While chefs are often celebrated in grand oeuvres and Netflix documentaries, bartenders, despite their careers being predicated on interacting with the public, don't often get their dues when it comes to pop culture. Through The Stirring Glass is a video series by Tatler Dining that aims to flip this script on its head, with a look at the life and careers of six Hong Kong bartenders, each of whom captures their experiences in three cocktails made for the camera. From childhood memories to getting their start in the industry, all the way up to the current day, watch as Hong Kong's best mixological minds recount their journeys so far through the bottom of a stirring glass.
For a tropical paradise just a 2.5-hour flight away, Okinawa holds surprisingly little sway in our city's food and drink scene. This, despite the Japanese archipelago's distinct food culture, encompassing everything from bitter melon and taco rice, to black sugar and its indigenous distilled spirit, awamori. Awa Awa, a Peel Street gastrobar named after the latter, is looking to change that, with co-founder Arlene Wong making it her mission to give the overlooked spirit its time in the sun.
Indeed, Wong's career has always veered towards the unconventional. Having spent her formative years in the States, she majored in photography in New York before returning to Hong Kong. Transfixed by tales of drama and intrigue from her friends who worked in the F&B industry, Wong decided to dip her toes beginning with a barista role at 18 Grams in Causeway Bay, though, finding the early opening times and low pay disagreeable, she eventually landed a managerial position at Butcher's Club—thus beginning her shift towards the vast world of nightlife.