5 Junk-Ready Recipes That Aren’t Another Pasta Salad

Junk Boat Food Hong Kong

5 Junk-Ready Recipes That Aren’t Another Pasta Salad

By Ailee Slater

You love pasta salad. I love pasta salad. We all love pasta salad. But do we really need another pasta salad on a junk boat?

This summer, just say no to bloated cherry tomatoes, sun-limp ham and aggressively boring chunks of processed cheese; all congealed together in a starchy, undercooked clump of pasta. Because the only noodles on a junk boat should be the hot pink ones you precariously straddle while pouring yourself a plastic cup of wine and slowly drifting out to the South China Sea.

Ready to stand tall against the tyranny of pasta salad on self-catered junks?
Here are five recipes that will have you noshing in style on your next float:

Five-Layer Dip
This five-layer dip from Food Network goddess Ellie Krieger is an invigorating smack-to-the-tongue of flavor and it also hits the apex of the junk boat food Venn diagram – it’s filling, it’s tasty, and you don’t need a fork to eat it.

Ellie’s dip starts with a layer of homemade bean dip; and if you don’t have a blender, keep it rustic by smashing your beans with a potato masher or heavy mug; whatever’s on hand. Next is corn seasoned with cilantro and lime, followed by a layer of guacamole and a simple tomato salsa. Finish off with a sprinkling of cheese, and pick up a bag of tortilla chips on your way to the boat.

Lasagna
If you can prepare a pasta salad, you can prepare a pan of lasagna. Even better, because lasagna is the ultimate freeze-and-reheat food, you can make this a few days, weeks or even months ahead. Then, simply defrost when you stumble home the night before the junk, pop it in the oven while you cry in the shower in the morning, and look like a person who totally has their life together when you show up to your junk with a big ol’ pan of lasagna.

For the easiest version, use store-bought tomato sauce – but if you want to make this dish really sing, louder than that guy Steve jamming along to Taylor Swift as the boat pulls back into Victoria Harbor, use homemade sauce and don’t skimp on the fresh herbs.

Giant Sandwich
Making a sandwich? Go big or go home. Scout out a gigantic loaf of bread from one of Hong Kong’s insanely overpriced Western grocery stores, fill with meat, cheese and vegetables, then refrigerate overnight with something heavy on top to weight down the loaf. The next day, really lean into your hipsterdom by slicing and serving on a big wooden chopping board.

Chili Cheese Dip
Your morning started with the abrasive ringing of the telephone and your best friend on the other end of the line shouting WHERE ARE YOU?!?! and now you need to pick up some eats before you miss the boat. Do you:
a) Grab a bag of pizza flavored Calbee chips and call it a day
b) Bring more beer; you’ll eat when you’re dead
c) Make a 1-minute, 2-ingredient dip and impress all your friends
d) Wait though seriously WHERE AM I?!?!

Come on people. Sort out your life. C is the correct answer, and you only need two ingredients – a block of cream cheese and a jar of Thai sweet chili sauce. Grab both as you’re running to the boat; once you’re on board, plunk the cream cheese on a plate, pour over the chili sauce and serve with saltine crackers. Trust me – people will love it so much they’ll forgive you for having overslept and delayed the boat by half an hour.

Hummus Quesadillas
Can you open a plastic container? Do you know how to use a butter knife? Congratulations! You can make hummus quesadillas. Spread hummus on a tortilla, sprinkle on cheese, vegetables or any other topping of your choice, fold and slice into wedges.

The possibilities for quesadilla fillings are a wide-ranging as your imagination, albeit not quite as disturbing. This recipe recommends sautéed spinach, olive and sundried tomatoes, but you might also try a summery combination of avocado, tomato, salt and pepper; or go with feta and cucumber for a refreshing Mediterranean take on what is now definitely cultural appropriation in bite-sized form.

We are going to have a catered lunch from La Rotisserie at our Get Down Junk Boat Party but join us and feel free to bring any of this great culinary creations on board.

What We Learn From Our Dating Experiences

What we learn from dating in Hong Kong

By Jamie Elizabeth Ho

As much as we’ve all been there and resented the feeling of being hung high and dry, the
beauty of dating is learning Life’s lessons from the Heart, because yes, the Heart does drop
knowledge too:

(a) How to deal with rejection
It may sound sappy as tree sap to you all, (and no doubt it really is) but there is someone
special for everyone. If the person is not into you and doesn’t want to be in a serious
relationship, that is their choice. Perhaps, they feel that someone else would be a better fit for
you, just as someone else would be a better fit for them. As personal as it is to go on dates
with someone and get to know them, whether they choose to continue wanting to get to know
you via talking, texting, meeting up for dinner dates, movie dates etc., or not, that shouldn’t be
taken personally.

But Why?
Easier said than done. Believe me, I know. Let’s take out the emotional drama and simplify this
to a more functional practical approach, take a step back and look at it like a job application.
Sometimes, we go for an interview and find out perhaps this is not the right fit for us. At the
end of it all, our potential employers wouldn’t take it personally, and neither would we. Bottom
line, it’s just simply because you were being True to yourself, what felt right for you and the
others involved.

If someone doesn’t feel the same way, have no fear, that just means there is room for a better
match to come along and fill that gap. If their heart is not in it, why would we want to invest
our time in an empty relationship?

(b) How to deal with the fact that we can’t control anyone but ourselves
We can control the way we act, what we think, how we feel, as well as how we respond and react to
some extent, but when it comes to other people that is beyond our control. Yes, it’s scary, but such is
the risk of love which is to love without any expectation. Every time, I find myself in a frustrated love
rut, I ask myself , ” Would I still give my time, love and effort to this person, EVEN IF this person
doesn’t love me back?”

If the answer is yes, then great.This means you operate from giving love without any
expectation. You don’t expect the person to fall deeply madly in love with you, because you
just want to honor the person by showing your admiration through feelings of love.

( c ) How to open our hearts up with courage at the risk of getting our hearts broken
This lesson is extremely difficult to learn, because us humans HATE being vulnerable. Despite
this, a good reminder is to bring us back to our center, our core truth which is that we can always choose.
Is it better to have loved then not to have loved at all? Love takes big risks, sometimes you fall sometimes
you don’t, but what’s important is that you know that the right person will show up
when the time comes. We learn what having faith means.

(d) How to love ourselves
Probably, the hardest lesson for most, when we experience situations such as these where the
person we are in love with, disappears or stops talking to us, we learn that it is in these
moments, we have no choice but to bring it back to loving ourselves.

So for those of you, who are beating up yourself for wasting time with the people you have
dated in the past, it’s not all that bad. At least, what you’ve extracted is valuable experience
for your personal growth, so when the time comes for The One to show up, you will be The One
for them.

ICYMI: Under the Radar Hits

In Case You Missed It: Under the Radar Hits

by Maryssa Beale

To quote the great Chance the Rapper, “When the praises go up, the blessings come down.” Well, we must have praised the music Gods a lot due to all of the fantastic albums consistently falling in our laps.  Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kanye have all dropped some of their best albums this year. Even the elusive Frank Ocean decided to emerge from his hidden studio to release two albums last month. All of this to say, that there may have been some killer hits that you missed during all of the surprise album releases.

All That Junk’s In Case You Missed It’s mission is to inform you of the things that you might have failed to notice in music, movies, tv, and all things pop culture. Join us this week as we reveal tracks that haven’t gotten their fair shakes.

1. Best to You by Blood Orange

Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes has written for larger acts such as Solange Knowles, Florence and the Machine, and The Chemical Brothers which like other singer/songwriters could overshadow his solo career. But Hynes’ terrific album, Freetown Sound, looms over his prolific song writing career and will be on multiple Best Of  lists in December.

2. Higher by Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen will never have another hit bigger than Call Me Maybe. This is a fact. However, Jepsen has a strong and loyal fan base, albeit smaller than most pop idols, that keeps her from being a definite one hit wonder. Higher is one of the catchiest tracks from Emotion B Side. After listening to the B sides, make sure to revisit the original album.

3. Collect on My Love ft. Alex Newell by the Knocks

Listen to this song. It is joyous and wonderful and yet you probably haven’t heard of it. That is all.

4.  Parking Lot by Anderson.Paak

How many rappers do you know can jump on the drums halfway through performing? The answer is none and even if they did none can command the stage from behind their kit better than Anderson.Paak. You might’ve heard of him on Dr. Dre’s Compton but Paak’s latest album, Malibu is where he really shines. Our suggestion is to try to catch him live next time he’s in town.

5. Strive ft. Missy Elliott by A$AP Ferg

The latest album title from A$AP Ferg, Always Strive and Prosper, sounds like a catchy name for a self-help book, which is fitting since Strive featuring Missy Elliott is the most motivational song on this playlist.

6. Youth by Glass Animals

This band’s tracks have been described as a “tropical fantasyland” to just being down right wacky. Despite the noticeable shift in tone for their sophomore album, we hesitate to predict that they’ll be in a slump.

7. Real Love Baby by Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear was one of our favorite albums of 2015 and Real Love Baby plays like the track that got removed at the last minute. Father John Misty isn’t expected to release an album in the near future but this track will hold us over until then.

8. 33 God by Bon Iver

If the tracklisting is any indication, this is set to be one of Bon Iver’s weirdest albums but this song shows that it might be a good thing.

9. Fountain of Youth by Local Natives

I would enjoy this song even if the message wasn’t to listen to us kids. This song and other tracks from their upcoming third album display growth and a much needed change from the somber tracks of their sophomore outing.

10. Running with the Wolves by Aurora


In this case, we saved the youngest for last but we don’t say that to diminish the talent of this young artist hailing from Norway.

Keep An Eye Out For:

Warpaint, Heads Up
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
Phantogram, Three

#ICYMI Bonus: Summer may be coming to an end but it’s never to late to listen to the Sounds of Summer or join our End of Summer Party, a two-junk boat party with live music.

 

So, what is there to do in Hong Kong on a rainy day?

So, What is There to Do in Hong Kong on a Rainy Day?
Sheung Wan/Sai Wan/Central edition

By Elizabeth

Now that typhoon season is coming up, the question is – what is there to do in Hong Kong on a rainy day? When there is no junk boat party scheduled and you don’t have to work on the weekends, how can you make the most of your free time? Aside from aimlessly walking around the various malls in Hong Kong or eating your way through the city, we’ve gathered a list of fun things to do in our beloved city…

First stop: SHEUNG WAN/SAI WAN

1. PMQ
Located on No. 5 Aberdeen Street in lovely Soho/Sheung Wan district, PMQ is now a cultural
hub with exciting events scheduled all year round. An upcoming event that might pique your
interest is the annual Green Monday Summer Carnival happening on July 16 to 17. There will be
over 40 booths and various “green” events such as an eco-detergent workshop and clothing drive
that highlight the ways we can help our environment by reducing our carbon footprint and living
sustainably. In PMQ there are also cooking classes held in the building at ABC Cooking Studio
that offers trial classes if you don’t have the time to take on a full cooking course. This is a great
group activity and a nice way to spend an afternoon. If cooking isn’t your thing, just check out
the many stores inside the building that showcase not only HK original artistic pieces, but also
fashionable and functional items you can use in your daily life.

2. Have a drink and/or find a local eatery
One would not have guessed, given the exterior of Ping Pong 129 Gintonería, that it is actually a
spacious and cozy place to share a drink with dear friends and colleagues! Check this place out if
you enjoy gin and a retro urban atmosphere. In the area there is also a recently opened hot spot
Potato Head HK. Potato Head is definitely a place that feels “like home” with a super relaxing
environment. Another activity you can do is to find a local eatery. The western district has
become a lot more gentrified in the recent years. Along with the new MTR line and sky-high rent
prices, it’s really been a struggle to preserve the local culture and heritage of the space that
represents the identity of the district. Keeping this in mind, I propose for each of you to support a
local eatery in your area and just eat there. For Sai Wan, Tak Kee Restaurant offers yummy and
affordable Chiu Chow food that has withstood the test of time.

3. Go swimming
It might be raining, but that doesn’t stop one from taking a dive at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial
Park swimming pool. At a cost of $17 on weekdays and $19 on weekends, the pool offers a large
regular size pool and leisure pool with a pretty cool patio deck overlooking the harbour (though
you might want to save that for when it’s not raining). It’s also a great way to beat the heat!

Second stop: CENTRAL

1. Go for brunch
It’s nice to reset after a long work week with a wholesome brunch. One of my favourites is
Brunch Club on Peel Street. It offers classic brunch selections in a pleasant and friendly
environment. If you’re looking for something a little different, Taku is not your average brunch
place. This restaurant offers a wide range of all you can eat sushi and sashimi with free-flow
sangria…for BRUNCH. Need I say more?

2. Spa
If you’re feeling adventurous, try out an acupuncture massage. Otherwise, a safe bet would be
Halite! Halite is definitely one of the more affordable foot massage places in Hong Kong. The
chain offers a wide selection with outlets all across the city.

3. Sideways Driving Club
Sideways Driving Club is a virtual racing hotspot that mimics real life driving. If you’re like me
and haven’t driven a car in so long and you simply just miss driving, maybe give this place a shot.
Prices range from $300 for one hour during off-peak hours and up (according to the latest
information).

Summer may be coming to an end but it’s never to late to listen to the Sounds of Summer or join our End of Summer Party, a two-junk boat party with live music.  Also don’t forget All That Junk has a monthly newsletter where you can get updates on our events and parties as well as catch up on our articles on Hong Kong life! Sign up here – http://allthatjunkhk.com/all-that-blog-hk/

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