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I still remember back in UK, I was reading an article about Hong Kong is a hot spot for French and the first question I asked at that time was "where are they?" and today, I have the answer.When we talk about French cuisine, most will associate immediately with confit, foie gras, wine and cheese, although we know crepes or galettes are French, but the brain process will never let this be the top search. We were referred by one of the French teacher, who indeed is a French, and said that this res
When we talk about French cuisine, most will associate immediately with confit, foie gras, wine and cheese, although we know crepes or galettes are French, but the brain process will never let this be the top search. We were referred by one of the French teacher, who indeed is a French, and said that this restaurant produce one of the most authentic galettes in Hong Kong and we love this place. Every time we pass Foo Ming Street, we could smell the intense buttery bakery and we never thought there is a French restaurant hidden within the building bushes. Hiding is a good word because beside the savory aromas, you hardly notice its existence. Wait, this is Hong Kong right? because this tiny, narrow tunnel, together with the use of brick, with reachable roof-top gave a lot of "French feel" to me. The floor is simple and the decorations are also simple and it is that minimalist together contributed to the conclusion. If you were to ask a British, crepes and breton galettes basically mean pancake . Other said galettes are for savory and crepes are for sweets but that wasn't my understanding. I first encounter crepes and galettes when I was attending a health lecture about coeliac and the major difference between them is the presence of gluten. One might question that why would they talk about crepes when I was attending a health lecture and this need to go through some basics. Coeliac is basically a disease when people is hypersensitive to gluten, just like someone is allergic to pollen, but they are allergic to gluten. Ingestion of gluten will cause tummy symptoms and therefore, those people who is diagnosed with coeliac will need to have a strict gluten-free diet for life to prevent the flare. Galettes use buckwheat, a gluten-free grain, and crepes use normal flour, which contain gluten is therefore the main difference between them. Having said that, some galettes might mix a bit of wheat flour and if you are truly having coeliac, be sure to ask. Besides the gluten, galettes also has a lower sugar contents, darker in colour and different in texture and this is mainly due to the use of buckwheat. I need to try both and I planned my course.
It is March and that means it is time for French Gastronomy - "Gout de France"!! It is basically a food and tourism event to promote French cuisine with good food, good company and good environment, which I think Fleur de Sel tick all the boxes. This year's event date is on 21st March, 2017 and there are 15 restaurants participating in Hong Kong and Macau region and Fleur de Sel is one of them. On that day, Fleur de Sel will serve a special menu, although the special menu is not out yet, but I am pretty sure they will continue to offer the highly recommended galettes or crepes related dish on this day.
The stereotype of French having a relax attitude seem to reproduce in Fleur de Sel. Whole experience was relaxing and even asking for the bill took some time as well. Also due to the feeling, and the contrast, I just feel like i was enjoying my meal in one of the cafe in Paris, the little Paris that situated in a busy district in Hong Kong. Previous participation in Gout de France Fleur de Sel wall Fleur de Sel wall in another view Open kitchen of Fleur de Sel Fleur de Sel logo