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More info: sip-song.com Location: Shop 114 & 115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong Phone: 852 2328 8385

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