Cover Here's how to impress your foodie friend this Christmas (Photo: Courtesy of Shady Acres)

From an ultra-exclusive bottle of olive oil from Mono, to cooking classes, as well as wine glasses from Shady Acres, here are the best foodie gifts from local Hong Kong brands

As we step into December, the countdown to Christmas officially begins. If you still haven’t figured out what to get friends and family this year, we wrote a series of Christmas gift guides rounding up the best gifts for him and her, kids, beauty, food & wine, wellness and more.

Still struggling? We've gone on to find the best last-minute foodie gifts because, well, everybody loves food. Here, we list out the best foodie items from independent Hong Kong restaurants and companies.

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1. A Spark of Madness Cookbook

Written by chef Simran Savlani, A Spark of Madness is a cookbook with 116 Asian vegetarian recipes inspired by countries such as Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Singapore and more. Whether you’re hoping to make a homemade veggie bowl of dan dan noodles, katsu curry or green curry gnocchi, you’ll become an expert vegetarian chef in no time. 

Chef Simran also developed a line of sauces that’ll elevate your regular at-home meals. Try the Crispy Chili Oil, which combines seven different spices, five types of chillies, and three crunchy varieties in the oil. 

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2. Eleanor McColl’s Cooking Range

Local artist Eleanor McColl’s cooking range features bold and colourful illustrations from her Hong Kong-inspired painting series, The Chroma Collection. The oven mitt and pot holder combo is made with a combination of cotton and silicon, and is designed with a built-in magnet that’ll allow you to stick the items on the fridge for easier access while you cook up a storm. They also sell an apron and tea towel with the same print which will surely brighten up the kitchen. 

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3. Fiyah Heat Store

Know someone who loves chilli? Fiyah Heat Store stocks all the best and hottest hot sauces including some from your favourite Hong Kong eateries as well. From Alvy’s, Fat Chad’s, Honky Tonks Tavern and more, you’ll be able to try sauces such as the Hola Ay Maria, a sauce that can be used to season any type of dish whether it’s soups, salads or vegetables. You can also shop according to the sauce’s hotness level, so there won’t be any unpleasant surprises when a sauce is milder (or spicier) than you imagined it to be. 

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See also: The Best Asian Chilli Sauces To Try In 2021

4. Censu Original Plate

Censu, opened by ex-Fukuro chef, Shun Sato has been one of the most exciting restaurant openings of 2021. The restaurant has a small selection of merchandise that reflects the chefs’ stylish, streetwear-esque flair, from a classic white tee with the Censu logo, to silver feather earrings. We’ve got our sights set on the original plate, which features a rustic finish on the edges, and a perfect stamp of the logo on the bottom. Try your hand at plating when you cook at home and elevate the star dish with this special Censu creation. 

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5. Roganic Gift Vouchers

Gift your loved ones a luxurious sustainable fine-dining meal at Roganic this Christmas. Choose from their short tasting menu, full tasting menu, Aulius lunch & dinner, or a monetary voucher for more flexibility. Roganic was awarded one Michelin star in 2021, as well as a Michelin green star for gastronomy and sustainability — so your foodie friend will be in for a treat

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6. Shady Acres Wine Glasses

If you’ve been to Peel Street’s favourite wine bar, you’ll likely recognise their signature wine glasses. Shady Acres is known for its outstanding food menu, cocktails and above all, its quirky and fun personality. Each detail that goes into the restaurant makes them slightly more lovable, and their doggy illustrated wine glasses are just one of the many things that contribute to the bar’s overwhelming popularity. 

For the friend who calls Peel Street home every weekend, get them a set of Shady Acres’ wine glasses. Each one comes with a lined illustration of a furry friend from one of the loyal friends and customers. 

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7. Mono’s Signature Eva Aguilera Olive Oil

Priced at HK$1,080 per bottle, this olive oil doesn’t come cheap. Mono’s signature Eva Aguilera olive oil is said to be one of the finest olive oils in the world, with only 900 litres of the oil produced every year. Made from premium hand-picked organic Arbequina olives harvested during the full moon in November, the special bottle is said to offer a pure and clean taste. 

Learn more here. To purchase, email or message Mono on Whatsapp at +852 9726 9301

8. Matchali Matcha Gift Set

For the matcha aficionado, Matchali’s matcha gift set has everything you need to brew a high-quality cup of calming matcha at home. The set comes with a tea bowl in white or green, a tea scoop, and a matcha whisk that’ll help bring the powder to life, as well as the star item: a tin of ceremonial-grade matcha powder from Uji, Kyoto. 

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9. La Taula Vegan Cheese

Got a vegan friend who misses cheese? La Taula, Hong Kong’s very own plant-based vegan cheese brand is offering a range of Christmas goodies including a vegan cheese and wine set. Containing one 200g cheese of a flavour of your own choosing, as well as one bottle of wine with the choice of red, white or sparkling, this is the perfect gift to bring to a house party or an intimate outdoor picnic. 

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10. Cooking Class at BiteUnite

Gift your loved ones an experience they’ll remember by booking a cooking class at BiteUnite. The co-working kitchen offers classes in everything from gingerbread and Christmas butter cookie baking to Santa minion sushi making. Some of these classes are kid-friendly as well, which means you’ll be able to bond over cooking with the entire family.

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